6.22.2010

raw eggplant manicotti

I have decided to serve one meal a week...raw. Now if you are an adult, it may sounds intriguing, even adventurous; but, if you are a kid, not so much. Or if you are my husband. Once a year, he says, is more than enough. Unfortunately for my family, the raw meal stays. At least for now. If they start withering away, I'll reevaluate.

Tonight I made a raw eggplant manicotti. 'Cooking' raw is actually quite easy and uncomplicated, as long as a plan is in place. The eggplant needed a few hours to marinate and a few hours to dehydrate. Dinner was actually ready on time.

I totally dug this dish, but my family collectively thought otherwise.
Baby steps.

Cost Breakdown:
eggplant: $2
sun-tom: $2
tomato: $2
nuts: $4
lemon: $.50
spices, herbs and oive oil: $4
Total to feed Mom thrice and Dad once:
$14.50




3 comments:

  1. Never cooked or ate raw..this makes me want to try it. Do you have a dehydrator or is there another way to dehydrate the eggplant?

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  2. We're big fans of eating raw, pretty popular in San Francisco. Moved to central Florida last year, let's just say raw veganism is a bit less popular down here. No problem for us, just gave us the much needed impetus to cook more meals at home. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

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  3. Jacklyn, you can use your oven on the lowest setting. It might technically be a bit too high to be truly raw (food cannot exceed 115 degrees, I think. I'll double check.) Putting the food out in the sun, with a light cover over the pan (a kitchen towel) would also work (sun-dried tomatoes started that way.) I'm posting the recipe soon.

    Jenna, I lived in FL for 15 years and in SF for a few. I know what you mean about the differences. I'm a big fan of raw, too. I've introduced it to my family before, but they rebuffed me. I'm not weakening this time!
    Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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