You are most likely already planning your holiday menu – I know I have been thinking about for at least week. It’s no secret that I am a “foodie!” After all I do have a food/health blog. Just because I transitioned to a whole food plant based lifestyle doesn’t mean I have given up my desire to eat delicious food. On the contrary, I enjoy food so much more since it is based on fresh flavorful produce, herbs, whole grains and legumes. The trick is to be able to combine them in the most artful way to enjoy their full potential. My dear friend Chef AJ has a knack for creating insanely delicious food that just happens to also be healthy. That is a win – win for the rest of us! No matter what kind of food plan you follow her new recipes are going to impress even the most ardent critic at your holiday table.
Chef AJ gave me a preview of her new recipes that will debut in her upcoming Holiday Feast Menu webinar. I couldn’t wait to start cooking and give some of them a test run. One of the things I love about her recipes is that she creates them using ordinary ingredients that many of us will already have on hand. Out of the nine recipes she sent me (there will be 12 recipes in the webinar) I had the ingredients on hand to make all of them – no special trip to the store. The way she takes these everyday ingredients and combines them with spices and herbs results in extraordinary flavor. Chef AJ is one of the busiest people I know, so she has fine tuned her recipes so they are quick and easy without sacrificing taste. In just one hour I was able to make these three recipes. In my opinion they make a complete meal!
Kabocha is one of my favorite winter squash so I was anxious to make the Kabocha Squash Soup. It was so quick and easy in my electric pressure cooker. It’s a smooth creamy soup with a light curry flavor and just a little smokiness. It’s my new favorite soup! I can see serving this piping hot in mugs and letting everyone sip on it as you put the final touches on your holiday meal. You can make it ahead and keep it hot in the pressure cooker on the warm cycle. Chef AJ also suggests serving it over a bed of black, brown, red or wild rice as a main course. Go out and buy yourself a kabocha squash so you can make this recipe pronto as soon as the webinar airs!
I love beets – cooked or shredded raw beets, hot or cold. I love their deep earthy flavor. I would never have thought to mix cooked beets with chunks of mango, but it works like magic. It all gets tossed with Chef AJ’s new House dressing and its a party for your mouth. Enjoy every delightful bite as a side dish or serve it over a bed of baby greens for a lively salad. I’m thinking that it would also be fun to serve it over some cold rice or quinoa for lunch. M-m-m-m good!
Most of us feel like no holiday meal is complete until you have dessert. These Butterscoth Parfaits can be whipped up easily – in fact you can make it a day ahead of time and that is one less thing to worry about when you are trying to prep the day of your holiday celebration. There is also the option of making it into a pie with a delicious oat crust. Pumpkin pie spice makes this taste like a decadent holiday dessert that everyone in your family will love. They don’t need to know that it is actually healthy and plant based. Go ahead and make a double batch because people are going to come back for seconds!
Chef AJ shared the photo above of her complete Holiday Feast Menu. The webinar includes twelve recipes that she hasn’t shared before. A few of them were created by Gustavo who orchestrates Chef AJ’s webinars as well as Dr McDougall’s Thursday webinars. Gustavo himself is an accomplished cook. All of the recipes are compliant with the Ultimate Weight Loss program as well as Dr McDougall’s Starch Solution program. The recipes are whole food plant based, as well as being free of sugar, oil, salt, gluten, flour, soy, nuts and alcohol. They are suitable for just about anyone’s food plan. The most important thing is that they taste incredible! This webinar takes healthy holiday food to a whole new level.
Webinar Giveway Time! Note This Giveaway is now closed! The winner was Ricky Shields!
Chef AJ is graciously giving one of my readers the Holiday Feast Webinar for free!
(If you have already paid for the webinar and you are selected she will gladly refund your money.)
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite whole food plant based dish is for the holidays. Give me a link to the recipe if there is one or tell me what cookbook it comes from. You have until midnight Pacific time – Sunday November 13, 2016 to enter. I will randomly choose one person using Random.org and the winner will be notified by email on Monday November 14, 2016. If you can’t watch the webinar when it airs on Tuesday November 15th, 2016 at 5:00 pm Pacific time, you will be able to watch the replay at your convenience.
If you don’t win you will surely want to sign up for this special webinar – I think it’s really Chef AJ’s best one yet and I have purchased all of her cooking webinars. We enjoy her recipes and have them on a regular rotation around here. Use this link to sign up for The Holiday Feast Menu Webinar.
Even if your family isn’t plant based they would still enjoy any or all of these amazing dishes – it’s all delicious food!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
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A Little Nutmeg Nugget: When I started this blog in January of 2010 I followed what I understood to be a healthy version of the standard American diet, ironically also known as the “SAD” diet. As interest in my own health and how it was affected by the food I ate evolved, I transitioned to a whole food plant based diet also known as “WFPB” diet. I have wrestled with the fact that this blog still contains all those posts and recipes from the SAD way of eating I have left behind. I no longer advocate for anyone to eat that way. At this time I am leaving those recipes and posts here. It is a record of my journey and how I came to follow a WFPB way of eating. It is my hope that those who still come here for those old recipes will be curious about what I am doing now. Perhaps they will dip their toes across the line as I did and try some plant based recipes and learn more about the health benefits.