Healthy, Simple Raw Food Recipes for Thanksgiving

Speaking of eating a raw food diet, Wouldn’t that put a bit of a damper on Thanksgiving? Oh no… not according to our expert contributor, Susan Schenk, author of The Live Food Factor who has provided us with the following simple raw food recipes that can replace any traditional turkey dinner with a delicious, raw version.

Overeating during the holidays is very common – at least in my family.  Making it through the months of November and December without adding inches to my waistline proves challenging every year.  Sticking with a high protein, raw food diet is a sure way to remain full and satisfied without packing on pounds this holiday season.  Check out these tasty (and healthy) raw recipe’s – be sure to try the raw dessert recipes that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Raw Recipes for Thanksgiving:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

1 T cashews
1 tsp. pumpkin spice
1 frozen banana

Blend all in a heavy duty blender. Serves 1 or 2.

Cauliflower Pâté (“Mashed Potatoes”) –from The Live Food Factor

3 cups cauliflower, cut up in small pieces
1 cup macadamia or pine nuts, or cashews, soaked 4-8 hours, rinsed and drained
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup water
¾ T powdered sea vegetables or Himalayan salt
½ T garlic

Put into food processor, using the “S” blade, adding cauliflower a little at a time. Blend until the mixture looks light and fluffy like mashed potatoes. The mixture will not only look like mashed potatoes, but the taste will also be reminiscent of mashed potatoes! Serves 8.

Gravy –inspired by a recipe from Raw, The Uncook Book by Juliano

1 cup miso
1 cup chopped onion
2 T minced garlic
1 cup fresh squeezed orange or carrot juice
1 cup raw nut butter (ex: almond)
4 T Nama Shoyu
1 T raw apple cider vinegar

Alternative Gravy:

2 cups fresh carrot juice,
10 T raw almond butter,
1 avocado,
4 T Nama Shoyu,
2-3 garlic cloves,
2 T agave.

Blend till creamy, add a bit of pure water if needed.

Cranberry Relish –from The Live Food Factor, recipe by Victoria BidWell

1½ lbs fresh cranberries
1½ cups raisins
3 oranges, cut in sections
3 diced pears

Run all the above foods through the food grinder or through the food processor set for purée. Mix the foods thoroughly, cover with a tight seal, and let chill. This recipe is best when chilled overnight to let the flavors mingle one with the other. It’s delicious!

Holiday Salad –From The Live Food Factor

5-6 cups spinach (about ½ lb)
1 cup candied pecan (see recipe below)
½ cup raw olives
½ red onion, sliced into halved ringlets
Toss pecans, olives and onion ringlets into spinach.

Top with oil and vinegar or dressing of your choice. Serves 5-6.

Candied Pecans—From The Live Food Factor

1-3 cups pecans
Unheated honey or raw agave or raw yacon root syrup

Soak the pecans overnight, rinse and drain. Roll them in a mixture of honey (or other) and cinnamon. Dehydrate them for four hours or so until they are dry. Toss them in a salad.

Raw Pumpkin Pie Crust:

2 cups soaked nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews),
1 cup agave,
1 tsp. cinnamon,
½ tsp. Himalayan salt,
1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Blend in a food processor till a ball forms. Freeze for one hour before serving so it hardens (or dehydrate till hard).

8 cups pumpkin (carefully cut into chunks, removing the peel very carefully with a sharp knife)
Note: If the pumpkin is too hard to cut, steam it until it is softer and easier to cut (about 10 minutes)
1.5 to 2 T pumpkin pie spice blend
1.5 to 2 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 tsp. Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
1.5 T vanilla extract
3 T olive oil or coconut oil
6 T agave or yacon root syrup
1-2 packets stevia (if you want it sweeter)
5 T psyllium husk—to be folded in at the end

Blend everything but psyllium husk in a food processor using the “S” blade. Then fold in psyllium for a more gelatinous texture. Let it set a few hours in the refrigerator. The filling makes 8 servings at 78 calories each. To make it sweeter, top with 1 tsp. sundried raisins for an additional 20 calories per serving.

Pumpkin is a super food.

Susan Schenck, LAc,


  1. Eating raw is today’s trend of healthy diet.

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