A stuffed ravioli that actually makes you lose weight? According to the wisdom of Chinese medicine, daikon, due to its astringent nature, aids the liver in the metabolism of fat and protein and helps to promote weight loss.
This eye catching dish is a modern take on traditional ravioli with no floury work surfaces in sight. Raw and crunchy it comes in three parts. The celebration of the cheesiness of the sunflower seeds, the sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes with flecks of basil and the peppery delicateness of the daikon blend together well to create a beautifully balanced mouthful of yum.
Raw daikon is abundant in digestive enzymes diastase, amylase, and esterase, which are very similar to those found in the human digestive tract. Raw daikon is used throughout Japan to aid digestion. It also contains vitamin C and folacin and is a cruciferous vegetable which has cancer-protecting potential.
Daikon is very versatile too, you can have it raw, cooked or even grated in a tea which is said to act as a decongestant and reduce fever.
Here's how to create a daikon ravioli that even Nonna would be proud of...
- 1 large daikon sliced finely into circles
- 1 lemon juiced
- ½ tsp Sea Salt
- 2 cups warm filtered water
Place the lemon juice in a bowl of warm water add daikon, sprinkle with sea salt and soak for 20 minutes. When finished drain off the water and pat daikon dry on paper towels and set aside. Whilst you are waiting for the daikon you can make the cheese.
Sunflower Seed Cheese
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- ½ tsp sea salt
Place seeds in food processor and mix until a smooth paste is formed. For a creamier cheese add filtered water. Place in refrigerator to firm up and make the sauce.
Sundried Tomato Sauce
- 2 TBS nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes, in olive oil undrained
- handful fresh basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 TBS olive oil to taste and for drizzling
- Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper, freshly ground to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor until it becomes a smooth texture you can add more olive oil until you find your desired consistency.
Now place your favourite salad leaves on a plate and top with daikon ravioli sandwiched with cheese. Spoon sun-dried tomato sauce over the top and drizzle with olive oil.
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