Replies: 48 - Last Post: Jan 25, 2012 3:21 PM Last Post By: Weaver
Jan 5, 2012 10:02 AM
Raw foodI've come unstuck by inviting some (8) guests to stay with me and their all raw vegan, I bought a book titled The Uncook Book by Juliano, to be honest all the recipes sound like a massive effort for something that may or may not turn out or taste good. Does anyone have some fool proof raw vegan recipes that don't look like muck or should I just tell them not to bother coming, I really can't face soaking nuts for 6-8 hours to make milk.
Jan 5, 2012 3:28 PM
1Quick website search found this one that looks practical.
I made a salad for New Years that was delicious -- not sure what you could sub for the cooked beets, but it had: Diced apple, diced peeled orange, fresh cranberries cut in half, diced celery (optional), and cooked canned diced beets (drained), dressed with brown sugar and cinnamon & nutmeg to taste.
Jan 6, 2012 9:15 AM
Jan 6, 2012 11:13 AM
Jan 6, 2012 5:09 PM
4I'm assuming they are staying overnight only. Breakfast is easy: lots of assorted fresh fruit, either whole, sliced or chopped in various bowls. Is Yogurt acceptable? I make mine by warming, not cooking, milk and adding culture and keeping it all warm. No cooking.Use raw milk (you may have to ask them to bring it.) and they can add fruit and rolled oats -- uncooked but you can soak them overnight in the raw milk, water or juice if you want -- and breakfast is served. (Add nuts and dried fruit for variety.)
For dinner I'd do an assortment of salads: tossed green; grated carrot with raisins and green onion and nuts; "Waldorf" with apples, walnuts, celery and yogurt or sour cream dressing, since they won't eat mayo. Beet salad can be made with finely-grated raw beets. Broccoli & cauliflower can be cut fine and mixed with a vaigraitte with a pinch of cinnamon; assorted slaws including one with grated raw turnip.
Dessert can be fresh and dried fruit, assorted nuts, a "dip " of raw nut butter and raw honey to add to the fruit. Don't forget to consider sliced citrus fruit, coconut, sprouts, mushrooms etc. when putting together the menu.
Can tofu be added? When I made it I soaked the soybeans and ground them with almost-boiling water. No cooking involved.Tofu can be added to salads, served sliced and marinated in shoyu, served with mustards and hot sauce or plain... whipped with honey and fruit or other flavours it can be served as a pudding over or with fruit.
And good luck. As a last resort, ask each guest to provide one recipe for each meal you plan to serve. Then pick and choose. ( Exactly WHY did you invite this group to stay??!!....)
Jan 6, 2012 5:49 PM
Jan 7, 2012 8:33 AM
6If you live in a town of any size, see if you can hunt up a health food store and ask what they have ready made.
Otherwise, warn your friends that it's going to be raw fruit & vegetables unless they bring their own stuff
Be careful about sugar. It's not raw, not even so called raw sugar. Honey is sometimes heated to make it easier to filter & bottle, so you need to find "raw honey." Stevia is usually OK. Maple syrup is heated.
Some raw foodies believe that salt is terrible & don't want it in food. Others are OK with sea salt.
Olive oil can also be problematic in terms of "rawness." There are raw oils that are expensive.
Jan 7, 2012 11:20 AM
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Jan 7, 2012 12:30 PM
10They are essential for some recipes like sour cream in beet soup and yoghurt in Cossack chicken.
Jan 7, 2012 12:31 PM
Jan 7, 2012 12:35 PM
12No problem. I'll just remember not to serve them to you if you ever come to my house for dinner. Actually with the Cossack chicken you don't taste the yogurt at all. It tastes mostly of nutmeg, cheeses, chicken and mushrooms. It's yummy stuff.
Jan 7, 2012 4:17 PM
13There are tofu versions of both mayo and sour cream. I didn't think heating below boiling counted as cooking.... And as far as I know, even "raw" honey may have been warmed to make it pourable. Heck, leave it in the sun and it will be runny. Leave it to get older and it solidifies, eventually.(Just warmed some this morning to pour it into the crock.)
Jan 7, 2012 4:59 PM
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