Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Have a Little Raw with Every Meal

As I've written before, increasing the amounts of raw vegan food you eat is one way to reduce your caloric intake, while ensuring your nutritional needs are met.

One really useful piece of advice Natalia Rose gives in her book The Raw Food Detox Diet is to try to work raw into every meal. Of course, the easiest way to do this is to have a salad with every meal. And, by salad, I mean a vegan salad--no croutons, dairy or meat.

But, salads can get a little tedious after a while so it's nice to work raw ingredients into the main course. Today mango's were on sale at my local market, so tonight for dinner I'm making grilled tuna with Mango salsa. I just salt and pepper 4 tuna steaks on both sides and grill on the outdoor grill or indoors on my grill pan. Top with Mango Salsa and serve (or let sit and serve at room temperature.

The mango salsa is also tasty on other grilled fish, such as swordfish, and works with grilled chicken or pork as well. It's also a convenient meal for guests because its delicious at room temperature, so you can make it ahead. That way you can sit and relax with your friends knowing that dinner is already done.

Mango Salsa

3 or 4 mangoes, peeled, pit removed and cut into one inch or smaller cubes.
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 half of a red onion chopped
1/2 of a medium-sized cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
Juice of three limes

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and let sit for 30 minutes or more.

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