Raw food is great. I know it, you know it. But it can also suck. We all know that, too. No way of eating leaves me with as much radiant energy as eating raw food does. And no way of eating stresses me out more that eating raw food does!
I’ve been 100 percent raw in various (short, I admit) points of my life – always started it for the same reason, and ended it for the same reason. I want to be raw because it is the best way to eat. It truly is. Nothing compares to it. But going raw is also the most annoying feat to conquer. It’s just so darn complicated! Just looking at a raw food recipe makes me a little nervous. Ever notice how, in every raw food recipe that actually sounds like it’ll taste good has “ingredients” in it that are actually whole new recipes in themselves? Not fair! To make one dish, you need to first prepare a billion little dishes. I hate that. And you need all kinds of machines and equipment. Do I really need to buy a $400 Vitamix just to be able to get the nutrients in my food to taste nice?
No matter what the raw foodies say, it’s not easy to go raw. It takes time, preparation and planning, and frankly, sprouting beans and dehydrating bananas is not how I want to spend my off days. And eating out? No way in hell. I’m a pain as it is already, vegan and all, but I’ve learned how to deal with waitresses and kitchen staff. “Dressing on the side, please”, “Skip the cheese”, “Can you prepare that in oil for me instead of butter?” – eating out vegan style isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s definitely doable. But when you go raw, even doable goes out the window. “Hold the dressing, please. I’ll be eating my lettuce dry”, “Yes, I said only the vegetables” and “Can you ask the chef if he could serve me these beets uncooked?” does not really make for a fun night out. So. I’m not raw, not until I’m rich and famous and have my own raw food chef prepare me three or four (or five or six or seven; did you know being raw is kind of the same as eating all day long?) meals a day. But I have developed some good recipes of my own. Recipes that won’t make you suicidal. Recipes that don’t require dehydrators, food processors and mandolins. You might need a blender though (sorry). It’s stuff you can make fast, without a hassle, and that actually tastes good. And, the good thing about this is that there is a gray area.
You don’t have to go all the way, you can be a little raw! Just stop cooking everything. I try to incorporate raw stuff into my cooked stuff, and it all comes out tasting cooked but it’s not (like, make a non-raw tomato sauce but dump in a whole lotta raw greens and cabbage when it’s done. Raw food, in disguise!). Find a raw way that works for you. Oh, and try this recipe, dammit.
Raw Wraps with Cauliflower Mash and Basil Salad
WARNING: YOU WILL NEED A BLENDER FOR THIS (if you don’t have one, settle in eating salads for the rest of your raw life. You’ll need one for everything.)
Ingredients: Cauliflower, red cabbage, chives, tomato, garlic, lime, basil, spinach, olive oil, almond milk (YES this is a hidden recipe in a recipe. But it’s so simple and awesome that you have to learn how to do it anyway so why not just start now??)
OK, so start with this: Learn how to make your own almond milk. I’m going to make it very easy for you: