Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers
Whenever I feel I've been eating bread while my body says 'Please don't', I like to eat raw crackers. Best to make them yourself as they tend to be quite pricey. These are pretty neutral, so you can have them with sweet or savoury toppings.
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Cuisine: raw vegan
Recipe type: crackers, food processor, dehydrator
Serves: 2 trays
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You need
  • 1 cup of raw buckwheat groats, soak for 15 minutes, sprout for a day
  • ½ cup of golden flax seeds, top up with water to 1 cup level
  • ½ cup of chia seeds, top up with water to 1 cup level
  • ½ cup dried tomatoes
  • 1 small zucchini
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • ½ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • about ½ cup of water
To do
  1. add all the ingredients except for the water to your food processor
  2. blend thoroughly, and add water as needed; you should end up with a doughy mass
  3. spread out over 2 dehydrator sheets, at about ½ cm thick
  4. dehydrate at 46C for about 12-14 hours, or until you like their texture. This batch I dehydrated till hard but they do retain a little bit of chew. You can score them half way, when you turn the lot over, or just cut or break them afterwards like I did.
Notes
You do need a powerful blender for this. If you don't have one, you could make the 'dough' in two batches.

 

 

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Rocket & Marinated Zucchini Sandwich w Smokey Truffle Chickpea Sauce

Open Rocket & Marinated Zucchini Sandwich w Smokey Truffle Chickpea Sauce
This is a lovely light meal, and ideal when you have the marinated zucchini left over from dinner. The chickpea sauce is made in 5 minutes.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: lunch, light meal, sandwich
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You need
  • wholemeal bread (toasted or not, up to you)
  • a cup of loosely packed rocket
  • a small cup of marinated roasted zucchini (see recipe)
For the chickpea sauce:
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup of oat milk (or another light textured non dairy milk)
  • ½ tbsp brown rice miso
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke (Hickory)
  • 1¼ tsp truffle oil
To do
  1. mix all ingredients for the sauce in your blender. Of course you can heat this up and dilute further into a thinner sauce.
  2. if you want, serve zucchini hot, but cold is very nice too
  3. just arrange everything on top of each other; bread, rocket, zucchini, chickpea sauce
  4. and enjoy 🙂

 

Marinated & Roasted Zucchini Slices w Rosemary

Marinated & Roasted Zucchini Slices w Rosemary
Very thinly sliced, this is not just an easy dinner side, but also lovely as part of a salad or a sandwich.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 2
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You need
  • 1 zucchini (large)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ tbsp dried rosemary leaves (or more or less, to taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
To do
  1. mix the olive oil, vinegar, rosemary and garlic in a flat oven dish
  2. slice the zucchini really very thin (I used a cheese slicer)
  3. place slices in oven dish and coat well
  4. let sit for as long as you can, but try to allow an hour for flavours to absorb, toss halfway
  5. preheat oven to 200C
  6. place in oven and roast for 30 minutes, turning over once half time
  7. serve as side dish, or use for a tasty sandwich.

 

Lasagna Rolls w Walnuts in Tomato Sauce

Lasagna Rolls w Walnuts in Tomato Sauce
Just another - but fun - way of presenting lasagna; roll up the sheets with a filling you like. Mine are never the same 🙂
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: main
Serves: 2-3
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You need
  • 5-6 wholemeal spelt lasagna sheets (or wheat, if you prefer)
  • ½ zucchini, sliced in long pieces
  • ½ large red capsicum, also sliced in long pieces
  • 2 slices of vegan cheese per roll
  • a few spinach leaves per roll
  • 1 small to medium onion, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves, a small bunch (or as much as you like, really)
  • 2 or 3 walnuts per roll, chopped
  • about 2 cups of tomato sauce (to make: chop 10 ripe tomatoes, place in a large pan with a dash of olive oil, and cook till all nice and soft, then blend quickly or look here), with a few cloves of minced garlic stirred through
  • grated vegan cheese to cover (about 1.5 cup, loose)
  • 2 tbsp of vegan mayo/aioli or 1 tbsp of oil to oil the oven dish
  • a good squirt of tofu mayo or aioli for topping
To do
  1. preheat oven to 200C
  2. cook your lasagna sheets in a large pot
  3. while they are cooking, slice the veggies and grate the cheese
  4. when done, rinse the lasagna sheets and one by one, on a plate or any non-sticky surface, place 2 slices of vegan cheese on the end away from you, and on the end close to you arrange the veggies and walnuts
  5. roll up and place in oven dish
  6. when all are done, pour tomato sauce over the top so all rolls are covered, then top with grated cheese
  7. place in oven and bake for 35 minutes
  8. place portions on plates, dress with some aioli and serve 🙂

 

Raw Buckwheat Bread

Raw Buckwheat Bread
A great bread replacement, and it doesn't come much healthier than this 🙂 The amounts in this recipe will yield 1- 1½ trays of 'bread'. If you want to make more in your food processor, you may have to do it in batches as the mixture is quite heavy to process.
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Cuisine: raw & vegan
Recipe type: sandwich, bread alternative
You need
  • 1 cup of buckwheat groats (measurement is of unsoaked groats)
  • 1 cup of flaxseed, ground (I use a coffee grinder for that; it is almost impossible to keep store bought ground flaxmeal from going rancid, so best is to grind seeds at home when you need them)
  • 1 small capsicum (preferably red), finely chopped
  • ½ zucchini, finely chopped
  • a smidge of Himalayan rock salt
  • optional, if you want to make it more of a savoury slice: 1 spring onion, chopped
To do
  1. put capsicum and zucchini (and optional spring onion) in your food processor and process till very fine, almost puree
  2. bit by bit, add the groats and ground flaxseed and process till it is doughy
  3. spread the mixture on a dehydrator sheet and place in dehydrator for a minimum of 6 hours, and flip it over once (place another sheet on top and turn over). when you flip it over, score the dough at the same time in pieces of any size you like
  4. it may take quite a bit longer to get it to the texture you like, depending on humidity, dehydrator and preference, so allow for that.
Notes
To make the sandwich as in the picture, you need:
2 Raw Buckwheat Slices
1/2 avocado
a few slices of cucumber
a few slices of apple
some Carrot Coconut Dip (or any other dip)
fresh dill
some lavender flowers
a smidge of salt, pepper

Just assemble everything like a sandwich.

Not hard to make a healthy replacement for crackers and bread 🙂