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10 Great Hydrating Salads For Summer
Crunchy, watery vegetable salads can be both cleansing and hydrating, and offer a host of phytonutrients to nourish and fortify us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crunchy Cool and Creamy Cucumber, Tomato and...
Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mixed sweet herbs and red onion are bathed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Ingredients For the Best Salads Ever
Salads go beyond the basic lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
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.
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.
The Perfect Appetizer: Lobster and Corn...
Crisp and crunchy, naturally sweet and popping with flavor, lobster and corn bruschetta is a fabulous dish for entertaining.
Watermelon Smoothie
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
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.
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
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 Thirst Quenching, Luscious Melon Berry Smoothie
This quenching, luscious recipe for melon berry smoothie is a fantastic hydrating and detoxifying drink, and is chock full of nutrients.
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.
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!
Crisp and Crunchy Chopped Veggie Salad
This yummy, crunchy chopped, raw vegetable salad is full of super-nutrients and allows plenty of room for variations.
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
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.
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!
Tomato and Herb Salad
Nothing speaks of high summer more than a sun ripened, juicy tomato, and this gluten free, low fat recipe for tomato and herb salad is a summer favorite. Tomatoes tossed with an assortment of fresh herbs, red onion, good extra virgin olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar or lime juice make for an exceptional summer side salad that is even better served on a bed of arugula.
Berry Delicious Smoothie Recipe
This berry smoothie recipe is a great breakfast in warm weather, or a yummy pick-me-up in the midmorning or mid-afternoon. Berries are being recognized as one 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
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!
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.
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.
The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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Cucumber and Seaweed Salad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chilled Green Pea Soup With Mint and Chives
This creamy pea soup is a quintessential warm weather recipe that can be served warm or chilled with equal yumminess.
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.
Crunchy Juicy Tasty Tahini Slaw
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.
Savory Raw Vegan Cashew "Sour Cream"
Finding viable alternatives to dairy sour cream and creme fraiche led me straight to my kitchen. The
High Protein Spiced Chia Pudding
This creamy, high protein spiced chia pudding can do double duty as a scrumptious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free breakfast pudding or dessert.
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.
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!
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.
Zucchini Ribbon "Fettuccine" With Peas and...
This wonderfully easy recipe for zucchini fettuccine with peas and fresh herbs takes only minutes to prepare and is a favorite warm weather recipe.
Raw Summer Noodles with Spicy Almond Sauce Recipe
This recipe for raw summer noodles with spicy almond sauce is a gluten, grain and dairy free vegan version of spicy noodles with peanut sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corn Salad
This macrobiotic version of a classic summer corn salad is made without the red peppers and spiciness of more traditional recipes. While the recipe calls for cilantro, feel free to try dill or basil instead. Corn is healing for the heart, digestion, and kidneys; celery is cooling, rich in silicon and healing to the liver and connective tissue.
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.
Banana Pecan Super-Smoothie
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cucumber and Mint Salad
This quick and simple recipe for cucumber and mint salad is perfect for cooling our bodies on a hot day. Crunchy Kirby or seedless cukes with a bit of red onion and lots of mint make a perfect summer side dish. Cucumbers possess anti-inflammatory properties and are cleansing as well as moistening for the intestines, kidneys, and skin.
Summer Vegetable Salad
A crisp, fresh alternative to both green salads and side vegetables, this recipe for summer vegetable salad is at its best using produce from your local farm stand or farmer’s market.
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.
Thai Cellophane Noodle and Vegetable Salad with...
This crunch, tangy, spicy and sweet recipe for Thai cellophane noodle and vegetable salad with spicy lime dressing can be served as either a starter or light main course.
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.
A World of Ways to Cook with Quinoa
Quinoa is an ancient, protein and vitamin rich staple food. While strictly speaking it is a seed, quinoa is eaten as a grain. It has an exceptional amino acid profile and, along with its cousin amaranth, has the highest protein content of all grains. Quinoa can be eaten as a cereal, side dish, salad, or used in baked goods. Here are some of our favorite whole foods and “new” macrobiotic recipes for cooking with this glorious grain.
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.
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.
Spaghetti Squash With Spinach and Basil Pesto...
Spaghetti Squash With Spinach and Basil Pesto is a fragrant, delicious and easy option for a quick meal
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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”.
Whole Foods and Macrobiotic Winter Salads
Even the cold months offer wonderful ingredients for salad making. These recipes make great use of fruits and vegetables we see from late fall into early spring.
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.
Ten Minute Meal: Soba Noodles and Vegetables
This simple soba noodle and vegetable recipe is nourishing for the kidneys and relaxing for the liver and gallbladder. It’s a great picnic dish, as it holds very well and is equally good whether hot, cold, or room temperature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kale Salad with Artichokes, Cannellini Beans...
This quick and easy recipe for kale salad with artichokes, cannellini beans and herbs makes a wonderful year round salad loaded with nutrients
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.
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).
