Vegan & Raw Food Recipes with Pine Nuts

Cool Vegetable and Kvass Soup

This unique take on the traditional Russian fermented drink – Kvass – will not only introduce you to a new flavor, but will also give you the benefits of fermented veggies: consuming them helps prevent the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in your colon while replenishing the friendly kind.

Creamy Leek Soup

In many parts of the country this soup, served slightly warm, will be very appropriate at this time of the year.  Leftover soup can also double as a dip or salad dressing.

Tomato and Watermelon Thyme Salad

Tomatoes and watermelon – the flavorful gifts of the end of summer – find union in this surprisingly satisfying and refreshing salad.

Day Lily Buds with Wood Sorrel Pesto

Don’t we all love it when our food comes from our own backyard? On the menu today are highly nutritious wild edible plants: day lilies and wood sorrel.

Patriotic Bird Bites and Poppers

Here are some ideas for any 4th of July party you may be hosting or attending. These finger foods are sure to delight any crowd.

Portobello Open Sandwiches

Portobello mushrooms never fail to give us the “grounded” feeling we sometimes seek, and their earthy flavor reminds us that spring is on its way.

Banana Fig Tart

Take advantage of the prime fig season to make a delicious banana fig tart, which tastes even better when shared with family and friends.

Russian-Style Layered Mushroom Salad

Tired of traditional salads? This recipe puts a whole new spin on the salad theme. The idea for this festive layered salad comes from Russian cuisine.

Traditional Russian salad recipes often include herring, boiled potatoes and mayonnaise. But this healthy variation is chock full of raw goodness. Instead of cooking vegetables, use them in their raw state. Let mushrooms be the substitute for herring and have the avocados stand in for potatoes—more tastily, too! No mayo, either—instead, a nut-based dressing.

A decided improvement in taste and nutrition. A real novelty, too. Your party guests will never have seen or tasted this one! Guaranteed to impress.

Nick’s Salad

My husband, Nick, has been making this salad for us on a daily basis for many years, and I still love it! I came up with the dressing just last month, and I think it really makes a great combination. The trick to this salad is to mince all the ingredients as finely as possible. This mixes the flavors in the best way.

Luxurious Lasagna

I am usually one for whipping up quick simple dishes, but whenever my son, Nick, visits I always ask him to make this amazing dish from my book Beautiful on Raw-UnCooked Creations. This dish has such a rich flavor, you will definitely remember it for a long time to come. Not to be indulged in too often!

 

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