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Beauty food: eat raw this week

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Eating raw is apparently a great way to boost energy levels and stay looking and feeling young. You only have to Google avid raw foodie Mimi Kirk (go on, bet you can’t guess her age) to see that there could be something in this no cooking lark.

Research has shown that when food is heated above 42 degrees it starts to lose its nutritional value, natural enzymes start to be destroyed in the process.

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But raw food doesn’t have to be all sprouts and no fun, we called on 42Raw, a new London restaurant, to share a few recipes for you to try. Every day this (working) week we’ll share a new raw food recipe from 42Raw with you. You’ll be surprised how mouth-watering they look and taste…

Don’t fancy chopping veg? Why not visit 42Raw for a meal instead.

Check back tomorrow for another raw food recipe…
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Monday: 42Raw Lasagna, makes 12 portions (you can alter the quantities to make fewer portions)

10kg courgettes, sliced lengthwise on a mandoline

750g spinach

3kg of sliced tomatoes

Cashew creme

Tomato and walnut sauce

Recipe for the cashew creme layer

2kg chopped yellow bell pepper

2kg Cashews

400ml Olive oil

150ml Apple Cider Vinegar

50g salt

5g ground black pepper

Clean and cut yellow bell pepper into large pieces. Roughly chop half yellow pepper pieces in a food processor and put aside. Blend the rest yellow peppers and other ingredients until smooth. Mix the smooth blend with the chopped yellow peppers.

Recipe for tomato and walnut sauce

1kg sundried tomatoes

1700g beef tomatoes

1L water

500ml olive oil

150ml apple cider vinegar

20g fresh oregano

20g fresh thyme

5g ground pepper

150g red onion

1kg walnuts, roughly chopped

In a large blender add tomatoes fill with water and add all other ingredient except for the sundried tomatoes and walnuts. Blend oh high for at least 1 minute. Add the sundried tomatoes and blend on high until smoothe. Pour sauce into a large mixing bowl. Chop the walnuts into rough chunks by hand or machine and add the walnuts to the sauce and mix by hand.

The assembly of the raw lasagna is as follows...

From bottom to the top:

1) Brush bottom of plastic lasagna tray with oil

2) Layer of sliced courgettes

3) Layer of cashew cream

4) Layer of spinach mixed with a little olive oil

5) Layer of sliced tomatoes

6) Layer of sliced courgettes

8) Layer of tomato and walnut sauce

9) Layer of pesto

10) Top layer of sliced courgettes - brush top layer of courgettes with olive oil.

Day Two: Try a green smoothie...

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