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Sometimes You Need Crispy Raw Food That Isn’t Green

I hadn’t made any dehydrated treats in a while, and I definitely find that the tastes and textures I can achieve using the dehydrator add a lot of pizzaz and variety to my meals.  So, this Saturday I spent a couple hours in the kitchen, chopping fresh veggies for the week and making some dehydrated reats.  None of them are my own recipes, so the items are described but I have not listed directions for making them.  Treat yourself to the books indicated or get creative on your own!

Savory Crispy Garlic Mushrooms Savory Crispy Mushrooms - All Done!Savory Crispy Mushrooms in Oil

Savory Crispy Mushrooms!  These are adapted from a recipe by Karen Knowler – hers called for CUPS of oil, and since the oil doesn’t dehydrate, that didn’t work so well for me.  These are sliced and covered in lots of garlic — I’m a garlic fan.  I sprinkle them with hot peppers (I dry them in my kitchen windowsill, grind them up in a coffee grinder, and keep the resulting powder ready to sprinkle on almost everything)

Next they get a light coat of olive oil, and stand out to soak for as long as you have, a few hours to overnight.  Sprinkle with salt and put into the dehydrator. I recommend putting an empty dehydrator tray with a teflex sheet on it underneath the tray with the mushrooms — this will catch the oil that dribbles out and save you some clean-up headaches later!

After 24-36 hours in the dehydrator, there’s much less!  But oh!  These crispy, savory, salty, garlicy, lovely things add awesome to omphh to just about everything — if you don’t eat ’em all right away!

Macadamia Nut "Cheese" Macadamia Nuts and red peppers make a tasty raw food snack

Next I made Macadamia Nut “cheese” from Matt Kenney and Sarma Melngailis’ book, Raw Food Real World.  Not sure why us raw foodies keep calling stuff like this cheese — it’s fantastic but not so much like cheese, to me…

Raw Macadamia Nut and Red Pepper "cheese"

The finished product - a cheery, savory, treat! (My babysitter liked it!)

Last but not least, I made four trays of dehydrated apple slices.  These couldn’t be simpler – I slice whatever apples I have on a mandolin and put them in the dehydrator for about 8 hours.  Only problem is, everyone keeps opening the dehydrator and eating them!  By the time they were actually crispy I had only 1 tray left!  These are, hands down, my son’s favorite raw food.

Sliced apples ready for dehydrator

Ready to go in

Finished - crispy apples!  healthy Live food you can't eat just one of :)

Crispy! Betcha can’t eat just one!
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