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Whole Foods Cooking: Most Popular Articles

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Have Your Spiced Pumpkin French Toast and Eat...
Spiced Pumpkin French Toast With Gluten Free and Vegan Options is a delicious healthier version of French toast, and is great for fall or winter brunch.
Sesame Tahini Halvah: The Sweet That's Good for...
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.
The 10 Steps to a Balanced Alkaline Diet
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.
Have You Tried the Basic Detoxification Diet? A...
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.
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower and Pumpkin Soup
This recipe for vegan cauliflower and pumpkin soup is naturally creamy and scented with turmeric and cilantro.
A Foolproof Gluten-Free Almond Tart or Pie Crust
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.
The Power of Greens: How to Eat More Leafy...
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!
6 Tips for Helping Kids Switch to Macrobiotic...
Tips on transitioning your family towards macrobiotic and whole foods, and helping your kids make healthy food choices.
A Simple Chai Spice Blend You'll Use Again and...
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.
Oven Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Shallots and...
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.
Whole Foods Pumpkin Pie with Gluten Free Almond...
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.
Kidney Strengthening Recipes
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.
The Evolving Paleo Diet
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.
Juices and Smoothies for Cleansing, Detox and...
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.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
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.
The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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Raw Lemon Garlic Marinated Kale Recipe
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.
A Whole Foods Diet: Why and How
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 Yin and the Yang of the Macrobiotic Diet
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.
Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
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.
Quick Sautéed Wild Mushrooms
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.
Spiced Baked Apple Recipe
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.
How To Make Non-Dairy Coconut or Almond Milk...
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.
Liver Loving Recipes
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.
Pineapple, Coconut Water, Lime and Mint Detox...
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.
How to Sprout Chickpeas
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.
Maitake and Mushroom Soup
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.
Get Healthy: Your Guide to the Anti-Inflammator...
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
The Five Elements and The Five Seasons
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.
Mixed Vegetable Soup
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!
Potato, Leek and Celery Root Soup
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.
Kitchari Recipe: Ayurvedic Mung Bean or Lentil...
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.
Sweet Baked Delicata Squash with Chili Spices...
This whole foods recipe for sweet baked delicata squash with chili spices is a wonderful sweet/spicy/savory way to prepare delicata or any other hard winter squash. The squash is rubbed with spices, drizzled with a bit of olive oil and agave, and baked to perfection. This is a perfect side for fall entrees, and is an excellent holiday dish as well.
Autumn Harvest: Celebrating Community and the...
For a brief moment in late September, the Earth spins upright relative to the sun before beginning its tilt away for the fall and winter months. This is the moment of the equinox, and it closely follows the Harvest Moon (the full moon of September). As we do each year, my town in Southern California celebrated the harvest with a beautiful gathering.
Apple Kiwi Superpower Green Smoothie with Kale...
We’ve all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. What’s interesting about the 21st
Creamy Thai Style Carrot Coconut Soup
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.
Roasted Pumpkin and Leek Soup
This easy recipe for roasted pumpkin and leek soup can be made with sugar or Cinderella pumpkin (pictured), Hokkaido squash, Red Kuri, Kabocha, or any other deep orange, dense squash.
Tomato, Basil, and Leek Soup
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”.
Ultra Green Smoothie
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!
Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Lime Marinade
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).
Pan Roasted Padron or Shishito Peppers with...
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).
Luscious Vegan Gingerbread Cake
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.
Millet and Vegetable Soup
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.
Middle Eastern Red Lentil Soup
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.
Sandwich Ideas for Every Appetite –Includ...
Sandwiches in some form or another are found in many parts of the world, but they are truly an American staple. Sandwiches are great picnic foods and carry well for lunch at school or the office. Beyond the obvious and typical sandwiches you see in delis, we’ve got some great ideas that may inspire you to new heights of sandwich making!
Herb Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and...
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.
Antioxidant Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe
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.
Raw Organic Coconut Almond Milk
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.
Classic Raw Coconut Macaroon Recipe with 3...
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.
Vegan Chocolate Pudding Recipe
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.
Cauliflower and Vegetable Soup
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.
Wasabi Aioli (Wasabi Mayonnaise)
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.
Green Chlorophyll Blood Tonic
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.
