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One of my favorite foods is cabbage because it’s super versatile, has hardly any calories, is free of wheat and gluten, is great for digestion, and is beautiful in color (purple and green). It tastes awesome in salads, gives us valuable probiotics as pickled sauerkraut, plus it works perfectly as a “shell” to be stuffed with yummy fillings to make a delicious hand held treat. I’m currently reintroducing heart-healthy fats into my diet from flax and chia seeds (omega-3), some nuts (vitamin E and antioxidants), and olives to keep my skin supple and moist, especially now that autumn is upon us. I picked up a bunch of avocados at the Farmers’ Market, but am disappointed they didn’t make it into my bag!

Today, I filled up a red cabbage shell with Chiffonade green cabbage. Watch our “How to Chiffonade” video I shot for Vegetarian Times Magazinehttp://www.vegetariantimes.com/video/10). Please watch on the Vegetarian Times website to help generate viewer numbers. Thank you!

I’m also embedding it below from my own YouTube channel:
Ani’s Raw Food Asia + Vegetarian Times Magazine: How to Chiffonade

I first filled up my purple cabbage shell with Chiffonade green cabbage. Next, I layered on a Black Olive Tapenade, from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, page 155,  and Candied Onions, inspired by my Buckwheat-Battered “Fried” Onion Rings, from page 116 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, plus I added maple syrup to sweeten the onions. I then topped it all with artichoke hearts, and would have added avocado, if I had some on hand.

Black Olive Tapenade
makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced, about 1 clove
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, fresh
Place all ingredients into food processor, mix well.
Will keep for a week or longer stored in fridge.

Candied Onions
makes 4 servings 

  • 4 cups thinly sliced sweet onion, about 1 whole
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or nama shoyu (raw soy sauce), to taste
  • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup, to taste

Place all ingredients into mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate and wilt for at least 10 minutes. Add syrup to your liking. I choose to make this sweet! Squeeze excess liquid before using.

Will keep for several days in fridge.

This recipe offers another great way to enjoy greens, and boy do I love dehydrated salad! As a matter of fact, that was exactly how I first discovered Kale Chips, back in Portland, OR, in 1995 or so. After a big catering gig, I had so much marinated kale salad remaining, it would have been a shame to throw it out. Usually, I feed leftovers to Kanga, my pooch, but too much kale’s been known to make her poot (stinky!). Instead, I put all the salad into my dehydrators, and was stoked by what I found the next morning! Kale Chips!! It makes me happy to see Kale Chips have gone mainstream today. Finally, a healthy snack enjoyed by the masses!

The texture of these chocolate coated collard leaves is much like the texture of dried cashew cheddar, from my traditional Kale Chips on page 110 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. (Signed copies of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials are available at GoSuperLife.com). Delicate mouth feel, and amazing flavors.

Thanks to everyone for being patient with me, waiting for me to post this recipe after I’ve completed my next book! Enjoy xo

Chocolate Collards

  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons agave syrup, or your favorite syrup sweetener
  • 2 Tablespoons mesquite
  • 2 TTablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch collard greens, destem, cut each leaf into 2 halves
In high-speed blender, blend all ingredients (except collards) until smooth.
Place collard half leaves into a large bowl, pour chocolate sauce over leaves. Coat each leaf completely.
Place leaves in dehydrator at 104 degrees. Dehydrate for 4 to 6 hours, until dry.

 

I gave my digestion a break today by skipping solid food and drank Energy Soup (inspired by Ann Wigmore) all day. So, I decided to feed my hair instead with an Indian Head Massage.

Our climate’s dry here in Los Angeles (a dessert), and the sun’s been bright this summer, reeking havoc on my locks. My hair felt dry and my ends brittle. So, I took my bottle of organic, extra-virgin, cold pressed olive oil into the bathroom, and poured a heaping tablespoon into the palm of my hand. I massaged the oil into my scalp and hair, and worked it through to the ends. Note to self: next time, pour the oil directly onto scalp…I have a lot of hair.

