Dec 11

It’s a Snow Day Giveaway!

I had barely opened my eyes, but I sensed snow. There was a peaceful stillness inside and out, everyone was sleeping in, and of course, there were the multiple text and email messages on my phone that school was cancelled for the day. (I really do have to scale down those notifications!)

It’s indeed a winter wonderland here. I’ve postponed tonight’s Clean Food Cooking Class and suddenly find myself home with a bonus day to catch up on work and write a new blog post. I can’t think of a better day to launch a holiday giveaway.

So…with no further ado…simply comment on this blog with your own plans for eating clean and living well this winter and be entered to win a signed CLEAN FOOD cookbook! Since the New Year is nearly upon us, we’d better give away multiple copies…so three winners will be announced on Thursday, December 19th. Winners must be from the continental US, but all are encouraged to share in this conversation!


Eat clean live well!

Terry Walters



  1. Posted December 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Taking advantage of some special winter market days at our csa to explore the squashes more now that I realize I do like squash. It’s not just the paste my parents made me eat as a kid.

  2. Posted December 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I adore Clean Food. I’ve given as a gift a few times too. I have had it for 2 years and yet still find “new” recipes in it. The teff cookies are like crack to my taste buds. The skillet corn bread is my latest discovery and oh my stars I can eat the whole pan. The husband loves it too. Your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (though maybe your recipe doesn’t call for the chips) and granola are staples in our home. Thank you for this cookbook. Merry Christmas!

  3. Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I just came across your website linked to another website. What a beautiful page! Happy Holidays!

  4. Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Haha! I just realized that you were hosting a cookbook give-away. Let’s see: I’m going to Florida for Christmas to visit the folks. I plan on eating a LOT of citrus fruit. I’m also planning on making healthy unprocessed foods for parents to eat, as they are of the old idea that meat and dairy is the only diet worthy of Americans. I plan to show them they can eat healthy and enjoy it!

  5. Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Although it’s cold, I enjoy my green smoothies for breakfast everyday. Love the kale and spinach. But I’ll be keeping warm with my warm lemon water or hot tea!

  6. Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    The clean food books are AMAZING. Would love to have a copy of the latest version!!

  7. Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I am trying my best to stay away from process food, specially desserts!
    I only drink water no matter what.
    I try to use fresh veggies instead of can or frozen. It’s easy here in a Arizona!

  8. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I hear you, Laura! The desserts are killer this time of year! Terry

  9. Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    It’s my first holiday season eating clean & plant based. Hoping I make it through all the gatherings.

  10. Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    We have “cooked through” both cookbooks, and shared many a copy as gifts to family and friends to spread the clean nature of your approach! We look forward to many new meals to come! Congrats.

  11. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh no, Lois! Cooked through both books already? Book 3 is coming soon…promise! Terry

  12. Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I am such a fan of Clean Food and I love attending Terry’s cooking classes. I always learn something new. I have given her cook books as gifts and I’ve yet to try as many of her recipes as I’d like. I have a few weeks off from work over the holidays and with that extra time, plan to try some of Terry’s recipes that I’ve never tried before. What a fun way to be good to myself and my family!

  13. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Joy…for your kind words and for sharing your positive energy and approach in classes and always. Can I tell people here that you’ve also lost 40 lbs. and look 10 years younger?! Congratulations are definitely in order!!! Happy HEALTHY holiday, for sure! Terry

  14. Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    When I first tried eating Clean after taking one of your classes and buying your very first cookbook, I found it very difficult. I would try a few recipes and think they were pretty good but quickly revert back to my old, less healthy recipes. Eating Clean felt like something I should do but really didn’t want to do. Luckily, over the past years, I have moved closer and closer to eating Clean every day. Not only do I feel so much better when I eat Clean, but I like the way Clean food tastes. Eating Clean no longer feels like something I should do, but is what I prefer. I would advise anyone finding the transition hard, to just be patient. Eventually it comes naturally! Thanks for starting me on this journey with your wonderful recipes and blog.

  15. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Aw…come on, Linda. Pretty good?! ; )
    You’re spot on…patience is key and deprivation is definitely not the way to go. Just like you’ve done…focus on bringing in, 1 new recipe or clean food a week and everything changes slowly and more easily. Before you know it, your clean food options will be your preferred, and your less nutritional favorites will either move to a healthier place in the mix or will fall by the wayside completely.
    Eat clean live well! Terry

  16. Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    New year. New recipes. New combinations. Comfort food made better without all of the additives. Cozy dinners with family and friends. Cooking your recipes is always an adventure for the taste buds!

