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04-24-2007, 06:00 PM
My husband and I are teaching a raw food class in mid May with the theme being "alternatives to traditional BBQ and picnic foods."
The group we will be sharing with are mostly newbies, so we're looking for simple ideas that are not too intimidating!
All input welcome!!
04-24-2007, 06:08 PM
Coleslaw is an easy one - The Raw Table has a great Cranberry slaw, and there is a great KFC-Copycat slaw recipe on this forum.
There are tons and tons of awesome dressing recipes that would please anyone - raw or not. Or salsa and guacamole?
What about raw apple pie or fruit cups?
Lasagna rolls are super easy - zucchini strips with nut cheese and marinara sauce rolled up in spirals.
You could do a demo of how to open young coconuts - those are always a hit at picnics for me!
If I think of any more ideas, I'll post them. Good luck!
04-24-2007, 06:50 PM
Fruit and Veggie kabobs
Veggie burgers made from shrooms nd soaked walnuts and whatever else you like wrapped in romaine lettuce
04-24-2007, 06:54 PM
Alissa's Potato Salad and/or Waldorf Salad. And burgers and buns with Goddess chips, slaw, and dessert. OMG, when is the date? (lol!)
04-24-2007, 08:21 PM
Wow, I'm getting HUNGRY - lol! :D Everything sounds great. Recipes, please? I don't have Alissa's cookbook (yet - I've asked for it for Mother's Day!) I will check out the raw slaw recipes - who makes a good raw apple pie? I haven't had good luck with that one. We are teaching May 19 and May 24. I love the lettuce wraps and fruit kabobs ideas....hmmm I can see we'll be there awhile! Thanks y'all!
04-24-2007, 08:34 PM
I'll be doing a similar type of class in June. Here are some recipes:
KFC Coleslaw (posted by Wendy)
Pkg of coleslaw mix (or shredded cabbage, red cabbage, carrots)
2 TBS minced onion (opt)
1/2 C raw mayo
1/3 C honey
4 TBS lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C raw almond milk
mix wet ingred in lg bowl. add coleslaw and and toss well. chill overnight (this makes the flavors soak in).
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2-3 soft dates, pitted
1 teaspoon Celtic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1. Puree all ingredients, except oil, in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
2. While continuing to blend, add oil in a steady stream, until emulsified.
3. Store in a tightly sealed container the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
BBQ Squares - posted by Auntie L
1 C fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/4 C chopped onion
1/2 C dried tomatoes, soaked 15-30 min.
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1-2 tsp minced jalapeno
juice of 1 lemon or lime
2-4 Tblspoon agave nectar or honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 beet and/or 1/2 red bell pepper
1 tsp nama shoyu (soy sauce)
1.5 C raw walnuts
1.5 C raw cashews
Blend all but the nuts in a high-speed blender and pour into a mixing bowl. Chop the nuts in a food processor by pulsing the motor; leave them pretty chunky. Stir in the chopped nuts and adjust the seasonings, remembering that flavors intensify when the mix is dehydrated. Spread on teflex on dehydrator tray. Dehydrate until firm, slicing into squares and turning over onto screen, then dry until crunchy. Eat as a snack or as the main dish for a meal.
Notes from Auntie L: This recipe makes a very mild BBQ square a child can eat. Add more spices if you like it hot! The beet or bell pepper can be omitted, but I recommend either and usually use both for the rich red color they give the squares. I use home-dehydrated tomatoes, but you can use the storebought ones too. The recipe may look complicated because it has a lot of ingredients, but they go together fast and, man, is it good! You should be able to do the whole thing in the food processor, adding the nuts last. If you try that, let me know how it works. I served BBQ squares as the main dish (with a salad, raw corn on the cob, and dessert) to non-raw friends and they loved them so much I had to give them more to take home.
(Rawkinlocs comment: I made these and they are very good! I thought to make a little extra of the "sauce" to brush onto the squares once dried but haven't tried it yet)
Maraw's Apple Cobbler - by Anna Tipps of Therawtable.com
Pie Filling Ingredients:
5 medium apples
1/2 cup raisins soaked in water for 2-4 hours, or overnight in fridge
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
juice of half a lemon
2 T honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Cobbler Topping Ingredients:
1 1/2 C pecans, not soaked
3/4 C dates, pitted and not soaked
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Peel and chop one of the apples. Place it along with the drained raisins, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender. Puree until completely smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Peel, core and slice thin remaining apples. Place slices in a large bowl and gently toss with pureed mix. Place in a medium-sized glass or ceramic dish.
For the topping, in a food processor pulse the pecans until finely ground then add the dates. and continue to grind until evenly mixed. Crumble an even layer of the pecan mixture over the apples.
Place your pan in the dehydrator at 115 degrees for about 4 hours. Serve with coconut creme or as-is warm from the dehydrator. This dish only gets better after a day or so, that is, if you have any left after the first serving.
And don't forget some raw corn on the cob!
04-25-2007, 08:31 AM
These all look so delish, Rawkinlocs! I can see we're going o be "picniking" at our house for the month - what fun! Thanks for your time...I'm going to go start the apple cobbler now! :D
04-25-2007, 08:41 AM
Could someone please tell me where to find the coconut creme recipe? I popped over to the raw table hoping to find it...? TIA
04-25-2007, 11:21 AM
GREAT POST, RAWKINLOCS~! Thank you!
04-25-2007, 01:42 PM
The cobbler's in the dehydrator and it smells soooooo good! Can't wait to eat it! I had a hard time keeping my kiddos out of it while we were preparing it...they are stoked! :D
04-26-2007, 12:18 AM
What kind of apples does everyone use for their apple cobbler? I think it's going to be my first thing I try in the dehydrator. :) I don't have alissa's book yet either and I bought my excalibur dehydrator from someone and it had no recipe book with it :(
04-26-2007, 12:20 AM
Does it matter what kind of dates you use? Sorry to be a pain :o
04-27-2007, 06:14 PM
I'm Wisconsin mom of 8 ;) !!
I like to use apples that are a little tart like granny smith's, but for this cobbler I used some pink lady and some macintosh because that's what I had on hand. It turned out great and everyone ate it up! I usually use medjool dates, though I understand that they are sometimes steamed? Not sure if mine are. HTH
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