Switch it up this Christmas

Latin American Cabbage

Photo courtesy www.learnrawfood.com

Have you ever wanted to try a raw meal? Or ever wondered what exactly is considered “raw?"

For one thing, raw foods are “prepared” and not cooked. Raw foodies believe the cooking process alters essential vitamins and minerals and destroys vital enzymes (such as those that aid with digestion). 

You probably already eat raw foods but don’t think of it as being raw.  Here’s one such side dish that is simple and that you can add to Christmas dinner without skipping a beat.

Latin American Cabbage           

Ingredients (yields 1 serving; increase as necessary):

1 ½ cups thinly sliced green cabbage

 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (or pink salt)   

½ tomato, seeded and diced

¼ cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced

½ stalk celery, diced

¼ red bell pepper, diced

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons minced onion

1 teaspoon extra-virgin (first pressed) olive oil

Directions: Put the cabbage and salt in a medium bowl. Massage the cabbage for about one minute with your hands to soften it. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until well combined.

Voilà—you’ve just prepared a raw meal. Your guests will be eating a raw meal without knowing it, and it doesn’t take that long to prepare, either.

Nutritional information: Per serving: calories: 105, protein: 3 g, fat: 5 g, carbohydrate: 11 g, fiber: 5 g, sodium: 320 mg

Permission granted and recipe courtesy of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet (2012).

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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