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HOLIDAY RECIPES REMINDER .. and more

POST #709
Several weeks ago, I published a list of places where you can find raw vegan Thanksgiving recipes.  Of course, I listed my own recipes first, I mean, this is my blog.  I also listed places where holiday recipes are listed free for the taking.

I’ve just learned of a new collection: Real Life Raw Holiday Foods, by Tina Jo Stevens    (this is a book for sale)  Check it out if it pleases you to do so.

Since, of course, you are after getting the perfect recipes for  your traditional holiday, as I become aware of other collections, I will publish them.

Oh, and, BTW, ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, which seems to be related to SUITE 101, continues to list the article in which all of my holiday recipes were published wholesale, without my permission, and with no reference to the source of the recipes.  A few of these recipes do now lead you back to my recipe page, but not all of them.  I have asked this site several times to remove this article.  They continue to refuse or even acknowledge my legitimate request.   Bloggers and other on-line publishers, please do stay aware of where your intellectual property is going.  Many will appropriate your work and pass it off as theirs because they realize that most of us bloggers cannot afford to sue them in court.  I cannot do that, but I can continue to announce it to all within hearing distance when I find someone who has stolen my work.

HOLIDAY RECIPE TIME! Old Favorites Plus Some New Ideas

Holiday season is here …. well, almost, anyway.  Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and then we careen off into to the Christmas season.  For these wonderful times, we need food, don’t we!  I don’t know about you, but I like the traditional dishes I grew up with.  I prefer to eat raw vegan concoctions, however.  That is how I originally came up with the Pretty Smart Raw Food Ideas Holiday recipes.  (Of course, if you wish to re-publish these recipes, please reference https://prettysmartrawfoodideas.wordpress.com  It just isn’t nice when I find someone has taken all of my work, verbatim, and put their name on it)

The Pretty  Smart Raw Food Ideas Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday Recipes  page currently shares the following recipes:

Apple-Butternut Squash Soup
Waldorf Salad
Pine Nut Mayonnaise
Traditional Succotash
Raw Mashed “Potatoes”
Mushroom Gravy
Amazing Sweet Potatoes
Mock Turkey
Cranberry Relish
Dill Stuffing
Sunflower Seed Dressing (“stuffing” made outside the turkey)
Judy’s “Just Like Pumpkin” Pie
Champagne Rejuvelac

Pretty Smart Raw Food Ideas’ holiday recipes  are not the only holiday recipe offerings out there, so I thought it would be nice to mention a few other raw vegan sites which offer raw vegan holiday recipes.

At first, I expected to just list the sites I link to on my blog, but, upon checking, I’ve found that a number of my favorite raw vegan sites have gone inactive.  Not to be deterred, I’ve spent a few hours googling and come up with some new raw vegan recipe sites that I like.  Since I don’t much care for digging through linked-to sites to find what I have gone there for, the links here are to specific pages for the raw vegan holiday recipes I have found.

I expect that I will be adding this post to the bottom of the Pretty Smart Raw Food Ideas Holiday recipe page Nevertheless, because raw vegan sites have an unfortunate tendency to go inactive, if you find recipes that you like,  I highly recommend that you copy and/or print them for future reference (I’ll be taking this advice to heart, myself)

FOR FREE HOLIDAY RECIPE COLLECTIONS
CHOOSING RAW
Mostly Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

ADDICTED TO VEGGIES
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Harvest Pumpkin Stuffing
Raw Vegan Butternut Dumplings
Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving Mushroom Loaf
Corn Chowder
Oyster Mushroom Hash
Easy Raw Vegan Recipes for the Holidays  (not exactly traditional)

FOODS FOR LONG LIFE
Raw Vegan Pumpkin Soup
Raw VeganBrussels Sprout Salad with Orange/Chia Seed Dressing
Raw Vegan Pecan Tart
Rosemary/Basil Tapenade

ANGELIC MONKEY
Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

FACTOIDS.COM
Recipes for a Raw Vegan Thankgsgiving Dinner

MOTHERING.COM
Raw Living Foods Thanksgiving Recipes

VEGAN BODYBUILDING & FITNESS
Holiday Recipes

THE HAPPY RAW KITCHEN
Pilgrim Brownies
Raw Caponata Turkey
Raw Cranberry Salad

VEGETARIAN.ABOUT.COM
Raw Cream of Mushroom Soup
Raw Herb Pate Stuffed Mushrooms
Arugula Cranberry Salad with Sweet Ginger Dressing
Beet Green/Basil/Cucumber Salad
Raw Stuffing
Raw Pumpkin Pie
Raw Cranberry Sauce
Raw Cauliflower/Parsnip Mashed “Potatoes”
Raw Cream of Broccoli Soup

