Ingredient: ground black pepper

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.

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.

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, 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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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, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Soups, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Creamy Corn Chowder

Serve with crusty whole grain bread with goat cheese-

I am not a huge fan of cream-based soups, but I wanted to make traditional corn chowder with the last-of-the-season sweet corn from the farmer’s markets. I am now a HUGE fan of this lightened version, as is my family, which unanimously gave this vegetarian chowder “5 stars”. Dunking a warm, whole grain roll into the incredibly creamy, fennel-scented, flavorful broth (chockfull of tender potatoes and fresh corn kernels) is the perfect beginning to the start of comfort food season.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Indian, Main, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Sunset Dal and Pumpkin Soup

Serve with roasted Brussels sprouts-

This highly nourishing vegetarian soup is adapted from Nigel Slater’s Pumpkin Dal Soup recipe. He has a tradition of serving soup on New Year’s Day, but you won’t want to wait until then to try my simplified version. I’ve paired it with the nutritional powerhouse, Brussels sprouts, a hearty fall/winter vegetable that tends to sweeten during roasting and just happens to be my youngest’s favorite vegetable.

Crown, Main, Root, Sacral, Sides, Solar Plexus, Spring, Third Eye, Throat, Winter

Slow Cooker Meyer Lemon Risotto

My good friend, Adriana S., gifted me some of her Meyer lemons from her backyard and I could not wait for the inspiration to hit what to do with them. I had never seen such huge Meyer lemons but they were ripe for the picking, incredibly juicy and so fragrant I knew I had to do something special with them. My tendency towards savory verses sweet led to the creation of this creamy risotto. The fragrant, slightly sweet lemon is the perfect burst of freshness to a traditional buttery and nutty Parmesan Italian staple. This a keeper as a side dish or a vegetarian meal. This rice dish would be a nice addition to your holiday buffets.

Lots of Solar Plexus energy being activated with this risotto which is beneficial if you find yourself needing confidence, setting boundaries, and empowering yourself to act in a balanced way that is aligned with your truth and authentic self.