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
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
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.
- 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.
- chopped strawberries
- chopped walnuts
- cacao nibs
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.
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:
- 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?