Heads up folks, this post contains more healthy food options! Yay! Can you tell I received some great cookbooks this past holiday season? I recently wrote about gluten-free recipes, now let’s explore raw food/vegan cuisine!
To assist me in this raw food/vegan exploration, I will draw from the newest cookbook in my repertoire – the amazing Raw, Quick & Delicious Cookbook which contains 5-ingredient recipes that you can make in just 15 minutes!
Written by Douglas McNish, a Canadian chef, this cookbook takes you on Douglas’ journey to becoming a vegan and how he transformed his life after watching one undercover video from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
As I continue to read about plant based cuisine, Chef Doug’s transformation and the raw food/vegan lifestyle, I am so motivated to start making these choices for my family. However, I also recognize that I work full time and have 3 children haha! Many raw food recipes require special equipment such as dehydrators or lengthy processes such as sprouting grains. Chef Doug takes the wonderment of how to equip a 15 minute raw food kitchen by providing a detailed list.
I am not one to make excuses but I know that in order to fully adopt this culinary style, it would require a lot of meal planning. Thankfully Chef Doug’s cookbook provides 15 “base” recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
There are also tips to make the transition to a raw food diet, tips that I would need a lot of willpower and encouragement to follow. It’s all about buy-in from yourself, family and even friends. Surround yourself with cheerleaders!
The cookbook is well categorized and easy to follow. He just might convert this red meat eater with some of these tips and recipes!
One of his top tips is to take it day by day, don’t try to switch overnight. I took that to heart by trying out a recipe I knew my family would love. This particular recipe contains ingredients that all of my kids enjoy and my fiance, well he eats anything so he’s easy! haha
Avocado Cucumber Hand Rolls, page 155, Main Courses
These hand rolls are refreshing, healthy and packed with protein.
1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked 250 mL (see Tips)
1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 60 mL
1⁄4 cup filtered water 60 mL
1⁄4 tsp fine sea salt 1 mL
1 sheet raw nori, cut in half lengthwise (see Tips)
1⁄2 medium cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced lengthwise
1⁄2 medium avocado, thinly sliced lengthwise
1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process soaked sunflower seeds, lemon juice, water and salt until smooth.
2. Place 1 piece of nori, shiny side down, in the palm of your left hand (if you are right-handed), long edge facing you. Place half the sunflower mixture on a diagonal starting from the upper left corner. Top with half the cucumber and avocado slices. Fold bottom left corner of nori over filling and roll into a cone shape. Repeat with second piece of nori. Enjoy immediately.
To soak the sunflower seeds, place in a bowl and add 2 cups (500 mL) warm water. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain, discarding soaking water and any bits of shell or unwanted particles. Rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear.
Be sure to use high-quality nori that is labeled “raw.” Purchase your nori from a reputable source such as your favorite raw foods retailer, health food store or well-stocked grocery store.
Makes 2 servings
Excerpted from Raw, Quick & Delicious! by Douglas McNish © 2013 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
Don’t they look amazing!? And tasty too, believe me, even my toddler is in LOVE!
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