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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Moving towards a whole foods diet, and learning about whole foods cooking are two crucial steps towards creating -and maintaining- our long term health.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 simple recipe for kelp noodles with broccoli and creamy avocado dressing is a delicious way to prepare them in 5 minutes (no cooking involved).
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 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 quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
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 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 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.
Dealing with the serious illness of a loved one is one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging experiences imaginable.
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 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 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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
When I lived in Italy I spent 4 years in the northeastern Veneto region. I learned to cook risotto there. And risotto's success depends in great part on the rice.Arborio –or risotto rice- is a short grain round rice with a very high starch content and an internal “deformity” that makes the core of the rice remain firm when cooked. No other rice mimics this particular toothsome and creamy combination.
This pea, mache and endive salad with sweet herbs and lemon vinaigrette is truly an ode to spring, and should be made with tender young peas.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Okay, so this cacao almond bliss smoothie is as much a dessert as it is a mini-meal. The good news is that if you are going to eat a chocolate almond sweet creation, this is the way to go. It can even be frozen into a sorbet. This is heaven on earth for guilt-free chocolate loving bliss!
Healthy French cooking? Yes! With a few tweaks and revisions, you can have the best of French cuisine without a heavy overload.
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 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.
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 deliciously nourishing green goddess smoothie recipe takes a green base and adds coconut and hulled hemp seeds for body, substance and flavor.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Pies and tarts the whole foods way means less sugar, alternative sweeteners, gluten and grain free recipes and generally less fat. Less delicious? Not in my kitchen! These recipes should give you plenty of ideas for healthier dessert optio
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 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 recipe for French inspired blueberry pie should become a staple dessert: it’s quick, it’s easy, it's healthy, and most importantly, it’s sublimely delicious. Raw blueberries perch atop a filling of sapphire blue cooked berries. The pie is a mix of creamy filling with the firmness of raw fruit. I love this best made with wild Maine blueberries (the best in the world to my mind), but it can be made with any quality berry.
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).
This rich, creamy smooth avocado and cilantro hummus recipe will no doubt become a favorite if you’re an avocado fan.
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.
Fragrant and delicious, rich with spices and chunks of brightly colored vegetables, this whole foods, gluten free, vegan recipe for curried red lentil soup with cauliflower and greens has become a staple soup in my kitchen.
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.
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.
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
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 recipe for raw berry superfood energy bars is great for anyone who wants a deeply nourishing high energy to carry. They are great for hiking, and make a wonderful mid-afternoon snack for adults and kids alike.
Tofu scramble is often presented as a replacement for scrambled eggs, but I think it deserves to stand on its own merits. Possible ingredient combinations are as varied as your imagination, and the recipe that follows is a good, simple version to have as a starting point.
This quick and easy raw recipe for Mediterranean marinated kale includes red onion, sun dried (or fresh) tomatoes, optional olives, olive oil and lemon juice. The lemon and olive oil naturally tenderize the kale, and yield a fabulous side salad. This dish is wonderful in the spring and summer months, when our bodies naturally need more raw food.
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.
Light and crunchy, with a sassy, creamy lime dressing, this recipe for vegan macrobiotic coleslaw is an update on a classic American favorite. Even die-hard traditional coleslaw fans will be swayed by this healthy version!
This ginger sauteed cabbage recipe is warming and very tasty, especially when served with sweet potatoes or winter squash. Cabbage is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, Vitamin C, sulfur and iodine. It helps to heal ulcers, strengthens digestion, and treats constipation.
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.
Adzuki beans strengthen the kidneys and adrenals, and aid in detoxification and weight loss. This creamy, slow cooked dish is slightly sweet and fragrant with herbs. It was inspired by my friend Anita Devine, who is a great macrobiotic chef in upstate New York. She makes a mean pot of beans!
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
This delicious whole foods recipe for Mexican style grilled corn with lime, chili and queso blanco may change your relationship with corn forever. Queso blanco is a hard, white, grating cheese found in the dairy case of any market that sells Latin products. If you don’t have a grill, roasting the corn at 450’ for about 15 minutes is a passable substitute.
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.
This fresh and delicious raw recipe for “spaghetti” with tomato basil sauce is a wonderful summer dish and is perfect if you can’t bear the thought of turning on your stove. Delicate strands of zucchini are topped with a light tomato and basil sauce. Use a mandoline, julienne peeler or spiralizer (spiral slicer) to cut the “pasta”. If you don’t have any of these, a good, sharp peeler can do the trick to cut wide ribbons.
This tasty, savory amaranth scallion pancake recipe makes a great side dish or snack. As a variation, try substituting grated zucchini or sweet potato for the carrots.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 easy whole foods recipe for quinoa, corn, and black bean salad is a great way to use up leftover grains, beans, and/or corn. A light, lemony, cumin vinaigrette adds zesty flavor to this high-protein mini-meal. The salad presents a complete amino acid profile and makes a fantastic summer lunch or supper dish.
This easy entrée recipe for broiled salmon with ginger, lime and Thai basil is equally great for every day or a dinner party, and can be ready in 15 minutes.
This crossover whole foods/macrobiotic recipe for kohlrabi and radish salad is a powerful medicinal dish: it increases circulation, dispels dampness, nourishes lung energy, and helps with digestion and lymphatic drainage. It is rich in Vitamin C and potassium, as well as fiber.