  17. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to many more shared classes and meals, Marilyn!

  18. Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    We’re eating plenty of fresh, organic veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Love both of your cookbooks and I’ve also gifted them.

  19. Posted December 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I plan on using your cookbooks and attending a class to motivate me and my family to continue to eat healthy! Most importantly just enjoying time with the family eating some great healthy food!

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

  20. Posted December 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I just discovered that Costco now carries Earthbound Farm organic deep green blends, which is baby kale, chard and spinach. This will certainly help with green smoothies in the morning. I needed something new to jump start my morning smoothie. I am so happy to have found it! Looks like it would also work well as a pizza topping and swirled into a winter soup. Yum!

  21. Posted December 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I am eating clean foods for the season and it keeps me norished and warm. I exercise to keep my metabolism going and drinking a lot of clean water. Making smoothies with kale, spinach, swiss chard and fruits with Opti Cleanse protien powders to give me energy and alot of the vitamins that my body needs.

    Have a blessed healthy holidays!

  22. Posted December 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Ever since you published the first edition of Clean Food, I have been giving it for wedding gifts, baby gifts, new home gifts, graduation gifts. I think it is a great way of saying “I love you and want you to take care of yourself.” This year I have been enjoying learning how to eat gluten free so your book has been extra helpful. I would love to win a copy of the latest edition!

  23. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Margaret, thank you so much for spreading the CLEAN FOOD word! We are of one mind – your reasons for “gifting” mirror my reasons for “writing.” : )

  24. Posted December 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I am eating more of the sides (salads, veggies) and less of the fatty foods. Since we do a lot of eating out and going to get togethers, it is tricky, but I hope I can do it! Also yoga and exercise is helpful. When I win the book :), then I can use this to make healthy sides to bring to parties.
    Happy Holidays and thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Your book was given to me as a gift and not knowing of it became addicted to it after the first quinoa recipe. Your education on seasonal, healthy & delicious foods (even for my 3 yr old) changed my cooking forever! Your book in my kitchen in marked up, tabbed and stained with countless uses.
    Now learning of a family members son becoming ill due to a poor diet, I’ve educated her on your book & healthy eating.
    So, I thank you and look forward to more healthy recipes!

  26. Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Your book was given to me as a gift and not knowing of it, became addicted since the first quinoa recipe. Your education on seasonal, healthy & delicious food (even for my 3yr old) has changed my cooking forever! Your book in my kitchen is marked, tabbed & stained with countless uses.
    Now learning of a family members son’s illness due to poor diet, I’ve educated her on your book.
    So, thank you!

  27. Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    We have taken processed food out of our diet, and go by the 5 ingredients or less rule these days

  28. Posted December 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I am going to make all clean christmas goodies and treats.

    Enjoy your families
    Peace, joy and love

  29. Posted December 16, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I am incorporating more vegan meals into our rotation; your turmeric roasted cauliflower with lentils has become a staple item already – Thanks!

  30. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I should send my daughter over to your house! She can’t get enough of that recipe! LOL!
    Looking forward to sharing more new recipes in 2014! Terry

  31. Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I too am such a fan of Clean Food. I plan on continuing my goal to educate my school children how to eat clean. I model this by drinking my kale smoothies in front of them every day and talking to them about the amount of sugar, fat and sodium that is in their daily snacks.
    For the holidays I have decided to make the Coconut Cranberry Pecan balls (p.290) and Sinful Stuffed Dates (p. 289) in lieu of some of “traditional” pecan balls and date bars.

  32. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I hope your school program is going great, Jane, and look forward to hearing more about your successes! Perhaps it’s time for another Upstairs Kitchen Cooking Class! Terry

  33. Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I started making green smoothies in April and have been making gradual changes ever since. I have made major changes but still have a way to go; I am enjoying the process. I love experimenting with new clean recipes and my goal for the season is to find as many recipes that I can that make eating clean not feel like we are sacrificing (i.e. the reviews are no longer ‘oh it tastes healthy’)

  34. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    LOL!!! “It tastes healthy” is always a sign that I have to go back to the drawing board!!! Terry

