- Posted September 29, 2013 by
Tips for Preparing Raw Food for Thanksgiving Day
Following a raw food diet can be challenging, especially on holidays with traditional cooked dishes. Follow the steps below to pull together a hearty, filling, and delicious raw food menu for Thanksgiving.
Whenever you organize an event based around food that requires strict dietary guidelines, it is wise to arrange the details in advance. This goes beyond creating a thorough grocery list to giving guests advanced notice of your dietary restrictions and even testing recipes.
Inform guests of your dietary preferences. If you will be hosting, consider inviting guests to bring cooked dishes for themselves and other non-raw food dieters to eat.
If you will be attending another family’s Thanksgiving, consider bringing a few raw dishes for yourself and as side dishes or desserts for others.
Plan the menu in advance. Many raw food recipes require marinades or soaking for tough grains and nuts, or considerable prep work in shredding, dicing, or chilling portions of the recipes.
Consider sampling certain recipes in advance. If you are considering serving dishes you have never tried before or hosting non-raw food dieters, select a few recipes for a test run. Rate the recipes on texture, flavor, denseness, and similarity to non-raw food dishes.
Consider a themed holiday menu. Planning the raw food Thanksgiving meal around an Asian, Indian, or Caribbean theme may make raw food dishes seem less unexpected and more festive for guests unaccustomed to the raw food diet.
Select the Raw Food Main Course Recipes
Comforting main courses that offer the same satisfaction as a roasted turkey and stuffing can be hard to prepare on a raw food diet, but many delicious and filling raw food main course options exist. Imitation pasta dishes, raw food grain-based dishes, and meat substitutes will make the raw food Thanksgiving meals seem heartier and richer than cold salads only.
Serve raw manicotti] or lasagna. The familiar presentation and rich combination of tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, mushrooms, pine nuts, fresh herbs, and other flavorful raw ingredients will be filling and festive for guests of any dietary persuasion.
Serve imitation meat dishes such as raw food spaghetti and "meatballs". Nutty balls of rich ingredients, coupled with a beefy flavor from burdock puree will have guests thinking they are eating the real thing.
Create turkey-leg stuffed eggplant. Carve an eggplant into the shape of a turkey leg for each guest. Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise after it is shaped and scoop out the center of the wider end. Fill with a mix of diced peppers, mushrooms, tomato sauce, spices, and your favorite herbs. Serve the stuffed eggplant closed on a platter, arranged like turkey drumsticks.
Choose themed dishes such as sushi or raw tacos. Carry the theme through to the side dishes (Asian Cole slaw or a spicy bean side dish, for instance).
Opt for raw food soup as a main course. Pureed soups can be creamy, comforting, and very flavorful on the raw food diet. The liquid form will also help fill guests up. Consider creamy spinach soup, cauliflower soup, or a tomato-based soup to provide more of a rich presentation and hearty taste than broth-based soups.