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!