Here’s a Thanksgiving menu you might not expect: A feast totally comprised of raw foods. According to raw-food devotees, ingredients that haven’t been heated above 115 degrees retain all of their natural enzymes and nutrients, offering a superhealthy take on a traditionally groan-inducing meal.
“Thanksgiving is a terrific raw holiday!” says raw-food expert Ani Phyo, author of several raw cookbooks. “For many years, we used to gather friends for Thanksgiving; we'd all meet in the morning, and everyone would bring over dishes to share, and a change of clothes. We'd stuff the dehydrators full of everything … then, we'd all go on a 10-12 mile hike. We'd return hungry, hours later to the delicious smell of dinner filling our home.”
Papaya Avocado Salad
Bright tropical flavors start your raw-food meal on a festive note. The dressing includes ground papaya seeds, which have a slightly peppery taste. View recipe.
These make a wonderful snack or appetizer. The sauce is a peanut-free version of Thai peanut sauce that uses raw cashew or almond butter. View recipe.
An added bonus of many raw-food recipes: No slaving over a stove. Recipes generally take mere minutes to prepare, including this satisfying soup. View recipe.
Made with sunflower seeds and seasoned with sage, this entree works well for a turkey substitute when topped with your favorite cranberry relish. View recipe.
No, it's not rice; this seasonal side dish uses fresh squash that's processed into rice-like pieces and then zipped up with walnuts and dried cranberries. View recipe.
You can eat these dehydrated burgers as is on raw sprouted buns or bread -- or crumble into stuffing-size pieces. Without dehydrating, the mixture makes a delicious pâté. View recipe.
Yummy, creamy, and full of good fats, this raw dessert won't make you feel stuffed or heavy after your meal. View recipe.
Fill the delicious, heart-healthy crusts with raw mango sorbet, as shown; or the cashew filling described in the Strawberry Kream Cheezecake, spiced with a bit of ground ginger and cinnamon; or with chopped fresh apples and bananas tossed with agave, as noted in this recipe.
Enjoy a supernutritious Thanksgiving feast with an all-raw menu from cookbook author Ani Phyo, from Zucchini Spring Rolls to Sweet Corn Chowder and Strawberry Kream Cheezecake.