Episode 7 Noce Amore Balls with special italian guest Danila Nicotra
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Courtney: Hi everyone I’m Courtney uncooked and this is my dear friend Danila.
And today we’re going to show you how to make delicious raw vegan meatballs made
out of nuts.
Danila: Since it’s Valentine’s day, we’re going to do Noce Amore Balls,
Courtney: Noce Amore Balls. Yes. Valentine’s day is coming up this Friday and I
don’t know about you, but when I think of Valentine’s day and love. The first thought that
comes to my mind is always Italy and Italians. I think of the dogs and lady and the
tramp, slurping on the noodle and kissing. And so I thought, you know, for my
Valentine’s day episode, I really want to invite my favorite Italian, Danila to be on the
show and show her something because she is an amazing cook. She has me over, she
makes vegan gluten-free food for me all the time. She cooks delicious. And so today I
just wanted to share and show Danila something, how to make some cruelty-free,
delicious noce Amore Balls. So I’m really excited and today we’re doing something we
haven’t done before on the Courtney Uncooked show. We are stepping it up a notch.
We’re taking it up and today we’re using the dehydrator. We’ve never used a
dehydrator before and today we’re not just using it. We’re giving away a
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subscribers on YouTube, then I’m going to give it away for free. Free. Did I say free?
Yes, I did. So let’s get started. You know me, I’ve already soaked my nuts and then, you
know, I always soak the nuts to get off the acidic enzymes.
Danila: Is that why they need to be soaked?
Courtney: So yeah, they need to be soaked to get the enzyme And so I just soak
them overnight and then I got this handy dandy little screen from
Amazon. I’m just going to pour it out. But I’ve already done that today for us. And so you
know, a lot of people say, gosh, raw vegan cooking… It takes so long, It’s so
time-consuming and in reality, it is time-consuming. But it’s a very easy time. Like these
take eight to 12 hours to soak, but it’s overnight. It took me one minute to drop some
nuts in some water in a jar and then you know, it happens when I’m sleeping, so it’s
really no time for me. The next day and I actually just popped them all in the
dehydrator, which took another minute for me to do. But I let them dehydrate all day for
eight to 12 hours. And so I’ve already done that. I’ve already soaked them and I’ve
already dehydrated them. And once those two very easy things are done, this is going
to take us like five minutes to make 20 noce amore balls. Can you believe that? Five
minutes. It’s going to be great. So you ready to get started?
Courtney: Okay. So first we’re going to take a cup of walnuts, a half a cup of
sunflower seeds and then we’re going to take a half a cup of almonds and a half a cup
of pumpkin seeds. And I make a great blue cheese out of pumpkin seeds that I’ll have
to show you guys one day. Yeah, I just made it last night. It was so good. Then we’ve
got some celery, some nice organic pesticide-free celery and some raw onion that we’re
just going to add. And we’ve got Italian seasoning, a little bit of high mineral salt. Do you
like nuts Danila?
Danila: I do. I love nuts. This actually does smell like meatballs, even though you
have all the nuts in there.
Courtney: Glad you’re not allergic.
Danila: No, no. But it’s all like very easy ingredients that you do have here.
Courtney: It’s super easy, super easy. And I order everything in bulk from Amazon. I
love Terrasoul, they have great deals and it’s just very high quality, organic, raw nuts
that I love. So I ordered these in bulk and get a great deal. If I’m in a pinch, I always go
to the heritage market right down the street. I love that place. And I get good deals there
too as well. So I love this.
Danila: Are you going to put anything else in there to mix it up?
Courtney: This is it? Yeah.
Danila: So no wet ingredients?
Courtney: No, no wet ingredients. And we’re going to blend this until it looks doughy.
Until it has like a doughy consistency. All right. Are you ready?
Danila: Yes. It’s looking good. Look at that, and there are no wet ingredients in
Courtney: Nope. Look at that! It’s becoming a dough…What do you know? We like to
dance around here when things are in the blender or dehydrator. Look at that! I love this
thing. Love it. Love it. All right. I’m so excited. Then we’re just gonna take this out. It
looks so good.
Danila: Oh, it smells.
Courtney: And then we both have very clean hands, so we’re putting it on this tray,
so we’re just going to put it over here. You’re just going to do one tablespoon balls and it
doesn’t have to be exact. Just a tablespoon. Roll him around. And then that’s it. They’re
so easy and delicious. You know, Danila I’m feeling inspired.
Danila: I know. It’s nice having you in the kitchen. So what do you serve these
with or you just serve them just like a salad?
Courtney: Yeah, you can serve them with noodles and cheese, noodles and
marinara, zucchini pasta. You could also put it in a wrap, a lettuce wrap with some
marinara, like a meatball sub, but in a lettuce wrap.
Danila: We do them just like baked that way. We just serve them without sauce.
Courtney: So when we’re done making them into balls, we’re just going to pop them
in the dehydrator for a minimum of two hours. And when we put things in the
dehydrator, we always want to try to keep the temperature below 118 degrees because
above 118 is when you’re going to kill your food. And we don’t want to do that. That’s
why we live a raw vegan lifestyle.
Danila: So how far in advance could you make these? Could you make these a
couple of days ahead of time?
Courtney: Yeah, you can freeze them so you have them ready to go. Pop them on a
salad, pop them on some zucchini noodles or zoodles I like to call them or squash
noodles, or in a wrap with some marinara, like a lettuce wrap on top of a
salad. Whatever you want to do. The possibilities are endless, but you can make them
well in advance. But we are going to dehydrate them now again, like when you pull
them out, you want to dehydrate them for a minimum of two hours to get them nice and
warm. I like to do four to six hours because I like my meatballs more hard on the
outside, but at two hours it’ll give them a nice warm taste, that good home, home-style,
comfort food feeling. And it’ll still be smushy on the inside, like a real meatball.
Danila: So it’ll still have that nice texture.
Courtney: Yeah. Oh, what’s that song? It rolled off the table then rolled
on the floor and then my poor meatball…
Danila: Son of a BLEEP we’re losing all the meatballs.
Courtney: We’ll have to beep you out when we film this episode. Oh my gosh. And
onto the floor, and then my poor meatball was nothing no more. Amore! I’m feeling
Courtney Rapping: Me and Danila are making noce balls, but we make them out of
Nuts yo we don’t use no animals. These balls are full of protein and they make you
really full…raw vegan is the way to go and that is just no bull. These balls are so
delicious they would fool any Italian. We made them so good that they deserve their
own medallion. No, you don’t need a stove, or an oven to cook. Just a blender or
dehydrator and Courtney Uncooked. Courtney… Courtney Uncooked.