Monday, May 30, 2011

THE MOST AMAZING RAW SPAGHETTI DINNER!


I'm on day 6 of raw! Woot, woot!

So, last night, Cliff was hungry and I was making him his gluten free pasta with a homemade tomato sauce, and I was honestly feeling envious! What was I going to eat? Truly, i feared i would dig into his pasta, lest I make myself something similar, in a raw version.

Roger Haeske, a raw food teacher, at http://www.rogerhaeske.com/, said in one of his recent daily automatic emails that if you are in danger of eating something cooked, eat something similar in a raw version, really fill up, even if you're not hungry, and it will get you over the hump, and you'll forget about your cooked food craving.

It seemed like good advice and made loving sense which considered the overall picture that staying raw is the most important thing. In fact, it made a lot more sense than alot of these crazy fear based teachings i've listened to in the past, like don't eat 1 bite past full or you'll go to hell like Weigh Down Workshop taught. (I easily fell into binge eating with so much fear and so many exacting rules hanging over my head). This advice felt easy going and natural.

I was almost out of tomatoes, so i didn't expect much of the sauce i would come up with. Much to my surprise, the sauce i concocted turned out to be one of THE BEST raw spaghetti sauces I have ever made! I enjoyed this dinner with Cliff sitting out on the patio. The whole experience was an absolute delight! I completely lost the craving for his pasta because MY version was SO DELISH!

Below, I used guestimations for amounts. Please, please try it and see if it turns out...and let me know! It was awesome and I hope you like it! I'd really like to hear from you!

I like spicy, so if you don't, use less of whereever i have an (*)

P.S. I used an infused olive oil (that i made over a year ago by adding lots and lots of leaves of fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, and peeled garlic to a big jug of extra virgin olive oil. the longer it sits the better it gets.) You may want to go out to a gourmet market and find an infused olive oil with similar flavors, or make your own and let it steep for a few days prior to making the recipe, or just add some fresh thyme and rosemary to the sauce at the last minute in the blender.

P.P.S. Basil and oregano are what i usually associate with italian spaghetti sauce. This recipe included none, but tasted italian from the rosemary and garlic and thyme. The curry powder and ginger faded into the background and added spicy elements instead of making it taste indian when i made it! See how it comes out for you!

ITALIAN/CURRY SPAGHETTI

spaghetti:
2 medium zucchini spiralized for pasta

sauce - in vitamix, add:
* (i like spicy, adjust to your tastes)
1 vine ripened tomato, cut in chunks
2 medium cloves of garlic *
1 good slice of fresh ginger, at least 1/4 inch thick, cut up *
4 shakes of cayenne powder *
2-4 tsp of curry powder *
1/8-1/4 cup of infused olive oil (or use plain olive oil and add a pinch of both fresh chopped rosemary and thyme)
1 tsp agave
juice of 1/2 large lemon
2 small carrots, cut up
5 small (maroon colored) dry sundried tomatoes, no citric acid/salt/brine/oil (avoid the ones that use citric acid and are neon red.)
about 1/2 cup water
good pinch himalayan or celtic sea salt, about 1/2 tsp

topping:
nutritional yeast flakes, 2-3 Tbsp
1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro (or basil)

directions:
1) Spiralize spaghetti and leave on a paper towel to blot excess zucchini juices. (2 medium zucchinis makes a really GOOD sized meal.)

2) In the meantime, blend up the sauce until it is smooth, about 1 minute.

3) Plate the spaghetti, spreading it out, and pour half of the suce over it. (Save the other half in the fridge in a small tupperware for another meal.)

4) Sprinkle yeast on top of spaghetti as you would "parmesan cheese." (I like a lot so my sauce is practically covered.)

5) Sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top. Use chopped fresh basil if desired!

6) Goosh together before eating....and ENJOY!


xxo michelle joy

5 comments:

Jessica said...

Hi Michelle-- I just stumbled upon your blog post (I was doing a search for raw "pasta" recipes). I am at the beginning stages of starting to incorporate more raw foods into my mostly unhealthy diet. This recipe sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. And the tip on making your own infused olive oil is great!

'Pure Raw Joy'! HELLO TO ALL! said...

Jessica, so glad you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you try the recipe! I am also on a similar journey as you, 'incorporating more raw into my mostly unhealthy diet!' After 3.5 years raw, I think it's been about 2 years teeter tottering and mostly OFF of raw...to only come back around and find that I was thinner, had more energy and was happier...ON RAW!!! So i am incorporating more raw, too! Feel free to email me for support anytime! Michelle Joy at LaSoprana@aol.com

Ty&Kris said...

I really want to try this, but how do you sprialize zucchini?

'Pure Raw Joy'! HELLO TO ALL! said...

Oh, that's easy! You just have to buy a vegetable spiralizer!! If you want to contact where I work, we sell them and ship them to people. They are $50 plus shipping. They are AWESOME! Arnold's Way Raw Vegetarian Cafe' can be reached at 215-361-0116.

Tamara Kilburn said...

I just started the raw food diet yesterday and came across this recipe. Looks amazing! I'm going to make this for supper tomorrow, and let you know what I think. Thank you!