Friday, September 19, 2014

Raw Vegan Cucumber Bites

Cucumbers are so versatile! They are perfect for all kinds of raw recipes. Their rather neutral, mild taste and a firm texture allows you to use cucumbers in many creative ways. They can perfectly replace crackers in cocktail canapes and make wonderful finger food. My Cucumber Bites recipe is here to inspire you. Be creative!

This is a vegan recipe. I used my herbed raw cashew nut cheese. If you are not a vegan and have an access to raw milk cheese, use it instead of the nut cheese.


Ingredients:
  • 2 large English cucumbers, carefully washed to remove any wax residue
  • 1 cup creamy raw nut ricotta cheese (use more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs (dill, mint, parsley, cilantro, basil, tarragon)
  • 2-3 spring onions
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp dried oregano
  • Celtic sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


Method:
  • Cut cucumbers into 1.2 inch (3 cm) thick slices. Using a small spoon scoop out part of the core leaving the bottoms intact. They should resemble small cups.
  • In a large bowl (or a food processor) mix the nut ricotta, herbs and all the other ingredients. Reserve some of the chopped herbs for garnish. Mix well until creamy.
  • Using a pastry bag, fill out the cucumber "cups" with the her-ricotta mass. 
  • Set cucumber cups on a platter and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve chilled and enjoy in good company!

 
Cucumbers are a valuable source of antioxidants including Vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, quercetin and kaempferol. These compounds help fight free radicals in the body. Research also shows that compounds in cucumber can help alleviate inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes such as COX-2. The most recent research demonstrated that a cucumber compound called Cucurbitacin B kills up to 96% breast cancers cells in vitro. Cucurbitacin B is also effective in suppressing lung cancer, prostate cancer and the cancer of the pancreas.


In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2014


            
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