Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EASY Raw Vegan Recipes for the Holidays

Looking for recipes that DON'T require a Dehydrator, Blender, or Food Processor?? 

It's your lucky day!
I've been scouring through my recipes for a while now in preparation for the Holidays, and I'm so excited to finally have this post finished!
You can easily add any of these recipes to your "entertaining menu", and they're especially wonderful if you're looking to incorporate more veggie dishes into your holiday gatherings.
What tools you will need to make the following recipes?
  • A good sharp Chopping Knife
  • A big Wooden Cutting Board
  • A heavy flat object with a handle (like a cast iron skillet or mallot)
  • Non-brand zip lock baggies
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • A Whisk
Because these recipes don't require any type of "fancy kitchen equipment", please make sure to see below for options to making ground nuts and date sweetener. If you have any questions pertaining to the recipes you find in this post, please comment on that specific post, or you can opt to email me directly.

GROUND NUTS/SEEDS: Some of these recipes might call for a "nut/spice grinder". You can easily sub a nut/spice grinder for a ziplock baggy and a heavy flat skillet (get some of that pent up aggression out ya'll!).
PULSING/CHOPPING: When a recipe directs you to chop/pulse ingredients in a food processor you can easily get around this by using a sharp chopping knife and a big cutting board. If you plan on making a recipe for two or more people then I highly recommended recruiting a "kitchen helper" and appoint them the chopped/mincer. This will speed recipe prep along nicely.
DATE SWEETENER: If a recipe calls for Whole Dates or "Date Paste/Sweetener" You can easily make Date paste it by using a mortar and pestle (a much cheaper purchase than a Food Processor) if you follow these wonderful directions ala Hi-Rawkus. Sub 1 whole Date for 1 heaping Tbsp of Date Paste.
SWEETENER SUBSTITUTES: Basically all of my recipes call for Dates OR Date sweetener. I choose to keep my kitchen Agave Nectar free, but like I always say "there are no rules here - only suggestions". If you have another liquid sweetener of choice then please feel free to use it instead of Dates in any of my recipes. I only ask that you please make note that Dates are a mild sweetener, so if you do decide to use Agave or Honey then add it in small increments so as not to over sweet a recipe. When in doubt add less of an ingredient and taste as you go!
HEATING/WARMING OPTIONS: Ask me about them! There's a LOT out there, and you don't need to be afraid of looking beyond your dehydrator to find them. If any of the following recipes note warming or heating the food in a dehydrator you can comment in the post asking me for alternatives to heating without a dehydrator. I promise to respond!

How about some recipes?!

Flax & Sunny Parm Coated Tomatoes

Pear-Cucumber-Tomato-Avocado Salad

Two Herb Squash 
(heating options noted at beginning of post)

Oat Groat Brown "Rice"

AtV Tabbouleh Salad

Spinach-Grape-Walnut Salad with Simple Sweet Mustard Dressing

Mmm Marinaded Veggies

Arugula Shiitake & Strawberry Salad with Lemon Viniagrette 

AtV Favorite: Anti-Pasta Salad with Arugula 
(scroll down to find the 4th recipe in post)

Rad Simple Slaw
(1st recipe in the post)

Dai Rad Salad with Peaches, Corn & Daikon Radish 
(scroll down to 5th recipe of this post)

Wow, Maybe I should've eaten before posting this, because I'm SO hungry now!
Stay tuned as I'll be posting a lot more of these types of recipes in the coming days and weeks. I also plan on sharing my Thanksgiving menu with all of you as I narrow down my list of recipes. Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to do this when there's so many tasty recipes to choose from.



  1. Woah, I've never noticed the pizza tapenade recipe. Sounds super yummy!

  2. It's SO freaking good Nat! Like pizza in a spread!

  3. Mmm! Can I eat at your house on Thanksgiving?

  4. We're doing an open house this year - and you are totally invited! xo

  5. I think I'm in love with you. Nope, it's for're my new favorite person!

  6. Aw YAY Jennifer! I'm so glad you came by! Stick around, k?

  7. Please know that thanks to you those cucumber boats just sailed into my life!

  8. Eee! Thanks Joy!! So excited to get this comment :))

  9. So underneath the Parm fries.... on the left is mango, but what is on the right? It looks good!

  10. I need to eat more veggies and actually want to eat them. I think I might have found the solution with your recipes . How long is the prep time in general because my husband and I both work on shifts and we need easy and not too much prep .although I know its worth it just by looking at the pictures of your dishes.This is the 1st time Im excited about wanting to eat veggies and wanting to try the recipes! Thankyou for your recipes!

  11. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks moist and delicious!