A few weeks ago I was invited to a cooking demo and book signing with Chef Chad Sarno at Whole Foods Market in Portland. Chef Sarno’s latest project is the New York Times bestseller Crazy Sexy Kitchen, which he co-wrote with Kris Carr (one of my new food heroines). Having met Sarno and read Kris Carr’s blog I can only imagine the fun and adventures these two got into while putting this book together.
Let’s step backward for a second. Carr is a cancer survivor, or as she puts it a cancer thriver. On Valentine’s Day in 2003, she was diagnosed with an incurable (slow-growing) cancer. After a WTF moment (or more likely two) she took-charge of her diet and switched from processed foods to a “plant-passionate diet,” and wrote two successful books – Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor – about cheerleading one’s way through a cancer diagnosis with little more than goji berries and spunk (a LOT of it). Carr is beautiful (I thought she was a former model till I read about her), funny, likes to cuss, and is the only 41-year-old I know (no, not personally) who can look cool with a streak of hot pink (her trademark) in her otherwise blond dyed hair. She’s made vegan the cool kid in the classroom.
Sarno is currently the senior culinary educator for Whole Foods Market’s healthy eating program, which he helped create and launch in 2009. His accomplishments range from launching a boutique chain of international restaurants in Istanbul, Munich and London to being a featured expert in the documentary film, PLANEAT. Oh, and yes he’s handsome.
The demo was far different and better than most I’ve been to, because Sarno was fun – I mean he engaged the audience. He was fast, conversational, well-spoken, and did I mention fun. He made all the ladies laugh (that’s right, you can see it now can’t you – a room full of ladies who either are vegan or seriously thinking of converting). For my part, I was impressed by all of it and though not a vegan or someone who is considering giving up dairy, I found myself tagging recipe after recipe for smoothies, purees, scrambles.. So far I’ve made Crazy Sexy Goddess Smoothie (who knew avocado and banana could taste so yummy), Avo(cado) Toasts, and Crostini with Artichoke Puree, Garlicky Mushrooms, and Horseradish.
What’s say we kick our nutrient deficient, veggie starved tuckuses into a crazy sexy goddess like frenzie with the following… ox
Crazy Sexy Goddess Smoothie from Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kriss Carr and Chef Chad Sarno
1 cup blueberries (wild, frozen)
A fistful of kale or romaine or spinach
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia, to taste, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)
*If desired, use coconut meat, raw almond butter, or nut milk in place of avocado. You can also add super foods like cacao (to taste) and/or 1 or 2 Tbsp of E3 Live.
In high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.