February 16th, 2006


raw food recipes?

What are your favorite raw food recipes? I am living in Australia right now - it is waaay hot where I am at (Sunshine Coast area of Queensland) which is okay b/c I love hot, but my kitchen gets crazy warm when I am standing over my frying pan cooking up dinner - so seriously I will love anyone who responds to this with their fav raw food recipes or meal ideas.
Memorial Day '03

Loubia Bil Luz

This is an Algerian preparation of green beans. I don't know where I got this recipe, so if you recognize it please tell me who to credit. I think it is usually served as a main dish, but I think it would make a great side dish as well. You'll get about 4 servings as a main dish and probably 8, give or take, as a side dish.
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hijiki and baby corn

I wanted a healthy little snack this afternoon and a recent post reminded me of the dry hijiki I have in the pantry... I really enjoyed this little meal, so I thought I'd share. I made it into a bigger portion, maybe appropriate for a side dish or snack for two.

1/4 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Enough vegetable oil to sautee onion and garlic
1 teaspoon hot sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 cup rehydrated hijiki
1 can baby corn
Braggs to taste

Sautee garlic and onion in vegetable and sesame oils. Throw in some sesame seeds. Drain the baby corn and throw it in, put in the hijiki, and then season with Braggs or other soy sauce.

This was simple and fast to make, and hijiki is super nutritious. The onions and garlic and sesame complemented it better than the last way I made it. A little goes a long way.

moroccan lentil and kale stew

so i tried to make this recipe:

1 tbsp canola oil
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 c water
1.5 c green lentils, rinsed
2 tsp ground cumin
.5 tsp black pepper
2 c coarsely chopped kale
3-4 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp salt
juice of 1 lemon

in a large saucepan, heat the canola oil over medium high heat. add the carrots, diced onion, and garlic, then cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. stir in the water, lentils, cumin, and pepper and bring to a simmer over high heat. reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, 45-55 minutes. stir in kale, parsley, salt, and lemon juice, then cook for 10-15 minutes. serve with sauteed onions.

my problems were, however, that i am having severe issues finding green lentils. and i had no kale. the first time i used brown lentils and that was amazing. so i decided to make a double batch. i had recently picked up a bag of urid dal and masoor dal to experiment with. because masoor dal seemed so popular, i decided to try this recipe with urid dal, just for kicks. it's bland. i mean, it's cumin-y, but obviously not lentil-y as it has no lentils in it. any ideas on how i could alter it a bit and make it more exciting to eat? thanks in advance!