Find quick and easy healthy main course recipes to sustain your raw food journey.
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.
What's not to love about Japanese Maki Rolls?! They are so delicious, and have the perfect balance of "light yet filling". Create these raw vegan maki rolls with your partner, a friend, or even your children. We love the pop of contrasting color from all of the fresh vegetables. In this recipe Jenné Claiborne uses bell pepper, purple cabbage, avocado, pickled ginger, red lentils and sprouted quinoa inside of her nori sheets. Sprouted quinoa is a great source of alkaline forming protein, is very easy to digest and assimilate, and still retains those life giving enzymes and phyto-nutrients that would otherwise be destroyed with cooking. Check out Jenné's other recipe how to for sprouting quinoa.
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.
Why not have something yummy enough to be dessert for breakfast? With this recipe by Amber Shea Crawley you get a wonderful fusion of apple pie flavor and texture combined with the nutritional benefits of beta-glucan rich raw rolled oats, fresh juicy apple, and creamy protein rich almond milk. You can even place this recipe in the dehydrator for 30 minutes or place in a sauce pan over low heat to gentle warm up and really soften the oats and apple. This will also help fuse the flavors and spices together. Amber also gives a few suggestions for alternatives and substitutions if you are avoiding any ingredients in this recipe.
Sun cured vanilla bean make everything better. This sweet cream recipe is so easy to prepare and makes an amazing cream layer in a berry parfait, or drizzled over fresh cut fruit like in this particular recipe. A touch of fresh lemon juice gives this recipe juuuust the right amount of tang without detracting from the sweet vanilla flavor and richness of the cashew nuts.
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!
This is a rawsome recipe from Elenor Earthsprout for a cleansing and nourishing Pad Thai that is light enough to be eaten all summer long even when the hot weather hits. This recipe uses fresh spiralized daikon radish combined with packaged kelp noodles for variation of texture. Daikon is used extensively in Asian cuisine but often gets overlooked in the West. It is juicier and milder in flavor to its red radish counterpart yet still contains valuable nutrients such as the mineral sulphur. The noodles are covered in a light sauce that combines the traditional Thai flavors of coconut, cilantro, spring onion, garlic and lime. Delish any day of the week!
A creamy, refreshing, paprika laced red bell pepper bisque topped with a delicious vibrant green pistachio parsley pistou (pine-nut-less pesto) which gives the smoothness of the soup a nice amount of nutty texture. Enjoy as the centerpiece of your meal or as an appetizer for lunch or dinner
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!
This savory spinach and wild mushroom quiche is an amazing creation of Chef Russel James, the master of raw gourmet. It is richly dense with flavor, and is made completely free of dairy, eggs, or anything processed for that matter and actually tastes worlds better than anything cooked. Believe us! While this recipe does take a bit of time to prepare (the base crust should be made ahead of time) it is well worth the effort as the outcome will amaze you.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Don't let this mouthwatering picture deceive you by it's lovely gourmet composition into thinking this is a complicated recipe. It is actually very simple and only requires 4, yes only 4, ingredients!
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''.
Dense yet pliable and soft, these pancakes are sooooo easy to create and will actually take you less time than traditional pancakes (minus the dehydration time) If you haven't yet experimented with making raw vegan pancakes then it is about time. Have fun with your raw food diet!
Sometimes flavors simply come together in a perfect harmony of delicious taste. So is the case with this easy granola recipe which encompasses the enticing flavors of cinnamon, maca, vanilla bean, almonds and blueberries! Sprouted buckwheat is often used as a base in granolas because of it's light crunchy texture and high protein content. Also, it is very affordable!
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!"