Find quick and easy healthy main course recipes to sustain your raw food journey.
Add a little kick (and some extra lycopene) to your sauces, soups, salad dressings, dips, stews, casseroles, etc. etc. with this homemade, old fashioned, RAW version of a classic tomato paste. Joelle Amiot of jarOhoney has created an amazing and very simple alternative to canned tomato paste which often contains preservatives, refined sugars, and traces of aluminum. Fresh is always best and this recipe is just that, and it's FULL of nutrition and flavor too!
A vibrant, flavor packed, nutrient dense RAW rendition of a family favorite: layered lasagna! This version by Summer Sanders of Radiantly Raw Lifestyles comes complete with thinly sliced zucchini noodles, juicy heirloom tomatoes, tasty cashew/mac nut ricotta, and a lovely pistachio basil pesto. You will not miss the gluten or the dairy when you take a bite of this delicious masterpiece!
Love raw pasta and looking for another variation to the usual zucchini noodle? Then try celeriac! Celeriac, also known as celery root, is an amazing, mildly flavored, slightly starchy yet tender root vegetable that holds up amazingly well in raw pasta dishes like this delicious one by Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen. Its pleasant flavor is reminiscent of both celery and parsley, with a subtle sweetness. It is a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and minerals such as phosphorus, iron, copper, calcium and magnesium.
This recipe combines spiralized celeriac with a sweet and tangy, mustardy apple based sauce. It is light, full of flavor, seasonally appropriate and SO tasty! Top with a sprinkling of raw pumpkin seeds and enjoy!
These delicious falafel balls by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen are packed full of flavor, offer a hearty, filling texture, and make a wonderful addition to a green salad loaded with fresh greens, sprouts, sea vegetables, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a creamy tahini or hummus style dressing. Oh, and they're super simple to make too! If you don't have a dehydrator try using the lowest setting on your oven with the door left slightly ajar and cut down your drying time. Enjoy!
"A raw enchilada, how is it even possible?" you may be wondering...
While this recipe isn't going to imitate a hot dish of cheese and sauce laden corn tortilla-based enchiladas it IS going to blow your mind by how delicious it is! Yes it is raw, so the textures will vary from a cooked enchilada, but you will get that irresistible combination of Mexican-esque flavors within the fresh salsa, cheesy cashew sauce, walnut and pumpkin seed nut meat and fresh veggie and flax based tortillas. When everything is combined your mind and taste buds will be blown away. Enjoy this truly gourmet (yet surprisingly simple) savory recipe by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life!
Crunchy carrot noodles by Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen dressed with an ultra creamy, zesty, tahini-based garlic sauce made with fresh lemon, tamari, grated ginger and garlic. Make sure you have a jar of Dastony's raw tahini handy in the cupboard, you'll be able to create delicious sauces and dressings like this one quickly and easily that way. This noodle dish tastes great topped with chopped parsley or cilantro, sesame seeds, pine nuts, hemp nuts, walnuts or anything else you fancy!
Don't eat eggs or tofu but love a good veggie scramble once in a while? Then you must try this delicious raw, vegan dish by Fee O. of Raw Fit and Happy made with fresh vegetables and a base of protein-rich seasoned raw almonds and sunflower seeds. The consistency of everything combined is creamy and rich and completely satisfying. A great low-sugar breakfast alternative to fruit based dishes on a raw path. Serve it on a bed of greens and top with a sprinkling of dulse flakes.
A deliciously creamy, oil-free, vegan Thai sauce made from avocado, tomato, jalapeno, onion, lime, ginger and cilantro dresses ribbons of fresh zucchini, shredded lettuce, crunchy veggies and cubes of juicy jicama. You will love this ultra fresh, flavorful, RAW Thai pasta dish by Priscilla Soler of Gastrawnomica! Serve it for dinner or lunch today, you will be happy that you did!
If you love the spicy, peppery flavor and hearty texture of chili you will love this recipe by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen. Her recipe is completely raw, legume AND nut free, and even contains a few yummy surprises such as dried goldenberries. The blend of chipotle, smoked sea salt, cumin, onion, and garlic really gives it that classic chili flavor while fresh mushroom, bell pepper, and tomatoes add body. Warm it up for a bit in your dehydrator or a low temperature setting in your oven, and if you want an even more filling version add more avocado or some soaked and diced almonds. Enjoy!
