Adventures in raw food and Swiss chard

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The past couple of days have been busy ones in the kitchen.  First, this came!


Our old blender has been missing a part for a while now.  It’s practically antique, and my mom and I couldn’t find anything at the store that looked like a worthy replacement.  So we invested in a refurbished 5-speed KitchenAid, which I’m more excited about than is healthy.

I got to christen it with my first attempt at a raw dessert.  I ran across this berry cobbler on Twitter recently, and checked out the original, too.  I wound up making a combination of the two recipes, using a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

There was a lot of processing and blending involved:


The end result reminded me a bit of a traditional berry cobbler.  And it’s super tasty.

berry crumble

I predict it will last about three days before my mom, brother, and I gobble our collective way through it.  I’ll definitely make more as more berries come in season.  It was relatively easy to make, and the flavor is so much more intense than other desserts.  I keep forgetting how fresh and wonderful raw food recipes taste!

Last night was another somewhat experimental dinner.  While browsing the library the other day, I ran across Moosewood Restaurant Cooking For Health.  I had been wanting to make something else with sweet potatoes, and lo and behold, there was a recipe for quinoa with sweet potatoes!  As an added bonus, the variation called for greens–spinach, to be exact.

We didn’t have any spinach hanging around, but on Thursday my mom and I harvested a bunch of fresh Swiss chard from my grandmother’s garden.  I decided to throw that in instead of spinach, and added a can of black beans to make it a full meal.

quinoa with sweet potatoes

Using red quinoa made it a colorful mix, and a little cilantro and lemon juice mixed in really well.  I’m a fan of cilantro with black beans, but wasn’t sure how the chard would take it.  Fortunately, it was a great combination.  I crushed up some raw almonds for garnish.

quinoa sweet potato plate

I’m such a sucker for photogenic food!

I’m also a sucker for the new Newsboys CD.  I’ve been playing the heck out of it, and it’s a lot of fun.  It’s been my background music while cooking since Thursday.  Tonight it’s time for hot food again–more specifically, curry from 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East!


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Noelle  July 24, 2010

    Oh I am so glad you liked the cobbler! It is a keeper in my recipe book!

    • Sam  July 24, 2010

      My whole family loves it. 🙂 My brother avoids processed sugar and white flour, so raw desserts are pretty much the only kind he’ll eat, and he had a TON of this for breakfast! I had some for snack with a little soy whipped cream.

  2. JL Goes Vegan  July 26, 2010

    I’m a sucker for cobbler!

amazing salad bowl with ripple carrots
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