GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Raw Pumpkin Tart

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Pumpkin Tart
with candied pumpkin seeds (raw)

This recipe makes enough crust for abut 10 tarts if you are using 4 1/2-inch shells. At the restaurant we use 3-inch shells, which are a nice size for a small dessert. Smooth-sided tart shells work best for this recipe, but any kind will do. If you try making a large tart, the crust should be a bit thicker to withstand the pressure of removing it from the shell or using a tart ring would work well too. As with the sour cherry tart, the recipe calls for both coarse and fine almond flour. Again, you can just grind the almonds and use 3 cups total, rather than separating between the coarse and fine crumbs. However, to make a slightly more refined crust, you may want to sift through the nut crumbs to remove any larger pieces – either way it will taste the same.

Try also serving it with the Vanilla Cream and spiced pinch of ground ginger.

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Makes 10 Tarts in 4 1/2 Shells

For the tart crusts:

1 1/2 cups coarse almond flour

1 1/2 cups fine almond flour

3 tablespoons date paste

3/4 cup maple syrup powder

3/4 cup coconut butter

Large pinch of sea salt

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Flax Seeds | Good For the Body, But What About the Taste Buds?

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I’ve eaten flax before and thought it tasted like the sawdust that covers the floor at the circus. But as it is a superfood, I’m determined to unearth all of its amazing health-giving properties and attempt to talk my palate into trying it again. Because, filled as it is with unique nutritious qualities, flaxseed certainly deserves its superstar status.

Flaxseeds are full of lignans — “up to 800 times the amount as in any tested plant food” — which is a promising cancer fighting agent (especially breast and colon cancer). Flax consumption can help reduce total cholesterol, including the bad kind and triglycerides. Which makes it good news for the heart as well. As flax is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, it can help diabetics reduce their blood sugar levels and ease the painful inflammation associated with arthritis.

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Starbucks Skinny Platform | Low Fat, Low Sugar, Healthy Brownies

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Starbucks has been modifying their menu and their image of high fat, high calorie lattes and sweets to appeal to the calorie obsessed “health” conscience coffee cult. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Khatija Dadabhoy | Upside Down Caramelized Banana Chocolate Cake

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Upside Down Caramelized Banana Chocolate Cake by Khatija Dadabhoy of Ghalia Organic Deserts. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Says Buy @#?&$% Local Food or Get Out of the Kitchen

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Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself especially when it comes to his beloved food. Although immensely entertaining, sadly, some of the comments to his aspiring chefs on reality TV show, Hell’s Kitchen, are a little too colorful to print. Now this bastion of British cooking turns his attention to his colleagues. (Hide behind your saucepans, lads.)

In an interview with the BBC last week, Ramsay lamented: “Chefs should be fined if they haven’t got ingredients in season on their menu. I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March. I want to see it home-grown.” The TV chef believes banning out-of-season produce would cut back on carbon emissions from food imports and improve levels of cooking domestically. “There should be stringent laws, licensing laws, to make sure produce is only used in season and season only,” he says.

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Raw vs Dunkin’

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Eating a raw food diet is still considered alternative. On the fringe. People don’t understand it. What is so hard to understand? Food that naturally grows from the earth, fed by sunlight. No one disputes that fresh fruits and vegetables are full of good things, and that generally, people should be eating more of them. Everyone seems to know now that nuts are good, full of “good” fats. Flax, sesame, hemp and more… most would recognize that these are also good foods. Yet, if I went on a road trip across the U.S., I know that there would be long stretches of driving where I would be hard pressed to find places where I could conveniently find and purchase natural and clean food. I would likely encounter a lot of people who would find my eating preferences unusual and odd. But I wonder, if I eat a raw food diet, does that mean that so many others out there are on a processed food diet? Are there enthusiastic processed foodists? For these people, is there an inspiring magazine called “Get Processed”? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Matt Amsden | Fresh Italian Wrap Recipe

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Fresh Italian Wrap (raw)

For the Sunflower Seed Cheese Sauce:

1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce (Nama Shoyu)

3-4 Cloves Garlic

2 Cups Ground Sunflower Seeds

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In Season | 7 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Pomegranates

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Pomegranate season has begun. I’m seeing them everywhere at the farmer’s markets. Pomegranates are usually in season from October through January. Native to Persia and cultivated in the Mediterranean for thousands of years, pomegranates are becoming the newest trendy fruit in the US — grown mostly in Southern California to be sold as pomegranate juice to health conscious consumers. Pomegranate juice isn’t the only way to incorporate the high anti-oxidants and other health benefits of the fruit into your diet. While they are in season as fresh whole fruits, try some of these delicious recipes that include the tangy sweet and sour pomegranate to zest up your meal. You can also juice them fresh, or be creative and add them as a garnish to salads, drinks, deserts, dips and guacamole’s etc. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Spicy Peanut Coconut Noodles

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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."

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Serves 4

For the spiced peanuts:

1 1/2 cups raw peanuts, coarsely chopped and soaked 4 hours or more

1/4 cup raw honey

2 teaspoons ground chili pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

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GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake

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True story: I got a call last week from the Food Network of all places. There is/was a contest going on called the Ultimate Recipe Contest- basically looking for the best recipe in six different categories (chicken, pasta, comfort foods, burgers, cookies and cakes). The casting director had come across my personal website www.somelikeitraw.net and thought that I would be able to come up with some pretty unique recipes for the contest and wanted me to enter some.

I have to admit I was a little flattered and a wee bit surprised. Yet another sign that raw food has hit the mainstream!! Anyways, I’ve entered my manicotti recipe for the ‘Pasta’ category and came up with a new chocolate cake recipe for the ‘Cake’ category which I am sharing with you today.

A lot of people ask where I get my ideas from. It does vary, but many times it’s just looking at a cooked recipe and trying to convert it to raw. This time I happened to have an old Gourmet magazine lying around with a fabulous photo of a chocolate-glazed hazelnut mousse cake on the cover. The light bulbs went off and I set to work on creating it ‘raw-style’. Hope you like it and wish me luck with the contest!

Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse Cake

Serves 12

Crust:

½ cup shredded dry coconut

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons agave nectar

1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil

11 tablespoon raw cacao nibs- optional

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GreenChef Chad Sarno | Shaved Fennel Salad with Lemon Oil

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Shaved Fennel Salad
(Sour Apple, Thyme, Jalapeno, Lemon Oil)

Serves 4

For the Salad:

1 ½ Cup fennel bulb shaved thin

1 ½ Cup sour green apple shaved into thin batons

1 Cup baby arugula

1 TB fresh lemon zest

3-4 TB lemon oil (see recipe)

1 TB thyme, fresh and minced

1 TB red jalapeno seeded and finely minced

1 Tsp. sea salt, fine

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

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Lean & Green Leads the Environmental Charge

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Looking for a meal in the San Diego area that’s healthy for you and the planet? Check out Lean & Green.

By anyone’s measure, this La Jolla, CA eatery is small in size. But one look at the Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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