Can you use food as medicine? Yes, say an increasing number of experts, who have studies to back their claims. But there's a catch-22 with that type of diet: It often tastes like tree bark. Now comes a new cookbook from celebrity chef Natasha Kyssa, whose recipes prove that you can eat food that's great for your body and your palate: "The SimplyRaw Kitchen: Plant-Powered, Gluten-Free, and Mostly Raw Recipes for Healthy Living" (click to order).
Although the recipes are primarily raw, some are cooked for those who can't handle that type of chew-chew-chew meal. All are gluten-free and plant-based, and they also all prove that vegan virtue can be gourmet.
Try a family-friendly recipe from Natasha below that will have even kids cheering for a plant-based way of life.
- 2 cups almonds (soaked and then dehydrated)
- 1 cup dates (soaked until soft)
- 1/2 cup dried coconut
- 1 cup raw carob powder
- 1 TBSP cold pressed coconut oil (optional)
- 1 vanilla bean (ground) or vanilla extract*
- 3 TBSP purified water
In food processor, blend almonds until fine. Add dates, blend again then gradually add carob, coconut and water. Process until well mixed and a dough is formed. Roll into balls. Roll into carob or coconut.
Want to get ready for winter? Have this delicious cereal on hand.
Winter Breakfast Blend
- 1 cup almonds (soaked overnight)
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked overnight)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
- 4 TBSP flax seeds (soaked overnight)
- 4 TBSP chia seeds (soaked overnight)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup chopped dates (soaked 2-4 hours)
- 1/2 cup raisins (soaked 2-4 hours)
- 2 apples, grated
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of celtic salt
Put everything in food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add raisin soak water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Top with sliced bananas and vanilla almond milk. This can also be dehydrated and made into crunchy granola.