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I'm having some people over next month and I wanted to make a raw dinner feast for them. I wouldn't consider myself raw (I make a HUGE green smoothie every day for breakfast and try to eat fresh fruit and a salad throughout the day), but have prepared some simple raw recipes from Ani Phyo's book and Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, for example.
I really want to wow them, but am dealing with 1) a "day-of" time constraint (I'll be home at 2 and they're likely coming over at 6), and 2) a wide range of picky eaters. For some reason I don't feel like making an Italian-style dinner (like pizza or pasta), but the foods I can't include involve: corn, cilantro, mushrooms, beans, and spicy foods. It looks like a small list, but the mushrooms, cilantro, and spicy foods are really putting a damper on me coming up with a cohesive dinner theme.
There is this lovely website and a plethora of on-line stuff to look at, of course, and I do own the following raw foods books: Ani's Kitchen, Living Cuisine and the Balanced Plate, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, Raw Food Real World, and RAW (Juliano). (Yes, I have a bit of a cookbook problem!
) I also just ordered the RFC eBook, which I'm super-excited about!
So, with all this wealth of knowledge I'm getting overwhelmed and feeling drawn to all the recipes that conflict with the no-no's listed above. Does anyone have any suggestions for a main course that I can build off of, or recipes you would suggest in general, that are omni-/vegeterian-friendly?
(Thanks for reading this, sorry it got so long!)