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Simple Roasted Portobello Mushrooms With...
These easy roasted portobello mushrooms make a great base for all sorts of dishes: we love them plain, on salads, topped with eggs, in sandwiches or in pasta dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Whole Foods Passover Seder Menu
Whole foods cooking might be the last thing you'd think about when planning a Passover meal, but a beautiful, festive, healthy meal can be a refreshing change from typical fare.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Watermelon Smoothie
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Perfect Spring Brunch: Pesto and Asparagus...
A light frittata made with basil pesto and asparagus makes a perfect spring brunch dish that's ready in about 10 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars
This recipe for pumpkin spice energy bars is great for anyone who wants a deeply nourishing high energy snack to carry. They are great for hiking, and make a wonderful mid-afternoon snack for adults and kids alike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Wine Reduction Sauce
Classical French cooking inspires this recipe for red wine reduction sauce. Richly and deeply flavored, it is an excellent accompaniment to seared fish (especially salmon), tofu, or poultry. It is an exceptional sauce for entertaining, and keeps very well. Keep in mind that a little of this intensely flavored sauce goes a long way.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Goddess Smoothie
This deliciously nourishing green goddess smoothie recipe takes a green base and adds coconut and hulled hemp seeds for body, substance and flavor.
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 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.
Easy Dinners: Pasta With Pesto and Wild Mushrooms
This easy first or main course of pasta with pesto and mushrooms makes an equally great week night meal or dish for entertaining, and is ready in about 15 minutes.
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?
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.
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.
Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers
This simple and tasty whole foods recipe for salmon burgers has the added advantage that it freezes well. You can make a batch, form into patties separated by parchment paper, freeze them, and use as needed. They are delicious grilled, broiled, or pan seared, and can be topped with a bit of barbeque or teriyaki sauce for added flavor.
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
Marinated Mushrooms with Onion and Herbs
This recipe for marinated mushrooms with onions and herbs is a fragrant and delicious side dish that is excellent for entertaining. It’s a wonderful addition to an antipasto platter, and can be made ahead of time.
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.
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!
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.
Soba Noodles with Medicinal 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
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deep Nourishment: Soba Noodles with Mushroom...
Soba noodles meet medicinal mushrooms in this favorite broth-based meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grain Free Breakfast: Almond Flour Waffles
We love waffles, and these golden and delicious gluten free almond flour waffles (with variations) are no exception.
Raw “Spaghetti” with Tomato Basil...
This fresh and delicious raw recipe for “spaghetti” with tomato basil sauce is a wonderful summer dish and is perfect if you can’t bear the thought of turning on your stove. Delicate strands of zucchini are topped with a light tomato and basil sauce. Use a mandoline, julienne peeler or spiralizer (spiral slicer) to cut the “pasta”. If you don’t have any of these, a good, sharp peeler can do the trick to cut wide ribbons.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brown Rice Gravy
This rich, herb infused brown rice gravy is great anytime on grains and veggies, and is a particular favorite during the holidays. Try this with pan seared tofu or seitan for a delicious entrée.
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
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!
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.
Spicy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
This recipe for spicy cilantro lime vinaigrette is great on arugula, asparagus, grilled fish, and all manner of vegetable salads. Citrus juices are more volatile than vinegar, so please use this dressing in a day or two. If you will not be using it immediately, add the fresh cilantro at serving time; otherwise the delicate leaves will turn an unpleasant color.
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.
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.
Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)
This simple recipe for Salsa Verde (Green Sauce) is a staple of the Mexican table, and is truly a summer salsa. Tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic and cilantro combine to make a zesty, piquant sauce that can be eaten with anything from chips, to grilled fish and meats, to eggs. Removing the seeds from the jalapenos before cooking will make for a mild salsa; leaving them whole makes a very spicy one.
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.
Whole Foods Recipes for Lent
In the Catholic Church and some Protestant faiths, Lent is a time of prayer and abstinence during the weeks before Easter. Mardi Gras -or Fat Tuesday- is the feast that comes just before, and was traditionally a day when rich, fatty foods were used up in preparation for Ash Wednesday, when Lent officially began. Whole foods cooking lends itself easily to Lenten cooking with its abundant and simple vegetarian and seafood recipes.
Whole Foods Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe
This whole foods recipe for Thai peanut sauce is a perennial favorite in my house. It is simple yet complex, and lends itself to being paired with rice, summer rolls, noodles, satay, grilled fish and chicken, tofu, and veggies of all kinds
Brown Basmati and Wild Rice Pilaf
Wild rice gives this side dish a pleasantly nutty flavor, while the vegetables add sweetness. This rice pilaf is a great accompaniment for vegetarian and seafood entrees.
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.
Quinoa, Corn, and Black Bean Salad
This easy whole foods recipe for quinoa, corn, and black bean salad is a great way to use up leftover grains, beans, and/or corn. A light, lemony, cumin vinaigrette adds zesty flavor to this high-protein mini-meal. The salad presents a complete amino acid profile and makes a fantastic summer lunch or supper dish.
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 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).
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.
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.
Fennel and Apple Salad
This crisp, palate cleansing, whole foods fennel and apple salad recipe is a classic for fall and winter, when fennel and apples are at their best. Serve on a bed of arugula or mixed greens.
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.
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.
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.
Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Torte Recipe
This recipe for gluten free chocolate hazelnut torte can be made with coconut flour or almond meal if you’re not a hazelnut fan. Dense and delicious, it can be made a day ahead and chilled. It’s wonderful as a romantic dessert, or for a dinner party or a holiday meal.
Coconut Cacao Detox Smoothie
This quick and easy recipe for a breakfast or post-workout superfood coconut cacao detox smoothie packs a big punch with major fuel for sustained energy. Coconut and raw cacao form the base with detoxifying help from aloe, acai and a touch of sweet spearmint.

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