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Festive Traditions – A Real Food Guide To The Holidays is the newest cook book published by Modern Alternative Mama. It is written by Jill Marks, the manager of the Modern Alternative Kitchen site with recipe contributions from some of the other MAK writers.

This book is a simple compilation of over 40 easy real food recipes. It is the perfect go-to book when the weather is cold and the family is visiting. These real food recipes are so good even your “SAD” eating families will be begging for more.

Most of the recipes are gluten free with a good amount being grain free as well. They also keep the dairy to a minimum which is a big bonus to this Paleo gal. If a recipe contains sweeteners they are naturally sweetened either by fruit, honey or maple syrup. This is a true real food cook book.

Some of my favorite recipes are:

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Spicy Nuts
  • Coconut Hot Chocolate
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger Cream
  • Green Bean Casserole (not from a can!)
  • Crockpot Stuffed Apples
Jill was kind enough to give me permission to share the Spicy Nuts recipe with you. These are a nice tasty treat. They have the perfect amount of crunch and savory spice. My very picky husband even likes them! 
Spicy Nuts
Author: Jill Marks – Festive Traditions Cook Book
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These are a nice tasty treat. They have a great crunch and the perfect amount of savory spice. This is a great appetizer for any party.
  • 1 C Nuts (any combination of soaked/crunchy nuts will do)
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ Tsp Cumin
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder (I used 1 Tsp because I love garlic)
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper (I used paprika)
  • ½ Tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 300
  2. Whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and white, then add the olive oil and combine.
  3. Add nuts to egg mixture and stir until the nuts are evenly coated.
  4. Add spice mixture and stir to coat evenly
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes..
  6. Remove from the oven and enjoy.


I really wish I had this book before Thanksgiving! It is so hard to find good, real food recipes for foods you would traditionally eat at a holiday meal without all of the junk. This book with its emphasis on real, traditionally prepared foods really covers its bases on simple but delicious traditional holiday meals. We will definitely be incorporating these recipes into our Christmas Dinner.

Would you like a copy of  Festive Traditions?

You can get your own copy here. Jill gave my readers a special code to use on check out to save some money! The code MAMMA25 will save you 25% off the price of the book and is good until December 18th of this year.

Would you like to win a copy? Jill was kind enough to give me a copy to share with one lucky reader! Enter the rafflecoptor below.

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What traditional holiday recipe would YOU like to see a real food version of?



About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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9 Responses to Festive Traditions – A Real Food Guide To The Holidays Review and Giveaway

  1. Sherlei says:

    I would love to win but rafflecopter will not work on my cellphone

  2. Jeannette says:

    From your list? I’d love to see the Spinach and Artichoke recipe! From Grandma’s traditions? Her snowball cookies were always my favorite, but definitely need a healthy update!

  3. What a great idea for a book! (P.S. Your rafflecopter isn’t showing up for me. It shows a clickable “a rafflecopter giveaway” link.)

  4. cinder says:

    I am wondering where to enter.i may have missed it! Thank you for the info . Love your site. I am slowly bringing my family this direction ty

    • Amanda says:

      At the bottom it says ” A Rafflecoptor Giveaway” Click on that and it will take you to the form. I am having trouble getting the form on the page 🙁

  5. cindee says:

    Oops it is cindee

  6. Such a great idea for a book! Those recipes look wonderful, I’d love to try the butternut squash soup with ginger cream because I’m kind of obsessed with butternut squash right now, and ginger cream sounds so interesting! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  7. Yummy! The spicy nuts sound great! I would love to see their version of artichoke dip! 🙂

  8. sherlei says:

    this sounds great but this is the second time I have come here to enter rafflecopter not loading I want the spinach dip recipe

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