Arya Bhavan, perhaps Chicago's most health-conscious Indian restaurant, turns off the stove every Monday and features a raw buffet.
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How do you make tiramisu at a a vegan raw food restaurant? You have to have quality ingredients and a few tricks up your sleeve. We went behind the Scenes with Pure Food & Wine, to see the magic happen.
I'll warn you now that these make me think of silly romantic things like warm summer sunsets over the Aegean. But hey, honey + Medjool dates will do that to you.
These "cookies" may be raw, but the sweetness of honey and dates makes them just as dessert-worthy as anything you can bake.
Raw sweets, like the more popular no-bake desserts, rely on a hint of magic to transform plain ingredients into something awesome. The trick here is that a mixture of dates, carrots, raisins, and walnuts tastes almost scarily like carrot cake muffins.
These "muffins" aren't baked, but somehow carrots, walnuts, dates, raisins, and spices come together to form a morning treat that tastes shockingly like the real thing.
You'd never know that there's a salad's worth of spinach in the recipe below, unless you feel like thinking about it to put a smile on your face. Even peppery greens like arugula and mizuna play nicely with fruits and herbs. If you like to experiment with flavor combinations in your mainstream cooking life, you'll enjoy the same creativity with green smoothies.
Raw food vegans have made a choice that I hope will bring them tranquility and I suspect will bring them, on average, a much longer and healthier life than the rest of us. But based on my first and likely last experience, I fear they have also chosen a life without good pizza.