Enjoy some of the best basil recipes on the internet. Basil is a great herb to spice up your lasagna and even make ice cream.
A stunning Summer salad with some of the season's greatest fruity treasures! Freshly diced watermelon combines with peaches and tomatoes dressed with a lime and coconut nectar vinaigrette!
Kristina says, "Start your day hydrating your body and mind with this blissful blessing! Oranges are a popular favorite, and basil is known as a holy herb that can instill healing and bliss! Enjoy this amazing smoothie!" Orange and basil may not seem like the most likely of paring, but we assure you the outcome is a deliciously refreshing blast of fresh flavor! Give these ingredients a whirl and enjoy an alkalinizing green smoothie rich in vibrant vitamins and minerals.
Lasagna is one of those foods that is actually 10X better raw than cooked! This is because you still get that lovely blend of rich sauces and savory spices combined with a soft noodle texture but everything tastes so much fresher, richer, and more vibrant! The fresh herbs explode on the palette, and even after eating a nice sized helping you wont feel weighed down and sluggish. In this recipe by Tess Masters thinly sliced zucchini noodle "sheets" synergize with a dense layer of flavorful sun dried tomato and herb sauce, potent basil macadamia nut pesto and a spicy, cilantro infused raw vegan ricotta cheese. You wont turn down seconds with this recipe!
Finely shredded parsnip rice combines with the fresh flavor of basil and green peas in this lovely and light yet filling dinner entree by Gena Hemshaw. She has kept the amount of oil to a minimum, only using 1 tbs to lightly drizzle over the salad, and the dressing is simply a spritz of fresh lemon juice. Hemp seeds add a wonderful nutty flavor and tons of health promoting essential fats and amino acids as well as a host of many wonderful minerals. Delicately seasoned with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, this is the perfect accompaniment to a light dinner tonight!
Elegant in it's simplicity, this is a raw vegan take on a classic Italian salad from the beautiful island of Capri! Traditionally this salad calls for mozzarella cheese, but there is no need when you have perfectly ripe, creamy avocado. Tomato season is right around the corner (we've been waiting patiently!) and what better way to celebrate those delicious juicy red fruits than paired with basil, avocado, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic in a simple caprese salad!
Marinara sauce must be thick, flavorful, tangy, slightly sweet and packed with fresh herbs in order to really hit the spot. This recipe from Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies is destined to became a staple in your kitchen. This recipe calls for dry sun dried tomatoes, but you can also use oil packed and if you do Sarahfae recommends rinsing them well before hand. You can also try adding some ground crimini mushroom into the sauce for a "meatier" version. Use this delicious lycopene rich sauce on top of spiralized veggies or kelp noodles for a spaghetti meal to live for!
Raw Chef extraordinaire Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies recommends this savory tart recipe if you are looking for something new and fun to share with your friends at a summer barbecue or picnic! Even the fussiest eaters will like this recipe, and you don't have to be down with raw foods to thoroughly enjoy the delicious flavors of this recipe's buttery flax crust, creamy carrot-top pesto, soft and richly flavorful caramelized onions, tender wilted zucchini, and fresh spinach and tomatoes!
How do you turn crunchy kelp noodles into soft, chewy, pasta-like goodness? In this recipe for raw, vegan, gluten free pasta marinara chef Jason Wrobel shares with us his tip for getting those kelp noodles to give us the consistency we're looking for in a pasta dish. The softened kelp noodles are combined with a hearty and fresh flavored raw marinara complete with sun dried tomatoes, fresh romas or heirlooms, basil, garlic, oregano, and a pinch of hot pepper flakes to turn up the heat just a bit and stimulate those digestive juices. This is a great savory raw food recipe to make for those interested in raw food cuisine but aren't yet convinced this way of eating can be fun and interesting!
Pasta alfredo has just been reinvented by Ooh La Raw and it's healthy, fresh, and will hit the spot! This recipe is very easy to put together, and is the perfect solution for those times when you're stumped on what to make for dinner and you need something quick. Spiralized zucchini noodles tossed with cherry tomatoes, basil, and a rich cashew herb alfredo sauce. It's a win every time!
Daikon, arugula, basil, carrots, cucumber, yellow squash, red bell pepper, green onion and zucchini oh my! This dish by Lisa Pitman of Vegan Culinary Crusade is definitely not short on the veggies. The carefully julienned and spiralized vegetables add a light, crunchy, and oh so fresh flavor. Combined with the chewy delicacy of the rice paper and rich creaminess of the cashew cheeze, this recipe really will make your taste buds feel like they're in paradise. Once you're done prepping your beautiful veggies, all that's left to do is roll them up inside rice paper, dip generously in your delicious raw tomato sauce and take a bite and enjoy!
