Preparing meals on the raw food diet may not come easy, but with some practice and a basic understanding of how the foods work together, you will be able to create delicious meals in very little time. As a matter of fact, raw meals take less time to create, because you do not have to watch the stove. And once you get used to these meals, you may never want to cook again. Here are some quick dinner ideas to get you started:
Sweet and Sour Kale Salad
This recipe can be served as a side dish as well as a meal, depending on how you prepare it.
Chop up some fresh organic kale and put into a large salad bowl. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the kale and massage the juice into the kale until it becomes soft. Drizzle some honey or agave nectar over it as well and add sea salt to taste. Mix well and enjoy as a side dish.
To make it into a meal, you can add more vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, onions, peppers and tomatoes, and sprinkle with your favorite nuts or seeds.
You can make raw vegetable pasta from lettuce, kale or zucchini by cutting them into thin strips. To cut the kale and lettuce, roll the leaves up as tight as you can, and then cut into thin strips.
For the sauce, combine in a blender some fresh as well as sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, a clove of garlic, sea salt, some olive oil and lemon juice and blend until fairly smooth. Spoon over your pasta and top it off with dried mushrooms, pine nuts and sunflower seeds.
These wraps will be a favorite with the whole family. Simply mash up some avocados with a fork. Then chop some fresh cilantro, green peppers, tomatoes and onion, and add to the avocados along with lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt. Spread into organic kale leaves and enjoy! You can also use leaf lettuce or halved green peppers instead of kale.
Chop up some of your favorite garden vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, radishes, cucumbers and broccoli. For the dressing, blend together some raw nuts or seeds, cilantro, ginger, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and enough water for a desired consistency. Toss the salad with the dressing and top with lightly toasted sunflower seeds or other nuts or seeds of your choice.
Vegetable Shish Kabobs
For a fun meal, cut up your favorite vegetables, like peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and cucumbers, and place them on shish kabob sticks. You can soak certain vegetables, like peppers and zucchini, in lemon juice, orange juice or other raw fruit juices before placing them on the sticks. You can also do this with fruits, like mangoes, cherries, grapes, pineapples and peaches.
The raw food diet is very filling because it provides you with live enzymes and many essential nutrients. But the great thing about raw foods is that they will not leave you with that heavy feeling in your stomach after a big meal as most cooked meals will.