Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sundried Tomato and Herb Crackers

What a wonderful raw recipe! Please know that this recipe requires a dehydrator. The one that I use (and the one shown in the bottom pic) is an Excalibur dehydrator. It is quickly becoming my favorite kitchen gadget because the trays are square and flat and because the unit doesn't take up a lot of space. And when I say that it doesn't take up space, I'm talkin counter space AND vertical space. The dehydrator fits very nicely on my kitchen counter with plenty of space between it and the upper cupboards. That being said, ON WITH THE YUMMIES! Don't forget clicking on the pic opens it up bigger (to see all that herb action)!

Sundried Tomato and Herb Crackers

2 cups Flax seeds
2 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 Cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked in 1 cup water for 30 minutes
1 1/4 cups sunflower seeds soaked (be sure that water covers the seeds) for 1 hour then drained 1 Tbsp nama shoyu (unpasteurized or raw soy sauce)
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh herbs (I used cilantro and basil)

Soak flax seeds, sun dried tomatoes and sunflower seeds in separate bowls. After 1 hour, the flax seeds and soak water will combine and be gelatinous. Set flax "gelatin" aside.

In food processor combine all other ingredients including the tomato soak water. It's a good idea to save the fresh herbs and pulse into the mixture during the last seconds so that large pieces appear in the crackers. I didn't, but will make sure to do so next time.

In a large bowl mix the flax "gelatin" with the sunflower seed mixture. Spread onto Teflexx sheets (there is enough batter to fill three Teflexx-lined trays) and dehydrate for 6 hours. Peel and flip onto plastic screen and dehydrate for another 6 hours. Once dehydration is complete, remove from dehydrator and break into bite size cracker pieces. My husband and son BOTH agree that they taste like pizza crackers. I'm not surprised... the sundried tomato, basil and cilantro is SURE to give them that yummy flavor without all the fat and calories. What could be yummier than that? Oh, and they are so good for you.

You can make them even better by using all organic ingredients and serving them with a nice homemade marinara sauce. I served them with guacamole because I have been craving guacamole for the last 10 days of my master cleanse. Yep folks... I ate the whole bowl. So freakin good!!!!

***You can find this wonderful healthy recipe in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw.

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