Kombu Shiitake Dashi (Stock) Recipe
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.
Sautéed Broccoli with Tomato, Garlic and...
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.
Natural Applesauce
This ultra easy recipe for natural applesauce just requires a vertical wand blender: no need to peel the apples as long as they're organic! The skins add vitamins and color and puree nicely into the mix. This is a great topping for granola and yogurt; oatmeal or other hot cereal; and makes a lovely dessert sauce.
Heavy Metals Detox Smoothie
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.
The Five Elements: The Water or Kidney Element
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.
Whole Foods Cooking and Baking with Squash
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.
Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Recipe with 3...
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.
Zesty Tempeh Veggie Burgers: A Surefire Hit
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.
Vegan Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with...
This classic, low fat, vegan butternut squash and apple soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen and digestion
Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe
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.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
This easy, macrobiotic recipe for oven roasted sweet potato fries is kid friendly and an excellent alternative to French fries. Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, Vitamin C and A, fiber, and many other vitamins. Best of all, these little fries are absolutely delicious!
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Cool As A Cucumber Salad
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 Macrobiotic Path: Basics of the Macrobiotic...
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.
The Oz: Cooling and Detoxifying Green Smoothie
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.
Sweet Potato and Kale Soup
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.
The Food Hangover
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.
Curried Winter Squash and Sweet Potato Stew
This West Indian inspired, whole foods squash and sweet potato curry recipe is a wonderful fall/winter entrée and is absolutely packed with beta-carotene. The stew does not need much more than fragrant brown basmati rice and some cooked greens to make an excellent meal.
Raw Cashew, Date And Almond Superfood Energy Bars
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.
Pan Seared Turkey Breast with Lemon and Herbs
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.
Anti-Inflammatory Green Beauty Tonic
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
Spiced Apple Crisp
This simple, homey, spiced apple crisp recipe is at its best made with tart-sweet apples, or a mixture of the two. The recipe is a healthy (and vegan) spin on an old-fashioned classic. By substituting gluten free flour in the topping and filling, and making sure to purchase oats that have not been processed in a wheat plant (these are marked gluten free), you can prepare a dessert that will make gluten sensitive individuals very happy!
Whole Foods Baked Spiced Pumpkin Pudding
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for pumpkin pudding is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and potassium, and is also rich in fiber. The pudding can also be baked in a piecrust as a pumpkin pie.
Vegan Rice Pudding with Cardamom, Cinnamon and...
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.
Kombu Bonito Dashi (Fish Stock) Recipe
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.
Raw Kale Salad with Cranberries, Citrus, and...
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.
Vegetable and Soba Soup
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.
Roasted Garlic: How to Roast Garlic
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.
Sweet Winter Squash Stuffed with Cornbread,...
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.
The Face of Cancer: It’s a Family Affair
Dealing with the serious illness of a loved one is one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging experiences imaginable.
Spiced Oven Sweet Potato “Fries”
This easy recipe for crispy and delicious spiced oven sweet potato “fries” is a wonderful whole foods answer to French fries. Mustard seeds, turmeric, and cumin, along with a touch of garlic, make a delicious, spicy coating for the sweet potatoes. These are excellent for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and pair well with sautéed greens, grains and black beans, eggs, or a nice fish dish.
Seitan Stew
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.
Roasted Squash and Root Vegetable Soup
This richly flavored macrobiotic roasted squash and root vegetable soup is strengthening for spleen and pancreas, soothing for the nervous system, and dispels excess mucus from the body. Try varying which root vegetables you use, as turnips have a sharper flavor than rutabagas, and parsnips are starchy and sweet. Coriander, bay leaf and thyme add lovely flavor to round out this lovely fall recipe.
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Cauliflower and...
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.
Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler Recipe
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.
Hangover Helper Smoothie
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.
Spiced Chia, Coconut and Vanilla Pudding
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.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
This sweet, creamy roasted butternut squash soup is soothing and strengthening to the spleen. It is enhanced by baking the squash, which gives the soup a deeper, richer flavor. An added bonus is that it’s much easier to peel the squash when it’s cooked. For an added layer of flavor, use a quart of vegetable stock in place of 4 cups of the water.
Sautéed Broccoli with Shallots, Garlic and...
