Raw Vegan Easter Feast

In keeping with our raw vegan holiday celebrations, my local holiday crew and I decided to enjoy another delicious feast. In keeping with my Lazy Raw Foodist moniker, I found myself weighing the lazier of two options: walk 1.5 miles each way to the co-op to procure lazy feast ingredients, or use whatever I had on hand to make potentially more complicated offerings. After dancing for half an hour on the rebounder, I decided I’d opt for a little more prep, minus the 3 miles of travel, half of it lugging home ingredients.

That left me with some interesting choices. As with painting doors, I find food prep limitations enhance my creativity. I had some raw staples, half a container of arugula, half a bunch of kale, apples, and some fermenting tahini kefir. What to do, what to do? Thinking of my Christmas Eve sausages from Raw Fusion Living, I synchronously popped over to the Raw Fusion Living blog, where I found a recipe for a curried kale, apple and cucumber salad with dried cranberries. I had no cuke, but I did have a container of fresh cranberries that I froze around Thanksgiving. I quickly popped those out of their container, rinsed under warm water and stuck them in the dehydrator.

No, they didn’t look like craisins by the time I left for our meal, but the flavor intensified and they did dry out a bit.

Next, I decided that with minimal ingredients on hand, I could make an easier to digest meal — fermented tahini milk in a dessert drink could help digest a tahini based curry dressing. Apple cider vinegar instead of my non-existent lime juice could help digest the salad’s apples. My half batch of arugula would need to supplement my half bunch of kale, since I didn’t have enough of either for the full recipe. I dropped tahini, curry powder, water, soaked dates and some soak water, a splash of tamari, olive oil, ACV, and some leftover white onion into the Vitamix. Holy freakin’ yum! I had to stop myself from “testing” the recipe, or I would have just eaten it straight out of the jar.

Curry Tahini Dressing

I set the dressing aside in the fridge and chopped some needed-to-be-used-today celery to add to the greens. Then I went on a shorter walk, took a shower and decided the kefir had had almost adequate fermentation time (22 of the usual 24 hours).

Tahini Kefir Fermenting

I strained off the “grains” and dropped them in some coconut water to keep them going. Then I added the tahini kefir to the Vitamix with raw cacao powder, maca, 3 soaked dates + soak water, and a splash of vanilla stevia. The result? Ho-hum. I’ve often made a Mexican Chocolate drink with cayenne and cinnamon, which seriously rocks, but after adding the cayenne, I remembered we were out of cinnamon. Hmmmmm, what kind of chocolate flavor goes with curried cranberry apple greens? I dug around in the cupboard until my fingers landed upon some Sweet Orange essential oil. Three drops transformed the entire quart into something complex and exquisite, if I do say so myself. Total yum!

Chocolate Maca Tahini Kefir with Essence of Orange

By then, my cranberries were as dehydrated as they were gonna get on such short notice, so I popped them and some chopped Lady Alice apples into the kale-arugula-celery mix, coating it all with the tahini curry dressing.

Curried Kale Arugula Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Another yum! This one’s so pretty and tasty, it could easily grace a winter holiday table, even for omnivores. I especially like the bright reds and greens.

As usual, without any planning on our part, the combined feast entrees complemented each other well. We had cauliflower-cashew “mashed potatoes,” a chipotle spread, seaweed-sunflower dip, a green soup appetizer, homegrown herbs and freshly harvested collard greens. Madison has been so warm already that my friends with the sunny backyards already have collards growing! Their three-year-old daughter loves gardening, and she picked the collards, mint, parsley, garlic greens and tulips right before I arrived.

Raw Vegan Easter Feast

Of course, no holiday meal would be complete without dessert. How about homemade chocolates? Sure, those sound great, but sandwiching them between fresh mint leaves took them way over the top.

Homemade Raw Chocolates

My chocolate tahini drink provided just the right backdrop to these little goodies. Once we’d finished our feast, as if on cue, one of their housemates arrived, just “needing” to pour off some homemade kombucha so he could start another batch. We happily provided glasses and sipped on booch for the rest of our visit. All in all, a delightful day!

Sure, my recipes required fermentation and a dehydrator, but they still count as Lazy Raw Foodist fare, since they required very little activity on my part. The dehydrator and kefir grains do their own thing for hours while I do mine. I feel so blessed to have such a lovely raw food community in Madison and so many dear friends. Fabulous food makes my heart sing, but it’s doubly nice when coupled with playful, vibrant children, high vibe conversations and synchronous gifts. Wishing everyone a beautiful day and beyond! Much Love, Laura

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 1:58 am

    In case anyone’s wondering why I didn’t just drive to the store:

    a) I don’t drive.

    b) I don’t have a car.

    c) David’s in London.

    Sooooo, ya work with whatcha got. :)

  2. Posted by sandy jo on April 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Happy Easter Laura! You know, I’m about a 5 minute drive from you. Give me a call if you need a ride to the coop. If I’m home, I’ll be happy to give you a ride and there is usually always something I need there anyway. Starting the 10 day cleanse tomorrow.
    ::: (\_(\
    *: (=’ :’) :*
    •.. (,(”)(”)¤°.¸¸.•´¯`» Sandy Jo

  3. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Love the bunny! Thanks, Sandy Jo! I always forget how close you live, associating you as working on the other side of town. Maybe we should have had a potluck after all. At first I thought I was the only raw foodie in town this weekend with David gone, but Sarah, Kiril and family and I have laughingly spent three holidays together now. I called them on a whim and they were back. Love to you and see you soon! Xox

  4. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

    And good luck with the cleanse! Happy Easter. :)

  5. Posted by Qwendelynn on April 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

    OMG–sounds soooo delishiousyummoness!!!!

  6. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Yep! ;)

  7. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Here’s the Sunflower Seed Pate with Veggies recipe my friend used: http://rawmama.org/2012/04/09/sunflower-seed-pate-with-veggies/

  8. sounds and looks great! xoox (i giggled at larua, before you changed it ;)

  9. Posted by laurabruno on April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    LOL! I know. There is always one typo that, no matter how many times I proof before hitting Publish, always gets through. Usually, it’s so obvious that I just have to figure the Universe is guffawing at me. :)

  10. :) larua rocks LOL!

  11. Hey Laura – always happy to provide you with Raw Fusion inspiration. Spring hugs to you, my friend! LJ @ http://www.rawfusionliving.com

  12. You should see the healthy things the Easter Bunny brought for my daughter…carrots and strawberries!

  13. Posted by laurabruno on April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hugs to you, too, LJ! And Raw Mama, good thing you saw the Easter Bunny’s tale so we could verify it was, in fact, a bunny who left those carrots and strawberries. ;)

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