RAW FOOD HOME RECIPES
Mock Turkey Loaf

FOR FEE HOLIDAY RECIPE COLLECTIONS

RAW FOOD REHAB’s RAW FOR THE HOLIDAYS EBOOK

RAW FOOD RIGHT NOW RAW THANKSGIVING EBOOK

RAW FOODS NEWS MAGAZINE LITTLE EBOOK OF RAW THANKSGIVING RECIPES

THE GARDEN DIET THANKSGIVING RECIPES

THANKSGIVING RECIPES

Perhaps you have just started thinking about what to do for your raw vegan Thanksgiving — OR– you might be looking for some new, healthful recipes, to use as main dishes or as sides to what you always serve.

Here are the recipes I go to for Thanksgiving — I’ve been doing it so long that they feel traditional now.  They are all yummy!

11/17/10 CSA SHARE – What we got and what I went home with and what I plan to do- BUSY WEEKEND!

Here is the breakdown of what they said we would get, what we actually got, and what I ended up taking home.

THEY SAID

Baby Spinach
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Baby Turnips what turnips?
Toscano Kale
Red Radishes
Batavian Lettuce traded for kale
Broccoli traded for kale

I am, of course, excited with what I made away with!  I’ve just found a recipe for spinach-cashew cheeze, as well as a new kale cracker recipe (I found it listed as kale chips, but it looks to be more like a cracker!)  Of course, I would love to make my favorite kale chips, but I really want to try these new recipes!
I’m planning a market run tomorrow afternoon to pick up cashews,  corn (this time of year, I’ll probably end up with frozen organic),  red bell peppers, onions (must have!),  and mushrooms! (I haven’t had mushrooms for months! If I can find some shiritakes, I can make “barbecue” with my Virginia barbecue sauce recipe!)  I will also need to pick up some oranges, lemons and dates for my Thanksgiving sweet potato and pumpkin recipes, and some avocados (if they have good ones!) for my traditional “avo-turkey”.
The good thing about my raw Thanksgiving recipes is that, even though they do take time, they take way less time than cooking a real turkey!

HOLIDAY RECIPES

Once again, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s are lined up, one right after the other, and looming just around the corner. (I know, I know, it happened this way last year, too, but there’s nothing I can do about it other than to give  you some recipes.

If you are looking for something you haven’t tried yet, please do check out my Holiday Recipes, either by clicking here or by clicking on the page title at the top of this page.

Of course, all of the recipes are very delicious.

10/21/10 CSA SHARE: What they say we will get

I am so so so lucky that Tonice S has agreed to pick up my share on Thursday (oops! That’s tomorrow!), while I am down here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (yea! Vacation central! Ocean air, outlet shopping! Communing with my parents! )

It was so nice of Tonice to agree to pick up my vegetables…. I definitely owe her big-time!

What they say we are going to get:
Carrots……………………1 bun
Dandelion Greens………1 bun
Sweet Potatoes…………..4 lbs.
Japanese Salad Turnips..1 bun.
Broccoli Raab……………1 bun
Romaine Lettuce………..1sm. head
Fennel……………………1 pc.
Sunshine Squash………..1 pc.

Fruit share: Fuji Apples, Empire Apples, and Bosc Pears

With the holidays coming up, we need some holiday recipes. I will be posting some shortly (vacation timing is difficult as I don’t have wifi in the house, so I have to escape and go down the road to get on-line). Meanwhile, you can click on Holiday Recipes and see the holiday recipes I have already posted.

THANKSGIVING RECIPES

We’re down to the wire! Thanksgiving is 5 days away.  What are you going to eat?

FREE RECIPES!!! Just click on HOLIDAY RECIPES .. these are recipes that I have collected and used over the years. They work. They are tasty. You can give them to non-raw friends, and they will like them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

CSA POTLUCK TOMORROW, and I still don’t know what dish I will take

There is a CSA Potluck Dinner tomorrow, coupled with a silent auction. I have donated a malachite and silver necklace and a package of 20 corn crackers with a container of cashew cheez.

Now I need to think about what I will make for my contribution to the potluck. I am really really thinking of bringing a plate worth of the corn crackers and a pot of the cheez, to generate interest in buying the auction item.

Maybe I should make something else as well.

