Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Very Vegan Seder


The spread

Ok, seder is a misnomer. I basically made a bunch of raw vegan food and invited people over to eat and chat. Two days into my raw diet and I am loving it. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. It's marvelous! Because this is something new for me (and it was about time to have a party), I decided to have a raw seder for Passover. In reality, that meant me spending too much time in the kitchen in hopes of providing a scrumptious meal for all those attending.

I pored over Ani Phyo's awesome raw "cook" books, planned out an ambitious menu, and got chopping and blending. What came out of the affair was a dinner menu that looked something like this:
Cabbage slaw with orange-cashew dressing
Cucumber salad with raw "Greek" dressing
Mushroom-walnut pate on romaine leaves
Zucchini spaghetti with pesto
Spinach salad with all the fix'ns

The pate was quite a hit. While it has an unappealing gray tinge to it, the dip was actually quite delicious! Nice raw appetizer...
Mushroom-Walnut Pate
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup quartered or halved crimini/baby bella mushrooms (depending on size)
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs lemon juice (optional)
Water as needed

1. Blend everything a food processor. That's it. You're done. Easy, no?

The main meal was followed by an array of desserts. Obviously this is the most important part of the meal! My roomie holds a plate with the spread below:
Fruit salad
Raw carrot cake with cashew frosting
Baby apple pies (recipe will be up tomorrow)
Leftover flourless chocolate cake I made for my boss' birthday (very unvegan, unraw)
I'm sleeping, kids, so I'm going to bed. But I will post a short update and recipe tomorrow.

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