trešdiena, 2013. gada 17. jūlijs

Raw dinner

For a while now there has been a constant debate on green carpet about maybe going raw or at least trying to add more raw to our daily food consumption and we tried some recipes several times..

With all the wonderful berries and fruits available now in season it has been fairly easy and pleasant to keep our raw food levels up on daily basis. However, during our National XXV Song and XV Dance Festival week where I had to dance all day and sometimes night long, and during the "recovery week" I managed to indulge in more of those foods I'd never eat otherwise. Looking for excuses? Maybe.. But as much as I tried to keep a healthy diet (bringing health snacks and smoothies to the stadium, carrying almonds in all my pockets), the "other" foods kept creeping up on me..
So this week I felt already fully recovered from the amazing experience of dancing, and decided- time to get back to proper moonphase detox days and add more raw. After trying some soups and smoothies mostly a while ago, this time I dared myself into "cooking" raw dinner maincourse.
I have to say- it was fantastic!!!
So here's the recipe I used:

Picture from whose recipe I used for with little alteration

Cauliflower rice with raw pesto

For rice:
2small heads of cauliflower
1 red bell pepper
4 stalks of celery
2 handfuls of mushrooms
1/2 large courgette

For pesto:

2 handfuls of basil leaves (from my windowsill)
pine nuts and walnuts as much as you prefer
2-3 cloves of garlic
olive oil
pinch of pink himalaya salt

Chop the cauliflower in a food processor until rice-like consistence (small grains). I used a tip to pulse 10times and do it by small portions not to turn it into a paste.
Dice the bell pepper, celery and courgette, chop the mushrooms. Mix it all in the cauliflower rice.

Blend basil leaves, garlic and nuts all in a thick paste, add a pinch of salt and drizzle in olive oil to gain the perfect substance. My suggestion is to 'stretch' it a little with more olive oil to make it really a sauce for the 'rice'.

And voila! Enjoy your healthy raw meal!