Thursday, November 8, 2012

An Easy, Mostly Raw Dinner

When I was eating 100% raw foods, people would often ask me what on earth we ate for dinner, and how I fed my kids while eating raw myself, so I took some photos of typical meals that our family enjoys. 

raw fruits and veggies
This meal includes fresh peaches, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, and celery with peanut butter and raisins; raw cashews, dried figs, apricots, and currants, and four kinds of nut-based "snack balls" as we refer to them. The balls are variations on recipes for Victoria Boutenko's raw candy.

These days, I'm eating more flexibly, but we still like this type of meal. My kids love having all the variety and options, and I love that not only is everything healthy and fresh, it's a super easy meal to make. These foods are naturally delicious and loaded with vitamins; we don't have to do much to them besides slice and arrange them on plates!


raw food meal
Another example of an easy, mostly raw dinner. Lots of fresh choices, including basil, tomatoes, cheddar, mozzarella, tofu, avocado, cucumber, orange, and grapes. We love eating this way!

Basically, whenever I'm making this dish I use whatever vegetables and fruits we have that can be enjoyed fresh, and add some cheese, sliced avocado, or tofu. I like to include thinly sliced zucchini or cucumber to take the place of crackers or bread, and either spinach or basil for a leafy green. I often serve this with a simple dip of balsamic vinegar & olive oil, my homemade hummus, or this raw sprouted sunflower seed dip.

raw caprese salad
The kids, making "sandwiches" with veggies & cheese in this variation of the classic caprese salad.

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November 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Good for you! I think it's great to be able to think outside the box when it comes to meal planning. Your food looks so beautiful: colourful and nutritious!

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November 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Okay, I'm coming over for dinner! Would you like to share these beautiful meals with us at Raw Foods Thursdays? http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2012/11/raw-foods-thursdays-112212/ We'd love to learn from you!

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November 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I'd love to! Thanks, I've never run across a raw food blog hop!

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December 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

I love how its so simple. Sometimes I think we get caught up in cooking cooking cooking and we forget to enjoy the foods in their natural raw state! So much flavor! Sorry this is coming late, I have been set back by illness and a painful tooth :(

Each week I am amazed by the wonderful loyal bloggers that return each week to link up their yummy food and information! I am so happy that each week we have a few new bloggers that join our group!

Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
I hope to see you again next week!

This week's link up is live, come on over and join the fun, if you haven't already.

Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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February 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I need to start thinking like this. Maybe my kids wouldn't be such picky eaters.

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February 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

It's lovely when kids can be involved in making their own food - I think it encourages them to try new things, and eat better too. Your mostly raw dinner looks really appetising :) Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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February 16, 2013 at 7:16 AM

This is a really great and healthy family time to spend at the dinner table. Your kids will have wonderful eating habits as they grow. I came across you on Crumbs and Chaos Linky Party!

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March 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I think this is fabulous! Simple, clean, nutritious eating. Wow!

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May 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

All the appeal of Lunchables, but much healthier! :-) My family enjoys meals like this especially in hot weather. The trick to making it a satisfying meal is to serve some foods with protein or fat--not just fruits and veggies (well, avocado has fat)--I see that that's how you do it, but I wanted to spell it out for anyone who might not have noticed.

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May 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Great ideas and pictures, not to mention how healthy. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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May 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

You're right- it's gotta have some fat & protein in order to be a satisfying meal!
I love the comparison with lunchables- I always wanted those when I was a kid! Maybe that's why I'm drawn to make this meal for my own kids ;)

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June 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I would eat all of that for dinner, my family - no! They would have that on the side of meat and potatoes. :) Oh well baby steps right?
Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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June 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Well, it all looks good, Mellow! I think I could fill up on your spreads rather nicely!

Thanks for linking up to The Creative HomeAcre blog hop! : )

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July 9, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Thanks for the great ideas!
Tina @ Mommynificent

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August 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

We just love a cold veggie plate in the hot summertime. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen

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September 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Good for you! That spread looks amazing!

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October 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

We've been having a lot of lunches like this lately. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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