Trio Tomato with Burdock Salsa is a colorful, attractive, flavorful, filling and nutritious recipe which can be used as an entire, canepe or a mini meal. With different colors, complex flavors and attractive presentation, this is sure to tickle your taste buds.
Nori Rolls with Pecan Paté, Spicy Miso, and Fresh Veggies (raw)
If you make the pecan pate ahead of time, it’s easy to make these rolls when the urge arises. The pate will last a good week or so in the fridge. I wouldn’t recommend making the entire roll ahead of time, because the nori will get soggy. But if you’ve pre-made the pecan pate, all you have to do is cut up the veggies, smear the miso paste on the nori and roll.
Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagna with basil-pistachio pesto, tomato sauce, and pignoli ricotta (raw)
We like the vibrant color and tart flavor of green zebra tomatoes, a heirloom variety, for this dish. Of course you can use any tomatoes, preferably heirloom. Use the best quality sun-dried tomatoes you can find (but not he kind packed in olive oil, as this is most often not cold-pressed). The brighter ones make for a redder sauce, which will add good, Italian-flag contrast to the dish.
The first real raw food dish that we ever prepared was a rougher version of this. It has since become the best-selling dish on our restaurant menu and is a perfect introduction for anyone trying raw foods for the first time. The flavors and textures are all familiar, and the vibrant nature of the dish always leaves a strong impression. Many variations on this are possible. Feel free to add marinated wild mushrooms or substitute summer squash for zucchini. As in so many other dishes, the quality, seasonality and freshness of the ingredients are the most important elements.”
Soft Corn Tortillas with spicy “beans,” avocado-corn guacamole and tomato-lime salsa (raw)
Make this dish as spicy as you like. Don’t cut too deep into the corncobs or you’ll end up with those hard little pieces that get stuck in your teeth. When making the “beans,” keep in mind that they will be tossed with a mild tomato sauce, so the spiciness will be mellowed out. If you want to make them ahead of time, keep all the components separate and assemble at the last minute, as the tortillas will get soggy if left to sit too long. The flaxseed can be ground in a coffee or spice grinder or Vita-Mix with dry blade (it will yield about 1 cup ground flaxseed).
“We sometimes get large, skeptical men in the restaurant who may have been dragged in by a girlfriend or family member and who proudly insist ‘I’m a meat and potatoes guy!’ For them, I always recommend this particular dish. It’s very filling and hearty. Then I smile graciously as the same guys later inevitably tell me something like, ‘I thought I was going to have to go for a burger after this, but I’m really full!’ I’ve had so many variations of this conversation, and it’s always the tortillas that get the best response from the self-proclaimed ‘carnivores.” – SM
This is one of my favorite and easiest versions of raw ravioli. In my Istanbul restaurant we offer many small plates, encouraging our guests to share and experience many options off of the menu. I offered this dish on our opening menu and it was by far the best selling small plate we offered for the winter and spring. It is a great starter or amusé for any Mediterranean focused meal, really giving the diner that first delicious introduction of what is to follow. The sweetness of the beetroot, and cashew based cheese is balanced out very nicely with the acid of the balsamic and spiciness of the garlic oil.
For the Ravioli:
1 Large Beet, slice paper thin rounds and marinated in garlic oil, salt and pepper
Spicy Peanut Coconut Noodles with ginger and lime (raw)
Peanuts are technically a legume, although you wouldn’t necessarily think so considering someone misleadingly named them “peanuts.” Make sure you get really fresh, organically grown peanuts. Some debate persists about peanuts having toxicity, but it seems this may be from peanuts that are too old; at any rate, most toxins and other undesirables are washed away in the soaking process. However, if you don’t feel comfortable eating peanuts, try this with cashews.
"One of our chefs, Amanda, helped us turn this idea into a really great, flavorful dish. The flesh of young Thai coconuts makes perfect noodles — although they are soft, they do not stick together and are as easy or easier to eat then regular starchy noodles."
Courgette and coconut noodles, rustic puttanesca, white truffle alfredo, sage pesto (raw)
I grew up in a large Italian family, and gathering at my grandmothers home was like no other feast you could imagine. We would be forced to painstakingly sit through 7+ courses of amazing authentic food every meal. (Sounds rough huh!) My favorite courses were the array of pastas she would bring out around the 4th course. So many types of pastas from cannelloni, tortellini, manicotti, lasagnas, ziti, gnocchi and my favorites; vermicelli and linguini, all embraced by their own magical home made sauce.
So, needless to say, this combination of raw pastas were created when I offered a raw dinner for my grandma at a large catered event outside of Boston a few years back. She fully enjoyed every course; therefore, if grandma approved, the dinner was a success!
For the Pasta:
5-6 Long Straight Courgettes, sliced paper thin, lengthwise on mandolin
then sliced again in ‘linguini’ width ribbons
1 Cup Young Coconut Meat, sliced into thin noodles
Cauliflower Samosas with banana tamarind sauce, mango chutney, and mint (raw)
Samosas – deep – fried vegetarian turnovers - are a classic Indian street food. Our version is a bit more delicate than the friend variety, but incredibly savory. You can make them a few hours ahead and keep them warming on trays in the dehydrator, this also keeps them dry, so they won’t stick together, as they would if you piled them up and set them aside. They are a perfect hors d’oeuvre, or you could serve just a few of them per plate as a starter.
White Corn Tamales with raw cacao mole, marinated portobello, and green tomato salsa (raw)
Traditionally, Mexican mole sauce is made like curry: ground chili peppers, spices, and flavorings are combined according to a cook’s taste and intention. In this recipe, we use raw cacao beans, the unadultured seeds of the cacao tree that are extremely rich in antioxidant flavenols, significantly more so than even red wine and green tea. We use both raw cacao and organic cocoa powder for a more balanced flavor. Green & Black’s organic cocoa from the United Kingdom is the best brand to use but is not easy to find.
Making the mole sauce can be hard on your blender, so it is best to use a via-Mix or one with a strong motor.
“This is an impressive dish to serve guests — its presentation in the corn husk is rustic and fun.” – MK