Raw Food Quick Meal Ideas
All of us have those days where we are pushed to get everything done, and often on those days, preparing a meal is one of the last things, if not the last thing, on the long list of items to do. For those days, it helps to have a few ‘in the pocket’ ideas for something good to put together for ourselves so that we still feel like we’re taking care of ourselves, and we’re still giving our body the nourishment it needs to work optimally when we most need it to. So here a three easy, tasty, quick meals to put together at the last minute, when time is of the essence.
Meal 1: Simple pasta noodles with olive oil, herbs and garlic (+ veggies, if you want to take the extra time for those), and this can be pulled together by taking a medium to large zucchini, and creating noodles with it using either a Spirooli/Vegetable spiralizer or simply a vegetable peeler for long flat strips, that you then julienne for thin strips. Pour a little olive oil over them, just enough to coat, toss in some fresh herbs – basil is a favorite of mine for this (can get buy with dried herbs in a pinch), add a few sun-dried tomatoes, and press/mince a clove of garlic to add in (powdered can be a substitute in a pinch). And, then, if you want to take the extra time, which in a hurry I usually don’t, you can also add some additional diced/chopped/shredded veggies – eg. mini broccoli flowerettes, shredded carrots). I also like to add in just a few pine nuts, or sprinkle with Rawmesan cheese when I have that on hand. This feeds my body, and makes me feel like I’ve had a filling, sumptuous meal.
Meal 2: This idea is from Alissa Cohen. For those of you who like Portobella mushrooms, you can brush off a Portobella with a lightly damp towel (they don’t like to be rinsed off or placed in water), scoop out the gills with a spoon, and drench to marinate for 10 minutes with wheat-free tamari. While the Portobella marinates, make up a batch of guacamole, as you like it – me, I like it with a mashed avaocado (pitted, scooped from the skin), a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, a little bit of small diced white onion (though red onion can be a nice alternative too), some cilantro (I’m a cilantro fan; adjust to taste), a little lemon juice, a small clove of garlic pressed or minced, and a sprinkling of herbs (can use a mix like salt-free Mrs. Dash for something quick, if in a hurry). This works for me, and when the guac is done, pull the Portobella out of the marinade, fill with the guac, and you’re ready to eat. This feels like a hearty meal going in, and most seem to enjoy it.
Meal 3: Another simple, filling meal, is a blended soup. You can add a simple salad to it too it you want more bulk. An easy, tasty favorite of mine is Cream of Zucchini. There usually seem to be plenty of zucchini available year round, and these are typically inexpensive. Zucchini, according to Master Herbalist and Raw Chef Brigitte Mars, are a good source of beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium and potassium. This soup recipe is one from Jennifer Cornbleet. You’ll need: 1 zucchini/chopped (about 1 cup), 1/2 water, 1 stalk of celery/chopped, 1 T fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp mellow white miso, 1/2 tsp crushed garlic (1 clove), 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt, dash cayenne, 1/2 ripe avocado, chopped, 1 T extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tsp minced fresh dill weed or 1/2 tsp dried. Place all ingredients except the avocado, olive oil, and dill in the blender and process until smooth. Add the avocado and olive oil and blend again until smooth – not too long, or the avocado will froth up. Add a little more water to thin, if you like. Add the dill and blend briefly, just to mix. For the salad, I like to keep the pre-washed bags of mixed herb salad on hand, and some sprouts ( mung bean are nice for texture variety), add a few sun-dried tomatoes, a little bit of fresh basil, olive oil to coat, a clove of garlic pressed or minced, and sometimes, a little lemon juice, and the other 1/2 avocado/diced. The soup will often fill me up on its own, though if I’m really hungry, this simple salad makes up the rest.
So, these are some easy, fast, tasty meals you can pull together in about 15 minutes or less. Just make sure when you do your grocery shopping on the week-end (or whenever you do it) that you pick up the ingredients for these simple meals to have on hand so that have what you need when you walk in the door from wherever you’ve scheduled your busy day.
If you have questions about these suggestions, or interested in what to do with other ingredients you might have on hand, please feel free to write me a question or drop me a line here, or investigate the other recipes available here on the blog at: http://www.askchefallie.com and I will be happy to do my best to help you out.