View Full Version : It's a DATE!!! Quick Recipes Needed!
01-25-2006, 07:36 AM
So he's interested in raw, and he invited me over to make him a raw course meal! Does anyone have any quick (romantic) recipes that I can make without a dehydrator?? I think he has a blender, and I was going to bring my spiral slicer to make zuccini spagetti with marinara sauce and maybe some fudge after but I am not sure. I really want to make something creative!
Thanks for all of your help!
01-25-2006, 09:30 AM
Hands down, without a doubt, the one dish that always seems to impress my friends/family that don't eat raw is Alissa's Ravioli. Let me know if you need the recipe. It is simple and WONDERFUL! I recommend making it first, then letting it marinate for a new minutes while you enjoy a wonderful salad.
It is fun, very creative and inexpensive to make and he can help! You have all the right tools for it too. My husband just loves this dish - and seriously, every time I have made this everyone raw, and not raw, just gobbles it up. It is the one dish that makes people understand why I eat raw food.
Since it is a little heavy, you might do some kind of fruit sorbet (or the fudge of course) for dessert. Oh, and if you can get them, try adding some fresh edible flowers to your salad. That adds a real creative and delicious touch - looks nice too.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! ;)
01-25-2006, 09:32 AM
Do you have any recipe books? I would look through them! I think your idea of the spaghetti is good. Make a salad to go with it and a bread of some sort. I personally don't find just zucchini noodles very satiating :). Make it a little more hardy. Maybe a raw butter to spread on the bread or an olive oil/garlic infusion for dipping, or a tapenade or other topping/
Have a nice drink. If you consume alcohol, some vegan wines are considered okay (according to some raw foodists), or have some sparkling mineral water.
For dessert, I think a pie or cheesecake sounds nicer than fudge balls, but do what's convenient.
Have a great time ;)
I made Spicy Thai Wraps for my husband, who is not raw. Its easy and the presentation is beautiful. The recipe comes from the book "Raw Food, Real World" By Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis. If you would like a copy of the recipe emailed to you, just let me know. Your date would definitely be impressed. Though my husband is not a raw foodist, he said that this dish, is by far, his favorite .
Have a Great Time !! :)
01-25-2006, 03:39 PM
When is the DATE? At first I thought you were looking for recipes for dates, as in medjool, etc... :p
if you have that book Raw Food Real World as mentioned, there's an enchilada/tortilla recipe in there that is supposed to go over well with non raw guys, even the "meat and potatoes" type. If you're doing those, you'd have to prepare some of the stuff in advance.
I also really like the idea of ravioli. I think unless you make a heavy-ish dinner, you should make a good heavy dessert. I like to make ravioli with celery root. here's a link to a thread and I have a pic of them and an explanation of how I make them.
If you really have your heart set on making spirooli pasta, you could make it heavier by making some "neatballs" to go with it, or consider an alfredo type sauce (there's one in Alissa's book) or maybe something heavier as the noodle?
I also like to make a modified Alissa's Blueberry Pie. I just buy frozen WILD blueberries for cost and ease. If you made it together before dinner, it would probably be set just fine to eat for dessert.
You could ask the gent to pick up a nice bottle of red wine, preferably organic and vegan (they're vegan in what they use as a clearing agent for the wine). Wine is actually raw, although it contains alcohol. I find red wine relaxing and sexy, sort of "warming". Of course, chocolate is ALWAYS romantic, and if you make something with "raw" chocolate, you'll get him stimulated and after you leave to go home he'll be awake for hours thinking about you. Plus chocolate goes nicely with red wine too for relaxing afterward.
You'll have to keep us updated.
01-25-2006, 04:20 PM
Glance at Alissa's link and you can have a full menue here;
http://www.alissacohen.com/recipes.html Another one is posted here:
Is it too early for Valentines.
01-25-2006, 05:59 PM
Food you can feed each other would be a plus too!!! *GRIN* Feeding each over over candlelight is sure to be a winner!
01-25-2006, 07:45 PM
Thanks everyone! The date is hopefully this Saturday (but could be friday), and I am gonna go out and get Raw Food Real World ASAP!
Maraw~ what is the recipe for Alissa's raviolli?
Everyone has been so helpful!! I think I am just gonna try and make as much as I can! Please let me know if you have any more ideas!
01-25-2006, 07:47 PM
One that even meat eaters would appreciate is the Stuffed Portabello recipe in Alissa's book. You could make this one solely with the ingredients and a knife and fork. Personally, I leave off the tomatoes; however, it's a very tasty recipe, and the mushroom has a meat consistency. There's a picture of it on my raw food yahoo photo album ;link:
Add a salad, could also make a pesto in the blender to put on some dehydrated crackers that you bring with you. A soup, like perhaps the Thai soup recipe in Alissa's book, could also be a nice compliment for variety of flavors too. Keep it easy and enjoy your evening. :D
01-25-2006, 08:53 PM
Vandy, I live in Nashville and I would be happy to loan you Alissa's book for a few days. PM me if interested. I work near the Vanderbilt campus.
01-25-2006, 09:24 PM
Vandy: Alissa's Ravioli is here: http://www.alissacohen.com/recipes.html
01-26-2006, 07:51 PM
Just wanted to say thanks again everyone! You all have been sooo helpful, and I am planning out this evening to be awesome!
Blissed~ I love your pictures thank you for sharing!
01-28-2006, 06:53 PM
Vandy: tell us what you prepared and how did it go? We were/are hoping it goes well for you.
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