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Health Starts Here Cooking Class at Whole Foods Green Hills Salud! with Chad Sarno

February 29th, 2012


By now everyone has heard of the Engine 2 Diet and its Plant-Strong plan focusing on meals of fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and whole grains. The bestselling book, The Engine 2 Diet, by Rip Esselstyn has been in the news and is seen in every Whole Foods which has developed a healthy eating guide based off the diet plan called Health Starts Here.

Health Starts Here is a program developed by Whole Foods and is an offshoot of the very popular Engine 2 Diet which has been proliferated lately by the movie Forks Over Knives. Helath Starts Here follows what is called a four-pillar approach to food:

Whole Food

Eat whole, unprocessed foods.

We believe that food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.


Eat a colorful variety of plants.

No matter what type of diet you follow — including those with dairy, meat or seafood — reconfigure your plate so the majority of each meal is created from an abundance of raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Healthy Fats

Eat healthy fats.

Get healthy fats from whole plant sources, such as nuts, seeds and avocados. These foods are rich in micronutrients as well. Work to eliminate (or minimize) extracted oils and processed fats.

Nutrient Dense

Eat nutrient dense foods

Choose foods that are rich in micronutrients when compared to their total caloric content. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.

The diet emphasizes the use of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. It also makes a strong case against the use of added oils encouraging all fats come from those already found in foods such as nuts and cooking using vegetable broth as a replacement where oil is typically used such as sauteing.


Chef Chad Sarno Health Starts Here Whole Foods

Chef Chad Sarno gives a Health Starts Here cooking demo for Salud! at Whole Foods Green Hills

We were invited to a Health Starts Here event by Whole Foods Green Hills culinary demonstration that was instructed by Chad Sarno. Sarno is a classically-trained chef and a co-founder of the Health Starts Here program. He has owned vegetarian restaurants in London, Turkey and the US.

The demonstration class focused on dishes that could be made quickly and preparing ingredients in bulk to make the prep quicker. Cooking enough beans for a week’s worth of meals. Making sauces in portions to be used for many dishes as well as full dishes that could be kept in the refrigerator for easy lunches.

All of the meals prepared used no oil and no salt. In place of salt Sarno had created as seasoning mixture he calls Wicked Good Spice and Seed Blend, a mixture of sesame, sunflower seeds, flax and nutritional yeast. Instruction was given in making your own almond milk as well as a basic white sauce. The quick and simple Kale Avocado Salad was one of the most surprising dishes created. Kale, tomato, avocado, onion and the juice of a lemon made a very flavorful and satisfying salad without need for any extra seasonings. Quick and simple it can be kept in the refrigerator for a grab whenever the craving came.

I could easily go on about the dishes but it’s best to just give you some recipes. Give these a go and don’t worry about the omission of salt or oil where you may be accustomed to adding them. They’re unnecessary. The flavors pop in these.


Wicked Good Spice and Seed Blend

1/2 C Sesame Seeds, dry toasted
1/2 C Sunflower Seeds, dry toasted
1/2 C Golden Flax Meal
1/2 C Nutritional Yeast
2 TBS Onion Powder
1/2 TBS Chipotle Spice
1 TBS Garlic Powder
Black Pepper

Toss all together and store in shaker or air tight container. Great all purpose seasoning.



Kale Avocado Salad - Engine 2 Diet - Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here - Chad Sarno

Kale Avocado Salad

Kale Avocado Salad

This is a very simple, quick and delicious dish. Completely raw.

1 head of kale, any variety, shredded
1 large tomato
1 1/2 avocado, chopped
2 TBS red onion, green onion or leek, finely diced
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of cayenne

In mixing bowl, toss all ingredients squeezing as you mix to wilt the kale and creaming the avocado.  Serve immediately.



Basic White Sauce

1 C raw cashews, soaked (or tofu)
1 1/2 onion diced & steam fried in veggie stock
2 garlic cloves
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 1/2 Cup low salt vegetable stock
3 TBS Nutritional Yeast
Pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic with stock and steam fry until onions are translucent. Add to blender with soaked cashews, soy/nut milk and rest of ingredients and blend adjusting thickness to desired consistency. Add fresh herbs to finish. Sauce will reduce and continue to thicken on its own with time. Use as a base for any other sauces.



Chad Sarno has a return visit planned for Salud at Whole Foods Green Hills with a class on vegan cooking. The class is set for sometime in April/May. I’ll post dates and more on it when information becomes available.



Veganstravaganza At tayst

September 26th, 2010

A quick note for purveyors of pretty food and those of  us who just like vegan dining without having to make special requests.  Wednesday September 29th at 6:30 tayst will be having a Veganstravaganza.  Cost is $45 and includes 5 courses and 5 wines.

UPDATE: The September 29th Veganstravaganza is filled and a second date has been added. Reserve now for October 13th at 6:30.

  • Quinoa & Pea Cakes
    Spaghetti Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, Tomatoes, Pomegranate
    Hugel Picpoul De Pinet
  • Smoked Pumpkin Bisque
    Polenta Fritos, Arugula
    Pisoni Nosiola
  • Almonds
    Almond Gnudi, Toasted Almond, Almond Froth, Sorrel Pesto, Pepper Sauce
    Deen di Bartolo Brut
  • Tofu
    Marinated, Grilled Tofu, Carrots, Eggplant, Crispy Shallots, Roasted Cucumber, Tobacco Potatoes, Beets
    Clos des la Bridevid
  • Dessert Sampler, Warm Flan, Cashew Cheese, Apples, Chestnuts, Dried Cherries
    Jean Bourguet Malbec Port

2100 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 383-1953


Journey To Bliss Raw Food Workshop

February 20th, 2010

Journey To Bliss Raw Foods

If you are a raw foodie or aspiring to be a raw foodie there is an event coming up that might draw your interest. Laura Button of Journey to Bliss Raw Foods will be presenting a workshop at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills. Here’s your chance to shred the carrots, chop the kale and pulverize some beets as well as many other fresh raw veggies with one of the foremost authorities on raw foods. If you have tried any of the Journey To Bliss items before you know how delicious they are.

FREE Raw Foods Workshop
Sunday February 28th
2-3 pm Salud! Cooking School
Whole Foods Market Green Hills
4021 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
To register, email:

Making Food the Center of Your Life:
In this experiential workshop, we will learn a simple process for making
delicious food from fresh, raw, organic and ethically obtained
ingredients. This course will allow you to enjoy the bounty of each
season without the stress of following recipes. Just a few easy
techniques and you will be able to enjoy really nourishing, fast food.
We will learn why our food choices matter – for our individual health,
our communities, and our planet. Come hungry, and feast on the best food
on Earth.


Ringling Brothers Circus in Nashville

January 22nd, 2010

Will you be attending the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus this weekend in Nashville?





Earthlings at MTSU

April 7th, 2008

Earthlings at MTSU

I have been contacted about a screening of Earthlings that will be hosted at MTSU on April 14th.  It will begin at 7pm and will be held in the KUC Theater.   Free vegan desserts and drinks will be served and admission is free as well.  There will also be a Q&A session after the screening.