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Tips on transitioning your family towards macrobiotic and whole foods, and helping your kids make healthy food choices.
This easy recipe for Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Shallots and Herbs is a great way to use any type of summer squash, and is a wonderful side dish for dinner parties. Try using rosemary or marjoram instead of the thyme for a different flavor.
Leafy greens give us powerful nutrition from abundant chlorophyll, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Learn how to eat more of these life loving plants. Your body will thank you!
This easy side dish of roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower with a Moroccan spice blend is perfect for cool evenings year round.
Did you over-eat during the holidays? Have you been overloading your body with too much rich food, alcohol, sugar, and dairy? This food program is designed to help reduce inflammation, sluggishness and overall body toxicity.
The medical community has established that an alkaline diet rich in plant foods is key to longevity, but maintaining an alkaline diet is increasingly difficult in modern western culture. Complex alkalizing minerals are contained in abundance in vegetables and a selection of fruits, yet convenience foods, soda, and excess proteins have replaced them.
This cooling cucumber, tomato and basil salad recipe is a summer favorite. Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, red onion and light balsamic vinaigrette make for an exceptional summer side salad that is even better served on a bed of arugula.
Halvah (or halva), a sesame sweetmeat found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and even into Asia and India, is perhaps one of the most nutritious whole foods sweets we can make. It is rich in protein, polyunsaturated fats, calcium, iron, magnesium, and plant sterols. Just as importantly for people with a sweet tooth, it’s delicious and can be flavored with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, rosewater or orange oil.
This recipe for vegan gingerbread cake is rich and densely flavored with layers of spice and molasses. It’s a family favorite, and is more appropriately termed a whole foods rather than macrobiotic dessert. The cake keeps well, can be frozen, and is lovely plain or with a dessert sauce.
This easy, nearly fail-proof recipe for gluten free almond tart or pie crust is a snap to make and is a great base for any kind of fruit tart, custard pie or cheesecake.
This easy recipe for pan roasted padron or shishito peppers has only 3 ingredients: the peppers, good olive oil and sea salt. These heirloom peppers have a complex flavor that is a combination of sweet and nutty, peppery and only very occasionally spicy (you might find one in 10 that is piccante).
This simple chai spice blend recipe comes in two variations. The first is extra easy and utilizes spices that can be found in any grocery store. The second is a bit more complex and may require a trip to a specialty foods store or a health food store that carries a nice variety of whole spices. Either way, you can mix up a batch and sprinkle some into your favorite recipes.
Moving towards a whole foods diet, and learning about whole foods cooking are two crucial steps towards creating -and maintaining- our long term health.
The watermelon baller smoothie is a great virgin cocktail for a hot afternoon. Young Thai coconut water, lime, turmeric root and watermelon combine for an ultra hydrating drink.
This raw whole foods recipe for marinated kale with lemon and garlic is a quick, easy and truly delicious way to eat your greens. Be sure to choose smaller and younger leaves of kale for this dish, as they will yield a tender dish.
Ras el hanout is a wonderful Moroccan spice blend that I love for pilafs, soups, stews and rubs for everything from veggies to fish to poultry.
Juices and smoothies can be great additions to our diet. They provide concentrated doses of nutrients and can help calm inflammatory responses in the body.
You'll find an introduction to the concept of yin and yang as it applies to food in general, and in the macrobiotic diet and cooking.
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Chickpeas, otherwise known as garbanzos, chana, ceci, or hummus, are small, round, tan beans that are very popular in the entire Mediterranean basin, India, Latin America and the Middle East. They are easy to sprout, and for many people who have difficulty digesting them, this can be a game changer.
This recipe for pineapple, coconut, lime and mint detox tonic beverage is great for those times you’ve over-indulged in food and drink. It is full of digestion-boosting enzymes, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, and liver cleansing citrus.
This quick whole foods recipe for wasabi aioli is fabulous on grilled fish, tofu, veggie burgers, and meats. It’s also excellent in sandwiches, and holds up well, with a shelf life of a week.