Marinated Cucumber Pickles
This easy whole foods recipe for crunchy, zesty marinated cucumber pickles is cooling, hydrating and healing for the kidneys and liver. We love these in the summer and always keep a jar on hand for snacks. Unlike regular pickles, these only need to marinate a few hours, and the liquid can be re-used several times.
Savory Tofu "Sour Cream"
This savory vegan sour cream recipe offers an alternative to dairy for those times you're longing for something creamy.
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.
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.
Quick Meals: Spaghetti Squash With Sauteed...
Spaghetti Squash With Sauteed Vegetables is a delicious and easy option for a quick, grain free meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Southwestern Quinoa, Black Bean and...
This easy whole foods Southwestern quinoa, black bean and vegetable salad is a great way to use leftover quinoa, and is a favorite salad of ours.
Kohlrabi and Radish Salad
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.
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.
Honey, Ginger, Lime and Rum Glazed Shrimp
This easy recipe for honey, ginger, lime and rum glazed shrimp can be prepared on the grill or in your broiler, so it's a great year round dish.
Whole Foods Southwestern Corn and Black Bean...
This easy recipe for corn and black bean salad is a Southwestern classic with infinite variations. While they are not included here, feel free to add chopped red, orange, or yellow bell pepper.
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.
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.
Pea Shoot and Baby Greens Salad with Daikon...
The delicate young pea shoot is a sweet and welcome sign of spring. We love then tossed with baby greens, carrots and shredded daikon radish for a cleansing and nutrient rich salad. This combination provides ample amounts of vitamins C, A, K, potassium, folate, and folic acid. The salad is an excellent cleansing dish, as it supports liver and gallbladder purification, and rids the body of mucus. Carrots and daikon are also excellent lung foods.
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.
Pan Seared Salmon with Cumin and Lime Marinade...
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).
Provencal Carrot Salad Recipe
This simple macrobiotic, Provencal carrot salad recipe is seen all over southern France. It is at its best when made with sweet, juicy, bunch carrots, but is good any time of year.
Perfect Roast Chicken
Some chefs believe that slow and low is the best way to go when roasting a bird, but my experience in French kitchens taught me otherwise. Cooking a chicken at high heat for a shorter time yields a juicy bird with crispy skin, and who doesn’t love that?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Simple Miso Soup
Miso is a salty fermented soybean paste that is then aged anywhere from 6 months to more than 2 years. Always buy unpasteurized miso, as it is a live food, and should never be boiled. I generally recommend light or red miso, as they are milder and less salty than the darker varieties. Light miso is best for warm weather, and the red is a good pick for moderate climates or year round use.
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!
Spicy Corn Salad
This bright, crunchy, spicy corn salad recipe is the epitome of summer and the Fire Season. Corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, along with fresh herbs combine to create a wonderful dish that can be used as a salsa with grilled fish or poultry, or combined with avocado, greens and a bit of feta or goat cheese for a spectacular entrée salad.
Vegan Macrobiotic Coleslaw
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!
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.
Red Lentil Dahl Recipe
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.
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.
Leftover Rice? Make Rice Salad!
Now that the holidays are over, the kids are back in school and our schedules are ramping back up. We always make extra grains at our house, sometimes using
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.
Cleansing Salad of Spring Greens
This light, bright cleansing salad of spring greens is chock full of liver cleansing and boosting ingredients. Lemon juice is not strictly macrobiotic, but is good for the liver and is used for its alkaline properties. This salad helps alkalize our systems and is full of live enzymes. Make sure that all of your veggies are organic.
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.
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.
Broiled Salmon with Ginger, Lime and Thai Basil
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.
Favorite Raw Recipes
These easy raw recipes are a great introduction to some of the possibilities of raw foods preparation. A few contain vinegar; if you wish to adhere to a very strict protocol, use raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice as a substitute.
Spicy Black Bean and Chipotle Harissa Hummus
This creamy, spicy black bean and chipotle harissa hummus recipe will no doubt become a favorite if you are a hummus aficionado who also likes a bit of heat.
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.
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.
Brunch or Brinner: Baked Eggs With Spinach and...
These Baked Eggs With Spinach and Chèvre are a new and healthier spin on eggs Florentine (eggs baked with spinach and cream).
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.
Sweet Baked Spaghetti Squash With Spices and...
This whole foods recipe for sweet baked spaghetti squash with spices and Thai basil is a wonderful - and slightly surprising- sweet/spicy/savory way to prepare spaghetti squash.
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Green Genie Cooling Electrolyte Smoothie
This recipe for the green genie cooling electrolyte smoothie is perfect for the hot days of summer, when we need extra hydration and electrolytes
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.
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.
Green Bean and Corn Salad
This crossover whole foods/macrobiotic green bean and corn salad recipe is an easy and delicious side dish. Try adding cherry tomatoes or black olives for a nice variation.
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.
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.
Pan Seared Halibut with Red Wine Reduction Sauce
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.
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.
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
Gluten Free Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
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!
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