What’s for dinner Mum? Sometimes you dread hearing that question. You want to serve a meal to your family that is nutritious as well as delicious but what does a raw food dinner look like?
After a long day, making dinner can sometimes be the last thing that you want to do when you get home so here are a few of the things that I eat for dinner to give you some ideas.
Whilst it’s easy to eat raw food meals in the warmer months of the year, come the winter months, you may find that you want to eat some of your plant food lightly cooked. I’m the same: cooked food is warming and comforting on cold days. Some foods too are considered to be more nutritious when lightly cooked.
When you eat a plant based diet, never feel guilty about eating some of your food cooked. If you aim for 50% of your diet to be raw plant foods, you will still benefit nutritionally. Remove processed foods and sugar from your diet and you’re on a winner diet wise!
What do I eat for dinner?
Dinner is the meal that differs most for me each day. It is also the meal that I am most likely to include cooked foods in.
My dinner can be a smoothie or a salad, or an omelette or a soup, or a combination bowl of raw and cooked vegetables: it is as much determined by how I feel when I get home as well as what is in my fridge and pantry.
My dinner last night was a large bowl of:
- steamed quinoa
- baby kale leaves
- steamed beetroot
- sweet potato oven roasted in coconut oil
- marinated goat’s cheese
- cherry tomatoes
- served with a vinaigrette dressing made with the juice of an orange rather than lemon.
Tonight, I’m roasting carrots and beetroot, Spanish onion and garlic in coconut oil and cumin. I will serve this on a bed of quinoa (left over from a batch made earlier in the week). Top with a handful of fresh mint, a handful of organic sultanas, a good drizzle of my own tahina & yoghurt dressing and black sesame seeds.
Voila – dinner is made and ready to serve and eat in about 40 minutes including the cooking time. If you make a large enough batch, you will have leftovers for lunch so that’s one less meal to prepare in your busy day.
If you wanted to make this dinner have a higher raw content, grate the carrot and pumpkin, slice the Spanish onion finely, serve on a bed of quinoa then top as above with sultanas, mint, dressing and black sesame seeds.
For a fully raw dinner, replace the quinoa with a bed of rocket lettuce add a handful of cashews to the salad in addition to the sultanas, mint, dressing and black sesame seeds.
One simple meal with 3 ways to serve it!
Another favourite dinner is a spinach and goat’s cheese omelette.
I add chia seeds to the beaten eggs and filtered water (2 tablespoons water per egg) and leave for 10 minutes so that it thickens.
Heat a little I avocado or macadamia oil in a frypan then pour the chia and egg mixture into the pan. Once the omelette starts to cook I put a large handful of baby spinach leaves plus small chunks of goat cheese on top. Fold the omelette over for a few minutes so that the cheese starts to melt.
Served with a small green salad with tomatoes and avocado, with a good drizzle of my premade dressing, it’s a quick meal to make and very tasty.
A large bowl of cooked and raw veggies is another favourite and the preparation will usually give me enough veggies for a couple of lunches and dinners.
I will cook a cup of quinoa in the rice cooker and whilst this is steaming away I will roast some vegetables (sweet potato is my favourite) and chop up my other ingredients.
My last veggie bowl included:
- steamed broccoli
- cherry tomatoes
- roasted sweet potato
- snow pea sprouts
The combos differ every time and again are based on what is in my fridge at that time as well as the season. You can choose to eat the vegetables raw or cooked or have a combination of both.
On the days that:
- I’m home late
- not interested in preparing a meal
- got things to do
- I’m the only one having dinner
- all of the above,
a smoothie is a quick way make a nutritious meal for myself. You’ll find my basic recipe in my What Does a Raw Foodie Eat For Breakfast post.
Eating raw food is something thing that I really enjoy. I love experimenting with different vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices to come up with new flavour combinations that are delicious as well as nutritious. I hope you will too!
Until next time, wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, happiness AND raw food dinners!
PS: Look out for my next post to find out what a raw foodie eats for snacks and treats.