Any firm white fish can be used in this delicious whole foods recipe for Provencal style sea bass with tomato, Dijon mustard and herbs. This is delicious, simple, country French cooking at its best, and makes an excellent entrée for a dinner party.
Crisp and crunchy, naturally sweet and popping with flavor, lobster and corn bruschetta is a fabulous dish for summer entertaining.
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What follows is a basic summary of how the 5 elements and the 5 seasons translate into a macrobiotic calendar, and how to make macrobiotic food choices that are particularly nourishing for our bodies during any time of year.
Tomato, basil, and leek soup is a classic regional Italian recipe. This fragrant, creamy soup is especially satisfying during late summer going into early fall, when plum tomatoes are at their peak. For a heartier touch, break chunks of day old sourdough bread into the soup when serving for what the Italians call “Pappa al Pomodoro”.
This whole foods dish is perfect in summer and early fall, when tomatoes are at their best. It can be a side dish, or served with pasta.
This warming, creamy, nutrient rich macrobiotic cauliflower and sweet potato soup is perfect for fall, and hearty enough to be a light meal. Sweet potatoes and carrots give it a beautiful pale orange hue, and it keeps well for 3-4 days, refrigerated.
Inflammation is one of the big buzzwords in the holistic medical community, and evidence is mounting that chronic inflammation is at the root of many, if not most, disease states.Americans' diets are increasingly made up of processed and genetically modified foods, excess sugars and fats. This is a recipe for chronic inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet can quiet symptoms, and turn back the tide on many health issues, with the added benefits of increased energy and, in many cases, weight loss
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
This easy recipe for pan seared mahi mahi with lime marinade is perfect for a warm weather dinner, when you want something quick, easy and delicious (in other words, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen).
This recipe for kitchari is a soupy Ayurvedic mung bean and rice stew. Kitchari (“mish-mash” in Hindi) is traditionally used as a restorative food after illness or childbirth, but also as part of the Ayurvedic cleansing protocol called Panchakarma. This simple dish is composed of rice and mung or lentil dal cooked with spices. It is great to eat if you are doing a home cleanse.
According to 5-element theory, our kidneys govern our vital life force energy. They regulate water metabolism, our sex organs and fertility, bones, teeth, hair and hearing. In other words, kidney energy is incredibly important to our health. We have some wonderful recipes that can nourish and strengthen our kidney 'essence' any time of year.
This recipe for mixed vegetable soup is a great way to use up odds and ends of veggies that may have accumulated in your fridge. Don’t be afraid to experiment; this is a very forgiving soup and you may find yourself happily surprised by what can happen!
This potent green drink smoothie recipe is full of liver cleansing greens, and is guaranteed to give you a pleasant rush of energy and to help move a sluggish digestive system. The banana is an optional addition for those who may not do well with a potent green flavor, as it “softens” the intensity of it. Make sure all of your ingredients are organic please!
This kid-friendly recipe for classic raw coconut macaroons can be prepared in about 10 minutes. There are three variations on the original: vanilla chai, lemon or orange, and chocolate dipped.
After resisting for years, I have decided to make my own recipe for raw, organic coconut almond milk. I usually make it straight with just a touch of vanilla, but it is equally delicious with cacao, cinnamon, mace and various sweeteners ranging from raw honey, agave and dates. All you need is a blender, good water and a nut milk bag or layers of cheesecloth.
This mean, clean and green macro bowl is a vegan, gluten free, dairy free meal and perfect for a macrobiotic diet or for someone who wants a simple and effective style of eating. The simplicity of this protocol is excellent for a gentle cleanse, and gives the body the opportunity to rest and heal.
This gluten free, dairy free antioxidant berry banana smoothie recipe makes a great breakfast in warm weather, or a yummy pick-me-up in the midmorning or mid-afternoon. Berries are being recognized as some of the most powerful superfoods in the plant kingdom. They are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, are heart healthy, and considered to be vital foods in anti-aging medicine.
