1.12.2010

Raw Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Several months ago, I had never even heard of raw food. Obviously I knew fruits and vegetables were raw, but I was unaware of the raw food movement. I assumed raw meals meant eating a salad and raw desserts meant eating fruit. But then I began exploring alternatives to the Standard American Diet (SAD) and discovered a whole world out there I wasn't yet acquainted with. And while I will never be a raw foodist (avoiding gluten and dairy is work enough) I think we can all benefit from exploring other options. A raw meal here or there, an extra vegetable there. It's good for the environment, it's good for your health, and most importantly, raw meals are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.

Also, with a raw meal, you're probably not going to have eater's remorse, and think, "Gosh, I really shouldn't have eaten that." Not that that's ever happened to moi.

For Chrismakkuh, I made an Amazon.com wish list that included many raw "un" cookbooks. One of them, The Art of Raw Living Food by Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross, struck me as such a beautiful book. The glossy pictures of living food are practically X-rated; showing unadulterated and expressive whole foods assembled, but not processed, to create exceptional meals.

When my new dehydrator came last week, I was dying to make the Coconut Wraps in this book. I couldn't wait to make them. First, you know, I had to track down and dismember several coconuts, and then try my hand at a completely new culinary skill. I was ridiculously impressed with how they turned out, so much so that I couldn't wait to come home from work and make dinner with them. What was born of a simple wrap became one of the best things I've ever made. I'm thrilled to show you my first raw dinner recipe (other than salad). I hope there will me many more and that you will try it too. If you don't have a dehydrator, I'd use a traditional wrap of some sort and still use all of the fresh ingredients. You could even just use a lettuce wrap. I'm learning that this raw food lifestyle is not only inspiring, but also very creative.

Raw Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Serves 2 (or one very hungry girl one day post half-marathon)

Thai Coconut Wraps
from The Art of Raw Living Food by Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross
(I made a half recipe, double this if you want more, this makes 2 - 14" x 14" trays)

2 C. Young Thai Coconut Flesh (from about 2-3 young Thai coconuts)
1 C. Water
2 Tsp. Agave Nectar
1 Tbs. Psyllium Husk
Black Sesame Seeds for sprinkling

Blend first three ingredients in blender until liquid. Add Psyllium Husk and blend until mixture starts to congeal. Spread 1/4" thick onto two Teflex lined dehydrator trays, and dehydrate at 105 for 6 hours. (Any higher temp will make the wraps crispy, and we want a pliable wrap here.) Peel off trays and use immediately, or store in fridge. Wraps may become crispier in the fridge, but will become pliable again once they warm to room temperature.

Raw Thai Spring Rolls

1 Sheet of Thai Coconut Wraps
Butter Lettuce
Red Bell Pepper Strips
Cucumber Strips
Marinated Shitake Mushrooms (marinated in equal amounts of Nama Shoyu (or Tamari or Soy Sauce and Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar)
Enoki Mushrooms
Julienned Carrots
Green Onions
Avocado

Lay all ingredients on Thai Coconut Wrap.

Roll up like you would roll sushi. Slice in half on the diagonal (to make it pretty, of course!)

Serve with Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

2 Rounded Tbs. Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Tsp. Agave Nectar
2 Tbs. Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tsp. Nama Shoyu (or Tamari or Soy Sauce)
2 Tsp. Sesame Oil
3-4 Tbs. Water to thin out

Mix all ingredients together and serve with Raw Thai Spring Rolls.

And because no dinner is complete with out a side dish and a beverage, I made a Spicy Cucumber-Shitake Salad and an Orange-Coconut Creamsicle drink. I think they are both amazing, but I'm totally biased.

Spicy Cucumber-Shitake Salad

1 C. Cucumber Slices
1/2 C. Marinated Shitake Mushrooms (marinated in equal amounts of Nama Shoyu (or Tamari or Soy Sauce and Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar)
3 Tbs. Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tsp. Nama Shoyu (or Tamari or Soy Sauce)
1 Tsp. Agave
Chili Pepper Flakes, to taste

Mix all ingredients together, and allow to marinate for as long as you can stand before devouring every last bite.

Orange-Coconut Creamsicle Drink

1 1/2 C. Coconut Water (from the coconuts used for the wraps)
1 1/2 C. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
7 Drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia (or sweetener of choice and 2-3 drops of vanilla extract)

Shake all ingredients together and enjoy!

