Within just a few days, Shari Leidich, a mother of three, went from working out daily and hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains to beingbarely ableto hold a pen. Read more...
Within just a few days, Shari Leidich, a mother of three, went from working out daily and hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains to beingbarely ableto hold a pen. The diagnosis: MS. Gradually, thanks to a diet rich in raw foods, she returned to her former energetic self. For the long term, though, she knew shehad to create meals that she would find satisfyingand that her husband and threechildren would love as well. And they had to be quick and easy.
Many of the 130-plus dishes, like Brunchy Poached Eggs on Spinach with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, or Plum and Tatsoi Salad, are riots of color. Most can be on the table before the kids can even complain they're hungry. Indulgent snacks like Creamy Olive and Artichoke Dipand Butternut-Lemongrass Soupsatisfy cravings, and chicken and fish Single-Skillet Chicken Puttanesca, Chard-Wrapped Mahi-Mahi come bolsteredwith plenty of raw produce and grains. Desserts ditch processed sugar in favor of natural sweeteners and power nutrients.
The story of a quest for healing, Two Moms in the Raw is a keep-it-real guide to eating well for anyone who wants to get back on track, enjoy greater vitality, reduce stress, and achieve their best health."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-04
- Reviewer: Staff
When Leidich (creator of the Foodie Award–winning raw snacks company Two Moms in the Raw) faced a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, she met it head on with a raw, gluten-free, and whole foods diet. She also faced another challenge: how to create delicious versions of healthy meals that pleased her family. Leidich is now winning the battle on both fronts. Her debut cookbook presents 130 family-friendly, immune-boosting recipes. Leidich’s recipes are created with anti-inflammatory, organic ingredients that are free of and sugar, gluten, and yeast, and they explode with flavor, texture, and color. She’s serious about self-healing with smoothies and tonics, like a Brussels sprout, apple, dandelion, and turmeric juice and a green power juice. The collection includes breakfast dishes such as egg-topped beet shakshuka, dips and condiments, soups, numerous salads, and veggie mains. Leidich advocates eating plenty of protein and provides recipes for fish, chicken, and bison. She doesn’t skimp on desserts, even outlining rules for “cheating eating.” She also includes household advice and instructions for making homeopathic remedies. Home cooks may be daunted by her inclusive list of basic “exotics”—including gomaiso, ashwagandha, coconut aminos, and psyllium husks—but her kid-friendly “coconutty” chicken breasts and raw key lime pie bring a fun nutritional boost to the family table. (May)