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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
Sesame Tahini Halvah: The Sweet That's Good for...
Halvah (or halva), a sesame sweetmeat found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and even into Asia and India, is perhaps one of the most nutritious whole foods sweets we can make. It is rich in protein, polyunsaturated fats, calcium, iron, magnesium, and plant sterols. Just as importantly for people with a sweet tooth, it’s delicious and can be flavored with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, rosewater or orange oil.
The 10 Steps to a Balanced Alkaline Diet
The medical community has established that an alkaline diet rich in plant foods is key to longevity, but maintaining an alkaline diet is increasingly difficult in modern western culture. Complex alkalizing minerals are contained in abundance in vegetables and a selection of fruits, yet convenience foods, soda, and excess proteins have replaced them.
Have You Tried the Basic Detoxification Diet? A...
Did you over-eat during the holidays? Have you been overloading your body with too much rich food, alcohol, sugar, and dairy? This food program is designed to help reduce inflammation, sluggishness and overall body toxicity.
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.
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.
Spiced Chia, Coconut and Vanilla Pudding
This full bodied and creamy recipe for spiced chia, coconut and vanilla pudding does double duty as a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free breakfast pudding or dessert.
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A Simple Chai Spice Blend You'll Use Again and...
This simple chai spice blend recipe comes in two variations: one extra easy and one a bit more complex with whole spices. Both are great!
Getting Healthy: Your Guide to the Anti-Inflamm...
Inflammation is a big buzzword; evidence is mounting that chronic inflammation is at the root of most disease. An anti-inflammatory diet can turn back the tide on many health issues.
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.
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.
Nourishing Millet and Vegetable Soup
This recipe for millet and vegetable soup hits the spot on a cool day, and can be a one-pot meal with plenty of room for variation..
A Whole Foods Diet: The Why and The How
Moving towards a whole foods diet, and learning about whole foods cooking are two crucial steps towards creating -and maintaining- our long term health.
The Yin and the Yang of the Macrobiotic Diet
You'll find an introduction to the concept of yin and yang as it applies to food in general, and in the macrobiotic diet and cooking.
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.
The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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”.
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.
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.
Dinner in 10 Minutes: Pan Seared Turkey Breast...
This simple recipe for pan seared turkey breast with lemon and herbs takes less than 10 minutes to cook and is incredibly flavorful and aromatic.
Cleansing Time For a New You
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.
Easy Peasy: How to Sprout Chickpeas or Garbanzos
Chickpeas are easy to sprout, and for many people who have difficulty digesting them, this can be a game changer. We've got 10 of our fav recipes too!
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.
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.
The Five Elements: Winter Brings The Kidney...
Winter governs the water -or kidney- element, also known as Zhi. It is the dormant season, when all life force burrows deep in the bosom of the earth.
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.
Creamy Dairy-Free Potato, Leek and Celery Root...
This creamy, dairy-free recipe for potato, leek and celery root soup is great served warm on cool days or chilled on warm ones.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fire Tonic: Keeping The...
This apple cider vinegar fire tonic is an anti-inflammatory, high potency, immune boosting concoction that makes a great addition to your home pharmacy.
Crunchy Cool and Creamy Cucumber, Tomato and...
Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mixed sweet herbs and red onion are bathed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.
Creamy, Nutty Love: Raw Organic Coconut Almond...
This recipe for raw, organic coconut almond milk will elevate your experience of nut milk to new heights.
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!
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.
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.
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
Maitake Mushroom Soup: Medicine In A Bowl
This rich, delicious maitake and mushroom soup is layered with complex flavors. An optional splash of cognac is a flavorful nod to French cooking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classic Macrobiotic Both: Kombu Shiitake Dashi
This kombu shiitake dashi (stock) is an excellent macrobiotic soup stock, and can be used as a base for dozens of recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Favorite Broccoli Recipe, Ready in 5 Minutes
This quick and easy whole foods sauté of broccoli, shallots, garlic and lemon is an excellent side dish for almost any meal.
Baked Indian Pudding
The only thing Indian about this whole foods recipe for baked Indian pudding is the ground corn, to which Native Americans introduced early American settlers. This simple, delicious, nutritious pudding is often overlooked in the search for fall and holiday desserts.
Easy Greens: Sauteed Broccolini With Garlic and...
This quick, delicious broccolini sauté makes a perfect side for most entrees, and is ready in under 10 minutes.
Ayurvedic Cleansing: Kitchari Mung Bean or...
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.
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.
Stewed Adzuki Beans With Vegetables and...
