Chef Chris Kendall demonstrates how to prepare a raw food dinner – The Battlefords News-Optimist

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Blend Restaurant, in North Battleford, along with Light of Christ teacher, Rhea Good, hosted the second annual raw food dinner Sept. 30, 2016.

Raw food chef, Chris Kendall, spent the day at John Paul II Collegiate with students demonstrating his recipes, and preparing for the evening meal. The nutritional value of raw food was explained throughout the demonstrations.

The menu for the evening event was Mexican taco salad along with a fruit soup. The meal started with a fruit soup of chunks of pineapple in a thick “broth” made of blended papaya and orange juice. The main course was chili and dehydrated corn chips with a variety of dipping sauces ranging from mild guacamole to super hot tomato sauce.

Kendall taught students recipes that included banana-date smoothies and a no-potato potato salad. A case of over-ripe bananas disappeared quickly once Kendall started to make smoothies for a morning snack. 

The hearty no-potato potato salad was distributed to students and staff from the school store, Pope’s Corner, during the lunch hour. Ingredients for the student recipes were donated by Frazer’s NoFrills. (Recipes for all dishes are listed below.)

The third annual raw food dinner is already scheduled for Oct. 20, 2017 at Blend Restaurant. This year’s event quickly sold out. Please call 306-481-5149 to reserve tickets for next year. 

Chili Con Rawne Con Rawne

6 Roma tomatoes

cauliflower, about 1/6 large head

red pepper 1/2

brown crimini mushrooms

2 zucchini

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes

2 medjool dates

2 green onions (not 2 bunches)

cilantro 1/4 bunch as sold in most grocery stores

oregano, 1 tsp. dried flakes

chili powder 1 tsp.

Dice half the tomatoes and place into serving bowl. The other half goes into the blender. Dice the red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and green onion and add to the bowl. Add the dates, sun-dried tomatoes and chili powder to the blender with the tomatoes and blend until smooth. Rough chop the cauliflower and cilantro and add to the blender mix. Pulse the blender on a low speed to achieve a chunky texture, not a puree. Pour the sauce over the cubed veggies in the bowl and mix well. Let the flavors mingle for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Creamy Potato Salad

8 brown crimini mushrooms

3 zucchini

1/3 head cauliflower

4 green onions

2 avocados

2 tsp. dry mustard

Large dice all mushrooms, 2/3 zucchini and 3/4 cauliflower like chunks of potato for potato salad. If you have a dehydrator, dehydrate the mushrooms and zucchini for about two hours. This step is optional especially if you will be eating the salad right away.

Soak the cauliflower in a hot water bath for 2 minutes, then drain. Mix all the cubes together in the serving bowl. Make the sauce by adding remaining ingredients into the blender with 1 avocado. Pour the pureed sauce over the cubes and stir to coat. Chop the remaining avocado and add in with a light stir.

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