Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Raw Truth

I have a secret to tell you guys.  I'm obsessing about raw food ever since Friday night at our friend Chaya and Roger's dinner party.  I can't get it out of my head.  And then on Sunday my friend and neighbor Lisa gave me a book she happened to have laying around in her house, The Raw Foods Detox Diet.  Is that a sign?

I used to think "raw foods" meant that you ate carrots, celery and apples all day.  Boy, was I stupid.  There is a whole world of creative, delicious and oh-so-healthy recipes out there. Just do a google search for "raw food recipes."

So I found a recipe this morning for a raw broccoli salad and "cooked" it when I got home tonight, adapting the recipe to my needs (less oil and more servings).  It required an extensive amount of chopping, which I needed because I didn't get a workout in today.  It was wonderfully crunchy, lemony and salty--a perfect balance of flavors and texture.

Raw Broccoli Salad Recipe
(Serves 8)

8 cups of chopped broccoli
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup of finely minced cilantro
2.5 tsp of cumin seeds
1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 3 lemons
1 1/2 tsp of sea salt, or if you have it, flor de sal

1.Wash and finely chop the broccoli, several florets at a time (do not use a food processor or broccoli will get mushy). Include 1 garlic clove in the chopping. Chop for another minute and then add the second clove. Keep chopping until the broccoli is a similar size to that in the picture -- 1/2cm to 1cm pieces.
2.Place the broccoli into a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and then mix well with a metal spoon. Cover and let the broccoli sit in the fridge for one hour.
3.Serve with accompanying meal of chicken, seafood or on its own.

There are a few local raw food pot lucks coming up in the next few weeks and I am itching to go with my new friend and raw foodist Toby, the organic vegetable share supplier.  But please, keep this our little secret!


Lindsay said...

The broccoli salad looks like it really turned out well! Was it delicious?!

Wendy and Sophia said...

Randy and I both loved it. There is a distinct raw garlic flavor going on, so if you know that you don't like that taste, I recommend leaving the garlic out.

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