Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lunch for a friend...

Last week, a friend of my mom's helped me out with some business consulting. What she wanted in return was a raw lunch. Easy enough for me! I needed something that I could throw together a few hours before taking it, as I was busy the day before. No time for soaking, dehydration, etc.

What's easier than a Stir UNfry?! I've tried recipes by Rawvolution, and Carmella - both being great! Check out this, and this (variation 2 is the one I've made multiple times). This time I decided to try veggies in teryaki sauce, adapted from a recipe by Joz on RFC. I have eyed that picture of Carmi's numerous times, thinking how wonderful it looks, so I finally got my opportunity.

For my veggies, I used: red and green bell peppers, broccoli florets/stocks, celery, and carrot.

Marinade:

2 tbs Nama Shoyu
2 tbs honey
2 tsp oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 " piece ginger, grated (I used 2", minced)
2 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice


Mix all ingredients together. Toss with veggies, and let marinate for a few hours. After sitting in the liquid for a while, I put the veggies into the dehydrator for a good hour to soften. Sesame seeds make a great topping!

Of course, a side of rice goes well with the veggies. The past few times I've used cauliflower and cashews to make rice, but decided to use parsnips this time. Oh boy! I've tried parsnips for this, once long ago and can't believe I havent used them since. The rice turned out great! The texture was good (although I think the cauli makes the rice look more like rice), the flavour was somewhat sweet. Not at all what I remember parsnips to taste like! Now Im going to be on a parsnip kick - I have a few left and am thinking up ways to use them :)


Here's the rough recipe:

4 large parsnips
1/3 cup cashews, ground (approx)
Sea salt to taste


In my mind, no meal is complete with something sweet so I packed 2 of my grawnola bars and 2 coconut/almond balls for her. I also threw in a bag of zucchini crackers.

Here is lunch, all packed up and ready to go! Hope she likes!

Staying on the theme of meals for other people, the other night at yoga, one of my students brought me a piece of raw pizza. I thought it was the sweetest thing! I am so greatful when someone makes me food, because it is rare. Usually I am the one making food for everyone else. She calls this "cheaters pizza", with Ani's black sesame seed bread for the crust, topped with chopped tomato, red/green peppers, mushrooms, and raw cheese (dairy). Guess what I ate for dinner?! :)

Isn't it cute?!

6 comments:

shannonmarie said...

I'm the same way; gotta end with something sweet.

Now, I have a craving for some stirfry. I'd make some tonight if my hubby was a fan. It looks like it will be a salad bar.

That's so nice to have someone surprise you with an uncooked meal. The closest I've come to that is a fruit/veggie tray, or a brownie attempt from Rawbin (so sweet of her).

Carmella said...

Mmmmmmm... looks great, girlie!

I like using both cauli and parsnip. You gotta try my Ginger Rice sometime. ;-) You could totally make it without the rice for a more versatile version.

VeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness gracious, everything looks PHENOMENAL!! If for some reason the lunch isn't well-received, I'll be happy to accept the leftovers ;0)

April said...

Just wanted to let you know that your recipes are truly inspirational to me!

Raw Goddess said...

Shannon - well a salad bar is better than the cooked stuff! :)

Carmi - yes, ive looked at your ginger rice heaps of times. I still need to get around to making it.

Veggiegirl, thanks! hehe...she reported back to say she enjoyed the meal so much and shared with her family :)

April - thank you! That is so nice to hear!

Anne said...

Thank you for this website. In planning my Mexican Raw Class for next Tuesday evening, (Feb. 26) it gave me some great ideas. It was supposed to be today, but the forecast was for snow, and everything shuts down here in Israel when it snows. Now, there are so many Mexican Raw recipes out there, I didn't know which to choose. So, my friend and I had some lunch together today and I tried out a few with her---we did the spicy walnut meat inside a lettuce wrap, the sour cream (this really does taste like it!) nacho cheese, and the fajita veggies along with some of her salad, etc. It was great! So, I'm using these and the Fiery Lava Soup of Julian's and Guac, and corn chips for the class next week. I wasn't going to do "hands on," but now I am since your group gave me the inspiration. I am also giving an introductory Raw Foods Class on March 5 in the Old City of Jerusalem.