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Don’t Be Afraid!
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Many people come to me and say that they would love to make raw food at home but don’t know where to start. Others say it takes too much time. Well there is an answer to both your dilemmas. As for the first it will always look foreign if you think of it as being different from what you normally eat. Meaning mixing tomato sauce with certain things, Cheese goes with certain things, Like your favorite soup as a kid… The difference is your preparation methods and sometimes the ingredients. The trick here is to learn certain techniques to achieve certain results. For instance how would you create a cream? How do you create a cheese or how would you create Cream Cheese. How to make a soup, a pate, a meatloaf, a pie crust… Once you have the 8 to 10 methods you can make what you want. If you now how to make a pate then you can make a Thai Pate with the Walnuts you have left from a dessert you did last week. Simply apply the method to what you want to use. Walnuts, garlic, ginger, Keifer Lime Leaf, Lemongrass, Lime Juice, Soy Sauce and Thai Chili.

The other reason raw foods are so foreign to you is because you’re not doing it. Don’t be intimidated, there are recipes online, blogs, books, YouTube Videos everywhere. Just go look and see what’s up. I myself post helpful tips and information with videos and text on my blog, in my newsletters and here in the Tip Of The Week.
Ok the second roadblock is that "it takes too much time". OK OK so you used to eat out a lot or serve a bunch of stuff from pre maid products. Well guess what; you’re here because you wanted to start spending some time and focus on your health and diet so this is it. The good news is, that it doesn’t take nearly as much time as you might think. Preparing at home especially fresh food may be kinda new, intimidating or maybe not. Either way I can tell you this: compared to a cooked meal, you use ½ the amount of kitchen tools, you make much less of a mess to clean up, it takes less time to clean up because there are no pots and pans to scrub and no greasy dishes or utensils. Everything you use to make the food and eat the food literally rinse clean without detergent.

I’m not saying to not use detergent but just think how much faster it is to rinse out a blender compared to scrubbing the soup pot.
The trick here is to get things you like and stock up. When are trying to make something and you don’t have what you need it triggers that feeling of being impossible. If you like Italian Food get Italian Things; Tomato Basil Oregano, Garlic Thyme, Zucchini, Yellow squash for pasta, Onion, Red Bell Peppers, Pine nuts, Sun Dried Tomato, Portobello Mushrooms… If you don’t know what’s in Italian food get an Italian Cook Book and see what’s typical for Italian food. Now apply your prep method and make and Italian dinner.
Pasta Puttanesca or Bouillabaisse with a side of Wiped Raspberry Cauliflower, and an Arugula Salad.
The main thing is to just get started. I of course would tell you to first click around this site. There is plenty to clue you in and plenty to inspire. Start with the Tip Of The Week Archive. Good Luck and have fun.

Till next week
Raw Chef Dan



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