Any mushroom lovers in the house? These creative, savory, juicy mushroom "burgers" by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life are just too intriguing to pass by. At first glance your reaction will go one of two ways: you'll either think it looks amazingly delicious or odd and maybe a bit scary - as even the chef admits on her blog. Regardless of your reaction we encourage you to try this one out! Especially if you love marinated shrooms. It reaches a level of deliciousness that not many raw recipes are able to achieve. And it's super easy to make as well. Enjoy!
Long gone are the days when biting into a veggie burger meant having to endure something flavorless with the consistency of sponge. There are SO many delightful vegetable based burgers out there, however, THIS one by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life happens to be one of our favorites. It is super easy to make and absolutely bursts with fresh and vibrant flavor! You can make a whole assortment of fun condiments to go with it as well (see recipe below for ideas). If you don't own a dehydrator yet simply use your oven with the door slightly ajar on the lowest setting and decrease your drying time.
For this recipe by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life it's all about the creamy garlic infused cashew butter sauce - it's absolutely delicious and surpasses any dairy based version! You can use the vegetables of your fancy for this particular recipe. Zucchini works, as does parsnip, sweet potato or carrot like in the photograph. For this recipe you'll need one of our most beloved kitchen appliances: the spirooli spiral slicer. Enjoy!
Feeling a bit bored with your usual green salad dinner entree? There is no need to ever be disenchanted on a raw food diet - not with the myriad of creative raw food recipes out there! These veggie burgers by Kristina Ladecka of Spiced Blueberry Shake make a flavorful and satisfying addition to your salad at dinner. Don't be tricked by their filling nature, they are very easy to digest, are low in fat, and actually contain zero nuts. Fresh yet hearty. Enjoy!
This delicious recipe by Kristina Ldecká of Spiced Blueberry Shake turns out looking nearly identical to traditional sushi yet is vegan AND completely free of cooked rice! The uncooked "rice" is a yummy and simple combination of fresh parsnip, pine nuts, zucchini and a splash of lime. For the filling you may choose a variety of vegetables you have on hand, however this version calls for arugula, carrot, portobello mushroom and of course avocado. Dunk your sushi rolls in some shoyu with fresh ginger and a smear of raw wasabi paste!
Tomato season is in full swing! Use some of the bounty with this amazing recipe for a hearty Summer Tomato Spaghetti by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake! The meatless meatballs are full of texture and flavor and will fill your kitchen with the mouthwatering aroma of savory Italian herbs while "cooking" in the dehydrator. Free of all animal products, these "meatballs" are instead given substance with plenty of mushrooms, carrots, dried tomato, hempseed, walnut and flax! A meal all members of the family will enjoy.
The sauce...it's all about the sauce with these delicious brown rice paper hand rolls by Rebecca Leffler of GREEN CHIC By Lafleur. They're filled with all-raw fixings of fresh mango, carrots, avocado, mint, cilantro, chives and more! The perfect combination of ingredients for a light end of summer meal or appetizer. Enjoy!
This gourmet pizza by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake is piled high with freshly "roasted" asparagus, mushroom, and onion and features a delicious sun dried tomato macadamia ricotta and herbed zucchini and flax seed crust. There is no need to deprive yourself when that pizza craving hits; you can indulge without having to consume any dairy, wheat or cooked ingredients for that matter!
Savory raw gourmet at its finest! A very special meal created by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life for an ultra flavor-rich marinated zucchini pasta dish topped with herb-filled tomato marinara sauce, olive oil infused dried cherry tomatoes and garlicy portobello mushroom meat(less) balls. An explosion of flavor with each delicious bite!
Savory and satisfying, these raw vegan burgers by Nikki Stokes of Eating Vibrantly are amazing in lettuce wraps with your favorite fixings! Top with a raw spread of your choice (tomato-based works great!), avocado, onion, fresh tomatoes and sprouts. Super filling and made with 100% veggies, nuts, herbs and spices!
Recipe adapted from Karen Knowler's Go Raw For A Day Ebook.