Everyone loves pasta, so it can be a challenge to give up the cooked stuff. But it doesn't have to be all or nothing - follow these tips so you can enjoy your pasta in any stage between cooked and raw.
Cooked Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Boil wheat spaghetti noodles and toss them with jarred or canned tomato sauce.
Partially Raw Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Option 1: Cook your wheat pasta and tomato sauce, but add the olive oil (make sure it's cold-pressed) and salt (make it sea salt) last, so they remain raw. A little adjustment - no one will even notice - but a step in the raw direction.
Option 2: To make it a little more raw, substitute 100% whole spelt, Kamut, or brown rice pasta for your standard white or whole-wheat. This is a step toward breaking your dependency on wheat.
Option 3: To make the sauce raw, put chopped raw tomatoes in the blender, add cold-pressed olive oil and sea salt, and blend. Pour the sauce over the hot pasta to heat up the tomato sauce - the tomato sauce will be warm, but still raw. Bonus for heartburn sufferers: By not cooking your tomatoes, you might find yourself free of the burn at the end of this meal.
Totally Raw Pasta with Tomato Sauce
For the pasta, substitute raw squash pasta cut from a spiral slicer for the wheat pasta, and make your tomato sauce raw, as described in Option3, above. All raw - well done!
America's favorite sandwich in the raw
For a partially raw sandwich, take two slices of Ezekiel bread, spread one side with raw nut butter and the other with raw dried fruit jam, press together, and eat. For a fully raw sandwich, choose a bread recipe from my book.