we are one week in and so far, so good.  we have eaten some yummy stuff.  different, yes.  but yummy, nonetheless.  i have been posting some meals on instagram and have received quite a few oohs and aahs in the process.  raw food is awfully colorful and pretty to look at... so, i wanted to share a few dishes that have received a thumbs up around this house.  i perused the web for some inspiration and then got creative with flavor and texture combos...feel free to do the same!  the key is to combine flavors and foods that you enjoy.  mix it up.  and have fun! Raw5

{oatmeal}

for the oats

1.5 cups of sprouted oats

juice from 4 oranges

vanilla bean

cinnamon

topping

sprinkling of hemp seeds and chia seeds

sprouted pumpkin seeds

raspberries

figs

*feel free to add whatever seeds, nuts, and fruits that you enjoy.  or, even some raw chocolate

method

combine oats, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.  juice the oranges and pour over oats.  cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.  remove from fridge and top with your goodies!

Raw6

{taco salad}

ingredients

1 cup walnuts

1/4 cup combo of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.

1/2 cup drained sundried tomatoes

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili

celtic sea salt and pepper

1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water overnight

1/2 cup water

juice from one lemon

lettuce/cabbage of your choice

avocado

method

add spices, salt, pepper, seeds, walnuts, and tomatoes to food processor and mix to desired consistency.  set aside.  blend cashews, water, and lemon in blender until smooth.  shred cabbage/lettuce and place in a serving bowl.  crumble the "meat" mixture on top.  drizzle with lemon cashew cream.  sprinkle chopped avocados on top {you could add tomatoes and cilantro too if that tickles your fancy}

Raw7

{cashew cream and fruit parfait}

ingredients

1 cup cashews, soaked overnight in coconut milk

vanilla bean

cinnamon

2 cups coconut milk (plus extra for soaking)

chia and hemp seeds

bee pollen

walnuts

raw chocolate

dried fruit: goji berries, goldenberries, mulberries, currants

method

combine cashews, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk in a blender and puree until smooth.  add the cream to a bowl and top with all of your favorites.

Raw8

{lettuce wraps}

ingredients

1 head lettuce

1 cup or more of mushrooms

1 zucchini

3 carrots

1/2 jicama

1/2 cauliflower

 fresh ginger, to taste

raw tahini for drizzling

celtic sea salt

chia seeds for sprinkling

sesame seeds for sprinkling

cashews for sprinkling

method

combine the mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, jicama, cauliflower, ginger, and salt in a food processor.  wazz it up to desired texture.  break apart the lettuce into cups.  spoon the veggies mixture into cups and top with tahini, chia, sesame, and cashews.