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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Creamy Cashew Spinach cheese rustic pizzza

Sometimes I find watching cooking shows, it seems the chef just throws things together. I figure, why can’t I do that with raw food? Here I’m using the week’s crust and cashew cheese, but I mixed in a bit of sweet basil. What a difference basil makes. I can’t say I was upset if I got some on my fingers, I was licking the spoon after I transfered the cheese out of the food processor.

cashew cilantro red pepper cheese

How creamy is this? Who can miss regular cheese when you have such a lovely cruel free substitute? Totally worth trying for yourself.

This time I broke the buckwheat groat psyllium seed husk crust by hand into a rustic rectangle and I think this gives the pizza its own character. It’s not perfectly cut, nor is it too awkward a shape.

The toppings: tomato, pineapple, red pepper and sprigs of parsley.

Can’t beat this with a side salad or veggies.


Happy eating!


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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Raw Pizza with Walnut meatballs

I saw a recipe for how to make walnut meatballs and I HAD to try it. Here’s the link to the recipe that I used. I omitted the green onion part, I’m not partial to them unless it’s in a specific manner, so I figured it wouldn’t be a bad thing to not add them. Food is, after all, about your own individual taste. The meatballs turned out to be the most darling little things. I dehydrated them for a few hours to get them a bit harder and it really gave them a great mouth feel.


walnut meatballs, air eater, vegan, gluten free, raw, Lidia Le François

The crust is a combination of phyllium husk, buckwheat groats, irish moss and a few other things. You can see a previous post where I made this crust and the recipe I followed here. You can thank Hannah Mendenhall for the recipe.

The cheese is soaked cashews, with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, kale, spinach and a tiny bit of salt. The toppings: carrots, red pepper, kale, and walnut meatballs.

phyllium buckwheat groat cashew cilantro cheese with walnut meatballs close up


phyllium buckwheat groat cashew cilantro cheese with walnut meatballs

It does taste as good as it looks. I highly suggest trying this walnut meatball recipe, it will completely surprise you and impress guests.

Happy eating!


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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower Raw Pizza

Today’s pizza is a continuation crust of yesterday’s carrot/flax with a new spin on the cheese and topping.

1. The recipe for the crust can be found here.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

2. The cheese is still the macadamia nut (which you do not have to soak), with added kale, and red pepper.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

3. Toppings:

As you can see I went a little topping heavy with this one. I started with a base of massaged kale, then added spiralized carrots, corn, cauliflower, tiny bits of red pepper, and hollowed field cucumbers. I’m not a fan of seeds of the cucumber, and what’s the point; it will just make things soggy and rather messy.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

The cucumber was different, but provided a nice crunch and it was almost like having a rather eclectic salad wrapped in a pita.


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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – 3 Topping Raw Deep Dish Pizza

This week I decided to try a new crust that and I was happy to find a recipe from a local raw Chef named Pedja, who is the Head Raw Chef at a very lovely grocery store (Nature’s Emporium) in a town north of Toronto called Newmarket. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this fine young man and he is quite warm, intelligent and worth a listen. I’ve written about the amazing pizza and sun burgers he’s produced for Nature’s Emporium in their raw food section, they are worth the drive. I hope he comes out with a cookbook, because I would LOVE to make the pizza he sells in the store. It’s full of flavour and impact.

Here’s the link to this recipe and the crust ingredients:

1. Crust
5 medium carrots
2  cups whole oats
1.5 cups flax seeds
2/3 cups water

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

I followed the instructions, but what I should have done was add: garlic (raw or powder), oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram, paprika, white pepper, chili and chipotle. That is what I would have done if I made this again. I would have used at least 1/2 tablespoon of each. I liked the texture, but the flavour was lacking in the dough.

This is my attempt at a ‘deep dish’ pizza, it was easy to make the indent of the crust as the dough is super easy to work with.

2. Cheese:
I am a cashew nut, but for this one I used macadamia nut (1/2 cup), a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 tbsp lemon juice.

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

3. Toppings:
I felt this was a tabouleh inspired by using parsley and red onion. I spiralized carrots because I love the colour/texture contrast. This format will satisfy the carb lover in you.

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

A simple three topping pizza that is a quick snack/meal for any occasion.

Happy eating!


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Vegan MoFo: Day 4 – Mini Raw Pizzas

I am a huge fan of mini things. I love appetizers, I love those small charms that look like miniature foods (usually found on a cell phone), little doll houses, so mini pizzas makes complete sense.

Keeping in theme with the rest of my postings, I’ll explain each part:
1. Crust – Tomato base
2. Cheese – Cashew cheese base with red pepper and spinach
3. Toppings – Red peppers, corn, baby spinach leaf with hemp hearts sprinkled.

Once you have the crust made the toppings are literally limitless. I figured that it would make sense to have the cheese reflect the toppings I had on hand. I find the best food is really what you have in your pantry/fridge. Topping a pizza is almost like creating a bento box. I can’t imagine just using one colour, it makes sense to try to represent a few colours to really make the food appealing. They saw you eat with your eyes first and I completely think that is true.


