Browse through some of the best vegan lunch recipes online!
Tahini dressing is a classic staple in raw food cuisine for good reason. It as a very distinctive yet versatile flavor and is richly satisfying. Also, it goes very well with pretty much any vegetable mix under the sun. This recipe has a very nice balance of different tastes: sweet from raw honey, acidic from apple cider vinegar, creamy richness from tahini, saltiness and depth from shoyu, and spice and flavor from chives and garlic. And a nice mellow dose of fresh cucumber. Traditionally tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a thick butter. You can either make the tahini yourself by using a blender or food processor to blend the sesame seeds until smooth (which can take time and patience and you may need to add some additional sesame oil) or you can purchase pre-made raw tahini in jars. Having some good salad dressings around is a great help when it comes to success on a healthy diet! This recipe was an experiment by Chef Hannah Mendenhall and she encourages you to play around with ingredients and make it your own!
Savory and saucy this dish uses both kelp and zucchini noodles and is dressed up with an Asian inspired creamy, spicy macadamia avocado sauce. The addition of snow peas, sliced broccoli and asparagus add a nice seasonal touch to this recipe. Everything here is raw aside from the roasted bell peppers which can be omitted if you wish (just add in a bit more fresh bell peppers). Another option would be to use a few tsp of chipotle pepper seasoning for a nice robust smoky flavor. Raw noodle dishes are always a hit because they are so easy to prepare and can be made in such a variety of ways. Zucchini and kelp noodles are both very neutral in flavor and will take on the dynamic flavors of any sauce.
This salad is gorgeous and the delicious creamy tangy apricot dressing is reason enough to make this recipe. When it comes to eating raw kale salad this secret is totally in the dressing. It must have a yummy sauce otherwise you can forget it. This recipe has vibrant flavors and a variety of fun textures and is not your average boring salad. The many phyto nutrients such as beta carotene in this salad are amazing for healthy lung tissue. Breathe deep and try it out for dinner tonight!
Are you one of those people that loves the concept of eating sea veggies but don't care for the taste? If so then this recipe is for you! These crackers are so good they're borderline addictive, and with each crunchy savory bite you're getting loads of nourishing minerals from nori and kelp! This recipe was inspired by an Episode of Raw Food World.
A low glycemic, super-food infused, healing and alkalinizing smoothie recipe perfect for all the green smoothie drinking green goddesses out there! Added to the green power of cucumber and romaine there is the addition of spirulina and barley greens powder, as well as a hit of herbal medicine from maca and the Chinese herb he shou wu. Top with goji berries or bee pollen. This recipe is perfect for those with blood sugar imbalances and the sweetness can be adjusted by adding more or less stevia.
Carrot pulp, ground sesame seeds and flax, fresh herbs and spices all rolled up into yummy little falafel patties! To acquire your carrot pulp simply make a large batch of carrot juice and enjoy. This is actually a nut-free recipe and the base of carrot pulp really makes this recipe a lot easier on the digestive system. The tahini sauce is super creamy and tangy and makes a delicious salad dressing in its own right.
This soup has been coined by chef Gena Hemshaw as "sinlessly indulgent" and was inspired by a trip to Bonobos in New York City. It is easy to make and is rich, sweet, and satisfying yet light enough to eat a whole bowl (or 2!) Coconut meat is a fantastic source of healthy fats, calcium and potassium and the coconut water will supply you with your daily dose of electrolytes. Use stevia to sweeten for a super low glycemic meal or use a combination of stevia and agave or dates if stevia alone is too strong for your tastes.
Learning to make a really great raw paté is a useful skill to have when it comes to raw food preparation. Patés are so versatile and can be added to salads to transform them into a more filling meal. They also work great as a dip for veggie crudité or flax crackers, or as a sticky spread to use in place of rice in raw sushi wraps. This particular recipe is amazing on it's own and also works as a great base recipe, the options really are endless as far as what can be added. You can easily add different spices and fresh herbs to reinvent things and create new flavors. Soaking your seeds before hand makes the paté much more digestible and also gives it a fluffier, softer consistency.
