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Cheezy Broccoli – Super Side Dish

    Raw Vegan Grain and Gluten Free! With the holidays right around the corner, sometimes it’s challenging to provide comfort food to your friends and family that does not take its toll on digestion and weight control.  Also, as more and more people are choosing a healthier lifestyle, this dish will be appreciated by many. […]

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Creamy Porcini and Pea Raw-sotto

     Risotto- My Raw, Vegan, Gluten- and Grain-Free Version Cauliflower is once again the staple in this rich and creamy healthy alternative to one of my favorite dishes. Cauliflower Capacity I have experimented with cauliflower-based pizza crusts, dehydrated cauliflower popcorn, garlic mashed non-potatoes and wheat-free tabouli   This fiberful and nutrient-rich cruciferous vegetable offers tremendous versatility […]

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Pains for Grains — Raw Fusion Solution

  Red Quinoa and Broccoli Rabe

A lot of information is coming to light on how difficult it is for the body to digest grains.  Most contain gluten or mycotoxins — both inflammation-causing villians that are associated with leaky gut syndrome and many auto-immune disorders.

Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut.  For more details, I recommend that you read Dr. Mercola’s article and do some further research online.

The Paleo (aka Caveman’s) Diet rejects most grains because of these issues.  I covered this topic briefly in a former blog called A Pinch of Paleo; Bread enthusiasts can get their “fix” with some non-grain recipes included in that article.

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Thai-Inspired Marinated Broccoli Salad

Original Recipe with Raw and Raw Fusion Variations

Thai food is one my go-to cuisines for lunches as it offers so many options for a primarily plant-based diet.  The peanut-based sauce — they call it “Amazing” sauce here in Tampa — is one of my husband’s favorites.

Thai and other Asian restaurant foods are better than most when it comes to healthy eating, with their lightly cooked vegetables and light oils, but there are some elements that you can’t control when you eat out, such as added sugar, oils that are high in Omega 6 (which can cause inflammation when not balanced by sufficient Omega 3’s) and peanut butter in general, whether organic or conventional is high in the aflatoxin mold, associated with serious allergies and dangerous carcinogens.

This dish can either be a main course or a side dish; I served mine over Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles — very crunchy sea vegetable noodles popular with raw foodists and loaded with minerals.  The secret to serving kelp noodles is to soak them for at least 2 hours in very warm water; This softens them and makes them much more palatable to the novice consumers.  This salad would stand on its own without noodles or you can serve over rice noodles, soba, or any kind of pasta.  In Raw Fusion we tend to stay away from the gluten grains as many people have sensitivities, even if they are yet to pinpoint them.  This would also be excellent spooned over spiralized zucchini or young coconut meat noodles.

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