Mya Zeronis is a chef who weighs 98 pounds. She’s currently riding her bicycle from coast to coast. She’s also working toward certification in Nutritional Therapy. Prior to the bicycle travel, she ran an organic raw juice bar and vegan cafe that earned a gold-plate recognition by Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants.
FriendsEAT: Tell us a little something about your business. What makes it special?
Chef Mya Zeronis: After leaving behind me years of diverse experiences in conventional kitchens, I decided to choose who I cook for. My guests are heath conscious professionals who seek out local, organic from-scratch preparation and international flavors. For monthly slow-food brunches, my guests pay a couple months in advance to reserve their seats. Did I mention I turned an accidental vegan in 2013 when my health issues were resolved by plant-based diet? Knowing who I am and where I am coming from, my customers appreciate the food I make that suits their palate and helps them live a healthier lifestyle.
FE: Introduce us to your cookbook.
Chef Mya: Off the bike, I’m organizing my recipes for my upcoming cookbook, Eat Slowly, Move Fast: Plant Pure Recipes by a Holistic Chef & Cross-Country Cyclist.
Nearly a dozen of my recipes won top prizes in national and local contests open to professional chefs. Some others were published in Taste of Home Magazine, The World’s Best Asian Noodle Recipes: 125 Great Recipe from Top Chefs cookbook and on a few blogs. My cookbook is available for pre-ordering here.
FE: What recipe are you sharing and why do you love it for Summer?
Chef Mya: I love riding my bicycle in the summer! I am not one of those cyclists who eat mouthfuls of simple carbs and refined sugar to “race” by themselves. I ride at a pace that allows me to enjoy the scenery along the way. Hey, summer is beautiful. I take with me on my rides, four or five of these brownies that are made with no wheat, added sugar, eggs or dairy. Just walnuts, dates, unsweetened raisins and pure raw cacao give me fuel for a 30-40 mile ride. Unprocessed cacao is a super food, and walnuts brain food. And I don’t even bake these brownies. So easy to make them so quickly. It only takes 20 minutes. I save a lot of time for thinking about new recipe ideas and bigger projects.
How To Make Mya Zeronis’ Brilliant Brownies for a Brainy Bicyclist
1 lb walnuts
1 lb unsweetened organic raisins
1 lb dates, pits removed
2.5 oz raw organic cacao powder
1. Process half each of the first there ingredients in a 8-10 cup food processor until ground but with a few bits of walnuts are visible.
2. Add half of the cacao powder and process more for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is consistent and smooth. It should be oily from the natural oils in the dates and stick to the food processor blades as if it were a dough.
3. Repeat step 1 and 2 to process the remaining ingredients.
4. Place the non-dough in a square ceramic baking dish (about 8″ x 8″) and firmly press down the mixture until it is packed and leveled.
5. Cut into 4 quarters first. Then cut each quarter into 4 squares of brownies.
Lean Chef en Route is located at 1317 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Nearby Landmarks: City Theatre, Thick Bikes, and Pittsburgh Guitars
Phone Number: (412) 212-8816