Sarah Britton was a bit skeptical to give a traditionally cooked recipe a raw makeover, but we're glad she decided to take the plunge because the outcome is absolutely delicious! Rich, creamy pine nut "cheese" in between thinly sliced light, crispy beet root. Finish the recipe off with a light drizzle of pesto oil, and serve them atop a bed of fresh micro greens or arugula. The meal is complete! You can use any variety of beets for this recipe, including striped, red, or yellow. Beets are highly detoxifying and are a great addition to your daily diet for gentle liver support.
The Young and Raw say, "Pizza night is on with this recipe!" Raw pizza is always delicious but can often take some patience and a few more steps than one has time for. This recipe is actually very easy, and if you get the crust going in the dehydrator the night before, will take you about 10 minutes to prepare. Play around with your toppings. Here are some recommendations: black botija olives, fresh baby spinach, sprouts, cherry tomatoes (preferably garden fresh), hemp seeds, pine nuts or crushed macadamia nuts and thinly sliced onion and mushroom.
Gone are the days when enjoying a tasty salad dressing also means enjoying loads of fat, salt, and processed ingredients. You will love this creamy rich caesar salad dressing by Young and Raw. It works very well as a dip for veggie crudités and of course as a healthy and vegan alternative to the traditional caesar dressing found in many restaurants and stores. Sheleana from Young and Raw states that, "A good caesar dressing should be creamy, tangy, and bold in flavour." and this particular dressing hits the mark on all 3 fronts. Don't be afraid to share this dressing with non-vegan friends, they will love it just the same.
This recipe is simply classic and easy to prepare. For the noodles use spiralized zucchini or yellow summer squash, or a combination of the two for a variation of color. The sauce is a full flavored mix of tangy, sweet, and tasty! The cherry tomatoes combined with soaked sun dried tomatoes give the sauce a denser, more concentrated flavor and "cooked" texture. Using a bit of olive oil will add richness to your sauce, and including 1 fresh date will add the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the flavor. The zucchini noodles add a bit of crunch to the recipe which is a nice change from bland lifeless alternative of cooked gluten containing pasta. When it comes to spaghetti, raw is always better!
Ever bitten into a raw flax cracker only to be disenchanted by bland, listless, and uninspired flavor? If so this recipe will restore your faith that raw crackers CAN be loaded with flavor and pizazz! Spicy bold flavors of cumin, garlic, onion, black pepper and a touch of basil combine with soaked walnuts, ground flax and fresh zucchini for a versatile recipe that can be either turned into flatbread or crispy crackers. This recipe was inspired and adapted from a recipe by Chef Matthew Kenney.
A rich savory tart inspired by the flavors of Italy. Made with fresh vine ripened tomatoes and thinly sliced fennel soaked in a cold pressed olive oil marinade and dehydrated to perfection giving them a nearly cooked flavor and texture. This recipe requires some extra steps but will become the centerpiece of any dinner table with it's richness of flavor and bright red juicy tomatoes. A truly inspired gourmet raw food recipe to delight the senses and nourish the body!
When the weather starts to warm up nothing hits the spot for dinner like a fresh zucchini pasta with basil pine nut pesto. This recipe also has ground dehydrated pumpkin seeds on top for a parmesan cheese like effect. This recipe is full of flavor, phyto nutrients and brain and heart nourishing omega fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are also an incredible source of zinc for healthy skin and a robust immune system!
Fresh vibrant vegetables and zucchini noodles bath in a rich creamy sauce complete with Thai basil, lime leaf, a kick of cayenne and a hint of sweet from coconut nectar. This pad Thai recipe is special because while it may look super impressive it really only takes about 30 minutes to whip together. The sauce utilizes fresh almond butter and coconut meat for that creamy richness without relying on oil. This recipe will make those taste buds sing AND leave you feeling light and energized!
Can you eat sandwiches on a raw food diet? Absolutely! Creamy cashew herb cheese pairs with crisp fresh cucumber slices on a dehydrated raw rye bread. These cool cucumber sandwich bites are both fresh and satisfying and are perfect for a Spring picnic. The bread recipe was inspired by Meredith Frantz’s rye bread in the very helpful, and free, ebook, Profoundly Raw.
Chef Hannah Mendenhall shares with us a bit of her dietary wisdom- "Raw food, in actuality, reigns, because it also makes you feel better. From cleansing, to rebuilding, to maintaining, a raw lifestyle basically…rules!"
Looking for a simple and easy to make lasagna? This raw lasagna is super easy and extra tasty with the pesto layers.