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Cooking For Chakra Balance: 7 Recipes For Physical And Spiritual Health

By: Jennifer Iserloh | Yoga Journal

Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh shares a recipe to balance each chakra physically, mentally, and spiritually from her new Superfood Alchemy workshop.

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You’ve tried cooking and eating for your dosha, but how about for your chakras? The following 7 recipes work on a physical level with the organs and gland systems located at each of the energy centers within the subtle body, and reinforce the mental and spiritual lessons of each one.

Note: In all of these recipes, I use both superfoods and alchemy, the ancient spiritual science of transformation. Each “alchemical operation” benefits each chakra on a physical, mental, and spiritual level.

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1.) Root Chakra

Mulled Black Pepper-Hibiscus Wine

Alchemical Operation: Calcination (heat)

Fire reminds us of a time when man was more wild and living in a more primal way (the very nature of the Root Chakra). In alchemy, calcination is associated with the fire of thoughts, especially “burning up” negative thoughts of the past and old grudges (which are also stored in the root chakra).

Smoky, earthy black pepper is the ideal spice to allow you to tap into the feeling of calcination. Harness the power of fire to transform negative thinking as you prepare this mulled black pepper-hibiscus wine. When the fire brings the mixture to a boil, burning off some of the alcohol content, imagine that old ways of thinking and negative thoughts about yourself are going up in flames.

2.) Sacral Chakra

Cardamom-Crusted Beet Root Carpaccio

Alchemical Operation: Dissolution

Water is associated with the Sacral Chakra, which is linked to creativity and sexuality. In the following recipe, as you boil the beets with cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and salt, note the ability of water to flow and change, morph and move, and swell and shrink, much like emotions. The lesson: since emotions, like water, can be hard to control, it’s best to let them flow. Cardamom also benefits the Sacral Chakra since it helps move and soothe the flow of your digestion, most of which happens at the level of the Sacral Chakra.

3.) Navel Chakra

Turmeric Orange Carrot Soup

Alchemical operation: Separation (air)

Sluggish digestion occurs at the level of the Navel Chakra, which is associated with self-esteem and confidence. Using “air” in the kitchen, by sifting, pureeing, and blending, changes the texture of foods, making them lighter and easier to eat and digest.

As you blend this soup, notice how the final dish becomes more refined in both taste and texture. Think also of “sifting” through bad habits and behaviors to find your true self by setting ego aside, unblocking your Navel Chakra and tapping into your personal power.

4.) Heart Chakra

Basil-Spinach Pesto with Gluten-Free Pasta

Alchemical operation: Conjunction

The Heart Chakra is associated with love, of course, and self-care is a huge part of learning to love yourself (and having more energy to love/give to others). It starts with healthy eating, which means including plenty of detox-friendly greens and herbs in your daily meals. Basil is particularly heart-healthy, since its compounds can soothe blood vessels and promote better circulation. While preparing the following recipe, think about how you can bring your spiritual practice in conjunction with soulful activities that also nourish the body, beyond cooking to other parts of your life.

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Feed Your Body And Soul: 20 Easy Comfort Food Recipes Your Family Will Love

By: Julie Tomson | Taste Huff Post 

There is no season for comfort food — we need it all the time. It’s there for us on the hardest of days and to celebrate the happiest ones, too. But it’s definitely during the fall that our craving for a big plate of comfort strikes most frequently. Maybe it’s because we’re sad that summer’s over. Or maybe it’s because we need a little help getting through the back-to-school blues. Whatever the case may be, the need is real.

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To help you out with this increasing demand, we rounded up our 20 favorite comfort food recipes — all of them easy to make. Because that’s what comfort is all about. Folks, you are welcome!

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One-Pot 30-Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips

Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Pimento Cheese Burger

Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes With Maple Candied Bacon And Eggs

Crispy Smoked Provolone BLATs

Cheesy Garlic Herb Crack Bread

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

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5 Easy, Delish And Healthy Superfood Recipes For Healing

By Kate Parham Kordsmeier| Mother Earth Living

Food Salmon Meal

 

I’d been a food writer for more than five years, exploring the world by way of the plate, before I started feeling sick. It started with embarrassing conditions, like chronic constipation and sudden, but intense, waves of nausea. I had a colonoscopy at 27, trying in vain to get to the root of my digestive issues. A slew of serious and expensive prescription medications followed, each with its own roll call of scary side effects. And still, years later, nothing worked.

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So I decided to go cold turkey on all medications, including going off birth control pills for the first time in more than a decade. What followed was even worse—horrible acne, rapid and unexplained weight gain around my midsection, irregular periods with painful PMS symptoms, and those same digestive issues. At the end of my rope, tired of being dismissed by conventional doctors who just threw medication at my symptoms, I turned to a holistic and integrative medicine MD who actually wanted to get to the root cause. Dr. Taz really listened to me—she used blood work and other test results, coupled with my anecdotal symptoms, to diagnose me with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), leaky gut and hypothyroidism.