I have several sweet potatoes lying around, and some oranges, some dates, and some raw unsweetened dried coconut. That is the beginning of two possible recipes (I don’t think I want to make my two usual stand-by’s – raw marinated massaged collards, or raw beets/turnips in vinegar– although I do have some beets, some radishes, and some turnips in the refrigerator)

I’m thinking of one of two sweet potato recipes. I like them both because people are surprised when they realize that what they are eating is raw. I don’t know if I would make the whole pie, but I would offer the filling — with all those dates, it is very sweet. I am also thinking about a “stuffing” recipe made with sunflower seeds.

AMAZING SWEET POTATOES
2 – 3 sweet potatoes (or yams)
1 C coconut, dried
2 apples
1/4 C ginger root
4 lemons juiced
2 oranges, juiced
1 C walnuts, chopped fine

• Chop sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger, and run through Champion juicer with ….blank plate. (Alternatively, grate sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger).
• Remove mixtureto a large bowl. Add shredded dried coconut, lemon and orange …juices, and chopped walnuts.
• Mix thoroughly

JUDY’S “JUST LIKE PUMPKIN” PIE
this is most amazing

2 C almonds, soaked
1 C walnuts or pecans, soaked
1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
20 dates, soaked overnight
2 C cashews, soaked overnight, and drained
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced.
3 t pumpkin pie spice
drizzle agave nectar

CRUST
• Combine almonds, walnuts (or pecans, and coconut in food processor or Vitamix, …..and process until ground fine and dough-like
• Pat the dough into two pie plates

FILLING
• Drain dates; reserve soak water.
• In food processor, puree dates, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie spice
• Remove mixture from food processor and set aside in a bowl.
• Set mixture aside in a bowl.
• Process cashews, agave nectar, vanilla, and date soak water as needed, until …..smooth and creamy.
• Combine cashew mixture and sweet potato mix puree
• Spread filling in pie shells
• Dehydrate for 6 hours, then refrigerate.

SUNFLOWER SEED DRESSING
1 C sunflower seeds, soaked and drained
1 T flax seeds
1-1/2 C celery
1-1/2 C onion
1-1/4 C red bell pepper
1 T sage to taste (or use Bell’s Poultry Seasoning)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic to taste (optional)
1/2 C kalamata olives, chopped fine

• In a food processor, grind soaked sunflower seeds fine.
• Grind flax seeds fine in a coffee grinder.
• Remove ground seeds to a bowl.
• Place all remaining ingredients, save olives, in the food processor, and mince.
• Add olives and combine all ingredients thoroughly.
• Place in a pie tin, or rectangular tin of suitable size and dehydrate for six hours, or until dressing has reached your desired consistency.

No matter what, I need to go to the supermarket.

If I make ‘Amazing Sweet Potatoes” I need lemons.

If I make the sunflower seed dressing, I need the olives.

Oh!! If I make the pie filling, I don’t need anything, and it tastes really good…

What will I choose??? I need to decide in the next half hour. Oops! I’ve just gone for the easy one. Excuse me, I need to go soak the nuts.

THANKSGIVING IS COMING

Thanksgiving is coming, and Hanukkah and Christmas follow close behind. This year, Thanksgiving is on November 22nd; Hanukkah starts on December 4th; and Christmas, as always, is on December 25th.

This year, I’ve created new links to my holiday recipes to make them more easily accessible. At the top of the page, you will see links directly to the pages. They can also be found in the recipes links in the right-hand sidebar.

THANKSGIVING/CHRISTMAS RECIPES

Thanksgiving is coming up, and Christmas is right behind it…. fortunately, most of the recipes we eat at Thanksgiving show up at Christmas-time.

Here is a full meal-worth (with alternatives) to create a raw Thanksgiving dinner.

Enjoy.

APPLE-BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

10 apples, cored
1 lg. butternut squash, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
1 med. red onion, peeled
3 C almond milk
1-1/2 C pumpkin seeds
1 bunch parsley
1/4 C tarragon, dried

• In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process thoroughly.

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WALDORF SALAD

1 C celery, chopped fine
1 C grapes, halved
1 apple, peeled
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 C water

• Mix lemon juice and water.
• Dice apple, soak in lemon juice/water mix for 10 mins., and drain.
• Mix celery, grapes, and apple.
• Mix in pine nut mayonnaise to taste.

PINE NUT MAYONNAISE
1 C raw pine nuts
1/2 C water
4 T olive oil
3 T lemon juice
pinch sea salt
agave nectar to taste (optional)

• Blend all together in a VitaMix.

