The finished miso vegetable soup with zucchini and pumpkin noodles

Raw Vegan Miso Vegetable Soup with Zucchini and Pumpkin Noodles

As winter time approaches here in New Zealand I've been thinking about a strategy to stay on a raw diet throughout the cold weather of winter. I know from past experience that while it's easy and quite natural for me to eat raw during warm weather, when it starts getting cold it's harder for me to stay raw naturally, and I especially love soups in the winter months. Today I think I found a solution, and I'd just like to take a moment to express my gratitude for miso. I have loved miso since I first tasted it. But to make things even better, it's a fermented food. Which means that even though the ingredients are cooked (and not raw), the fermentation process turns it back into a living food, full of enzymes and friendly bacteria that help to promote healthy digestion. Read more »

Raw Diet Recipes: Garden Vegetable Soup

Since I haven't gotten around to making any raw soups yet, I thought I'd go in search of a video recipe, and I found a good one. Garden Vegetable Soup, by Jennifer Cornbleet. It looks and sounds delicious. I actually have enough of the ingredients to try one myself tomorrow. They are not so different than a green smoothie, except in the seasonings. Jennifer talks about the 6 basic components of a raw soup in the video, I love the way she breaks it down so simply, it gives me a much better foundation to work from when I create my own. I'm really good at creating delicious cooked soups, but raw soups seemed a bit daunting. Not any more 🙂 Read more »

This thick, hearty stew can make a filling meal all on it's own, or can be served with warmed pita bread, dipped in olive oil and salt. Or, if you're feeling really hungry, a thick slice of homemade wholemeal bread, toasted and served with butter or olive oil. It's a great winter warmer, but I love it even in the summer, or anytime I'm craving a protein hit. Read more »