5. Basil Fried Rice: You'd eat a raw carrot, right? Raw parsnips are just as good--who knew?
4. Chocolate Cheesecake: Blended coconut gives this cheese-less cheesecake a creamy texture and plenty of richness.
3. Caramel Roll: This dense, chewy date/nut loaf is nothing like the real thing--except for the "caramel"--but it's still tasty, not to mention healthier.
2. Tostada:For whatever reason--maybe it's the salsas?--raw Mexican really worked well, especially this (no-toast) tostada with a flax-based crust.
1. Mexi Wraps:Another vegetable that's pretty much always cooked--collard greens--is great raw, or at least when it's stuffed with nut cheese and salsa.
And here are five dishes I'd eschew:
5. Julie's Sushi: The replication attempt is admirable, but I love maki so much that I couldn't get over the disconnect between these rolls and the real thing.
4. Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Raw zucchini doesn't taste like much, no matter how much nut cheese you put on it.
3. Blueberry Muffin: It looks like the caramel roll, but it sure doesn't taste like the caramel roll. When a friend sampled a muffin, he took one bite and tossed the rest out a window.
2. Sausage Pizza: This pizza actually looks pretty good, but I couldn't get over the chalky crust and the nutty mock-sausage nuggets.
1. Salmon: Another one where I love the real thing way too much to even consider this chewy, dehydrated carrot substitute. The turmeric-heavy sauce didn't help, either.