  35. Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I LOVE Clean Food and have been eating close to the source since late July. My journey began with a sugar detox cleanse in which I was given some delicious, healthy recipes. This led to searching for and creating recipes of my own, attending a two-day workshop at Kripalu Retreat Center (called Women, Food and God) with Gineen Roth in which I discovered a whole new way to look at food and my relationship with it. Then, I discovered Urban Oaks Farm and Clean Food and I am beyond thrilled! I have become a bit obsessed with cooking and these recipes are now the staple of my diet. From the corn chowder my husband raves about to the kale, kalamata chick pea salad, I can’t stop cooking! Thank you Terry! I would love to win a copy to share with my sister as I know she would appreciate it and come to love it as much as I do. I feel so healthy and empowered now!!!

  36. Posted December 17, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I can never have too many copies! I find good homes for all of them. Even your first edition, which I replaced with the revised one, I gave to my future mother-in-law. Everyone I’ve given your book to loves it and I’d love to gift more copies this year!

  37. Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I adopted a vegan diet around labor day this past year, but my commitment to eating clean food has waned a bit with the coming of the holiday season. I am looking forward to getting back on track over the next few weeks and starting off the new year on the right foot. I am going to begin by focusing on eliminating refined flours and sugars. I would love a copy of your book to give me a little extra motivation!

  38. Posted December 18, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi All! I’m new to the website and so happy to have found it! I’m on a new path of clean food living. I spent 3 weeks in Morocco in March, visiting my in-laws. There, food and meals -unprocessed, clean, and nothing but homemade – are central to life and family. After eating clean for those 3 weeks, the color returned to my cheeks, my mood lifted, and my spirit re-surfaced. Terry – i’ve had a long held desire to eat clean, and bought Clean Food when it first came out. I was so happy to have it (and many of the ingredients) on hand and available to me upon my return from Morocco. When that trip was coming to an end, i remember saying to my sister-in-law that i was going to try to make one homemade thing every day. Now in December, and headed into the new year, I’ve finally begun doing that. I have found great joy in the process and know I’ve finally found a way of living and eating that makes me feel grounded, connected, healthy, and happy! I’m only on the beginning of my clean food journey, and am having great fun stocking my pantry, soaking beans, creating soups, discovering new whole grains, and nourishing myself and my family to the core along the way. I plan to the same – and much more – in 2014!!! Thank you for the inspiration and support! I’m so happy to have found this community!

  39. Posted December 20, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    We have been cooking from your two books for awhile now and have gifted “Clean Food” out for birthdays and holidays, sharing how clean eating has been personally transformative for us. Very excited about book #3! Over the winter, we are working on making a few dishes on Sunday afternoon, so when needed, we have clean, tasty food ready to go during the week. With our busy schedules, plus 3 children spread over elementary, middle and high school, our meal plans can become unworkable without warning. Having a clean soup, stew or casserole in the fridge, ready to go, can make the difference. If they do not get eaten for dinner, they will always get eaten for lunch or as an after school snack, so nothing goes to waste.

  40. Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Eating simple and clean requires me to plan ahead when I’m at other people’s homes for the holidays. So that is what I do! I cook ahead and bring a cooler of food with me that I can reheat or just serve and share the delicious food with the meat/dairy eaters. They always appreciate the addition of veggies and delicious food. Thanks for being inspiring. Happy Solstice!

  41. Posted December 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I would love a signed copy of your beautiful book. Right now I’m trying to get back into clean eating (although I didn’t call it that before), after a couple of years worrying too much about what someone else in my life liked–and not what I liked and what was good for me. It would be wonderful to have a printed reminder with good recipes to boot.

