Raw food Appetizer

This light appetizer can be easily upgraded to a heartier meal, if you use nut or seed pate as a filling instead of cabbage.

Lose that old lay-down vegetable tray! Why not arrange the vegetables vertically to make a holiday table centerpiece that doubles as a vegetable and dip dish?

This traditional Hungarian recipe is usually prepared in Eastern Europe using the stove, then canned and eaten during the winter months. Even if you don’t cook it, as in the recipe below, you can still enjoy the flavorful peppers in tomato sauce with a hint of herbs and garlic.

Chia seeds—yes, you remember the “Chia Pet” commercials, don’t you? Same plant. For a while, there, chia seeds were being touted as a “miracle food.” They’re not—nothing is. But chia seeds do bring some good news. Like Omega-3 fatty acids. And this underappreciated attribute…Chia seeds let you feel full faster, thanks to the amino acid tryptophan, which regulates appetite and improves mood.

Use the pate as a meal, or as a spread for crackers and zucchini/cucumber/tomato circles.

This lasagna-style dish makes a complete meal, and it is festive enough for special occasions with friends and family. The recipe makes enough Brazil nut pate for several servings.

Use any nuts, seeds and dry fruits you have on hand to make this holiday dish to share with friends and family. Your kids might give you a hand with decorating the edible Christmas tree.

Simple, yet festive enough for potlucks and parties, these rosettes use ingredients available year-round. I hope you have plenty of sun-dried tomatoes lovingly preserved just waiting for this yummy recipe.

These make fabulous finger foods for picnics, potlucks, receptions, and events of all kinds.