Our skin is our largest organ, and you know I like to avoid putting things on my skin that I can’t drink since it absorbs into my blood stream. Well, did you know our scalp is one of the most absorbent areas of our skin? Mine drank up more than a 1/4 cup of olive oil, and was happy for the increased blood flow and circulation from the massage.

I first discovered this massage, also known as Indian Head Massage, at a spa in Portland, OR. It alleviates stress and tension, increases blood flow and circulation, and promotes hair growth. Supposedly, this treatment done in the evening before bed helps alleviate sleeping issues, so I’m hoping it will cure the insomnia I’ve been suffering from all week long.

Choose almond, coconut, sesame, and/or olive oil since they moisturize, condition our hair, stimulate hair growth, and have a neutral scent. After your massage, wash your hair, and dry. I always choose to air dry.

Try this trick:
Wash with your conditioner first, working it from roots to the ends. Rinse. Then, wash with your shampoo, again working it from roots to ends. Rinse. You won’t need to condition again. And it’s better for your hair to reverse your conditioning and shampooing. That’s how I rinsed out my olive oil.

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My introduction to Sarasota RAWked! Exploring my idea that creating something together with other people in our raw community, rather than going it alone, is more fun, plus makes a bigger splash. We produced and threw down a pumping RAWktail Party, it was the biggest and most successful raw event in Florida to date! Dress code was RAWkstar, of course. A wonderful event and a very warm welcome to Florida and Sarasota.

A RAWstar RAWktail Party isn’t complete without headshots. Is that too cheezy?….

We brought together a fun crowd of local hipsters, movers, and shakers. Raw foods help us feel great, look our best, and fuel up for a long night of celebration. Raw food is also great for recovery, detox, and combating damage after a night of partying too hard and not sleeping enough.

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The event was held at the Weller Historic Estate, and it was filled with rich period furniture and wonderful styling details. The host Jeff Weller is below in the white button down and jeans. I was to discover later that Jeff gives great massages!

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The Weller Historic Estate was at full capacity with well over 120 attendees, and the energy was contagious.ani phyo raw food essentials

I demoed 4 recipes, which follow below, while people stood around a 20 foot long table to watch and learn how to make fast, easy, delicious raw food treats. Below is Bryant Meyers, to the right, an ingredient sponsor who’s home is packed full of cutting edge healing therapy machines like an infrared sauna and scalar wave technology. I was skeptical at first, but the scalar waves made me pass out and sleep restfully the following day. Now I’m a believer.ani phyo raw food essentials

Above is the spread for our Taco Wraps, served in a cabbage leaf. With raw food, it’s easy to have our ‘kitchen’ anywhere, even in the living room.

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Lisa Tomasi, in pink, runs the Naples raw food meet up group. She saved the day and was the best assistant I’ve ever had! A testament for raw foods, Lisa drove over 2 hours to come to the event, worked all night, drove home, then came back the next day again. An enegizer bunny and beautiful woman.ani phyo raw food essentials

The man in black above is Vincent Dessberg, who has a roof top garden on a warehouse in the industrial area of town, called “I Grow My Own Veggies”. He sponsored cabbage, edible flowers, herbs, and strawberries. I harvested from Vincent’s garden just a few hours before the party. It was amazing to see so much food growing on top of an industrial warehouse! ani phyo jenna norwood mole sauce raw food

Now, for my recipes. Enjoy!

Ginger Lime Aid
Makes 8 cups
(adapted from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

  • 2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 6 Limes, squeeze juice
  • 1/2 cup Honey or Agave
  • 2 Liters Sparkling water
  • 1 cup Ice

Place all into blender, and blend. Serve immediately.

Raspberry Daiquiri
Makes 8 cups

  • 1/2 bag Frozen Raspberry
  • 1 Orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 Lime, peeled, seeded
  • 2 liters Sparkling water
  • 1 cup Ice

Place all into blender, blend and serve immediately.

