As you may have noticed I’ve been getting interested in “raw foods” – using plants in their natural, unprocessed state! It’s been pretty fun and I can’t believe how vibrant and intense some of the flavours can be! In rooting through some of the food blogs I have discovered that you can make raw chili! I was completely blown away that this kind of thing could be done without meat and beans!!! There sure are a lot of creative people out there. I chopped and whipped it up with my food processor and to my pleasant surprise it was a delicious vegetarian chili!
One thing that I will tell you about with this recipe is that you NEED to wear gloves when handling the jalapeno pepper! I didn’t and suffered the consequences of a terrible burning thumb for two days afterwards and anything that came into contact with my thumb….like eyes…
Original recipe was from http://www.rawveganista.com/2012/11/reddragonchili/ entitled Red Dragon Chili. I didn’t make it nearly that spicy so I called it Green Dragon Chili instead and added in some vegetables that I would normally add to chili.
- ⅓ C sun dried tomatoes (soaked in spring water)
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 large jalapeño pepper
- Dash cayenne pepper
- Dash chipotle pepper
- 1 clove fresh garlic (or powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- several sprigs of fresh cilantro or parsley
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 2 scallions (tiny onions) or about 3 tbsp red onion
- juice of ½ a lemon
- Water from soaked tomatoes (add in to consistency)
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor (I used the food processor) until smooth and slightly thick.
Plant-based protein = seed “meat” mixture
- 1/2 C raw hemp seeds
- 1/2 C raw sunflower seeds (hulled)
- 5 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
- ½ large jalapeño
- 1 scallion
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp granulated garlic (optional)
- Several sprigs of fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 medium sized zucchini, diced
- 1 orange sweet pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
Blend these ingredients together in a food processor. Don’t over process so that it still keeps it’s texture.
Mix the sauce and the texture parts together in a bowl.
Add chopped tomatoes, avocado, cashew cream and/or some fresh cilantro as a garnish! I prefer it at room temperature not cold so I heat it up gently before eating, but that’s up to you! Mmmmmh, enjoy!