Mama and baby boy are adjusting well and they both look great (yes, I got to hold the lil cutie today!). His big Sis is thrilled and has been nothing but helpful and of course the Papa is there to help out in any way he can. I am so very happy for them!
I've been trying to get together with these folks to do a raw food dinner at my place, but we just never got it scheduled (sound familiar?). So I thought I'd put together a fun RAW meal for them to enjoy post-partum. I checked first...I offered to make a super yummy Vegan Shepard's Pie (comfort food), but they were all for trying the Raw Menu I had planned. Woo-hoo! I knew it had to be something yummy because these people know their food. Her husband works at a well known health food Grocery Store and he's a great chef himself.
Now, when I make food for my family I generally just wing it and throw stuff together. Sometimes I am inspired by a recipe, sometimes I just use what's fresh in my fridge and on the counter. However, when I am introducing friends to Vegan (and especially raw foods) I like to work off a recipe that's actually been tried and tested by a real chef. Ha! Meaning, I try to think about the foods these people would like and then find recipes of similar taste/style using fresh vegan ingredients.
So, what was the menu?
My Cheezy Kale Chips of course, recipe here. These are a great appetizer and also super munching food for a nursing mama (green leafy kale and all the B vitamins from the nutritional yeast!).
I generally prefer lacinto (dinosaur kale) but they were out, so curly kale it was...still mighty tasty!
Romaine and butter lettuce salad with cucumbers and purple onion. Topped with Hemp seeds and Gena's Tomato Curry Dressing found at Choosing Raw.
I really like making fresh dressings. I try to make one a week and use it for dipping veggies in, salads, tossing over rice, whatever....
All of Gena's dressings in the post I linked to are very tasty!
Here's the crust (I had to make 2 because I did not have a 4X14 tart pan. Lucky us...we kept one! My daughter loved it so much she requested we save Daddy's portion and give it to her in her lunch tomorrow instead!!
You probably can't see the detail, but this crust was beautiful and made the whole house smell wonderful while it was in the dehydrator.
OK, I really need to get better at taking food pictures!! I am trying here!
This recipe was awesome. The only change I made was using Lemon juice instead of the white wine since it's not "cooked out" and I knew the little kiddos were going to eat it.
Also when I make this again I may invest in those little individual sized tart pans, just for presentation!
The chocolate layer.
The recipe made a lot of leftover chocolate (thank you!), so what did we do with it....
Dipped strawberries of course!! We ate some with the warm chocolate sauce right then and there, but we also popped some in the fridge to set (and share with papa later...).
Have you ever had raw chocolate? It's in a league of it's own. This recipe I used was the best raw chocolate sauce I've tasted yet. Super simple too...
Here's the cream filling.
Guess who licked the bowl clean? E & F of course!
Cream filling topped on that luscious layer of chocolate. Right about now was when I started wishing I made a double batch so we could eat one!
The finished pie! It doesn't look quite as spectacular as the one on the Rawmazing website, but I assure you it tastes incredible, well at least all 3 parts tasted seperately are yummy, we'll have to ask my friends if it was yummy all put together.
I hope they enjoy it, we certainly had fun making (and tasting) it. I will definitely be making each of these recipes again. What do you think? Want to try some too?