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Whole Foods Cooking: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Dairy-Free 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.
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.
Thanksgiving Start To Finish: Fabulous Side...
Thanksgiving side dishes are key to a great dinner, and can also be lifesavers for people with dietary restrictions. At our house we make sure that we've got a rainbow of side dishes to satisfy every appetite. The recipes that follow are largely vegan and all are gluten free.
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.
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.
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.
Herb Brined, Free-Range Organic Roast Turkey...
Brining your free-range, organic -and gluten free- roast turkey is pretty much a fail-safe recipe for a crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside bird.
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.
Dinner in 10 Minutes: Pan Seared Turkey Breast...
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.
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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.
Juices and Smoothies for Cleansing and Detox
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.
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.
Crisp Roasted Duck with Orange, Ginger and...
This festive whole foods recipe for crisp roasted duck with ginger, orange and pomegranate glaze is a wonderful holiday or special occasion entrée. Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes or root vegetables. A nice green vegetable like steamed green beans with a bit of lemon or spicy green beans with chili and mint is perfect for balancing the earthy flavors.
Our Favorite Way To Make Brussels Sprouts
One of the easiest side dishes imaginable, roasted brussels sprouts are a tasty and very nutritious side dish for fall and winter dinners.
The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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Comfort Desserts: Spice Scented Baked Apples
These vegan baked spiced apples are especially wonderful in fall and winter, when apples are at their peak and we crave a warm, comforting dessert.
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.
Thanksgiving Start To Finish: A Whole Foods...
We love our desserts, and these recipes for revamped favorites offer a healthier alternative to Thanksgiving sweet finales without sacrificing flavor!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roasted Chicken With Wild Rice and Mushroom...
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.
How To Cook Spaghetti Squash: The Great Grain...
We love spaghetti squash; it is a delicious side dish in its own right, and also makes a great substitute for noodles if you're avoiding grain based pasta.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Dinner in Under 10 Minutes: Quick Zucchini...
This light and easy dish takes only a few minutes to prepare and makes a very tasty side dish, base for
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.
Detoxing, Alkalizing, and Anti-Inflammatory...
Are you ready for a clean start? Feeling like you need a reset after a holiday or in general? You can support your body by gently cleansing your energetic pathways. Blood, digestion, and 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. Cleansing protocols can make a huge difference in how we feel, and range from juice fasts to green smoothies to one of the gentler protocols listed below, which include food.
Quick Sauteed Wild Mushrooms: My Favorite Meat...
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.
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.
Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
This easy recipe for oven roasted root vegetables is a wonderfully savory and flexible side dish that is perfect for everyday or entertaining. It has become a favorite at the Thanksgiving table as well as at Sunday dinners in our family. Try different veggies to discover your favorite combinations.
Our Favorite Broccoli Recipe, Ready in 5 Minutes
This quick and easy whole foods sauté of broccoli, shallots, garlic and lemon is an excellent side dish for almost any meal.
Arugula, Avocado, and Asparagus Salad
This dish is not only rich in phytonutrients; it is comprised of 3 foods considered to be aphrodisiac by the ancients.
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.
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.
Glazed Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts
This colorful recipe for sweet winter squash and Brussels sprouts is steam braised first, then finished over a higher flame to “glaze” or caramelize the vegetables slightly. The finished product is sweet and pungent, lightly scented with fresh rosemary, and a perfect macrobiotic holiday side dish.
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.
Nourishing 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 with plenty of room for variation..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Vegan Brown Rice Gravy
This rich, herb infused brown rice gravy is great anytime on vegan entrees, grains and veggies, and is a particular favorite during the holidays.
Sweet Potatoes Anna: Sweet Potato Galette
This easy recipe for sweet potatoes Anna (or sweet potato galette) is simply a spin on Pommes Anna, the
Luscious and Creamy Vegan Egg Nog
This recipe for egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, creamy vegan eggnog will rock your socks, and the alcohol is strictly optional.
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!
Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
The Five Elements: Winter Brings The Kidney...
Winter governs the water -or kidney- element, also known as Zhi. It is the dormant season, when all life force burrows deep in the bosom of the earth.
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.
Maitake Mushroom Soup: Medicine In A Bowl
This rich, delicious maitake and mushroom soup is layered with complex flavors. An optional splash of cognac is a flavorful nod to French cooking.
Overnight Nourishment: Easy Toasted Oat and...
This simple overnight toasted oat and quinoa porridge is an easy and highly nutritious way to get your whole grains.
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.
Simply The Best: Vegan Butternut Squash and...
This delicious, low fat, vegan butternut squash and apple soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen and digestion.
Favorite Fall Desserts: Gluten Free Rustic...
