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Raw Onion Bread? For Real?

Yep, that’s right, I made a raw, dehydrated onion bread. And you know what? It was absolutely delicious! But you see, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

I found a recipe for a Tomato Sandwich and thought it looked really good. And seeming how I had acquired 4 large onions from local produce delivery company called Rhonda’s Specialty Foods  and wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, so when I came across this recipe and realized that I needed 3 large onions I figured it was worth a try. (Honestly, I was very excited to try it.)

First I had to try not to cry to hard while cutting up all of the onions.

Onions

They need to be thinly sliced and instead of doing it by hand, I broke out the handy dandy awesome KitchenAid Food Processor that I simply adore.

Cut Onions

I used the slicing attachment. It looks like this.

Slicing Attachment on Food Processor

Once the onions get sliced (it only takes about 30 seconds with this baby), they look like this. Aren’t they pretty!

Sliced Onions in the Food Processor

Then I changed the attachment to the grating one. I use it a lot for shredding veggies for salads too. It looks like this.

Food Grater Attachment for the Food Processor

Since I didn’t have two large carrots, I gave it an educated guess and shoved as many as would fit in the feeder tube.

Carrots in Feeding Tube of Food Processor

It seemed to measure out correctly. (One of my favorite things about making raw food dishes is the fact that the measurements don’t have to be perfect.)

While I was grinding away at the onions and carrots, I had the ground flax seeds soaking in water (just like I was suppose to). They look like this when they have been soaked. All jelled up and sticky. Perfect for binding things together. Like onions and carrots. Wait…that’s the goal, right?

Soaking Ground Flax Seeds

I added the onions…

Shredded onions

Next, I added the carrots…

Shredded carrots and onions

Then it was time for the Olive Oil and Salt.

Olive Oil and Salt

Mixing it all together, it looks like this…

At this point I’m not fully convinced that it’s going to taste good. I mean, it’s practically all onions!

All Mixed Up

But I press on…onto the lined dehydrator trays, that is.

Looks a little funky, right? But wait! Look at how it turns out!

Raw Onion Bread

Golden, moist and packed full of flavor. I think it’s one of the best breads I’ve ever tasted! Even the BF had to sneak a taste. The aroma that filled the house for two days was simply irresistible. I mean, look at that texture!

Raw Onion Bread

It has become my new favorite! Have I mentioned how inexpensive it is too? Doesn’t get much better than that right there!

Here is the original recipe:

Dinner
Tomato Sandwich
serves 3 ~ $1.54 per serving
1 cup ground flax seeds ($.50)
1 cup water
3 medium onions, thinly sliced ($.30)
2 large carrots, grated ($.40)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil ($.30)
tomato, lettuce, onion ($2.50)
cashew mayo
1/2 cup cashew ($.50)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon agave ($.10)
This received rave reviews today. The bread was about the best raw bread I’ve ever had and it seemed very much like a really good … well, bread. It has to be just right, though. Dehydrated enough to be done, but not too crisp.
Mix together the ground flax seeds and water. Let sit for several minutes to gel. Slice the onions very thinly and grate the carrots (I used the food processor for both). Stir together and add the salt. Spread out on lined dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about an hour. When it top is a bit dry to the touch, flip and continue drying on the other side.*** Let dry another couple hours until dry but not brittle. I used kitchen scissors to cut the bread into shapes.
****NOTE: This took me a total of about 30 hours to dehydrate to the proper dryness mentioned above.
Add some tomatoes, onion, and lettuce, and a dollop of cashew mayo.
To make the mayo, use a bullet type blender. Puree all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
The sandwich looks like this. YUM!
You can also find the original recipe here. http://rawon10.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-29-2012.html
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Making a Great Salad and Life Update

Hi everyone! I’ve been a bit quite lately, and for good reason. I’ve had a LOT going on! One of the fascinating things that happens when you go raw is not only does your entire body transform, but so does you entire life. Since I have gone raw I have become more in tune with my body making it easier for me to listen to what it and my soul has to say. The most beautiful part of the transformation is the spiritual part, which I have been focusing more on too. Balance has been my main objective. So, part of my transformation was realizing, deep in my soul, how unhappy I was with my life. I set out to make changes and to stop torturing myself all the nonsense that was causing me grief.

My biggest change to date was getting a divorce after a long 14 year marriage. I have learned many lessons from the marriage and have left it with no regrets. The divorce has allowed me to grow in leaps and bounds and has also helped me to create a deeper trust with myself and the Universe. My interests in Meditation, Reiki, Laws of Attraction, Positive Thinking, Metaphysics, and many many more subjects has flourished and I am so grateful.

