I’d been eating 100% raw food for barely over five months when Thanksgiving came up. You know what that means. Killing the fatted tofu chicken or fake turkey roll. Those options were lost to me. During DD’s 34 days of eating raw, she made her own version of Joel of rawlifeline’s Un “Meatloaf”. Inspired by her success, I decided to venture forth and try my hand making it for the holiday celebration at DS2’s family’s house.
The day before Thanksgiving, I started on my creation. That’s one thing about Hollywood Raw. It takes a lot of time. It’s also expensive and high in fat. Three good reasons to keep such recipes for very special occasions.
I don’t have pictures of the preparation of the dish but I went by this recipe:
Un “Meatloaf” from rawlifeline
1C sunflower seeds
Filtered water for soaking seeds and almonds
2 cloves garlic
1/2 C chopped parsley
1/2 C chopped celery
1C chopped red bell pepper
1C marinated portobelo(optional)
1Tbl chopped onion
2 Tbl rosemary
1 Tbl tarragon
1 Tbl jalapeno
1 Tsp cumin
Homogenize nuts, seeds, garlic, stir in remaining ingredients. Form into loaf dehydrate for 1 hour. Remove and top with BBQ dehydrate for additional 2-3 hours. ENJOY!!!
I didn’t have the marinated portobellos which probably would have made it better. Anyway, after shaping it and dehydrating it overnight, here’s what it looked like:
The recipe for the sauce came next:
1/2C sundried tomatoes
1/4 C chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 Tsp jalapeno
4 basil leaves
1/4C Braggs or sea salt
1/4C olive oil
I’m posting it (and the other one) just as it came to me in an e-mail.
The recipe didn’t explain what to do with it so here’s what I did:
This is on a small salad or dessert plate so it isn’t quite as large as it looks.
My dehydrator is limited when it comes to making oversized things that need to be surrounded by the forced air. Necessity is the mother of invention so I came up with a plan:
It worked like a charm. Next morning, I got it out:
It actually looked like a baked “meatloaf”.
To get it ready to travel, I put it inside the container and closed it up (not shown):
It was fortunate I had a lid on it because when I was loading the car, I managed to drop it upside down. It was okay and all I had to do was scrape a little of the sauce off the inside of the lid.
I was still new at eating raw and didn’t realize I shouldn’t have avocado and nuts at the same meal but my Thanksgiving salad was still pretty:
Normally, I would have eaten the salad out of the salad bowl but I was nice and put it on a plate with the rest of the meal (I also made Carrot Pecan Sunburgers and Mushroom Gravy [without the mushrooms] but those are for a different post):
I have no idea what the nutritional breakdown is but it’s probably 70% fat, 20% protein and 10% carbohydrates. Not exactly 811rv.
To show the contrast of our meals, I took a picture of my DIL’s plate, too:
I had plenty to share but no one took me up on it—they wouldn’t even eat my salad! It’s like they were afraid the live food would “get” them.
When I got back home, I sliced up the rest of the loaf and put it back in the dehydrator:
It had a good flavor but it was a little too “wet” as far as the texture was concerned. I don’t know what I could do to fix that problem unless I dehydrated some of the juicier ingredients before mixing them together. Hmmmmmmm. I might try that during my next attempt.
August seems an odd time for posting holiday fare but the days are flying by. Get a jump on deciding what to fix. It’ll take a lot of the pressure off.