That's all for now. Hope you're all having a great week!

XOXO,


21 comments :

  1. LAXMI SAT ISABGOL5


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  2. Oh I kind of envy you for being able to try all these wonderful looking things. I'm not fond enough of vegetables to dabble in that just yet.

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  3. Get the hell outta here!!! Doreen Virtue has written about raw food? OMGoodness! I LOVE HER. She was my first ever guru way before Kristen's Raw (they are both beautiful glowing women!) I even took my mother to see Doreen Virtue about 6 years ago, and she happened to do a psychic reading for my mum! Wowsers, thanks so much gorgeous for pointing this out for me, and don't your wraps look just to die for. I am sooo excited for you on this journey. I cannot believe it has only been a couple of months for you!!!
    HUGSxxx

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  4. Believe it or not I think I ate that spring roll before! Without the peanut dipping sauce, because I don't like it. But I loved the roll. :D
    I'm actually quite intrigued on how interesting this raw food/cooking is. I've read about it but never really tried except for a few times. And now, you blogging about it makes it even more fascinating. :) Makes me hungry, too. ;) I could eat anything!!!! :D

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  5. When I lived in Chico there was this entire restaurant that only served raw food (you prob have a ba-gillion in LA, but this was neat for that small college town) and I loved all the stuff there. My favorite was a greek pizza. Figure out how to make the feta cheese from walnuts like they did and you'll be golden because that stuff was de-lish!
    Now this new town ... the most raw I'm gonna get is buying my own from Rayley's ... bleck.

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  6. You did such a great job. I'm really hungry now as I look through your photographs. As much as I love Raw food I don't think I could do this 100% either, but incorporating raw foods to our diet is definitely a very positive thing.

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  7. ahh this looks so good! I have only one FULL raw meal in my life at this restaurant in my town and it was crazy how they used some of the ingredients to make sucha tasty dish! this looks so great! as does the orange creamsicle drink!!

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  8. you are a raw-food goddess! I have never actually had a raw meal.. but you inspire me :)

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  9. Erin, this is clearly, by far and away, your best Food Post. I mean, one recipe would be enough, but you gave us the coconut shells (which i bet the smell of those wafting thru your house while dehydrating was magical!!), then the filling, then the Peanut Sauce!! then the cucumber salad and then the orange creamsicle. One looks better than the next!

    I love raw foods as you know and avoid gluten and soy, so this is a perfect meal for me! And nothing is drenched in garlic...woot!

    The books. Do you recommend? I have Ani's, and Matthew and Sarma's books, but havent purchased more as the recipes are a bit too labor intensive for this busy mama on a weeknight but your photos are brilliant and I've done meals like this..with cucumber slices, but need to dehyd and make those wraps!!!

    wow!!!!!!!!

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  10. nicely done! those look awesome! i agree, i could never do raw full time, but its good to expand every once in a while!

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  11. WOW girl..AGAIN WITH THE INSPIRATION?!!!

    Adore you.
    Question-do you know anything about the PHdiet thing? Like eating mostly all alkaline and cutting out anything acidic? I've been doing a lot of reading about it but was wondering if you knew...XOXO

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  12. Wow, girl. This is one gorgeous meal!

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  13. Well done...very nice yummy dish!

    Enjoy!

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  14. This looks absolutely amazing. You totally out did yourself!! Gorgeous photos and an amazing dish. Love it so much. Thanks so much sharing this awesome recipe. Id love to try it asap! Have a wonderful day!

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  15. YUM, lady! I'm loving all of your raw goodies. The colors really POP!

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  16. Best post ever! What incredibly stunning photos. I have seen and made a lot of raw wraps in my day but these take the cake. The raw, vegan, cake of course. ;-)

    What gorgeous colors, and you managed to capture the texture of everything so well. Seriously well done!

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  17. Ok the closest i've come to eating a 'raw' meal is a salad with only greens and some carrots. Hardly filling if I may say so. This looks AMAZING. I wouldn't have the patience to chop all those veggies and make the wraps, but um...i'd be willing to pay for it!

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  18. Can you come cook for me, please?! Everything looks so colorful and good!!! I've never eaten raw before. I'm afraid I won't get full!

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  19. that looks pretty good, even though I'm not the biggest fan of veggies ;)

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