This Year's Healthy Resolution: Crazy Sexy Kitchen

This Year's Healthy Resolution: Crazy Sexy Kitchen
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This Year's Healthy Resolution: Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Let the healthy festivities begin! Hit the reset button as you enter the New Year, and learn how to make some of the most delicious and healthy recipes for a whole new you! Check out this slideshow for some of Kris Carr's best recipes.

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Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Now you can enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying your body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. John Lennon would be pleased.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Cornmeal Banana Pancakes

Pancakes made with typical white flour, white sugar and eggs can be superheavy and flavorless. However, this whole-grain, egg-free, hearty but not heavy pancake will have you hooked at first bite.

Get the recipe: Cornmeal Banana Pancakes

Morning Glorious

It’s our motto and our morning beverage. Green juice is the rock-solid foundation of my crazy sexy life. Almost all of my juice recipes start with one or two cukes. Cucumber is the perfect base since it yields lots of mild and refreshing juice and minerals, and it’s a fountain of alkalinity.

Get the recipe: Morning Glorious

Avo Toast

Also known as “earth’s butter,” velvety avocados add richness to your toast, and their heart-healthy fats will keep you satisfied till lunch.

Get the recipe: Avo Toast

The Sicilian

Even your dear Italian grandmother will guzzle down this spicy drink. It’s hearty, savory and hits the spot when your tummy is grumbling. Celery’s fabulous phytochemical, phthalide, makes this veggie a heart helper. Phthalide relaxes the smooth muscles of the arteries, which helps to lower blood pressure.

Get the recipe: The Sicilian

French Toast with Amaretto Crème

Morning decadence at its best—vegan-style. Simplify this recipe by skipping the Amaretto Crème and serving it with fresh berries and a bit of maple syrup.

Get the recipe: French Toast with Amaretto Crème

Crazy Sexy Kale

Kale is the supreme king of the leafies and the ruler of this prevention-rocks salad. Serve it solo, with your favorite cooked grain or wrapped in nori or a gluten-free tortilla.

Get the recipe: Crazy Sexy Kale

Chopped Salad

Parsley power! This feisty little herb is much more than an ordinary garnish. A couple tablespoons deliver more than your daily vitamin K needs, which means stronger bones.

Get the recipe: Chopped Salad

Save the Tuna Salad on Rye

The combination of the pickles, celery, onions and lots of black pepper will tickle traditional tuna lovers. For a deep-sea sensation, replace the rye bread with nori (hello, minerals!).

Get the recipe: Save the Tuna Salad on Rye

Beetroot Ravioli with Cashew Cream Cheese

Homemade raw ravioli may seem daunting, but it’s actually quite easy. And this rendition contains the powerful phytonutrient betanin, which helps to neutralize nasty free radicals in the body.

Get the recipe: Beetroot Ravioli with Cashew Cream Cheese

Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger

These flavor-packed burgers can be eaten on a bun or served as a croquette for an entrée with a salad for dinner. Top the burger with Green Chile Guacamole and Sprouted Lentil and Heirloom Salsa for even more deliciousness.

Get the recipe: Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger

Farmer's Salad

The creaminess of the aioli combined with peppery watercress and Dijon Vinaigrette create a fall fiesta in every bite of the Farmer’s Salad. Zesty chives are part of the allium crew—an antibacterial and antiviral bunch that includes onions and garlic. Fresh chives also have high levels of antioxidants and flavanoids.

Get the recipe: Farmer's Salad

Dijon Vinaigrette

This dressing goes with any salad. The Dijon and sweet bite of the agave work wonderfully with delicate greens such as Bibb, red leaf, and Boston lettuces. It’s also delish when drizzled over blanched asparagus. Did you know that mustard seeds contain selenium, which helps to reduce the severity of asthma and arthritis? Score!

Get the recipe: Dijon Vinaigrette

Basic Aioli (Non-Raw, Quick Version)

This is a speedier version of the Cashew Aioli, subbing in the plant-lover’s mayo—Vegenaise. It’ll save the day when you need a sandwich spread or scrumptious dip on the fly. Add fresh herbs for a signature spread that’ll rock anything it touches.

Get the recipe: Basic Aioli


Diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage 4 cancer called sarcoma in 2003, New York Times best-selling author, Kris Carr, 41, set out to implement change. Dedicated to transforming her life and hitting the reset button, she made it a point to reduce stress and suffering, and focus on looking better, feeling better and nourishing her spirit. Her inspired expedition ignited a spark in the hearts of people all around the world, creating a "global wellness revolution." Along the way, Carr has made a documentary and written five books including her latest, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, a plant-empowered, vegetarian and vegan-lover cookbook loaded full of 150 recipes (made for everyone from the newbie to professional chef).

Coauthored by Chad Sarno of Whole Foods Market, who, like Carr, was influenced early on by a strong line of women chefs and also practices a healthy lifestyle (eating animal-free, whole foods and no dairy), Crazy Sexy Kitchen delivers healthy, easy recipes. From freshly squeezed juices to gluten-free and soy-free plates to mouth-watering starters and sexy sides, their Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD) features nutrient-dense, jam-packed with plant-heavy dishes that reduce inflammation, promote restful sleep and even a kicking immune system (to name a few). This is not your "all or nothing" kind of "diet." Transition at your own pace, as "any step toward a plant-passionate diet is a positive one," writes Carr. So, whether you go "cold Tofurkey" or hum along at the pace of a turtle, the choice is yours. The important part? You begin to listen and learn from your body, feeding it the essential foods it needs to nourish and flourish.

To get a running start on becoming a whole new you, check out these top Kris Carr recipes in our slideshow above. And for more on Kris Carr, check out Kitchen Daily's interview, Kris Carr on MAKERS, and her free online cooking classes and virtual "Dinner with Kris."

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