Raw Food Dinner Party Ideas to Entertain Guests With

One of the questions I get asked all the time is what do you do when you have guests over? Especially if your guests are not raw or even aware that you’re into eating more raw food.

Well there’s a simple way to deal with that. It’s all about making food that most people would recognize, except instead of buying it in a can or a box you make it yourself.

With that in mind, I’d love to share with you a recipe that is a huge hit with both raw and non-raw friends and family.

My Wicked Guacamole Recipe

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Most people will thank you for serving up such a fresh wholesome snack. With the rampant access to unhealthy snacks, everyone is working hard to make healthy choices. You’re actually making it easy for them to eat right!

If you’re really worried that people will want something that’s not raw – you can pair this guacamole recipe with some organic corn chips or some raw crackers.

The dinner itself can be a more traditional dinner with some cooked options. But you can rest easy knowing that you’ve plied your guests with more than their recommended dose of veggies for the day!

More Raw Snack Recipes Coming Your Way…

On the guacamole video page you’ll notice a sign up box to get more recipes. Once you’re on that list you’ll get access to my upcoming free recipe book.

So go ahead, get on the goodies list – and let’s make some delicious snacks for ourselves!

Love, Nathalie

Raw Christmas Dessert Recipe: Meet The Raw Snowman

Raw Vegan Christmas Recipes
Snowy the Raw Vegan Snowman

It’s a snowy winter holiday, and what’s a raw vegan gal to do? Make fun snow-people out of all raw ingredients of course!

This is a super simple, delicious, and fun activity that you can enjoy with your whole family. Once you get the hang of making snow men, you can also make snow families, and even venture out into making raw gingerbread houses.

This is also a great dessert to bring to events, just be sure to find a humane way of cutting our little snow friend.

Raw Snowman Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6-10 dates
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes

For decorations…

  • Grape stems for the arms
  • Pumpkin seeds for the eyes (substitute as necessary)
  • Goji berry for the nose
  • Chia seeds for the mouth
  • Mung (green) beans for the buttons
  • Extra sprinkles of coconut flakes for extra fun
  • Cinnamon stick to hold as a prop

How to Make this Raw Holiday Recipe

    How to make raw cashew flour
  1. Place dry cashews into a food processor, magic bullet, or high speed blender (like a vitamix) and process until it looks like flour. Or is finely chopped. It doesn’t need to be perfect here. Remove from food processor and set aside in a mixing bowl.
  2. In the same food processor, or blender add the lemon juice, the dates, and a few sprinkles of coconut flakes. (This is to help the machine process properly, and so that it doesn’t spin with all the food under the blade.)
  3. Put the lemon-date mixture into the cashew flour and mix together with a spoon. At this point you should have something that resembles dough.
  4. Take a handful of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat for a total of three balls.
  5. Take each ball and roll it in some extra coconut flakes to add that snowy white feel to it.
  6. Stack the largest cashew ball on the bottom, the medium one next, and the smallest one on top.

How to Make Raw Dessert Decorations

Raw Cashew Balls

Now you’ve got the makings for a great snowman! It’s time to add the finishing touches that are really going to make this little guy come alive. (Well, he is alive… it’s all live food. Haha.)

  1. Use grape stems for the arms, and simply push them into the sides of the trunk.
  2. Place 2 seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc) for the eyes. Notice how this actually gives the face some depth too.
  3. Add a goji berry for the nose.
  4. Use chia seeds for the mouth. This one was tricky, and I used a spoon to stick the seeds in a round shape. Another idea might be to use a toothpick or fork.
  5. For the buttons, push in a set of mung beans. You could use other nuts or seeds too.
  6. Just for fun, add a cinnamon stick in one of the hands. I figured a cinnamon stick looked like a rolled up “crazy carpet”. I used to slide down the snowy hills in those things as a kid, but maybe that’s just me.

How To Eat Your Snow-People

Okay, so it looks great but it’s a pretty big portion to eat all on your own. You can definitely slice this snowman, or even reshape it into balls or cookies.

You don’t need to dehydrate this dessert at all, and it will naturally dry out if you leave it out. If you’d like to preserve it, you can freeze it in a sealed container. Simply let it thaw out before you eat it.

And yes, I realize the irony of freezing a snowman and thawing it out before you eat it. ;)

What Other Holiday Treats Have You Got in Store?

What are you planning to make this holiday season? If you’re not sure you have everything you need to make this recipe, drop a hint to Santa about the Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy Holidays!
Love, Nathalie

Rawgu Raw Entree or Main Meal Recipe

Rawgu Raw Food Recipe Video

Today I’m pleased to share a very special raw recipe video. The chef in this episode of Raw Food Switch TV is none other than my gentleman friend, Robin!

