2 Aug 2006

Favorite Websites - Chef Alex

It's always wonderful to come across a website like Healthy Chef Alex which includes tasty and healthy vegan recipes. It is the site of Alexandra Jamieson who is a holistic health counselor and personal chef who has appeared on many TV shows including Oprah.

The site contains not only recipes but an excellent reading list, health links, details of her workshops, lectures and her services. You can also sign-up for her monthly newsletter.

Alexandra has a recently published book The Great American Detox Diet (Rodale, 2005) which is the same detox program that undid the damage that Morgan Spurlock, the director and star of Super Size Me, did to his body in a month of gorging on nothing but McDonald's. She appeared in the documentary.

Why not visit her blog Healthy Chef Alex as well.

Below are examples of her fabulous recipes:

Coconut Curry Rice
Serves 6

2 cups brown rice
2 15-oz. cans unsweetened coconut milk
1 Tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cayenne powder
½ cup raisins

Wash the brown rice and drain into a medium sauce pan.
Add the coconut milk, curry powder, salt and cayenne powder, stirring to combine.
Place over medium-high heat, cover and bring to a boil.
When rice begins to boil, turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes, adding another ½ cup of water if necessary.
When the rice is cooked through, add the raisins and stir to incorporate, then recover and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.

Sassy Apple Spice Cake
Makes one 10-inch Bundt Cake
Serves 12

1/3 cup safflower, canola or coconut oil
1 ¾ cups pure maple syrup
1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 tsp sea salt
2 ¼ cups unbleached white or spelt flour
1 ½ tsps baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp total either nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom or ground star anise
5 Tbsp soy flour whisked with 6 Tb. water

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the oil and maple syrup until well incorporated. Add the soy flour mixture and whisk for another 4 minutes until well incorporated. Thoroughly whisk in the applesauce. Stir in the oats and salt and set aside. This allows the oats to soften and absorb some moisture before baking. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Gradually add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture, beating well after each addition. Lightly coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray or oil. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately invert the cake onto a serving plate and remove the pan.

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Urban Vegan said...

I love her. She was so funny in SuperSizeMe.

KleoPatra said...

Love her love her love her! Thanks for reminding me some of the reasons why!

Vegan Diva said...

I didn't even know she had a web site. Thanks for posting this. I saw her on the show she did with Morgan Spurlock on FX when they both worked minimum wage jobs for a month.