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The Whole Food Revelation product review & GIVEAWAY!

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The Whole Food Revelation is a 4-week hands-on course designed to introduce you to whole foods.  From identifying, to shopping, to preparing, to substituting...this 8 DVD set and companion cookbook includes Grocery Lists, Menu Plans, and Recipes that will take you through the first month of your journey into healthier living and "fast, flavorful, healthy dinners".  Week by week, France Morissette of the blog Beyond the Peel will lead you through the process of planning your menu and preparing everything on one day (Sunday or adjust to your day-off), separating it and packing it up to span the course of your week.  The Adventure Begins in Week One.  In Week Two, you will begin Gettin' Cozy.  Into Week Three you will hopefully have begun Enjoying the Process and by Week Four, you'll be Feeling Great.  Each chapter in the book includes a 5-day menu plan (for one meal per day) that includes a grocery list with options for making the meal either vegetarian or "meatarian".  On your DVD, France will walk you through Getting Ready by measuring out your dry ingredients such as beans, lentils, and grains ...cutting, roasting, puréeing, mixing up veggies and sauces and marinating your proteins.  She also includes Leftover suggestions...allowing you to eliminate waste and turn it into a side dish or component of a main course for breakfast or lunch. 

I think that The Whole Food Revelation is a great tool for young adults who want to move beyond the grilled cheese, spaghetti, and frozen pizzas that they are comfortable making.  France is bubbly and personable, maybe a bit of a goofball (in a totally endearing way)...and a lot of fun to listen to, watch, and learn from.  WFR would also benefit the young couple with (or without) a young child wanting to introduce more whole foods and healthy options into their daily routine...but aren't sure where to begin.  A chef, avid cook, or well-seasoned home cook may find themselves fast-forwarding through the DVD, though.  If working with grains and veggies is something you've been doing for years...if you cook legumes from scratch and regularly break down larger cuts of meat to last you a week...if you already have a great organizational method that you use in the kitchen, then this probably isn't the program for you.  But why not give it as a gift to a younger brother or sister...niece or nephew...grandchild or your favorite neighbor kid going off to college?  That way, they'll be inviting you over to show off the fruits of their labor.  And if you're already an experienced cook, you know how gratifying it is to cook somebody a fabulous meal...what a sense of accomplishment and empowerment it is!  Plus, you know you'd love to be invited over for a Grilled Eggplant Pizza with Bocconcini or Salmon with Mango Chutney and Cumin served with a Barley Tomato Corn Salad or perhaps Roasted Squash with a Hazelnut Parsley Pesto and Wheat Berry Pilaf.  Personally, the Haloumi with Shredded Cabbage White Bean Salad with Toasted Cashews makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

If I have one "complaint" about The Whole Food Revelation, it would be that in the menu...serving/yield sizes are not given.  Since this course is such a great tool for introducing young or inexperienced cooks to whole foods, I think it would be helpful to them to have a yield for these meals...to help them get familiar with how much each will yield...if they will only have enough for themselves or if they can invite friends or family over for dinner.  (But in all fairness, France does give suggestions on certain things like shrimp...telling how many to choose per person.)  That said, I can see how this could benefit the whole learning process.  If you are going to commit and give yourself a month to work through this course, you can keep your pencil close at hand and make notes on how much each recipe makes as you work through it...get into the process and benefit from the hands-on learning process.

I am going to be giving away one copy of The Whole Food Revelation program --> 1 book + 8-DVD set (a $939. value).  This is the copy that I used to get familiar with the program.  Each DVD has been watched one time and the book has been read through...but they are all in "like new" condition.  France has graciously offered email support to the winner of this giveaway...should you have any questions or concerns while you make your way through this 4-week course.

How to enter (mandatory):
Leave a comment on this post telling me why you'd like to win The Whole Food Revelation (for youself, a loved one, a friend...why).

for extra entries (leave a separate comment for each one, please):
~Follow me via Google Friend Connect, subscribe to my RSS feed, or subscribe by email (all options in my sidebar) 
~Follow me on Twitter
~"Like" girlichef on Facebook
~Follow France's blog Beyond the Peel (in any of the above mentioned ways)
~Follow France on Twitter
~"Like" Beyond the Peel on Facebook
~Share this giveaway on Twitter by copy/pasting the following: @girlichef is having a #giveaway - enter here http://bit.ly/iWyhs3 to win a copy of #WholeFoodRevelation by @BeyondThePeel
~Share this giveaway on Facebook (tag @girlichef & @BeyondThePeel in your share)

This giveaway is open to everybody, everywhere.  All entries due by Saturday May 28 at 11:59 pm (Eastern time).  Please make sure that I have a way to contact you, should you be the winner (via random draw). This giveaway is now closed.