This macrobiotic red lentil dahl recipe is a mildly spiced version of an East Indian favorite, and is a quick, easy base for a meal. Serve with brown rice, greens, and steamed carrots or squash.
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.
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.
At once creamy and textured, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for pumpkin and quinoa pudding with apple and figs is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. It can be served as a not-too-sweet dessert, snack, or even breakfast food.
Use either black, red or white quinoa (or a combination of the 3) in this gluten-free recipe for basic steamed quinoa. While strictly speaking it is a seed, quinoa is eaten as a grain and is an excellent option for people who are watching their grain intake.
This crunchy, Japanese-inspired, cucumber and seaweed salad recipe is great for warmer weather, when our bodies require extra hydration. Cucumbers are rich in silica, potassium, and fiber, and are cooling as well as hydrating for the skin. Seaweed is a rich source of essential minerals.
This macrobiotic version of the classic jam dot recipe is a family favorite. Almonds, oats and hazelnut flour with a touch of spice make a delicious spin on what was a butter-and-sugar laden dessert. These cookies can be baked off and frozen; be careful to pack with layers of parchment paper between them so they don’t stick.
This classic, low fat, vegan butternut squash and apple soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen and digestion
This simple quinoa porridge is a great recipe to start the day with. Quinoa is a cousin to amaranth, and is one of the ancient staple foods of the Incas. It is strengthening for the whole body, and for the kidneys in particular. Quinoa is high in protein, calcium, iron, and B vitamins.
This simple, creamy dessert sauce keeps for several days and can be used in place of whipped cream with fruit, cakes, or tarts.
This stunning whole foods recipe for roasted vegetable napoleon is a gorgeous dish for entertaining or holidays. It can be served with Brown Rice Gravy or, for a more sophisticated presentation, a red wine reduction sauce.
This easy whole foods recipe for black bean and corn salad is a great way to use up extra beans. It can be made with black or red beans, or black lentils, and is equally good with all. Fresh basil or cilantro, lime and olive oil all add bright flavors to this lovely side dish.
There is nothing quite like the sweet, buttery, nutty, sublime flavor of roasted garlic. It adds wonderful soft flavor to sauces, soups and dressings. Smear it on crusty bread or toss it with pasta, olive oil, a handful of chopped herbs and grated reggiano parmigiano or sheep cheese for a simple and fabulous dish.
This easy, elegant recipe can be made in 20 minutes. The miso glaze will keep for a week, refrigerated, and lends itself to any type of seafood, tempeh, or tofu, so feel free to experiment.
This recipe for raw chocolate banana superfood energy bars is great for anyone who wants a nutritious snack to carry.
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
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?
This recipe for traditional vegan or vegetarian cucumber raita is traditionally served with spicy Indian dishes. We love it in the summer with any kind of curry, rice and beans, grain pilaf, or grilled fish. Choose very firm Kirby cukes for their snappy crunch.
This fat burning nopal cactus green cocktail smoothie recipe is a variation on a smoothie we see at our local farmer's market.
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.
This whole foods recipe for blackened fish tacos is quick, easy, and delicious, and sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Warm tortillas are rolled around a filling of pan-seared mahi, salmon, or halibut, and served with all the accompaniments: red or green salsa, chopped cilantro, and guacamole. These are great fun for a party, and alternative fillings include rice and beans or chicken.
Easy is a key word for summer. Simple, relaxed foods, plenty of hydration, and slowing down our movement in the heat all add up to happier bodies when the temperature rises. Summer salads are a way to eat well, keep cool, and get plenty of nutrients. These macrobiotic salad recipes include grains, raw and steamed vegetables, legumes and fresh herbs, and can make well-rounded meals on hot days.
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 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 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 naturally creamy, macrobiotic cauliflower soup is scented with mild curry and cilantro. I have seen the most die-hard cauliflower haters change their minds after eating this soup, and I can never seem to make a big enough pot of it: everyone comes back for seconds.
This chunky, creamy, vegan corn soup gives traditional corn chowder a run for its money. Corn is strengthening for the heart, and this soup is wonderful on a summer evening. Serve with a salad and steamed sour dough bread for a satisfying but light meal.
This recipe for creamy carrot soup with curry spices straddles both macrobiotic and whole foods cooking; the spices are not typical of Japanese macrobiotics, but possess anti-inflammatory properties that enhance those of carrots. Not your ubiquitous carrot soup, this possesses layers of flavor that complement its healing properties.
This easy tutorial on how to poach the perfect egg may change your relationship with making wonderful brunches at home.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mixed sweet herbs and red onion are bathed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.
As each season shifts into the next, we can support our bodies by gently cleansing our energetic pathways. Blood, digestion, elimination all need attention, much in the same way we tune up our cars, change the oil, and ensure that all the fluids are adequate.
This quick and easy recipe for a breakfast or post-workout banana pecan super smoothie packs a big punch with superfood fuel for sustained energy, and as such is a great, healthy mini-meal to drink before or after working out.
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.
This recipe for spicy cilantro lime vinaigrette is great on arugula, asparagus, grilled fish, and all manner of vegetable salads. Citrus juices are more volatile than vinegar, so please use this dressing in a day or two. If you will not be using it immediately, add the fresh cilantro at serving time; otherwise the delicate leaves will turn an unpleasant color.