Rawifying Recipes

Many regular recipes are almost raw already. Has Rachael Ray gone RAW????(Rachael Raw hehe) Well, not quite! Yesterday on the Rachael Ray show, she had a lovely cucumber salad that only required a few tweaks to make it all raw. Check out the original recipe.

Now here it is with the simple modifications:

Pickle-Dilly Salad

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon agave
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon pink salt
1 clove garlic, peeled and cracked
2 tablespoons dill, chopped
1 fresh bay leaf
1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cucumbers, sliced thin

I used the food processor to slice the cucumber very thin.
Mix all the other ingredients together and pour over the cucumber.
Let stand at least 1 hour.
I keep it in a jar until serving

This show also featured a pasta dish. Simply leave out the cheese in this recipe, don't toast the nuts:), and of course use your favorite "pasta", like spirialized squash. Recipe easily rawified!

note: I added some sliced black olives and chopped pistachios to garnish and tossed a spoonful of nutritional yeast into the pesto. The "pasta" is yellow summer squash spiralized using the large hole plate, and chopped slightly to resemble elbow macaroni:)

Sorry, I couldn't help but notice a related recipe on the Rachael Ray cucumber recipe for Asian cucumber, spinach salad...so here it is!

The rawified recipe is:
The dressing
1/3 cup water (I like a little less)
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon agave, or a big juicy date
1/2 clove garlic
small knob fresh ginger, approx. tip of pinky size:)
2 teaspoons nama shoyu
pinch of salt and pepper, optional

Combine all dressing ingredients in magic bullet until well blended and pour over salad.

The salad:
3-4 cups spinach
1 good slice red onion, slivered
1 large cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin in food processor
1/2 teaspoon approx. crushed red pepper flakes.

I have to thank Rachael Ray for the recipes above, and also for the inspiration for me to go raw! She had several shows in 2007 featuring Dr. Timothy Brantley, author of the book The Cure. After watching the first show he was on, I read his book, and it was so inspiring, I went raw as soon as I finished it.
Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brantley...you changed my life!

Some great recipes are already raw, such as most salads, salsa, guacamole, and gazpacho.

Here is a recipe for taco filling that uses mushrooms in place of meat...thank you, have_mersey!

As you become used to eating raw, you will see how easy it is to rawify recipes.
You can usually substitute dates or agave for sugar, flax seed will thicken dishes in place of eggs, raw apple cider vinegar for any other vinegar, nuts or mushrooms are often used for meat, nutmilks for dairy milk and so on.

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