This lovely recipe for gluten free, rustic apple or pear galette is actually very easy to make, and makes a country style free-form pie. The addition of optional raisins and Calvados (apple brandy) will make this just a bit unusual and extra tasty.
Steamed or Boiled Brown Rice Recipe
This recipe for steamed or boiled brown rice is a bit less tricky than pressure cooking if you are a novice in the kitchen. Soaking the rice for an hour or two before cooking softens the kernels, but is not essential.
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.
Spiced Holiday Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe,...
This lightly sweetened spiced cranberry sauce recipe is fragrant with orange zest, ginger, and a touch of clove. It is wonderful with baked tofu, tempeh, and even a meaty filet of fish like halibut. Serve with baked squash, green vegetables and a grain pilaf and you’ve got a bright, nourishing holiday meal.
Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for sweet potato pudding is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. It can also be baked in a piecrust for sweet potato pie. Serve plain or with Vanilla Tofu Whip.
Salmon French Style
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.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple, Orange...
This delicious whole foods recipe for sweet potatoes with maple, orange and pecans is fabulous for a holiday feast and also happens to be vegan. You’ll never miss the butter or brown sugar! Choose smaller sweet potatoes for best texture.
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.
Nutty Love: Homemade Spiced Cashew Milk
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.
Festive -And Easy- Roast Rack of Lamb with...
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.
My Favorite Tabbouleh: Gluten Free Quinoa...
This gluten-free quinoa tabbouleh is an adaptation of the classic Lebanese salad, and is perfect for entertaining, as it can be made ahead. Quinoa lends itself beautifully to salads, and this one is no exception.
Roasted Pumpkin and Leek Soup
This wonderful recipe for roasted pumpkin and leek soup can be made with any variety of pumpkin, and makes a perfect fall soup course.
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.
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.
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.
Stewed Adzuki Beans With Vegetables and...
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!
Whole Foods Pies and Tarts
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
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.
The One Day Detox Cleanse
Too much food? Need a hangover cure? Need some tips for a quick detox cleanse? Read on for how to do it in 1, 2 or 3 days, your choice.
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.
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.
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.
Romesco (Spanish Roasted Pepper and Almond) Sauce
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.
Vegan Rice Pudding with Cardamom, Cinnamon and...
This whole foods, vegan, Indian-inspired rice pudding with cardamom and almond is luscious comfort food –minus the sugar, eggs and dairy.
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.
Creamy, Nutty Love: Raw Organic Coconut Almond...
This recipe for raw, organic coconut almond milk will elevate your experience of nut milk to new heights.
10 Favorite Veggie Sides For the Holidays
These 10 easy side dishes make great additions to any holiday table.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fire Tonic: Keeping The...
This apple cider vinegar fire tonic is an anti-inflammatory, high potency, immune boosting concoction that makes a great addition to your home pharmacy.
Mediterranean Marinated Kale
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.
Baked Indian Pudding
The only thing Indian about this whole foods recipe for baked Indian pudding is the ground corn, to which Native Americans introduced early American settlers. This simple, delicious, nutritious pudding is often overlooked in the search for fall and holiday desserts.
Ideas For Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers
The ubiquitous fridge full of leftovers from the holiday feast can sometimes feel haunting and repetitive, so here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving turkey leftovers that can shake things up.
A World of Ways to Cook with Quinoa
Quinoa can be eaten as a cereal, side dish, salad, or used in baked goods. Here are some of our favorite recipes for cooking with this glorious grain.
Gluten Free Chocolate Panforte
This recipe for gluten free chocolate panforte is an adaptation of an ancient recipe. Panforte is an Italian sweet dating back to the Middle Ages, and literally translates as “strong bread”. Dried fruits and nuts are stirred into thick honey syrup and baked into a dense cake with an exceptional shelf life. No one really knows how panforte came about, but I think of it as the original energy bar.
Some Of Our Favorite Ways To Eat Spaghetti Squash
We love spaghetti squash. It's versatile, absorbs all sorts of flavors beautifully, and can be used all kinds of ways with equal ease.
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.
Maple Pecan Pie
This lovely whole foods maple pecan pie recipe combines tradition with a healthier view. Instead of corn syrup, dark Grade B maple syrup gives a rich and deep flavor to the custard.
Fall Special: Pumpkin and Spice Smoothie
This nutrient packed, easy and absolutely scrumptious spiced pumpkin smoothie makes a great snack or breakfast, and is ready in just two minutes.
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.
Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad
This lively Moroccan carrot salad recipe can be made with cooked or raw carrots, depending on your mood. Either way, carrots are excellent for the liver, lungs, and digestion, and are enriched by parsley’s abundant chlorophyll.
Mulled Spice Cheribundi
This easy side dish of roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower with a Moroccan spice blend is perfect for cool evenings year round.
