Friday, March 19, 2010

Raw Burgers with Pesto Sauce... hmm

That is raw...  and it tastes delicious!

The recipe is a combination of what I read in  raw foods for real people and my own experimentation, i.e. I used yellow peppers instead of celery.

You need to plan ahead for this one, the dish takes 2.5 days to make (2 days sprouting 1/2 day dehydrating), which is great as you can plan ahead, way ahead!

I am experimenting with making bread but until I get it right I am using the Ezekiel brand which is organic and sprouted and live, or so they claim.  You can find it everywhere these days, I got it at Whole Foods.

The burgers are VERY easy to make but they require the dehydrator,  making them on the oven at low temperature is just not the same.

1 cup lentils sprouted
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
1 lemon peeled and cut into little pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
1 yellow pepper cut in little pieces
Oregano (I prefer fresh)
sun dried tomatoes (I tend to put a bunch, I like them, about 10)

Mix everything in a blender, dehydrate for a few hours 2, or 3, then turn around and dehydrate for 10 or 12 more hours.

For the pesto sauce:
1 cup basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of those really expensive pine nuts, yes that is why my ratio is low for these guys, besides I found out that the sauce tastes better with not so many of these anyway....
1 lemon peeled and cut in little chunks
1 or 2 depending on how you like it heads of garlic
1 shallot
a little spinach if you want to

Blend everything

To serve
Brush the Ezekiel bread slices with the pesto, then paint the burgers too and put them inside.

Serve with a salad and place some more pesto on the side for added lubrication.


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