Chef AJ’s Holiday Feast Webinar Giveaway!

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.

Creamy Curried Kabocha Squash Soup Nutmeg Notebook

Chef AJ’s Creamy Curried Kabocha Squash Soup – Bodacious Beet Salad –  Butterscoth Parfaits
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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!

Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup Nutmeg Notebook

Chef AJ’s  Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup
Nutmeg Notebook

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!

Chef AJ's Bodacious Beet Salad Nutmeg Notebook

Chef AJ’s Bodacious Beet Salad
Nutmeg Notebook

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!

Chef AJ's Butterscoth Parfaits Nutmeg Notebook

Chef AJ’s Butterscoth Parfaits
Nutmeg Notebook

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's Holiday Feast Nutmeg Notebook

Chef AJ’s Holiday Feast
Nutmeg Notebook

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!


Be sure to leave me a comment and feel free to post about this giveaway on your favorite social media sites!

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.


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  1. LaurAnn says:

    My ‘go to’ holiday recipes are from The Chef and the Dietitian show #50, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHqKMY8mf4k You just cannot go wrong with anything ‘Chef AJ’. Thank you Tami for sharing about Chef AJ’s Holiday Feast. I am so glad to have discovered this site. It is so nice to have places to go that understand about healthy food and lifestyle.

  2. Sushanthi says:

    I really like below recipe from Vegan richa website, Broccoli masala pie.


  3. Lin says:

    Looks like a wonderful line-up once again. 🙂

  4. Lisa M says:

    Ooh, I’m excited about Chef AJ’s Holiday Webinar!

    One of my favorite holiday recipes is the Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls from Oh She Glows. I haven’t yet tried to make them totally UWL compliant, but my bet is it would work fine.


  5. Janet says:

    I like Southern Cavier from the Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings cookbook.

  6. Colleen says:

    I’m drooling here, Tami! These dishes look amazing, and your table is beautiful and festive. Thanks for spotlighting whole plant based foods. You had asked what I was going to make for Thanksgiving on another post: a version of Chef AJ’s quinoa salad from her book Unprocessed, made into stuffed squash, and Orange citrus beets from Jill Nussinow of pressure cooker fame. Interestingly the webinar has similar recipes, so they might just make it to the menu

  7. Tiffany says:

    My favorite meal for the holidays is “Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole” from Sugar and Flours by Joan Ifland. I would love to win this webinar. The food looks a-ma-zing and I could definitely use more compliant holiday recipes. For now I just eat this casserole while everyone else eats all the rest of the food I make. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Ricky Shields says:

    Baked Japanese sweet potatoes. I just discovered them and they taste like they are already candied! I wouldn’t do a thing to them.

  9. Anne says:

    We love Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Cranberries, a Fuhrman recipe. It can be found on his website drfuhrman.com.

  10. Melynda says:

    Chef AJ’s Quinoa Salad with Currants and Pistachios is my favorite for the holidays. It looks very festive if you use the pomegranate arils. Beautiful and delicious!

  11. Michelle says:

    I don’t know what my favorite wfpb holiday dish is as this will be my first holiday eating 100% wfpb! 🙂 I’m still trying to decide what to make. Maybe a stuffed acorn squash. Scouring the internet for ideas. Will have to check out chef AJ’s webinar!

  12. Kathy says:

    I am new the the Whole Food Plant Based Diet. I have not made the Stuffed Pumpkin yet but I will be for Thanksgiving!

  13. deb says:

    I like Lynn’s Loaf from the Engine 2 Cookbook. Very simple and always a hit.

  14. Ellen says:

    Mashed potatoes and sage gravy

    Mashed potatoes is my recipe

    Place in InstantPot
    2 1/2 pounds potatoes cut in quarters
    1 1/2 cups water or veggie broth
    Steam 10 minutes. Mash and add water as needed

    Sage gravy
    The New McDougall Cookbook, page 332 minus the miso

    Thank you!

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  16. Jody - Fit at 58 says:

    Shared on both my FB pages. You don’t have a tweet button….

  17. Caitlin says:

    Mashed sweet potatoes- so simple yet so delicious!! 🙂

  18. Debra Chan says:

    I love the lentil walnut loaf from the ” Oh She Glows” cookbook. I put some cranberries in the mixture to make it Christmas worthy. I do not put the flour in. Yum

  19. Nanette says:

    Modified a Pumpkin-Apple Soup recipe from Cooking Light to be a compliant Butternut-Apple Soup

  20. Anita says:

    Looks delicious!!

  21. Harry says:

    I like this loaf http://www.brandnewvegan.com/recipes/seitan-meatloaf

  22. Carrie says:

    I saw you on the holiday survival webinar, you are very inspirational! I’d love to win the holiday recipe webinar!

  23. Deb says:

    I too like dr fuhrman’s sweet potatoes and apples recipe

  24. Alexandra Coursen says:

    I like Chef Aj’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

  25. Rebecca says:

    This is my first thanksgiving since switching to a pbwf diet. I was really looking forward to cooking new recipes and then had a water disaster so my kitchen will be torn up. I still like to dream.

  26. Angie says:

    I love Happy Herbivore’s crustless pumpkin pie from her Holidays and Gatherings cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Mamie says:

    I love cauliflower puree made in my instant pot. It serves as a “base'” on my plate for all my bean and vegetable dishes. It’s simple, easy and delicious.

  28. Kathryn says:

    Thanks for the preview. For me, a favorite seasonal recipe is applesauce made from fresh local apples. No recipe needed, I just bake apples and them mash them with a little cinnamon or apple pie spice mix.

  29. Kim says:

    Chef AJ’s Holiday Feast looks wonderful, I will be having 20 guests and planning my menu now, I usually do a soup as an appetizer, last year I did a cauliflower and apple, so will try something new this year and the kabocha squash soup soup sounds great. What is a big hit is the Kale Waldorf Salad from the Whole Foods website. I make this every year. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/kale-waldorf-salad

  30. Karen says:

    Tami, thanks for this preview! I agree, many of Chef AJ’s recipes are in regular rotation around here and they are equally beloved by my non-WFPB relatives, with whom I’ll share Thanksgiving dinner.

    My favorite recipe to bring is buffalo cauliflower hot wings. I got the recipe from a Lindsay Nixon newsletter and it is also in her Holiday Gatherings book, which I do not have. There is a similar recipe in the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease cookbook by Ann and Jane Esselstyn, pg. 234-35.

    I have made some modifications to increase the health value, such as adding turmeric powder to the chickpea flour batter.

    Have a great holiday! Your table is very festive. You are great at decorating the dining area to reflect the season.

  31. veggiesue says:

    Always on the lookout for new stuffing recipes.
    This year we’re going gluten-free and nightshade-free so it’l going to be a struggle finding compatible recipes. If not, I guess I’ll be modifying some old ones for myself and make mashed white (for hubby) and sweet potatoes (for me) and Mary McDougall’s FF Golden gravy as the main course with lots of veggie side dishes.

  32. Ruth says:

    the fall pumpkin mousse, I can have dessert while others do too and love it.

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