I am so excited to share this delicious raw key lime pie with you. It is super easy, take hardly any time at all, and is from my favorite new cookbook, Choosing Raw by the brilliant and beautiful Gena Hamshaw. I have been a fan of Gena’s blog for many years. Not only is it full of fantastic information about healthy living and loaded with awesome recipes, Gena is just a beautiful honest writer. I ADORE this woman. If you don’t know about the The Full Helping website, check it out.
I have been waiting for Gena’s much anticipated first cookbook for months and it is finally out. And it is absolutely wonderful. What I love about this book the most is that it is not an extreme approach to raw foods. Like me, Gena is not strictly raw, but incorporates a high level of live and enzyme-rich foods into her lifestyle. She prefers to call herself a “food foods enthusiast” and this is such a perfect way to open her book as it sets up the accessible nature of her approach.
In the first part of the book Gena covers the myriad of reasons to include more raw and vegan foods into your lifestyle and demystifies common misconceptions about vegan living. As a certified clinical nutritionist she answers the most common concerns about plant based diets: protein, iron, calcium, fat, B12 etc. She then delves deeper covering juicing, blending, soaking sprouting, exercise, detoxes, supplements, alkalinity, food combining, and more.
The Set Up Chapter is particularly useful for any plant based newbies with quick easy explanations for all of the most commonly used pantry staples and equipment with which to set up your kitchen for success. This section is comprehensive and so helpful.
Then there’s the 21 day meal plans and recipes. YUM! Gena’s recipes are simple and delicious. I love the essentials chapter which covers a basic green smoothies, homemade milks, cashew cheese, nut and seed pate, soup, crackers, basic salads, 5 minute guacamole, chia pudding, snack bars, instant ice cream, and more.
The juice recipes rock, as do the dips, dressings, sauces, and spreads. I love the lemon turmeric vinaigrette and almond butter and sun-dried tomato dressing. The 5-Meal-Size Salads section is handy. I love the dinosaur kale and white bean salad. I also really enjoyed the hemp seed tabouli with yellow tomatoes and mint. There are some super easy soups on offer too. My favorite was the carrot, avocado, and turmeric soup.
Other recipes are broken up into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the easy berry breakfast pizza in the morning, asparagus quinoa rolls for lunch, and raw carrot falafel for dinner. That’s what I did this weekend! This next week Scott and I are going to try the raw pad thai and jicama fiesta rice that look so delectable.
And yes, there are desserts. The carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and no-bake tartlets with chocolate ganache filling are reason enough to get the book. Then there’s the cherry vanilla tahini ice cream, simple vanilla macaroons, and this amazing key lime pie I am sharing today. This pie is SO easy, tangy, and will satisfy even the most rawphobic foodie.
The best thing about Gena’s recipes is that they are EASY. Full of flavor, but just so simple. Most of them contain just a handful of ingredients making including more raw and vegan foods into your life a breeze.
If you’re looking to make a transition to a high raw and vegan lifestyle, or are just looking for easy, healthy recipes, this book has got your back.