Health-Promoting, Plant-Based Recipes

The NHA has advocated a whole-foods, plant-based diet for over six decades now. We point out that vegetarian and vegan diets are not always healthful, and that for meals to be truly health-promoting, they also need to be minimally processed and prepared without added salt, oil and sugar—what Dr. Alan Goldhamer terms, "vegan, SOS-free." Let our featured chefs show you how meals can meet these standards, and be truly healthy and delicious at the same time.

Ann and Jane Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn has devoted herself to inventing whole-food, plant-based recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease in support of the research of her husband, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. She is the author of... more

Cathy Fisher

Cathy Fisher has become a featured recipe expert for the NHA and is the creator of StraightUpFood.com, a blog that offers recipes and information on how to eat a health promoting, plant-based (vegan) diet. Cathy's... more

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... more

Chef Bravo

Ramses Bravo is the executive chef at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California and the author of the cookbook, Bravo! He came from working in hotel and restaurant kitchens where butter, cream, meat and pizza... more

Chef John Nowakowski

Chef John Nowakowski began his culinary career in 1978 at age 21, and at the age of 24 became the youngest Executive Chef for all of Marriott’s hotels and resorts. He began his “healthy cooking” career at Pi's Place... more

Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives, an organization that empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition. A graduate of the Natural... more

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a family physician, New York Times best-selling author, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an... more

Katie-Mae

Katie Mae is a plant-based nutritionist and culinary instructor at PlantBasedKatie.com, supporting people in living brighter, fuller lives through whole plant foods. Katie Mae holds a Masters of Science in nutrition... more