Eaten at any raw food restaurants lately? I bet you didn't realize that most high quality restaurants serve some sort of raw food appetizer or have raw food meals.
Most people associate raw food restaurants with raw vegan food, but it's
time to change that perception. I think that a plate of food that
features primarily raw or "rawish" foods whether they be plant, animal,
or seafood is what should qualify for a raw food meal.
For example, when you go to a Japanese restaurant - you will find an
array of raw food meals in the form of sushi or sashimi. And if you
need to remain gluten free, just don't eat their soy sauce. Bring your
own bottle of Tamari.
You will always find a raw food appetizer at almost every decent restaurant that
exists in America like raw oysters on a half shell or poke if you live in Hawaii.
And almost every type of restaurant will have some sort of tasty raw salad to offer to their patrons. Mexican restaurants typically offer a shrimp ceviche and a taco salad that contains a decent amount of raw foods.
I think we need to broaden our horizons when we think of what should qualify as raw
Raw Food Appetizers
If you are making your own raw food appetizer, you can choose to have the best raw cheese and cured meats on your antipasto platter.
Some other great raw food appetizers are "Real" Caesar Salads, Carpaccio, and Fish Ceviche.
Italian antipasto platters are usually made up of a good amount of raw foods such
as cured meats, raw cheese, marinated vegetables, and olives.
How raw these platters will be will depend on the restaurant and awareness of traditional foods by the owners.
Raw Food Soup
Gazpacho which originates from Spain is probably the most popular or well known raw food soup. It's a chilled soup made primarily of raw fruits and vegetables. And it's usually a tomato based soup that's red in color.
Just be aware that sometimes this raw food soup will contain bread that contains gluten. Make sure it's gluten free.
You could also have an avocado gazpacho soup or a chilled cucumber soup that uses raw cucumbers, herbs, and cultured dairy as its main ingredients.
Raw Meat or Fish Meals
A popular raw food meal from France is steak tartare which is finely chopped raw meat that often includes a raw egg along with traditional tartare ingredients. This is a raw food meal that I make at home occasionally. It's served in high end restaurants and in some French restaurants.
However, if you order a really rare steak - that could be your raw food meal which can be found at almost any fine food restaurant.
Seared fish is another really great choice. I have a fond memory of eating seared Ahi topped with Olive Tapenade and surrounded by a Passion Fruit Cream Sauce - yum.
Raw Food Desserts
I found a raw food dessert similar to this one at a Thai restaurant in Hawaii.
likely find this raw food dessert at a raw vegan restaurant.
Key Lime Pie Crust:
1/2 cup Soaked or Sprouted Raw Pecans
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
4 Medjool Dates (pits removed) or 4 Soaked Dried Figs
1/4 tsp. Organic Vanilla Bean Powder
Pulse ingredients in a food processor until it forms a sticky texture.
Lightly pack crust in a serving dish (set some crust aside).
If you want to make this raw food dessert, be sure to soak your pecans in acidic water and dehydrate them before using to make this crust.
You need to soak or sprout nuts in order to get rid of anti-nutrients that will hurt your digestion.
Raw food desserts available at European restaurants could be a raw soft cheese drizzled with raw honey and chopped roasted nuts.
Key Lime Pie Filling:
2 Ripe Organic Avocados
1/2 cup Key Lime Juice
1/4 cup Organic Raw Honey
2 Tbsp. of Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 tsp. Organic Vanilla Extract
Blend ingredients in a food processor until a smooth consistency.
Pour filling over crust in serving dish.
Optional: Add raw coconut cream or grass fed dairy cream on top of filling.
Sprinkle with extra crust and add a pretty garnish.
Raw Food Restaurants
Now that you see how many raw food meals are available at these "makeshift" raw food restaurants, you can satisfy your taste buds as well as your nutritional needs.
Most restaurants will always offer some sort of raw food salad and depending on the type of restaurant you are visiting - will probably feature at least one or two raw food meals or appetizers.