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China Study All-Star Review, Recipe & Giveaway!

China Study All-Star Spring Clean Your Diet blog tour

Last November I posted about the China Study Cookbook, which has become one of my go-to books when I’m craving something healthy, low-fat, oil-free and delicious.  (Note: If you want a delicious summery dessert, go back and click through and check out that Fresh Strawberry Pie!) The same folks, namely Leanne Campbell, PhD., have put together a fantastic follow-up: The China Study All-Star Collection!

Who are these all-stars, you ask? Lindsay Nixon of Happy Herbivore, Laura Theodore of Jazzy Vegetarian, Chef AJ and Dreena Burton just to name a few! This cookbook is chock-full of delicious and healthy recipes: breakfast dishes, appetizers, soups, burgers, tacos, desserts and more! The best part is that I get to share a copy with one of you lucky readers! I’ve also shared one of the recipes below… Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles. #yum

Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles photo

But first, here’s a look at one delicious meal we made out of this book. Our friends Jamie and Mike came over for dinner (and rum drinks…), and Jamie and I made the Festive Kale Salad (pg. 75 by Laura Theodore), the Creamy Broccoli & Red Pepper Macaroni (pg. 157 by Heather Crosby), and the Thai Pineapple Curry (pg. 181 by Lindsay Nixon). Everything was delicious, although my favorite was definitely the pasta.


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  1. 1lb pitted dates
  2. 1 cup liquid (water, unsweetened nondairy milk, or unsweetened juice)
  1. 1 cup date paste
  2. 1 cup peanut butter (not salt or sugar)
  3. 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
  5. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  6. Crushed peanuts
  1. Soak dates in liquid overnight or for several hours until much of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. In a food processor, process dates and liquid until completely smooth. You can store date paste in the refrigerator.
  3. Place all ingredients for Chocolate FUNdue in a food processor and process until ingredients are incorporated, scraping down the sides if necessary. Chill FUNdue until firm.
  4. Using a small retractable cookie scoop, drop FUNdue into crushed peanuts and coat evenly.
  1. Substitute cannellini beans for some of the nut butter for a lower-fat version.
  2. The FUNdue is also delicious when made with raw almond butter or tahini.
  3. Try dipping bananas in the FUNdue, rolling them in crushed nuts, and then freezing for a tasty treat.
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  • Constance May 5, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I try and eat cleanly and and try to use a tiny bit of oil at dinner

  • Michelle May 5, 2014, 9:12 pm

    I try to cook low fat with very little oil almost every meal. If I do use oil I use coconut or olive oil mostly.

  • MaryEllen May 6, 2014, 4:42 am

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to have this book!

  • Bonita May 6, 2014, 4:54 am

    If I don’t win, I must order this cookbook. Thanks for the review. Have you tried the Oh she Glows cookbook by Angela Lidden? Every recipe is awesome.

  • Maureen D May 6, 2014, 6:09 am

    Since I am trying to lower my cholesterol and my goal is to go completely fat-free, I usually make fat-fred or low-fat meals all the time. Your site is one of my favorites for inspiration. Keep up the good work, Barb!

  • Adriane May 6, 2014, 6:53 am

    I am currently reading The China Study for the first time!

  • Adriane May 6, 2014, 6:53 am

    I cook vegan, oil free dishes at least once a week.

  • Stacy May 6, 2014, 8:16 am

    I eat low fat every day. I do have some cheat days for when I go out of town and try out new restaurants, but overall, I do pretty well.

  • Katherine May 6, 2014, 8:36 am

    I keep meaning to buy this cookbook. I eat fairly good as is, but I could always use some new recipes to try.

  • Terri Cole May 6, 2014, 9:34 am

    I cook all my (vegan) meals without oil, except for a tiny bit of no-stick spray. Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great book!

  • ashley huff May 6, 2014, 9:35 am

    I’ve been trying to find a low fat, low cal and low carb vegetarian cookbook for the longest time!

    I try to cook something of this sort everyday but ya know how that happens. Not everyone likes what I make so break out the del every pizza.

  • Shannon May 6, 2014, 10:08 am

    We try to cook low-fat, oil-free meals most days. Not using oil has been a transition for us, and we’d love to learn more and continue to improve

  • Frugal Vegan Mom May 6, 2014, 10:09 am

    I always prepare vegan meals, but low fat not so much. I don’t use a lot of oil though and prefer nuts, tahini, and avocado!