Fresh Green Taco Wraps Filled with Taco Nut Meat, Avocado, Tomatoes, and Mole Sauce
Makes 4 tacos
(from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

Taco Nut Meat
  • 1 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Place all ingredients into your food processor and process into small pieces.

Mole Sauce
  • .5 cup tomato
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoon filtered water

Place all into blender, blend smooth.

Toppings and Shell
  • .5 Avocado, diced
  • .5 Tomato, diced
  • .1 Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green cabbage leaves

To assemble tacos, into each cabbage leaf, spoon Taco Nut Meat. Top with avocado, tomato, and cilantro. Drizzle on your Mole Sauce, and enjoy.

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Strawberries with Cashew Kream and Chocolate Sauce
Makes 4 servings
(from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

Cashew Kream
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Agave
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • Water, as desired
Chocolate Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Honey or Agave
  • 1/2 cup Cacao powder

To make Cashew Kream, place cashews, honey, vanilla, and water into blender. blend smooth. Add as little water as possible for thicker consistency.

To make Chocolate Sauce, place honey or agave and cacao in blender. Blend smooth.

To assemble, scoop Cashew Cream into serving bowls. Top with your favorite berries. Drizzle over Chocolate Sauce and serve.

Visit GoSuperLife.com for organic ingredients, kitchen tools, and specials on Kelp Noodles and sproutable raw Cashews.

Photos are Copyright 2010 and courtesy of a very handsome man named Rich Schineller.


Video TRT: 4 min, 42 sec

This is a book trailer for my latest book Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. In it, I show you how easy it is to make a delicious, fast, raw food Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat, from pages 145-146.

Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat (bean-free)
Makes 4 servings

A vegetable chili made with chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, mushrooms, and corn kernels. Spiced with cumin, and oregano for a real chili flavor similar to the cooked bean version. Top with Taco Nut Meat for an added layer of texture and south west flavor.

  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup red and green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mushroom, chopped, any type
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 batch Taco Nut Meat, below

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl, and mix well. Scoop about 1/3 of the mixture into blender and puree. Scoop puree back into mixing bowl.

To serve, scoop into 4 serving bowls. Top with Taco Nut Meat, and enjoy.

Taco Nut Meat
Makes about 1 cup

Walnuts are ground and spiced with cumin and coriander to make this taco flavored nut meat crumble. Use it to top salads, soups, and inside wraps to add taco flavor and texture.

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs or Nama Shoyu
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Place walnuts into food processor, and process into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients, pulse to mix well.

Will keep for 1 week in fridge.

For organic ingredients and kitchen tools, visit my estore and Go Super Life!

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Wild rice is actually a grass, not a grain. It’s an aquatic seed that’s found mostly in the upper fresh water lakes of Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in North America.  It’s a great source of protein, minerals, B vitamins, folic acid, and carbohydrates. I enjoyed wild rice the other morning to help fuel my cardio workout later that day.

I like to soak wild rice in at least double the amount of water for 2 or more days. Rinse and change soak water at least 2 to 3 times each day. Soaked wild rice will never get as soft as when it’s cooked, but that’s what I love about it. It has a chewy, hearty mouth feel that’s really satisfying, especially when my body’s craving some complex carbs.

This simple, quick, delicious recipe is made with just a handful of ingredients. Personally, I leave out the oil and salt. But it will bump up the flavor profile if you choose to add it in.

Sprouted Wild Rice with Corn and Tomato
Makes 2 servings

  • 1 1/2 cup soaked wild rice (started with 1 cup + 2 cups soak water)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, deseed, dice, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, optional

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Toss to mix well.

Will keep for 3 days in fridge.

