my “cheesy” zucchini and daikon “pasta”
In the world of raw, there is an essential technique you must master.
The art of making “SAUCE”.
Sauce, dressings, marinades, salsas, however you want to say it, raw food realizes it’s full potential with sauce.
When you COOK food, the flavors of the ingredients meld together during the cooking process.
When you UNCOOK food, a la raw-style, you need to create that magical meld yourself.
Sure, you can skip it. I can be a pretty simple eater sometimes. I graze throughout the day, goat style. Some random veggies here…some fruit there. A handful of raw nuts. But I love to create raw dishes, and from spending much time over the past two years uncooking, I have come to appreciate and revel in discovering new and exciting flavor combinations.
This is where you need to de-mystify herbs for yourself if you haven’t already done so. You need to smell and taste herbs. You need to try them out so you know what they taste like. You need to think about acids and bases. Citrus-Sweet-Savory-Salty-Spicy. How do they combine best in your mouth? How do those flavors move around on your tongue? How do change the flavor of a raw fruit or vegetable?
Sure, you might think eating a green apple is boring. I get it. I really do. Blah, oh look, a boring apple.
Not so fast!
What if you cut up a green apple and tossed it into a bowl. Then you peeled and cut up an orange and squeezed some of the juice over the apple slices, and tossed the rest of the orange into the bowl.
What if you took a spoonful of raw walnut butter or raw pecan butter and mixed that in with it too? Or what if you added a drizzle of agave? Then toss it in the fridge. Let it sit for an hour. That green apple’s got a brand new bag!
Got a “boring zucchini” you don’t know what to do with? Don’t be afraid to experiment. Spiralize the zucchini or slice it thinly. In a separate bowl, combine some chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, mango, kiwi and sea salt. Mix well until it forms a salsa-esque consistency. Pour that over your zucchini. Mix together. Let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes. Boring zucchini no more!
Give yourself a challenge: Each time you visit the grocery store or local market, buy one herb or spice, and one fruit or veggie you’ve never tried before. Then you’ll be forced to figure out what to do with it, otherwise it will go to waste. Have fun with it! Get creative! You’ll be inspired, and you just might surprise yourself with what you come up with.
What’s YOUR favorite flavor combination?