Food Metaphysics

Catering/Healing Foods

Healing Sesame Sacred Seed Salad

For the Miquon Spring Fair, a request for a grain salad was made to compliment kebobs and other tasty foods and Earth’s Elements delivered. During the final preparation phase, I was convinced by my in-house taste testers, my kids, to make an additional batch for dinner and I couldn’t resist. Although quinoa is actually a high protein seed, it is…

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What do lentils and zucchini have in common?

If you’re looking for a low-fat, low-calorie and high fiber iron and protein meal, then lentils and zucchini have come to the rescue! Lentils are great for preventing and reducing risk of heart disease and provide high levels of folate for protection. The high water content in Zucchini or summer squash is also great for weight loss and the effects…

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Cape Verde Island’s National Dish…Catchupa

Catchupa or Munchup, is the National Dish of Cape Verde Islands. There’s no better time of the year for catchupa.  It’s creamy, warm and comforting. It’s a complete meal in one, more than deserving of it’s rightful place in my pantry of staples. This one pot wonder is a perfect example of alchemy at work, with its reliance on lots of water,…

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How Knowing Our Roots Keeps Us Grounded…

Aside of  being a part of the same family, our roots share genetic qualities that make them similar, yet distinctive, hard, yet soft, dark, yet light. I have to say I love the way mother nature reflects balance in her bounty. One of the most important attributes of most cruciferous vegetables, whether tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, are their grounding…

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New Years Eve Spread: Seven Vegetables

I have not met too many people who don’t like Ethiopian Food, in fact, most who I know, love it! I fell in love with Ethiopian food when I lived in Washington, DC, among a vibrant Ethiopian Community.  When I was with my first child, it was my craving and that’s when a dear friend and Ethiopian native, Saba, introduced…

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Savory Solstice Treat

With winter in, kids out (of school) and always… hungry, I am definitely preparing more than 3 meals a day. My oldest son has been begging me to rekindle a food associated childhood memory  that he has been haunted by for the last 8 years, a spinach pastry he last ate from Ellwood Thompson’s, a local and independent market in…

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Simple Summer Fare

Sesame Watercress Spicy Grilled Tofu & Vegetables (Red peppers, zucchini, squash) Watermelon- lime Watercress, an ancient green and one of my favorites of all time… perhaps I was intuitively drawn to it’s high water and vitamin C or A content or maybe my body was calling for its antioxidants, iron, iodine, folic acid, and fiber…In any case, beyond its nutritional function, watercress…

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Vegan Gado-Gado

Going Back to Bali… Earth’s Elements Vegan Version of Gado-Gado Salad When I ate this salad for the first time, I was at an in between junction, in limbo, learning and trying to decide which way to go in the hustle and bustle of a busy Manhattan restaurant and making healthier food choices, even when eating out. It’s been so…

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Comeback Cabbage & The Sacred Seed

Comeback Cabbage & The Sacred Seed The side dish that can accompany any meal… Cabbage leaves… laid in submission and filled with fluffy quinoa and garden vegetables then rolled into perfection and baked in Earth’s Elements own Elderberry Vinagrette with herbs & spices. Cabbage, while not your most exotic vegetable, has been harboring a secret and our new age, new…