3 years ago
Classic Raw Zucchini Hummus

From Choosing Raw.

Classic Raw Hummus (Raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Yields 1 3/4 cups

2 heaping cups (about 2 small zucchini) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup hulled sesame seeds

1) Place ingredients in a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) set to manual speed, with zucchini at the bottom. Begin blending at low speed, using the plunger to help get everything going. As the mixture blends, you can turn the speed up, until eventually the whole mixture is blending smoothly.

2) Switch speed to high, and let the mix get very creamy. Taste; adjust seasonings, and re-blend. Serve.

Food processor option:

2 heaping cups (about 2 small zucchini) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup tahini

1) Instead of chopping zucchini, shred it using the processor’s shredder attachment. Turn shredded zucchini into a bowl, and use paper towel or a clean dish cloth to squeeze out as much of the natural moisture as you can.

2) Return zucchini to processor and add remaining ingredients. Process till smooth.

The food processor option will yield thinner hummus, but it will still taste great; this is how I made raw hummus for over a year before I got my Vita-Mix!

(Source: choosingraw.com)

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3 years ago
Sesame–Mixed Vegetable “Noodles” with Herbs

I find myself amused by the title “Executive Sous Chef”. Sounds like professional kitchens these days need org charts.

By Sarma Melngailis, via Tracy Anderson’s website.

Sesame–Mixed Vegetable “Noodles” with Herbs
Serves 8 to 10
One night, our executive sous chef Anthony made an amuse-bouche out of a little bundle of thinly sliced vegetables tossed in a dressing and tied together with a chive. The flavor reminded me of creamy peanut butter noodles. It’s now a regular in our family meal rotation, and so yummy!
Mellow red miso has a deep, semisweet flavor, but you can use another variety of miso if you prefer. Most sliceable vegetables taste great with this dressing, so it’s really a matter of what looks good at the market or in your garden, what’s in season, or what you happen to have on hand. Substitute or add julienned yellow summer squash, jicama, cucumber, thinly sliced snow peas, or napa cabbage. If you like seaweed, add soaked, rinsed, and drained arame or hijiki. For sweetness add thinly sliced mango, or for richness sliced avocado. Basil or mint chiffonade, or both, are also nice additions.
In fact, you can prepare this with almost anything. If all you have is a pile of zucchini and nothing else, that would be just fine, too. Multiply the dressing recipe to keep on hand as a salad dressing or dipping sauce.


Sesame Dressing
1cup sesame tahini
¼ cup sesame oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup mellow red miso
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons filtered water
1/4 cup black sesame seeds

In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, sesame oil, lemon juice, miso, and 1/2 cup of the water. Add the remaining water a bit at a time and continue whisking until smooth.
Stir in the sesame seeds and set aside.

Vegetables
4 cups daikon radish, julienned on a mandoline
2 red bell peppers, cored and julienned
3 medium zucchini, julienned on a mandoline
3 medium carrots, peeled and julienned on a mandoline
6 baby bok choy, leaves thinly sliced on a bias
3 scallions, whites and about 1 inch of green, thinly sliced
1 big handful cilantro leaves
Sea salt

In a large bowl, toss all the prepared vegetables and the sesame dressing until evenly coated.
Season to taste with sea salt.

(Source: tracyandersonmethod.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Vegan French Onion Dip

From Addicted to Veggies.

Raw Vegan French Onion Dip

Step 1.

Before-hand Prep

Make a batch of AtV Sour Cream (you will need to use half of 1 batch)

Step 2.

Making your Dip

*** In a medium mixing bowl combine: 

1 & 1/2 cups AtV Sour Cream 
Pinch of Sea Salt & Pepper 

Mix evenly and set aside

*** In a small mixing bowl combine the following dry ingredients:

2 Tbsp Minced Dried Onion (you can find this in the spice section of your grocery store, and possibly the bulk spice section as well)
2 Tbsp Onion Powder
3/4 tsp Garlic Granules
Additional Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a fork, mix together your dry ingredients evenly. Slowly add your dry ingredients into your Sour Cream. Once you’ve mixed your dip let it chill in the fridge for about an hour - this will let the flavor of the Onion develop.

This dip is simply dreamy. I just don’t know what else to write. If you’re an Onion Dip Fanatic like I am, then give it a try! I’ve been making batches of this to keep in my fridge because it’s so good, and you can enjoy it in so many different ways. My adorable sister ate this while visiting from the East Coast and said: "How Did you make this without using MSG? It’s seriously (explicit) addictive!"That translates to success in my book.

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Raw Cinnamon Delight Hemp Spread

From Kristen Suzanne.

I love hemp foods. Hemp’s amino acid profile dominates with the 8 essential amino acids (10 if you’re elderly or a baby), making it a vegetarian source of “complete” protein! Manitoba Harvest is my favorite source for hemp foods. I use their hemp seeds, butter, protein powder and oil to make delicious raw vegan recipes all the time… including this one. Here’s an easy, delicious and nutritious spread for you and your family (especially kids!). I love serving it with sliced apples. Yum!

