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105degrees, L1/W3/D4: calamari, crackers, falafel

November 11, 2010

Near the end of the day yesterday, Russell had challenged us to improve on the restaurant‘s calamari recipe, so we went to work. The actual “calamari” rings are made from slices of king oyster mushrooms with holes punched in the middle. I tweaked the marinade and the crumb coating…

…and left them to dry in the dehydrator. They crisped up quite nicely, if I may say.

I’m not into real calamari at all, but I was surprised by how much I liked these little guys. They’re addictively poppable!

The next thing we did was mix up some blonde macaroons! Yesss!

I LOVE me some blonde macaroons. (I’m just a blondie girl in general.) We’ll have to see if these turn out to be Hail Merry-caliber, though!

These blondie babes are perfecting their crisp outside and chewy inside in the dehydrator as we speak.

Then we were right back at it with the seafood. Another challenge dish, in fact: crab cakes.

King oyster mushrooms again stood in for the shellfish. I spiced up my creamy cashew mayo with a chipotle pepper for extra heat.

Sorry for this terrible photo, but it’s the only one I snapped before the crab cakes went into the dehydrator.

Next, we did an experiment of making crackers three ways: with all ground flax, with whole flaxseed, and with a 50/50 mixture of ground and whole flax.

We had no recipe to go off of here—we had to invent these from scratch. Is it any wonder that I went and whipped up a raw zucchini-tahini hummus…


I originally got the idea from Deanna, but I raw-ified it and winged it with this from-scratch hummus.

Here are my 50/50 crackers and my all-ground-flax crackers…

…and here are my all-whole-flax crackers. I scored each batch before putting them in the dehydrator. We’ll see tomorrow which version turns out the best! And you know what? Since this is an original recipe of mine, perhaps I can share it with you in a future post. 😉

I got my Middle Eastern sensibilities satisfied in another way after that…

…when we made…


With their blend of nuts and seeds and plenty of cilantro and parsley, these are the very reason I fell in love with 105degrees to begin with earlier this year.

To finish them off (and add a crunch factor), I rolled them in hempseeds before sticking them in the dehydrator. I cannot WAIT to taste these tomorrow!

Since this post has been awfully brown-and-green, I think I ought to end it with a splash of color. Wouldn’t you agree?

This was my post-workout smoothie today, blended up right in my mason jar thanks to my Tribest personal blender. I’m calling it a Pink Pine-nana—it had coconut water, frozen strawberries, pineapple chunks, half a frozen banana, a spoonful of my superfood mix (a blend of flax, chia, hempseeds, bee pollen, and maca that I brought with me from home), and a small scoop of Sun Warrior natural raw protein powder. I am loving this blender!

40 Comments leave one →
  1. Jason E Lectric permalink
    November 11, 2010 6:33 pm

    i should stop reading your posts. they always make me hungry!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 11, 2010 6:34 pm

      No, that’s exactly why you must keep reading! Stoke that raw appetite of yours 😀

  2. welcome to our wonderland permalink
    November 11, 2010 6:37 pm

    the smoothie sounds so yummy! love the pretty pink color. 🙂

    those are some “seafood” i’d be willing to eat since its not the real stuff.

    Might have to figure out the crab cake recipe through trial and error.

    I LOVE macaroons those look yummy!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 7:43 am

      Thanks! And yes, even if you can’t stomach the idea of regular seafood, these raw versions are palate-pleasers 🙂

  3. November 11, 2010 7:03 pm

    I don’t know how you have the patience to wait overnight to try all your creations – how do you do it?! It’s exciting for me! haha. Can’t wait to see how everything turns out, especially the crackers. I’m always on the lookout for a good cracker recipe.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:12 pm

      Haha, waiting can certainly be difficult! I mitigate the torture in three ways:
      1) I sneak bites of the food/batter/etc. before it goes in the dehydrator.
      2) I remind myself that certain things (like these crêpe wrappers) won’t taste good UNTIL they’re dry.
      3) I remember that my tummy is already quite full from all of yesterday’s stuff that we ate today!

      The crackers should be done on Monday 🙂

  4. victoria conde permalink
    November 11, 2010 7:24 pm

    I did the training just before your group started!!!
    You guys are making different things than us!
    We should share our binders!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:13 pm

      Definitely!! The more recipes I can rack up, the better. It might have to wait a few more weeks, till I have time, but let’s do it!

  5. November 11, 2010 7:25 pm

    Falafel falafel! I’m almost tempted to ask you to have a falafel buffet instead of a cheezecake buffet waiting for my on the magical, magical day we finally get to meet in person 🙂

    And I bet your macaroons will be worth a hallelujah, not just a hail mary 😉

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:14 pm

      So a cheezecake-kale chip-falafel buffet is where we’re at with that right now? Just trying to keep track 😛

  6. November 11, 2010 7:28 pm

    Love your blog! Especially the fact that your a metalhead like me 🙂

    I think your approach to your diet is great. As long as you FEEL good there is no point in sweating the small stuff 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:15 pm

      Awesome! I don’t meet enough other metalheads in the food & health blogosphere 🙂

      Glad you’re on board with the AV diet! I couldn’t agree more with your statement above.

