Raw Food Wednesday 9/28
This dish has been sitting in my notebook of ideas for quite a while now -- and it was well worth the wait!
The zucchini was cut using the thickest blade on the spiral cutter to mimic the noodles in the cooked version. These noodles would be ideal for Lunar New Year as they are really long. ;)
But the sauce is where the action is...
1 orange, juiced
1 tbs. nama shoyu
1 tbs. cold-pressed olive oil
3 dates, pits removed
1/2 tsp. dried red pepper, ground
1/2 tsp. garlic, zested
1/2 tsp. ginger, zested
Add all of the ingredients to the vita-mix, and puree until smooth. Pour into a small glass bowl that will fit in your dehydrator. Taste and adjust seasoning -- it's going to get condensed in the dehydrator which will concentrate the salt/heat so resist the urge to kick it up at this point ;)
2-3 bunches of broccoli
Trim the broccoli and save the heads for another dish. Peel the stems to remove the outer layer. Cut the stems into rough 1/2" cubes and drop into the sauce, submerging them completely.
Dehydrate for 3-4 hours at 105° F -- this thickens and concentrates the sauce and infuses the broccoli stems. Remove the cubes from the sauce and place on a teflex sheet and dehydrate for an additional 3-4 hours.
2 medium zucchini, cut on a spiral cutter on the thickest blade
Add the thick zucchini noodles to the glass bowl and toss with the remainder of the sauce, place on another teflex sheet and dehydrate 20-30 minutes.
1 medium carrot, julienned (w/kinpira peeler)
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
3 napa cabbage leaves (stems and leaves separated and julienned)
1 scallion, sliced thinly
toss the veggies with a wee bit of olive oil and nama shoyu and place on a teflex sheet for 20-30 minutes along with the noodles.
In a bowl, add the noodles, then the veggies and top with the broccoli cubes and whatever sauce is left from the noodles on the teflex sheet.
We picked up the kinpira peeler a couple of years ago for sushi making -- it's sort of a cross between a regular hand-held peeler and a benriner or mandoline with a cutting blade attached -- it comes in handy when you just want to julienne a single carrot.