Thursday, 10 September 2009

My 5 Fav Quick & Easy Raw Vegan Recipes

My raw food transition has been fairly smooth, and I attribute that to quick & easy recipes. Nothing will deter people from trying raw food more than having them make complicated recipes that require expensive dehydrators and hard to find ingredients. Here are my 5 favourite recipes that have helped me along my wild & wacky raw food journey ...

1. SMOOTHIE - Pretty in Pink Smoothie 

Equipment Needed: Knife, blender
  • handful of fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1 mango, peeled, cut into bite sized pieces and frozen overnight
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen overnight
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • water (to make it blend)
Toss everything in the blender and whizz until smooth.

2. SOUP - Creamy Gazpacho

Equipment Needed: Knife, blender
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 green onion
  • handful of cashews
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • several sprigs of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt (to taste)
Combine everything in the blender until smooth and creamy.

3. SALAD - Avo-Dill Salad

Equipment Needed: Knife
  • 1 whole avocado, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 1/2 large cucumber, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil (cold pressed)
  • 1 small bunch of dill, coarsely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
Toss everything in a large bowl and mix well.

4. DINNER - Raw Burritos Equipment Needed: Knife
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • handful of sprouts
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 4 large lettuce leaves (romaine or collard)
  • 1 lemon, squeezed for 2 tablespoons of juice
  • 1-2 sprigs of parsley
  • dash of ground cumin
  • dash of sea salt (optional)
In a large bowl combine everything (except the lettuce). Mix well. Spoon the mixture into the lettuce. Fold the top and sides of the lettuce leaf like a burrito.

5. DESSERT - Strawberry ParfaitEquipment Needed: Blender, knife
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons raw sweetener (depending on taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free or use seeds from a vanilla bean)
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries (or substitute your favourite fruit)
Mix everything (except the strawberries) in a blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add a little water. Pour into dessert cups and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, toss the strawberries in the blender and mix. Pour the fruit puree over the parfait.
There you have it - my 5 favourite, fast, easy, delicious raw vegan recipes.

Happy uncooking!


recipe lover said...

The smoothie look great. It one of my favorite drinks in the summer.

Shanghai Monkey said...

Yes, definitely a great summer drink. You can also freeze all the fruit overnight, then put the frozen fruit in a food processor for a super easy homemade ice cream. SooOoo good ^_^

Mandi said...

ooh I love these. Whenever I attempt to make raw dishes it takes me three years. Nice to have some super quick options for when i'm in a hurry.

Shanghai Monkey said...

LOL! I hear that a lot. "I enjoy raw food, but it's so much work" or "it's so expensive". But it doesn't have to be at all. Glad you enjoyed the post. ^_^

shannonmarie said...

Pretty in Pink Smoothie. My Hayden would love it if I drank one of those. She has me craving anything pink.

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