I started experimenting with raw foods five years ago and quickly learned three things: (1) raw foods are quite tasty; (2) preparation of raw foods can be difficult and time consuming; and (3) I happen to like mine served with a carnivore’s touch.
After a massage therapy school classmate shared Juliano’s RAW the UNcook Book with me, I was hooked. The colorful pictures looked amazing, and I wanted to try it all. Sprouted nuts, dehydrated pizza crust, desserts made from avocados? I found it all so intriguing and into the world of raw foods I leapt, but I never stayed long.
First, I mastered raw desserts. Raw fudge became my go-to potluck dish, and I even sold raw energy bars to the local outdoor/camping store…although, I think their one vegan employee was the sole purchaser. I got brave and decided to try raw ice-cream. The recipe required coconuts. This is where the difficulties began.
Mistake #1: I purchased some brown coconuts from the produce section. Turns out, they were NOT the baby coconuts required by the recipe. Armed with my coconut opening instructions I placed the coconut on the counter…Simply hold the cleaver above your head…What?!?
Mistake #2: My next decision was a horrible, horrible idea. Note to self: hammer and screwdriver do not make good substitutes for cleaver. I had coconut shards all over my little kitchen. I have since learned to buy the correct coconuts and am now the proud owner of a kitchen cleaver. However, I am still plagued with coconut trauma. It’s never as easy as the cookbooks say. Sadly, I never had much success with the ice-cream, but I still enjoy trying new raw recipes. If anything, it adds a little excitement, if not some drama, to the kitchen.
Now, I make a kick a$$ dehydrated banana bread, but the raw avocado cream cheese spread…no thanks. I’d rather slap on some real Philly goodness. Oh, about that “raw pizza”? Looks more like an oversized crouton to me. I like chicken on top of my raw veggies with a sprinkle of bleu cheese crumbles. Guacamole is so much better with fried tortilla chips, no? My sprouted buckwheat all raw granola with Goji berries? I’ll take that mixed with a cup of Greek yogurt and some crunchy roasted almond butter, if you please. Yes, raw fruits and vegetables should be a part of everyone’s diet…I just prefer mine with a side of meat.
So, after years of raw food experiments and many kitchen appliance purchases (freaking love my Vita-Mix!!!!), I’ve come to grips with the fact I could never live on raw foods alone. I do not have the time or energy for all the food prep, i.e. soaking, sprouting, dehydrating, etc. Plus, I am and will always be a meat eater.
I ate mine…
We bought some apples that turned mushy. So, I decided to dehydrate them.
Next up is one of my favorites. Cashew cream sauce made with cashews, water, and agave nectar. It makes a great creamy dessert sauce or frosting! To it I added…
Chris and I had an all raw wedding cake.
So, as you can see, I always go and “un-raw” all of my raw dishes – one of the many reasons I could NEVER go 100% raw. Besides, have you ever priced raw macadamia nuts? Holy $&*% !!! I’d rather spend all that cash on exotic almond butters!
How about you? Any favorite raw food dishes/recipes? Ever dined in an all raw restaurant?