  7. November 11, 2010 7:45 pm

    You guys made a ton of stuff this time! Really interested to see how that falafel turns out.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:15 pm

      Yeah! It was quite a day 🙂

  8. wolfenstein permalink
    November 11, 2010 8:57 pm

    Wow! You made a squid dish so wonderfully…

    I want to try to make the dish like that…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 3:17 pm

      Thank you!

  9. November 11, 2010 9:11 pm

    Okay, there’s some sort of weird vibe going down here – cause apparently I inspired you, and all your raw food posts inspired me. We had raw hummus & raw falafel for dinner tonight! Granted, I started this project 3 days ago when I began sprouting chickpeas. But, still. That is one funny co-in-ki-dink. (That’s the family way of pronouncing coincidence, in case you’re confused.)

    I hope your raw hummus crackers turn out great! I meant to do some raw crackers, too….but just didn’t get them whipped up in time.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:00 pm

      Wow, are we synergistic or what?! 🙂 That’s awesome. How were your hummus and falafel? Are you going to post about them?

      I’ll give you an update on the crackers come Monday!

      • Deanna permalink
        November 13, 2010 1:15 am

        I might post about them. But it was mostly a throw things together recipe. They turned out well though and I could see doing them again.

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        November 13, 2010 12:21 pm

        Ah, gotcha. Well, glad to hear they turned out tasty!

  10. November 11, 2010 10:07 pm

    The calamari from Living Raw Food was so good! I love breaded mushrooms.

    Enjoy the falafels tomorrow.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:02 pm

      The funny thing is, I was just flipping past that recipe in LRF earlier this week, and then what do we make a couple days later? Crab cakes. A similar-though-not-identical recipe. 🙂 I love happenstance.

  11. November 11, 2010 11:11 pm

    Hey there is nothing wrong with all green stuff! 🙂 Lovely smoothie at the end. My friend only has a magic bullet so that was interesting this morning. Lovely falafel and macaroons. I want a care package! ASAP! Let me know if you ever want to do a swap of any kind.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:03 pm

      Yeah, it can be hard to “step down” from a Vita 🙂 The Tribest is doing great, though. I don’t actually have any experience with the Magic Bullet.

      Noelle! A care package swap is a GREAT idea! I would love to! Let’s revisit the idea after the new year when I get home from 105. 😀

  12. November 12, 2010 2:40 am

    I love reading about your school! It seems so amazing. And I’m very impressed by everything you’ve whipped up!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:04 pm

      Thank you! 105degrees is pretty fantastic. 🙂

  13. November 12, 2010 3:53 am

    Oh dear….I know you warned me about the seafood post….but that seems to have not done any good. Why are we calling this seafood, when there isn’t a single thing from the sea? And why call it “raw calamari/crab” when there is a perfectly wonderful way to prepare both items in a raw fashion (ceviche!).

    As crispy mushrooms or mushroom salad, I love it (and it looks and sounds absolutely yummy!)….but I’m the kind of girl who likes to call a spade out for being a spade ;).

    Hummus crackers, however….I just might have to forgive this “seafood” offense! I cannot wait to hear how they turn out!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:05 pm

      Hehe, I knew you’d have a bone to pick with this one 😉 (pun intended) But I totally understand where you’re coming from.

      I’ll be letting you know on Monday how the crackers come out!

  14. November 12, 2010 4:53 am

    Hummus crackers and falafel – great middle eastern fix! Interesting that you’re mostly using mushrooms for the seafood – often they’re very sea veg heavy.

    gotta go but loved the post

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:06 pm

      I did include some dulse both in the calamari coating and in the crab cakes, though it didn’t come through very strongly – which, to me, is just fine! 😛

  15. November 12, 2010 8:54 am

    raw falafel :O how cool! i like the look of those crab cakes.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:06 pm

      I’m a falafel freak! I’m not so much into the crab cakes, but apparently they did turn out well. 🙂

  16. November 12, 2010 2:30 pm

    Swoon. Falafels, hummus, and blond macs. I’m in jealousy Heaven. 😉

    And kind of funny, I made raw macs last night for the first time in probably a year… call it blog-intuition? Weird. I think I’m going to have to try yours to see how they stand up against mine. 😉

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 12, 2010 11:08 pm

      You just named all MY favorite things from this post! 😛 Our taste buds are totally in sync.

      Hehe, more blogger symbiosis! I love it! A macaroon swap would be awesome. 😉

  17. November 13, 2010 6:43 am

    I love how you can turn the crab cakes into something so appealing and appetizing!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 13, 2010 12:21 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  18. November 14, 2010 1:16 pm

    LOVELY!!!!!!! I am so envious. Some day I will get there for training! Your photos are awesome. You have a wonderful flare for making your food look so mouth-watering beautiful!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 14, 2010 9:12 pm

      Thank you Barbara! I really appreciate the compliments on my photos, especially since I’m still a novice with my camera. 😀

  19. November 16, 2010 10:32 am

    Wow! Calamari… I have got to try that! And falafel? One of my favorites… raw. Amazing!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 16, 2010 2:13 pm

      Yes! It’s fascinating to me that all these great things can be done RAW! It’s ingenious.

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