Ingredient: garlic cloves, chopped

Crown, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Throat

Spring Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is one of those classic, year round soups as you incorporate whatever seasonal vegetables are on hand. I love this spring version which includes fresh herbs, green beans, leeks, spinach and, of course, freshly grated parmesan. It’s quick and easy to make; perfect for a mid week dinner.

While there is much Chakra energy going on with this humble soup, there is a powerhouse of Solar Plexus, Root, and Heart Chakra energy which means you’ll feel secure, grounded, confident, empowered and loved with every sip.

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.

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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American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Pork, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Winter

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I really like this version of split pea soup because it’s brothy, rather than thick like a stew. Artisan rolls or slices of bread with a pat of creamy butter are a must for dipping in the filling soup. I usually serve a simple side salad of romaine mixed with escarole (or other bitter lettuce) and shredded carrots in a mustard vinaigrette.

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.

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Slow Cooker Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

I adapted for the slow cooker a bean dish from Ivy Stark’s Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food cookbook (if you like Mexican street food this is a beautiful cookbook filled with both traditional recipes and twists on Mexican food at its best). Her version called for bacon but I have kept it vegetarian; the bacon can always be added as a condiment.

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Slow Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup (Sopa de Frijoles)

There are so many variations to a Latin black bean soup; chorizo added in or not, spicy peppers – dried or fresh- or not, but one thing is for sure they are all rich in dimension and flavor. This is my vegan slow cooker version heavily influenced by living in Tampa where I have access to some amazing Cuban, Spanish, Colombian, Puerto Rican cuisine.

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Slow Cooker Parmesan Spelt and Tomato Risotto

A Food and Wine recipe for a cheesy farro and tomato risotto was the inspiration for this slow cooker version made with spelt. While the quicker cooking farro is a better choice for a creamy risotto I did not have any on hand when I first tested this so thought I would take my chance with the spelt, normally a shoo-in for grain-based salads. Loved it!

All Seasons, Beef, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Sugar Free

Taco Casserole

I did not “get” Twitter until I started The Whole Meal and found myself thoroughly absorbed in all things social media. Now Twitter and Instagram have been such great sources of inspiration for me; this recipe being the perfect example.

A Tweet from @MyFitnessPal with a recipe for a taco casserole had me thinking this looks yummy and easy but when I looked at the ingredients it didn’t seem very taco-ish (had black beans and corn in it) so I played around with more traditional taco ingredients and this easy casserole was born; like eating a taco without all the mess and clean up! My family loved it!