GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Soft Corn Raw Tacos

sarma taco01 GreenChef Sarma Melngailis |  Soft Corn Raw Tacos

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

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

Serves 6

For the corn tortillas::

3 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 2-3 ears, or thawed frozen corn

1 1/2 cups chopped yellow or red bell pepper

3/4 cup golden flaxseed, finely ground

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon ground chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

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