Saturday, January 2, 2016

January 201 Raw Potluck

This month's theme is New Year's Resolutions, what do you want to incorporate into your diet. What does that mean? For me it is I want to incorporate more raw soups this winter instead of cooked. For some it might be more leafy greens or salads, or raw breakfasts such as smoothies or fruit salad, or zoodles instead of rice or pasta, or raw vegan cheeses instead of dairy, or raw nut and fruit based desserts instead of processed sugar and flour based or .... anything where you would like to make a substitution for you are now eating.

Some of the resolutions were to eat 2 raw meals a day; undo the holidays (said by multiple people); detox; more healthy snacks; 1 raw meal a day; more raw soups; eating healthier.

On our menu today is

Shiitake Dumplings in a Sesame Broth

Raw Cream of Broccoli Soup

Raw Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad,

orange slices

Raw Mediterranean Pasta

healthy snacks consisting of pineapples, apples, celery, kiwi

tossed leafy greens with cranberries, almonds, and apples and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing

1 lb asparagus cut into 1-2 inch pieces
1 T tahini
1 T honey
 1/4 t. toasted sesame oil  OR 1 t sesame seeds

mix well

Sweet Potato Salad
2 c peeled, rated sweet potatoes
1 c dressing (below)
Mix well and serve

Dressing for Sweet Potato Salad
1 t grated orange zest
1/2 c water
3 T raw almond butter
2 t. raisins that have been soaked ~ 20 min
1 t liquid aminos
1/2 t Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
1 clove garlic
1 t flax seeds

Place all ingredients in High speed blender.  Make ahead and refrigerate.

Almond Hot Chocolate
2 cup almond milk
2 cup water
8 dates
4 TBS cocoa powder
1 inch vanilla bean
pinch salt

Blend in a high speed blender on soup cycle to make hot

Next month's theme is food good for the heart. There was a study released stating that cocao/cacao is wonderful for the heart.

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