Adzuki beans strengthen the kidneys and adrenals, and aid in detoxification and weight loss. This creamy, slow cooked dish is slightly sweet and fragrant with herbs. It was inspired by my friend Anita Devine, who is a great macrobiotic chef in upstate New York. She makes a mean pot of beans!
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.
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.
Vegan Rice Pudding with Cardamom, Cinnamon and...
This whole foods, vegan, Indian-inspired rice pudding with cardamom and almond is luscious comfort food –minus the sugar, eggs and dairy.
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).
Steamed or Boiled Brown Rice Recipe
This recipe for steamed or boiled brown rice is a bit less tricky than pressure cooking if you are a novice in the kitchen. Soaking the rice for an hour or two before cooking softens the kernels, but is not essential.
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.
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.
Roasted Chicken With Wild Rice and Mushroom...
This recipe for herb roasted chicken with wild rice and mushroom stuffing requires a couple of steps but is actually pretty easy to make, and is great for a special dinner. You can prep the bird and the stuffing ahead of time and stuff the bird when you’re ready to cook it. It's a great option for an intimate holiday or dinner.
how To Make Dreamy Creamy Raw Coconut Cream...
This recipe for creamy raw coconut ‘candy” utilizes organic coconut cream* which is then lightly sweetened and flavored.
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.
Dreamy Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pudding
This creamy, luscious, gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe is an amazingly simple dessert, and the big surprise is that it's vegan. It is nearly as rich and velvety as its traditional cousin, but is low in fat and naturally sweetened.
Comfort Desserts: Spice Scented Baked Apples
These vegan baked spiced apples are especially wonderful in fall and winter, when apples are at their peak and we crave a warm, comforting dessert.
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.
Scrumptiously Moist Gluten Free Banana Oat Bread
This moist, delicious, gluten and dairy free recipe for banana oat bread is rich with spices, nuts and almond meal for a great breakfast or teatime snack.
Red Lentil Dahl (Dal): Stewed Red Lentils With...
This simple, curried red lentil dahl recipe is a mildly spiced version of an East Indian favorite, and is a quick, easy vegan base for a meal.
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!
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.
Pacific Pleasures: Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with...
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).
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup With Dill
This naturally creamy, vegan, macrobiotic cauliflower soup recipe is enhanced with the mild flavor of dill. Good news: everyone returns for seconds.
The Autumn Detox: Gentle Cleansing For the...
The autumn detox cleanse is a wonderful opportunity to both reset and connect more deeply with our inner healer.
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?
Spiced Oven Sweet Potato “Fries”
This easy recipe for crispy and delicious spice-coated oven sweet potato “fries” is a wonderful whole foods answer to French fries.
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.
Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting
Watermelon Smoothie With Ginger and Lime
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.
Strawberry Coconut Parfait
This creamy dessert is a wonderful way to serve ruby red strawberries. Sliced berries are layered with Vanilla Tofu Whip and crumbled macaroons (or amaretti cookies).
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.
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!
Love For An Overlooked Grain: Simple Millet Pilaf
Lightly toasting the millet gives a nutty flavor to this simple macrobiotic pilaf recipe.
The Food Hangover: How to Cure the Bad Food Blues
One of the challenges of cleaning up your diet is the increased sensitivity you experience when you eat the “wrong” thing.
Sesame 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.
Whole Foods Pies and Tarts
Pies and tarts the whole foods way means less sugar, alternative sweeteners, gluten and grain free recipes and generally less fat. Less delicious? Not in my kitchen! These recipes should give you plenty of ideas for healthier dessert optio
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
Vegan Spiced Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
This chewy, spiced coconut oatmeal cookie recipe is not like Grandma used to make, but is a healthy, wholesome vegan version. Try adding dried cherries, or dark chopped chocolate instead of raisins for a decadent twist.
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.
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Almond...
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for dairy-free pumpkin pie nestled in a gluten free almond crust is a family favorite and the result of experimenting with traditional butter-and-cream laden recipes. The addition of cardamom adds a bit of different flavor.
Fall Pleasures; Pumpkin Chia Pudding
This creamy recipe for spiced pumpkin chia pudding makes a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free breakfast pudding, snack 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.
Simply The Best: Vegan Butternut Squash and...
This delicious, low fat, vegan butternut squash and apple soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen and digestion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy, Dreamy, Chocolate Chia Pudding
This creamy recipe for chocolate chia pudding does double duty as a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free snack pudding or dessert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Vegan Brown Rice Gravy
This rich, herb infused brown rice gravy is great anytime on vegan entrees, grains and veggies, and is a particular favorite during the holidays.
Sweet 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.
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.
Quick Meals: Spaghetti Squash With Sauteed...
Spaghetti Squash With Sauteed Vegetables is a delicious and easy option for a quick, grain free meal.
