The other night I promised Britney a batch of sweet potato tacos wrapped in corn tortillas with a yummy cashew cream drizzled on top. I decided to attempt a raw version for myself and came out with what you see below! The recipe is approximate and everything is to taste.
fresh orange juice
coconut coconut aminios
Roughly chop mushrooms and toss with remaining ingredients. Dehydrate for 12-24 hours at 115.
Chipotle Avocado Cream
water for blending
Blend ingredients until creamy.
Chop and mix.
Pulse in food processor to a rice like consistency.
Layer ingredients into romaine leaves and roll up like tacos.
I realized as I started putting this post together that this is the third recipe in a row that’s featured mangoes! This one is extra special, I really don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like it. It’s incredibly flavorful without any salt or oils and the only overt fat comes in the form of a little fresh coconut milk. I’ve also been really enjoying sprouting since the juice feast and this recipe has a good helping of sprouted chickpeas tossed in. Enjoy!
3/4 cup coconut milk (meat and water from a young coconut, blended)
flesh from 1.5 juicy mangos
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked
1/2 a shallot
1 clove garlic
2 small dates, pitted
dash of cinnamon
1 Tbsp curry powder
3/4 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets, chopped
3/4 cup zucchini, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, choped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
big handful cilantro, chopped
2-3 parsnips, peeled
Chop parsnips and grind them in the food processor to a rice-like consistency. Blend coconut, mango, dates. tomatoes, shallot, garlic and spices until creamy. Toss chopped veggies with mango sauce and layer over a bed of parsnip rice.
Spending the day on juices, smoothies and simple fruit meals is a piece of (fruit?) cake but by the time dinner rolls around I’m ready for something savory. The 80/10/10 plan omits added salt which has honestly been the hardest thing for me so far but I feel like my taste buds are definitely waking up to some subtler flavors. I’ve played with a few dressing ideas but my favorite base so far is definitely mango. I’ll call this dressing 80/10/10-ish because generally garlic and onions are also omitted and combining fruit with fat is generally discouraged. Since this is all very new to me I’m giving myself a little flexibility!
flesh from one mango
2 green onions
1/2 clove garlic
sliver of ginger
3 fresh dates, pitted
1/4 of an avocado (optional)
water for blending
Blend until creamy, using just enough water for desired consistency.
For a couple of years I cut sugars out of my diet almost completely, including fruit. Last March another flight attendant gifted me with a huge bag of freshly picked oranges and I devoured the entire thing in two sittings. It felt great. Ever since then I’ve experimented with the amount of fruit in my diet, cutting it out from time to time for fear of any old yeast issues coming back. The past few months have seen me eating more, and more and MORE fruit and feeling really great on it…so might it be too extreme to try a diet that’s mostly fruit? Until very recently I would have said yes.
I’ve followed along with proponents of the 80/10/10 diet for probably a year, first because I thought they were crazy and I was entertained, then because I was intrigued but still thought it wasn’t for me and more recently…because I secretly really, REALLY wanted to give it a try. I won’t go into a ton of detail today but it’s basically a low-fat, raw-vegan diet that gets 80% of it’s calories from carbs (fruit), 10% from protein (greens and veggies) and 10% from fat (avocado’s, nuts, seeds etc). The diet is based on Dr. Douglas Graham’s book 80/10/10 and “a day in the life” usually ends up looking like 2-3 big fruit meals and a huge (HUGE) salad at the end of the day. It’s a lot of food and my massive appetite is loving it.
Now it’s only a 30 day trial (am I crazy to do this in December??) and I have no commitment beyond that but I’m excited to see how I feel making such a big shift. A veggie-focused diet has been really good to me and I do always seem to go back to it regardless of what else has caught my attention but I’m open to whatever the results might be. I also have no intention of giving up green juices or colon cleansing, neither of which are on the “program”. I don’t know what recipe posts will look like this month but I have a HEAP of thoughts to come so stay tuned!