Raw Broccoli Melt

19 May

Raw Broccoli and Cheese

When my mother came to visit us one day more than 5 years ago, she was invited to a Potluck and bought a big bag of frozen broccoli and cheese.  It was a huge success at the party and she came home with an empty dish.  How frozen foods can sometimes tastes so good, I don’t know. Somehow seeing an abudance of broccoli at our local farm this Spring has reminded me of that dish.

My son and husband are not big on raw crunchy cruciferous vegetables – but maybe marinating the broccoli would soften it and perhaps a sauce on top would help?  Well, they both finished their servings of Raw Broccoli Melt.  So did I.

This raw version is truly unprocessed and nutritious: raw broccoli supports stomach health and helps fight cancer, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich in minerals and miso and nutritional yeast rich in vitamin B12.

The Broccoli

Marinate for at least 10 minutes or overnight:

2 tsp sea salt
juice of 1 lime, around 2 tbspns
2 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
6 cups of broccoli florets, cut into small pieces

The Melt

Soak for 6 hours or overnight:

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

Drain and rinse.

Puree the ‘Cheese Melt’ in the blender:

1 garlic clove
1 tbspn lime juice
1 1/2 tbspns unpasteurized white miso
1 1/2 tbspns nutritional yeast
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
all the drained and rinsed pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Add about 1/4 cup of water if needed.  Pour over marinated broccoli.


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