Raw Food Tips Guide

The first times the charm for creating delicious raw food recipes with the Raw Food Tips Guide. Follow the basic tips and you can begin to make amazing delicious healthy meals without ever heating the stove.

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As a former vegan chef, it took me about a year to understand how to balance the tastes to perfection in raw food preparation. About a year ago I was inspired one day with the Raw Food Tips Guide.

To test in out, I introduced the guide to 25 people all new to raw food preparation. In the end all 25 people had created 25 amazing raw food dishes all on their own.

Why is the Raw Food Tips Guide so helpful?

Raw Food Tips: Fresh Vs Heated Flavor

How does fresh food preparation vary from cooking?

It’s about the TASTE and balancing of flavors!

When cooking fruit and vegetables sugars are released from the food which tends to make the foods taste alike. For example, when a tomato is cooked the favor is always the same. A cooked tomato always tastes like a cooked tomato.

When preparing foods with a fresh tomato the taste of any fresh tomato, even from the same vine can vary in taste. For example one tomato may taste more sweet, while another may taste more tart and bitter.

By focusing on the balance of the 5 major tastes:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty
  • Spicy
  • Bitter

we can adjust the flavors and create delicious foods with perfectly balanced flavors.

Nuts or just vegetables add 1-2 cups of the following:

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Hazel Nuts
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Nut-Free with Mushrooms, avocado, or just veggies

Step #2:

Vegetables add 1 cup to every cup of nuts or more of the following and feel free to combine more than one:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Mushrooms

Step #3:

    Flavor, fresh or dried herbs add 1/4 cup of fresh herbs for every 2 cups of nuts and veggies or 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried:

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Any other you like or in combination’s.

Step #4:

        Add each of the following until you achieve a balance flavor:

      • Sweet
      • Sour
      • Salty
      • Spicy
      • Bitter (See ideas below.)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or homogenize in a juicer with the blank screen and process. After processing taste for the 5 major flavors and add more depending on your taste.

Finally what to do with the nut meaty pates:

  • Wrap it up in a collard green leaf.
  • Wrap it up with other thinly sliced veggies in a Raw Nori Sheet for mock sushi.
  • Stuff it in bell peppers, Anaheim peppers or tomatoes.
  • Make into patties and sun dry or dehydrate.
  • Serve top lettuce greens or in a salad. Get creative the list is endless!

For sweet treats like pie crusts, cookies and cakes just add the nuts, skip the veggies and add the sweet, maybe a touch of salty and perhaps cinnamon, or any other sweet spice.

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Raw Food Tips Guide For Veggie Pate’s

Nuts add 1-2 cups of the following:

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Hazel Nuts
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Nut-Free with Mushrooms, avocado, or just veggies (tomatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, celery)

Step #2:

Vegetables add 1 cup to every cup of nuts or more of the following and feel free to combine more than one:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Mushrooms

Step #3:

    Flavor, fresh or dried herbs add 1/4 cup of fresh herbs for every 2 cups of nuts and veggies or 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried:

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Any other you like or in combination’s.

Step #4:
Add each of the following until you achieve a balance flavor:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty
  • Spicy
  • Bitter (See ideas below.)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or homogenize in a juicer with the blank screen and process. After processing taste for the 5 major flavors and add more depending on your taste.

Finally what to do with the nut meaty pates:

  • Wrap it up in a collard green leaf.
  • Wrap it up with other thinly sliced veggies in a Raw Nori Sheet for mock sushi.
  • Stuff it in bell peppers, Anaheim peppers or tomatoes.
  • Make into patties and sun dry or dehydrate.
  • Serve top lettuce greens or in a salad. Get creative the list is endless!

For sweet treats like pie crusts, cookies and cakes just add the nuts, skip the veggies and add the sweet, maybe a touch of salty and perhaps cinnamon, or any other sweet spice.

Sauces/Dressings/Dips/Soups

The difference in a raw dip, sauce, dressing, or soup is the amount of water used. Very little water is used for a dip, a little more for a sauce, even more for a dressing and lots for soups. Start with 1/4 to 1 cup of water depending on what your making. Remember you can always add more but if you add too much you have to add more base.

In addition if your using a nut butter you will add very little water because the nut (seed) oils are present. If your using oil no water is needed.

Step #1:

Base of nut, vegetable or nut (seed) butter

    Add 1 or a combination of 2 of the following:

  • 1 cup Macadamia Nuts/water
  • 1 cup Cashews/water
  • 1 cup Almonds/water
  • 1 cup Pine nuts/ 1/2 cup sunflower seeds/water
  • ¼ to ½ cup Tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 to ½ cup Hemp Seeds
  • ½ cup Coconut Meat
  • 2 to 3 Medium Tomatoes or 1 to 2 cups of grape tomatoes

Step #2:
Raw food tips: Add each of the following to taste:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty
  • Spicy
  • Bitter (See ideas below.)

In a Vita Mix Blender or your favorite blender, blend until creamy smooth. In a Vita Mix if blending too long can heat it past 118 degrees and can ever start to boil. Blend for about a minute for warm soup.

Sweet dips, soups and custards can be using nuts, young coconuts, sweet flavors and maybe even a touch of salt. I like to use young coconut water instead of water for the custards and other sweet dips and sauces.

Raw Foods Tips Guide
Five Major Flavor Ideas:
Sweet, Sour, Salty, Spicy And Bitter

Our taste buds crave a balance of perfect flavor sensations. Adding a bit a sweet to the savory dishes and salty to the sweet dishes brings them alive and completes the flavor.

When I use to cook a spaghetti sauce I would add sugar to it and when I made a pudding or custard pie I would add a pinch of salt. In raw food preparing it is much the same and the Raw Food Tips Guide is designed to make the raw food prep process go smoothly.

Transitioning to a raw diet, recipes come in handy. In order to complete the flavors within the recipes we are use to in the heated food arena, the 5 tastes are key.

Sweet Flavors:

  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Stevia Powder or leaf
  • Fresh/frozen Fruit
  • Sun-dried Tomato
  • Palm Date Sugar

Sour Flavor:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit

Spicy Flavor:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Red Hot Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • For a sweet dish Cinnamon or Nutmeg

Salty Flavor:

  • Celery
  • Fresh/Dried Tomato
  • Dill
  • Dulse, Kelp or any other seaweed
  • Sea Salt (optional)