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Healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland. Chef Leslie Ashburn has cooking classes to show us how to infuse macrobiotic cooking into our holiday potluck

Posted October 17, 2012 by Melissa Chang

It seems almost wrong to be thinking about the holiday season when Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but in this case, you probably want to plan ahead. My twitter friend Leslie Ashburn (@MacroHawaii) is doing a series of macrobiotic cooking classes every Sunday for the next few weeks to showcase delicious, healthy dishes that you can make for yourself or your next potluck to offset the indulgent items on your holiday table.

Seriously, eating healthy doesn’t have to be unfulfilling or tasteless, nor is it just eating salads. Leslie has a gig as a private chef and consultant, to show people all about  macrobiotic cookingwhich is interesting in itself, but even better to hear she’s non-judgemental in her practice. Some people choose to live totally vegan, whereas others, like me, eat healthy foods to balance out the bad stuff that I eat. (That’s right, I don’t actually indulge in gastrofests every day.) And she makes some good stuff! When she brings macrobiotic dishes to her family potluck, they enjoy it as much as anything else being served.

If you want to do something different this year that will be a hit at your party and provide a healthy choice, you might want to check out her classes on Sundays at Baby Awareness in Manoa Marketplace. Here, Leslie talks about her class and how you can start eating right.

We hung out with Leslie to find out more about how she got into macrobiotic cooking — she used to be a fried chicken fiend! — and got more details about the food you’ll see in her classees. Visit to see more!

Macrobiotic Hawaii healthy holiday cooking classes
October 21, 4 to 6:30 p.m. ~ Soups & Sides

October 28, 4 to 6 p.m. ~ Sides & Dressings

November 4, 4 to 6:30 p.m. ~ Desserts & Cookies

November 11, 4 to 6:30 p.m. pm ~ Main Dishes – Rescheduled


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Delicate Blossom:  My problem is not the type of fuud, rather I have a condition where I do macro eating when I should be micro eating!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

    @Annoddah_Dave ah, the SEEfood diet!

  3. M
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hello Melissa,
    My wife would be very interested in going to these cooking classes.

  4. Melissa808
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    @M cool! You can register on macrohawaii ’s website, I might drop by if I have time!

  5. LeslieAshburn
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    @M Would love to meet your wife and have her join us.  Here’s the page she might want to look at for 10/21

  6. LeslieAshburn
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    @Melissa808 Thank you for putting my information up.  I really appreciate your support. I put you and Russ into my newsletter that goes out early tomorrow.  :-)

  7. Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Leslie’s classes are AWESOME.  I met Leslie years ago and took some of her classes.  I learned some things that I can use for my whole life!  I recommend people to go and they always come back saying how great it was and how good everything tastes and so simple to make!  Thank you Leslie for all you do.

  8. Melissa808
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    @aliceinoue I’m hoping to live a better balanced life thanks to you guys!

  9. Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

    @Melissa808 Yay! Just make your appointment to see Dr. Chad 988-5532 to get the magic tap, then I’ll see you next week and you’ll have a great start to wrap up the end of the year!!! :-)

  10. Melissa808
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

    @aliceinoue yay thanks!

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Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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