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Spring Challenge 2016 Day 21- Shiitake Tea

Shiitake Tea- by Christina pirello Shiitake Tea Dark circles under the eyes seem to be the plague of humanity, with concealer sales in the billions. In truth, this is a sign that your kidneys need a boost. Dark circles mean that they are becoming constricted and dry (you probably have lower back pain, too…), the […]

Spring Challenge Day – 24 Parsnip And Fennel Puree

Happy Birthday Ingrid! Our amazing, talented creative daughter turned 14 today! You forever amaze me!xo Parsnip-Fennel Puree by Christina Pirello   2 to 3 Parsnips, diced 1 Fennel bulb, stalks trimmed flush with bulb and bulb diced 2 to 3 Cloves fresh garlic, diced Sea salt 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 to 3 Sprigs […]

Spring Challenge Day 3- Kick Butt Saute

Kick Butt Saute By Christina Pirello Avocado oil 1 jalapeno pepper, with seeds and spines, minced, seeds and spines included 4–5 whole green onions green and white parts, cut into 1-inch pieces, including green part Soy sauce 5–6 thin slices fresh ginger minced 4 cloves fresh garlic minced 5-inch piece burdock, cut into fine matchstick pieces 5-inch piece carrot, […]

Spring Challenge Day 14- Spicy Collard Greens

    Spicy Sauteed Collard Greens By- Christina Pirello   Ingredients avocado oil 1/2 dried chili pepper, seeded, finely minced 1 sweet onion, thin half moon slices soy sauce 1 bunch collard greens, rinsed, thinly sliced 1 lemon, quartered Directions Heat a small amount of oil in a deep skillet. Saute chili and onion, with a […]

Spring Challenge Day 8- Spanakopita

Splendid Spanakopita By- Christina Pirello Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 small red onion, finely diced 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced Sea salt 15-20 cremini mushrooms, brushed free of dirt, coarsely chopped Scant pinch ground nutmeg 2 sprigs fresh basil, leaves removed, finely shredded 4 cups arugula, rinsed well, coarsely chopped 4 […]

Spring Challenge Day 30-Miso Soup With Sauteed Greens

Miso Soup With Sauteed Greens 2-Inch piece wakame, soaked until tender 4 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked until tender Spring or filtered water 1/2 Yellow onion, cut into thin half-moon slices 1 Carrot, cut into thin oblong slices 2 teaspoons barley miso 3 to 4 leaves kale or collard greens, rinsed well About 1 tbsp extra-virgin […]


Tomorrow I will be starting the FOURTH annual spring challenge.  The last  three years went great! I used Aveline Kushi’s book(The Complete Guide To macrobiotic Cooking), then Christina Cooks-Everything You Always Wanted to Know about WholeFoods but were afraid to ask. Last year I  choseThe Hip Chick’s guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter.  This year I will be doing […]

Spring Challenge day 11- Christina’s Chickenless Chicken Salad

Christina’s Chickenless Chicken Salad 1 Pound extra-firm tofu Shoyu Spring water 3 Celery stalks, diced 1 Small red onion, diced 1 Red bell pepper, roasted over an open flame, peeled, seeded and diced 1 Teaspoon each basil, sage, rosemary, oregano 2 Teaspoons paprika 1-1 1/2 Cup Tofu Mayo Preheat oven to 400o. Lightly oil a […]

Spring Challenge Day 31 – Chocolate Tahihi Cups

Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty-one, Save February, with twenty-eight days clear, And twenty-nine each leap year. It’s been 31 days. Thank you Christina Pirello for helping to feed my family and teaching me more of  the art of healthy whole foods cooking. I hope that everyone’s recipe […]

Spring Challenge Day 30- Arame Cucumber Salad

Arame Cucumber Salad   1 Cup arame, rinsed well and set aside to soften (do not soak) 2 Teaspoons soy sauce 2 Teaspoons umeboshi plum vinegar 1 Tablespoon mirin 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 Medium cucumber, thinly sliced on the diagonal 3 to 4 Scallions, thinly sliced on the […]