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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.
Steven's Chilly Day: Creamy Shiitake and Root...
This recipe for creamy and warming, miso scented shiitake and root vegetable soup is perfect for a chilly day.
Who Doesn't Love a Latke?
Latkes (potato pancakes) are traditional for Hanukkah, but whether you are Jewish or not, celebrating Hanukkah or not, latkes are delicious savory treats.
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.
Holidaze: The Ultimate Survival Guide
Making the best of the holiday season is easy if we stay grounded and with ourselves. Here are our top tips for surviving this busy time.
Our Favorite Gingerbread Cookies
This whole foods recipe for our favorite gingerbread cookies –and a gluten free variation- is based on my mother’s years of Christmas baking. These cookies are rich with spices and tender rather than hard or crisp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kidney Strengthening Recipes
According to 5-element theory, our kidneys govern our vital life force energy. They regulate water metabolism, our sex organs and fertility, bones, teeth, hair and hearing. In other words, kidney energy is incredibly important to our health. We have some wonderful recipes that can nourish and strengthen our kidney 'essence' any time of year.
The 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!
Yukon Gold Potato Latkes
This recipe for Yukon Gold potato latkes is tradition all grown up. Yukon Golds are sufficiently starchy but also lend a unique and buttery smooth flavor to this traditional Hanukkah dish. Serve with applesauce, crème fraiche, or (my favorite) plain and crispy.
St Lucia Saffron Buns – Lussekatter
St Lucia Day is the “opening day” of Christmas in Sweden. St Lucia was the saint of light, and tradition dictates that the oldest daughter would don a wreath of candles and sing to her family while bringing them food in the pre-dawn hours. Saffron scented St Lucia buns are part of that tradition, and the whole foods recipe that follows is my own adaptation of this lovely bun.
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.
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.
The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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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.
Sweet Potato Latkes
This recipe for sweet potato latkes is a favorite of mine, and takes latkes to a new level. Choose jewel or garnet sweet potatoes for their rich flavor and deep orange flesh; Japanese yams are creamy in color with a deep chestnut flavor. Even better, mix the two! These make a great side dish, and while you can serve them with applesauce or crème fraiche as is traditional, I like them best plain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe
Also known as Viennese Crescents, Italian Butter Balls, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs or Polvorones, these light, buttery, crumbly and not too sweet Mexican wedding cookies are a top pick around the holidays.
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
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.
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
Creamy Vegan Egg Nog –Otherwise Known as...
I’ve been disappointed in the packaged eggnogs that appear in the grocery store every holiday season, and decided to experiment and create a recipe for egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, creamy vegan eggnog that I really liked.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Kitchari Recipe: Ayurvedic Mung Bean or Lentil...
This recipe for kitchari is a soupy Ayurvedic mung bean and rice stew. Kitchari (“mish-mash” in Hindi) is traditionally used as a restorative food after illness or childbirth, but also as part of the Ayurvedic cleansing protocol called Panchakarma. This simple dish is composed of rice and mung or lentil dal cooked with spices. It is great to eat if you are doing a home cleanse.
Sweet Winter Squash Stuffed with Cornbread,...
This recipe for sweet winter squash stuffed with cornbread, wild rice and smoked tempeh is a perfect vegetarian option for holiday meals or entertaining in the cooler months. It bridges both the whole foods and macrobiotic tables, and is a wonderfully adaptable recipe. This dish can also be made ahead of time and travels well. Carnivores can substitute high quality turkey sausage for the tempeh with equally good results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Quick Sautéed Wild Mushrooms
This recipe for sautéed wild mushrooms can be prepared in about 15 minutes and is a perfect topper for pasta, rice, millet or quinoa. You can also enhance roast chicken; seared tofu or tempeh; or a nice piece of broiled or seared fish (sea bass, wild salmon or halibut are personal favorites).Mushrooms are browned in olive oil with garlic, shallot and your choice of fresh herbs; a bit of wine finishes the dish.
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”.
Holiday Baking From the Whole Foods, Gluten...
Are you gluten free? Vegan? Still figuring it out? This lineup of holiday goodies runs the gamut from grain free to gluten free to vegan and back again for those who just want a healthier version of sweets. We have something for everyone on your list and you may discover that indulgence won't exact quite so high a price on your waistline!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
Cool As A Cucumber Salad
This cooling cucumber, tomato and basil salad recipe is a summer favorite. Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, red onion and light balsamic vinaigrette make for an exceptional summer side salad that is even better served on a bed of arugula.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Roasted Pumpkin and Leek Soup
This easy recipe for roasted pumpkin and leek soup can be made with sugar or Cinderella pumpkin (pictured), Hokkaido squash, Red Kuri, Kabocha, or any other deep orange, dense squash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Cauliflower and...
Fragrant and delicious, rich with spices and chunks of brightly colored vegetables, this whole foods, gluten free, vegan recipe for curried red lentil soup with cauliflower and greens has become a staple soup in my kitchen.
Raw 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.
Winter Dinners
During the winter, whole foods and macrobiotic dinners incorporate more dense, warming foods. Soups, stews, roots, and kidney strengthening foods as discussed in The Five Seasons and the Five Elements find their place on the macrobiotic winter table.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Mama Jen’s Spicy Ginger Chicken Soup
Known in some circles as “Jewish penicillin”, chicken soup is a staple for omnivorous families when a cold or flu strikes. This soup is a home remedy that works wonders when you are under the weather.
Kombu (vegan) Dashi Recipe
This recipe for macrobiotic kombu dashi is a mother stock for miso and other soups requiring broth. it can be used as a base for any of the soup recipes on this site.
