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105degrees, L1/W2/D3: tacos & pizza!

November 3, 2010

This. Day. Rocked! You could call it “Junk” Food Day, Crowdpleaser Day, or Convert a Carnivore Day. We made some of my favorite raw food dishes – nay, some of my favorite DISHES! – and reaped the rewards of the last couple days of prep work.

Before I begin, though, I must mention the killer contest that Hail Merry announced today. You may have read my review of their incredible line of raw vegan snacks, and I just mentioned on Monday that I visited a Whole Foods all the way down in Dallas over the weekend JUST to procure another bag of HM’s blonde macaroons. The prize up for grabs is a humongous gift pack of goodies, so check out the giveaway guidelines and try for your chance to win!

Now, on to today’s raw meals…

Though I didn’t show it, we’d also prepped some tortillas yesterday. By this morning, they were dry enough to handle, but still pliable.

Another thing I didn’t show yesterday was the (sunflower-seed-based) “refried beans” we’d prepared. Those dehydrated overnight too, and this morning, we blended a tomatoey sauce to add to them.

I’ve made these at home before, and I can’t get enough of them.

We each made our guacamole however we wanted it. I like mine salty and cilantro-y.

Finally, we threw together a teensy batch of mango-tomato salsa.

Russell showed us how best to layer our taco ingredients…

…and we followed suit, adding a drizzle of cashew sour cream last.

RAW TACO TIME!

I garnished the plate with small scoops of extra guac and salsa.

Spicy, saucy “beans;” cool, creamy guacamole; fresh, fruity salsa; and rich, tart sour cream…MMM. The chewy tortillas were great, too.

Here’s me and my lover, I mean taco.

Oh MAN. This is hearty, filling, flavorful raw food at its best.

As if that weren’t enough awesomeness for one day, our pizza crusts from Monday were done drying.

We’d also dehydrated some “caramelized” onions overnight…

…AND we’d sous-vided some red pepper and tomato for about 12 hours.

The latter went into a simple pizza sauce. Along with small batches of pesto and macadamia nut cheeze, the caramelized onions, and some kalamata olives, our pizza prep stations were ready.

First came layers of sauce and onions…

…followed by pesto, macnut cheeze, and olives.

I added some crushed red pepper and freshly ground black pepper, and finished the crust by brushing it with olive oil and adding just a sprinkle each of nutritional yeast and salt.

A little rustic, a little refined, and ALL scrumptious!

What more can I say? Tacos + pizza = quite possibly the perfect raw day.

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40 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2010 6:54 pm

    Gosh you guys are getting through sooo much stuff early on!!! RAW TACOS, now that’s something I haven’t made yet! Keep ’em coming girl 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 4, 2010 6:04 pm

      I know, right? It feels like a whirlwind sometimes!
      You’ve GOT to make raw tacos sometime!

  2. November 3, 2010 8:50 pm

    I agree! This was a heck of a good day!! All those yummy eats.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 4, 2010 6:04 pm

      Hehe, damn straight! 😛

  3. November 3, 2010 9:33 pm

    Holy delicious-ness! This day DOES look like raw vegan perfection 🙂 I absolutely love fresh guacamole . Yours looks fantastic! And I’m curious about the macadamia “cheeze,” I’ve never heard of it before. I continue to be amazed by everything a food dehydrator can produce.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:34 pm

      The macnut cheeze is actually so simple, you don’t really need a recipe. Just soak raw macadamias in water for an hour or two, drain them, then blend them with a pinch of salt, a dash of lemon juice, and JUST enough water to get the mixture smooth-ish. No dehydrator needed! 🙂

  4. November 3, 2010 9:54 pm

    Well, these are two of MY favorite foods. That would make a great day for me. Your presentations are lovely and the food/ingredients are so colorful.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:35 pm

      I think these meals would please just about anyone, raw and non-raw alike.

  5. November 3, 2010 10:01 pm

    Amber – food looks amazing!! Looks like you are having a blast!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:35 pm

      Definitely! Thanks Kylea!

  6. November 3, 2010 10:04 pm

    That taco = obsession. There’s not even proper Mexican in Canberra, let alone vegan-friendly, let alone raw! That looks so insanely fresh and amazing… and now I’m going to go open my jar of Barney Butter – the last of the American nut butters. I just need something to make myself feel better… 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:44 pm

      Mexican food ranks among my favorite cuisines, so I’m so sorry to hear you can’t get good Mex there! At least you have that jar of nut butter (of a brand I’ve never tried!)…I mean, it’ll at least last you through the weekend, right? Maybe… 😉

      That’s just another thing we’ll have to do when you visit: make healthy, virtuous raw tacos together, AND go out for spicy, greasy, authentic Mexican food! They even each other out, you see.

