SOURCE: Real Food Daily

October 27, 2005 19:17 ET

Real Food Daily Cookbook Offers Healthful Recipes for Whole Family

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2005 -- The new "Real Food Daily Cookbook," authored by Ann Gentry, owner and executive chef of Los Angeles' famed Real Food Daily (RFD) Restaurants, includes a collection of healthy vegetarian/vegan recipes that adults as well as children will enjoy. "As a mother, I am always trying to think of ways to get my children to eat healthy foods," explained Gentry. "It is sometimes difficult, but I have managed to produce some recipes that the children love eating and making."

In fact, making sure that children eat healthy, properly balanced meals has become a national concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6-19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight." One way to ensure that children eat well is to prepare healthful dishes like the ones from Gentry's cookbook. School lunches, for example, can be brought to school and include everything from vegan-style sandwiches to naturally sweetened cookies.

Gentry shares more than just recipes in this cookbook, however. She provides tips on everything from preparation, shopping and timing, to guidance on equipping your kitchen, defining several food groups and explaining unusual ingredients. All this provides the foundation for cooking healthy, tasty dishes that even children will enjoy.

Finding foods that kids like to eat is a challenge every parent knows. Twelve years and two kids later, Ann has finally created a kids' menu at her restaurants. Parents can choose from several categories of RFD basics such as soba noodles, various grain dishes, mashed potatoes combined with tempeh, tofu or seitan. Gentry says, "Kids recognize and can taste good quality food and prefer it."

Finding wholesome snacks or appetizers for the kids is another challenge, but Gentry has managed to create options in that department, too. The Butternut Squash, Corn, and Cilantro Phyllo Rolls are enough to satiate even the pickiest palette. These crispy rolls are made with Canola oil instead of butter, and call for frozen whole wheat phyllo pastry sheets, which help save time and taste great. And Gentry's Guacamole, made without sour cream, is a kinder, gentler version of conventional, fat-laden guacamole.

Like guacamole, macaroni and cheese is another all-time favorite, though not very nutritionally sound, dinner option. Yet Gentry has produced a delicious alternative called Baked Spelt Macaroni with Cashew Cheddar Cheese, which is another child-friendly entrée. Children especially like the herbed breadcrumbs that are sprinkled on top, along with the nutty, cheddar flavor of the cashew nuts.

To round out a balanced meal, Gentry has given a full nutritional makeover to desserts as well. Her Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies are both wheat-free, using barley and oat flour instead. Served with ice cream, they help complete a healthful meal that the whole family will enjoy and want to eat again.

Health-conscious celebrities who are fans of the Real Food Daily cuisine include Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey McGuire, Kirsten Dunst, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Alicia Silverstone, Zooey Deschanel, Jason Schwartzman, Anthony Kiedis, Dave Navarro, Dylan McDermott, Shiva Rose and Moby.

For more information on "The Real Food Daily Cookbook," Real Food Daily restaurants and Ann Gentry, visit www.realfood.com.

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