Raw Vegan Kitchen

Easy Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

zucchini "noodles" with peanut butter sauce

When the heat gets this intense, I try to make meals that don’t require much if any heat (even if the AC is on!). I’ve really enjoyed my spiral slicer, which makes instant “noodles” from raw zucchini. Now, don’t get me wrong — I have no problem with pasta, but in the summer heat, zucchini noodles just feel lighter. And they’re ready pretty much instantly, with a few cranks of the lever, and no heat needed. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use your favorite noodles — rice noodles, bean-thread noodles, soba, or linguini —this works with all of them. more→

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Deconstructed sushi bowl pilaf

This dish contains all the flavor and nutrition of sushi, but requires only half the effort! Instead of rolling the ingredients into a traditional makizushi, you just toss ‘em together in a bowl—no muss, no fuss. If you really dislike seaweed, you can leave the nori off, though it is a fantastic source of essential minerals. This recipe is from Practically Raw,* copyright © 2012 Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission, Vegan Heritage Press. more→

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Spinach Smoothie

Spinach smoothie

This fruity green smoothie, combining spinach with banana and stone fruits or apple,  is from The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted so Good,* by Hilary Greenleaf, reprinted with permission. more→

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Raw Organic Lotus Forbidden Black Rice Recipe

This is the most amazing, delicious, and super nutritious raw organic vegan recipe to come out in a long time. In the raw food world there hasn’t really been a “raw rice” available, so this one is very special and unique while being affordable, at only $3.89-$3.99 for a bag at your local Whole Foods Market, health food store or online . So far this is the ONLY rice I can soak overnight and the next day is sprouted, soft, tastes cooked and is out of this world delicious! Contributed by Raw Chef Bryan Au. more→

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Interview with Mimi Kirk, author of Live Raw

Mimi KirkIn preparation for reviewing Mimi Kirk’s colorful and lively book on raw food cuisine and lifestyle, Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty,* I interviewed her and was thrilled with here detailed, informative answers. Mimi’s insights open a window into the pleasures and benefits of raw food.  more→

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Kale Salad with Cherries and Lime Dressing

Fresh cherries in a bowl

Yearning for something a little different for dinner tonight? Try using kale instead of lettuce for a salad. A garlicky dressing and bits of sweet cherry add surprising flavor twists. more→

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Vanilla Crème Sauce

Serve this delicious sauce instead of whipped cream with fresh berries, cakes, crisps, pies, or tarts. Or try layering it with Raw Chocolate Mousse. Recipe contributed by Jennifer Cornbleet, from Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People,* revised edition. © 2012, Book Publishing Company. more→

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Power Smoothie (Romaine and Superfood Seeds)

Romaine lettuce green smoothie

Typically in raw circles, expressions like “power food” refer to Himalayan berries and maca powder and deep sea algae. What I mean by it is pretty simple: foods that are nutrient dense, easy to assimilate, and that give a boost of energy and focus. Per this post, those foods can be as straightforward and everyday as kale or winter squash. Lately, my superfoods of choice have included all of the original ten I mentioned in my “super foods” post, but the focus has been on dark leafy greens, hemp, chia, and nutritional yeast. Oftentimes, I find myself blending all or a few of those into a killer morning smoothie. Contributed by Gena Hamshaw, from Choosing Raw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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