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January Raw Foods Potluck

8 Comments 29 January 2013

January Raw Foods Potluck

Our January Raw Foods Potluck was definitely an amazing event. We didn’t have a theme this month, but we all agreed to try something we had never made before. I didn’t realize until we showed up that evening that we had all of the makings of an entire 5 course meal. From appetizers, to soups and salads, entrees, and desserts, we had it all covered and were very pleased with the results.

The Soup

Diane created Cucumber Gaspacho. Cool, refreshing, and topped with cucumber, avocado, dill, tomato, and a little jalapeno, this soup was amazing.

The Bread

Diane also made three types of raw bread: Sunflower, Carrot Cinnamon, and Spicy Kale.

While I enjoyed them all, I must have the recipe for the Carrot Cinnamon Bread soon! And the Spicy Kale Crackers spread with Diane’s Pesto was so addicting that it was almost gone before the dinner began.

The Salad

I already shared Dallas’ incredible Confetti Salad with Cucumber Orange Dressing made using Ani Phyo’s recipe. It’s crisp, creamy, packed with greens, and has a sweet accent of dried cherries. I’ve already made this salad since the potluck! You can find the recipe in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen.

The Appetizer

Diane served Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms on a bed of spiralized squash and dressed them with sundried tomatoes and parsley.

Diane is the Food Art Queen, as you can tell. Now see how she transformed my contribution.

The Entree

One of my favorite raw cookbooks is Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish. I followed his recipe for Stuffed Calzones which are stuffed with Red Pepper, Dill and Cashew Ricotta and Red Pepper Basil Marinara Sauce.

The calzone dough was remarkably easy to make. Simply dehydrating rounds of buckwheat, flaxseeds, veggies, and spices created a delicious maleable crust. But the fillings were out of this world.

Red Pepper Basil Marinara Sauce

And dressed by Diane, these babies were a feast for the eyes too.

The Desserts

Dallas definitely stole the show with these Blood Orange Truffles rolled in pistachios from The Art of Raw Living Food.

I even tried my hand at making a Cherry Chocolate Pie with inspiration from Christina of Dandelions on the Wall. (She shared a Chocolate Almond Cheesecake at Raw Foods Thursdays that sent me over the moon!)

I don’t quite have the crust recipe ready to share, but I will soon!

Overall, our January Raw Foods Potluck was a delicious success!

Our February Raw Foods Potluck might put you in the mood for love with Cheese, Chocolate & Wine. If you’re in the Nashville area and would like to join us on February 16th, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll give you the details.

Until then, make sure to stop by Raw Foods Thursdays each week for delicious recipes and inspiration from our readers!

Other Raw Foods Potluck posts:

Readers, dish!

  • Which of the above raw dishes would you like the recipe for?
  • Have you ever been to an all raw dinner? How was your experience?
  • Want to come to our February potluck?

Your Comments

8 Comments so far

  1. Betsy says:

    Agh! I am freaking out looking at all of these pictures! I MUST make the trip to Nashville for one of your Raw Potlucks! I have loved every single one of your posts about them, but this one is making me even more jealous that I don’t have a group like this where I live. Maybe it is because I am really hungry for lunch right now, but I would absolutely eat each and every one of those dishes – all of it – literally. 😉

    I am doing really well right now. A PET scan a few months ago was clear, but I don’t consider myself cancer-free. I figure I will be fighting this for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for good supplements, the time / resources for juicing and healthy organic food to nourish my body.

    • Heather says:

      Oh, Betsy, that is wonderful news! Hold on to that hope and keep giving your body every wonderful thing it needs! And we will plan a raw foods potluck around YOU if you want to make a trip to Nashville! We’d love to have you!!

  2. Kat says:

    I would LOVE to have the recipe for the Cucumber Gaspacho. In fact, I am dying to have it. The stuffed mushrooms and the orange truffles interest me as well.
    I have never been to a raw food potluck, but have been to raw restaurants. I would love to come to your potluck, but it is a bit far from Croatia where I will be staying in February. But I must warn you, if I am ever in Nashville I will find you, cuz the food looks amazing!

    • Heather says:

      Kat, I will work on Diane and see if she’ll share that recipe with us! (I’m dying to have it too!) Croatia, wow! That would be quite a haul, but we’d love to have you if you ever stop through Music City!

  3. Wow, that looks incredible! Too bad I’m not anywhere near Nashville…

    • Heather says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Rochelle. The best things about blogging is that even though you’re nowhere near Nashville we can still share recipes!

  4. What a gorgeous dinner…or should I say feast. Soooo much delicious food.

  5. Saundra says:

    Everything looks so good! What a gorgeous looking table of food. I would love to have some of these recipes if they are available to share. I would say “all of them” but I can’t have shade plants and some of these involve peppers. :(
    I would love to make the Carrot Cinnamon Bread, the Kale Crackers, the Confetti Salad and the Cherry Chocolate Pie. Thanks for sharing!

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