Raw Food Recipes
The new Raw Food Recipes section we have added to our website is turning out to be a success. Thanks to the masterful skills of our Beautiful on Raw team member, raw chef Natalya Richter, we have a constantly expanding selection of delightful raw food dishes for all levels of transition. All recipes are shown with photos, many of them displaying Natalya’s beautiful vegetable sculpting.
You may look up recipes by ingredient (apples, peppers, flax, etc.) or by recipe type (smoothie, soup, dessert, etc.) For convenience sake, they also come in a printer-friendly version.
If you would like to submit a recipe of your own, please do! We will give you full credit (including a link to your blog or website if requested) and please don’t forget to rate each recipe after you try it! Each recipe has a star rating system for your convenience. We want to know what you think of these additions to your raw food diet.
Many people ask me if I eat the presented dishes, and some of them I do. Since I have been 100% raw for more than 20 years, I usually stick with the basics of juices and smoothies, with the occasional gourmet dish for special occasions. But I did use similar recipes to help me during my transitional phase, which for some people may last a number of years.
I don’t think I would’ve made it without such recipes to fill in the strong initial void that cooked food creates in its wake. Our recipes cover a wide variety of personal preferences and levels of transition, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Check it out.
The recipes that I used during my transition to the raw food lifestyle are presented in the book Beautiful on Raw.
I think this excerpt from the book explains well my view about transitional recipes and also helps answer the reader’s question above:
"Initially, recipes are very important. Food preparation is such a part of the cooked lifestyle that the simple act of making something highly structured fulfills a basic subliminal need.
You are going to give up cooked food, which is very heavy. When you begin the transition, the absence of this consistent heaviness is easily mistaken for hunger. It makes you uncomfortable because it is an unfamiliar sensation. Initially you experience the need to feel full again, and that is why good recipes are crucial in determining whether you stick to the lifestyle or not.
As your body becomes smarter and more accustomed to the changes you are introducing, it will direct you toward consuming less food, and that food will be of the very best quality. No matter how incredible it might sound to a beginner, the day will come when you will no longer care for recipes. At first you cannot stand the lightness that consumption of the raw foods produces, but, after several years on this lifestyle it is fullness that becomes insufferable.”