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Raw on a Budget: Wallet-Friendly Protein

Posted on November 03 2013 | (4) Comments
Category:Raw on a Budget

Raw on a Budget: Wallet-Friendly Protein

In this installment of my Raw on a Budget blog series, I’m talking about ways you can eat nutritiously and deliciously without breaking the bank.  I’ll share some surprising amazing news about the health value of protein-rich seeds and how you can use them in place of meat.

Let’s get to it...

Raw Food Protein is Healthy and Thrifty

Every time I turn on the news, I hear another story about the soaring costs of meat and dairy products.  Fortunately for us raw foodies, we know there are lots of alternative sources for protein that are far less costly, just as tasty, and significantly less expensive.

Take Hemp seeds for example.  Raw hemp seeds are 33% protein, 9% Omega-3's, and are rich in vitamin E.  You can add them to raw smoothies, salads, and cereals for a protein boost.  You can purchase Hemp seeds for about $4 per pound.  Compare that to the price of sirloin...

...and no cholesterol!

Seeds are also a wonderful source of healthy fats.  And that brings me to a raw food holiday appetizer that keeps my guests from getting hungry, but doesn’t spoil their appetite for the Thanksgiving Dinner I’ve made for them.

Raw Food Appetizer Extraordinaire

Stuffed mushrooms are very popular at holiday time.  But traditionally, small creminis are stuffed with a mixture of breadcrumbs, ground meat, and eggs.  They’re tasty, but they’re hardly healthy.  They’re heavy, too.  All those breadcrumbs soak up the fat from the meat, making this pass-around item an appetite-killer rather than an appetite-enhancer.

I love stuffed mushrooms, so I created a raw version that swaps out nutritionally-empty and frequently tasteless breadcrumb mixture and replaces it with a savory mix of seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices nestled into a “meaty” Portobello mushroom.

Make a double-batch because trust me, your guests will adore Stuffed Mushrooms with Sunflower Seed and Sundried Tomato Pesto.

I love the idea of entertaining with nothing but appetizers.  Do you have a favorite raw appetizer you’d like to share?  Please post it in the comments section below.

Previous Comments

On November 16, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

We Love Hemp Seeds, thank you for telling people about this wonderful seed. Hope you have a great day.

On November 26, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

I recently made your pistachio cranberry cookies.  I did not have any pistachios so I used pecans and I substituted currants for cranberries.  I had to decrease the dates by half because the cookies would have been too sweet.  What I would like to know is to get the cookies to stay together since I had to decrease the dates?

They were very good but crumbled.

On November 27, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Marci,

Dates are definitely the binder that gets these to stick together! If you want to use less, here’s what you can try—process the nuts a bit longer in the food processor—the oils will release, making them stickier. Then after forming the cookies into firm balls, chill them in the fridge for 4 hours before serving—that will also make them firmer.


On November 28, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Thank you so much!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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