"Raw" and "vegan" are not two words many foodies respect. Alton Brown isn't going HAM about Vegan recipes on the Food Network, and how many cold pasty ways can there really be to make a vegetable? As it turns out, way than this foodie ever thought. What began as a Kickstarter dream that raised over $17,000 in thirty days, became, after three years of relentless passion, a modern, colorful and truly artistic Raw Vegan Cookbook called u201cThe Wild Plate.u201d Author and passioneer Laurel Anderson is the Van Gogh of veggies. She creates not only familiar textures and great tastes, but makes each dish look so visually appealing, a Texan would skip a BBQ'd bone-in ribeye for any one of them. Try these tasty recipes out for just a sample of what true food art tastes like.

1. Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Laurel's take: I see food as not only medicine, but edible living artu2026

Ingredients:
4 cups water
2 cups raw almonds, soaked 8u201310 hours, drained and rinsed
2 u00bd tablespoons raw light agave
1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lecithin granules (optional for extra creaminess)
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped, seeds only
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place almonds and water. Blend on high for about 2 minutes, until almonds are broken down to a sand-like consistency.
u2022 Place nut-milk bag over pitcher. Pour almond milk through bag and squeeze until most the liquid is removed and pulp in bag is slightly dry. Save almond pulp to use in cakes, breads, or cookies.
u2022 Rinse carafe and pour milk back into blender. Add agave, coconut oil, vanilla extract, lecithin, vanilla bean and sea salt. Blend on high about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

2. Cashew Sour Cream

Cashew Sour Cream

Ingredients:
2 cups raw cashews, soaked 4u20136 hours, drained and rinsed
1 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place cashews, water, lemon juice, and sea salt.
u2022 Blend on high about 2u20133 minutes, until cashews are broken down and cream is a thick, smooth consistency

3. Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Yogurt

Laurel's Take: I envisioned u201cThe Wild Plateu201d doubling as a recipe and coffee table book, was so high quality and colorful people would want to display it in their homes AND become inspired by the food to create.

Ingredients:
3 cups young Thai coconut meat
1 u00bd cups young Thai coconut water
6 vegan probiotic caps

Garnish:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons raw honey or raw light agave

Directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place coconut meat, coconut water, and contents of probiotic caps. Blend on high for about 2minutes, until coconut meat is broken down and yogurt is smooth. The small amount of heat from blending will start the culturing process.
u2022 In small mixing bowl, pour yogurt and cover. Set on counter at room temperature for 12 hours to culture. If you want a more-tangy yogurt, increase culturing time until desired taste is achieved.
u2022 After culturing is complete, chill yogurt in refrigerator for 1u20132 hours before serving.

Assembly:
u2022 Scoop 1 cup yogurt into 4 serving bowls of choice.
u2022 Top each bowl with 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup blackberries, and 1/4 cup raspberries, and drizzle with honey for a touch of sweetness.

4. Dark Chocolate Mousse

Dark Chocolate Mousse

Mousse ingredients:
1u00bd cups young Thai coconut meat
3/4 cup young Thai coconut water
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup raw coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw light agave
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Tangelo Cream ingredients:
1/2 cup young Thai coconut meat
1/4 cup young Thai coconut water
2 tablespoons tangelo juice, fresh-squeezed
2 tablespoon raw coconut oil
1 tablespoons raw light agave
3/4 teaspoon tangelo zest
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Garnish: 1 tablespoon tangelo zest

Mousse directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place coconut meat, coconut water, cacao powder, maple syrup, agave, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Blend on high for about 2 minutes, until coconut meat is broken down and mousse is smooth.
u2022 Add coconut oil to mousse and blend on high for 30 seconds, until just combined.
u2022 Pour mousse into serving dishes of choice. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours or until set. Should be firm to touch.

Cream directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place coconut meat, coconut water, tangelo juice, agave, tangelo zest, and sea salt. Blend on high for about 1 minute, until coconut meat is broken down.
u2022 Add coconut oil, and blend another 30 seconds, until well combined.

Assembly:
u2022 Remove mousse from refrigerator. Place 1 or 2 tablespoons tangelo cru00e9me on top of mousse. Garnish with tangelo zest. Serve immediately

5. Green Juice

Green Juice

Ingredients:
3 medium apples, peeled and quartered
2 medium cucumbers, unpeeled and quartered
1 whole head green kale, washed thoroughly

Directions:
u2022 The trick for not getting your juicer clogged up is alternating ingredients, so the more fibrous vegetables go through easily.
u2022 Start with apple, kale, cucumber, kale, and repeat until all ingredients are juiced. Pour into pitcher, stir, and serve immediately.

6. Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Laurel's take: I had one woman email me and say the pictures looked so good, she found her five year old licking the pages of the booku2026 To me, that's the highest of compliments.

