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Chakra Balanacing, Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

Mujadara Bowl

Mujadara is the popular Middle Eastern combination of brown or green lentils and rice usually seasoned with cumin, coriander or mint. It is topped with caramelized or fried onions and typically served with yogurt and alongside vegetables and other side dishes. In Israel and Palestine bulgur replaces the rice. In Egypt it is called Kushari, in India the healing Ayurvedic version is called Khichari and Iranians refer to this dish as Addas Polo.

I have adapted the classic lentils and rice dish to a bowl version featuring seasonal roasted veggies and swapped out the rice for quinoa. While you can use any dressing, I loved using a couple classic Middle Eastern ingredients, tahini and parsley to compliment the dish, as well as pay homage to its Middle Eastern heritage.

What I love about most bowl meals is it’s an easy way to create Chakra Balancing and this delicious, plant-based healthy Middle Eastern influenced bowl is no exception. Enjoy it for how it nourishes you not only on a physical level but also for balancing and activating all your energy centers.

Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Barley

Serve with sautéed brussels sprouts, whole grain rolls.

I am new to experimenting with winter squash soups. I had this mental barrier that they took too long to make and/or would be cumbersome to prepare. Imagine my surprise when I put together this highly nutritious, warming meal together in under 45 minutes. I am now a squash soup convert!

Chakra Balanacing, Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

Tofu Steaks with Mushrooms and Vegetables

My youngest is a tofu-a-holic and second only to miso soup, this is one of her favorite ways to eat the protein-packed bean curds. I love it because it comes together fast and other than making a pot of rice, all the ingredients are prepared in one skillet. This is my adaptation of a popular Cooking Light recipe, substituting regular mushrooms for shiitake but for a more authentic Asian version, try the shiitake or even oyster mushrooms.

Many Asian recipes activate all your energy centers as most incorporate a protein, grain and many vegetables and this tofu meal is no exception. Nourish all your chakras in this one meal.

Chakra Balanacing, Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl

I adapted this south-central Mexican specialty from a pork-based slow cooker recipe to a quick vegetarian version. While I have made the original version, I find the beans-only version light, refreshing, and crave-worthy. It is well suited for both cooler weather and an appetite adjusting to warmer days and our bodies needing light fare.

This is one of my family’s staples during the warmer months of the year. My kids especially like the build-it-yourself component of this meal, allowing for customization to one’s own taste (and as we know is sometimes the key with kids!).

As a chakra balancing meal this Chalupa bowl energetically aligns all your energy centers so you’ll feel rooted, be in a joyful flow, have confidence, be filled with gratitude and compassion, speak your truth, and trust your intuition. Since we always prepare our food with love for ourselves and our loved ones, you’ll open up your Crown chakra- knowing there is more than just this material world.

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Root, Sacral, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Coconut-Flax Pancakes

When I was exploring eating raw foods for the first time over a decade ago Ani Pho’s recipes were so inspirational. This is one of my favorite breakfast and snack meals that I have modified slightly. New to raw or needing a new recipe to add to your existing repertoire? This is the must-have one!

Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, Winter

Kale and Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Prepackaged salad greens have really come a long way from the standard mix of iceberg, romaine, radicchio and carrot shreds. You now have your choice of micro greens, blends of baby kale, baby spinach and baby romaine, and other specialty lettuce blends, but it was a bag of kale, broccoli slaw, and shredded Brussels sprouts packaged with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a poppy seed dressing that inspired me to make this kick-up raw salad that pairs perfectly with your fall chilis and stews.

I did not like the rancid soybean oil dressing that came with it so I decided to create my own version. I am glad I did as this has become a much requested salad from family and friends. It’s a great way to sneak in those nutritional powerhouse cruciferous veggies that we seem to avoid. A secondary bonus is it’s all raw so we get a great boost of plant enzymes sorely lacking in our modern diets.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Edamame and Summer Corn Quinoa Salad

This light and fresh deli-style salad that I originally bought from Stater Bro. Market in Joshua Tree sustained me for a couple days whether before a hike in Joshua Tree National Park or as a light snack on one of our many car rides during our southern California summer vacation.

I know this salad will become a permanent addition to your summer rotation of favorite, go-to recipes.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

This is my whole foods version of baked beans that can be eaten as a main dish; a little bit tangy and a little bit sweet. Serve this with a side of greens, homemade cole slaw or a crispy salad. I like it over brown rice, but a warm loaf of baked bread or dinner rolls, and chunks of cheese would also suffice.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

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Indian-Spiced Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

I created this soup when I was on a mini detox where I mainly consumed fruit and veggies. Whether you need a healing soup for detox purposes or not you’ll want to make this warming soup in the cooler months and it is highly adaptable. For the vegans, just add in some beans and for the carnivores try venison, chicken or pork sausage.