CINNAMON DELIGHT HEMP SPREAD

By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1/2 cup


1/2 cup
raw hemp seed butter
2 teaspoons raw agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

pinch Himalayan crystal salt


Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

(Source: kristensraw.blogspot.com)

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3 years ago
Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip

If you’re not familiar with Lapsang Souchong, here’s a bit of context. My maternal grandfather was a big tea-drinker, and Lapsang Souchong was probably his favorite tea ever. He and Grandma were planning a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, and of course had to stop at Murchie’s Teas. My dad put in a special request: “A pound of Lapsang, please… the extra-creosote variety.”

Grandpa used to call it “Lapsang Dingdong” when I was a kid, and if to this day if it comes up in speech I have to pause to make sure I’m using the right term.

From Addicted to Veggies.

Lapsang Souchong is a marvel in the world of loose leaf teas. You either love it or can’t stand it, because not very many people want to drink something that tastes like a campfire. The method for making this wonderful tea is simple:The Chinese black tea leaves are dried in bamboo baskets over pine-wood fires. This method of drying the leaves above pine wood smoke infuses the leaves with the most amazing flavor, to me it’s very reminiscent of mesquite.

Where can you find Lapsang Souchong Tea?

  • Most Natural foods stores should carry it (check out the bulk section). 
  • You might find it pre-bagged in some grocery stores, although I prefer to buy it in loose leaf form. 
  • If your town has a local coffee shop that sells loose leaf teas ask them if they carry it. Chances are even if they don’t carry it they can easily order it for you! 

There is something truly amazing about this tea when combined with food. This next recipe is evidence of just that, and seriously you guys - it’s party worthy! If you’re looking for an amazing new dip to add to your holiday menu then look no further. You and your guests will not be disappointed.

Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip

Step 1.

Before hand Prep: 

combine 1 c Warm Water with 2 Tbsp Lapsang Souchong loose leaf tea 

Let the tea leaves “steep” in the warm water for 1 hour, strain water into a bowl and *set aside.

Your tea water should be a lovely clear Amber color like this:

To speed up your tea “steeping” time place your tea in a clear glass jar and set in the direct sunlight. If you go this route then you will only need to soak your tea leaves for about a half an hour.

Step 2.

Making the Dip:

2 c Cashews - soaked 4 hours
1 c (packed) shredded Pumpkin flesh
2 tsp White Mustard //or// 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Coconut Nectar //or// 2 Medjool Dates soaked until softened
1 to 2 tsp minced Garlic (for a milder garlic taste you can opt to use 1 tsp of Garlic granules)
2 tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Sea Salt - or to taste
1 cup of *Lapsang Souchong Tea Water (previously set aside)

Combine all of the above into your food processor and puree for roughly 3 minutes, until smooth.

I recommend pairing this dip with crisp Apple, Cucumber, or by the spoonful in copious amounts….when no one is looking of course.

(Source: addictedtoveggies.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Ranch Dressing

Paprika and green bell pepper aren’t interchangeable to me (paprika = mmm, green bell pepper = ecccchhhh), but experiment to see what you like.

From Addicted to Veggies.

If you’re like me, and at some point in your life stopped eating certain foods foods (due to health, dietary restrictions, or choice)…you know…those naughty foods that called your name in the night like a seductive edible, er…seductress…yeah…
Anyways…
Did someone say Ranch dressing? Yep - that was me, over in the corner, day dreaming about that horrible salad dressing/dip. So if Ranch still has you thinking longingly about it, heaving a big deep sigh, and cursing it’s name all at the same time, well this post is for you.

Ranch Dippy!

1 c Cashews
1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tsp Onion powder (maybe a pinch or two more)

1 tbsp Dried Chives
1 tsp dried Dillweed
1 tsp dried Parsley
3 tsp Dried Green Bell Pepper, or 1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 and 3/4 c Water (maybe a bit more after it’s chilled, because it may thicken)

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Process/Blend for 3 to 5 minutes, until very smooth

Chill - and enjoy with just about anything!

(Source: addictedtoveggies.com)

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3 years ago
Broccoli Stems with Creamy Garlic Herb Dip

From Addicted to Veggies, whose archives I seem to be poking through.

Thank you to Lisa over at Raw on $10 a Day (or Less) for this awesome reminder that Broccoli Stems are the BEST snack! Yummers forever!

Broccoli Stems with Creamy Garlic Herb Dip

Creamy Garlic Herb Dip

1 c Zucchini - peeled and choppped
1 & 1/2 c Macadamia nuts
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Parsley
1 tsp Dillweed - dried
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1 to 2 tsp Garlic Granules //or// 1 clove Garlic
1 Tbsp Medjool date paste //or// 2 Medjool dates
Sea Salt to taste
1/2 c Water

Puree the ingredients for up to 5 minutes in your food processor, or until very smooth/whipped.

