Find quick and easy healthy main course recipes to sustain your raw food journey.
If you have been avoiding pesto because of its high oil content you will be delighted to try out this low fat raw vegan version by Kristina of Fully Raw!
Creamy, rich Romesco tomato sauce without the additional calories of blanched almonds used in traditional recipes. This sauce can be gently warmed on the stove top before being added to a bed of raw zucchini noodles. Just make sure to monitor the heat by testing with your finger or using a thermometer. This recipe makes a great, spicy and flavorful alternative to traditional pasta marinara sauce!
Need an energy boost in the morning? Chia is known for its energy giving and sustaining properties. In fact it was used by the messenger runners of ancient Native American cultures of the southwest for prolonged endurance. If carrying a small sachet of seeds with you throughout the day doesn't appeal, try out this delicious chia pudding bowl recipe instead topped with almond slivers and juicy berries.
Ulyana says, "It’s the perfect alternative to dairy and can be used on sandwiches, as a dip, sauce or dressing for many meals- cooked or raw, veggie or not." She used it as part of the base of an epic vegan pizza with plenty of yummy olives!
This a truly gourmet recipe by Laura Dawn that incorporates the vibrant flavors and textures of Mexican themed food, all without dairy, rice, corn, or anything cooked for that matter! Once your tortillas, sour cream, and vegan taco meat are prepared simply whip up a quick salsa or guacamole, pull together a few fresh toppings like cilantro leaves or sprouts, and you'll have a delicious, healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy!
When it's hot out no one wants to be slaving over a stove of boiling noodles. This is why raw recipes make so much more sense during the summer season! When it comes to raw pasta the secret is definitely in the sauce, and having a nice balance of salt, tang, and sweet will make all the difference. Enjoy this mouth watering pasta marinara by Lisa Viger for dinner tonight and keep the heat out of the kitchen.
The magic of this tasty raw treat is that it's simply a matter of mixing up a few ingredients in a bowl, spreading everything out on teflex dehydrator sheets, and letting your dehydrator do the rest of the work for you. This granola is full of whole food goodness including fresh rolled oats, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes and sprouted buckwheat. It has a subtle cinnamon flavor and is sweetened only with pure maple syrup. Adding a bit of coconut oil to your granola recipes will give them a crunchier consistency and richer flavor!
A creative and truly gourmet raw vegan recipe inspired by Danish pastries, served with homemade chocolate sauce and fresh juicy nectarines! Enjoy it for your next weekend brunch!
A delicious blended whirlwind of fresh raspberries, blueberries, banana and chia seeds left to sit and thicken in the fridge overnight. Watch if transform into a thick pudding consistency! If you know your mornings are rushed yet you'd still like to get a very healthy and sustaining breakfast try this recipe. The chia seeds will ensure that you get plenty of amino acids and essential fatty acids for healthy brain function, stabilized blood sugar, and energy throughout the day.
This recipe makes the ultimate quick on the fly raw meal. Throw a fresh green salad onto your plate to accompany this noodle dish and you will be very happy and satisfied! Kelp noodles have a texture that can be a bit odd if you don't prepare them properly. If your kelp noodles are crunchy this is a good indication that they haven't soaked long enough in your sauce. You can also speed up the process a bit by pre-soaking them in an acid like lemon juice or vinegar, which will soften them right now! This recipe really has that spicy Thai flavor and the kelp noodles are the perfect raw substitute for white rice noodles.
These chickpea salad wraps are healthy and light and taste way better than tuna salad! They can be made either raw with sprouted chickpeas or you may choose to steam them for a brief moment for digestibility. For a raw wrap use a big, fresh leaf of collard greens or chard, or you can easily use a sprouted whole grain tortilla or sandwich bread. This recipe combines an array of great flavors with ingredients such as dijon mustard, parsley, tahini, red wine vinegar and capers, and also has great texture variation through soft chickpeas and crunchy diced celery, apple, and bell pepper. A dash of kelp powder is added to give it that "of the sea" flavor similar to a tuna salad without the fish!
