Day 1 of my Raw Vegan Adventure is a rap!
Here’s what happened:
For my first raw vegan meal, I chose a Blueberry Smoothie (recipe from This Rawesome Vegan Life).
With its familiar ingredients (banana, strawberries, blueberries, kale and water), it looked innocuous enough. A perfect introduction into raw veganism. And it was delicious!
The problem was, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. My three-year-old also decided it was “so yummy, Mommy!” and promptly drank about 1/3 of it. I hadn’t really anticipated sharing my raw vegan meals with my “if it’s not mac and cheese I’m not touching it” daughter. We’ll have to see if this continues. I had a handful of raw granola to compensate for the 1/3 of the smoothie I missed out on.
Anyway, so Meal #1 went off without a hitch. I had to grab my morning snack on-the-go, so I choose these:
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been checking out various raw food snacks to see which ones I liked, so I knew these ones were good. They are basically quarter-sized disks of dehydrated nuts with pizza seasoning. I could eat these all day. They are crunchy and very satisfying. And they have a nice flavor.
Next up was lunch: Spinach Salad with Raspberry and Red Onion Vinaigrette (from RAWESOMELY VEGAN)
This meal was a total home run. I’m a fan of spinach salads in general, and the vinaigrette on this one was amazing (and also a very pretty color). One thing I am starting to notice about raw food in general; it is pretty. Lots of the recipes I have come across make an effort to jazz up their raw ingredients by experimenting with color and texture. Definitely a plus for this way of eating.
This salad is dressed in raw raspberry and red onion vinaigrette (made with coconut vinegar and spices) and topped with raspberries and raw walnuts. (The recipe actually calls for the whole thing to be put in a dehydrator so that the spinach wilts, but I don’t own a a dehydrator so I skipped this step). I was a little bit concerned about the raw walnuts; I’m the kind of person who prefers my walnuts roasted and candied. But the vinaigrette was so flavorful that these walnuts were quite tasty, even totally raw.
The salad filled me up quite a bit, so for my afternoon snack I just had a nectarine. They are in season now, here in Texas, and this one was absolutely perfect:
For dinner, I had Raw Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Spicy Nut Balls, and “Parmesan Cheese” (recipe from This Rawesome Vegan Life).
The “pasta” was thinly sliced carrots, zucchini, and red bell pepper. The sauce was a raw tomato sauce with garlic, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and spices. The nut balls were ground up almonds, walnuts, garlic, spices, and a bit of olive oil. The “parmesan cheese” was soaked walnuts ground up with some nutritional yeast.
I have to say, I think this meal would have been a lot better if I had gone easier on the garlic. The rawness of the garlic gave this meal a bit more of a kick than I liked. My three-year-old did not care to share this one (she had her own, more conventional, spaghetti), but my 10-month old really enjoyed playing with the carrot noodles (without the sauce).
A note here on the preparation involved in raw vegan cuisine; obviously there is no “cooking,” but there is a great deal of cutting, chopping, blending, processing, chilling, and arranging. I used my food processor more today than I have in years. In fact, I spent all of my spare time today prepping food, for today’s meals and tomorrow’s. Part of the issue is that I am new to this style of food preparation, so everything takes longer. And part of it is that my kids are deathly afraid of the food processor so I have to do all processing while they are napping, which requires planning ahead. But still, I definitely spot an emerging theme of “tedious food preparation.”
Ahhh, dessert! Living Raw Truffles.
Very yummy. They taste like bitter dark chocolate truffles with a little bit of a chewy center.
So that was Day #1! I’m happy to say that I am not going to bed starving. In fact, I’m really looking forward to Day #2! I’m very interested to see what happens in the days to come, now that the excitement of the first day is behind me. Will I make it all the way through to Day #7? Only time will tell . . . At the moment, I’m liking my chances. This is do-able. Fun, even. Definitely something new and different for me. And I’m pretty sure tomorrow’s dessert is going to blow my mind, so there’s that . . .
Check back tomorrow as I continue on my Raw Vegan Adventure!