On this week’s show, my guest is Mona Dolgov, author of the new cookbook, SATISFY. She’s back by popular demand (Mona was a guest on Show 88) to talk about easy and delicious ways to health-ify your favorite holiday recipes. If you love sweet potato casserole but don’t appreciate all the added sugar or you’re looking for a super flavorful appetizer like Mona’s peanut butter dip with veggies that satisfies your craving for something creamy and crunchy but without gobs of calories, then this is the show for you!
Mona Dolgov is a nutritionist, cookbook author, and publisher with a lifelong passion for creating kitchen comfort and simple, healthy habits through her delicious recipes. Her new cookbook, SATISFY is hitting bookstores and your favorite online retailers on November 9th and she’s here today to help us “health-ify” the holidays. On the show, you’ll learn how to health-ify gravy, sweet potato casserole, appetizers, crispy AirFryer Brussels sprouts, and a peanut butter dip to die for. We also have dessert ideas including mini-cheesecakes and personal pumpkin pies.
We are giving away a copy of SATISFY to one lucky US winner. We’re also giving away an AirFryer to another winner! See below for details on how to enter.
GIVEAWAYS: We have the most epic giveaway EVER going on until Monday, November 22nd! One winner will receive a Philips Premium XXL Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology. (Retail value: $299.95). Our second winner will receive a copy of Mona’s new cookbook, SATISFY: Delicious, Healthy, and Full-Filling Meals for 500 Calories or Less! To enter for a chance to win one of these two prizes, post a comment in the comments section below telling me about your favorite holiday recipe and/or why you want to win the AirFryer or Mona’s cookbook. This is a U.S. giveaway only. Good luck! Winners picked at random at noon on November 22nd.
COOKING CLASS NEWS: Sign up for our Health-ify the Holidays virtual cook-along. We’ll be making appetizers on November 16th at 6 pm ET and sensational side dishes on November 18th at 6 pm ET. The cost for both classes is $69.00 (cost for single classes is $39). You can sign up on Mona’s website. We hope to see you there.
- Updates in Mona’s world: her new cookbook is out November 9, cooking classes are ongoing, and she’s working on a new cookbook for next summer; Mona loves her city apartment life in the Boston Seaport
- Mona’s philosophy to health-ify the holidays by lightening up dishes
- Mona’s butternut squash soup, made with roasted butternut squash and sautéed apples and onions; the mixture is blended with broth and spices that can be customized with different flavor profiles
- How Mona and Liz are teaming up for cooking classes on Nov. 16th and 18th on appetizers and side dishes
- Their favorite appetizers include Liz’s Roasted Carrot Hummus, Mona’s Peanut Sauce (made with peanut butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar, and honey), Asparagus Wrapped in Turkey Bacon, and Cauliflower Wings
- How Mona’s Peanut Sauce with fresh veggies leaves everyone wanting more
- Liz’s funny story about “double-dipping”
- Mona’s chapter in the cookbook called “Snack-ertaining,” which features her Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
- How the AirFryer has become Mona’s best friend and a favorite time-saving tool for veggies and protein
- Liz’s favorite side dishes: Sweet Potato Casserole with orange juice, zest, cinnamon, and ginger; Brussels Sprout Gratin
- Why Mona makes a “Mona Salad” for many gatherings; it’s made with leafy dark greens, roasted squash and zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate arils; her dressing is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, maple syrup, canned pumpkin, and her spice blend of oregano, basil, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper
- How Mona uses the AirFryer for the best Brussels sprouts ever: after cutting them in half, she sprays them with olive oil and sprinkles with salt and pepper; after 12 minutes, she adds minced garlic and cooks for three more minutes; she adds apples, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and a balsamic glaze at the end
- Why the key to lighter desserts is to make them in bite sizes
- Mona’s crustless mini-cheesecakes: they are made with orange zest, sugar, and reduced-fat cream cheese and drizzled with melted dark chocolate and topped with an orange section
- Mona’s upside-down individual pumpkin pies: they are made with pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a pinch of salt; after being baked in ramekins, she tops them with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon
- Final words from Mona: “Don’t stress about the holidays. Have fun. Be mindful. Focus on the traditions and bring your family in to help.”
Find Mona online:
Cookbook on Amazon (official release date is Nov. 9th, but you can pre-order now)
Author, Color, Cook, Eat! coloring book series
Website: Liz’s Healthy Table
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