This recipe for non-dairy coconut or almond milk yogurt is perfect for making parfaits, dips and thick dressings. We like our yogurt creamy, and this version has a thickening agent in it: arrowroot.
This recipe for sautéed wild mushrooms can be prepared in about 15 minutes and is a perfect topper for pasta, rice, millet or quinoa. You can also enhance roast chicken; seared tofu or tempeh; or a nice piece of broiled or seared fish (sea bass, wild salmon or halibut are personal favorites).Mushrooms are browned in olive oil with garlic, shallot and your choice of fresh herbs; a bit of wine finishes the dish.
This recipe for creamy Thai style carrot coconut soup with curry spices straddles both whole foods cooking and world cuisine; the spices possess both great flavor and anti-inflammatory and digestive properties that enhance those of carrots.
This rich, delicious recipe for maitake and mushroom soup is layered with complex flavors. An optional splash of cognac is simply a flavorful nod to French cooking. Maitake and shiitake mushrooms are known for their medicinal value. It is believed that they strengthen the heart, improve immunity, and assist the body’s detoxification process.
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Dealing with the serious illness of a loved one is one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging experiences imaginable.
The following recipes are just a few of the many recipes on this site that are nourishing to the wood element, or liver, in five element cooking. The liver is a remarkable organ with tremendous regenerative properties. It stores and nourishes our blood, assists digestion, and carries qi into our muscles and joints. The liver, along with our kidneys, is a major filtration system for toxins. Liver also impacts our hormones, vision, nails and skin. The Chinese consider the liver to be the “General” of the body, a leader from which much of our health or dis-ease can flow.
Agave sweetened lemonade is a special treat in warm weather (although it’s lovely as a warm drink too). We don’t drink it all the time, but every once in awhile a tall glass of lemonade really hits the spot.
This bright and easy blueberry and baby greens salad with nuts and white balsamic dressing is a snap to prepare and makes a great starter or entree salad.
The word macrobiotic comes from the Greek macro, meaning large or long, and bios, or life. Macrobiotics is a lifestyle and dietary philosophy that promotes health, longevity and healing, through a largely plant-based diet.
This light and delicious salad has a wonderful, vibrant living energy and is best eaten the day it is made. As the kale marinates it tenderizes, but do try to choose younger, smaller leaves, as they are easier to digest.
Berries make the best desserts ever. They make a homely muffin luscious, bring pancakes to a new level, and are also wonderful sprinkled in salads or a sparkling drink.
This vegan, gluten-free macrobiotic recipe for Kasha Varnishkes (or Varnishkas) is a departure from the butter-and-egg eastern European version, and may be a new taste experience for many of you. Try adding sautéed mushrooms, carrots, squash, or parsnips to the base recipe for a different flavor profile. A bit of freshly ground pink peppercorns adds a nice finishing touch to this dish
This kombu shiitake dashi (stock) is an adaptation of the Angelika’s Kitchen recipe. It’s an excellent soup stock, and can be used as a base for a noodle dish or for steaming fish.
This summery whole foods tomato basil sauce is best in the height of summer, when tomatoes are at their peak. The sauce is quick (5 minutes) and absolutely delicious. Any tomatoes will do (beefsteak, plum, baby plum, cherry) but my personal favorite is the long, slender Roma plum tomato.
This recipe for sweet winter squash stuffed with cornbread, wild rice and smoked tempeh is a perfect vegetarian option for holiday meals or entertaining in the cooler months. It bridges both the whole foods and macrobiotic tables, and is a wonderfully adaptable recipe. This dish can also be made ahead of time and travels well. Carnivores can substitute high quality turkey sausage for the tempeh with equally good results.
This recipe for millet and vegetable soup hits the spot on a cool day, and can be a one-pot meal. You can vary the vegetables according to what you have on hand, or your mood, but make sure you always use the base of carrot/celery/onion. Toasting the millet adds another layer of flavor to the soup.
These zesty little tempeh veggie burger patties make a delicious first or main course. Serve with Mock Tartar Sauce, and a light salad for a perfect spring meal.
