5 Easy Raw Food Meals to Save Time in the Kitchen

This is a guest post by Laura-Jane the Rawtarian.

In North American culture, we are accustomed to eating because it tastes great, rather than eating for nourishment. When the average person hears the words “raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds” they cringe and picture dry carrots sticks and tasteless iceberg lettuce salads. In fact, to most people, the idea that healthy food can actually taste great and satiate sounds like a myth.

But if you’ve tasted any of the raw food recipes here at the this web site, you’ll know that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive!

Here are 5 easy raw food meals that save you time and taste great, too.

1. Raw pate

All raw fooders should have a standyby raw pate recipe in their raw recipe arsenal. And Nathalie’s Indian-inspired pate is one of the greats!

Raw pates are versatile, quick to make and, best of all, they keep well in the refrigerator. I make a batch of raw nut pate on the weekend so that I can easily pull together a raw meal quickly later in the week.

Raw nut pate can be served in collard wraps, in nori rolls, on raw crackers, on cucumber rounds, or, my personal favorite, eaten out of a small bowl with a crisp gala apple on the side.

2. Raw veggie burgers

If you have a dehydrator, raw veggie burgers are a great meal option. Make large batches of veggie burgers and be sure to dehydrate them thoroughly so that they can be kept in your pantry or refrigerator.

Raw veggie burgers are simply made by processing nuts, veggies and a binding agent (such as flax seeds), forming them into patties, and dehydrating them in a dehydrator.

I like to serve raw veggie burgers in romaine lettuce wraps. Serve with raw ketchup or raw mayonnaise for extra zip!

3. Your favorite raw salad

Every raw fooder should have a favorite raw salad that tastes great and is easy to prepare. My favorite salad recipe involves mesclun (wild greens) and tomatoes with a basic avocado and nutritional yeast dressing.

The trick to a good salad is to keep it simple. Don’t try to add every vegetable on earth into one salad. Keep it simple and enjoy just two or three flavors per salad.

Watch Nathalie make her Simple Raw Salad Recipe on video here.

4. Raw pasta and sauce

I love creamy tastes, and I absolutely love raw alfredo sauce served with zuchinni or kelp noodles.

Here’s my favorite alfredo sauce recipe:

  • 2 cups unsoaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon thyme spice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Simply combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth! This recipe keeps in the refrigerator very well.

5. Green smoothies

I drink green smoothies for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and dessert! They are one of the quickest and easiest meals to prepare, and they can be altered easily to fit your mood or what you have in your refrigerator.

I usually start my green smoothies with one banana, a heaping cup or two of baby spinach, and then I get creative from there. Lately, I’ve been loving making raspberry lemon green smoothies. They are so tangy! If you’re looking for tips on green smoothie making, check out 13 witchy ways green smoothies make you feel great.

And, of course, any proper raw meal should be followed by a raw vegan dessert! Try pumpkin pie, raw ice cream or a plate of divine, crisp, fresh fruit. Want more raw dessert ideas? Grab Nathalie’s free e-book 28 Desserts You Can Eat Every Day.

Laura-Jane the Rawtarian is a raw fooder who loves eating simple, satisfying raw food recipes and inspiring others to change their lives with the raw food lifestyle. Looking for ways to help friends and family go raw, she recently launched a comprehensive raw food diet plan to make going raw easier than ever. Laura-Jane loves eating raw chia pudding, and she always keeps a wide variety of nuts and fruit stashed in her purse!




Healthy Halloween Recipes Roundup

Halloween Dog with Witch's hat
Millie the Witchy Dog

Okay people, here’s my grand Halloween round up post! To help you get in the spirit of Halloween, I’ve even bribed Millie with some liver treats… so she would stand still long enough to take witchy photos!

So here goes… in no particular order I’ve got some fun Halloween recipes, links to other goodies, and spookiness.

Spooky-fun Healthy Halloween Recipes

  • The Watermelon Brain: I’ve seen this type of carving (on watermelons) before, but this is such a perfect way to add some fun to your halloween meals!
  • Raw Pumpkin Pie by Yours Truly: An all time favorite recipe here at Raw Foods Witch. It’s been linked to a lot this year, so enjoy it with friends or family!
  • Witchy raw cupcakes: I admit that these are a huge inspiration for me when it comes to making raw desserts… and they’re just so cute, you can’t turn away!
  • Funny Pepper Jack-o-Lanterns: Edible, vegetable, and craftable. What more do you want in a Halloween activity that’s wholesome and fun for kids?
  • The Raw Brownie Graveyard: One of my favorite desserts (raw brownies!) dressed up for Halloween. So simple, and so much fun to make and eat. Yum!
  • Savory Raw Halloween Party Ideas: I just love the creativity in these raw crackers, and the non-sweet pumpkin dip. Oh so versatile too!

Over to you now…

What are you planning on making for Halloween? Any insider tips or tricks you’ve learned on keeping kids happy without the overdoing the candy?

Love, Nathalie

Halloween Brownie Graveyard

Keeping with the healthy halloween treats from last week, this is one of my favorite raw dessert recipes. Most likely because of the all hallows eve, cemetery feel it’s got going on. Oh, and the bananas. Yum!