Curried Winter Squash and Sweet Potato Stew
This West Indian inspired, whole foods squash and sweet potato curry recipe is a wonderful fall/winter entrée and is absolutely packed with beta-carotene. The stew does not need much more than fragrant brown basmati rice and some cooked greens to make an excellent meal.
Raw 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.
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Vegan Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with...
This classic, low fat, vegan butternut squash and apple soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen and digestion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Cherry, Almond and Orange Biscotti
This recipe for cherry almond orange biscotti can easily be doubled. These festive biscotti make a wonderful gift, but they may not make it out of your kitchen, so bake extra! Orange zest, almond extract and dried cherries make a delicious combination of flavors.
Whole Foods Baked Spiced Pumpkin Pudding
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for pumpkin pudding is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and potassium, and is also rich in fiber. The pudding can also be baked in a piecrust as a pumpkin pie.
Vegan Rice Pudding with Cardamom, Cinnamon and...
This whole foods, vegan, Indian-inspired rice pudding with cardamom and almond was birthed from a longing for this luscious comfort food –minus the sugar, eggs and dairy. Not-too-sweet, creamy, and warm with spices, it is wonderful on its own, with a sprinkling of nuts, raisins or currants, or with a bit of fresh fruit like berries or bananas.
Vegetarian Brazilian Feijoada -Black Bean Stew
Brazilian Feijoada is a recipe for black bean stew originally developed by slaves to use lesser cuts of meat. We’re giving this fragrant dish a happier –and whole foods vegan- fate by transforming it into a rich and aromatic black bean stew with seitan and vegetables. The dish requires a bit of work, but the result is well worth it. You can freeze any leftover stew for another time.
Spicy Corn Cakes
This recipe for spicy corn cakes is actually quite easy, and makes an incredibly versatile base for party hors d’oeuvres. Try topping these with goat cheese, tapenade, roasted tomato, Romesco sauce, or wild mushroom ragout. The cakes can also be cut larger and grilled or run under the broiler if you don’t like frying, and served as an appetizer or base for an entrée.
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.
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.
Watermelon Smoothie
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
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.
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.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
This sweet, creamy roasted butternut squash soup is soothing and strengthening to the spleen. It is enhanced by baking the squash, which gives the soup a deeper, richer flavor. An added bonus is that it’s much easier to peel the squash when it’s cooked. For an added layer of flavor, use a quart of vegetable stock in place of 4 cups of the water.
A Chef's Holiday Meal
This festive menu is a chef's dinner adapted for a home cook who is comfortable in the kitchen. The main courses offered here -lamb or duck- are not overly hard to master, and are great dishes to have in your repertoire. I've provided suggestions for side vegetables as well. It also happens to be a gluten free meal from start to finish, and my guess is you'll never miss it!
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.
The 5 Elements: The Wood or Liver Element
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.
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.
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.
Super Granola
This super granola recipe is packed with fiber, nutrients, and healthy fats, and is an excellent snack as well as breakfast food. Making granola is quite easy once you get the hang of it, and no commercial product is as good as what can come out of your own kitchen. Experimenting is key after you know what you’re doing, so try different nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to discover your favorite combination.
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.
Kombu Bonito Dashi (Fish Stock) Recipe
Kombu Bonito Dashi (Fish Stock)is a base recipe for many macrobiotic soups, but can be served alone as a clear broth or with soba noodles, vegetables, and green onions. This smoky broth is easy to prepare, flavorful, healthy and versatile. This particular version is an excellent base for seafood soups as well.
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.
Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
This easy recipe for chocolate walnut biscotti is a simple and not-too-sweet treat that keeps well and makes a great gift. Try adding different types of nuts, or a few tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger, dried cherries or apricots for a variation
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.
Stocking Your Pantry: Macrobiotic Seasonings...
You'll find the basics of macrobiotic dry goods here, with suggestions on choices for various dry goods and seasonings.
Split Yellow Pea Soup with Sweet Potato and...
Chunky and delicious, redolent with spices and herbs and studded with brightly colored vegetables, this whole foods, gluten free, vegan recipe for split yellow pea soup with sweet potato and greens is a frequent visitor in my kitchen during chilly weather.
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!
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.
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.
Wild Mushroom and Saffron Risotto with Variations
Scented with saffron and rich with the flavors of wild mushrooms, this recipe for wild mushroom risotto makes a wonderful starter or light main dish.
The Face of Cancer: It’s a Family Affair
Dealing with the serious illness of a loved one is one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging experiences imaginable.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Macrobiotic Red Bean Soup Recipe
This recipe for rustic, hearty, macrobiotic red bean soup sticks to your ribs in cool and cold weather. Try adding cooked pasta for a healthy version of Pasta e Fagioli, the classic Italian pasta and bean soup. This soup is even better the next day, and freezes very well.
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.
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.
Soba Noodles with Maitake Mushrooms
This whole foods recipe for soba noodles with maitake mushrooms is a meeting of great taste with great medicine. Maitake mushrooms are amongst the most popular culinary mushrooms in Japanese cooking, and have a rich, earthy, almost meaty flavor. They also happen to be very powerful medicinal mushrooms, and are used in oriental medicine as mineral rich immune enhancers and cancer fighters. If you cannot source maitakes, use shiitake mushrooms instead
Amaranth Scallion Pancakes
This tasty, savory amaranth scallion pancake recipe makes a great side dish or snack. As a variation, try substituting grated zucchini or sweet potato for the carrots.
The Vegan Holiday Meal
Most festive menus are geared to revolve around a center of meat or fish, and we don't always see multiple course menus designed for a vegan celebration. If you are home for the holidays and want to entertain with a fabulous sit down dinner in courses, read on. We have a great line-up of recipes to make a beautiful and scrumptious meal.
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