  42. Posted December 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Dear Terry,
    I am so glad to hear your contest has been extended! About 2 summers ago is when my journey to healthy eating started. I had wanted to “get in shape” not because I wanted to physically look good, tho that would’ve been a bonus, but I was just always feeling so tired & not feeling all that great. I def wanted to loose a few pounds, however being a mom of 5 it’s sometimes hard to find time to workout. So, I came accross over the internet about how what you eat can affect not only your health but your overall energy & mood. Around that time Sara Snow was having a little contest of her own. It was a “get fresh” contest as she called it. Everyday tweeting & posting pics of ways you were “getting fresh” meaning eating healthier, living healthier & just making changes in your everday life to be a healthier! Winner received a beautiful gift basket of health products. That was motivation enough to keep my daily momentum going in trying to eat healthier. So, that is what I did. I tweeted & posted constantly of myself, pics of the “new” foods I was buying & eating & the foods that I was replacing w/healthier foods. I did make some changes for my family too but the focus was mainly on myself most of the time. I actually found out that I loved the way “fresh” healthy foods tasted and by the time the contest had come to an end not only did I win!! BUT I was feeling amazing! My energy level had gone up, I had started taking a daily multi, walking everyday & had even given up my daily cup of coffee & still feeling great! AND I actually lost a few pounds! It was a “light bulb” moment for me. I truly realized how the foods we eat on a daily basis truly DO affect us on many different levels, not only on how we look but how we feel! And with that I was determined to make changes for not only myself but also for my family too and that where my path to healthy eating started. At first it was easy & exciting, eating basic fresh delicious foods and I still enjoy healthy eating but as time has passed, I’ve often thought it would be nice to have more variety when it comes to meals, other than a basic salads, plain steamed vegetables or a stir fry. I don’t think I ever ate bad growing up, my parents were great cooks BUT they weren’t into eating healthy balanced meals & although I like to cook, I am def no chef. Sure I indulge occassionally but overall I like to eat & feed myself & my family healthy foods & meals that don’t break our budget or consume too much time as I am a busy mom or 5 kids & expencting again! Lol.. I have looked for “healthy” cookbooks in the past as “healthy” cooking does not come always come naturally to me. I now make my own breads & try to make things from “scratch” whenever I can and eat fresh, but I’ve worked at mastering those skills over time through others or searching out & practicing with recipes that I’ve found. I try hard to find recipe ideas that go beyond just the basic & plain. I love cookbooks but most of the “health” cookbooks I have come across contain eaither recipes that are too complicated or contain ingrediants that seem foreign & are expensive or recipes that are not family/kid friendly. Well, a few weeks ago I was in our local book store & your cookbook literally caught my eye, so I walked over to it & skimmed through it. I immediately wanted to bring it home with me! So many delicious, fresh recipes that seemed easy enough & not too complicated for a busy mom like myself. I loved how all the ingrediants were all just fresh & simple & that it was filled w/so many recipes that my family & I would all actually enjoy. I did not have the money to purchase it at the time as Christmas was apon us and with a large family, a cookbook for myself was not quite in the budget. But I did go home & post about it on my FB & found you on twitter to tell you & everyone else how amazing I thought your cookbook was & how bad I wanted it. Ironically, I now see you are having this contest, seems to good to be true! I am just literally praying that I win because I have been wanting & would LOVE to have your cookbook. It would def help me in thinking outside the box & revamping our usuall steamed veggies, basic salads, stir fry, etc… I’m ready to start taking my “healthy” cooking skills up a notch but I need help! I need your recipes to help add more varieties of healthy fresh delicious sides, meals, salads, dressings.. & well I think you get the point! Sorry for such a long comment but I really just wanted you to know how great appreciated & valued you cookbook would be in my home! Happy Holidays! Lisa Dohan

  43. Posted December 27, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful gift. I have been trying to learn about nutrition and cooking since retiring in august. I have lost 20 pds but still learning at 50 years old!

  44. Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Yeah! Happy to see this drawing deadline got extended so I could enter!
    My body is both mentally and physically ready for clean eating! I am blessed to live in New England with an abundance of good food, now it is time to learn what to do with it!

  45. Posted December 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I loved following Clean Food a few years ago. After a birth and some family death, I got really sidetracked. Now I am so excited to get back on the good path for myself and my family. I tend to make your soups and freeze them for the week while my husband can watch the kids so that we always have home cooked food to eat.

  46. Posted December 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Last summer, a friend of mine introduced me to many of your recipes when we did a food exchange. We would both cook on the weekend and then share – half the cooking for twice the variety, it was great. I also liked how I felt eating gluten and dairy free. We got out of habit in late fall, and I can tell now, especially after the holidays, that my body needs a restart. It even brought me here today, looking for recipes that I could make tonight!

  47. Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    You can’t imagine the inspiration I received from watching you give a class , I is exactly what I need. I’m ready to add eating clean with my living clean . I want to make EVERYTHING in your book ! I’m inspired to know that I’m ready to take care of the temple that I am in to give myself the proper supplies from the earth of which we live I
    thank you very much!

  48. Posted January 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful article. awesome content I look forward to reading your other posts.


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