Cauliflower Mash Raw Food Recipe

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and it was abundant at the farmers’ market today. So, I picked up a big, beautiful head to whip up my mash for dinner. Cauliflower comes in white, green, and purple varieties, and works wonderfully processed into a mash. This is my version of mashed potatoes. Cauliflower has a kick to it, which I love. But if it’s too strong for you, try the following trick:

To soften the kick of raw cauliflower, process on it’s own first with 1 cup of filtered water. Strain through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Some of the pungent flavor will run off with the water. Or, you can also substitute with broccoli, which is much milder.

Serve with a gravy on it’s own, or alongside your favorite recipe(s).

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Cauliflower Mash
Makes 4 servings, about 4 cups

To keep your mash lighter in color, you can use white miso paste. I used a red paste, and it was still light in color. I added a touch of olive oil, but for even more creaminess, I use avocado. Avocado creates spots of slight green, which I don’t mind, since I love the color green. Besides, the gravy will cover it up anyways.

I used to use Psyllium Seed Husk powder in this recipe, but this batch didn’t seem to need any stiffening up, so I skipped it. If your mash is too runny, add a teaspoon at at a time, up to a tablespoon, of Psyllium to thicken.

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into small pieces, about 6 c
  • 1/4 cup avocado, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons miso, any unpasteurized color
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons thyme or sage, dry

Place all ingredients into your food processor. Process until smooth.

Mushroom Gravy
(from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, page 190)

A rich and creamy gravy that’s easy-to-make in your blender.

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms,
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place all ingredients into your blender. Blend smooth.

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Here’s a sneak peak into one of my favorite recipes from my new book, Ani’s Raw Food Essentials (available June 1st). We shot this recipe last Thursday for TV, cable, and web.

I’ve been craving raw Tomato Chili the past few days, so I made sure to pick up some beautiful tomatoes, bell pepper, and fresh oregano at the farmers’ market. When I went to make this last night, I realized I had run out of chili powder, so I used chipotle powder instead. It turned out spicy hot. To help cool it down, I made a batch of raw Taco Nut Meat, which helped a bit, but not enough. So then I added some Cashew Sour Kream, and that helped. It was delicious, and energized me to write late into the night.

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This recipes is simple and quick to make. I enjoy the mediation of chopping with my knife. But you can also just place ingredients into your food processor and let it do the chopping for you for an even shorter prep time.

Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat
(from pages 145-146 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)
Makes 4 servings

TOMATO CHILI

  • 3 cup tomatoes, chop
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chop
  • 1/4 cup celery, chop
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chop
  • 1/3 cup mushroom, chop
  • 1/3 c corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, mince
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon chili powder, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano, fresh or dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, toss to mix well.

Place half of your mixture into your food processor or blender and puree. Scoop back into bowl with mixture and toss to mix well.


NUT MEAT TOPPING

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, powder
  • 1 teaspoon bragg’s or nama shoyu, or 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Place all ingredients into your food processor, and process into small pieces.

To serve, scoop raw Tomato Chili into bowls. Top with Taco Nut Meat. Enjoy.

Tomato Chili will keep for 1-2 days in fridge. Taco Nut Meat will keep for a week or more.

Food & Wine 2009 Cookbook

Food & Wine 2009 Cookbook

Two of my recipes are included in the 2009 Food & Wine Cookbook.

2009 Food & Wine Cookbook - Ani's Raw Marinara recipe

2009 Food & Wine Cookbook - Ani's Zucchini Noodles with Raw Tomato Marinara recipe

I love this recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Raw Tomato Marinara. Super easy to make. Just blend tomatoes and herbs with some lemon to add that tart flavor of cooked tomatoes and a date for added sweetness. Serve marinara over thinly sliced zucchini ‘noodles’ for a wheat free, low calorie, raw food pasta dish that will help you loose weight and feel great too.

2009 Food & Wine Cookbook - Ani's Corn Chowder Soup

2009 Food & Wine Cookbook - Ani's Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder

This delicious Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder is made by blending fresh corn with cashews for creaminess, a splash of olive oil for rich smoothness, and fresh cilantro for brightness.

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