This creamy, luscious, gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe is an amazingly simple dessert, and the big surprise is that it's vegan. It is nearly as rich and velvety as its traditional cousin, but is low in fat and naturally sweetened.
One of the challenges of cleaning up your diet is the increased sensitivity you experience when you eat the “wrong” thing. The more oriented towards a whole foods diet we become, the more we will notice a reaction when we eat commercial, chemically altered food.
Quick, light, and fragrant with sweet herbs, this recipe for steam sautéed summer squash can be made with any yellow or green variety of sweet squash.
steamed lobster tails with Tomato, White Wine, and Tarragon whole foods recipes for lobster
The paleo diet is nothing new. In some form or another, it's been around for about 200,000 years as humans existed in a nomadic, hunter-gatherer manner. Pre-agricultural humans ate animal food, roots, wild plants, nuts and seeds. Fruits were an occasional food; present in the diet, they occupied a minority space based on seasonal gathering and drying.
This simple recipe for pan seared turkey breast with lemon and herbs takes less than 10 minutes to cook and is incredibly flavorful and aromatic.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mixed sweet herbs and red onion are bathed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.
This recipe for the Oz green detoxifying, cooling, electrolyte rich smoothie is perfect for the hot days of summer, when we need extra hydration and electrolytes.
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Good year round, this recipe for vegan baked spiced apples is especially wonderful in fall and winter when apples are at their peak and we crave a warm dessert. A healthy alternative to cakes and cookies, baked apples are also a great comfort food, and can be dressed up with Vanilla Tofu Whip. This recipe can be prepared without the nuts and raisins.
Healthy French cooking? Yes! With a few tweaks and revisions, you can have the best of French cuisine without a heavy overload.
This recipe for herb roasted chicken with wild rice and mushroom stuffing requires a couple of steps but is actually pretty easy to make, and is great for a special dinner. You can prep the bird and the stuffing ahead of time and stuff the bird when you’re ready to cook it. It's a great option for an intimate holiday or dinner.
This recipe for raw cashew, date and almond superfood energy bars is great for anyone who wants a nutritious snack to carry. They are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats and other nutrients, and contain flax or chia, lucuma, maca and coconut.
One of the things I love most about spring is the return of young greens and salads of all kinds. Carrots are an excellent food for digestion, the lungs and
This fresh, light, zesty quinoa and corn salad recipe is a perfect late summer side dish. Corn and tomatillos are at their peak in the farmer’s market during late July, August and September. Serve this salad as a side or topper for a bed of greens; it is excellent with seafood entrees and grilled tofu.
This recipe for cauliflower and vegetable soup is full of lung strengthening foods and is excellent for emotional grounding. Vary the herbs according to your tastes.
This green blood tonic recipe combines liver cleansing vegetables with chlorophyll rich leaves in a powerful healing drink. Chlorophyll food generally contains ample iron and manganese, and as such helps build healthy blood.
Squash come in dozens of varieties, shapes and colors. In summer and early fall we see the delicate yellow and green varieties: zucchini, yellow squash, avocado and patty pan. As summer deepens into fall, the wonderfully dense yellow and deep orange fleshed varieties ripen to carry us through the winter: pumpkins of all kinds, butternut, delicata, acorn, carnival, hubbard, hokkaido and many more grace our pantries and root cellars.
Kudos to Kamisha Jones, winner of the Midwest regionals of the S.Pelligrino 2013 Almost Famous Chef competition! This lovely recipe for Seared Duck with
This easy recipe for potato, leek and celery root soup, with onion and garlic, is great served warm on cool days or chilled on warm ones.
This awesome, whole foods, crispy seitan, lettuce and tomato sandwich recipe has earned the approval of hard-core meat eaters. Seitan is pan seared until crispy and layered with sliced tomatoes, lettuce and chipotle aioli on rustic bread. A BLT never tasted this good!
This green drink packs a nutritional wallop and is effective for helping move heavy metals out of the body. Make sure you always use organic produce for smoothies.
