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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.

Get lots of love, compassion, and forgiveness energy in with this salad brimming with green and cruciferous veggies while also opening up your creative flow, sexuality and ability to freely express your authentic self. This fresh salad can also empower you and assist in creating boundaries with others.

Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Summer, Throat

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.

It’s no surprise that this salad is perfect for fueling you to get through hikes or your daily routines, as it mainly resonates with your Solar Plexus energy center which is largely activated through our intake and digestion of food. You need healthy “fuel” to be empowered to do what is in your best interest and to know what that is as opposed to living life through other’s expectations.

Crown, Fall, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, 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 would also suffice.

Lots of grounding Root Chakra and get-things-done Solar Plexus Chakra energy going on with these beans. Takes stick to your ribs to a whole new (energetic) level, in the best way of course!

Appetizer, Crown, Fall, Heart, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Winter

Kale Chips

Believe the craze for Kale Chips as this leafy green from the cruciferous family is one of the powerhouse superfoods that you want to make sure is a regular star in your diet. Chips are so Americana that actually having a healthy version is a no-brainer!

Kale deserves it nutritional reputation but it should also be hailed as a Heart Charka powerhouse. While these crispy chips will unblock any stagnation in your Heart energy center they also activate your Sacral, Solar Plexus and Third Eye centers for a nice balance of lower and higher Chakras. Not a bad way to snack!

This is an easy, foolproof recipe; so easy you’ll be making multiple batches each week!

It’s also a foolproof way to snack your way to love, compassion and forgiveness for yourself and others that you experience when your Heart Chakra is open and flowing freely.

Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Summer, Throat

Rice Medley and White Bean Stuffed Tomatoes

Served with sautéed chard, corn on the cob-

I had some leftover white beans (see The Whole Meal’s Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans) that I needed to use, so I came up with this light summer meal, just as Florida’s Ruskin tomatoes were coming into season. It pairs well with Swiss chard or any other leafy green.

You’ll get an activation of most of your Chakras with these stuffed tomatoes but play around with your sides for more emphasis on one or more of your energy centers.

Crown, Fall, Heart, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Winter

Colcannon

Colcannon is Ireland’s best known Irish potato dish and each region has its own variations. Some areas prefer kale, while others add in cabbage or even parsnips. Onions or scallions are sometimes featured (although most would call this champ, another Irish potato dish).
Darina Allen, the Julia Childs of Ireland, says that kale is most traditional. Her book, Irish Traditional Cooking, is one of the most definitive cookbooks on Irish cooking and a “must have” on every cookbook lover’s shelf. She writes in it, “A common folk custom was to offer a bowl of champ to the fairies at Hallowe’en. This would be left on field posts or under trees, such as hawthorns or whitethorns, which where particularly associated with fairies.”
My version stays true to the kale, but I have added in some chopped green onion for a bit more flavor. Feel free to substitute cabbage for the kale and eliminate the onions.

A side dish that activates your lower three physical Chakras (Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus) and opens up your Heart Charka is a winner in my energetic playbook. You’ll have more control and ease in your material living, less stress and anxiety and feel the desire to pause and express gratitude for your abundant life.

Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Throat, Winter

Longevity Noodles

Longevity, or long life, noodles are a popular Chinese dish for both New Years and birthdays. They symbolize living to a ripe old age and the longer the noodle the longer the life. There are many variations but I like this vegetarian version for its simplicity and ease of preparation.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this celebratory Chinese side dish as there is complexity and synergy in opening up flow to your energy centers. These noodles are predominantly about unblocking your lower Chakras but there is definitely flow through your Heart and into your higher centers. Reason to celebrate for sure!

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

Allow that energy of prosperity and luck to permeate through your energy centers. You’ll activate all of them if you serve southern braised collards along with your Hoppin’ John.

Crown, Fall, Root, Sacral, Sides, Third Eye, Winter

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This is my version of cranberry sauce that I always bring to my mother’s house every Thanksgiving (and now that the torch has been passed to me it’ll be gracing my dining table from now on). While the basic Ocean Spray recipe will do I like to add my own touch and this is what I came up with. There is usually not much leftover so sometimes I make a second batch to enjoy with Thanksgiving Day leftovers.

The sweetness from the sugar and orange juice provides some nice joy and creativity to balance the tang and move flow through the cranberries grounding energy. The wine and cinnamon remind us of our connection to higher self. No wonder this is such a popular holiday side dish; it’s an energetic dance of joy for the mouth and soul.

Chakra Balanacing, Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Soups, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

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; add in some beans for greater sustenance.

Along with some detoxing, this simple soup activates all of your Chakras. You may find yourself preparing this soup on a regular basis during the holiday season not only to keep your liver optimized but to also optimize your emotional and spiritual states of being; a food-based reminder for gratitude for all your blessings.

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