Saturday, April 21, 2012

Raw Italian Sandwiches!

Recently, my friend Kim and Jen came over for a visit.  I have a new kitchen island, and I was excited to use it with company over! I l love to entertain and share good food! This island adds so much to the kitchen. It is a central focal and gathering point, which I love. Anyway, Kim and Jen are eating more raw foods and are interested in learning all that they can from those of us eating high-raw. I was going to serve this awesome bread with a salad, but as I started cutting up the bread, I had a new idea.

I cut the bread rectangularly and spread these with cashew mayonnaise. I then topped them with shredded Romaine and avocado that was tossed in olive oil and apple cider vinegar. I added sliced tomato and some yummy raw garlic dill pickles, fresh dill  and then finished it off with some pink salt and pepper.

As I prepared everything, I was chatting with my friends who were watching this new creation unfold. One thing that I have learned from shifting to a raw lifestyle is, never be attached to the recipe you thought you were going to make... Just go with the flow and inspiration in all that you are creating. Many times, my new creations become part of my regular rotation of raw favorites. These are definitely something I will be making often. It's pure and simple and I couldn't believe how much they reminded me of the Italian Subs that I used to like from our local sub shop.

Zucchini Orion Bread

1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 cup ground almonds (I use a coffee bean mill)
1 cup ground golden flax seeds

Place the zuke, onion and oil is a food processor and puree. Remove and in a bowl add zuke puree, salt, almond meal and flax meal. Spread evenly on an Excalibur Dehydrator teflex sheet. Dehydrate on 104 degrees for 4 hours, then flip for 6 more hours.

Raw Cashew Mayo

1/2 cup soaked cashews
2 Tbl nutritional yeast
2 Tbl olive oil
1 Tbl of Organic Tahini
2 tsp fresh lomon juice
1/2 cup water

Blend all ingredients in your amazing Vitamix or other blender. Will keep for 5 days in the fridge. You can make a double batch, then make a raw mock-tuna recipe the next day and use this mayo!

You can then add whatever you'd like to this basic recipe. I've added garlic and fresh herbs to mine before. I added Italian Seasoning when I made this recipe.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Raw Iron Chef!

Last week was the second annual Life Rocks! Radical Unschooling Conference. It is a conference that I  produce in North Conway, NH. This year I decided to have a Raw Iron Chef competition as part of the event, inspired by my love for living foods, the Iron Chef show and also my beautiful friend Christina. Christina and each had a team - Team Martin and Team Cretella. We decided to playfully compete, yet the event itself was more serious than either of us realized it would be. We loved it though and  we both agree that it was an experience that we will never forget. 

Judges for the Life Rocks! Raw Iron Chef competition: Josha Grant, Roderick Russell and Steve Sainsbury!

Here I am praying for the win, once I got a taste for competing!

Competing against a best friend is fun and wonderful, because I had no attachment to winning. I wanted Christina to win and I knew I would take such joy in seeing her take home the trophy! Well, as the competition went on my desire to win was sparked because I worked so hard and I felt the intensely serious nature of the event. It felt so good to compete and be timed in doing so. It was more exhilarating than I ever imagined!!
Having Jamie as a partner gave me an edge because he has an awesome "stage presence" and also got really creative with the presentation. I loved that! 

Goji Berries were the secret ingredient and we had to incorporate them into every course.

I created the recipes and Jamie helped me execute them.

Our main entree was my
Raw Taco with Goji Berry Salsa (recipe here)

This is Jamie and I putting the raspberry-goji berry sauce into the squeeze bottle.

For dessert I created a
 Raw Chocolate Silk Pie with Raspberry and Goji Sauce (recipe here)

I am pleased to say that we won 1st place!! It was such an incredible experience! 
photos by Joe Martin and Xavia Vincete

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to be Rawsome: Upgrade Your Life With Living Foods!

Rock Your Life! Teleseries

This week's teleseries session is:

How to be Rawsome: 
Upgrade Your Life With Living Foods!

Join Dayna LIVE this Sunday where she discuss her leap to a raw food lifestyle ten months ago. Dayna went from the standard American diet to 100% Raw, almost overnight! Her life changed dramatically in only a couple of weeks from making the shift and she is inspired to support others in making the change themselves.
Learn about the tools to make raw foods easier and how you can slowly stock your pantry with living food ingredients to help you become a better YOU!
Learn how to make the transition to living, raw foods easy and fun and gain the confidence necessary to make the shift to better your life in every aspect!

 Read more about Dayna’s Raw Journey here.
This session has limited space, so sign up quickly as this is sure to be one of Dayna’s most popular discussions. To learn more about past teleseries session for purchase, click here.
Get ready to upgrade your life!!

This Sunday, April 15th, at 7pm EST

You will be emailed a call in number and unique code to enter the call. I look forward to having you part of the discussion and to answer your questions!