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Got a craving for something sweet? Enjoy these delicious and nutritious fig bars!



  • 1 cup chopped figs, dried
  • ½ cup pureed chestnuts
  • 1 cup grain coffee or soy milk
  • Juice and rind of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Light pressed pie crust

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Simmer all ingredients together 5 minutes until thick
  • Spoon into pie crust and sprinkle with extra dough
  • Bake 30-40 minutes
  • Cool and cut into bars.
  • Yields 24 bars

References: Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing With Whole Foods. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.

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roasted beets

Why You Should Eat More Beets!

Beets can’t be beat! Beets are packed with so many good-for-you vitamins and micro-nutrients that you should seriously consider adding them into your diet.   Traditional wisdom states the sweet flavor of the beet strengthens the heart, sedates the spirit, improves circulation, purifies the blood, liver, moistens the intestines and promotes menstruation.  Beets are notorious for their detoxifying components and should be added to any individual’s diet who may suffer from “deficient blood” disorders.

Caution:  The greens contain abundant oxalic acid, and if eaten excessively, inhibit calcium metabolism.

Baked/Roasted Beet Recipe:

This is a convenient way to prepare beets when the stove-top is crowded.


  • 1 pound of beets, stems trimmed to 1 inch
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons olive, or walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley, chives, or dill
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice to taste

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Place the beets in an 8-inch square baking pan or a round oven-proof dish
  • Add water. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the beets are easily pierced with a thin skewer or knife tip, about 45 minutes for small beets, 1 hour for medium, and 1¼ hours for large beets
  • Slip off the skins, and leave the beets whole or slice into round or wedges. Season with salt and black pepper, or paprika to taste. Toss with butter or oil, minced parsley, and lemon juice
    References: Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing With Whole Foods. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. 
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Hot And Sour Chinese Salad

Hot And sour Chinese Salad

This flavorful salad combines peas, noodles, umeboshi and fresh onion for a very satisfying "hot and sour" taste.

  • 2  cups snow peas or early peas, cooked slightly
  • 4 cups noodles, cooked and drained and cut into 2-inch lengths


  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon umeboshi paste
  • 2-3 teaspons mustard
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Gently combine peas with noodles
  • Blend ingredients for dressing with a mortar and pestle or blender
  • Add dressing to noodle mixture
  • Mix lightly and serve before noodles become mushy.

Healing properties:

Cooling thermal nature.

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Babaganouj (Mediterranean Eggplant Pate)

If you’ve never had Babaganouj you are in for a treat.  This tasty spread is easy to prepare and quite healthy.

  • 2 eggplants
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup sesame butter
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Prick eggplants with a fork.
  • Roast until slightly charred and popped (45 minutes). Cool.
  • Scoop the insides out and mash well or puree
  • Combine with all ingredients except olive oil.
  • Drizzle oil over top before serving.
  • Serve with vegetables or pita bread.

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Lentils With Curry

Lentil Curry

Delicious concoction of lentils with curry and spices that is sure to please the palate.

  • 1 cup lentils, soaked
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder or 1/4 teaspoon each; coriander, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cook lentils until soft.
  • Add salt and seasonings
  • Cover and cook 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Serves 4.

Healing Properties:

Lentils typically have a neutral thermal nature, mild flavor, diuretic, beneficial to the heart and circulation; stimulates the adrenal system; and increases the "vitality" of the kidneys. Turmeric(the chief ingredient in curry) is warming and bitter and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is important to note that in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis, dietary turmeric improved flexibility and reduced joint swelling.

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