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So after my meeting with my naturopath and her telling me that there were still toxins trying to find their way out of my body, I decided that perhaps I should eat more raw food, just for a little while until I got more toxins out.
I went to the library and got out a raw food book, bought a raw food eBook online and got stuck into it all. I have kinda been toying with the idea of eating more raw food for a while now and I guess this was the motivation to actually do it. As it so happened, I also managed to find a dehydrator for $20 from a lady selling one through the supermarket notice board! Bargain! Not that you need a dehydrator to make this dish!
So, I really didn’t feel like making boring old salads because to be honest, I didn’t need to get a whole bunch of books to do that! So, I went for a recipe I had never done before—raw pasta! I know it sounds really strange and I really had little hope for it…
Here’s the process:
- 1 whole cucumber
- 1 whole courgette/zucchini
- 2 big carrots
- 2 whole fresh tomatoes
- 1 red capsicum/red pepper
- 6 sundried tomatoes
- A sprinkling of herbs
- Some lemon or lime juice
- 4 pre-soaked dates
- mushrooms, capsicum slices or any other toppings you like. Maybe even more tomatoes. I love herbs so I used fresh coriander. Parsley would also be good.
This is the fun part! Making the pasta!
If you don’t already have one, get yourself a spiralizer—really cool device that actually makes pasta! You can buy one through Amazon. Get the Benriner Cook Helper Slicer—it’s the best option. Here’s a video on how to use it and what they look like. You can just use a peeler to make long strands of pasta but the long strands of vegetable pasta are so much cooler!
Then spiralise the cucumber, courgettes and carrots into a bowl. Mix them up so you get the different color combinations.
Then take the fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red pepper, lemon/lime, soaked dates and dried herbs and throw them in a good blender. Mine isn’t very good so it struggled to blend these totally dry. I added a little bit of date juice—left over from soaking them. I added just enough to get the blades moving.
I must just mention what I used the dehydrator for… I made my own sundried tomatoes! It took all of two days for them to really dry properly but boy are they delicious! No preservatives or oil! Brilliant!
Now that you have made your sauce, you can add some other bits to your dish, if you like. I added some raw mushrooms (soaked in a little lemon juice) and some fresh coriander.
I know what you’re thinking… this does not sound nice at all! I was TOTALLY surprised. You know I am game for just about anything but when it comes to taste, I won’t just swallow anything. But this was really tasty and amazingly filling!
I am keen to experiment some more for lunch tomorrow!
Feel free to try it and let me know your thoughts!