(Source: addictedtoveggies.com)

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Creamy Dill Dip

Tip: the simpler way to express “1 Tbsp & 1 tsp Onion powder” (which doesn’t count on people noticing the bold type or the ampersand) is “4 tsp onion powder”.

The sour cream recipe can be found here.

From Addicted to Veggies.

One of my favorite things about Holiday parties is the finger food I get to make (and eat). There’s no question that I have an affinity for appetizers, but for someone who loves dips as much as I do I definitely have a very discriminating palate. I like my dips to taste like they’re loaded with all kinds of flavor - in short, I like my dips to taste like they’re NOT raw/vegan.

I’m happy to say that this Holiday season I have successfully fooled my non raw vegan friends with some amazingly tasty dips…and I’m going to share one of them with you right now!

AtV Creamy Dill Dip

Step 1.

 Before-hand Prep
Make a batch of AtV Sour Cream (you will need to use half of 1 batch)

Step 2.
Making your Dip
*** In a medium mixing bowl combine:
1 & 1/2 cups AtV Sour Cream
1 tsp Date Paste //or// Coconut Nectar

Mix evenly and set aside-

*** In a small mixing bowl combine the following dry ingredients:

2 heaping Tbsp Dillweed - dried
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic Granules
1/4 tsp ground Celery Seed
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a fork, mix together your dry ingredients evenly. Slowly add your dry ingredients into your Sour Cream. Once you’ve mixed your dip let it chill in the fridge for about an hour - this will let the flavor of the dried Dillweed develop.

—-My favorite way to serve this dip for parties is with a HUGE bowl of thinly sliced Cucumber rounds. You can pair it with chips, bread wedges, sliced apple…and probably many more things. Either way you can’t go wrong!

In the photo above I paired the Dill dip with fresh cucumber, apple, and a dash of lemon pepper - all piled onto flax/rye ‘bread’ (recipe for bread will be coming soon). This is probably my favorite way to eat the dip as a meal or snack.

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Raw Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread)

From Choosing Raw.

We all expect hummus and baba ghanoush when we eat Middle Eastern. But one of my very favorite Middle Eastern spread/dips is a dish called muhummara, which is a dip made from roasted red peppers and walnuts. It’s spicy, tart (there’s typically lemon juice in it), and absolutely delicious. The dish is Syrian in origin, but it’s often on the menu of Middle Eastern restaurants of all varieties—especially Turkish restaurants. No matter where you’re lucky enough to find the stuff, order it: you won’t be sorry.

Typically, one makes muhammara by roasting red peppers and blending them with walnuts (which may also be roasted). For a long time now, I’ve wanted to make a raw version, and this week seemed like as good a time as any. I didn’t want to use raw red peppers, because I knew they wouldn’t have the deep, sweet taste of roasted ones. Instead, I dehydrated some bell peppers for four hours with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then processed them with raw, soaked walnuts. The result was, I must say, a whole lot like the original: smoky, sweet, and a little spicy. You can adjust heat by adding red pepper flakes at your discretion, and you can certainly amp up the garlic if you like!

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Raw Muhammara (makes 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup walnuts, soaked 8 hrs
2 red bell peppers, quartered or cut into thick wedges
4 sundried tomatoes (optional)
1/2 clove garlic, minced
Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
1/4 tsp cumin
Salt
Red pepper flakes

1) Rub peppers in olive oil. Place them on a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dehydrate at about 115 degrees for 3-4 hours, or till reduced and soft.

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2) Drain walnuts and place in the bowl of a food processor. Process till very crumbly.

3) Add red peppers, tomatoes (if using), lemon juice, and cumin in the food processor, and process till very smooth. If you need to, add a touch of water. Check mixture for seasoning and then season well with salt and pepper flakes. Serve!

I enjoyed mine stuffed into romaine leaves and served up with salad: fresh, tasty, and just my kind of lunch.

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3 years ago
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-dried tomatoes are a wonderfully non-seasonally-tied ingredient.

Also from Kristen Suzanne.

Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Yield 4 servings

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked 2 hours in enough water just to cover, reserve soak water
1/2 cup fresh basil, packed
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 teaspoon garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil, adding a little of the sun-dried tomato “soak” water, if necessary. While the mixture is pureeing, add the olive oil. Enjoy!

Serving suggestion:

~ Dip zucchini slices into this delicious pesto for a fast and easy treat
~ Stuff 1/2 of a seeded tomato or bell pepper (yellow or orange are especially beautiful) with 1/4 cup of pesto, topped with fresh sprouts
~ Serve on top of zucchini angel hair pasta for an awesome meal

(Source: kristensraw.blogspot.com)

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