Piggies, you are in for a treat of epic proportions this month! I am giving away an Excalibur 9-tray food dehydrator; and to celebrate, I decided to throw a party. Well, a virtual party on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so you could all join in. What's a party without fabulous people and delicious food? So, I have teamed up with some of the top raw foodists to bring you a scrumptious raw vegan recipe every day this month, each showcasing the fantastic Excalibur Dehydrator.
So, this is DAY 1 of "Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur."
I thought it only fitting to open the party with one of the raw food movement's most recognizable faces. A true superstar -- Carol Alt. After reading Carol’s impressive biography and career timeline, one is left wondering, “Is there anything this incredible woman can’t do?” Since her days as the world’s most famous supermodel, Carol Alt has been a multi-award-winning actress that has appeared in more than 65 films; host of countless TV and radio shows; had a number one music hit in Europe; graced the cover of over 700 magazines; worked as a dedicated philanthropist; and is now also a skincare entrepreneur, jewelry designer, and bestselling author on raw food nutrition.
Yes! Carol Alt is a RAWKSTAR! Carol has been living a raw foods diet for almost twenty years, and dedicates her life to sharing her personal experiences of how a raw vegan diet eradicated her health problems like headaches, stomach issues and fatigue. Carol now has more energy, looks UNBELIEVABLE (well she always did) and is slimmer than ever.
This inspirational woman has written three sensational raw food books. Her first book, EATING IN THE RAW, that came out in 2005 is still a bestseller. Carol followed that up with THE RAW 50 in 2007; and her third book, EASY SEXY RAW, has just been released. Since writing her first raw foods book, statistics showed that sales of raw food quadrupled! Carol has clearly had quite an impact on the raw food movement.
Carol also maintains a fantastic blog, sharing healthy raw food tips and recipes, as well as stories from her professional and personal life. Her raw food recommendations page is a great resource; and her “Ask Carol” section is fabulous! Simply ask a question, and Carol will answer it for you. Carol is gracious, humble, generous, and extremely knowledgeable about whole foods, health, and nutrition. She speaks at health food expos and events all over the country, and is accessible through her website and twitter.
I have learnt so much about raw foods from Carol’s books. Her latest book, EASY SEXY RAW might just be her best book yet. The thing I love most about this book is that it really makes eating raw food fun and accessible. Carol demystifies raw foods by offering up well-researched information about the biological and environmental impact of live foods in a comprehensive and digestible way. There is also an ingredients, kitchenware, and shopping glossary; soaking and sprouting charts; a fermentation lesson; and the very popular "turn it raw" section where she shows you how to make popular cooked favourites raw. LOVE LOVE LOVE her raw vegan chocolate chip cookies!
But let me whet your appetite with the 130 super-simple amazing recipes in this book. There are the usual raw food favourites like kale chips, flatbreads, date rolls, ice creams and crackers. Her sun-dried tomato bread is incredible; the abundance burgers are mouthwatering; the beet and cashew cheese collard tacos are delectable; the Thai-style mango salad is zesty and refreshing; the lemon “luv” cupcakes are TO DIE FOR; and I have contemplated selling my soul for her coconut butterscotch cookies.
There are also some really different ideas thrown in here that I haven’t seen in other great raw books gracing my shelf. The Indian pistachio turmeric milk might be a stand-out. But what makes this book charming are the personal stories and handy tips that accompany each recipe. You feel like Carol is in your kitchen sharing her life experience guiding you through the “easy sexy raw” journey with humour and honesty.
One of the most useful parts of the book is the resources section where Carol shares all of her favourite raw food companies. This has been a godsend to me! One of my biggest discoveries from this section is Good Stuff By Mom & Me. Tanya Petrich (Mama Tanya) and Claire Lunny (Mama Claire) offer delicious organic raw sprouted foods like lemon chia seed donut holes, chocolate brownies, gingerbread and more! Oh, show me the way to piggy raw foods heaven!
It is their pizza recipe that Carol is sharing with us today, which you'll find on page 175 of EASY SEXY RAW. At first glance, this recipe might appear labour-intensive, but if you prepare the crust ahead of time, it is dead easy. In the book, Carol suggests you double the recipe and make several pizza bases to save time for future meals. I would highly recommend doing this, as then you can top the bases with anything you like on another day. This pizza crust is SENSATIONAL. Please read Carol's hints and tips at the bottom of this recipe. It will save you SOOO much time!
As well as raw food recipes, check out Carol’s incredible natural skincare line, Raw Essentials, which she launched at Duane Reade in NYC in 2010; and her new jewelry line, True Harmony. Please also support The Tony Alt Memorial Foundation which gives 100% of its proceeds to worthy children’s charities.
Carol, thankyou for so graciously participating in this event.
You are a pioneer, a visionary, an inspiration, a gift. Blessings to you....
*Note: I did not receive payment or product to host this event. However, I did receive one machine to give away.
Learn more about Carol Alt at her website and join her on Twitter.
*This recipe is published here with permission from the author and publisher.
Reprinted from the book Easy Sexy Raw by Carol Alt. Copyright © 2012 by Carol Alt. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.