Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Raw Food Makeup Day!

I usually always do my one-day raw food cleanse on the first Tuesday of each month, but this month, it got pushed back due to my hectic schedule. Yesterday was the makeup day, and believe it or not, I was actually kind of craving raw foods. I guess my body is used to its monthly detox.

Breakfast was Coconut Pancakes with Blackberry-licious Syrup from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen:

These are pretty much just flattened mounds of flax meal held together with some agave and coconut oil. They didn't really taste like coconut since my Spectrum brand oil doesn't have a coconut flavor, and though I love the taste of flax, these were a little too flax-y. I cut the recipe into fourths and still managed to use 3/4 cup of flax to make these two little cakes. The syrup, however, was awesome — made with frozen blackberries leftover from last summer.

Lunch was Big Ole' Salad with Dill-icious Dressing from One Week Raw:

The lettuce came from the farmer's market, and the dressing was loaded with fresh dill and creamy avocado. The dressing recipe came from a free raw cookzine that you can download here. I downloaded it from Pixiepine Palace awhile back, but this is the first thing I've made from it.

My snack was probably the highlight of this month's raw day — Crudites with Cheddar Cheeze Spread:

This spread also came from One Week Raw, and oh my god, it's delightful! The cheeze is made from cashews, nooch, tahini, rolled oats, and all kinds of other goodness. I could eat this straight from the jar with a spoon (and I actually did just that)!

Dinner was Pizza with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Black Olives, and Fresh Italian Herbs from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen:

For the "crust," I used some of Ani's sunflower bread that I had leftover from last month's raw burgers. It's topped with a sun-dried tomato marinara, Italian herb macadamia nut cheese, veggies, and fresh basil. I know regular black olives aren't raw, and I'm sure Ani intended on people using the special raw kind, but I don't even know where to get those ... so I used regular ones. This was a really tasty, satisfying mostly raw meal.

Finally dessert was Fresh Mango Cobbler from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen:

It has a pecan-based crust, topped with fresh mango and a creamy vanilla syrup that I couldn't stop licking off my spoon. Of course, the best part about raw desserts is that they're actually healthy!

28 comments:

jodye said...

Raw food is definitely making a greater appearance in my repertoire lately with the summer fast approaching. Your pizza and cobbler look like the perfect end to a delicious, raw day, and I don't eat pancakes much, but raw and with coconut?! I don't think I'll be able to resist!

nora said...

HAHA when i first read that, i was like, "raw food makeup? it's hard enough to find vegan makeup!" lol...

i've had my eye on that raw mango cobbler for a while, looks delishhhh

jessy said...

hooray for a raw foodz makeup day, Bianca - you're too good! that's wonderful that you were craving the raw yummies! yay! the coconut pancakes are so pretty! wow, that's a lot of flax seeds - and those babies aren't cheap! sorry the pancakes were flaxy, Bianca - looks like your blackberry syrup made up for all that flaxy taste. mmmmmmmmmmmm! i'll check out that free cookzine, fo 'sho - 'cause your salad looks amazing & the dressing sounds so creamy and deeelish! oooh, i've gotta try the cheeze spread, too! (so much raw awesomeness!) hooray for a rock'n raw pizza and an absolutely divine mango cobbler. oh. my. gosh. YUM!

shelby said...

Oh my gosh Bianca!!!

Everything looks wonderful! I'm loving the dressing, dinner, and wonderful dessert!

You need to come and make some raw food for me =)

Sal said...

i downloaded one week raw a while back and have never got around to making anything from it but that cheezy spread sounds so good I think i'm gonna go dig it out!!

Breedale said...

That all looks amazing! You even replicated the pictures in Ani's book perfectly. You are a genius! Great Job.

Macie said...

Thank you SO much for the link to One Week Raw! I'd never heard of it an seeing your post has inspired me to check it out. Woot, thanks Bianca, you ROCK!

Sophia said...

Your raw dishes are beginging to make me think I should try a raw day sometime soon. Especially that raw pizza is making me droll a little on my keyboard.
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Kiersten said...

The mango cobbler sounds delish. I never tried any raw desserts before, but they always look so good. The cheeze spread sure sounds good too, I bet it would be a really good sandwich spread.

How do you feel when you do your raw food cleanses? I am always intrigued when I hear about people doing this.

Mihl said...

Your raw foods posts are always so inspiring! I'd love a bowl of salad and some raw cobbler now.

Gena said...

I love that ezine!! Congrats on a beautiful day of raw food!! xoxo

shellyfish said...

I love that mango cobbler! I don't make it often, becaues mangos are super expensive here, but it is sooooo good. I've also made those flax pancakes and they are really, really intense. I usually eat them with tons of fresh fruit to get it down and actually enjoy it.
Thanks for the ezine link - I'm on my way over there!

pixiepine said...

That all looks really good! I need to find a friend here with a dehydrator so I can try raw crackers and breads and things. I though about buying one, but that's a big investment. The cheeze and crudites looks great too!

Gina said...

The cobbler looks awesome!! YUM.

Hello Veggie said...

your day of raw looks like it was fab! good for you!

jrsimon56 said...

What would we do without Ani?

A_and_N said...

Coconut pancakes? That's a first for me!! Loooks lovely!

aTxVegn said...

I have the Whole Foods 365 brand virgin coconut oil and it's wonderful.

I'm loving all the fresh dill lately. Thanks for links to the dressing and cheese sauce.

Sheridanna said...

Oh my! This all looks so delicious! I really must visit sometime when you are doing one of these raw food days. I've got to try this stuff!

Cyn said...

That cheez spread looks great! I love nut cheezes. And that salad, and the mango cobbler! Super yum. I need to try some more raw food techniques.

Mike K said...

As always, I love the raw posts! I need to make that cobbler next time I have mangos, and the cheddar cheez looks awesome.

Charlotte (Music and Veganism) said...

Everything looks amazing...

Do you have to prepare a day in advance for these, or do you just wing it the day of? Or, did you last time, since this time you used leftover 'bread' for your pizza?

abyssal said...

That all looks soooo good. I'm thinking of taking your idea to do a raw cleanse one day a month. I have a dehydrator sitting in the back of my car just begging to be used. ;)

jessie said...

i just bought ani's book - made the cobbler last night for myself (so good! so filling!) and was going to try the coconut cakes but i was also worried about it being too flax-y. after reading this, i'm going to add some shredded coconut and dates/apricots to mine to see if that cuts the intense flax taste.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I went raw for a detox last weekend and none of my food looked as good as yours!! Especially that pizza and cobbler.

Sarena Shasteen said...

I just got that book and I can't wait to start trying it out. The cobbler looks so good!

Mary said...

The sauces look fantastic! I was skeptical about raw food for a long time, but now that I'm pushing 30 and getting chubby, I'm coming around to the idea. All your raw foods look so fresh, healthy, and delicious!

cookingforaveganlover said...

SO INSIPIRING!