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Monday, May 5, 2008

cinco de mayo commission bye bye o - mexican raw food recipes

i've just finished whipping up a batch of my popular sweet salsa, guacamole, (hummus aka my short cut raw refried beans) and my corn tortillas are in the deyhdrator. while i was whipping up my dinner for tonight i was talking to one of my girlfriends on the phone who was saying... "i could never make food like that it would take too much time" - and i am like YES you could and NO it doesn't.

since it is cinco de mayo (sorry can't say that without thinking of elaine in the Cinco de Mayo / Putumayo episode --- cinco de mayo commission bye bye o) --- fox news was showing amazing mexican recipes that made me crave mexican for dinner tonight so for all of you out there who think you can't eat delicious foods like mexican when eating live foods i have to say that mexican food is probably one that is the easiest to duplicate with raw living foods - mostly because of the salsa, sauces and guacamole that are such a huge part of mexican dishes.

okay so even if you don't want to be high raw or 100% raw if nothing else hopefully this post will get you to stop buying store bought salsa --- WHAT??? come on... there is NOTHING better than fresh salsa and it is so quick and easy and a MILLION different ways to make it, sweet, spicy, fruity, etc., etc.

everyone that comes to my house when we have a party LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES my salsas. because hubby and i have NOTHING in common there are almost always at least two varietys - a sweet salsa -- 100% raw and a spicy salsa 100% raw (i don't know how to make a non raw salsa actually) -- but stop buying that store bought stuff because it is filled with preservatives.. and honestly once you get use to making your own salsa you can't go back to the junk found in the supermarket.

okay so i measure NOTHING... so bear with me and you may have to add and taste along the way.



(in the portion below would be about enough for two people for a meal - so if you are having a party just multiply)

1 large tomato diced
onion diced (add as much as you want)
cilantro diced very finely - USE FRESH CILANTRO NOT DRIED - (i use a lot!)
1 tablespoon of braggs apple cider vinegar
1 squeeze of lemon (fresh lemon)
1 dash of maple syrup
celtic sea salt to taste


for hubby's spicy salsa i omit the maple syrup and add peppers such as jalapeno (you can use other peppers as well such as serrano or hot hot habanero)

you can do so much with your salsa's -- add different spices, add mango (which i love in my salsa but many don't), you can add corn (fresh off the cob!!) - get creative!! it takes no time at all.


this is super easy too - and can be customized to your taste by the spicing you use. we make super simple corn tortillas -- all we use is corn fresh off the cob --- this morning i used five ears. ground flax (just take your flax seed and grind in a coffee grinder) -- i just use enough to make the mixture thicker (sorry i will start measuring) -- then season to taste.. we use cumin and chili powder and a dash of celtic sea salt. (DO NOT USE TABLE SALT FOR ANYTHING --- YES THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!! --- and there is also a difference in sea salt labels - read this in depth article on sea salt vs table salt. -- honestly i could go on about the difference between NATURAL SODIUM and SALT - huge difference basically one is able to be broken down by the body the other is not -- for your own benefit study up on the topic if you do not know or believe there is a difference).

after you put that all in a vitamix (or food processor or blender if you don't have a vitamix) spoon it out of your processor with a spatula onto your dehydrator sheets - stick in the dehydrator i have an excalibur which shows live foods at 105 - so put it at 105 and let it go. a few hours later and they will be done!


i've both had and made raw refried beans from both chick peas and sunflower seeds. i've never made a raw refried bean recipe i really liked with chick peas (garbanzo beans) as well as the recipes with refried beans. this morning i had NO sunflower seeds (ate them all -- btw they are a great source of iron, vitamin c and zinc. -- okay so no sunflower seeds and the organic ones i buy are about 45 minutes away and my day is swamped so what's a girl to do --- i keep on hand a dried hummus food which is a product of the company matter of flax. -- their hummus is made with sprouted sunflower seeds and raw tahini as the main base - then the different flavors are seasoned different ways. the product is a dried product (so all you do is just add water). NORMALLY i would make it fresh with soaked sunflower seeds, HOWEVER their sun dried tomato no bean hummus tastes very much like refried beans (you can even mix it up and throw it in the dehydrator for a couple of minutes to warm it up). so if you are like me living in BFE and can't always run to the grocery store at the drop of a hat you will learn the products you can use that will get you buy in a pinch.

i see they have a new flavor jalapeno/cilantro which i have not tried and that would probably taste even closer to 'raw refried beans'. -- the absolute best RAW REFRIED BEANS i've ever had came from the raw food restaurant in las vegas - go raw cafe (maybe i'll email them and see if they are willing to share their recipe - their food is honestly to die for!)

okay so you got your refried beans, your fresh salsa, your fresh guacamole, your corn tortillas - you are ready to chow down!

so that's it for now.. off to the studio to paint -- adios!!

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