I know you will enjoy learning how to make a fun Chinese inspired “Ragu” dish, that can serve as an entree or a main dish. During the summer months, Robin and I often eat these Rawgu recipes for lunch using whatever vegetables we harvest from the garden.

Watch The Video

If you’re reading this via email you’ll need to click here to watch the video!

The Ingredients

  • Fresh Ginger
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Freshly cut Avocado or Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce or Nama Shoyu
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Any or all the vegetables that you want to add. :)

Cut and marinate the mushrooms with the diced ginger, garlic, and liquids/avocado. Then chop the remaining ingredients and add in. Let the whole thing marinate for 20 minutes or so, and your mouth will thank you for it!

What Types of Recipes Would You Like To See?

Leave a comment below and let me know what types of raw recipes you would like to see more of.

I can’t promise I’ll make a video for each one, but just getting a feel for what everyone likes will get me going in the right direction.

Thanks and bon apetit!

Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Fudge

Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Raw Vegan Fudge
This delicious recipe is brimming with colorful antioxidants & superfoods!

One of the things that I don’t miss after going raw, are conventional deserts. I used to be the candy and cake girl, but now I no longer feel guilty to indulge my sweet tooth.

There are tons of healthy raw vegan desert recipes, and it’s just a matter of trying them out. I filmed this video to show you how to make this zesty Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Fudge!

The Ingredients

Grind the dried goji berries up first, then place all the other ingredients into the food processor except for the soaked goji berries and the orange zest. (If you used raw cashews instead of raw cashew butter, then grind those up before adding the rest of the ingredients.)

Then place your mixture into a serving bowl and hand mix the soaked goji berries and orange zest. Set the fudge to cool in the refrigerator for at least half an hour before serving. Garnish with the slices of your zested orange, and enjoy!

The Tools You’ll Need

If you have a high speed blender like a Vita-mix, then you can make the whole recipe in your Vitamix. However, you can just as easily make this recipe in your food processor. My recommended food processor is the KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor.

You can buy this food processor from Amazon, where it has a 4.5/5 star rating!

Also, you might want to pick up an orange zester that is better than the one I used in my video. It took me quite awhile to zest that whole orange, so I think you’d be better off using something like the Chef’n PalmZester Citrus Zester. Just saying.

Let Me Know How You Like It

If you’ve gotten the chance to make this recipe, then please let me know how you enjoyed it. I’m always looking for feedback and ideas on how to tweak recipes or create new ones. :)

Raw Food Transition Carnival #1: General Feel Good Raw Food Edition

Raw Food Transition Blog Carnival #1
Photo by Sarah

Welcome to the March, 2009 edition of the Raw Food Transition Carnival.

This is the very first edition of this ongoing carnival. If you’re new to blog carnivals, the concept is essentially like an online magazine composed of individual blog posts, and published monthly at a blog!

I really hope you will enjoy discovering new raw food blogs, and maybe reading one of the blog author’s favorite blog posts! I think we got some awesome resources here for people at all different stages in their raw food journey.

Going Raw

Raw Girl Too presents My Journey posted at Raw Girl too!.

Sabrina Susen presents Ego Getting In Way of Healing posted at Raw Foods and Stuff.

Debbie Took presents RawforLife Blog: Are some foods ‘better for us’ cooked? posted at RawforLife Blog.

Lenette Nakauchi presents How To Save More Time and Money on the Raw Food Diet posted at Go Raw Have Fun!.

Emma Deangela presents All You Need To Know About Lemonade Master Cleanse posted at Lemonade Master Cleanse.

Raw Psychology

Amanda Taylor-Snelson presents Commitment
posted at Raw Living Arts.

Pamela Reilly, Naturopath & Living Food Life Coach, CNHP, CPH presents Taming the Roaring Lion of Food Temptation posted at Rawvolutionary Healing, saying, “Information about what causes those nasty cravings with tips for successfully combating them.”

Tiffany Washko presents The Live Food Factor posted at Goddess of the Garden – A Raw Food Blog.


Raw Recipes

Susan Powers presents Raw Strawberry Banana Crepes! posted at Rawmazing, saying, “Love these on Sunday mornings!”

[email protected] presents Eurasian Spring Roll Salad posted at SimplyForties.

Raw Vegan Foodie presents Vanilla Pudding posted at Raw Vegan Foodie.

John Duke presents Acai Berry – Common Questions Answered posted at Pure Acai – Acai Berry Info Blog, saying, “The acai berry is a small berry about the size of a grape.”

Participate In The Next Carnival

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Raw Food Transition Carnival using our
carnival submission form. The next carnival will be all about smoothies, so let’s get some awesome smoothie-related blog posts together!

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