Raw food can be thrilling when thoroughly explored. However, it can also be scary for those who are just learning it for the first time. Many recipes include the use of several kitchen utensils that are not a staple in every household including a dehydrator, food processor, and Vitamix blender. These factors may deter many new raw food lovers who are simply looking for raw food recipes for beginners that are quick and easy to manage.
While this recipe may seem daunting at first glance, there are four easy tips that can help beginners navigate complex recipes and create simple raw food recipes for beginners.
Tip #1: Recipes that call for a dehydrator.
Many recipes require the use of a dehydrator to achieve different textures and allow for the illusion of “warmth” without actually heating the food above a temperature that alters the enzyme properties of the food. While a dehydrator can be an investment you may want to make in the future, many raw food recipes for beginners can be made by substituting a dehydrator for a conventional oven.
While it will be more difficult to monitor the “proper” temperature of a conventional oven, one can achieve a very similar result by setting the oven to its lowest setting and cracking by leaving the oven door open about an inch or two. One can use an oven thermometer if “precise” temperature measurements are important. Follow the original recipe with respect to the time it takes for proper “dehydration”.
Tip #2: The Magic Bullet Solution.
Whether you’re preparing advanced gourmet recipes or simple raw recipes for beginners, you’re sure to come across recipes that call for the finely chopping and grinding of nuts and seeds.
Many recipes may require a coffee grinder to complete this task, and while this is certainly a viable option, there are many people who don’t have a personal coffee grinder. (And those who do may not particularly like using it to grind beans.) The Magic Bullet achieves the same results as a coffee grinder and can do double duty for blending and mixing other recipes.
Tip #3: Pre-planning and Freezing.
A common difficulty encountered with many recipes is what to do with leftovers. Because raw foods do not contain preservatives that would extend their shelf life, raw foods often have to be eaten immediately or immediately after preparation. So what to do with the leftovers of these raw food recipes for beginners? Pre-planning for a meal is one simple answer.
Do your best to know how many recipes you’re making and don’t be afraid to cut the recipe in half (or quarter!) if you’re afraid you won’t finish it all. But because life is often unpredictable, freezing can be another viable option for extending the life of your food. For example, many soups and raw breads can be frozen after preparation, as can any fruit or product that can spoil.
Tip #4: One Meal a Day.
The first transition to a raw food diet can be very scary. One easy way to reduce “instant” transition stress is to take small steps and start with one meal a day. Commit to making one raw meal a day, which gives you versatility in what you make and takes the stress out of feeling like you have to replace cold turkey.