Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Raw Vegan Easter Brunch Or Dinner Menu

Start the meal off with zucchini soup and crushed pistachios.

Select your favorite fruits, berries and nuts. Top with coconut.

Serve ingredients for veggie wraps with ginger-tahini sauce.

Save room for raw chocolate almond macaroons.

Enjoy a Light and Colorful Raw Menu for Easter Brunch
Although the weather across the country has been anything but spring-like lately, Easter traditions typically involve bright colored food and clothing, like dyed eggs and flowered hats! So it's quite appropriate to have a colorful raw brunch filled with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

Start with a Soup
For the first course, serve a light, creamy Raw Zucchini Soup with Crushed Pistachios. If you are serving family style, double the recipe and serve the soup in a 2 quart bowl with the crushed pistachios in a small bowl next to it. Put out tea cups which are just the right size for a small, first course serving. If you want to serve Raw Crackers with the soup, you will have to make them a day in advance since they take 16 hours to dehydrate.

Is There Anything Prettier than a Colorful Fruit Salad?
Pick your favorite fruits, berries and nuts and build a beautiful fruit salad. Plan for 1/2 to 1 cup of total fruit per person. For 8 servings of the salad pictured above, combine:
1 cup blackberries or blueberries
2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
2 cups sliced bananas
2 cups diced papaya
1 cup raw walnut pieces
1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut (or more, to taste)

Raw Veggie Wraps make a Beautiful Presentation
Fill cabbage, collard greens or butter lettuce with an assortment of veggies and fruits like daikon, avocado, mango, red bell pepper and sprouts as in my recipe for Raw Veggie Wraps with Ginger Tahini Dipping Sauce.

There's Always Room for Dessert
With a big meal like this, save a little room for these bite sized Raw Chocolate Almond Macaroons. Remember to make them the day before as they take 8 to 12 hours to dehydrate. Double the recipe because these will fly off the plate.

Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover or just the beginning of a new season, I hope you and your family enjoy this colorful and healthful raw menu. For other raw menu ideas, check out A Complete Raw Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday Menu or A Complete Raw Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years Menu.
Happy Spring!

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