Thursday, May 31, 2012

Romantic Dinner For Two


A few nights ago I made raw fajitas for dinner for J and I. I love this meal! I need to make it more often. Mexican flavored marinated veggies in lettuce wraps with sour "cream", fresh salsa, guacamole, and cheddar cheeze sauce. Yumm! If you like mexican and want a filling yet refreshing and light meal then give these a try.

Here's a shot of the ones I made last summer.

Don't be deterred by all the different components in this recipe. Here are my tips and tricks to make it a success. 

* I make a enough servings to feed two people for 2-3 meals each.

* I make a huge batch of fresh salsa to be eaten with raw crackers, or by the spoonful, and in my salads for days to come.

* I love using big romaine lettuce leaves as the wraps. They're super easy to prep. You can use collard greens if you like.

* The other option is to pick and choose different parts of the full recipe if you're short on time. Sometimes I make the cheddar cheeze sauce to drizzle on top... other times I make the sour kream instead.

* If you're low on time use avocado slices instead of making guacamole!

* To make the wraps heartier, add a protein like cooked ground beef (I add it now that I'm not a vegan anymore), or beans, or tempeh crumbles if you eat it.


Raw Fajita Veggies
Part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Wellness Weekend

Throw these together just a few hours before eating, or allow the veggies to marinate 8-12 hours. I prefer 12 hours to let the flavors mingle and the veggies to soften. I also like to add a little acidity in the form of apple cider vinegar to the marinade. Make them as spicy or mild as you like - I do best with 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne since I'm a wimp when it comes to spice! 

2 large portobello mushrooms
3 bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 zucchini, sliced into sticks
1 sweet or red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup nama shoyu or tamari
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Toss all ingredients together in a big bowl. 
Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 12 hours. 
Optional: dehydrate for a few hours after marinating. 
Serve in romaine lettuce leaves with guacamole, sauces and salsa. 

Sour Kream

This is cool, refreshing, and goes perfectly with the fajitas. I also like to use half apple cider vinegar, half lemon juice. Play around. 

3/4 cup raw cashews
3/4 cup young coconut pulp
1/2 cup water
1- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon himalayan or sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy in a high speed blender. 
Chill for a few hours.


Salsa

Sometimes I make it spicy with jalapeno (using only half the seeds), and other times I leave it out. I'm sensitive to spice but a little kick is ok! 

5-6 tomatoes, quartered
1 red bell pepper
1 green pell pepper
1 jalapeno, optional
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Sea salt, to taste
Handful cilantro leaves, chopped

Pulse the tomatoes in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl. Remember NOT to over process! Keep it chunky.
Pulse the peppers until chopped small. Add to the tomatoes. 
Add seasonings and cilantro.


Cheddar Sauce

The famous raw cheezy sauce. Great on fajitas and as a veggie/cracker dip. 

1 large red bell pepper
2-3 tablespoons water
1 cup cashews
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon tahini
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Chill. 

There you go! Make dinner for your sweetie, light some candles, and dig in! I hope you'll give them a try.

What's your favorite raw dinner? 

13 comments:

kelli said...

pretty pictures! i love this meal too!!! it's definitely worth the effort. i plan to make it a lot once the summer veggies start rolling in.=)

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

drooling...i'm absolutely drooling on my keyboard right now!! haha those look so tasty! thanks for sharing!

Gabby @ the veggie nook said...

This sounds absolutely amazing, what a gorgeous meal :)

I especially like the look of that cheddar sauce- I'd probably put it on everything lol

Sherry Maree said...

I love all your ideas I have been inspired following your posts. keep up the good work! Regards from Sherry from Cape Town, South Africa

Lauren said...

Yummy! I must try!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks! Yes the cheddar sauce is def addictive! I like it with raw veggies, as a creamy salad dressing, or on crackers.

pureglow*16 said...

love this meal :) cheezy sauces make salads amazing

Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) said...

Yummy meal! I love cheesy sauces! That sour cream looks like a winner!

April said...

I love fajitas but have not had the raw variety before. I need to try it!

Heather Pace said...

Pure Glow and Vicky - Yup and yup= cheezey sauce makes everything better! lol.

April - they're so easy to throw together! You'll love them.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

what a gorgeous looking spread!

My favorite dinner is anything you'd want to make :)

shannonmarie said...

That is such a romantic raw dinner. My hubby isn't really into the raw thing, but he'll eat some kind of Mexican food, while I have my version (not always raw, but I stick to meat-free; he doesn't). The main thing is that we are together :-)

Oh, and I've always loved your version of raw fajitas.

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Averie! Right back atchya!

Yeah I agree Shannon - you can enjoy each others company which is what meal time is for. Fortunately J loves whatever I made - raw or not. He usually adds an extra something for himself like potato, or rice which is fine by me.