And if you just can't wait and want to order your copy now...or for more information or testimonials, check out The Whole Food Revelation site.  Good Luck!

*Update 5/29/11: And the winner is....
...congratulations, Kitty!  I hope you find it useful and I love your attitude --- it's contagious!

51 comments

  1. I would absolutely LOVE to win this because even though I know a lot of foods that are healthy for us, I don't know how to prepare them in a meal. This would really be great!

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  2. Whole foods is nice idea, great giveaway too.

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  3. I would love to win this, as I have had a hard time being inspired to cook lately. I know when I find new meals and ways to cook I get excited about it again!

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  4. I have liked girlichef on FB!

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  5. I am now following you through email!

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  6. I am now following France's blog through email!

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  7. I have liked Beyond the Peel on FB!

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  8. Very cool, I would love to dive into the program myself. You can never stop learning!

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  9. Personally, I'd love to win just cause those recipes sound AWESOME!

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  10. I would love to win this! I have been trying to incorporate healthier foods into my diet but often I am not sure what to make with some of these foods.

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  11. I subscribe through google reader.

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  12. I subscribed to Beyond the Peel through google reader.

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  13. I like how it mentions some time-management techniques (like preparing everything on the weekend). I definitely need more practice with that!

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  14. Not here for the giveaway but do think this is a worthy idea/product. Over the years, I have given the kids cookbooks and recipes to show them how to prepare easy food fast - from scratch without resorting to processed. Nice that someone put it all on DVD.

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  15. I'm always trying to improve our eating habits at home and I'm sure this would be so helpful.
    Yay for an awesome giveaway.

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  16. I think if you start them young enough your kids will love whole foods and enjoy it too. I know mine oes. It is such a great thing to have people exposed to "the real stuff"

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  17. I follow you on twitter @lyndzz

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  18. I like girlichef on facebook

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  19. I just tweeted @girlichef is having a #giveaway - enter here http://bit.ly/iWyhs3 to win a copy of #WholeFoodRevelation by @BeyondThePeel

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  20. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway :) I'd love to win this because sometimes the whole "eating healthier" thing can be so overwhelming!

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  21. i have a loved one with whom i would love to share the gift of healthier eating!

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  22. and i am subscribed to your blog!

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  23. El libro y los cd deben ser la última novedad en programar las comidas de cada día, sería maravilloso que todos nos fijáramos en el triángulo nutritivo,siempre las magníficas ideas dan resultado,cariños y abrazos.

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  24. Goodness! Sorry to hear about your food processor, but the bread looks AMAZING!

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  25. I have been trying to get away from processed foods more and more. (we won't talk about the velvetta pasta salad I just made, okay?). I believe that if God didn't make it, we don't need to be eating it. I don't always LIVE by that, but i'm trying. Great giveaway! I love how you watched it and are passing it along! Thanks!

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  26. I "like" you. That almost looks like an insult doesn't it?? :-)

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  27. Having a few health issues myself I would like to know how to put food together so to keep illness at bay and the ideas of eating good whole food.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  28. I would LOVE to win this!! I'm sooo bad about going to cook something... then realizing I didn't take anything out of the freezer! It would be very nice to have everything cooked in one day and not have to worry about cooking all week!

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  29. I follow your blog via google friend connect :)

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  30. I am now following Beyond the Peel!

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  31. Sounds like a great program for someone wanted to learn to cook and cook healthy. Stumbled it for you :) Will try and Tweet it too, if I can get logged in :)

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  32. I would love to win this set - plus once I went through it I would love to share it with the next person. At 30, I'm a 3 year breast cancer survivor and trying to eat better foods. I'm not a very talented chef and would gladly welcome any lessons on eating healthy whole foods - especially since I have access to several farmers markets. I just don't quite know where to begin. Thank you so much for this wonderful raffle opportunity. :)

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  33. Liked you on facebook...

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  34. Liked Beyond the Peel on Facebook...

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  35. **TO ALL WHO HAVE ENTERED: Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you if you're the winner!!! An email address is fine, or if you don't want to put it here, you can email me at girlichef at yahoo dot com so that I have it in case you do win. Thanks so much!! =)

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  36. Shared contest on Facebook...

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  37. Oh my gosh, this is a great giveaway, thanks!
    -Krista

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  38. Aaaand following France. Thanks for introducing us!

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  39. Whole foods giveaway looks so attractive and i may be counted as one
    My e mail id is nirmalaguru@gmail.com

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