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Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly sold-out seminar featuring cooking instruction, nutritional science and song parodies, all delivered with comedic panache. Never content to leave her audience with mere “just do it” advice, she teaches how to create meals to transform their health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve. Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ is also creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Blog Entries by Chef AJ

Help keep Healthy Living on TV and get Exclusive Recipes!!!

Chef AJ | July 16, 15 at 02:05 PM

Dear Vegsource Friends, I am running an Indie Go Go campaign to raise funds to shoot 7 more episodes of Healthy Living with Chef AJ which airs on Foody TV. You can see the campaign and the various perks,...

Cooking with Dr. Esselstyn

Chef AJ | April 27, 15 at 10:38 PM

My new TV show, Healthy Living with Chef AJ is now airing on Foody TV. Here is the first episode with Dr. Caldwell B. Esslestyn, Jr....

Hail To The Kale!!! Revisited.

Chef AJ | January 6, 14 at 10:31 PM

Read More: almond butter, beans, Chef AJ, kale, salad dressing

One of the most popular recipes from my book, UNPROCESSED, is the Hail To The Kale Salad.  It is sold at the Whole Foods Market in Pasadena on Arroyo and is one of their best selling salads.  Some folks thought...

Some Great Thanksgiving Recipes

Chef AJ | November 23, 13 at 02:23 PM

Read More: chef aj, vegan holiday recipes

If you need some holiday inspiration, watch this enocre presentation from The Chef and The Dietitian because we make healthy taste delcious!!! Happy Thanksgiving. Love & Kale, Chef AJ  ...

Have dinner with Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Alan Goldhamer

Chef AJ | October 21, 13 at 09:11 PM

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There are still a few tickets left for the Healthy Taste of LA 4 dinner with the doctors on Saturday, November 2nd.  The dinner will be created by four plant based superstar chefs and is oil free.  Miyoko Schinner, The...

Meet the Forks Over Knives Doctor In Person on June 23rd!!!

Chef AJ | June 15, 13 at 10:34 AM | Celebrities, Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: cardiac health, Chef AJ, oil, plant based nutrition, reversing heart disease with diet

One of the most delightful segments of the blockbuster documentary was Dr. Terry Mason, the Cook County Medical Commission.  In a rare Southern California appearance he will be speaking with Dr. Baxter Montgomery (the Vegan Cardiologist from Houston Texas) and...

Make your own Lara Bars

Chef AJ | January 31, 13 at 09:53 PM | Food

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Lara Bars are a great snack.  Many are made from just fruit and nuts.  But did you know you can make your own in minutes for a fraction of the cost?  Some of the newer Lara Bar flavors have sugar,...

Split Pea Soup in only 6 minutes???

Chef AJ | January 9, 13 at 10:21 AM

Read More: Chef AJ, fast food, Soup

Yep!  With a pressure cooker you won't have to wait 8 hours for your soup to cook in a crock pot or 2 hours on the stove.  If you go to www.instantpot,com and use the code AJ you get a...

Thanksgiving Recipes from The Chef and The Dietitian

Chef AJ | November 8, 12 at 10:12 PM | Celebrities, Food, Green, Lifestyle

Read More: Chef AJ, lentils, raw, vegan, vegan holiday recipes, vegetarian recipes

Here are 8 easy, delcious and nutritious recipes from The Chef and The Dietitian.  If you have any questions about the recipes we are doing a live tweet chat on Wednesday, November 14th. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  ...

Would you to have Dr. Essesltyn in your living room this Sunday?

Chef AJ | November 2, 12 at 11:18 PM

Read More: Chef AJ, heart attack proof

That's right.  You can enjoy watching Dr. Esslestyn give a lecture right from the comfort of your own home.  HTLA 3 (Healthy Taste of LA) is sold out again this year so we are live streaming the entire event FOR...

Meet the Chef and The Dietitian LIVE!!! (and Pineapple UNfried rice)

Chef AJ | September 23, 12 at 09:15 AM

Read More: Chef AJ, healthy cooking, vegetarian recipes

Come meet us live at Healthy Taste of LA on Sunday, November 4th.  You can also hear our keynote speaker Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr and leading authority on emotional eating Dr. Roger Gould.  Enjoy the food of celebrity chefs...

Apple Pie without an oven!!!

Chef AJ | August 31, 12 at 03:14 PM | Celebrities, Food, Health

Read More: Chef AJ, fruits, milk alternatives, smoothies

The perfect summer treat! Tastes like apple pie in a glass. To see the Chef and The Dietitian LIVE and in person sign up at

Our Favorite Fat-Free Salad Dressing

Chef AJ | July 24, 12 at 11:56 AM | Add category, Celebrities, Food, Health, Video

Read More: Chef AJ, dates, fatfree, lemon, nutritional yeast

Not only don't you need oil to make a delicious salad dressing, you don't need nuts or seeds either! :) This dressing takes minutes to make and you can easily change the flavor by using different mustards or substituting...

If Dr. T. Colin Campbell can make kale chips, so can you!!!

Chef AJ | June 9, 12 at 08:42 AM | Celebrities

Read More: Campbell, Chef AJ, healthy cooking

Watch the most awaited episode of The Chef and The Dietitian starring Dr. T. Colin Campbell making kale chips.  Why pay $6 for a 2 ounce bag when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost?  ...

Disappearing Lasagna

Chef AJ | February 6, 12 at 11:21 PM | Food

Read More: Chef AJ, Unprocessed

We made this for our Super Bowl party and it really did disappear.  Even the carnivores loved it!!!...

How to saute without OIL!!!

Chef AJ | November 21, 11 at 01:45 PM | Food

Read More: garlic, oil, onion

Hopefully by now you have read one of the great books by Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Fuhrman or Dr. McDougall. and you already now that ALL OIL is really, really bad for your health and that it promotes obesity, diabetes and...

How would YOU like to have dinner with Dr. T. Colin Campbell?

Chef AJ | October 10, 11 at 09:57 AM

You have probably read his bestselling book "The China Study" and hopefully have heard him speak, but how often do you get a chance to have dinner with Colin, the Father of Modern Nutrition?  And this just isn't ANY dinner. ...

Oil and Salt Free CHIPS!!! Pure crunchy goodness.

Chef AJ | August 19, 11 at 09:17 AM | Food, Health

Read More: Chef Aj, corn tortillas, vegan baking

Here is an easy way to make your own crispy, crunch tortilla chips to accompany the Holy Mole Bean Dip we made last week.  Who needs oil and salt?  We even bring these with us when we go to a...