Healing Foods

  • Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger
    (or ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger)
    4 apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1/3 cup raisins

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan, and add sweet potatoes.
    2. In a small bowl, combine apple juice, vanilla, and spices. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes, cover, and bake for 50 minutes.
    3. Add apples and raisins; cover, and bake for 30 minutes or until tender. Uncover, and bake for 5 minutes to brown the top. Serve warm.

    nutrition info per serving (8): 124 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 22 mg sodium

  • Dal with Winter Vegetables

    3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 cup peeled and cubed
    butternut squash
    4 cups water
    1 tablespoon freshly
    grated ginger
    2 teaspoons turmeric
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 teaspoon iodized salt (must be iodized on a sattvic diet)
    1 1/2 cups dried yellow lentils
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 teaspoon brown
    mustard seed
    2 teaspoons cumin seed
    1 teaspoon fennel seed

    1. Add 2 tablespoons ghee (or oil), carrots, and squash to a large saucepan. Sauté for 8 minutes.
    2. Add water, ginger, turmeric, coriander, salt, and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for one hour.
    3. Add chopped broccoli and an additional cup of water (omit the water if you prefer a thick dal), and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. While broccoli is cooking, toast brown mustard, cumin, and fennel in a skillet over high heat for 1 minute, or until spices become fragrant.
    5. Add remaining ghee or oil to the skillet, and sauté 1 minute. Combine with the broccoli and lentil mixture, and serve with basmati rice.

    nutrition info per serving: 158 calories; 7.8 g fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6.2 g protein; 18.6 g carbohydrates; 7.1 g fiber; 417 mg sodium

  • Nourishing Happiness

    Two months had passed since my daughter was born, and still I was walking around in a fog. I understand, based on comments from friends and family, that I radiated happiness during this time, but what I remember is struggling with sleeplessness and the constant demands of a newborn—my 8-pound bundle of joy had the clear upper hand.

    The yogic way to feed body and spirit
    By Melissa B. Williams
  • Vegetable Chicken Soup

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 pound skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
    6 ounces green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
    1/2 of a 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
    4 cups chicken broth
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 to 2 tablespoons raw honey
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons minced raw ginger
    2 teaspoons pressed raw garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat for several minutes.
    2. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft.
    3. Add chicken, and continue to stir occasionally to brown lightly on all sides.
    4. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer until vegetables are just tender and chicken is cooked through.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 209 calories, 4.7 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 26.8 g protein, 14.2 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g fiber, 745 mg sodium

  • The Adrenal Fatigue Fix

    I knew something was really wrong when my son started preschool and I was the only mom who didn’t have another child on the way. I was too exhausted and sick all the time to even think about getting pregnant.

    Always sluggish? How to eat for lasting energy
    By Amy Logan
  • Lava Flow Hand Rolls With Onion-Soy Sauce

    1/4 onion, diced
    1/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
    4 tablespoons soy sauce
    4 large leaves of red chard
    3/4 cup cooked brown sushi rice
    8 1-ounce slices of sushi-grade, raw ahi tuna
    8 slices of ripe papaya, about the same size as the ahi slices
    1 avocado, sliced into eighths
    1 ounce of microgreens or sprouts, evenly divided for four rolls
    4 roughly chopped macadamia nuts

    1. Place onion, vinegar, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl, and set aside.
    2. Lightly steam the chard leaves for 2 minutes. Run under cool water, and pat dry. Stack 2 leaves on top of each other with the underside up and the thick side of the stems closest to you. Fill the center with 2 to 3 tablespoons of rice, flush with the thick edge of the stem, leaving the upper half of the leaf empty.
    3. Add 2 slices each of ahi, papaya, and avocado. Top with microgreens and one chopped macadamia, and fold the sides together and the bottom of the leaf up over them. Repeat with remaining chard leaves.
    4. Spoon onion-soy mixture inside and serve.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 220.3 calories, 10.8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 15.3 g protein, 18.4 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g fiber, 720 mg sodium

  • Carob and Psyllium Shake

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
    1 scoop (24.3 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened carob powder
    1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
    2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
    1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
    3 ice cubes

    Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth.

    nutrition info per serving (1): 289 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 123 mg sodium

  • Carob and Psyllium Shake

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
    1 scoop (24.3 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened carob powder
    1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
    2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
    1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
    3 ice cubes

    Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth.

    nutrition info per serving (1): 289 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 123 mg sodium

  • Black Bean Salad

    1 15-ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed, and chilled
    1 mango, diced
    1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    1 scallion, sliced thinly
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
    1 to 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
    1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
    Salt to taste
    2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

    Mix everything but the cheese in a bowl. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour before serving for best flavor. Add cheese just before serving.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 271 calories, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 7 mg cholesterol, 12 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber, 28 mg sodium

  • Vegetarian Mixed-Bean Chili Express

    6 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
    1 tablespoon chili powder (preferably a dark variety, such as ancho)
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 can (28 ounces) low-sodium diced tomatoes
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) small red or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    3 cups hot water
    1 1/2 cups dry textured vegetable protein
    1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon hot-pepper sauce
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina
    Salt to taste

    Steam-fry the garlic in a large, heavy nonstick skillet for 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, cumin, and red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (with juice), beans, hot water, vegetable protein, corn bell pepper, soy sauce, hot-pepper sauce, onion powder, cocoa, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking sprinkle the cornmeal or masa harina over the top and stir thoroughly. Season with the salt.


    Per serving (6): 329 calories, 26 g protein, 57 g carbohydrates, 7 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 4% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 16 g fiber, 457 mg sodium