Getting raw with food

March 28, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD
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Co-author Brotman owns a raw-food restaurant and catering service in Santa Monica, Calif. According to HarperCollins, the book's publisher, "Raw" does not focus on "100 variations of salads" but instead offers recipes for foods such as sun-baked pizza, vegan sushi and burritos.

ยท "Conscious Eating," by Dr. Gabriel Cousens

The author's Web site describes the book as "the Bible of vegetarianism," offering research and practical ways to individualize raw-food diets.

Raw Tacos

For the "shells":

4 to 6 collard green leaves, with the rib

For the filling:

1 cup organic, raw pepitas (see cook's note)
1 packet spicy taco seasoning
Olive oil, enough to moisten the spatula when stirring
1 tablespoon water

For the toppings:

1 tomato, chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
Pinch of fresh cilantro
Drop of lemon juice
Drop of lime

Cook's note: You can find the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) at Martin's Food Markets.


Rinse the greens and pat dry.

For the filling, put the dry pepitas into a bowl. Add seasoning, oil and water, continuing to stir.

For the toppings, mix together the tomato, pepper and onion. Add cilantro, lemon and lime juices to mixture.

To assemble, place the filling at the center of the green, along the rib. Add toppings, roll and serve.

Serves 4 to 6.

- Recipe courtesy of Tanya Crawley

Mock Salmon Pate

2 cups of walnuts
1 large red pepper
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
2 stalks of celery, to taste (optional)
1 large scallion

Cook's note: Celtic sea salt is available at Common Market in Frederick, Md.

Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until blended. Can be served on the plate, as is, or spread over celery sticks, flax crackers or salad.

Serves 4 to 6.

- Recipe courtesy of Tanya Crawley

Raw Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup cacao nibs
15 to 20 medjool dates
1/2 cup walnuts

Cook's note: Cacao nibs can be found at Common Market in Frederick, Md.

Using a coffee bean grinder, grind cacao nibs into a fine powder and place into the food processor. Remove seeds from the dates and put into food processor. Add walnuts to the processor and blend until the mixture resembles the consistency of a crumb cake. Do not blend until it's mushy. Remove blade from the processor. Place wax paper on a glass tray. Using your hands, remove the mixture from the processor, knead smooth out onto the glass tray and cut into brownies. Can be eaten immediately.

Yields about 24 brownies.

- Recipe courtesy of Tanya Crawley

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