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Raw Food Potluck NYC

5 Comments 21 April 2014

Raw Food Potluck NYC

I miss my Raw Foods Girls. But it has been a lot of fun to find likeminded foodie friends here in the City. We had a mostly raw foods potluck with a few friends, and I wanted to share some highlights with you. The menu had an Asian flair, so what better raw foods cookbook to cook from than Ani’s Raw Food Asia?

We started with Ani’s Summer Rolls with Ginger “Peanut” Sauce. These cute little cucumber wraps burst with flavorful veggies and herbs, and I love the cute little kelp noodle tendrils that peek through. These are fun to make, fun to eat, and scrumptious in Ani’s ginger “peanut” sauce which actually features almond butter.


I tried my hand at tempura using Ani’s Vegetable Tempura with Orange Lemongrass Dipping Sauce which can also be found in Ani’s Raw Food Asia.


Simply coat your favorite veggies in her zucchini-based tempura batter and dehydrate for 7 to 10 hours. The dipping sauce is insanely delicious.


Also from Ani’s Raw Food Asia was this delicious Shitake Mushroom Namul. Easy to make. Just slice the mushrooms and allow them to marinate for at least 20 minutes.


I pulled out a tried and true recipe for Living Pad Thai by one of the Raw Foods Girls, which you can find here. I think it’s my favorite raw foods dish…ever.


We also had vegan sushi. I toyed with the idea of making it 100% raw with a cauliflower cashew rice, but we went the white rice route. To make the raw version, just put equal amounts of cauliflower and cashews in the food processor and process until it resembles rice.  To make the sushi rolls, follow the directions linked in my post Sushi, Vegetarian Style.


Our friends outdid themselves with their contributions. These marinated mangos were the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I couldn’t believe how tender the mango pieces were. So tender that I didn’t realize at first that the mango hadn’t been peeled! Skin and all, who knew mango could taste like this?


Our friends also taught me that I have a broiler in my baby oven. Ha! They broiled up these eggplant strips for a little cooked fun.


A meal is never complete without a little raw chocolate, right? For dessert we enjoyed these pistachio truffles. The recipe for the chocolate base can be found in The Art of Raw Living Food. These are so rich that they can cause heart palpitations. Seriously.


Yes, all of this was made in this tiny NYC kitchen.


Living raw vegan in the City isn’t always this involved, but it sure is good to know that it’s possible even in this little space!

Other Raw Foods Potluck posts you might enjoy:

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite style of raw foods?
  • Do you have a go-to raw foods recipe book?
  • Which dish above would you make first?

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. WOW! I want to come to your potlucks. They look amazing! The food is gorgeous and so vibrant looking.
    Your kitchen does look a tad small – but very nice!

  2. Karen says:

    So much inspiration.. thank you Heather.. :-)

  3. Hi Heather,
    My favorite raw food recipe book is Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, and Raw Food Made Easy is great for quick, easy meals. I am obsessed with mushrooms so I would make the dish, but I have to try the pad thai recipe too! The summer rolls would make great party appetizers! I am sure lots of readers wish they could be at your raw food potlucks. What amazing dishes. I live in NYC so I love to try different raw food and vegan restaurants such as Quintessence, One Lucky Duck and Caravan of Dreams. What is your favorite place to dine at?

  4. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Oh I love your raw potlucks! So fun. And this one is really something. YUM! Asian is so fun to do raw, so many options. I love it. Everything looks amazing – so fresh and delicious. Your kitchen is so adorable (and so clean)! Looks like you are really enjoying life in NYC.

    Big hugs,

  5. Heather, these sound delish! :)
    Also, I’d love to contribute to the next raw potluck. Though I don’t always make uncooked recipes on my blog, I really enjoy eating raw.

    P.S. The Living Pad Thai looks amazing!

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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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