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TRADITIONAL SUCCOTASH

2 C fresh corn cut from cob (or 1 lb. frozen corn)
2 C fresh lima beans, (or fresh limas sprouted 2 days, or 2 C 2-day sprouted lima beans, or 2 C frozen lima beans) NOTE: it would be worth testing fresh lima beans to see how you feel about the taste, before making a decision to sprout or not.
1/2 C red bell pepper, diced fine
Salt and pepper to taste

• Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

VARIATIONS:
Add chopped fresh tomatoes
Add 1 green onion, chopped fine
Add 1 t curry powder
Add 1 t garlic
Add 1 T Spike or other seasoning of choice

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RAW MASHED “POTATOES”
1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
1/4 C cashews
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or to taste)
1/4 C olive oil, or to taste
sea salt to taste
black pepper to taste

• In a food processor, grind cashews fine.
• Add cauliflower, and garlic, and process fine.
• Add olive oil until mixture looks like fluffy mashed potatoes.
• Remove from food processor and sprinkle on black pepper to taste.
Serve with gravy.

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MUSHROOM GRAVY

1/2 C almonds, soaked 12 hours
1/2 C water
2-1/2 C shiitake mushrooms
1 clove garlic (or 1/4 t powdered garlic)
2 t Bragg Liquid Aminos
water, as necessary

• In a food processor, grind almonds fine.
• Add remainder of ingredients, and process to paste, adding water as necessary.

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AMAZING SWEET POTATOES

2 – 3 sweet potatoes (or yams)
1 C coconut, dried
2 apples
1/4 C ginger root
4 lemons juiced
2 oranges, juiced
1 C walnuts, chopped fine

• Chop sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger, and run through Champion juicer with blank plate. (Alternatively, grate sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger).
• Remove mixtureto a large bowl. Add shredded dried coconut, lemon and orange juices, and chopped walnuts.
• Mix thoroughly

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MOCK TURKEY

1 bunch celery
1 green onion
parsley to taste
1 C almonds (or pecans)
1 avocado
sage to taste

• In a food processor, puree celery, green onion, and parsley
• Drain (save juice for soup)
• In a nut/coffee mill, grind nuts fine
• Mash avocado thoroughly with a fork
• Combine all ingredients and mix well.
• Form patties. Place each patty on a leaf of lettuce.

Serve with cranberry sauce.

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CRANBERRY RELISH

1-1/2 C fresh cranberries
1 date (or 2, to taste)
1 orange, juiced
1 sm piece fresh ginger, grated (optional)
agave syrup to taste (optional)

• In food processor, grind cranberries, orange juice, and ginger to desired consistency.
• Add agave syrup (if used) to taste, and mix well.

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DILL STUFFING

1 C sunflower seeds, soaked
2 t dill seed
4 t lemon juice
2 T psyllium husk powder
4 t onion, minced
1/2 t salt

• Combine all ingredients in food processor.

SUNFLOWER SEED DRESSING

1 C sunflower seeds, soaked and drained
1 T flax seeds
1-1/2 C celery
1-1/2 C onion
1-1/4 C red bell pepper
1 T sage to taste (or use Bell’s Poultry Seasoning)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic to taste (optional)
1/2 C kalamata olives, chopped fine

• In a food processor, grind soaked sunflower seeds fine.
• Grind flax seeds fine in a coffee grinder.
• Remove ground seeds to a bowl.
• Place all remaining ingredients, save olives, in the food processor, and mince.
• Add olives and combine all ingredients thoroughly.
• Place in a pie tin, or rectangular tin of suitable size and dehydrate for six hours, or until dressing has reached your desired consistency.

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JUDY’S “JUST LIKE PUMPKIN” PIE

this is most amazing

2 C almonds, soaked
1 C walnuts or pecans, soaked
1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
20 dates, soaked overnight
2 C cashews, soaked overnight, and drained
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced.
3 t pumpkin pie spice
drizzle agave nectar

CRUST
• Combine almonds, walnuts (or pecans, and coconut in food processor or Vitamix, and process until ground fine and dough-like
• Pat the dough into two pie plates

FILLING
• Drain dates; reserve soak water.
• In food processor, puree dates, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie spice
• Remove mixture from food processor and set aside in a bowl.
• Set mixture aside in a bowl.
• Process cashews, agave nectar, vanilla, and date soak water as needed, until smooth and creamy.
• Combine cashew mixture and sweet potato mix puree
• Spread filling in pie shells
Dehydrate for 6 hours, then refrigerate.