We all know we should eat healthier, but how many of us actually know how to do so? So much of how we look and feel comes down to how we feed ourselves, yet so few of us choose to prioritize our health and invest in eating quality food. Think it's too hard? Too time consuming? To complicated? Too expensive? Let Red Jen teach you how easy it is to make simple, seasonal dishes that are as scrumptious as they are nutritious. Stop choosing the convenience of processed foods, full of sugar, sodium, preservatives and other chemicals that weigh you down, tire you out and add 10 years to your age! Isn't it time to learn to invest in your health - to improve the way you look and feel? Let Red Jen teach you how to cook simple seasonal dishes that taste delicious and are healthy for you, too.
By enrolling in this course, you'll learn step-by-step cooking lessons a la Julia Child with Certified Health Coach Red Jen Ford. Jen teaches you how to enjoy the Autumn harvest while online access allows you to learn at your own pace: to master one recipe at a time or to watch them all and dive in where you are most inspired. Never used kale or winter squashes before? Never fear! Red Jen unlocks the mysteries of hard-to-handle fruits and vegetables, shares with you how these foods can improve your health, and actually makes them taste good!
Red Jen teaches a conscious approach to eating, one in which you realize that you deserve beautiful food made from quality ingredients full of nutrition with surprisingly brilliant colors that tastes amazing without impacting your waistline; this is what she calls
Enjoy this hearty, main-course salad with sweet caramelized butternut squash, crunchy walnuts, savory blue cheese and zippy pomegranate seeds. Learn how to cut a hard or winter squash and which ones you can avoid peeling.
Showcase the fall harvest of apples and pomegranates in this crunchy, sweet and tangy salad balanced with goat cheese for a bit of salt and creaminess. Learn how to seed a pomegranate without staining your fingers or clothes!
Learn to make your own delicious and nutritious kale salad with the 6 tastes of Ayurveda to truly balance your plate: sweet- grapes; sour – lemon juice and vinegar; salty – sea salt; bitter- kale; pungent – cayenne pepper; astringent – pumpkin seeds and cranberries.
A truly exotic and unexpected take on spaghetti squash. Forget the marinara sauce and enjoy Asian flavors in this Squash Salad with soy sauce (or Bragg Aminos), spicy Sriracha, tangy rice wine vinegar, and sweet Stevia, plus added crunched from fall’s red bell peppers and Serrano chilies.
A simple, hearty and delicious one-pot meal that serves a crowd, this vegetarian chili features protein-rich black beans and antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions and jalapenos, plus smoky fire-roasted tomatoes and lots of spices including the surprise of cocoa powder.
Inspired by the kale and potato soup traditionally eaten in northern Portugal, this hearty, one-pot stew can be made with bulk chicken chorizo, traditional pork “chourico,” or even with soy “chorizo” for a vegan option. Choose your protein base then quickly and easily build this healthy and delicious stew tailored to your taste. Super easy and feeds a crowd!
Easy, fast fish in foil packets with flavorful fall chutney. Guarantees moist fish without stinking up the house! Make your own apple herb chutney to impress dinner guests or substitute prepared pesto or salsa for a quick, weeknight meal.
This cook once, eat twice vegetarian dish features whole-wheat couscous or quinoa cooked with cumin and turmeric as the foundation for fall’s vegetables. Sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions are mixed in pilaf-style with savory olives, crunchy pine nuts, sweet raisins and fresh herbs folded in. Delicious vegetarian entrée suitable for dinner guests and great for leftovers.
Fall is the perfect time for peppers and they really shine and sizzle in this simple fajita dish. Chop and drop while cooking over high heat to finish in 20 minutes or less. Easily substitute extra-firm tofu slices to make vegetarian or choose shrimp or beef instead.
Aphrodisiac figs are fabulous on their own, but even better when paired with melted, nutty manchego cheese (a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain). So simple and impressive for your next dinner party or date night!
Love fruit and cheese for dessert, but want something warm on a cool autumn evening? Top pear halves with blue cheese and walnuts and bake until pears are tender – simply divine, heart-warming dessert!
Want a great afternoon snack for the office that won’t weigh you down and helps fight the post-lunch nap? Combine toasted pumpkin seeds with fruit-juice sweetened cranberries, raw cacao nibs, a pinch of cayenne and sea salt to taste. High energy trail mix with balanced flavor, high in antioxidants, protein, and good Omega-3 fats without added sugar!
Forget calorie-laden apple pie and opt for this low-calorie apple dessert instead. Spicy, crunchy twist on baked apples features raw cacoa nibs, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Its sweet, tart, tangy, spicy and bitter flavors are sure to warm your heart and your home on a cool autumn evening.
A great red-wine substitute for designated drivers or those wishing to lighten up over the holidays. Easy and delicious mocktail – unsweetened cranberry juice, all natural Stevia and filtered water. Super high in age-fighting antioxidants, vitamin C, plus it helps to detoxify the liver!
Gorgeous light cocktail for all your fall parties like Thanksgiving and even Christmas! With vodka, antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice and sparkling wine, champagne, Prosecco or Cava, this drink has less calories and alcohol than a traditional martini!
Red Jen Ford is a Health & Wellness Coach, Consultant, Educator and Seasonal Eating Expert with 15 years of experience balancing a demanding corporate career with her need for healthy & tasty food, plenty of exercise and a fulfilling life. She provides coaching and education both on an individual basis and in group settings to help clients achieve balance in their lives and improve their overall health and well being. She also consults with organizations to help them define and implement nutrition and wellness strategies.
Jen earned her BS degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Biotechnology at the University of California at Berkeley. She began her career in Environmental Consulting and went on to work as a Management Consultant, focusing on industries such as Investment Banking, Aerospace and Defense, Food & Beverage, and Healthcare. After learning how to juggle her demanding job, travel challenges, personal responsibilities, and need to pursue her passions, she realized her true calling was to help others find more balance and improve the health and quality of their lives.
She became a yoga teacher in 2005, quit her corporate job in 2007, and started managing the Westwood Farmers’ Market that same year. She went on to earn her certificate in Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been coaching ever since.
Working at the farmers market has deepened her understanding of seasonal eating and connected her with yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, an ancient approach to finding energetic balance. She’s been told that she has an uncanny "Passion for Produce" and with this passion hopes to change the world "one bite at a time." Or, more pointedly, one Big-Bang-for-Your Bite!TM at a time!
Red Jen teaches her busy clients the simplicity of eating local, sustainably grown food.
Check her out on the web at www.redjenford.com, read her recurring articles in LAYOGA Magazine, get inspired in her yoga classes at CorePowerYoga (www.corepoweryoga.com), find her at the farmers market at www.westwoodfarmersmarket.com, or watch for her seasonal sound bites and cooking demos at www.foodenquirer.com.