Monday, June 16, 2008

Dinner in the Raw

In the spirit of healthy living, occasionally the missus and I try something on the greener side of the buffet table. Specifically, we prepare something created by the Raw movement, where everything you eat, and I do mean everything, is well, raw.

Many people might think this way of preparing and enjoying food is missing something; for instance heat and cooked flesh. But the folks who ascribe to this movement may actually be on to something. Food, in its raw, uncooked form, is the best way to get the most nutrition out of each bite. This of course means no meat, but some of the more crafty raw foodies out there have worked their way around that little hiccup.

It should be said that any raw recipe, including the one that follows, is missing one very commonly accepted step: cooking. Many of the simpler recipes, those that don't require 24 hours in a dehydrator, require only chopping, slicing, stirring, and maybe a few seconds in the high-speed blender. The following recipe is a pretty basic raw recipe that should impress even the pickiest omnivore you know.

Zucchini Pasta Alfredo

For the pasta, first you are going to need one of these:

This handy little tool is a spiral slicer. Take 4 to 6 large zucchini, peel, cut off the ends, then spin them individually in the slicer, turning them into beautiful little curly ribbons of squash. Like so:

You might want to cut them down into manageable strips for easier consumption. For the sauce, you will need:

A high speed blender
3/4 cup coconut water
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup raw pine nuts or cashews
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients (except the zucchini) in the high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Mix the sauce with the zucchini in a bowl, and serve.

Recipe note: The texture of the zucchini noodles improves if they are left to sit at room temperature for 6 hours or so. These can also be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator.

Editors note: In order to get the coconut water necessary for this sauce recipe, you might have to get creative. Buy a fresh coconut, carve off most of the outer skin, and see how far you get trying to crack it with a kitchen knife. Really, give it a shot. Eventually, you will realize the tools you need are not in the kitchen. And then you will hammer an 8" Phillips-head screwdiver into the stubborn coconut.

Thanks to Matt Amsden and his "Rawvolution" cookbook for the sauce recipe. The book has some great ideas for raw beginners, and for those of us who just have had one too many hamburgers.



erin said...

ok...this sounds AWESOME!!!! Rick, unfortunately wouldn't touch it with a 10-ft pole. Next time you make this, safe me some : )

Mr. Rosewater said...

Erin - Yeah, I know Rick would break out into hives if he was even in the same room as this dish, but whatever. It is tasty, and healty too!

Dirty Kitchen Secrets said...

Wow! I've been on a detox for a few weeks now and I've been trying to get creative in the kitchen! This looks great I can't wait to make it!

Dirty Kitchen Secrets said...

by the way! I loved living on Maui it was exceptional! Can't wait to go back and visit one day! My sisters still live there... lucky one ;)

Mr. Rosewater said...

If you are looking for some good, simple ideas for Raw food, check out Matt Amsden's cookbook and website "Rawvolution", linked on the post. Try the walnut lettuce cups, those are awesome.

Thanks for checking out the blog!

Cinnamon red said...

Hi Joel! I love the site and all the wonderful recipes. How about one of your famously delicious cheesecake? Ciao! Mandy