Ingredient: Juice of 1 lemon

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.

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.

Appetizer, Condiments, Crown, Fall, Heart, Root, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Throat, Winter

White Bean Rosemary Hummus

Now this is some good hummus! I’ve been wanting to make a white bean hummus for some time now and it’s just as easy to prepare as the homemade chickpea version. white beans are a bit bland so I was inspired to add some rosemary for a Mediterranean kick. While this dip is perfect with crudities, crackers or on its own slathered between two pieces of artisan bread, try this spread as a sandwich condiment in place of mayo or mustard. It’s a sneaky way to add more fiber into your diet.

I am a big fan of white bean versatility in its energetic influence as it’s a sneaky way to get in some Heart Chakra energy (we usually focus on green veggies for this energy center). You’ll also get some solid Root and Solar Plexus balancing too. I find those three energy centers within a meal make for some profound energetic shifts; modern living has most of experiencing too much stress and anxiety related to unreasonable workload and material concerns and not enough love, compassion and gratitude. Making sure you get a daily dose of these three Chakras in your meals is a simple way to create more ease and grace in your daily living.

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.

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.