Saturday, September 22, 2012

Raw Apple Crisp - Gourmet Version

For apple filling:
6 Fuji apples, washed, and sliced very thin
juice of 2 lemons
2 T ground cinnamon
1 t ground cardomom
1 t ground allspice
1 c dried raisins
1/2 c candied ginger, chopped fine - optional
1 1/2 c orange juice
1 c dates

For topping:
1 cups dates
2 cups walnuts

Optional for Serving:
Greek Yogurt

Prepare topping by chopping 1 cup dates and 2 cups walnuts. A blender or food processor works fine. Use the coarse setting. Don't wash the blender. You'll use it again!

For the filling, mix thinly sliced apples, lemon juice, raisins, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and chopped candied ginger. If you are a a raw purist, leave out the candied ginger. Now in the same blender or food processor puree the orange juice with 1 cup of dates. It makes a thick liquid. Pour over apple mixture and use your hands to mix very well. Pour this into a 9x13" baking dish.

Sprinkle date/walnut crumbles over the top. If you can stand to wait this gets better with time as the apples soak up the liquid. I couldn't! It is awesome for breakfast or dessert with a dollop of Greek Yogurt on it!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Warm Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

Bet you never knew cabbage and carrots could taste this good! If you like Asian inspired flavors you'll love this!

2 T mustard seeds (any color)
1 T cumin
2 T ginger powder
2 t salt

Olive oil and/or toasted almond oil
juice of 1 large lemon
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 T honey

1 medium head red cabbage shredded
1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots

Heat oil in large pot that will accomodate all the veggies, over medium high heat. If you have some toasted almond oil, use some of that. It will add a subtle extra layer of flavor. If not, just use olive oil, no worries. Add the spices and stir around in the hot oil for a minute. Next add the veggies and keep tossing to get them cooked. Meanwhile as they cook, add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir until veggies are the consistency you like. I like mine almost but not quite soft.

You can serve these hot or cold, as a side or a main dish with some beans and rise. You can put a bed of them under white fish for some really nice flavor. Or you can make a makeshift salad with them, with diced mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and whatever else suits your fancy! Enjoy!