Dare To Be Different

Dare To Be Different

Well, here we are again, Black Friday.  You won’t catch me in the 5:00am line at Walmart, nor with ready fingers for the 3:00am online sale at Amazon.com.  This is a day that I usually choose to stay in and reflect on what I am thankful for.

This years Thanksgiving was quite special.  It is my second year being raw for the holidays and I’ll tell you, it just gets easier and easier.  The first year was pretty simple too, but I have to admit, the mashed potatoes still looked semi-appealing (old memories).

This year my friend Carolin and I made a bunch of raw dishes, and had a blast!   The key for me…  no recipes and no rushing!  We booked ourselves three hours to prepare the food, and ended up only needing two.  We made 5 dishes in total.

I have no problem eating the food I enjoy in front of other people, nor them eating theirs in front of me. I found that once you break the mentality of having to conform to other people’s expectations of you, especially regarding food, you are free to do what you want.  So many people still let the pressures of family overwhelm them, and tend to cave in during the holidays… but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Dare to be different! : )

Now on to the food…. Here’s the basics:

1.    Kale Salad w/ Cashew Garlic Sauce

Blend cashews, water, sea salt, garlic, and dill until creamy.  Hand squeeze together with kale, lemon juice, and pressed garlic.  Sprinkle on hemp seeds.

2.    Almond Stuffed Tomatoes

Slice top off tomato and scoop out insides (use for another recipe.)  Pulse almonds, garlic, onion, sea salt, pine nuts, chili powder, and hot pepper in a food processor.  Don’t over blend, leave chunky.  Stuff in tomato and put the top of the tomato back on.  Garnish with alfalfa sprouts if desired.


3.    Chocolate Mousse

Blend avocados, cacao powder, agave nectar, and a pinch of sea salt.  Chill.

4.    Pecan Coconut Balls

Blend pecans, dates, and coconuts in the food processor.  Roll into balls then coat in coconut flakes.  Put in freezer.

5.    Persimmon Banana Pudding

Easiest of all.  Blend persimmons and bananas until creamy.  Add banana chunks and coconut on top.  Chill. Super easy to make.

Recipes have their time and place, but I have the most fun making things on the fly.  I like to keep it simple and stress-free.

I hope this Thanksgiving was your best ever!

Philip McCluskey

By Philip on November 23, 2007 : (Read more from Philip)


6 responses to “Dare To Be Different”

  1. Rene says:

    Hi Philip.. thank you for posting such motivating words on how to assimilate with other people and their choice of diet. That is probably my biggest challenge. I am going to hold this blog post dear to me. Also, the recipes look delicious!! YAY

  2. Tina Whitby says:

    I have been looking through your site off and on for hours. I am so happy to have found you and your recipes! You are a great example of a Rawster! God Bless!


  3. Heidi says:


    I really resonate with this post. Thanksgiving, and any holiday for that matter, should be about the joy of eating WHATEVER you want. You want yummy kale salad? Go for it! Persimmons for dessert? Go for it!

    We accidentally have become experts on raw Thanksgiving dishes, but this year we didn’t make all of our tasty dishes. Instead we started out our day with green juice – because we felt like it. And you know what? I have never felt better after our Thanksgiving dinner. It really make things feel so light and refreshing. And I felt so happy!

    So I applaud you for your inner strength to choose what you want to do. Rawk on brotha!

    Love, Heidi

  4. sol says:

    Those tomatoes look really cute!
    I just ran into your blog and even I have just read a pair of entries I am really thankfull of finding you.
    Of course I still have many questions about how to loose weight because I tend to eat too much. Since I have found raw food I have gained some extra pounds… I am trying to be o.k. with that… guess it´s the portions but it can just be the mind, I´ll find out. But well, now this seeems an entry by it´s own. Just wanted to say hi and let you know that here in Mexico you have gained a reader. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jenny says:

    hey philip. . . yummy looking photos and right on with your comments. . . food is such an issue in so many ways for so many groups of people and the simplicity in going raw and the instinctualness of it should free you from that conformity, not add to it, so it’s good when people realize the compassion, good energy, freedom and LOVE involved in everything we do, including eat!! Thanks for your thoughts, as always and have a blast on saturday- i’ll be wishing i could be there!
    x Jenny

  6. Dea says:

    Hi Philip,
    the dishes you made with your friend look great. Thank you for sharing them and the pictures too. I have a bunch of persimmon and didn’t know what to do with them, you gave me a great idea!
    Have a lovely holiday weekend 🙂 xoxo Dea

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