It's the weekend so why not go all out with this epic breakfast banana split recipe by none other than Lisa Pitman! This recipe was made for a birthday celebration, but since every day should be a celebration of life it is perfect for anytime of the year. Frozen banana soft serve combines with almond butter gingersnap cookies and a chocolate cashew sauce, topped with fresh banana slices and berries. Lisa says, "This incredible birthday breakfast will provide you with plenty of energy for a day of dance parties and enthusiastic entertaining while nourishing your body with nutrient-dense deliciousness."
Nothing comforts the soul like a bowl of warm, nourishing soup. If you thought that adopting a raw food diet meant you'd never again be able to warm up with a bowl of soup you are mistaken! This recipe by Jennifer Cornbleet combines zucchini "soba" style noodles with spinach, delicate strips of carrot and crimini mushroom, and a light broth made with mellow white miso and a dash of tamari or shoyu. Finish the presentation with a sprinkle of sliced green onion and sip away! This recipe calls for boiled water, but you may also choose to heat the water up only slightly and let your veggies steep for a bit longer to become softened. Try adding a few different sea vegetables into your broth as well like strips of nori sheets or dulse. You could also choose to add a bit of tahini to your broth if you desire something a bit more filling.
California rolls are always a great option when you're craving something light, fresh, and savory! It takes a bit of practice getting your rolling technique down but once you do you'll be making sushi like a master! Follow the instructions below from Jennifer Cornbleet to create the perfect raw vegan sushi roll complete with lots of sprouts, avocado, and thinly sliced vegetables. This recipe doesn't call for any rice or sticky spread, instead it relies on a small amount of mellow white miso for added flavor and to help the nori bind together to form a roll. Taste the freshness!
A refreshing and creative pasta dish made with grated Jerusalem artichokes and a light, flavorful green sauce of invigorating herbs, greens, and a splash of cold pressed olive oil. If you are bored by the typical pasta marinara give this recipe a try for a little variation! Jerusalem artichokes are also known as earth apples, and they can be found with the root vegetables on the produce display. They are crunchy, slightly sweet, and have a delightfully nutty flavor. High in magnesium, potassium, iron, and a healthy fiber called inulin that acts as a prebiotic, these little root vegetables are full of health benefits!
Planning to have a picnic today? Whip up this recipe by Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies for a raw vegan version of a cold pasta salad using cauliflower as the base. The dressing is a savory and tangy blend of raw cashews, onion powder, garlic granules, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a little nutritional yeast for an added cheesy flavor. This dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, and kids will love it too especially with carrot and celery sticks or sliced cucumber.
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!
Who doesn't love a good collard wrap, especially when it's filled with a mouth-watering, deliciously savory, perfectly salted and spiced mock seafood pate! Fill up on these yummy raw vegetarian wraps by Deborah Marsh! If you are a tuna salad person this is the perfect recipe for you. No fish, no dairy, no harmful ingredients just raw organic, nuts, seeds, veggies, and seasonings! This recipe makes a very easy lunch or dinner, and any leftover pate can be saved for a salad topping later in the week.
Quick, easy, gourmet raw food! This recipe by Lisa Viger will satisfy those cravings for saucy, spicy, smokey bbq food without the carcinogenic ingredients! Instead you will be nourishing your body with fresh fruits and vegetables. The sauce is made with sun dried tomatoes, dates, olive oil, garlic, spicy mustard and more! It is thick, hearty and the perfect topping for the fresh zucchini noodles, thinly sliced rings of onion, pineapple chunks, and sliced mushrooms. Yumyum!
If you're a fan of collard wraps why not try using chard instead for a little variation! The unique pillowy texture of chard will create a sandwich "pocket" instead of a burrito style wrap. These are so fun to eat and super quick to prepare! Try out this recipe for an easy snack, or make up a big batch for an entire meal. Doing green wraps and sandwiches is an awesome way to get'cha greens in when the usual salad just isn't going to cut it.