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ALMOND ROSEMARY TARTALETTES

Raw vegan Almond Rosemary Tartalettes! Amazing crafty dish. When you can come up with your own fillings, deco and nice way how to plate them up. 

I am using  (activated – optional) almonds as my base but you can try to exchange them for any other nuts/seeds if you like. What is important in raw vegan cousine when you are trying to bind ingredients together … is consistency and natural food binders. I love to use flax seed flour. Cause when you mix it with any kind of liquidy texture, it´s gonna hold it together. In other times I also like chia and psyllium, but for this recipe are flax seeds perfect. They are gonna absorb the liquid from tomatoes and help create dough-like texture. 

Food processor is gonna make it all for you. Your job … and fun obviously .. is to press that mixture into tartalette molds, put them into dehydrator for few hours and that´s it. You can store these in airtight container or in a freezer. Cause sometimes you think it´s airtight and it will last forever, you open the box after two weeks and voila, they are moldy :D. So freeze these babies and just defrost them in a dehydrator few minutes before preping them up for a nice complete dish. 

If you would like to experiment and you are trying to keep it high carb or lower in calories, you can use sprouted&dehydrated buckwheat, my most favourite ingredient. It can also work with sprouted&dehydrated quinoa. In raw vegan world, always always sprout grains. Or at least soak them for 12 hours. It´s about rising nutritional value and making you to digest those foods properly. 

 

 

Raw vegan Almond Rosemary Tartalettes

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Serves: 7

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (activated) almonds
  • 100g tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1 cup flax seed flour
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions

1

First prepare your fresh flax seed flour from the flax seeds. Mix them in a high speed blender.

2

Mix almonds in food processor into a flour.

3

Add all the other ingredients and mix together well.

4

Mixture should be like a dough and little sticky.

5

Each tartalette weights aprox 60grams.

6

Press the mixture into a tartalette molds and create nice pie shaped crusts.

7

Dehydrate for few hours. Tartalettes need to be totally dehydrated, so check them out once in a while. Once they are ready, you can store them in a dry place. But what I found is best, is to put them in freezer and defrost them in a dehydrator few minutes before preparing.

Basics of Raw/ Rawfood Cousine

RAW VEGAN PAD THAI WITH ACTIVATED ALMOND&GINGER SAUCE

This is definitely one of my most favourite raw vegan recipes. It is simple, fresh, crunchy, fun to prepare, colorfull and most of all….tastyyyy! Base is gonna be your julienned veggies but the sauce that comes with it is gonna level it up pretty much! When I´m teaching rawfood cooking classes I encourage people to be creative with flavours so you can also play around with this one. Use home made coconut milk instead of water, add different herbs, use different spices, all up to you. I am here just to spark thirst for healthy living food!

 

WHAT DOES THE WORD “ACTIVATED” MEAN, WHY AND HOW TO DO IT.

Idea behind activation=soaking (10-12 hours in filtered water) of nuts, seeds&grains is minimalization/elimination of it´s enzyme inhibitors, phytates  (phytic acid), polyphenols&goitrogens.

Enzyme inhibitor will clog, warp or denature an active site of an enzyme (enzyme is meant to help break down food/help every biological process the body does). Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron&zinc in the intestinal tract&block their absorbtion which can lead to mineral deficiencies and bone loss.

By soaking nuts, seeds&grains you will rise absorbtion of proteins and minerals and you will overall help your body to digest all the nutrients of the nuts&seeds properly.

 

This doesn´t mean that if you will not gonna do this, you are gonna die ;D. Almost anybody knows about this except of health addicts and we all live, right. You can still enjoy tasty meal without thinking about soaking every nut&seed 12 hours before consumption. But if you are someone who is eating nuts, seeds&grains regularly or on daily basis, I would definitelly suggested to you to start with this “procedure”.

 

 

 

Pad Thai with activated Almond&Ginger Sauce

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 2
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots (julienne)
  • 1 sweet potato (julienne)
  • 2 courgettes (julienne)
  • 1 bell pepper (cut thinly)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 handull of coriander (options: parsley, basil, mint,..)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
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  • SAUCE
  • up to 4 portions
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  • 1 cup activated almonds (soaked for 12 hours)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tbsp tamari (glutenfree soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger juice or grinded thumb sized ginger
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

1

1. For activation of almonds you should start to soaking them night or 12 hours before. Best option is to have a big jar of activated&dehydrated almonds ready for any occasion.

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2. Prepare your veggies for Pad Thai. Wash courgettes&bell pepper and peel carrots &sweet potato. This Pad Thai looks amazing when all the veggies exept red bell pepper are peeled with "julienne peeler", if you don´t have it at home, just slice all your veggies really thinly or use basic peeler.

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3. Put all your julienned veggies in a big bowl, add lemon juice, chopped handfull of herbs of your choice, sesame oil, white&black sesame seeds and pink salt. Mix everything together nicely and set aside.

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4. For the sauce mix all ingredients together in blender untill smooth. You can use juice from ginger or simple whole peeled ginger root.