August 28, 2008

Exploring Raw Food



Are you ready to try raw? Forget about going raw, just trying it for a meal or a day is what I’m asking? Raw food as a dietary way of life is a fairly new trend in America. Vegan (no dairy, fish, eggs, butter) and Vegetarian (dairy and maybe fish) have been more common dietary routes over the years. Yesterday I went to my third Raw Food Potluck in Kihei. It is sponsored each month by Optimum Living Alliance (www.ola.org). There are usually 60-70 attendees and a fabulous guest speaker with something interesting to share is featured each month (we had someone give us live raw facials at one event). Yesterday the speaker was Dr. Steve Blake, author of Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (McGraw-Hill, 2008) www.naturalhealthwizards.com. Dr. Blake had a lot interesting information on getting your vitamins and minerals while following a raw vegan diet.

I was excited to go because I could create new recipes to share with the attendees. Since my culinary focus is “gourmet” I came up with a couple of recipes that you can serve at any dinner party and your guests would say, “wow!” I came up with a Broccoli Almond Salad that is nutritious, tasty and looks beautiful. You could take this to any potluck and people would not know that this is considered “raw.” I focus on texture, flavor combination and appearance. People who steer away from vegan or raw are afraid of trying these diets for fear of not having food taste good or not being able to enjoy food the way they are accustomed. If you focus on making your food delicious, whether it be raw or not then that’s what you will eat. Raw food can be delicious and satisfying.

I also wanted to make a dessert so I came up with a coconut raw chocolate ball that is tasty, unique in flavor, and you won’t be embarrassed serving them at any party. This recipe has dates and goji berries along with raw cacao nibs and raw soaked almonds.

So go ahead and experiment. Try something different. If you have any questions please feel free to email or comment. I will be more than happy to assist you in your journey of discovering vegetarian, vegan or raw with a gourmet twist! Now doesn’t that sound SO less intimidating than say, eat SUNFLOWER SEEDS, and ALMONDS and make sure you get that LETTUCE in and SOAK YOUR OATS. Come on now, I am the first one who would say, no way, and no wonder people are still eating what’s familiar and looks and tastes good. I love good food and I know for sure that I’m not going raw until I know that I can still eat well!
I really enjoyed experimenting. And today I even added more basil to the almond dressing and instead of tomatoes and avocado I added fresh corn and grated beets for a change. I thought it was fabulous and satisfying. Eat well, live well and prosper.

1 comment:

Tiana said...

Your dessert sounds wonderful....Is there any way you would give out that recipe for the Raw Coconut Chocolate Balls?