Thursday, January 13, 2011

Frugan: Raw Chili & Meaty Marinara Recipes

In case you missed it, here's a link to my STEVIA post! 

I'm co-teaching a Raw Food Class this weekend with Bob Vacarro through Yoga by Donation in Portsmouth, NH. There's still room for more people, so if you want to attend you can email me ( my link is on my profile page ) or leave a comment with more info. We just need a head count by tomorrow so we can shop/plan.

First, I'd love to give a shout out to Bob! He shares the gift of yoga with everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. He offers a variety of classes taught by a myriad of instructors and once a month he hosts a by donation Raw Food Class. I've been co-teaching with him and it's so much fun! I absolutely love teaching cooking classes. It's so much fun to connect with people over food, especially beautiful, raw food! Every group is different, but by the time the class is over , it's like we've been friends for years! People open up and there is just a wonderful vibration in the room. I used to teach classes through the local Community Adult Education and they were held in the Middle School kitchen.. that was so much fun! The kitchens were awful, but we made do with what we had!

  • Raw Chili
  • Marinated Winter Veggie Salad 
  • Cashew Lime Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Veggie Crackers
  • Key Lime Pie
My raw chili recipe is simple and delicious.

Raw Chili
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 c walnuts, pecans or sunflower seeds
  • 1 med carrot, pulsed 
  • 12 oz mushrooms, pulsed
  • 1 red pepper, minced
  • ½ green pepper, minced
  • ½ small red onion, pulsed 
  • 1 small jalapeno, minced
  • ½ c sun dried tomatoes +1 c water
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 dates, pitted 
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • ½ t coriander
  • ½ t oregano
  • 2 T braggs
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • 1 c cilantro, chopped
  • ½ c nutritional yeast 
  • 1 t Chipotle powder or smoked paprika, optional 
  1. Place garlic in food processor, pulse well
  2. Add walnuts, pulse, place in a large bowl
  3. Pulse mushrooms, add to bowl
  4. Chop pepper, onion, jalapeno, add to bowl
  5. Place sun dried tomatoes, water, cherry tomatoes and dates in food processor, blend well
  6. Stir in spices, braggs, lime juice, cilantro and nutritional yeast
  7. Taste and Adjust seasoning
  8. Garnish with Cashew Lime Sour Cream, Guacamole & Pico de Gallo
Raw Meaty Marinara

Here's a link to my delicious and very hearty Raw Meaty Marinara. The recipe makes a huge batch, but it freezes well. If you make the whole thing, do it in two batches. The sauce actually broke my vita mix! ( which was fixed with a simple part shipped to me .. I've had my Vita Mix for 7 years a LOVE IT!  )

Do you have a favorite raw dish or a cooked dish you'd like to see me convert to a raw version? I'm in need of a cooking assignment! 


  1. Wow, this chili recipe looks incredible. I'm just beginning to go higher raw (vegan) and I can't wait to try this!

  2. That's awesome JL! I hope you like it.

  3. These recipes look so fresh and delicious! I hope all is well! Xo

  4. Teaching a raw food class? Awesome! I hope it goes great! :)

  5. Bob is cool :) Does this make you his new Betsy? That class is super fun.

  6. Thanks for the info on Stevia. I bought some of the liquid kind recently and want to start using it more. Your tips are invaluable!

    The raw chili sounds fantastic. I made raw tacos with walnuts and it was so good! Now I realize it doesn't only have to be only for tacos...I have got to try the chili asap!

    The Yoga and raw food classes sound great! Too bad I'm 3,000 miles away. Have a great weekend!

  7. those classes sound like so much fun! id love to meet you and take a class you were teaching. and that yoga guy is pretty generous, making yoga classes for everybody, that was really nice to read(REALLY NICE!!)

  8. Wonderful! I am definitely bookmarking this one!

  9. This looks so good. It's been awhile since I've had a good raw chili, thanks for the recipe.

    How fun to teach a raw class. It's something I'd hope to do one day.

  10. I'm definitely liking the idea of a practically instant chili that doesn't need to be simmered all day... I might not make mine raw, but this is some delicious inspiration!

  11. I made your chili tonight and it was awesome. We loved the flavor and texture!