Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review of Ani's Raw Food Essentials, Chinese Cole Slaw and Red Green Juice

This is a picture of my mid afternoon meal today.  I've been hanging in the kitchen today...preparing raw crackers and breads...veggie burgers and salads.
On my plate is a Hemp Sun Burger with Mustard...on Salted Flax Cracker from Ani's recipe book pictured in the background.  I have made two double batches of these recipes..and added my own modifications to them....I cannot say enough about this book and the recipes...Ani's Raw Food Essentials.  The recipes I have tried are delicious, easy to prepare...with few ingredients.  I have been coaching a couple of friends about raw foods...and of all the raw food recipe books I have and use...this is one of the top one's I would recommend!
I can hardly believe this ridiciously low price for what you  get.  I purchased mine at the Half-Price Bookstore and paid almost $13 for it....and it was still worth it!  I would put the value on a book like this up in the $20 range..when comparing it to all of the raw food books and un- cookbooks I've purchased.  It is a hardbound book, 324 pages of information...
Here is a list of some of the info~
tools & ingredients
raw food techniques  and basics
dehydration, flatbreads, soaking & sprouting, fermenting & pickling, substitutions
drinks~smoothies, mylks and shakes, elixirs,, sun teas, cultured drinks
b-fast~cereal, crepes, pancakes, bacon, scrambles, quiche, toast & biscuits and gravy, jams &butters
snacks and accompaniments~cheezes, chips, crackers, veggies, seasonsed nuts, pickled veggies
salads and dressings
wraps, sandwiches and burgers
pizza and noodles
dumplings and rice
nori maki
desserts~pies, cakes, ice kream, sweet sauces, cookies
sample menus
raw food for dogs

as you can see this books has it even has several basic recipes that you can use to create your own recipes according to your tastes or desires....for instance..she gives a basic cake can add cacao...for chocolate...spices to make a spice cake...or whatever flavor you you can tell I Love this book...and by the way ~~Ani is not asking me to promote it....nor do I get any compensation from Ani for promoting it...

This is a picture of the Hemp Sun Burger and Salted Flax crackers from Ani's book I have dehydrating...on one of the trays of crackers I left it a bit thicker and topped it with sesame seeds to use as a bread...I also added some grape tomatoes to her recipe. I will flip the mixture over when it is dry enough and score accordingly and continue to dry to desired crispness

Here I am in the process of making two different salads
in the bowl is shredded green cabbage and shredded carrots, diced celery is on the counter

I have divided the cabbage mixture and added celery to only one bowl
I will mix in the celery and store that mixture to make Cabbage Slaw . This is a great way to be prepared for salad days ahead.  This slaw uses avocado and jalapenos, nutritional yeast and veggie broth is very filling and a favorite at my house.

With the other bowl of cabbage I made
about 1/2 head of cabbage shredded
1 c. raw cashews
1 c. raw sunflower seeds
1 bell pepper diced (not shown)
1 carrot shredded
1 bunch green onion diced
3 T. Seitenbacher Veggie Broth and Seasoning Powder

3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. water
pinch of stevia
mix in blender & pour over salad mix

This is not is my

Red Green Juice Blend
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of beet tops
2 beets
1 bunch of kale
3 broccoli stems
5 cukes
6 granny smith apples
big piece of ginger
1 c. of lemon juice
I also added some leftover collard stems, kale stems and the greens from the outside of a cauliflower...waste nothing I say...if it is green juice it....whenever I make something with the items above or similar items I place the unused stems and such in a container and juice them at juicing time.

Time to go clean up and exercise....enjoy your day!!!
and does a body good and the people around you too!


  1. what a delicious kitchen to be spending time in today!

  2. Wow. What a spread you have dehydrating. I should follow your lead. Great site, just joined to follow you. You make all that juice at once?

  3. Thanks Antony! I love my kitchen...when I was growing up my grandma was always in the kitchen and I would stand by her side and watch...I used to say, "When I grow up, I want to be just like you, grandma"....well....that is what happened! :)
    Sasha~ Hi!! Thank you! I do make a gallon of juice at once. Both my son and I drink it. After several years of juicing..this is what works for me. I used to stand in kitchen and juice all the does get old when you are preparing mostly all raw meals...I usually have two juicers for greens (my GreenStar) and my Jack LaLanne (RIP) juicer for apples/celery/ is quicker this way, especially when my son is man-ing one of the juicers.
    thanks for reading!! and commenting...both of is encouraging to get some feedback!

  4. I have all of her books and still can't believe I met her/got pics with her!! Too cool!
    Peace and Raw Health,



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