Romantic Dinner for Two – Raw Food Makes It Easy and Delicious
Posted on June 01 2010 | (0) Comments
Category:Raw Entertaining and Holidays
In my book, raw and romantic go together like two peas in a pod. I mean raw foods, of course. (What were you thinking?!) And I’m talking about my book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People.
There are so many reasons that raw food recipes are a hit for date-night. Some of them have to do with taste. Others are about health. And some of the best reasons to have a raw food dinner date have to do with being ‘ready for romance’...in more ways than one!
In this article, I’m going to share my ideas for a romantic, satisfying, four-course raw food feast that will make your companion fall in love with you...or at least your cooking!
Pass the Hors d’Oeuvres...and Make Mine Raw
Anticipation is part of romance, so I like to hold off on serving dinner and start a romantic evening off with wine and an hors d’oeuvre or two. My raw food recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms replaces traditional bread stuffing with an exquisite Sunflower Herb Pate (or Sunflower Sun-dried Tomato Pate).
There’s lots and lots of flavor, but none of the butter and breadcrumbs that you find in typical stuffed mushrooms. And, unlike baked stuffed mushrooms, this raw appetizer can be made ahead and be ready and waiting when your guest arrives.
Beets are one of my favorite ingredients. Ancient peoples believed that the color of beets was indicative of their power. I think the color is simply gorgeous which is why I feature them in my Shaved Beet Salad,
This particular salad is made with thinly sliced beets, mesclun or spicy arugula, and chopped walnuts. To make it really luxurious (if you aren’t vegans), you can add 2 tablespoons of your favorite blue cheese, such as Roquefort or Gorgonzola. I think it makes a great first course for a romantic raw food dinner. And healthy, too! It’s been demonstrated that beets' natural anti-cancer properties are diminished by heat which, I think, makes this raw food recipe all the better.
Here’s a tip for peeling beets: first slice off the top and the bottom. Then, remove the rough outer skin with a vegetable peeler. Oxo makes a peeler with a really nice ergonomic grip. And since beet juice can stain your skin, wear kitchen gloves when creating this salad.
If your hands do become stained, simply rub some lemon juice on them.
The Main Event
My Mediterranean Kale with Pine Nuts is a wonderful, hearty main course. When kale is cut into thin strips and marinated, it develops a soft juicy texture. Add pine nuts for crunch and protein, and you’ve got a romantic meal in minutes.
You can make this dish up to three days in advance and refrigerate it. Simply bring it to room temperature when you’re ready to serve it. Here’s all you need:
- 4 kale leaves, stems removed
- 1-1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1.8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tablespoon raw pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon sliced black olives
And here’s all you do:
- Stack two of the kale leaves with the stem end facing you.
- Fold in half lengthwise and roll tightly like a cigar.
- Slice crosswise into thin strips.
- Repeat with the remaining two leaves.
- Chop the kale strips crosswise a few times so they aren’t too long.
- Place in a mixing bowl along with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
- Toss with your hands, working the dressing into the greens.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and toss gently
- Allow to marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.
No meal is complete without dessert in my book, so Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People has quite a few raw food dessert recipes to choose among. To complement all the other flavors in this meal, I like to serve my Chocolate and Strawberry Tart. It’s a silky mousse with sweet, juicy summer fruit that is elegant and sexy all at the same time.
Ready for Romance
There are so many reasons to pick raw food recipes for your next romantic evening. Raw food is easy. Instead of fussing over the stove, I can fuss over my guest. Now that’s romantic! Also, a romantic meal of raw food recipes helps promote the healthy body processes that make romance enjoyable. You’re nourished in body and spirit. You don’t crash from sugar or feel bloated from carbs. You’re alert, awake, and literally ready for romance.
So I invite you to go ‘raw’ for your next romantic evening with a menu of raw food recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy and easy.