A light, ultra fresh low fat tabbouleh style salad with sun dried tomatoes, spring onion, cucumber, sultanas, fresh mint and a squeeze of lemon juice. In replace of traditional wheat based bulgur this recipe utilizes the nutritionally packed seed quinoa in it's sprouted form. Sprouting the quinoa will make the amino acids even more bioavailable and creates a robust nutty flavor and chewy texture. Quinoa is very easy to sprout and this recipe comes together very quickly. Serve it up Mediterranean style with some raw hummus, flax crackers, and black botija olives!
Serve these scrumptiously filling raw vegan vitality burgers between two crisp romaine leafs with avocado slices and fresh red onion. Complete the presentation with a dolup of raw mustard and ranch sauce for a special treat that will impress anyone lucky enough to take a bite. Recipe adapted from Rene Oswald's book ''Transitioning to Living Cuisine''.
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!
When made right, raw crackers can satisfy the need for crunch and nutrients, and leave you feeling light and happy instead of thirsty and hungry. Loaded with protein, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals raw carrot crackers are where it's at. The star of these crackers is really the buckwheat. While we typically think of buckwheat as a grain, it is actually a fruit seed. It's absolutely perfect for those avoiding gluten; and it can be used in porridge, baking, pancakes and raw snacks.
A true power meal recipe, this bowl combines a few nutritionally dense superstars: avocado, hemp, kale, and kelp! The two dressings included within this recipe work really well together or you can divide your bowl half and half with smoked avocado cumin on one side and balsamic tahini on the other. This recipe was inspired by a culinary creation from Blossoming Lotus Cafe in Portland, OR. You can lightly steam and blanch the cruciferous vegetables or keep them raw, it is up to you.
This recipe takes but minutes to throw together and is bursting with minerals that will nourish and sustain you. The dressing is light and fresh, and only requires a brief whisk. Chef Mila Llina shares with us some nutritional wisdom, "If there's one thing, aside from leafy greens, that I would recommend people start incorporating into their diet, it would definitely be sea vegetables! They're loaded with vitamins and minerals, including trace minerals! I can't say enough about how wonderful they are." Here's to the power of the sea veggie!
Crispy spiced young coconut bacon, cultured peppercorn cheese and soft caramelized onion come together on a raw buckwheat crust to create this gorgeous explosion of flavor. It's raw pizza with a gourmet twist! This recipe has quite a few steps involved with various ingredients needing dehydration or culturing, but if you're looking for raw gourmet at it's finest this recipe is for you!
Can a delicious meal actually aid in detox? With this recipe it can! Christian Bates shares with us, "Yes, you can detox and feast too! How do you want your burger uncooked: well done gourmet or rare nutrition? How about both! I’m talking about an organic raw plant-based burger recipe that not only satisfies the heartiest of stomachs but nourishes and detoxifies your body."
Salad may seem like a boring option for a meal, but we assure you it doesn't have to be. The magic is all in the combination of flavors, and of course in the dressing. A great dressing can transform a salad from drab to fab. We love this easy recipe, and the dressing has the perfect combination of creaminess from tahini, acid and tart from the lemon, as well as added sweetness from orange, coconut water and dates. And don't forget that spicy kick from ginger! It comes out thick, more like a sauce, which will make your salad a bit more filling and satisfying.
As you might have noticed there´s no Arborio rice for this risotto, nope. That is so passé. Lets turn to sprouted Buckwheat instead which is free from gluten and full of possibilities! This dish is packed with iron (parsley and vitamin C is a dream team!) and alkalizing properties, two things both our body and mind really could use today!
These "mini brownie bites" are wildly versatile. Cut them in larger pieces and eat like an energy bar or simply wrap small squares in paper and put them in the Easter egg. This recipe is nut free and honestly, one of the best dessert combinations I have ever tried.
This soup will (apart from blow your mind) serve 10 peeps as an appetizer or 4 hungry ones as a dinner. You could actually eat it as a green smoothie on the go but it shows its best sides when dancing together with the heavy seasoned bread sticks. Duh ;)