This easy whole foods kidney bean and vegetable salad recipe can be made with canned beans if you are in a hurry, and includes crunchy blanched vegetables for extra texture and nutrition. The salad benefits from 30 minutes or more of marinating so the flavors can blend together.
This rich, creamy smooth avocado and cilantro hummus recipe will no doubt become a favorite if you’re an avocado fan.
This simple recipe for slow roasted tomatoes is all about time, and there is no substitute for the rich, flavorful and versatile reward for your patience. This is a great project for when you know someone will be home for several hours, and the pay-off is a fragrant and succulent condiment that can be used on pasta; as a sauce for grilled tofu, meats, fish or vegetables; as a filling for sandwiches or bruschetta; in salad dressings, dips, soups, omelettes or frittatas. While they are better fresh, slow roasted tomatoes can even be frozen (for up to 6 months in deep freeze), and keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
This simple and tasty whole foods recipe for salmon burgers has the added advantage that it freezes well. You can make a batch, form into patties separated by parchment paper, freeze them, and use as needed. They are delicious grilled, broiled, or pan seared, and can be topped with a bit of barbeque or teriyaki sauce for added flavor.
Kombu Bonito Dashi (Fish Stock)is a base recipe for many macrobiotic soups, but can be served alone as a clear broth or with soba noodles, vegetables, and green onions. This smoky broth is easy to prepare, flavorful, healthy and versatile. This particular version is an excellent base for seafood soups as well.
Toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic and tamari transform this recipe for pan seared tofu and green beans into a delicious entrée that even meat eaters enjoy. Serve with brown rice, millet or quinoa and a simple carrot and mint salad for a quick, easy meal.
Major consumption of whole grains is the bedrock of a macrobiotic diet. Brown rice is a primary traditional macrobiotic food, but when we look at the spectrum of grains available to us we find a kaleidoscope of flavors, textures and colors.
This lovely ginger drink recipe is a variation on African ginger beer. It is refreshing when served chilled with sparkling water in hot weather; and is a warming brew served piping hot on a chilly day.
This quick, easy and delicious recipe for baked fish with tahini sauce is a favorite in my family. It is a variation on a classic Middle Eastern-North African recipe, with a few touches. Choose a white fish like snapper, tilapia or halibut. We’ve also made this with wild salmon.
This easy recipe for sesame tahini ginger sauce is very easy to make and incredibly versatile. We love it on salads, steamed rice, broccoli, kale, tofu and even fish.
This recipe for a salad of roasted figs, Brie, walnuts and baby greens is a luscious and rich starter, and also makes a great brunch salad. It works equally well with other cheeses such as chevre, Humboldt Fog, Ricotta Salata or Manchego, which gives you the option of a goat or sheep cheese if you don’t eat cow cheeses.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie is a fast and absolutely delicious treat that makes a great post-workout snack or even breakfast. Organic pumpkin, almond or coconut milk, frozen banana and spices are blended together to create a creamy and nutrient dense pick-me-up.
This versatile recipe for gluten free stuffed zucchini adapts itself to any number of variations. For extra protein, add cooked lentils or cubed, browned tofu; meat eaters can add 1 cup of crumbled cooked turkey sausage. Variations on the veggies include sweet red peppers, cooked winter squash and any variety of mushrooms. Let your imagination inspire you!
This whole foods, vegan, Indian-inspired rice pudding with cardamom and almond was birthed from a longing for this luscious comfort food –minus the sugar, eggs and dairy. Not-too-sweet, creamy, and warm with spices, it is wonderful on its own, with a sprinkling of nuts, raisins or currants, or with a bit of fresh fruit like berries or bananas.
After drinking nut milk from juice bars for a long while I decided it was time to make my own recipe for raw, homemade spiced cashew milk. It is incredibly easy to make, and all you need is a blender.
This textured yet creamy recipe for chia, coconut and banana pudding parfait is a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free dessert. Salvia
This recipe for pan-seared halibut with red wine reduction can be made with snapper or other white fish as well, but the meatiness of halibut really lends itself to searing. Choose thick (1 ½ ”) filets for this recipe.