Ingredients:
2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water
3/4 cup light raw agave
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons edible dried lavender

Directions:
u2022 Steep dried lavender in boiling water for 30 minutes.
u2022 While the lavender is steeping, juice lemons.
u2022 In a large pitcher, place blueberries and agave then lightly mash with fork. Add lemon juice and fresh water, stir with wooden spoon.
u2022 When lavender is done steeping, discard buds and pour lavender water over blueberries. Stir with wooden spoon and place in refrigerator for 1u20132 hours to chill. Serve over ice with a few fresh whole blueberries and lavender sprigs

7. Spirulina Truffles

Spirulina Truffles

Laurel's take: I have to say, I'm so thankful I didn't have the money to hire people... because I discovered so many new passions along the way, one being my love of food photography.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw almond butter
2 tablespoons raw carob powder
2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw honey or raw light agave
1 u00bd tablespoons spirulina powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
u2022 In small mixing bowl, add almond butter, carob powder, coconut oil, honey, spirulina powder, and sea salt. Mash together with fork until all carob powder is broken down, with no clumps.
u2022 Roll into symmetrical balls. Set on parchment paper. Transfer to refrigerator for about 15 minutes to harden and hold shape. Take out and place each one on a rose petal. Serve immediately

8. Teriyaki Noodles

Teriyaki Noodles

Noodle ingredients:
2 12u2013ounce packs clear kelp noodles
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup kale, stems removed and chiffonade
1 cup red bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into thin strips

Teriyaki Sauce ingredients:
1/3 cup orange juice, fresh-squeezed
1/4 cup wheat-free tamari
10 medjool dates, pitted
3 tablespoons brown rice miso paste
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon expeller-pressed sesame oil
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
2 large garlic cloves, peeledgarnish
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds

Noodle directions:
u2022 Rinse kelp noodles in warm water. Pat dry with towel and place in medium mixing bowl.
u2022 In a different medium mixing bowl, add broccoli, carrots, kale, and red pepper, and toss gently. Set aside.

Sauce directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place orange juice, wheat-free tamari, dates, miso paste, maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Blend on high for about 2 minutes, until the dates have broken down and sauce is smooth.

Assembly:
u2022 Pour 1/2 teriyaki sauce over noodles and 1/2 over chopped vegetables. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2u20133 hours. This will allow the noodles and vegetables to become soft and more of a cooked-like texture from the salts. The reason the noodles and vegetables are separated is because the water from the vegetables will lesson the flavor of the noodles while marinating, so make sure to marinate these two separately.
u2022 Once marinated, place vegetables and noodles into strainer and allow excess sauce to drain out, pressing on the mix lightly.
u2022 Divide into bowls of choice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds

9. Tomato Bisque

Tomato Bisque

Soup ingredients:
1u00bc cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped1/4 cup fresh basil, tightly packed
2 tablespoons virgin raw olive oil
2 tablespoons raw tahini
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon raw light agave
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Garnish ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
2 tablespoons basil oil
2 tablespoons cashew cream
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Soup directions:
u2022 In high-speed blender place tomatoes, water, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, tahini, garlic, agave, apple cider vinegar, dried basil, sea salt, and pepper. Blend on high for about 3 minutes, until all ingredients are broken down and soup is smooth and creamy.
u2022 Leave soup in blender carafe at room temperature for 20u201330 minutes, so the flavors can marinate. This makes a huge difference in taste.
u2022 Pour soup into bowls of choice and sprinkle with fresh basil in center. Drizzle with basil oil and cashew cream. Serve immediately

10. Watermelon Radish Salad

Watermelon Radish Salad

Laurel's take: When I'm feeling inspiredu2026 I like to roll with it!

Salad Ingredients:
3 cups watermelon radish, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, roughly chopped
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
1/4 cup green onion, green and white parts, chopped
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds dressing

Dressing ingredients:
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons expeller-pressed sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced, fresh ginger
1 u00bd teaspoons raw light agave
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Salad directions:
u2022 In medium mixing bowl, add watermelon radishes, snap peas, avocado, green onion, and black-and-white sesame seeds.

Dressing directions:
u2022 In small mixing bowl, add rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, agave, and sea salt.
u2022 Whisk until dressing is smooth and oil is well incorporated.
u2022 Drizzle dressing over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Serve immediately

The raw vegan lifestyle isn't for everyone, but not one person alive hates food that tastes good, whether it comes from a plant, or the depths of the sea. If it's delicious, we eat it. If you have your choice between Whopper-induced sweats or feeling invigorated and recharged, all while enjoying amazing flavors, we both know which one we'd all choose. To learn more about the book, or to get a copy in time for dinner, visit wild-plate.com. With this book in hand, you'll never force your family to eat veggies ever again u2014 they will do it more than willingly.