  • Chelsea Burnham May 6, 2014, 10:39 am

    I eat low fat, sugar, and oil at every meal. All my dishes are high carb/starch. Rice and potatoes are my daily staples.

  • Jan May 6, 2014, 11:04 am

    I eat in moderation! I like to use coconut oil and canola oil the most!

  • Kristina May 6, 2014, 11:13 am

    All of my meals are plant-based, and about half are low in fat. I have no qualms about using nuts and avocados, and I try to limit adding oil.

  • Leslie May 6, 2014, 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh, how did I not know there was a China Study cookbook?! Sounds awesome! Plus your pictures are gorgeous šŸ™‚ I go low-fat fairly often, but I’m not shy about nuts or avocadoes, and will gladly cook veggies in a bit of avocado oil if it makes me scarf them down faster!

  • Tina May 6, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Not as often as I should.. i use oil in my stir fry and salad dressings. I’d love to learn more oil-free recipes though!

  • Gloria Kersh May 6, 2014, 12:59 pm

    I use very little oil on a daily basis. I try to use applesauce in baked goods and sometimes sweat my veggies in water instead of sauteeing them in oil.

  • Becca F May 6, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I don’t really cook oil free all that often. Winning this book would help though!

  • Cheri Scott May 6, 2014, 3:28 pm

    We’ve gotten very good at using a little water in the pan instead of oils when cooking and homemade applesauce instead of fats when baking. Yum!

  • Nancy May 6, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I’m anxious to see the recipes in this new book! They all sound fabulous!!!

    • Nancy May 6, 2014, 3:52 pm

      Oops! I forgot to mention that I prepare oil-free meals daily.

  • Mari May 6, 2014, 4:11 pm


  • Julian May 6, 2014, 4:15 pm

    I try and cook healthy everytime – though sometimes, once a week – i’ll get something really greasy happening.

  • Misty May 6, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I can’t wait to have this book!!! Love new recipes !!!

  • Andrea R May 6, 2014, 4:26 pm

    I ONLY cook oil free, but will add nuts here and there, mainly for the troops at home. It is lovely when quality books come along that are not overly complicated that aid in keeping me and my family healthy! I hope I win!

  • Erica C May 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I used to be so good about it. Lately, I have been slacking and feeling uninspired. :/ I need to get “back on the wagon”.

  • Jamie May 6, 2014, 7:55 pm

    I’m glad there are cookbooks and websites with such great healthy vegan recipes. I’m not terribly creative when it comes to making up my own recipes and I can get stuck into ruts of eating the same ol’ dish on my own. So Yay for Cookbooks and recipe blogs! šŸ™‚

  • Belinda May 6, 2014, 9:03 pm

    I use no oil in my cooking.

  • William G. May 6, 2014, 9:07 pm

    Looks awesome!

  • Judy donovan May 7, 2014, 2:06 am

    Ripe are oil-free meals 3 times a day, every day! We reversed my husband’s cancer eating this way.

  • Misty May 7, 2014, 3:03 am

    I try to prepare low fat whole foods plant based SOS free foods for every meal of every day. I probably succeed at this about 80% of the time right now. I am always striving for better and looking for creative way to help me reach my goals. I have to get my hands on a copy of this book. I could prove to be invaluable along my journey.

  • Vera K May 7, 2014, 5:19 am

    Most of the time I eat low fat but I do use oils sparingly.

  • Diane Kass May 7, 2014, 6:49 am

    I’m 100% oil-free.

  • Robert May 7, 2014, 9:34 am

    Oil-free? Never thought about not using oil…

  • Cat May 7, 2014, 9:50 am

    I prepare no oil plant-based meals 3 times a day šŸ™‚

  • Melissa K. May 7, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I enjoy the Fuhrman approach to this life style; but these recipes are just right for it!
    It is great to discover all the yummy whole food plant based UNPROCESSED things one can eat!
    Would like to add this cookbook to my collection….free is GOOD!

  • Angie May 8, 2014, 11:48 am

    Those recipes sound so good!
    I have been trying lately to use less oil, but have not been the best at it. I will keep trying though šŸ™‚

  • Kay Lynn May 11, 2014, 8:23 am

    I eat one or two oil-free dinners a week. Lunch is always oil-free.

  • Bonnie May 11, 2014, 11:32 pm

    I would say maybe 3 times a week

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