The holidays are a time where families and friends join together to not only exchange gifts and reminisce over the past year, but also to eat. Starting with Thanksgiving, the meals get large, with a variety of traditional dishes including green bean casserole, cranberries, and a seasonal favorite, pumpkin pie, and more. In this episode of Health Nuts, raw food advocate and chef, Alexa Torrens, shares some raw alternatives to these traditional dishes to impress your friends family with on your next holiday get-together.

If you come through Encinitas, visit Peace Pies (peacepies.com) for some tasty raw, vegetarian and gluten-free foods and to say hi to Alexa!

RECIPES:

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Marinate the following for a few hours:
1 pound green beans chopped
1 tbs lemon juice
1tsp honey
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Mix the following:
1/2 lg white onion
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp oil
Caramelize onions by dehydrating for 2 hours

Make sauce by blending the following:
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 pinches of thyme
1-2 handfuls of dried mushrooms
1 cup water

Crush together the following for a topping:
1/2 cup sprouted almonds
3/4 cup cashews
1 tsp onion powder
a pinch of salt and pepper

Layer everything together and dehydrate for 2-4 hours

NUT LOAF
Soak nuts overnight and rinse before use
3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup almonds
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup parsley
1/8 cup ginger
1/4 cup celery
1-2 cloves garlic
half a hot pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 Tbs rosemary
1/2 Tbs tarragon
1/8 cup olive oil
Process all nuts and vegetables to small cubes.
Mix together evenly and form a loaf.
Dehydrate for 4-6 hours,

CRANBERRY SAUCE
Process together:
Orange Zest
Juice of half an Orange
Pinch of Salt
2 cups of cranberries - soak for 1 hour prior

ALMOND NOG
Blend together:
4 cups almond milk (Almond Milk recipe: korduroy.tv/shows/health-nuts/nut-milk-dairy-free)
4 bananas
2 handfuls of soaked dates
cloves
nutmeg
cinnamon
salt
Pour through cheese cloth.
Dehydrate left over nut meal for later use.

PUMPKIN PIE
Filling:
1 small sugar pie pumpkin (about 1 cup) soaked
1 cup of cashews soaked
2 cups of dates
1 cup h2o
1/4 cup of coconut oil (liquid form)
3 t cinnamon*
1 t nutmeg*
1 t ginger*
1 t cloves*
1 T psyllium powder
**I mixed them all together for the show

Crust:
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
1 T cinnamon
pinch o sea salt

Press crust into pie dish.
Pour filling over the top.
Refrigerate overnight to let filling set.

Host
Alexa Torrens

Producer
Cyrus Sutton

Camera/Edit
James Campbell

Music
"Good King Wenceslas
Morrison Players

"We Three Kings
Rtists For Christmas

©2012 KorduroyTV

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