Raw Holiday Meal

The holidays are a time where families and friends join together to not only exchange gifts and reminisce over the past year, but also to eat. Starting with Thanksgiving, the meals get large, with a variety of traditional dishes including green bean casserole, cranberries, and a seasonal favorite, pumpkin pie, and more. In this episode of Health Nuts, raw food advocate and chef, Alexa Torrens, shares some raw alternatives to these traditional dishes to impress your friends family with on your next holiday get-together.

If you come through Encinitas, visit Peace Pies for some tasty raw, vegetarian, and gluten-free foods and to say hi to Alexa!

RECIPES:

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Marinate the following for a few hours:

  • 1 pound green beans chopped
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Mix the following:

  • 1/2 lg white onion
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp oil

Caramelize onions by dehydrating for 2 hours

Make sauce by blending the following:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 2 pinches of thyme
  • 1-2 handfuls of dried mushrooms
  • 1 cup water

Crush together the following for a topping:

  • 1/2 cup sprouted almonds
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Layer everything together and dehydrate for 2-4 hours

NUT LOAF

Soak nuts overnight and rinse before use.

  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/8 cup ginger
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • half a hot pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbs rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbs tarragon
  • 1/8 cup olive oil

Process all nuts and vegetables to small cubes. Mix together evenly and form a loaf. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours.

CRANBERRY SAUCE

Process together:

  • Orange Zest
  • Juice of half an Orange
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups of cranberries – soak for 1 hour prior

ALMOND NOG

Blend together:

PUMPKIN PIE

Filling:

  • 1 small sugar pie pumpkin (about 1 cup) soaked
  • 1 cup of cashews soaked
  • 2 cups of dates
  • 1 cup h2o
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (liquid form)
  • 3 t cinnamon*
  • 1 t nutmeg*
  • 1 t ginger*
  • 1 t cloves*
  • 1 T psyllium powder

**I mixed them all together for the show

Crust:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • pinch o sea salt

Press crust into pie dish. Pour filling over the top. Refrigerate overnight to let filling set.

Producer Cyrus Sutton
Camera/Edit James Campbell
Music "Good King Wenceslas" by Morrison Players
Music "We Three Kings" by Rtists For Christmas