Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Torte

What is a raw food or a raw diet? 
Essentially, the concept of "raw" food eating is to only consume organic plant based foods, which have had the least amount of processing done to them from ground to mouth.
Cooking and processing destroys vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. 
aw plant based diet generally contains minimal fat, sodium, and calories and can have high amounts of nutrients.

Dehydrating is a common way to utilize ingredients in a this diet, but it must be done properly to keep the enzymes intact. By keeping the dehydrating temperature below 118F you allow the proteins can maintain their functional ability.

RAW SUN-DRIED TOMATO TORTE
CRUST
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup flax seed (ground) or 1/2 cup ground oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, soaked until soft or oil packed.
  • TBSP olive oil, if using soaked tomatoes

FILLING
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or 1/2 cup sunflower, 1/2 cup green olives
  • 2 cups diced zuchinni
  • juice from one fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast

Instructions:

  1. Ground flax seeds into flour. Add nuts and grind.
  2. Combine all crust ingredients.
  3. Form into desired shapes and let dry.
  4. Combine filling ingredients to make a thick paste. Scoop to fill inside of crusts.

While practicing a raw diet, it's beneficial to be mindful of the fact that your protein amount will be in lower amounts in plant based foods.
Meat is not a protein, it is just high in it. Almost all foods contain the three macronutrients; carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Some plant based foods that are high in protein include nuts, seeds, sprouted beans and grains, lentils, and quinoa.
We love adding raw foods into our diet- it's a great way to maximize the nutrient potential of the foods we eat. Variation is key! While utilizing raw ingredients and foods, we still keep our diet full of different cooking methods and ingredients.