I try to live a healthy lifestyle, although I am not a vegetarian, vegan, or follow any special diet. For the past 2 years, I’ve been consciously looking for ways to make out family’s lifestyle more sustainable, and have come across lots of great information. Each week, I incorporate new recipes into my family’s meals.
This is how I stumbled upon the “Eat Raw, Eat Well” cookbook by Doug McNish. I found meal planning using his recipes were easy, as I already had most of the ingredients on hand. I was able to try over 10-15 recipes just in the first week alone!
First thing I usually do is to quickly thumb through the entire book. It was divided into sections, making it very easy to pick out what I was looking for, whether a hearty breakfast, satisfying lunch, or sumptuous dinner. There was a snacks section as well.
The recipes themselves were easy-to-follow and I loved the fact that I was not frying or heating anything up. They were ready to serve anytime and kept well in the refrigerator. The reason for this is that ingredients were raw, unprocessed.
Here are some of the recipes I tried. I’ve listed them by the section, as they appear in the book.
Smoothies, Juices and Other Drinks:
Nut Milks: Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, and Coconut Milk
Nut Milk Smoothies: Avocado Vanilla Smoothie
Dips and Spreads:
Creamy Cashew Tzatziki
Raw Chickpea Hummus
Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet-and-Sour Broth with Kelp Noodles
Brown Rice Miso Broth
Salads and Dressings:
Spicy Wilted Watercress Salad
Avocado and Cucumber Salad
Sauces and Condiments:
Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
Sun-Dried Tomato Ketchup
Sun-Dried Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Cashew Sour Cream
The Main Event:
Marinated Kelp Noodles
Jerk Veggie Kabobs
Sides and Small Plates:
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Spicy Orange, Ginger and Sesame Watercress
Nori Hand Rolls
Chocolate Date Protein Bars
Energizing Trail Mix
Chocolate Walnut Brownies
All of the recipes I’ve tried have been delicious and I have incorporated many of them into my weekly meal plans. I don’t own a dehydrator but was able to borrow one and I will be trying recipes that required the dehydrator next. It has been over a month since I got the book and I continue to go back for more. It has become my go to cookbook because it offers many healthy options to classic recipes. I simply love it!
Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. Photo credit: Colin Erricson www.robertrose.ca