Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Summer, grilling season, 4th of July garden parties! No wonder some vegans and raw foodies feel a bit intimidated. I believe that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, even if you are outnumbered by friends and family, because even at the wildest grilling party there is always enough place for fruits, veggies, raw salads, and raw desserts.

I would even argue, that now is the perfect time to introduce as many people as possible to the versatility of fruits and vegetables. To make it easier on hardy carnivores, prepare simple, colorful dishes that will not scare the skeptics off. You may, however, prepare yourself for defeat as there really are people who would never touch a fruit, a berry or a vegetable. I have a story of a Facebook troll to tell, but not right now.

I am certain that you have plenty of ideas for the Independence Day party. I keep things simple and always use something red, something blue and something white to make something nice for dessert.

A vegan cake or a fruit platter mimicking the American flag, fruit salad, vegan popsicles loaded with blueberries and strawberries, or decorative fruit skewers. They are all rather easy to make, very presentable, delicious, and good for you.

For this simple American Flag Fruit Platter I used organic strawberries, organic blueberries and organic bananas. I marinated sliced fruit in a maple syrup and lime juice marinade with some freshly ground black pepper. Setting out on a platter was a little tricky since the strawberry and banana slices turned out a bit too slippery, but I eventually managed to make two such platters.

This year I used strawberries, blueberries and bananas, but you may want to use watermelon, pears and blackberries. Use star shaped cookie cutters to cut out decorative stars. Have fun experimenting.

And whatever you decide to do, 
do not get into food fights 
and stay safe and healthy. 

Happy 4th of July!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

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