I've been playing with fire! I'm enjoying lightly sautéing fresh vegetables and then tossing them hot into a big salad bowl full of fresh greens. Today, I cooked up some garlic in coconut oil with halved cherry tomatoes and chopped broccoli. I added it to a big bowl of chopped up romaine, spinach, arugula, and mixed it all up to allow the cooked veggies to wilt the greens. I finished it off with capers and artichoke hearts. No dressing needed, as the capers and artichokes add saltiness and pickled tartness, while the garlic adds pungency. Give it a try, this salad is to live for! And yes, I do still consider this salad a vegan raw food…. Warm Green Salad 3 cloves garlic, chopped, to taste 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup baby broccoli, chopped 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 2 cup romaine, chopped 1 cup spinach 1 cup arugula 3 Tablespoons capers 1/2 cup artichoke hearts Warm up your pan on medium heat, add coconut oil and garlic. Sauté until soft. Add tomatoes and broccoli. Lightly cook, to desired consistency. Place romaine, spinach, and arugula into a large mixing bowl. Top with cooked vegetables and toss to mix well, wilting your greens. Add capers and artichokes, and toss to mix well. Serve and enjoy!
Superfood Chocolates made at Ani's Raw Food Certification Level 2 yesterday here in Los Angeles, CA. Filled with banana, and topped with strawberry jam, coconut, and fresh berries. I love our raw food courses because I get to eat the best food on the Planet, while detoxing effortlessly. Thank you to my awesome students for spending another fun weekend with me! (I never make these recipes for myself at home anymore…so it's amazing to get to enjoy them with you all in class!)
Join me and enjoy the BEST RAW FOOD on the planet for a full weekend, and detox and cleanse effortlessly! Come and kickstart your Raw Food diet, or jump back on the train. You will leave the weekend feeling inspired with a slew of new recipes and menu ideas. In addition to food, we will learn about the Raw Food lifestyle, including beauty, fitness, and living a toxic-free lifestyle while focusing on social entrepreneurship and even launching your raw food business. Join me in my kitchen at my next "Ani's Raw Food Certification Level 1" on Feb 22+23 in Santa Monica CA. Space is limited, and filling up quickly. This is a hands-on Home Chef course.
Chopped green salad made with cherry tomato, red onion, romaine lettuce, endive, yellow bell pepper, jicima! I love chopped salads because you get a bit of all ingredients in every bite. Vegan, raw, organic, and locally from the farmers' market in WestLA. A great way to detox our way into the New Year! What are your favorite chopped salad ingredients?
I've booked dates for the first 2014 Ani's Raw Food Certification Level 1. Class will be held in Santa Monica, CA. February 22nd and 23rd Saturday 8am to Sunday 4pm This is a hands-on home chef food prep course with a focus on healthy living, natural beauty, fitness, and social entrepreneurship. Space is limited, and class will fill up quickly. So register today! For those interested in pursuing a career in Raw Foods, I also offer a Level 3 Teacher Certification Course. For more information, please visit my course page. I hope you'll join me in 2014! It's going to be the BEST year yet! xo (Photo by the awesome Mark Tassi)
Have you tried sunchokes yet, aka Jerusalem artichoke? They are the tuber of the sunflower plant, and available at our local farmers' markets here in Los Angeles. As with all tubers, they are full of minerals and vitamins and help boost our immune system in the wintertime. When eaten fresh and raw, sunchokes have a light crisp, similar to water chestnut. And are delicious sliced and served as a 'chip' with dips like guacamole and hummus. I tried roasting sunchokes in my friend's convection oven, tossed in a splash of olive oil. The texture was similar to a sweet potato, starchy and delicious. A warming comfort food on a cold winter day. Enjoy this vegan, gluten-free, superfood recipe: Roasted Sunchokes 2 pounds sunchokes, scrubbed 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Toss together the sunchokes and oil in a large bowl. Spread on baking tray and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.
Watermelon and arugula, stuffed with a wild rice and walnut pate. Topped with compressed persimmon. Beautifully refreshing red and green raw food, vegan, holiday recipe that aides detox while stimulating digestion and weight loss. Helps combat our holiday eating in a delicious way!
Ani's Raw Food Detox just arrived to me here in Los Angeles fresh off the presses. It's always different to hold the physical book in my hands after it's printed. This book will be available everywhere books are sold January 1st 2014. And, it's already available for pre-order on Amazon too. Eating raw food is a detox in and of itself since we eliminate common allergens like wheat, dairy, animal products, refined sugar, and processed foods. This book contains a 15-day program with shopping lists for eating healthy raw foods to detox and cleanse, and even loose some excess unwanted pounds. This detox will leave you glowing with health and bounding with excess energy. It's fun to effortlessly detox while feasting on the yummiest whole, unprocessed, fresh, raw foods ever!
A berry delicious and nutritious green salad made with kale, baby bok choy, Chinese greens, corn, onion, yellow squash, eggplant, raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate marinated in a splash of olive oil, with a pink of pink sea salt. This is a simply beautiful way to pump up antioxidants to help slow the 'rusting' of my cells. Packed full of beautifying foods for feasting while detoxing, this raw vegan salad will keep your skin clear and glowing with beauty from the inside out. What's your secret for combating the signs of aging?
I'm offering my final 2013 series of Ani's Raw Food Certification Courses in September in Santa Monica, CA. Level 1: September 20, 21, 22. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm. Level 2: September 27.28.29. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm. Level 3, Teacher Training: September 29, 30, October 1st. Sunday 4pm to 6pm. Monday 10am to 4pm. Tuesday 10am to 2pm. My inspiration for creating these courses is to help people learn how simple, quick, and easy raw food preparation can be! It's all about delicious and nutritious recipes made using a handful of easy to find ingredients. Complexity is added with sauces and plating. To support a healthy diet and lifestyle, we need to know how to make our own food, quickly! In my courses, I also discuss lifestyle topics including fitness, natural beauty, organic and eco-green living, healthy detox, weight loss, and much more. And for those interested in launching their own business, writing a book, and or creating a show, I talk about business strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and keys to building your brand. I hope you can join me in September for one or all 3 of my courses! It's a really fun course, and a great way to detox feasting on the best raw food ever!! For more information, please visit my course page.