Marinara with Zucchini Pasta

The Sauce


1/2 cups sun-dried tomatoes

4 medium size tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup sun-dried tomato powder*

1/4 cup fennel, chopped

3 tablespoons red onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1 clove garlic

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon italian seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2-3/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper

pinch cinnamon


The Pasta


5 zucchini or carrots, spiralized or peeled with a vegetable peeler.

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and add enough water to cover them. Let them soak for up to an hour. Drain the water off.

Place all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade (or a blender) and pulse until combined. Don’t process to long; the sauce is best when it’s chunky.

Serve on top of zucchini or any other vegetable noodles.
*To make the sun-dried tomato powder, grind dry sun-dried tomatoes in a dry blender or coffee grinder until you get a powder. Store in a glass mason jar in your refrigerator.

It’s always good to have this on hand. It makes a great addition to almost any salad dressing, sauce or soup. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes yields about 2/3-3/4 cup powder.


Yield approximately 3 cup sauce (4-6 servings)

Raw Chocolate Peanut butter & Jelly Pie

This one was inspired by one of my patients.  He came in the office last week and said my Raw Cheesecake recipe looked good but he had a strong dislike for cashews.  It is cashews that give the “cheesecake” the cheese-like taste but I decided to rework the recipe to give it a completely different taste.  I hope you enjoy.  -Dr. Sal


1 and 1/2 cups of of wild raw peanuts

1/2 cup of dates

1 pinch or two of sea salt depending of how much you like a salty sweet taste.

mix in food processor with S-blade until fine in consistency but still crumbly.  Transfer to a bowl.

1/4 cup of dried coconut.  Put in food processor until it is fine with a sand to small rock consistency (or use shredding coconut).

Cover the bottom of a small cake pan or glass pan  with the coconut.

Now scoop in and press the date-nut mixture on top of the coconut as evenly as possible.  This is your crust.


Filling (The Chocolate Peanut Butter)

3/4 cup of lemon or lime juice

3/4 cup of agave or honey (I used honey in this one)

3/4 cup of coconut oil

1 drop full of dark chocolate extract (Medicine Flower is the company, I bought it on Amazon)

3 tablespoons of cacao powder

up to 1/4 cup of water to make it easier to blend

Blend all together in a Vitamix or similar blender until it is smooth, firm but not liquidy.

Pour this mixture on top of the crust and with a spatula even it out. Put in freezer while preparing the topping.

Peanut butter

Topping (The Jelly)

2 cups of frozen blueberries

1 cup of dates (to add some stickiness to the topping)

Blend the strawberries and dates together. Use as little extra water as you can to get it to blend.

Pour on top of the cheesecake (once it has hardened a bit)


Put back in the freezer for a few hours.





For best results, leave in the freezer and take out about 3-4 hours before eat.  After that  you can put it back in the refrigerator and I will keep for a few days

 Stuffing Fantasy

½ cups soaked almonds

½ onion, chopped

2 large cloves garlic

1 apple chopped

4 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 medium Portobello mushroom, chopped

3 Tablespoon flax meal

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

1 Tablespoon Tamari or Nama Shoyu

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning

¼ teaspoon kelp powder 1

½ cup raisins

¼ cup chopped walnuts (soaked and dehydrated first)



1.- place almonds in a food processor and puree until is very fine meal.


2.- Add onion and garlic to the food processor and process until well minced.


3.- Add apple, process until apples are in small chunks.


4.- Remove ingredients and place in a bowl.


6.- make patties or spread thickly on a dehydrator tray.


7.- Dehydrate at 105 until crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.


Time will vary depending the size of your loaf or patties.Approximately 8-12 hours.


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