Raw Food for Real People
Do the words "raw diet" seem like nothing more than a marriage, made in some deep circle of hell, of two of the most unsavory concepts ... with a side of carrot sticks? Then read on, because Rod Rotondi is leading a revolution in L.A. with his "Leaf Organics" restaurants and his "Raw Food for Real People" mantra. That's right -- real. Real like burgers. Real like brownies. Real like lasagna that never touches an oven shelf. His book offers tips and arguments for a raw food lifestyle, and surprising recipes like these...
Flaxseed Crackers and Sprouted Chickpea Hummus
Who doesn't love a good crackers-and-dip combo? Keep these flaxseed crackers on hand and whip up some homemade hummus for a healthy snack for guests.
Cashew "Kreme Cheeze" Sliders on Artisan Herb Bread
Sliders usually conjure up the taste of grease, beer and the smell of the local pub. Not these.
It's an Italian classic -- sort of. It's chock full of seasonal vegetables, marinara and "rawcotta" -- but it's raw. (Hence, the name.) Still, grandma would approve.
Mediterranean Burger with Pesto
Medium-well? Try raw. This Mediterranean burger is served with all the fixings... just none of the meat. It's made from lentils and veggies, so vegetarians can get a burger fix, too.
Chocolate Brownie Sundae
Satisfy that sweet tooth the way the Aztecs did. Real cacao and coconut water make this brownie sundae a treat without any artificial sweeteners.