Eating raw is all the rage and it is absolutely one of the best things you can do to reduce inflammation in your body, boost your immune system and give your entire system a real life. However eating raw in the colder months just seems all that more difficult because when it is cooler out we what something a bit chewier with some bulk to it.

Here are two recipes that paired together create quite a hearty meal.

Portobello Steaks With Mashed Cauliflower

Portobello Mushrooms

Serves 4

Steak marinade:

8 big organic Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
balsamic vinegar
1 small yellow organic onion
olive oil


1 organic cauliflower head, just the florets
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 cup cashews, soaked
2 cloves garlic, minced
fresh rosemary

Slice mushrooms and onion. Mix ingredients for the steak marinade a bowl and marinate for two hours. Remove mushrooms and place on a big baking sheet. Dehydrated mushrooms n oven at 100 F for 2 hours.

Process food processor with all other ingredients until they are the consistency of mashed potatoes. Serve side by side like steak and mashed potatoes.

Calories: 926 Fat: 63g Cholesterol: 0g Sodium: 37 mg Carb: 56g Dietary Fiber: 7g Sugars: 16g Protein: 100g.

Yam Noodles With Mushrooms

Serves 4


6 mushrooms
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar


3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
2 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon miso
1 tablespoon organic chickpea hummus
2 peeled garlic cloves
3 tablespoons mustard
sesame seeds
I yam, peeled

Julienne the yam using a spirooli or slice on a mandolin into long thin noodles. Put on a plate.

Slice the mushrooms thin and marinate in oil and apple cider. Blend together all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth.

Toss sauce and noodles together and serve.

Calories: 130 Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0g Sodium: 6mg Carb: 17g Dietary Fiber: 13g Sugars: 14g Protein: 2g.

Is a vegan or raw diet right oryou. At our naturapathic testing centre in Toronto we use dark field microscopy blood analysis and other tests familiar to naturopathic medicine to determine if you would thrive or lose energy on this type of diet.

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