Ingredient: ground cumin

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.

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.

Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Indian, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Soups, Sugar Free, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, 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. For the vegans, just add in some beans and for the carnivores try venison, chicken or pork sausage.

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, Appetizer, Condiments/Sauces, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Wild Rice and Sweet Corn Balls with Roasted Red Pepper-Walnut Dip

These nutty-sweet wild rice-sweet corn balls with a hint of heat are the perfect compliment to the smoky red pepper-walnut dip. It’s a match made-in-heaven appetizer sure to illicit oohs and ahhs at your next potluck get together. I even like this pairing as a vegan lunch or dinner; just add a side of greens or a crisp salad.

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Veggie Burgers

My friend and fellow tester, Sable D., requested a recipe for veggie burgers as she and her husband eat the processed frozen ones quite often. I wanted to create an easy, freezable version that she could prepare using whatever vegetable and beans were in her house. Mission accomplished!

Crown, Heart, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Throat

Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Served with Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 salad-

When I first moved to Tampa, Florida, I had never heard of black beans, let alone tasted them. A staple of Cuban food, black beans are very versatile and used almost everyday. Now I eat them on a regular basis, and this is my version of Moros Y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), by far my family’s favorite recipe for this humble bean.

The name of this dish refers to the wars between the Moors (blacks) and the Spaniards (whites). It is a reminder of the Spanish influence on Cuba.

The Columbia is a famous Spanish restaurant in Tampa. It is known for its flamingo dancers and authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine; the 1905 salad being one of its specialties. This is my vegetarian version, as I have omitted the meat and changed out the iceberg to butter lettuces.

All Seasons, American, Appetizer, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts

By March I am ready for lighter eating and for me this translates to a detox that is heavy on plant-based whole foods. My protein loving body still needs that satiation which has me reaching for nuts mid-afternoon. It was an early March nut craving when raw almonds just did’t sound so appealing that led me to whip up these addictive, peppery dry roasted nuts. You’ll want to portion control these as you could practically eat the whole batch in one sitting!

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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.