Ingredient: vegetable broth

Chakra Balanacing, Crown, Fall, Heart, Main, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, 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 version, try the shiitake or even oyster mushrooms.

Many Asian recipes activate all your energy centers as most incorporate a protein, grain and many vegetables and this tofu meal is no exception. Nourish all your chakras in this one meal.

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.

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.

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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!