Ingredient: extra-virgin olive oil

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.

Condiments, Crown, Heart, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye

Easy Economical Pesto

I created this more economical plant-based version of pesto with walnuts rather than the traditional pine nuts, and nutritional yeast to replace the more inflammatory cheese. Walnuts are less expensive as well as the popular nut can usually be found in most kitchens while pine nuts are a less seldom used dry good. This version gives you more incentive to prepare this super healthy and delicious condiment more often.

The beautiful green color is a hint to the lovely heart energy enveloping you with this condiment and anything that you add it to. It is also energetically aligned with your lower chakras for optimal earthly living and the walnuts also add some brain or wisdom energy and the ability to trust your instincts.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Winter

Pumpkin Chili

Serve with arugula, grape and sunflower seed salad, skillet cornbread-

Maria A. from Merrimac, Massachusetts forwarded her pumpkin chili recipe to me a few years ago. It is a huge hit with her family and friends, an often requested dish during the long, cold months in Boston. I first made it for my book club and we all loved it. My friends were quite surprised to learn the chili included pumpkin. The original recipe called for ground turkey, but this version is vegetarian. An iron skillet cornbread and a crispy salad are the perfect sides.

American, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Fall Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette

While I love the fresh greens and pears that are in season this time of year, the amazing salad dressing is the star of this recipe. It is spiced with one of our favorite fall seasonings-pumpkin pie spice. Tossed with some toasted pumpkin seeds and pecans, mixed greens, some blue cheese and sweet crunchy pears, this salad will wow not only your family but anyone that is lucky enough to taste it.

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Middle Eastern, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Sandra’s Super Addictive Hot Salsa

My friend, Sandra Botero, whips up the freshest, spiciest salsa that I regularly consume on everything from eggs and grilled meats to simple salads. She shared her recipe with me in all its freshness and simplicity. I dare you to try this and then tell me that you do not crave it. You’ll also stay sick-free, as this salsa is chockfull of immunity boosting vegetables.

All, All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Argentine Chimichurri

My mother’s good friend, Ester, is an amazing cook and entertainer who also happen to be Argentine. I have personally benefited from her culinary heritage and finally had her share with me some classic Argentine recipes. Chimichurri is probably the most well known, as it is always served with grilled meats, but each Argentine has his/her own way of making it. This is Ester’s version, fresh parsley only (many add dried oregano). This sauce is addictive; you’ll find yourself keeping a stash in the fridge to slather on everything!