Day 77 – Raw Vegan Amateur Night

The concept was good, just not the results

Today began my first day of Raw Vegan with little fan-fair and even less enthusiasm. Being totally unprepared for this phase, I eased myself in slowly and then deliberately. I had my typical morning cup of coffee. I just couldn’t resist. I had a film shoot and interview at 10am and needed to be on my A game. I had some nuts and dried fruit for breakfast, as I didn’t have much left in the house to eat in a raw fashion. For lunch, our interview subject for the day, Rebecca Cofiño from mamaguru.com, made a wonderful banana and rice stir-fry. If that was not delicious enough, she also made a raw sweet potato salad that was as refreshing as it was delectable. 

 

That afternoon, my wife and I did some research on the web for raw recipes. We needed to keep it simple, so we headed to the store with a well thought out list. Unfortunately, when we got home, it just felt like our fridge was stocked full of various veggies and fruits that would serve better to make a salad rather than a main course. 

A simple salad that was sweet and flavorful

We tried to get creative. My wife made a salad from raw squash and zucchini. That wasn’t bad, but also had the “I’m just a salad” aura about it. She then went on to make a pureed broccoli soup– did I mention I can’t stand cold soups? That didn’t turn out so well, despite her good intentions. 

Next, I was up to bat. Putting on my creative thinking cap, I decided to make raw lettuce wrapped burritos. I pureed some seasoned pintos with a splash of lime juice, chopped up some green onion and topped it with salsa. I just couldn’t help but say to my wife during the middle of diner, “It’s edible, but would be so much better heated up and placed in a warm tortilla. 

Ultimately, since this is only day 1 and we are complete novices to Raw Foods, I can honestly say the only thing we have learned is that amateur-made raw foods are less than desireable. I can only hope it gets better, or it will be a long two weeks.

About Shane Close

Shane Close is an interactive designer and filmmaker. His passions include his family, surfing, design, film, video, costal environmental protection and travel. He is an executive board member of the Miami chapter of Surfrider Foundation and a former chairman. Shane also owns and manages an interactive design company with his wife, and is the co-founder of Big Happy Films, also with his wife Amber Close.
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