This is the perfect type of recipe to make with kids. It’s made with whole foods, has a lot less sugar than commercial brownies, and it’s really fun to decorate together!

Making Your Own Raw Brownie Cemetery

In a high-speed blender or food processor put equal parts dates and walnuts and add 2 to 3 tablespoons Raw Chocolate Powder. Feel free to spice it up by adding a little bit of mint extract or vanilla into the mix.

Blend well and watch as the ingredients form into dough. Once the chocolatey dough is ready, push into the bottom of a pie or brownie plate.

Decorating Your Raw Brownies

It’s time to get creative!

To create some tombstones, slice the two ends of a peeled banana into thin tombstone shapes. To have them stand up, make small indentations in the “earth” and place these tombstones standing up.

To create a fall-time tree, stick a grape stem into the dough. The benefit of this is that you get to munch on some yummy grapes while you make this dessert. That, and you get a tree without leaves… perfect!

Now let’s add some pumpkins. Use the skin from a tangerine or orange and roll it up into several balls to create little pumpkins. Or you could use the left overs from making your orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns!

Eat this brownie graveyard with a spoon and knife or just let your guests wonder at how you made this using nothing but wholesome foods.

Frighteningly Delicious!

Now it’s your turn… what have you got planned for All Hollows Eve? Any yummy treats brewing in your cauldron?

Love, Nathalie

Get Ready for a Healthy Halloween

It’s my favorite time of the year: autumn and the Halloween season! I love going apple picking, walking along the pumpkin patch, and using lots of cinnamon in my food. This is what autumn is all about, baby.

To help you celebrate this great harvest time and the changing of seasons, I’m putting together a series of fun Halloween themed recipes that are simple, yummy, and fun to make with kids in toe.

Here’s the first one!

Orange Bell Pepper Jack-o’-Lantern

Bell pepper jack o lantern

What’s both fun and functional? Bell pepper jack-o-lanterns, that’s what! You can make them on short notice because it only takes a few minutes, and they serve as a great decoration too.

Bell peppers are high fiber, and contain a slew of goodies to combat all the not-so-healthy halloween candy circulating at this time of year. Notably: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid and Magnesium. All that, and a wicked smile!

The Simple How-to Instructions

  • First, cut off the top of the bell pepper and remove any seeds from the inside.
  • Next, use a small knife to cut the eyes, nose, and mouth like you would a pumpkin.
  • You can use the jack-o-lantern pepper as a decoration until your guests are ready to bite into them.

My favorite use for these is to fill the peppers with dip. If you’re going to be putting out some dip for vegetable crudites, why not use an orange bell pepper dressed up like a jack-o’-lantern instead?

Stay tuned for the next 2 Halloween recipes!

I’ve got 2 more great healthy, raw Halloween recipes that both adults and kids will love coming up in the next week and a half. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up to be notified by joining my free mailing list The Cue.

Love, Nathalie

How to Make a Festive Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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[Editor's Note: This is a crowd pleaser for both Thanksgiving and Halloween, and I'm republishing it because I added a new ingredient so read till the end to find out what makes this whole pie jive even better!]

This week-end it was Canadian Thanksgiving. Our thanksgiving happens earlier because our harvest season is shorter, and we want to enjoy it when it’s fresh!

As it happens I had two social gatherings to attend, one all raw and the other not so much. What’s a girl to bring to please such different groups?

Luckily I have been immersing myself in the wonderful world of raw desserts for the past few weeks so it was just a matter of choosing a healthy dessert recipe from my store.

I decided to go with the Raw Pumpkin Pie, using freshly cut pumpkin. Jack-o-lanterns are totally appropriate here at the Raw Foods Witch site.

How to Make a Raw Pumpkin Pie Video

Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

If itʼs not Autumn and you canʼt get your hands on a fresh pumpkin you can use a variety of replacements: from butternut squash to sweet potato.

Raw Pumpkin Pie Crust

  • 2 cups pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup soaked dates
  • Dash of sea salt

Blend the crust ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, then evenly distribute in the bottom of a pie plate.

Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 2 cups shredded pumpkin, butternut squash, or sweet potato flesh
  • 1 cup soaked dates
  • 1/2 cup soaked, washed Irish Moss
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly diced ginger
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • Dash of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or water to help blend

What is Irish Moss?

Irish Moss

Don’t worry if you don’t have Irish Moss, just skip this ingredient and put your pie in the freezer before serving. Irish Moss helps the whole pie gel together better, because it is a fibery seaweed product that blends well. Irish Moss is full of super gentle fiber, it’s got great mineral content because it’s seaweed and it makes for great looking pies!

Make sure to wash the Irish Moss thoroughly to remove any sand or salt. Otherwise you’ll get a crunchy salty pumpkin pie, which is not exactly what we’re going for here!

Making the Raw Pumpkin Pie

If you donʼt feel like shredding the pumpkin by hand, simply cube and place in a high speed blender or food processor until itʼs nicely chopped.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until nice and smooth. You might need to add more liquid to get it to blend well.

Pour into crust, then chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. This dessert might not seem overly sweet, but trust me when I say it can rival even the most traditional of pumpkin pies.

Love, Nathalie