  7. November 3, 2010 10:11 pm

    I’ve been meaning to give cashew sour cream a try. The whole thing looks delicious!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:44 pm

      You should! It’s very easy (cashews, water, lemon juice, pinch of salt) and quick to whip up.

  8. November 3, 2010 10:19 pm

    Those look soo delicious! I want to come learn too!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:45 pm

      Wish you could! It’s so much fun!

  9. November 3, 2010 10:37 pm

    That’s amazing! I’m loving living vicariously through your raw adventures! Aww, look at you and your taco so happy together! 😀

    PS: Your blondies were actually the original reason why we wanted to order white chocolate chips! Now I just need to decide which ones to buy or if I want to make my own…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:46 pm

      My taco and I do make an adorable couple, do we not? 😛

      Aaahh, so glad to hear you’ll make my blondies at some point! Finding vegan white chocolate = pain in the you-know-what =/ But you’re right, you could certainly make your own! Cacao butter, cashews, agave, vanilla, pinch of salt 😉

  10. Matt permalink
    November 3, 2010 11:18 pm

    *Gasp* How easily I’ve been replaced by a taco! That taco may taste moist and delicious in your mouth but it won’t hug and kiss you like I can. Just remember that when you have your grubby little hands all over that salsa-laden, bean-crammed, cream-filled taco. (When I put it that way, it does make me salivate a little.)

    On a serious note, I love how the lime wedges hold that thing together. Neat idea.

    (BTW, I’m specifically avoiding commenting on the pizza because of the olives… bleck.)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:48 pm

      Hehe, aw, baby! I never said you were replaced! Now we can just form a sexy Southwestern menage a trois (or I guess I should say grupo de tres). 😉

      Thanks for noticing my lime wedge holder-uppers! And be quiet about the olives. You just don’t realize yet that you like them. Remember how you thought you hated tomatoes and olive oil? You’re making progress on the olives, I know it. Believe!

  11. November 4, 2010 12:13 am

    I’m especially digging those tacos. You’re a natural at this, Amber!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:49 pm

      Aw, you really think so? 😀

  12. November 4, 2010 12:40 am

    These are going into my file folder for my experiment in January! 😀

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:50 pm

      As well they should! You will LOVE all of it. I can share secret recipes when I come back 😉 Shh…

  13. November 4, 2010 12:56 am

    Two of my fave foods. I am making raw pizza in the D right now! Maybe tacos are not far behind.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:50 pm

      I look forward to seeing your raw pizza! I think tacos have a place in your near future, too. 😛

  14. November 4, 2010 5:15 am

    im the chef at ananda ashram and love what u are sharing

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:51 pm

      That’s great! Happy to hear it 🙂

  15. November 4, 2010 7:04 am

    wow, everything is so creative and impressive! I love the presentations!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:51 pm

      Thank you! 😀

  16. November 4, 2010 9:05 am

    OMG…that taco and that pizza! I think I am left speechless! That is some of the best looking food ever. I love how the lime wedges are holding the taco up. That’s such a neat idea. Everything looks amazing!
    On the pizza…I would have had to leave off those black olives…yuck…lol Was everything as good as it looks?
    I am now going to have to search out a good raw cookbook to buy! Any suggestions on a good starter one to get?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:55 pm

      You really think so? I’m honored! When the food itself is so colorful and lovely to begin with, it’s not too hard to arrange spectacular presentations of it. 🙂

      You said the same thing as my boyfriend re: olives! Hehe. It would be just as good without them, I promise. 😉

      Oh, I most definitely have suggestions! My #1 pick would be Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw. The ingredient lists are short and the instructions simple. Many recipes do require dehydration, though (but if you wait a few months, Matthew’s next book, Raw Express, is going to be 100% dehydrator-free!). I’d also recommend Ani Phyo’s first book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen – there are very few recipes in there that need any fancy equipment whatsoever. If you do pick one of those up, let me know what you think!

  17. November 4, 2010 2:06 pm

    As always, beautiful words, beautiful photos, beautiful experiences! And I especially enjoyed Matt’s comment 😉

    love
    Ela

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:56 pm

      Haha, as did I! Love that boy. 😛

  18. November 4, 2010 2:51 pm

    I’m drooling. Seriously those two dishes looks amazing. I WANT THAT TACO.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:57 pm

      Lori, please stand over by the sink if you’re going to drool like that, ok?

      ;P

      I’d share both of these meals with you if I could! I have so much left over!

  19. November 4, 2010 6:29 pm

    Oh, I love my quac super cilantro-y too!! LOVE! I could live off avocados happily! Those raw tacos look delish! I’ve never had a raw taco!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2010 2:58 pm

      Avocados are one of nature’s perfect foods, don’t you think? 🙂 Raw tacos are fantastic – you must try one sometime if you get the chance!

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