Reluctantly Raw: A Lunch to Munch and Crunch

If you read my airing of grievances, you may have noticed that detail about not having a stove at the moment.

Technically, yes, there is a stove in my new kitchen – but, for the foreseeable future, there’s no gas to make it work.

Enter: Raw foods, which I am admittedly not a huge fan of.

Thankfully it’s the only season in the northeast where eating raw(ish) comes easily. With the abundant selection of fresh produce and blazing temperatures, cooked foods tend to look not so inviting.

Rather than feel annoyed by this unexpected side effect of moving, I decided to embrace the challenge and eat some raw food, forgoing my inclination towards enjoying warm, heavy, and cooked eats.

Having some freshly fired pottery to plate my food in only enhanced the creative juices. Here’s what I ended up having for lunch today.

Reluctantly Raw: A Lunch to Munch and Crunch

Nothing too fancy, just a platter full of olives, various pickles, grapes and berries, guacamole, carrots, and chips.

In the bowl is a raw slaw of shredded apples, cabbage, and kohlrabi tossed with a mustard vinaigrette.

Have I mentioned this new-to-me, blue picnic table? It’s gigantic and was found on Craigslist for a steal. I’m in love with it, and the extra square footage of outdoor dining space it adds to the tiny house.

So much to munch on… I enjoyed this raw assortment more than I thought I would.

The only true recipe I threw together was this raw slaw.

You may have already seen my 3 approaches to eating kohlrabi raw, but I think this bowl outdid all of those.

On a hot summer day, this tangy slaw along with the assorted platter of raw goodies was such a refreshing lunch. It almost had me grateful for the lack of gas to my stove.


Any raw recipes you’re loving this summer?



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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