Ingredient: sea salt

Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Soups, Sugar Free, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Barley

Serve with sautéed brussels sprouts, whole grain rolls.

I am new to experimenting with winter squash soups. I had this mental barrier that they took too long to make and/or would be cumbersome to prepare. Imagine my surprise when I put together this highly nutritious, warming meal together in under 45 minutes. I am now a squash soup convert!

All Seasons, Asian, Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Tofu Steaks with Mushrooms and Vegetables

My youngest is a tofu-a-holic and second only to miso soup, this is one of her favorite ways to eat the protein-packed bean curds. I love it because it comes together fast and other than making a pot of rice, all the ingredients are prepared in one skillet. This is my adaptation of a popular Cooking Light recipe, substituting regular mushrooms for shiitake but for a more authentic Asian verison, try the shiitake or even oyster mushrooms.

All Seasons, Beans/Legumes, Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Heart, Main, Mexican, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, 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 (and it is quite tasty!), I find the beans-only version light, refreshing, and crave-worthy. It is well suited for 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!).

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Root, Sacral, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Coconut-Flax Pancakes

When I was exploring eating raw foods for the first time over a decade ago Ani Pho’s recipes were so inspirational. This is one of my favorite breakfast and snack meals that I have modified slightly. New to raw or needing a new recipe to add to your existing repertoire? This is the must-have one!

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Raw versions of popular baked goods are my favorite way to treat my family (and myself) to sweets without wreaking havoc on our bodies. Many raw sweets are a great way to fuel the body properly for sports and other fitness activities as they are a good mix of healthy carbs and a little bit of protein. These Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite version; they never last very long in my house whether as a pre-workout meal or afternoon snack.

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Proscuitto and Melon Spinach Salad

It was love at first site and first bite with this colorful and vibrant spinach salad that I first had at Pie for the People in Joshua Tree, CA. The sweet cantaloupe chunks and salty Italian dry-cured ham are nestled next to Guinness caramelized onions and raw red onions and served in a sweet vinaigrette.

This summer salad inspires you to slow down, pull up a chair to a table under a shady tree, pop open a crisp bottle of white wine and invite a handful of your favorite people to toast the blessing of your abundant life. Yes, truly..it does!

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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.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

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.

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Latin America, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Beef Tamale Pie

Serve with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette-

Although tamale pie has its origins in the United States, most likely California, many American Hispanics prepare this ultimate comfort food. Not to be confused with Mexican tamales, tamale pie is a baked casserole of ground beef, cornmeal, tomatoes, olives and cheese. I simplified the original recipe, which calls for preparing cornmeal and pouring it into the bottom of a pie dish and again topping the beef mixture with more cornmeal, by substituting a corn muffin mix. A simple side salad completes this family-friendly meal.

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Fall, Main, Middle Eastern, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Beef Kefta Flatbread Pizza

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad-

I was flipping through a Cooking Light magazine and came across Beef Kefta Patties with Cucumber Salad. Kefta? A quick internet search yielded my answer: Kefta is the Lebanese/Syrian dialect for Kofta- a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf, although it is also referred to as kefka in Morocco. In the Middle East Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional.

The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs. I have, however, sautéed the kefta mixture in favor of forming into kebobs and made it as the base for a flatbread pizza. In honor of its Lebanese roots, serve it with a cooling cucumber-tomato salad.