This quick and easy whole foods sauté of broccoli, shallots, garlic and lemon is an excellent side dish for almost any meal, and is so tasty you’ll be going back for seconds. The broccoli is steam sautéed in less than 5 minutes, so this is a perfect side for busy cooks.
Ginger Drink
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.
Savory Sautéed Kale
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.
Mama Jen’s Spicy Ginger Chicken Soup
Known in some circles as “Jewish penicillin”, chicken soup is a staple for omnivorous families when a cold or flu strikes. This soup is a home remedy that works wonders when you are under the weather.
Back to School and Back to Work Lunches: The...
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.
Soba Noodles with Maitake Mushrooms
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
Cacao Almond Bliss Smoothie
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!
Chakra Juices and Smoothies
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.
North African Chicken and Chickpea Stew
This recipe for North African Chicken and Chickpea Stew is a hearty dish laced with saffron and spices; chickpeas and tomato round out the mix. Serve the stew with rice, couscous, flatbread or millet. A nice salad will complete a delicious and warming meal.
Agave Lemonade Recipes and Variations
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.
Mushroom Barley Soup
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.
Sesame Tahini Ginger Sauce Recipe
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.
The Five Elements: Metal
This is a brief explanation of the energies and foods of Autumn, and how we can support and strengthen our health and spirits during this time of year.
Pear Ginger Compote
This warming pear compote is delicious for dessert, a snack, or with oatmeal for breakfast. Try dressing
Stewed Adzuki Beans
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!
Wild Mushroom Soup
This macrobiotic wild mushroom soup recipe is a complex, earthy blend of flavors, but is remarkably easy to make. Dark, rich, and excellent for building the blood, mushroom soup is a wonderful, warming, fall/winter food.
Recipe for Baked Fish with Cilantro Pesto
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.
Italian Ricotta Cheesecake with Cookie Crumb...
This light and delicious recipe for Italian ricotta cheesecake with crumb crust can easily be made gluten free. This is a great make-ahead dessert, and is delicious served plain, with berries or with a simple pureed berry coulis.
Super Sunrise Sunburst Smoothie
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.
Steel Cut Oats with Flax and Fruit
This whole foods recipe for steel cut oats with flax and fruit is great for busy people, because you have the option of soaking them overnight and having breakfast ready for you in the morning. Steel cut oats are chopped whole oats, less processed than our more familiar oatmeal, and leagues ahead of the instant variety. Many people avoid steel cut oats because of the cooking time required, but with this painless recipe you can make a big pot and reheat them as needed.
Macrobiotic Red Bean Soup Recipe
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.
Salad of Honey Roasted Figs, Brie, Walnuts and...
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.
Red Lentil Soup with Fennel and Leeks
Fragrant and delicious, rich with chunks of fresh fennel bulb, leeks and baby greens, this whole foods, gluten free, vegan recipe for red lentil soup with fennel and leeks is another favorite in my kitchen.
Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry
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.
Chia, Coconut and Banana Pudding Parfait
This textured yet creamy recipe for chia, coconut and banana pudding parfait is a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free dessert. Salvia
Walnut Cream
Walnut Cream This dessert sauce is great with any cooked fruit, or with simple cakes. Other nuts can be substituted for the walnuts if desired.
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
This richly flavored roasted root vegetable soup recipe is strengthening for spleen and pancreas, soothing for the nervous system, and dispels excess mucus from the body. Coriander, bay leaf and thyme add wonderful flavor to round out this lovely fall recipe.
Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce
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.
Watermelon Smoothie
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
Homemade Chicken Stock or Broth
Traditional cultures revere the curative powers of bone broths, which are used to restore strength to invalids, stave off colds, heal weak digestion, and build strong bones. For chefs, good stock is essential to great cooking, and adds incredible flavor to soups and stews.
Arborio Rice and Risotto
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.
SLT: Crispy Seitan, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich...
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!
Seasonal Cleansing: Preparing Our Bodies for...
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.
Glorious Grains
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.
Dreamy Creamy Raw Coconut Cream “Candy&#8...
This recipe for creamy raw coconut ‘candy” utilizes organic coconut cream* which is then lightly sweetened and flavored. The variations on this recipe are almost endless and limited only by your imagination. We have included several of them here, including three citrus flavors, Chai Spice, Vanilla Nut and Chocolate.
