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Raw Foods Thursdays: 9/5/13

14 Comments 04 September 2013

Raw Foods Thursdays: 9/5/13

Is it really Thursday already? Like many American friends, enjoying the long weekend due to Labor Day has made this week whizz by. But that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying your submissions to Raw Foods Thursdays last week. In fact, it gave me more time to do so.

Every week I make a list of your recipes that I want to try, and I’m lucky if I get to one or two. But over the long weekend I actually got to several of them! So this week I’m sharing the entries that I made, tasted, and will certainly be making again.

This Basil Pesto by Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes was at the top of my list because I had a bag of basil that was screaming to be used. I did add a little salt and nutritional yeast for some cheesiness. I have been craving cheese lately.


Next, I made this delicious Zucchini Manicotti by Jennifer of Sanctuary Bistro. Oh my goodness. Here’s a shot of my results.

Zucchini Manicotti by Sanctuary_Gluten-Free_Cat

If you haven’t heard of Sanctuary Bistro yet, it’s a new vegan restaurant in the East Bay that will open later this year. (Yes, I’m very sad to be on the opposite coast, but many of you will benefit!) They are on the homestretch of their Kickstarter Campaign to fund the restaurant, so if you’re interested in supporting them in any way, check out their campaign page.

Thanks to Sandi, Jennifer, and some amazing raw cheese by Valerie of City|Life|Eats, I used the leftovers from each of their creations to make these cute little appetizers with the zucchini, marinara, pesto, and Vegan Smoked Paprika Cheese. Delish!

Zucchini Rollups

Lastly, I made these Fruity Overnight Oats by The Womble. I am loving her creative overnight oats recipes. You may have seen a few of her other recipes here over the last few weeks, because she is on #9 of this delicious breakfast series.


I had so much fun making your recipes that I didn’t have a chance to post one of my own! So I’m linking up an oldie. As always, feel free to do the same!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

Now what do you have to share?

Your Comments

14 Comments so far

  1. Emma says:

    I love all The Womble’s creative overnight oats recipes too. I made a pretty pink strawberries ‘n’ cream oat-chia pudding which I’m submitting to Raw Foods Thursdays this week :)

  2. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for featuring my Basil Pesto! I’m very glad that you enjoyed it! With it being back to school time, I’m sharing Dried Apple Chips :)
    Have a great week!

  3. Sandra says:

    Glad you are liking my overnight oats series. My blender packed in after 15+ years whilst I was making the custard for the trifle this morning. So I had lumpy custard! Still yummy though. Not sure if I will have a new blender for next weeks creation, so may have to keep it simple or make in bigger batches in my food processor!

  4. Hi Heather! I have a recipe but I’m not 100% sure if it’s raw. The coconut oil needs to be melted and in Canada it pretty much stays in it’s solid state unless I melt it on the stove. I’d love to link up but want to make sure I am following the rules :) Would you mind having a look?

    It’s a recipe for Sunflower Butter Carob Bites: http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2013/09/sunflower-butter-carob-bites.html

    • Davida, what a great recipe! You are really sweet to check with me. There are different views on what is truly raw, and I’m not willing to side with one over the other. I’m all about “almost raw” recipes too. This event is truly about the spirit of raw foods. Definitely link up!

      By the way, I’ve melted solid coconut oil in a glass bowl in a sink of warm tap water to keep things 100% raw, but you have to be realistic in your own circumstances. Since moving to NYC my coconut oil has been in its liquid state. Same jar that was solid in TN. Odd!

      Thanks, Davida!

  5. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Stopping by to say hello. I don’t have a recipe to share this week. Hope to soon though. Have a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend.


  6. Thanks for following up Heather! Linking up now :)

  7. Heather, I love your blog and all you’re recipes so I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you’d like to accept please see this post.

  8. Oh yum. Zucchini manicotti has been on my to-make list for ages. Yours look great! :)

  9. Thank you for trying our Zucchini Manicotti. We are so excited to have others try it and tell us what they think! Thanks for the kickstarter shout out as well. We are 4 days away and 92% there!!!! Check us out. You can meet our family from this family run business on the video (and the latest update video.)

    I love Raw Thursdays and we have been having fun creating dishes just for you.

    Keep creating!

    The Sanctaury Bistro Clan,
    Jennifer, Chef Barry Horton and crew

  10. Thank you so much for hosting this! I Love finding so many great recipes each and every week =)
    Love the look of the Zucchini Manicotti!

  11. Those zucchini manicotti look AMAZING. On my to-try list! The wilted kale salad linked up this week looks pretty stellar, too. Thanks for hosting!


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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