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Spotlight Raw Chefs: Ani Phyo.

Ani’s book, Ani’s Raw Kitchen, contains my best “go to” recipes.  And all of her recipes that I’ve tried have been winners.  And they’re inspirational.  Because they make so much sense, easily filling the void left from not cooking, I can quickly see how I can go from her basic recipe and create something related.  From her burger recipe, I can easily make gyros.  From her bread recipe, I can easily make tortillas…

And, of course, there’s her fresh mango cobbler recipe.  It’s phenomenal.  When I was making it for my photoshoot my photographer was floored by how like “real” crust the processed pecans, dates, salt and vanilla tasted.  And I can easily see now how to make other cobblers, all I need is some fruit that has a little give, then it’s all about the syrup and the crust.  Just that easily, I am confident that I can turn just about any fruit into a cobbler.  That’s what an awesome recipe can do.  Launch your creativity.

I’ve also heard people raving about her other books, in particula, the weightloss book, and her book on asian food raw.  If they are as full of user-friendly recipes Ani’s Raw Kitchen, then they deserve to be jewels in your crown.  They’re going to be in my library soon.

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I’m a Magician.  Watch me turn a burger into a gyro.

Starting with my burger recipe (for the texture…) and googling the gyro meat seasonings, I am able to make my basic mixture.  Next I place it on the dehydrator tray in the shape it would  have when it’s carved off.  All that’s left after it partially dries is to dress it up properly.

And Presto!!  We have a gyro.

I have many uses for my Soft Seed Bread - But this one is my favorite.

Making kids happy!

It’s so easy to play with this recipe.  It originally called for onions and garlic.  But it easily can accomodate cinnamon and dates, for a sweet twist.  Give it a neat shape and the dehydrate till firm.  Slap some almond butter or ice cream on it and you have a sweet sandwich.  

Then my personal favorite - dip the ice cream sandwich into chocolate.  At that point, I’m the big kid I’m making happy.  : )

Desserts and Treats: Cobbler.

This luscious recipe came from Ani Phyo’s book, Ani’s Raw Kitchen. It’s so good I wish I had never found it because I am convinced that I’ve slapped all of those pecans straight onto my sides (my rear end refuses to hold it).

It’s easy to make, and easy to see how you can make just about any cobbler using this method.  If not ripe mangoes, then mashed berries, or bananas, or apples, or…  Just get your fruit to the point of softness and mix it with the syrup.  Put the crust on the bottom and on the top and you have a marvelous cobbler.

Play and have fun with it.

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Pick the Pan.  Family-style dig-in with a big pan.  Or… Individual portion sizes.

Fresh Mango Cobbler…  Mmmmmm…  Divine.

Spotlight Raw Food Chefs: Jenny Ross.

Jenny is one of my favorite raw food people.  She’s an inspiration on many fronts, not just raw food.

Her food is delicious, whether you buy it at her restaurant, 118 Degrees in Orange County, CA, or from a Whole Foods counter, or if you order it from her website.  But most importantly, it’s practical and delicious when you make it yourself from her recipes.

She has two books out now, one that I’ve used so much the pages are falling out (an honor shared only with Matt Amsden and his book RAWvolution) - The Art of Raw Living Food - and Raw Basics, her most recent book. Check out her website at www.118Degrees.com.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny for my podcast series on her journey to raw and how she came to be such the Raw Food Wonder Woman. You can find the podcast at iTunes. Click “Raw Wonder Woman” to hear the interview with Jenny. 

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The Many Faces of Jenny Ross…

Raw Food Chef…
Restaurant Owner/Entrepreneur…
Author…
Teacher…
Mother…

She’s the Wonder Woman of Raw Food - okay, she’s a Wonder Woman, period… 

RAW FOOD PYRAMID: It’s all about WATER.

The fountain of Youth is the water in your food. Water is the main ingredient in the first 6-7 levels of the raw food pyramid.  Water-rich food promotes hydration and satiation.  

While I love the texture provided by my dehydrated foods like granolas and breads - they are without water, as in DE-HYDRATED. That’s why they’re are at the top of my period, as in the least of what I eat.  They taste and mouth-feel good, but my body has to work harder to process these foods.

Eat primarily water-rich foods and drink good water.

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