This whole foods recipe for soba noodles with maitake mushrooms is a meeting of great taste with great medicine. Maitake mushrooms are amongst the most popular culinary mushrooms in Japanese cooking, and have a rich, earthy, almost meaty flavor. They also happen to be very powerful medicinal mushrooms, and are used in oriental medicine as mineral rich immune enhancers and cancer fighters. If you cannot source maitakes, use shiitake mushrooms instead
This creamy sweet potato and kale soup recipe is power-packed with nutrients: beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes; calcium minerals, and fiber from the kale. It is strengthening for both the spleen and liver.
Wasabi is a potent, rare, Japanese horseradish with powerful health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, cleansing to the liver, and contains detoxifying
This parchment steamed fish entrée recipe melds the mild anise flavor of fennel with lemon, shallots and dill. Fennel sweetens as it cooks, losing its intensity, and is good for the lungs and for digestion.
This recipe for raw chocolate coconut macaroons with three variations (chocolate orange, chocolate chai and chocolate mint) can be prepared in about 10 minutes. They are rich and delicious, with a deep chocolate flavor, and make a satisfying treat.
Cooking with olive oil and shallot softens kale's native bitterness. This is a simple, tasty way to get your greens with minimal effort and maximum benefit. Kale is one of the plant kingdom's superfoods and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
This full bodied and creamy recipe for spiced chia, coconut and vanilla pudding does double duty as a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free breakfast pudding or dessert.
This recipe for sweet potato salad definitely falls into the “new macrobiotics” category. Sweet potatoes are an excellent replacement for white potatoes, being rich in beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber. This salad is for those of us who occasionally long for the pleasure of potato salad, and gives a big nutritional bang for your buck compared to the traditional variety.
This fast hangover helper smoothie is a great antidote to last night's overindulgences. Coconut water, spinach and pineapple with a touch of lime rehydrate the system rapidly and give your aching body a jolt of energy.
This recipe for my super sunrise citrus smoothie is perfect during the peak citrus months. It has a golden base of grapefruit, orange/tangerine and lemon, topped with apple, greens, ginger and a pinch of cayenne.
Macrobiotics classifies vegetables into three different categories: root, round, and green. It is recommended that we eat several vegetables from these categories on a daily basis. This helps alkalize the blood, reduce inflammation, and keep energy flowing through the body.
Our friend Wallace, artist and New Orleans chef extraordinaire, prepared this recipe for vegan Louisiana red beans and rice when we visited him in San Francisco this fall. This vegan rendition is made with smoked paprika instead of meat, and I must say it gives the beans a wonderful and complex flavor. I have taken the liberty of adding a bit of thyme, but the recipe is delicious without it.
Brazilian Feijoada is a recipe for black bean stew originally developed by slaves to use lesser cuts of meat. We’re giving this fragrant dish a happier –and whole foods vegan- fate by transforming it into a rich and aromatic black bean stew with seitan and vegetables. The dish requires a bit of work, but the result is well worth it. You can freeze any leftover stew for another time.
This recipe for sautéed okra and corn is an adaptation of a classic summer dish from the American south. This quick sauté is enhanced by a bit of sweet onion and fresh basil, and makes a great side dish for a summer meal.
Okra has more calcium than cottage cheese and is lubricating for the intestines. Corn is good for the heart, helps digestion, and strengthens the kidneys.
This ant-inflammatory coconut chlorophyll green smoothie recipe combines coconut water, liver cleansing greens and spices with chlorophyll rich green powder in a powerful healing drink.
This recipe for gluten free chocolate hazelnut torte can be made with coconut flour or almond meal if you’re not a hazelnut fan. Dense and delicious, it can be made a day ahead and chilled. It’s wonderful as a romantic dessert, or for a dinner party or a holiday meal.
This hearty seitan stew recipe is perfect for fall and winter, when our bodies crave substantial foods. Experiment with adding different veggies to this dish, such as green beans, parsnips, rutabaga, squash, mushrooms, or celery root.
