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The Rancho La Puerta Cookbook : 175 Bold Vegetarian Recipes from America's Premier Fitness Spa
Published: June 15, 1998
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The Rancho La Puerta spa in Baja California has been around for almost 60 years and has gained a reputation for its flavor-packed, low-fat vegetarian meals. Longtime chef Bill Wavrin, known for stunning his guests with his expertise, lets
his love of Southwestern cuisine show through in his (mostly) simple recipes. Few dishes require more than a dozen ingredients, and he includes information on calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and sodium for
each dish. Orange-Corn Muffins and the Rancho La Puerta Granola have been satisfying guests after the strenuous morning hike for years. Dishes such as Mango Tomatilla Salsa, Broccoli Soup, Curried Rice Salad with Fruit, Banana-Oatmeal Cookies, and
Blueberry Cheesecake will make you feel like you're indulging, but won't cost you more than 120 calories per serving. In between the chapters, Wavrin offers cooking tips (how to eat a mango; how to identify and prepare various chilies) and soothing ways
to "take the ranch home" with you, including stretches and other fitness tips. If you can't get to Baja, this book is the next best thing.
Just a few miles south of the border in Baja, the Rancho La Puerta spa has been
attracting guests to its tranquil environment and renowned program for more than fifty-five years. But after mountain hikes timed to watch the sunrise, stretch-and-tone classes, and massages, what guests look forward to most is the stunning spa cuisine
created by chef Bill Wavrin.
The breakfast buffet features the spa's famous Rancho La Puerta Granola, Persian Pancakes, and Banana Bran Muffins. Leisurely lunches on the patio bring Curried Carrot Soup with Dill or Lentil and Sun-dried Tomato
Salad. And dinner selections include Enchiladas with Salsa Mexicana, Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Moroccan Lemons, or Butternut Squash with Mushrooms.
Now, everyone can prepare these unique low-fat, high-flavor dishes at home. Inspired by the
vibrant flavors of the Southwest and northern Mexico, with a sprinkling of other international cuisines, The Rancho La Puerta Cookbook is the next best thing to spending a sun-drenched week at the spa.
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