Now, for those of you that follow me on Facebook you may have noticed my relationship status changing recently from “single” to “In a relationship with Lee Collins“, well, lets just say he’s amazing. I’ve been really shy about all of it in public eye, so forgive my shyness, it’s still new. There are good things to come from this.

I also have a new website called RecipesGoneRaw.com that I have been posting raw food recipes to that I fine all across the web. I have tons of requests from people asking me to send them recipes to get started and this is part of my solution. I also have a Facebook page for Recipes Gone Raw so check it out and like it! I just can’t help but share all the fabulous raw food recipes that people create.

I am also doing more photography. Since I have made this raw transformation, I am finally comfortable in my own skin, which makes creating art a lot easier. I have my gallery on SmugMug and a Photo Blog Website too! Check them out and let me know what you think.

If you want to know how to make the best salad EVER…check out this video by Tim Van Orden. He does good work.

Flax Crackers

Say hello to my new addiction. Flax crackers! They really hit the spot when you need something hearty to munch on. Nutty and delicious.

Flax Crackers

1 1/2 cups ground flax seed

1 cup water

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder or high speed blender until it is a meal consistency. This should only take about a minute.

The flax seeds should look like this after they are ground.

Next, mix in salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Then mix in water.  The flax seed mixture will become gelatinous and will be able to keep it’s shape. Place mixture onto a telflex sheet (or silicone sheet in my case).

Spread mixture evenly across sheet with a rubber spatula.

Once it is evenly spread out, take the edge of the spatula and run it through the mixture to create cracker sized pieces.

It should look like this.

Pop this in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 12 hours, then flip the crackers over and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours until they are crispy. I prefer to keep them soft in the center so I only dehydrate them for 4 hours on the second side.

I am addicted to them topped with this fantastic Macadamia Cheese Recipe, compliments of the great Karen Knowler. Another suggestion is to spread mashed avocados on them., but I haven’t been able to get past the cheese recipe.

Coco-Nutty Bananas

I came up with this one night when I was craving something sweet. It’s easy, simple and totally hits the spot.

1 Banana
1Tbsp. Almond butter (or organic natural peanut butter)
2 tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Chocolate sauce (recipe below)

Mix almond butter and honey in the bottom of a small bowl and spread to coat bottom of the bowl. Slice the banana and place slices on top of the almond butter mixture. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and enjoy.

Chocolate Sauce
1 Tbsp. Unsweetened baking Cocoa
1 tsp. Agave nectar (or a bit more to taste)
1 tsp. Water

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Avocado & Tomato Salad Topper

This is a great robust salad topper that is juicy enough to not need an additional salad dressing. During summer time it’s best to use tomatoes that are homegrown or from the local farmer’s market. They are more flavorful and are packed with a ton more vitamins.  The taste between store bought and home/locally grown is like day and night.

Avocado & Tomato Salad Topper

2 large Tomatoes, chopped into bite sized chunks

1 large Avocado, chopped into bite sized chunks

2 Tbsp. raw Sunflower Seeds

1Tbsp. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Curry Powder

Pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and eat alone or as a salad topper. The choice is yours. Enjoy!

Tropical Rice

One of the traditional things to do with the family in the summer time is to have a cookout. There is no need to avoid such get togethers when there are delightful dishes such as this that can be enjoyed by all. This light dish is perfect for those hot summer days. The blend of savory and sweet, but not too sweet, satisfy the taste buds while the addition of papaya adds a tantalizing twist.

Tropical Rice

2 lbs. of Jicima

1/2 cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/4 Pineapple, chopped

1/4 Papaya, chopped

1 Lime, juiced

1″ Ginger, finely graded

1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Peel jicima and chop into large chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it is a rice consistency. Add lime juice, ginger and salt. Pulse until blended. Place mixture in a large bowl. Add coconut flakes and mix together. Add pineapple and papaya chunks and gently fold in. Enjoy!

Strawberry Jam

Warning: This is raw and totally amazing. Taste with caution. You may decide to devour the entire batch in one sitting. Please refrain…or not.

Strawberry Jam

1/3 cup prunes

1 1/2 cups whole strawberries, stems removed

1 Tbsp. raw honey

Blend all ingredients together in the food processor. Let it sit for about 1 hour in the fridge to thicken.

Suggestion: ice cream topper (Click ->here<- for an easy, healthy banana ice cream recipe that is to die for.)

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