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for dairy-free pumpkin pie nestled in a gluten free almond crust is a family favorite and the result of experimenting with traditional butter-and-cream laden recipes. The addition of cardamom adds a bit of different flavor.
This anti-inflammatory beauty tonic is full of skin beautifying nutrients and inflammation-cooling plants. It nourishes and supports the blood, liver and digestion, and contains a big dose of chlorophyll. Cucumbers and celery are also beneficial for joints and connective tissue
This is as simple and as delicious as food gets. Baby new potatoes, a bit of olive oil and sea salt are all that's needed for a perfect, sweet little nugget of goodness. Serve these little wonders as a side vegetable or on salads.
This quick recipe for chipotle aioli (chipotle mayonnaise) yields a smoky and delicious condiment for sandwiches, veggie burgers, salmon or meat burgers; grilled seafood or poultry; or as an add-on to tacos.
Creamy, fragrant and delicious, this whole foods recipe for Middle Eastern red lentil soup has become a staple in my kitchen. It is lighter than most bean soups, with an interestingly complex flavor enhanced by a touch of lemon when serving. It makes a light, easy supper when served with pita or naan and a salad.
Chewy, gluten free and vegan, these fabulous oatmeal cookies will please the toughest of customers with their rich and delicious flavor and texture.
All macrobiotic cooking can be considered whole food, but not all whole food is macrobiotic. What are the differences? How are macrobiotic and whole foods cooking similar? How can we adapt a standard Western diet to one -or both- of these lifestyles?
Scented with saffron and rich with the flavors of wild mushrooms, this recipe for wild mushroom risotto makes a wonderful starter or light main dish.
This fat burning nopal cactus green cocktail smoothie recipe is a variation on a smoothie we see at our local farmer's market.
This recipe for rustic, hearty, macrobiotic red bean soup sticks to your ribs in cool and cold weather. Try adding cooked pasta for a healthy version of Pasta e Fagioli, the classic Italian pasta and bean soup. This soup is even better the next day, and freezes very well.
You'll find the basics of macrobiotic dry goods here, with suggestions on choices for various dry goods and seasonings.
This easy recipe for pasta with broccoli, greens and sun dried tomato pesto is a great dish if you’re looking for a one-pot meal.
This hearty nomato sauce recipe is a delicious marinara substitute for macrobiotic or nightshade-sensitive folks. It is great on pasta or as an accompaniment to stuffed vegetables.
This West Indian inspired, whole foods pumpkin and chickpea curry recipe is a wonderful fall/winter entrée and does not need much more than fragrant brown basmati rice and some cooked greens to make an excellent meal.
This whole foods recipe for sautéed shrimp with asparagus, tomato and herbs is a wonderful and easy spring or summer meal. The dish can be served with pasta or rice and a salad, and makes a beautiful and bright presentation.
This light, broth soup is great any time of year, but especially during the spring and fall, when our bodies crave warmth but not necessarily density. Soba noodles and carrots nourish the liver, and the cabbage is great for digestion. The garlic, shallots, ginger and shiitakes all give an extra boost to the immune system, too.
Living foods educator David Wolfe is a dedicated advocate for health information and empowerment. His biannual Longevity Now Conference in Costa Mesa, California is an exciting opportunity for newcomers and professionals alike to gain cutting edge information on advances in the field of longevity, peak performance and anti-aging. Read on for a deeper look at the man behind this extraordinary event.
White fish such as tilapia, snapper or halibut can be substituted for salmon in this tangy, French-inspired recipe for broiled salmon with mustard sauce. Dijon mustard mixes with fresh herbs to create a zesty topping for seafood, tofu, or poultry. Serve this dish with greens, sweet potatoes and roasted veggies for a lovely dinner.
Avocado toast can be a small work of art, a tiny canvas on which to paint layers of flavor ranging from the ultra simple to the complex.
Mushrooms have documented abilities to bolster immunity, cleanse and nourish the blood, and help remove toxins from the body. Beyond all of this is the fact that mushrooms are culinary marvels, full of individual personality and delicious in their own right. The following list of recipes hints at the possibilities of these wonderful woodland plants.
