Raw on a Budget: Wallet-Friendly Protein
Posted on November 03 2013 | (4) Comments
Category:Raw on a Budget
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.