Raw “Tacos”

Alright, so I’ve been on this new raw foods exploration…deciding I’m going to try at least one raw foods recipe per week for as long as I enjoy it or feel like it really. I don’t think I need to go into the benefits of a raw foods diet seeing as how it is becoming a bit of a trend and I believe most of you have heard of it. The lifestyle has always intrigued me, but every time I thought of eating that way on a daily basis, images of only salads danced through my head. I like salads just like any other skinny girl out there, but ALL the time EVERYDAY! No NOT for me! I would like to be healthier and incorporate more raw foods into my diet though, so I will try to share the recipes as I try them. I have been very surprised at the variety and complexity of the flavors…something I wasn’t expecting at all. These tacos were VERY good! I have no issues at all with them and would eat them again. Raw Foods-1, Kim-0. The recipe only serves one. Doubling it filled up my husband and I with a little bit left over.

Adapted from Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day


Lettuce Leaves


1/2 cup Pistachios, soaked

1/2 cup Walnuts, soaked

1 Carrot, chopped

3 inches of a whole Leek, not just one leaf

2 teaspoons Nama Shoyu (this is a raw foods soy sauce which I couldn’t find, so I used low sodium soy sauce)

Taco Spices (I used: garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, fresh cracked black pepper, and paprika.)

Choose Your Additional Fillings:

tomatoes, corn, peppers, cucumber, celery, yellow onion, jalapeños, salsa

1. Soak the nuts for 8 hours. Put 3 times the water (preferable distilled or purified) as nuts in a bowl or plastic bag. You could set them in the morning and they’ll be ready for dinner that afternoon.

2. Pulse the nuts in the food processor until they are coarsely chopped.

3. Take out the nuts. Put the carrots, leeks, and nama shoyu in the food processor, and pulse until vegetables are finely chopped. Note: Using the low sodium soy sauce instead of the nama shoyu actually compromises the dish slightly in that it doesn’t fit into the raw foods diet. Nama shoyu would be best if you can find it.

4. Toss the nuts and vegetables together in a bowl. Season with the spices and stir to combine.

5. Stuff your lettuce leaves along with with your toppings as you would a lettuce wrap and enjoy!

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