Transitioning to Raw Food with Sweet and Sour Rice
Forbidden Rice with Pineapple and Sweet and Sour – recipe below
It happens all the time. People hear about my involvement with raw food and it starts. “You mean like sushi?”, or “I could never eat that way”. Some look at me like I just landed from another planet, and should probably get back on my spaceship and go home.
I just shake my head and think, an apple is ‘raw’ food, a salad is ‘raw’ food. And then I think, if they only knew.
What I wish they knew is how great you can feel, how much more nutritious your food can be and how much more efficient at fighting disease your body will become. I often repeat the fact that over 75% of our chronic illness is caused by our SAD (Standard American Diet) and people get it. They shake their nod in agreement, share their disapproval of processed foods and then do nothing to change because they think that somehow “raw food” is weird. Raw food is food. Uncooked, unprocessed, in it’s natural state. Simple.
Transitional recipes are one of the best ways I have found to introduce people to raw. They also tend to be my favorite recipes when the weather starts to turn or I just feel like I want something a little more substantial. When I do transitional recipes, I usually combine a healthy, nutritious cooked ingredient (ie forbidden rice) with fresh veggies and or fruits. It is a great way to liven up a dish.
I wanted to share one of my favorite summer transitional recipes from Rawmazing’s Transitional Raw Foods. It has been one of the most popular books sold on Rawmazing, for good reason. It is filled with super healthy, transitional recipes that your family and friends will love. For more information click here: Rawmazing’s Transitional Raw Foods.
- 2 cups cooked black rice
- 2 cups pineapple, cubed
- 1/2 red pepper, cubed
- 1 cup snow pea pods,
- sliced 1/2 cup scallions
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup agave 1 tablespoon Nama Shoyu
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
- 1 date, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Mix together rice, fruit and veggies.
- To make the sweet and sour sauce, place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth.
- Stir in 1/2 – 1 cup sweet and sour sauce, to taste.
*Everything raw except the rice.