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.
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.