Beyond Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Spinach

Hearty greens and savory roots add pizazz to your meals. However, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and chard are ubiquitous in cooking, especially vegetarian and vegan. Perhaps you have not given much thought to some of the wonderful variety that is available (many which are grown locally and organically here on Oahu)?

For greens, try some of the hearty winter varieties that are high in minerals like calcium and iron. You can steam, blanch, saute, have raw in salad, and put in soups, stews, and casseroles:

  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Tatsoi
  • Daikon and radish tops

For root vegetables,

  • Hakurei turnips
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Burdock/Gobo
  • Lotus/Hasu/Renkon
  • Sweet Potatoes/Yams
  • Rutabagas
  • Daikon

Rebalance Yourself After Overindulging

Overdid it this Halloween and turned yourself into a sugar zombie? Here’s what you can do…

Eat simply for a little while: focus on a plant-based diet such as whole grains, beans and bean products, vegetables, sea vegetables, and naturally fermented pickles.

Try a macrobiotic home remedy called ume-sho-bancha.


This tea is reputed to help relieve fatigue and obtain relief from over-consumption of sugar, fruit, or acid-forming foods and beverages.

½-1 umeboshi plum (no msg, sugar, or food coloring)
½-1 tsp traditional handmade shoyu
hot kukicha tea*

Place umeboshi in a cup and mash with a chopstick. Add shoyu. Pour in hot tea and stir well. Drink liquid and eat plum while hot.

*Kukicha is a Japanese tea made from the stems and twigs of the tea bush and can be found in your local health food store.

This remedy is very strong, so do not drink too often.

Healthy Holiday Cooking with Slow Food Oahu

Date: November 15, 2009
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Holidays can get a lot of people down. So many of us overeat and eat the wrong foods, leaving us feeling sluggish and grumpy. There’s another way to celebrate (and even meat lovers enjoy these dishes)!!

Leslie will teach everyone how to make healthy whole food dishes that keep your energy strong and your body light, while at the same time maintaining all the flavor that you love.

  • Holiday Rice
  • Shiitake Gravy
  • Watercress, Fig, Artichoke Heart Salad
  • Pumpkin Bread

To reserve your space at this special event, please RSVP by Monday, November 6 to Michelle at . In your RSVP please include your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember guests you would like to bring. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE, so please reply quickly if you know you would like to attend.

Non-members who are not guests of a member may sign up after October 19.

The cost for members is $35 and nonmembers is $40, and payment must be received by Friday, November 13.

Directions and further details will be sent to all confirmed participants the Wednesday prior to the event.

Class will be held at Baby aWEARness in the Manoa Marketplace, on the second floor above Bank of Hawaii.

Optimal Health and Healing Through Macrobiotics a BIG SUCCESS

We had so much fun and learned a tremendous amount from Warren Kramer while he was here on Oahu. If you were unable to attend, he’ll be back in April of 2010. We are already planning lots of interesting classes for you.

The whole event was very refreshing and revitalizing for me personally. Thanks Warren!

You probably don’t experience these things, like fatigue, but if you do….

I had lunch with Warren Kramer after his morning consultations today and asked him, “What are the most common reasons people come to see you?” Here’s what he said:

Weight Issues
Skin Problems
Reproductive Issues: PMS, Infertility, Menopause
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Anxiety, Fear, & Depression
Eating Disorders

Warren is here to teach us all how we can address these naturally, using food and energetic medicine to heal ourselves. Restoring Your Natural Healing Ability is our first lecture! It’s all about how to get out of the way so we can allow our bodies to heal and perform at their peak.


Chard and Marigolds

Chard and Marigolds
Originally uploaded by macro808

This afternoon, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Kahumana Biodynamic and Organic Farm in Waianae, HI. We spent the first part of the afternoon in the field harvesting chard for the Waianae Farmer’s Market and then went into the packing shed to wash and bunch the greens. My job was to bunch them together. Mother Earth certainly shares her bounty and only asks to be treated respectfully in return.