Pumpkin and Quinoa Pudding with Apples and Figs
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.
Roast Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Herb Rub
This fragrant and tender roast rack of lamb with garlic and herb rub is a festive and elegant entrée for the holidays or a special occasion. Ask your butcher to “French” the racks for you (remove the fat and meat from the top couple of inches of bone) for a classic presentation.
Kelp Noodles with Broccoli and Creamy Avocado...
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).
Favorite Whole Foods Recipes for the Autumn...
Fall brings us into a descending energy pattern as the earth gives off the last of her harvest. Root veggies, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks and other sturdy vegetables are what remain to be harvested. Here are some favorite recipes for using the Autumn harvest.
Vegetarian Brazilian Feijoada -Black Bean Stew
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.
Ginger Sautéed Cabbage
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.
Old-Fashioned Deep Dish Apple Pie
We love old-fashioned, deep dish apple pie in my family, and it has been a common dessert on our table during apple season for as long as I can remember. Every good baker has her own version, and I like my pie stacked with fruit, well spiced, and encased in a tender crust.
Fish in Parchment with Dill and Fennel Recipe
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.
Egg Salad with Cilantro, Celery and Red Onion
This simple recipe for egg salad with cilantro, celery and red onion is a variation on a classic, traditional egg salad. Cilantro is a great herb to pair with eggs in any form, and the salad is enhanced by the crunch of crisp celery and a touch of finely chopped red onion.
The Mighty Mushroom: Great Whole Foods Recipes...
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.
Homemade Vitamin Water
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.
Basic Millet Pilaf
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.
Vegan Egg Substitutes and Replacers
Many of my clients have asked for alternatives to egg and dairy for baking projects, and egg substitutions top the list. Different recipes require various approaches; not all substitutes work interchangeably.
Creamy Carrot Soup with Ginger and Curry Spices
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.
Gluten-Free Pie Crust: Vegan and Vegetarian...
This gluten-free pie crust recipe evolved after many experiments with many different recipes and flour combinations. It can be prepared as a vegan or non-vegan recipe, and adapted for savory baking by eliminating the zest.
Genetically Modified Organisms: What is GMO...
As a holistic nutritionist I have been struck by the radical increase in immune, gastrointestinal, and fertility issues that seemingly healthy people are presenting in my office. Over and over again I have educated clients that “convenience” in food has a very high price tag attached to it, and that ultimately the cost of local and organic food is far lower than the cost to our lives when we eat out of boxes, and consume “natural” rather than whole, organic food.
How to Poach A Perfect Egg
This easy tutorial on how to poach the perfect egg may change your relationship with making wonderful brunches at home.
Macrobiotic Baked Winter Squash Recipe
Any squash which appears at summer’s end can be used for this savory baked squash recipe: butternut, kabocha, acorn, buttercup or pumpkin are all interchangeable.
Cauliflower and Dill Soup
This naturally creamy, vegan, macrobiotic cauliflower soup recipe is enhanced with the mild flavor of dill. 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.
Perfect Pumpkin Risotto
Pumpkin (or butternut squash) is gently cooked with optional leeks, arborio rice and aromatic herbs for a delicious and warming fall risotto.
The Five Elements: Earth or Yi
The Earth Element or Yi falls in late summer, and lasts from August 21 until the fall equinox of September 21. It is the shortest season, and is a moment of suspension between the high energies of the Fire Season and the descending energies of autumn, when light inevitably recedes, and life pulls back towards the earth. Earth time is a brief balance between yin and yang, when the harvest is rich and full, plant life is abundant, and the Earth is yielding her fruits with copious bounty.
Brown Rice and Vegetable Salad with Miso Dressing
This cool, tangy, brown rice and vegetable salad with miso dressing is a pleasure to eat on a hot day. Crunchy carrots and celery, parsley and other sweet herbs all combine to make a delicious side dish.
Mango Pineapple Green Smoothie
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!
Lentil Stew with Fall Vegetables
This hearty recipe for a stew of lentils and fall vegetables is vegan stunner; it has layers of almost meaty flavor and can be served on its own, with steamed grains, or over polenta. Make plenty, as this stew will have people coming back for seconds, and freezes well.
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