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This is where my story takes a turn for happily ever after. As it happens, all of these conditions are reversible through diet, natural supplements and holistic lifestyle changes. After following an all-natural plan, I now live a near symptom-free life. It’s true what they say—food is medicine.

I have been blown away by the huge impact the simple changes I’ve made have had on my health. By getting rid of toxins and other harmful ingredients in my food, beauty supplies and household products, I’ve finally healed my body. And I’ve done so safely and naturally. A natural lifestyle focused on real, whole foods that are anti-inflammatory and full of nutrients works—I am living proof!

Here are some of my favorite healing recipes—I promise they look and taste as good as they will make you feel:

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Epicurious: 25 Most Popular Recipes Of 2015

  By The Epicurious Editors | Recipe Roundup

HappyNewYearLights

25: Chicken and Caraway Schnitzel with Buttermilk Spaetzle

Marinating the chicken in a mix of white wine, garlic, caraway seeds, and smoked paprika before breading and frying is the secret to this juicy, extra flavorful schnitzel.

24: Chili Meatballs in Black Bean and Tomato Sauce

These Mexican-inspired meatballs are extra satisfying thanks to crispy chorizo sprinkled on top.

23: Chicken and Spelt Soup with Greens

This wholesome, comforting soup is brightened by lemon zest and fresh lemon balm added right before serving.

22: Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie

Relying on store-bought caramel or dulce de leche means this decadent treat couldn’t be easier to make.

21: Spiced Chai Bundt Cake

Chai tea leaves and pumpkin pie spice join forces to lend their warm aroma and flavor to this delicious cake.

20: Green Posole with Cod and Cilantro

This herb-packed take on the classic Mexican soup is lighter and fresher than the more common pork version.

19: Coffee Doughnuts with Coffee Glaze

Cold brew concentrate lends a hefty dose of coffee flavor to these tender cake doughnuts.

18: Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

This is pecan pie at its finest—not too sweet and kicked up a bit with orange zest.

17: Thai Coconut, Broccoli and Coriander Soup

Forget calling for takeout—this spicy soup is an easy way to get your Thai fix.

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10 Easy And Healthy Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Recipes For Fall

By Lynn Adriana | Oprah.com

Fall slow cooker recipes

If you feel like you’re too busy to enjoy apple, butternut squash and pumpkin season, you’ll love these unfussy dishes.

Another Delicious Use For Pumpkin:  Curried Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin isn’t just fantastic with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The buttery, earthy squash also is a natural for more sophisticated spices, such as cumin, coriander and cardamom. Toss cubes of pumpkin into the slow cooker along with onion, garlic, ginger, the spices, some chicken stock and a can of unsweetened coconut milk; and, in two or three hours, you’ll have a thick, creamy soup that combines sweet and spicy flavors.

A Vibrant Veggie Dish That Highlights Fall’s Bounty: Kale, Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew
Summer may get all the glory when it comes to colorful produce, but this recipe is a reminder of just how beautiful autumn vegetables can be. It stars bright-orange, sweet-tasting butternut squash and deep-green kale, plus creamy chickpeas and a supporting cast of some of our favorite flavor-boosters, such as garlic and smoky paprika.

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11 Delicious Vegetarian Soup & Stew Recipes

By Kelly Rossiter & Jaymi Heimbuch | Treehugger.com

There are few meals as simple as opening a can of soup, plopping the contents into a pot or bowl and heating it up. But there is little satisfying about this kind of meal when it comes from a can from the supermarket. The affordable canned soups are loaded up with sodium and other unwanted additives, with ingredients that have had the nutrients processed right out of them. And if you’re going for healthier, more locally made soups then you are probably paying what feels like a small fortune. Take control of your kitchen and food budget by making these soups for yourself. You can put them in individual containers and store them in the fridge and freezer so you can have the same level of convenience but for less money and a much greater level of satisfaction.

1. Tuscan White Bean Souptuscan white bean soup

It is filled with everything good, and nothing bad for you. And because it is so easy to put together, it’s an excellent recipe for rainy days.

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped small
1 cup thinly sliced celery
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp fresh
1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh
1 tsp dried basil or 1 tbs fresh
2 carrots, cut into 3/4 slices
2 tomatoes, seeded annd chopped
5 cups vegetable stock
1 (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp finely chopped sage (optional)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Place oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the oregano, thyme, basil, carrots and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding small amounts of stock or water if necessary to prevent sticking.

2. Add the vegetable stock and cannellini beans and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Place 3 1/2 cups of the soup in a blender and blend until creamy, or use an immersion blender. Return to the pot and stir well.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sage, if using.

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