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Raw Foods Potluck Girls Make Comfort Food

10 Comments 19 April 2012

Raw Foods Potluck Girls Make Comfort Food

The Raw Foods Potluck Girls have struck again! And this time we tackled the challenge of creating our favorite comfort foods.  I really struggled with what to bring to this event.  I thought about peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches, but I just may be the only person on the planet that dreams about sinking her teeth into a gooey PB&J.  I had to think a little loftier for such an event…

We started off our Raw Comfort Food Potluck with a favorite recipe for Bloody Marys. You can find the exact recipe called “Spicy Tomato Cocktail” in Cherie Soria’s The Raw Food Revolution Diet, but I’ll whet your appetite just a little.  It’s made with juiced carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, red onion, garlic, lemon juice and some cayanne, horseradish, and salt.  Delicious!  Oh, and we added a tiny splash of vodka.  Just a tad.

Spicy Tomato Cocktail

I finally settled on a comfort food to bring…“Steak and Potatoes”!  And who better to go to for inspiring raw recipes than Gena of Choosing Raw?  The steak was made with marinated portobello caps.  The mushrooms took on the flavor of grilled beef, but they were even better than beef because they were so incredibly tender.

Steak by Gena.  See her recipe here.

Gena’s “potatoes” were out of this world!  You’d never know it, but there were no potatoes at all in this dish.  It was actually a Cashew-Cauliflower Mash.  This creamy delight will blow your mind!  When I shoved a spoonful into the Husband’s mouth on the way out the door, his response was, “What?  These are not really potatoes?  They’re amazing!”

Gena’s Cashew-Cauliflower Mash.

But what could be more classically comforting than Macaroni and Cheese?  Since going gluten free, I think I’ve had Mac and Cheese twice, both times after buying a box of Annie’s Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Mac & Cheese.  This raw version is more nutrient-rich, more delicious, and creamier than you’ll ever believe.  Dallas followed Matthew Kenney’s recipe from Everyday Raw and mixed spiralized zucchini with a decadent cashew cheese sauce to make one of the most delicious mac and cheese dishes I’ve ever had.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Dallas also made French Fries with Ketchup.  No, they aren’t fried potatoes; they’re strips of jicama brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  Delicious on their own, but even more like eating real french fries when dipped in the raw ketchup.

French Fries and Ketchup

You can find this Raw Ketchup recipe by Mike Snyder here.

Steak and Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, Fries and Ketchup were balanced out by an incredible salad made with Diane’s homemade Sweet Cilantro Honey Dressing.  You need this recipe, and Diane has given me permission to share it soon!

But Diane also wowed us with her Raw Banana Split for dessert.  Thank you, Diane, for sharing your incredible recipe with us!

Raw Banana Split by Diane

Raw Banana Splits

By Diane

Banana Ice Cream

  • 10 ripe, frozen bananas

Push the bananas through Green Star Juicer with a blank blade, or blend in a Vitamix until creamy.

Whipped Cream

  • 1 c. soaked cashews
  • 3/4 c. soaked dates
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in high speed blender, slowly add water from the soaked dates until you reach the right consistency.

Strawberry Chocolate Sauce

  •  1 c. cold strawberries
  • 1/2 c. cacao nibs
  • 1/2 c. agave syrup or honey
  • 1 T cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix.

Other Ingredients:

  • chopped strawberries
  • chopped walnuts
  • cacao nibs

Directions:

1.  Layer the Banana Ice Cream and Whipped Cream.

2.  Add chopped strawberries, walnuts, and cacao nibs to taste.

3.  Drizzle with Strawberry Chocolate Sauce.

Serves 4

Next month, the Raw Food Girls are going Greek!  We’re thinking stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, and maybe baklava for dessert?  What do you think?

Other Raw Foods Potluck entries you may enjoy:

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite comfort food?
  • What was your most challenging recipe to make raw?
  • What Greek dishes should we try to make raw?
  • What’s your favorite raw recipe?
Raw Banana Splits were shared with 5-Ingredient Mondays.

Your Comments

10 Comments so far

  1. Amber says:

    Oh Heather, I always look forward to the incredibly raw-inspiring dishes from your potlucks! I love your idea of the mushrooms! They look so flavorful and meaty. And those mashed potatoes. So awesome. Thanks for sharing with us!!

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  2. Amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Favorite comfort food from childhood: hands down, mac-n-cheese with hot dogs. I make a gluten free, diary free version (with organic chicken “dogs”) for my kids. It’s so good!

    Greek: It would be fun to see some raw cheese (served with olives)

    My favorite raw restaurant is in San Francisco (they also have a location in Berkeley and in the LA area):

    http://cafegratitude.com/

    I LOVE all their raw food. It’s incredible. They have an amazing raw hummus (made with soaked almonds) and I recently made their raw Pad Thai sauce (will be posting that soon) which I will serve with zucchini and celery root noodles. So delicious. :-)

    –Amber

    • Heather says:

      Amber, I just checked out Cafe Gratitude’s menu. Amazing! I don’t think I could decide between the raw deep dish pizza (really????), enchilada, or raw sandwich. Wow!

      We just had our Raw Food Greek Potluck, and I can’t wait to share what we came up with!

    • Heather says:

      Amber, I just checked out Cafe Gratitude’s menu. Amazing! I don’t think I could decide between the raw deep dish pizza (really????), enchilada, or raw sandwich. Wow! And the Pad Thai, so glad you got their recipe!!

      We just had our Raw Food Greek Potluck, and I can’t wait to share what we came up with!

  3. Lynne L says:

    Hmmmmm. I’m thinking veg Moussaka???

  4. Raw jicama is so good, we love it! Great recipe inspirations. Love it :)

  5. Wow what an incredible meal. I love that it’s all raw and looks amazing!


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