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Vegan MoFo: Day 2 Square Tomato Crust with Kale Celery Pizza

The beauty of making a lot of one crust is that you make make it into different shapes and this time I made the crust into a rectangle. I like how the edges curled providing a bit of a lip and that helped with the cashew cheese.

1. Crust – Tomato bread recipe
2. Cheese – Spinach cashew cheese
3. Toppings – Red pepper, celery, kale, red onion Continue reading


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Veggie Swiss Chard wrap with “cheese” sauce

During the summer I find I want food on the go and something light is usually best. I know my taste buds and that I heartily enjoy a good cashew cheese spread.

Cashew cheesy spread: Continue reading


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Virtual Vegan Potluck – Raw Appetizer: Pulp cracker with Cashew sauce

Welcome! I have the pleasure of being the host site and the first blog post to start the Virtual Vegan Potluck. What a cool idea and thank you very much Annie for thinking of this. Being the creator of VBU, I totally appreciate building a community. This kind of potluck idea is excellent and I am already excited for next year.

Away we go!

I love easy party finger foods. I’m a fan of: apéritif,  hors d’oeuvres, canapés, petit fours, and crudités. Looks like the French really enjoy bite sized foods, non?

I often find I have a lot of left over pulp from juicing. Why not keep the momentum going and not waste?

Pulp crackers:
– 2 cups of pulp
– 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
– 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Take your pulp and add some ground flax seed meal. Depending on how much pulp you have the ratio should be 1/2 cup flax meal to 2 cups of pulp. Mix the pulp and flax meal in a bowl by hand and add the water in slowly. You might not need all of the water. If you over water, don’t worry, you’re going to dehydrate anyway. Add in some of your favourite spices, I prefer Italian spices and garlic powder. If you’re up to it you can add some cayenne for a kick, but only 1/2 a teaspoon.  Too much can ruin a good thing.

Spread out the mix your non stick drying sheets and take a shot glass to cut the crackers out. My mother always made her cookies this way and I love how perfect cookies come out using this method. Who needs to spend on fancy cookie cutters when you have a shot glass. The left over shapes make excellent croutons.

Dehydrate at 115F for 6-8 hours, depends how crispy you want them.

As for the cashew sauce, hopefully you have soaked cashews the night before, but in case you don’t, just soak for at least 2 hours. This really helps with the blending process and also brings the nuts’ enzymes “alive” so to say.

Cashew sauce:
– 1 cup of raw soaked cashews overnight (minimum 2 hours)
– 2 tbsp minced garlic
– 1/2 tbsp onion powder
– 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix everything in a food processor until you have a consistency you’re happy with and there you have it. Additional options: parsley, dill, cilantro. Perhaps not at the same time, but they do add a nice flavour.

Raw appetizer full plate, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Close up raw appetizer with cashew sauce, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Happy eating!

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Raw Almond Bread

I made a quick batch of almond milk and then figured I ought to do something with the almond pulp left over. Love that nothing goes to waste with a dehydrator. I found this recipe from Raw Living Food 101 and did not use the Grapeseed Oil, instead I used Sunflower oil. I also did not use 1/3 of a cup, just a little less actually and I wish I had used the full amount. Instead what I made was a bit dry and brittle, but the taste – the taste is what makes up for it. Fantastic!

Here’s the pulp right after straining the almond milk:
Almond Pulp before Lidia Le FrançoisI love the shape from my measuring cup. After I just smoothed it out on a dehydrator sheet and scored the mixture, set it to 110F and checked on it after four hours. Then flipped it and put it back for another five hours.

This is what it looked like: Continue reading



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Brendan Brazier’s Raw Portobello Patties

I have the “Whole Foods to Thrive” book by Brendan Brazier, creator of Vega and I thought I’d make something different. You can find the recipe on page 247 of the Canadian version. The only changes I made were to add chopped celery and carrot. However, I would recommend, if you’re using a Blendtec or a Vitamix, DO NOT add the walnuts and mushrooms in last as per the instructions. It will not work well and then you’ll have chunks of mushroom in the burger. I highly would suggest doing that step first and then adding everything. The same thing happens when a recipe says to add small nuts at the end, oh no, I chop those first or they don’t get processed at all. Save yourself the hassle.

The recipe says it makes 4 burgers, yeah, if you’re Fred Flintstone, I ended up making about 12. Mind you, I did some smaller ones, but there’s no way this recipe could make only four; I’d like to see that.

raw portobello burger with trimmings, Lidia Le François, vegan, gluten free

So, as you can see, they’re not the most appealing burgers and the white small parts are the portobello mushrooms I chopped up after I realized they were not being diced in the blender. The recipe does say to use a food processor, but I figured I did spend a large amount of money on this blender it should do the trick. They are quite good though, and I followed the instructions exactly and they turned out still a bit chewy/soft, I really enjoy the texture.

Here’s how I dressed it up: Continue reading


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