A Raw Food Thanksgiving

I don’t know what I’m going to eat for Thanksgiving this year. Seriously.

I could prepare something from the two books below. The Raw Food Raw World book has excellent dishes, though most of them are quite complicated to make. (Note to self: I need a dehydrater)

But the challenge each year is always to get through Thanksgiving without getting scrutinized and commented on for being different.

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Some Favorite Raw Vegan Books

Some Favorite Vegan Books

The family and relatives will re-unite at my house and it’ll be really nice. But, being mostly a raw vegan again, I don’t know what to “un-cook” or simply what I’m going to eat other than my tasty raw vegan sandwiches on sprouted 100% whole grain bread (with flaxseed).

I’m going to be the only raw vegan amongst 20 or so meateaters who love cooked foods, and I’m definitely going to get upset if people tell me to just slack off this one day and eat some turkey. Some insensitive someone is going to say that. It never fails. Not that they mean anything bad by it, but they’ll be insensitive because they should know better about me.

So, what does a raw vegan health food junkie eat on Thanksgiving Day that isn’t turkey, ham, apple pie, cranberry sauce… lumpias, empanadas, pancit and lechon (for a Filipino Thanksgiving)…

Well, there’s LOTS of raw salad with cold pressed olive oil and red wine vinegar, I guess. And I can make a super-duper mostly raw vegan sandwich. I most likely won’t be drinking any alcohol, but I can drink LOTS of carrot juice, chocolate soy milk, make myself a special smoothie. And eat some 72% cacao dark chocolates.

I’m not 100% raw right now, but around 75% raw foods.

So once again…

My dilemma during the Holiday Season… what to eat.

Scouring through the web I’m finding some interesting links for possible ideas:

1. Rawr Thanksgiving

Uncooked Thanksgiving Stuffing

2 cups golden raisins
1 cup apple juice
3 cups chopped apple
1 & 1/2 cups finely-chopped nuts
1 & 1/2 cups finely-chopped sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of sage
Pinch of thyme

Soak raisins in apple juice for 1 hour.
Mix with remaining ingredients.
Chill for several hours.


Date-Nut Balls

1 cup date paste*
1 cup nut butter (almond, cashew)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup finely chopped seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Additional coconut (for rolling)

Mix all except “additional coconut” in processor or
Form into balls.
Roll in coconut.

Keep refrigerated.

*Soak seedless dates in hot water for 1 hour.
Grind in processor to a paste.
Store in jar in fridge.

2. 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Raw, and your Family Happy

When we first went raw, we didn’t know how important it would be to create raw versions of holiday recipes. We thought we would bring a green smoothie, some nuts, and maybe a raw pie. We believed that just because we were spending time with our family, it was enough to please them.

We were wrong.

It didn’t work out that way. Our families were confused and hurt. They thought we were betraying their traditions. After trial and error, we came up with solutions that made Thanksgiving not only a comfortable and happy day for our families, but one that helps us feel, for just one day, that we aren’t the black sheep of the family.

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Well, the problem is… some relatives and family might be hurt if you don’t eat their cooked, un-vegan dishes. One could create some confusion and disharmony because you’re not participating with everyone’s activities and that is… eat turkey, meat, traditional dishes.

Okay, wish me luck. But, I’m going to come in with the attitude that what I eat isn’t so much an issue. It’s the re-uniting with friends and family that are important.

Hope everyone out there has a Happy Thanksgiving!



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

2 thoughts on “A Raw Food Thanksgiving

  • Thursday November 19, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the recipes This is my first raw Thanksgiving.

  • Friday November 20, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Thanks for the recipes This is my first raw Thanksgiving.

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