Spiced Oven Sweet Potato “Fries”
This easy recipe for crispy and delicious spice-coated oven sweet potato “fries” is a wonderful whole foods answer to French fries.
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup With Dill
This naturally creamy, vegan, macrobiotic cauliflower soup recipe is enhanced with the mild flavor of dill. Good news: everyone returns for seconds.
The Autumn Detox: Gentle Cleansing For the...
The autumn detox cleanse is a wonderful opportunity to both reset and connect more deeply with our inner healer.
Poaching The Perfect Egg
This easy tutorial on how to poach the perfect egg may change your relationship with making wonderful brunches at home.
Simply The Best 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!
Basic Steamed Quinoa: How to Cook White, Red or...
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.
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.
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.
Dreamy Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pudding
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.
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.
Whole Foods Pumpkin Recipes From Soup to Dessert
Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients: alpha and beta-carotene and potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E. Pumpkin is also rich in fiber and I consider it in the category of a super food. Try cooking with small round sugar pumpkins, boldly ribbed Cinderella pumpkins, calabaza (West Indian pumpkin), Hokkaido squash, Red Kuri, Kabocha, or any other deep orange, dense squash. These can be used interchangeably, with slight variations in flavor, density and texture.
Watermelon Smoothie With Ginger and Lime
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
Spiced Sweet Potato Puree
Chef Kamisha Jones of the 2013 Almost Famous Chef Competition prepared this recipe for spiced sweet potato puree to be served with her signature Seared Breast of Duck with Cranberry Apple Chutney, and Sauce Gastrique. I am offering two options here.
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.
How To Make Cold Brewed Coffee
Learning how to make smooth, low acid cold brewed coffee is a snap and is a perfect beverage for a hot day.
Easy Macrobiotic Quinoa Porridge
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.
Best of the Best: Holiday Cookies From Around...
Every year the Guides of about.com compile a list of holiday cookie recipes to share with our readers. This year we have contributions from Eastern Europe, Italy, Mexico, Spain, South America, Holland and Germany. From our own back yard come local, southern, low fat, easy, kid-friendly and whole foods recipes. We hope there is something for everyone here; these tempting goodies make great gifts if they make it out of your kitchen!
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.
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.
Red Lentil Dahl (Dal): Stewed Red Lentils With...
This simple, curried red lentil dahl recipe is a mildly spiced version of an East Indian favorite, and is a quick, easy vegan base for a meal.
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.
Macrobiotic and Whole Foods Cooking: What&#8217...
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?
The Best Gluten Free, Grain Free Lemon Tart Ever
This recipe for lemon tart with gluten free, grain free almond crust is nearly fail proof and makes a great dessert for entertaining or offering to friends.
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).
Nightshade Vegetables
Nightshade vegetables, members of the solanaceae family of plants, include potatoes, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes. These plants contain alkaloids that have a potentially inflammatory effect on the body, and should probably be avoided by anyone suffering from arthritic or autoimmune conditions.
10 Of Our Favorite Soups For Early Fall
We love the return of soup in early fall, and here are 10 great recipes for the season, bringing light but warming and nourishing soup to your table.
Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds
This recipe for green beans with almonds and mushrooms is a new spin on an old classic. Around the holidays we often revert to family traditions, and someone usually shows up with some sort of green bean dish. Whether or not it’s good is another question, and this recipe seeks to recreate an old feeling without losing out on taste or quality.
Crunchy Cool and Creamy Cucumber, Tomato and...
Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mixed sweet herbs and red onion are bathed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.
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.
Basic Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Light and fresh, this recipe for lemon dijon vinaigrette is a perfect accompaniment for summer salads. Good olive oil, a generous dab of Dijon and just a touch of garlic combine to make a versatile and delicious rendition of a classic French vinaigrette
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.
Healthy Bowls To Bring To Work
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.
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.
Mean, Clean, Fat Burning Machine
This fat burning nopal cactus green cocktail smoothie recipe is a variation on a smoothie we see at our local farmer's market.
It's Spring: 5 Element Season of Wood
Spring marks a miraculous bursting of energy and carries with it the energy of wood. Sap, which is nature’s lifeblood, courses through the trees; new life pushes its way up from the depths of the earth, and we are surrounded by a bright sense of renewal and creativity.
Pasta with Arugula, Garlic and Olive Oil
Italians have a wonderful understanding of the value of simplicity, and this recipe for pasta with arugula, garlic, and olive oil is a perfect example of that philosophy. Take good pasta, good olive oil, fresh greens and a little garlic, and you’ve got a stunningly simple and delicious pasta course
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.
Exotic Spice Blend Ethnic Cooking
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.
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.
Traditional Vegan or Vegetarian Cucumber Raita
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.
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.
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