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INGREDIENTS: (crust): 2 cups of raw unsalted pecans 2 cups of pitted dates 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla 1. Place pecans in a dry food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process into a flour like consistency. Do not over-process or you will get nut butter. 2. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and pulse briefly. Add the […]

1 cup of roasted pear halves (this is the yield from one 25 ounce jar of pears in their own juice) 2 large navel oranges plus their zest 12 ounces of unsweetened fresh cranberries 1. Roast the pear halves until golden brown on a Crisp Ease tray, Silpat or other nonstick silicone baking mat. This […]

Makes 8 servings 4 acorn squashes Wild rice stuffing (see recipe below) 1. Cook the acorn squash according to your preferred method. I cook them individually in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker by placing them on the rack with water up to the rack and cook them on high pressure for 10 minutes with […]

My dear friend, Shayda, who lost 100 pounds on my Ultimate Weight Loss Program, gave me this incredible recipe, which I tweaked to my liking. 8 ounces of steamed or roasted beets 8 ounces of mango ¼ cup finely chopped red onion Fresh mint – ¼ cup (about ¼ of an ounce, or more, to […]

5 pounds of Kabocha squash (weight is before cooking) 4 cups of water ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats 3 cups of chopped onion (about 10 ounces) 4-6 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning (I prefer Benson’s Table Tasty available at – 10% off with code AJ). 2 teaspoons SMOKED paprika (different than regular […]

This is so delicious that I will often eat it for breakfast or even dessert. If I have leftovers, it’s fun to throw them into the blender with some crushed ice for a refreshing slushy! Preparation note: There are no set measures for this recipe, but I like to use twice as much watermelon as […]

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide that is used as a thickener. Leave it out if you wish. 1 jar (28 ounces) of pears in their own juice 1/3 cup raw cashews 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1. Drain the pears and reserve the juice for another use. 2. In a blender, […]

Most pies are made from white sugar, white flour and butter, but this one is made from gluten-free oats, flax seeds and fruit. You can even eat it for breakfast; I do! Crust Ingredients: 1¼ cups gluten-free oats ¼ cup ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon 4 ounces of sulfite-free dried […]

1 box (16 ounces) quinoa, cooked and cooled (tri-color preferred) 1 cup lime juice, and zest from limes (approximately 8) 2 ounces finely chopped scallions 2 ounces finely chopped Italian parsley 2 ounces finely chopped mint 8 ounces pomegranate seeds 2 cups currants 8 ounces of unsalted pistachios 1. Prepare the quinoa according to the […]

Why slave over a hot stove when this delicious chili makes itself in a crock pot or electric pressure cooker? 3 ounces dates (approximately 12 Deglet Noor) 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) of salt-free diced tomatoes, fire roasted preferred 1 pound red bell pepper (approximately 2 large) 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound red lentils […]

Chef AJ
Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with Chef AJ, which airs on Foody TV, and also hosts a weekly podcast of the same name. As a comedienne as well as a chef, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. She is the author of the popular books The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry, and Unprocessed, the co-producer of Healthy Taste of L.A., and the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and body they deserve. Chef AJ was also the executive pastry chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles, where she was famous for her sugar-, oil-, salt- and gluten-free desserts, which used the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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