if i only knew how to make this back when i transitioned.. my main craving was for deaden veggies and a deaden grain of some sort. let’s put the “origin” back in “original” – here’s the original sauteing method!
this is also one of the closest ways to cooking without cooking.. without dehydration (losing vital naturally plant-filtered water) – and it allows us to use spices in the same way – as flavors do blend. great for winter – you can warm it up and/or use spicy foods.. however this is not necessary healthy and snuggling and/or making love is best for true warmth!
i find this method rather forgiving (i.e. i haven’t screwed up yet) and i tend to use veggies that i don’t usually eat otherwise (at least not in quantity) – like fresh beans, zucchini, okra, mushrooms, eggplant.. also, unlike many raw recipes which produce small portions while taking excess time to make.. this one is simple and easy and makes a lot!
you will need some kind of a container with a tight lid. i use a 2-gallon bucket, but you can definitely use your favorite tupperware, or a wooden barrel (like the ones they use for sauerkraut).
go to your garden, farmer’s market, or other less than ideal source.. and get any veggies that attract you. use all senses..
back at home – using a knife (sharp knifes are more, uhm, fun!)/and or mandoline, cut veggies and empty into bucket. for example: white cabbage, zucchinis, mushrooms, red/yellow peppers, onions/leeks, carrots, celery..
now it’s time for some spice. you can use dry spices and fresh ones. for example: cumin, curry powder, cinnamon, black/white pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, paprika. i also like to put a handful or two of raisins or prunes, ginger, pressed garlic.. and sea salt.
choose a few or make a random and original mix-all..
now some liquid enhancers – i use homemade apple cider vinegar – it softens the veggies.. olive oil lubes it all up – you can put a little agave. and if you are not strict on the condiment level – you can use a whole bunch of stuff like soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and mustard.. (though beware as these might ignite cooked-food addictions.)
it’s time to dance!
close lid tightly, put your favorite dance music on, and start dancing with your bucket.. shake it good. make those veggies jump and bounce.. do this for a few minutes. now we let them rest for a while, a few hours at least. for optimal freshness i put the bucket in the fridge, but sometimes i put it in a sunny spot – so it even warms up a little – (but be careful if your lid is transparent – this is a potential solar oven and can get pretty warm). whenever i pass by the bucket – i give the veggie another lap dance at least…
after a few hours all flavors blend nicely, the onions are not sharp anymore, the raisins are soft, the carrots and broccoli glow..
options for the next time.. you can saute the tougher and more flavorful veggies first – start with the carrots and onions and all spices and liquids, and only a few hours later – add the mushrooms – this will help with softer veggies maintaining their shape.
that’s it – you got sauteed veggies.. they are good on their own – or with
the dry the white and the flavorless…
for some reason many humans tend to be attracted to the white and flavorless.. one of the easiest options here that actually has a little flavor is caulicouscous..
throw some pieces of cauliflower into the food processor with the S blade – and pulse until even flakes are formed.. you can see this in the photo decorated with raisins and pomegranate. if you’re off-grid – a grater will do a good enough job.
- dry-sprouted buckwheat (soak for 15 minutes only, make sure to drain indefinitly – e.g. jar upside down – never rinse…)
- grated turnips
- jicama cubes (can be added into the sauteing process).
- sprouted quinoa (a bit difficult to chew)
- your favorite raw pasta..
enjoy – would love to hear about your own unique combos and see you own photos.