The Clean-Up, Reboot, Reset, Recalibration For...
Parties, work and travel make it easy to get off track; the good news is that we can reset our bodies pretty quickly. No need for anything harsh.
Poaching The Perfect Egg
This easy tutorial on how to poach the perfect egg may change your relationship with making wonderful brunches at home.
Chipotle Aioli: Recipe For Chipotle Mayonnaise
This quick recipe for chipotle aioli (chipotle mayonnaise) yields a smoky and delicious condiment for sandwiches, veggie burgers, salmon or meat burgers; grilled seafood or poultry; or as an add-on to tacos.
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.
A World of Ways to Cook with Quinoa
Quinoa can be eaten as a cereal, side dish, salad, or used in baked goods. Here are some of our favorite recipes for cooking with this glorious grain.
The Best Gluten Free, Grain Free Lemon Tart Ever
This recipe for lemon tart with gluten free, grain free almond crust is nearly fail proof and makes a great dessert for entertaining or offering to friends.
Overnight Nourishment: Easy Toasted Oat and...
This simple overnight toasted oat and quinoa porridge is an easy and highly nutritious way to get your whole grains.
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.
Banana Pecan Super-Food 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.
Arborio Rice and Risotto
When I lived in Italy I spent 4 years in the northeastern Veneto region. I learned to cook risotto there. And risotto's success depends in great part on the rice.Arborio –or risotto rice- is a short grain round rice with a very high starch content and an internal “deformity” that makes the core of the rice remain firm when cooked. No other rice mimics this particular toothsome and creamy combination.
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.
Great Entertaining: Pan Seared Halibut with Red...
This recipe for pan-seared halibut with red wine reduction can be made with salmon or snapper as well, but the meatiness of halibut is perfect for searing.
Cooling Coconut and Chlorophyll
This ant-inflammatory coconut chlorophyll green smoothie recipe combines coconut water, liver cleansing greens and spices with chlorophyll rich green powder in a powerful healing drink.
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.
Rich and Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroon
This recipe for rich, raw chocolate coconut macaroons with three variations (chocolate orange, chai and mint) can be prepared in about 10 minutes.
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.
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
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.
Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler
This easy, gluten free, raw pear cobbler recipe is perfect in the fall when pears are at their sweet, juicy best. This is a healthy, satisfying treat that can serve as a snack, dessert or even part of breakfast.
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.
The Macrobiotic Path: Basics of the Macrobiotic...
Macrobiotics is a lifestyle and dietary philosophy that promotes health through a largely plant-based diet, and can easily be adapted to Western tastes.
Quick Wilted Spinach With Chickpeas and Coconut...
This recipe for quick wilted spinach with chickpeas and coconut milk was inspired by a dish served at one of my old stomping grounds, a Haitian restaurant in Miami Beach called Tap Tap.
Quick Spiced Pumpkin "Pudding" Recipe
This fast, easy and absolutely scrumptious treat makes a great snack, dessert or even breakfast. Organic pumpkin, cultured coconut or almond milk (or yogurt if you eat dairy) and spices are whisked together to create a creamy and nutrient packed pick-me-up.
Fennel: The Italians Do It Best
The farmer's markets in SoCal are brimming with the most spectacular citrus fruits imaginable right now, along with winter strawberries, kiwis, beautiful
Raw Tomato and Sweet Red Pepper Sauce Recipe
This zesty, flavorful raw tomato sweet and red pepper sauce is great for a raw lasagna, cooked or raw pasta, a salsa for tacos, or as a topping for grilled fish or tofu.
Dinner in Under 30 Minutes: Broiled Fish with...
This macrobiotic broiled fish with soy-ginger marinade yields a delicate yet assertive entrée to pair with sweeter and gentler flavors on the side.
Easy 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.
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.
The Foods of Fall: Local, Seasonal Whole Foods...
Autumn means apples, pears, squash, pumpkins, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and root veggies and what
Nutty Love: Homemade Spiced Cashew Milk
After drinking nut milk from juice bars for a long while I decided it was time to make my own recipe for raw, homemade spiced cashew milk. It is incredibly easy to make, and all you need is a blender.
Dinner in Under 15 Minutes: Easy Sesame Soba...
This easy recipe for sesame soba noodles with vegetables gives you plenty of room to play with whatever vegetables and protein you have on hand.
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
White Beans and Kale with a Broth Reduction
This recipe for white beans and kale with a broth reduction means dinner can be ready in ten minutes! While I find it particularly good in the spring and early summer when tender young greens can be found in abundance, this quick meal in a pan is good year round and offers plenty of room for variations.
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