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Written by Deborah on November 21, 2012 – -
by Guest Blogger
If you are doing a completely raw Thanksgiving, you may want to bring one or more of these delicious and healthy raw dishes to your family’s traditional dinner.
Dr. Joanne Mumola Williams has put together a complete menu for Thanksgiving. There are lots of dishes here, so if you aren’t entertaining a big crowd, you may want to cut a few out. If you are hosting a raw food Thanksgiving potluck, hand out the recipes and have everyone bring one of the dishes!
Be sure to check back soon for all the recipes!
The first appetizer is Raw Hummus with Sprouted Garbanzo Beans . Begin sprouting 4 days in advance. You can serve this with raw veggie slices or make Raw Crackers with walnuts, veggies and mixed seeds. The raw crackers will have to be started at least a day in advance as they need 6 hours for soaking, and 16 hours for dehydrating (turning them after 8 hours). These two items are the only recipes that take advanced planning. All the others take much less time and can be made the same day. The next appetizer is Walnut and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms. Spinach makes a great pesto and is a lot easier to find in the winter months than basil, which is most commonly used in pesto.
Pumpkins are plentiful this time of year and there is nothing more festive than Raw Pumpkin Soup.
For the main entree you can have Raw Vegan Lettuce Cups with Cranberry Relish. With all of the other side dishes, you only need to plan for one lettuce cup per person. There are tthree nice side salads to go with the lettuce cups. First is a Raw Vegan Waldorf Salad with Apple Chia Dressing, second is a Raw Kale, Corn and Red Bell Pepper Salad, lastly is a Raw Vegan Brussels Sprouts Salad with Orange Chia Seed Vinaigrette. This light and colorful salad also has slivered almonds and dried cranberries.
For dessert there is a raw crisp Raw Vegan Pear and Apple Crisp with Raisins. If you are serving the Waldorf salad, which already introduces apples to your meal, you may want to make this crisp with only pears. In this case, omit the apples in the filling and use 6 cups of thinly sliced peeled and cored pears instead of 3 cups.
Another dessert recipe is a beautiful Raw Vegan Pecan Tart. These elegant tarts are very rich so a little goes a long way, especially after a big Thanksgiving meal.
You can enjoy these recipes for a happy Thanksgiving, or you can also enjoy the menu for any of your winter holiday celebrations!
Are you planning a raw vegan or vegetarian feast for the holidays? Be sure to join the Raw Mom Club to swap tried and true recipes with other raw moms!After spending decades as a successful engineering executive at IBM and spending another 9 years as the CEO of Ampro Computer Company in Silicon Valley, Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams pursued her PhD in holistic nutrition. Nutrition and health has always been her life-long passion and in 1999 it became her full time mission to help people achieve remarkable health by eating a delicious and nutritious plant-centric diet. From Sebastopol, California, she writes the food blog, www.FoodsForLongLife.com where she shares raw and cooked vegan recipes along with articles on nutrition. She is currently working on her first book which will be published next year.
To learn more about Joanna, access our free online community of thousands of raw food enthusiasts doing their best to raise healthy families and help their kids enjoy a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also interact with Joanna at the Raw Mom Facebook Page!