Classical French cooking inspires this recipe for red wine reduction sauce. Richly and deeply flavored, it is an excellent accompaniment to seared fish (especially salmon), tofu, or poultry. It is an exceptional sauce for entertaining, and keeps very well. Keep in mind that a little of this intensely flavored sauce goes a long way.
This delicious recipe for whole foods and gluten free banana maple walnut muffins makes a wonderful accompaniment for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Gluten-free baking mix makes them a breeze to prepare, and of course any whole grain baking mix can be used in its stead. Make sure your banana is dark yellow and beginning to speckle, as under-ripe bananas don’t give much flavor or moistness to a muffin.
This Mango Pineapple Green Smoothie recipe is a luscious and buttery smooth green drink that should be made with ripe mangoes in season and golden pineapple for best effect. You can add some Meyer or regular lemon or a bit of fresh ginger root for extra zest. Please remember to use organic produce in any green drink!
We’ve all heard about the legends of food-as-aphrodisiac: chocolate, oysters, figs, and truffles are but a few that have been around for thousands of years. The following ingredients are only a partial list of foods purported to strengthen the libido, but they should give you a good start.
I love the flavors of summer, and few things are as delicious as crisp-cooked young okra with corn, yellow or green beans, chopped fresh sun-ripened tomatoes and a scattering of herbs.
Light and easy, this vegan, gluten free whole foods recipe for Napa cabbage and vegetable coleslaw with tahini dressing is a perfect alternative to regular coleslaw.
Lightly toasting the millet gives a nutty flavor to this simple macrobiotic pilaf recipe. Try cooking with a few pods of cardamom and garnishing with toasted pine nuts for a north African style pulao.
This easy, gluten free, raw pear cobbler recipe is perfect in the fall when pears are at their sweet, juicy best. This is a healthy, satisfying treat that can serve as a snack, dessert or even part of breakfast.
This recipe for Catalan Romesco (Spanish roasted pepper and almond sauce) is one of hundreds of variations on a theme. Many people use tomatoes in their Romesco, but I like mine without. Toasted almonds and roasted garlic lend layers of flavor to this complex condiment that is fabulous served with fish, grilled tofu, and meats, but also with crudités or as a topping for bruschetta, corn cakes, or spinach patties. Romesco is as versatile as it is flavorful.
During the summer we love homemade “vitamin waters”. No need for sweeteners or chemicals, just good water and whatever you add into it. These waters are hydrating and delicious, and a wonderful way to wean off bottled drinks towards pure water.
This recipe for baked fish and cilantro pesto is a simple, easy way to make a big impact. The pesto can be made ahead of time, and in ten minutes you’ll have a spectacularly flavorful entrée. Serve with soba or brown rice, asparagus or green beans, and a nice beet salad on greens for a fabulous and flavorful meal.
This macrobiotic mushroom barley soup recipe is a wonderful, warming, fall/winter food. It is strengthening for digestion and excellent for building the blood, as well as healing for the liver.
This recipe for cinnamon amaranth grits is exceptionally high in protein and calcium, and is strengthening to the lungs. Amaranth is another of the ancient grains, and was a staple food of the Aztec Indians. If you find the flavor of amaranth alone to be too intense in this amaranth grits recipe, try mixing it with rice, steel cut oats, or cracked wheat.
Winter governs the water element, or Zhi. It is the dormant season, when all life force burrows deep in the bosom of the earth. It is a gestational time of replenishing the wellspring of life so that when spring comes, the gathering energy will burst forth with new growth.
This easy recipe for pan seared wild salmon with cumin and lime marinade is perfect for a warm weather dinner, when you want something quick, easy and delicious (in other words, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen).
Just for fun I’ve developed juices and smoothies for the colors of the 7 chakras. The word chakra means wheel or vortex in the ancient language Sanskrit, and is used in energy medicine and energy anatomy to identify spinning vortexes that connect our bodies to the energy of the universe.