This year, we started to incorporate a few more raw food dishes into our regular holiday traditions …. Here are a few that we tried, loved and will be using again in the years to come.
Cranberry Sauce (recipe from http://www.choosingraw.com):
1 cup apple juice (freshly squeezed)
1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup agave (you can also substitute honey)
1 tbsp grated orange zest
1 cup cranberries, whole
1/2 cup cranberries, halved
1 cup pecans or walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp orange zest
Blend together the juices, spices, whole cranberries and agave. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
Add the remaining ingredients and let soak overnight until the cranberries sweeten and soften up.
Fully Raw Holiday Salad (recipe from fully raw Kristina – http://www.fullyraw.com):
2 large cauliflower heads
1 head of celery
green onions (to taste)
chives (to taste)
4-5 radishes (I omitted these)
1/2 red onion
3 bell peppers, assorted colors (I omitted these)
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pine nuts
fresh dill (to taste)
pinch of cumin
1 garlic clove
Chop and pulse one large cauliflower in a food processor until it reaches a very fine consistency. Place this into a bowl and begin to chop all additional salad ingredients into very small chunks. Mix thoroughly.
Blend all dressing ingredients until smooth and pour on top of the salad. Mix until all ingredients are well coated and serve immediately.
Upside Down Cake (www.followthefruitfly.com):
Equal parts dates and shredded unsweetened coconut (quantity will depend on the size of your cake)
Bananas and other fresh, ripe fruit (I used blueberries, pineapple and kiwis in mine)
Line a glass dish with saran wrap and place thinly sliced banana pieces around the bottom and corners of the dish.
Pulse the dates and coconut in a food processor until they form a sticky dough-like consistency. Press half of the dough into the glass dish in between and on top of the banana pieces to form a crust.
Layer sliced fruit of your choosing in the dish until you have almost completely filled the crust. Take the remaining half of the dough and press it into the top of the cake, sealing the fruit inside.
Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to set.
When your cake is set and you are ready to serve, gently place it upside-down on a plate and guide the cake out. Remove the plastic wrap, cut and serve.