Friday, June 1, 2012

Raw Cheese Ravioli

Admitting that cooking beans and rice has gotten somewhat boring makes a creative get, well, creative. When thinking of how to change things up a bit, I turned to a few raw ideas. My pantry has accumulated some interesting things, and I decided to put my creative cooking mind to good use. After doing a bit of research, I went all in raw territory. Eating raw is not only vegan, healthy, and extremely delicious, its also EASY and very fast!

raw cheese

1 tsp garlic (chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups Brazil nuts
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water

Chop the garlic, cut up the nuts a bit and mix all in a food processor.


1 beet (thinly sliced)

The beet should act as the 'wrap' for the cheese, then topped with the marinara. That's it! I know, I know, it doesn't sound very good if  you aren't a beet fan. As my grandmother always said, "You'll never know unless you try!" ... don't let her down!

Cherry Tomato Marinara

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
2 teaspoons dates (or raisins)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosmary
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until done. You'll know it when you see it. I have to admit, I didn't have enough tomatoes. We used many from our garden for guacamole. I did have about a cup, and the other half I substituted red pepper. It came out a bit more tangy then I would have preferred.