Monday, July 13, 2009

Chilly Chili

Like I said in my last post, home was lovely, the people amazing and the food delicious.
Roomie and I, in a golf photo shoot by my lovely friend Mei
and I stole my sister's sweatshirt because it ROCKED "Nothing Artificial Added" ahaha She had to pry it from my hands at the airport. (L)Roomie, Sista, me and T.pain
Right before I left for our epic car ride across I-80 to MI and OH I made Matthew Kenney's Raw Chili from "Everyday Raw" This cookbook is amazing! I HIGHLY recommend it.
At first I was doubtful that this would turn out well, chili's never really been my thing, but I had all the ingredients so I thought I'd whip it up. He recommends warming it in a dehydrator before serving, but personally I prefer my chili chilly (i also love cold leftovers-maybe its 'cause I'm too lazy to reheat?)
Here's the my version of Kenney's recipe:
Chilly Chili
  • 1/2 Head of Celery
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 cup almonds (raw, soaked for 6 hours)
  • 1.5 cups sundried tomatoes, soaked for 6 hours, in 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons orgegano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (Braggs, Raw)
  • 1 TBSP agave
  • .5 tsp cayenne pepper

Throw everything into the food processor, blend, and Voila!!
That's How I like to cook!!! Tasty by itself, with chips, with tortillas, with swiss chard (roll it up like a tortilla!!) with dehydrated sweet potato chips i made:
(thinly sliced sweet potatos dehydrated with a little bit of sea salt)
Got me 1500 miles across the united states that chili did.

And I brought back all my raw food cookbooks from home, so this will be fun! especially since I have greens up the wazoo from my CSA:
Back in Boston, and missin the mountains, but its nice here too! Jumped right back into work today-Spin and Clear Flour, oh Baby.

Side note-I've been really wanting to do a Raw food fast/cleanse. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, I'm all ears!!!

Happy Monday!!


nora said...

Wow, yum! Yeah, I only have Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. Well, and Vegan Fusion, which has some raw recipes. I just don't like how Ani's recipes all use cups and cups of oil and nuts. Some is okay, obv, but jesus! I really might make this chili, thanks!
And I didn't know you could dehydrate sweet potato chips! So I just slice them really thinly and then salt em and put them outside? (I live in AZ and it's 105-110 during the day--I made raw granola that way!)

Dara said...

So glad you enjoyed Matthew's chili! If you're ever in OKC, come enjoy an abundance of Matthew's creations at 105degrees, the living cuisine business Matthew and I have developed that is opening in September. You can find us online at Hope to see you there sometime!

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

Nora- i also don't like the prolific amounts of nuts and coconut oil some recipes call for. Some is definitely good, but i think we can go a bit overboard sometimes. and sweet potato chips are really good and super super easy! just slice them up and set them outside! (love that mother nature is your dehydrator!!)
Dara- i would love love love to go to 105degrees!! i've checked out your website and it looks phenomenal. now i just need to get to OK!!

Fitnessista said...

hey! that's one of my all-time fave cookbooks and i totally don't remember seeing that recipe.. i'll have to go find it and make some because it looks incredible!
i definitely think you should come to 105 degrees- it's going to be so much fun! :D