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raw day 4: enchilada, smoothie, and heat-induced laze – swell

raw day 4: enchilada, smoothie, and heat-induced laze

raw avocado-kale enchilada with pepitas, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and chili flakes, inside a raw corn-flax-lime tortilla and covered in mexican-style cheese sauce

today i had the second half of my enchilada meal for lunch, and unlike the pasta, this one kept wonderfully!  i used a tortilla recipe from frugal raw!, which i might dip into more for the spicy recipes (including indian curries!), but made my own fillings.  i was slightly thinking back to the potato-kale enchiladas from vcon in coming up with this, but also dealing with the limits of my fridge at 930pm.  to get the kale soft, i stemmed and chopped it, then massaged salt into it (a technique learned from this recipe).  unbelievably, it softens and reduces just as if it had been cooked!  then i just added pepitas, avocado, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, chili flakes, and a little salt.  i used the remainder of my alfredo sauce from the pasta and added cumin, coriander, cayenne, and carrots (for color) to make a mexican style nut cheese to pour over the top.  it was so pretty, and so delicious (though i wished i had some raw hot sauce!).

as far as the rest of the day, i’ve been snacking on crackers and fruits and veggies.  i did make myself a green smoothie when i got home from work which used orange juice instead of almond milk (from my usual), and fresh ginger.  i upped the greens in this one, and it was amazing (and extra green)!  again, i made enough for two jars:

it’s almost 90F today, so really i just want to lay in front of the fan and nap with some ice cubes.  tomorrow morning, however, i have to prep something for a dinner party i’m going to later that night, so i think it will be back to some more fancies (as the crust is already crisping in the dehydrator).

9 Responses to “raw day 4: enchilada, smoothie, and heat-induced laze”

  1. That enchilada looks amazing. I think I mentioned going to a Whole Foods raw class recently, where the chef made enchiladas, but his limited ingredients don’t compare to this version! And the kale technique is fascinating.

  2. Courtney says:

    You picked a good week for your raw cleanse–no oven/cooking to heat up the kitchen! On my bike ride home from work today, I was dying! It is so muggy and hot out…why do we live in MN again?!

    The tortilla for your enchilada looks beautiful! A very impressive meal indeed.


  3. shellyfish says:

    This enchilada is just mouth watering! I’ll have to try that kale technique.

  4. Between your raw lovelies and the ones over on Melo Meals blog, I’m thinking maybe the raw food life wouldn’t be so bad….

  5. a-k says:

    thanks everybody! it was super fun to make the enchilada. though without this blog and your kind words, i don’t know that i would have had enough motivation to get this far, which isn’t very far, really.

    courtney – definitely picked a good week. today was gross, and i only truly know why we live in mn when fall comes around ;)

  6. jessy says:

    this is one of the most awesome looking enchiladas i’ve ever seen! you’re amazing! w00t!

  7. veganhomemade says:

    That is a really cool technique for raw-wilting kale! Thanks for the link, I want to try that in a salad maybe.

  8. kathy says:

    I want to eat that!

  9. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा says:

    Never tried a raw enchilada, that looks great.

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