January 23, 2011

Fruit and Cream
2 servings ~ $1.19 per serving 
1 banana ($.20)
1 mango ($.98)
2 tablespoons walnuts ($.25)
2 tablespoons raisins ($.15)
2 cups almond milk ($.80)
Fruity Pebbles, Froot Loops, Trix … most commercial cereals try to imitate fruit. Why not just have fruit?
Any fresh or dried fruit combination would work. For this, I’ve used a sliced banana, diced mango, and some walnuts and raisins topped with almond milk.
calories: 345
fat: 12 gr
carbs: 62 gr
protein: 4 gr


Pea Soup
serves 2 ~ $.84 per serving
2 cups peas ($.75)
1 avocado ($.88)
1 1/2 cups water
1 small onion ($.05)
salt and pepper
I’ve used frozen peas for this. They’re likely not raw, as most commercial produce (except for berries and some fruit) is blanched before freezing. It still made a delicious soup and would be even better with fresh peas, although they may be more expensive than what I paid for frozen.
Set aside a half cup of the peas. In a blender, puree the rest of the peas and the avocado with enough water to blend and give the desired consistency. It takes a few minutes of blending to get this really smooth in a conventional blender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour in bowls and top with the reserved peas and minced onion.
calories: 258
fat: 16 gr
carbs: 31 gr
protein: 10 gr 
Pad Thai
serves 2 ~ $2.28 per serving

2 medium zucchini ($1.20)
1 carrot ($.15)
1 bunch green onions, sliced ($.59)
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced ($.50)
large handful mung bean sprouts ($.75)


4 tablespoons almond butter ($.80)
1/2 in piece ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon braggs aminos or soy sauce ($.10)
1 clove garlic ($.05)
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped cashews ($.20)

This dish made me fall in love with raw food all over again and is something I can see going over well with non raw friends and family.

Noodle the zucchini and carrot using a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer. Toss with the bell pepper, green onion, and bean sprouts.

In a bullet type blender, puree all the sauce ingredients until very creamy. Because of the high fat content of the nut butter, this can get quite hot while blending. Stop and let it cool for a minute if it becomes too hot for your personal definition of raw. Pour over noodles, toss lightly, serve.

calories: 345
fat: 23 gr
carbs: 30 gr
protein: 8 gr
Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream
serves 2 ~ $1.10 per serving
4 bananas, sliced and frozen ($.60)
juice and zest of one lemon ($.69)
1 tablespoon poppy seeds ($.30)
1 cup strawberries ($.45)
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts ($.15)
pinch salt
Banana ice cream is wonderful.  And it’s amazingly simple to make with just a food processor.
The strawberry sauce should be made first and set aside. In a bullet type blender, puree the strawberries and agave until very smooth.
In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the frozen bananas and lemon juice and zest until creamy like soft serve ice cream. It can take a bit of prodding and scraping to get the bananas going in the food processor, but it’s worth it. Once creamy, add the poppy seeds and give a whir or two to incorporate.
Serve with the strawberry sauce and walnuts.
calories: 345
fat: 6 gr
carbs: 77 gr
protein: 5 gr

Total cost for the day: $5.14
total calories: 1,293
total fat: 57 gr 
total carb: 200 gr 
total protein: 27 gr


16 Responses

  1. Antony says:

    I would definitely eat this entire menu – thanks Lisa.
    I made a kind of pad thai last night using kelp noodles. I'm definitely making your version next 🙂

  2. Thanks Antony … Your recent post about kelp noodles has me (again) wanting to try them!

  3. Loulou says:

    Every time you post….I am inspired to dabble at what you have shared with us! Merci for you utter inspiration!!!
    Loulou x

  4. I've always wanted to try Pad Thai. Yours looks so good! 🙂

  5. Kevin says:

    Wow, more wonders for our palates, thank you for your inspiration! I love your soups in particular, so simple and tasty.

  6. bitt says:

    such vibrant colors!

  7. chefJOSEPH says:

    To my taste, this is the best menu I've seen you share yet! Man! I'm inspired, and hungry!

  8. Tanya says:

    That Pad Thai looks absolutely amazing!Since I'm trying to add more raw meals to my diet, I should definitely try that one 🙂

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Everything looks wonderful as always. I will try your Pad Thai. I have all of the ingredients–yay!!
    Peace & Raw Health,

  10. kt says:

    I love the simplicity of your recipes. While complex raw recipes can be fun occasionally, for day to day eating nothing beats quick, easy, and delicious. Thank you.

  11. Just wanna say how delish this all looks. I'm basing my weekly menus from your dishes. Inspiring and budget-friendly!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a fabolous, amazing and delicious blog. I have just found your blog. Thank you for sharing. Annette

  13. What a great menu. I am definately going to give all of them a try. Thank you:)

  14. As I read through this, I kept thinking ooohhh that looks great! and then ooohhhh that looks great! and then… well it all looks great! You write such a beautiful blog and everything always looks delish! Thanks for all you do to share. 😉