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Dr. Chutkan’s homemade facial scrubs for oily and dry skin, which can be found in her bestselling book, Gutbliss (Penguin 2013), are a great, all natural and microbe-friendly face wash. Enjoy these microbe-friendly scrubs once a week and make a larger batch for the entire body! Oily Skin Facial Scrub Ingredients 2 tablespoons raw honey 1 teaspoon oatmeal ½ teaspoon cornmeal ½ teaspoon lemon juice Method Moisten your face and hands with water and mix all the ingredients in the palms of your hands. Gently rub the paste all over your face in a circular motion for 1 minute. The cornmeal and lemon juice are great natural exfoliants, but if you apply too much pressure or scrub too hard, you can irritate your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and a clean wet washcloth. This facial scrub can be used once a week. Make a larger batch to use on the…

The roasted cauliflower and tahini blend into a creamy, zesty, and lighter hummus that’s made for dipping! Nobody will even notice the missing beans. Serve with a rainbow of veggies for ultimate nourishment and satisfaction. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 medium to large head of cauliflower 1 tablespoon olive oil (for roasting the cauliflower) 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup tahini 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon lemon zest ½ teaspoon sea salt 2-4 teaspoons water Sea salt to taste Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro, paprika, sumac, and olive oil Method Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop the cauliflower into florets. Add the pieces to a bowl and mix with a tablespoon of olive oil and a touch of sea salt. Please the florets on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 18-20 minutes or until golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.Place the…

A quick, easy weeknight vegan cashew chickpea korma that you can modify with whatever fresh or frozen vegetables you have! Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 teaspoons neutral flavored vegetable oil (such as grapeseed or refined avocado) or a few tablespoons vegetable broth 1 small or medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger 2 cloves minced garlic 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper 2 cups chopped cauliflower or broccoli stems and florets (or a combination of both) 1 cup chopped green beans 1 cup sliced carrots 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed) 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 1 cup cashew cream (substitute full fat, canned coconut milk) 3 cups baby spinach 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice Chopped green onion tops or fresh cilantro (optional, for serving) Method Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet (or a medium sized pot) over medium heat. Add the…

By the time you finish preparing these stuffed sweet potatoes, your home will be fragrant with the aromas of cinnamon, garlic, and ginger. The lentils in this dish are a standout—richly spiced, thick, and hearty. Scooping them over tender baked sweet potatoes is a perfect way to transform them into a complete and satisfying meal; I’ve also been known to serve them over a cooked whole grain, such as millet or rice. No matter how you serve them, I highly recommend topping them with a generous drizzle of Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Ingredients 4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed 1 cup (200 g) dried brown or pardina lentils, rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 small white or yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14.5-oz, or 411-g) can diced tomatoes, drained 1 tablespoon finely grated or minced fresh…

Have you recently taken an antibiotic and are looking to heal your gut? Drink ginger tea. Ginger has a soothing effect on the digestive system and can help to reduce gas and bloating associated with taking an antibiotic. For best results, follow my recipe below. For my ten tips on how to heal your gut after taking an antibiotic, check out my book, The Microbiome Solution(Penguin 2015). SERVINGS: 2 Ingredients 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled 2 cups water Method Cut the fresh ginger root into small pieces and place in a teapot or thermal carafe (a small cooking pot will also work). Then add two cups of boiling water and let steep for twenty to thirty minutes. Strain and serve. NOTE: For a sweetener and added flavor, you can add a lemon wedge and 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey. Recipe first appeared in The Microbiome Solution(Penguin 2015). 

This sumptuous soup is great to have on hand and enjoy any time of day. It makes a nourishing snack as well as a filling addition to any meal. If you have a limited amount of time to prepare your food during the week, this is an easy way to guarantee that you get your veggies every day. SERVES: 8 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow or sweet onion, diced 1 clove garlic, diced 5 celery stalks, sliced into ½ inch segments 4 carrots, sliced into thin rounds 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, oregano, and/or thyme) 4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium organic vegetable stock 1 to 2 cups water, depending on desired thickness One 28-ounce can/carton diced tomatoes One 6-ounce can tomato paste 6 cups vegetables, chopped (such as broccoli, asparagus, red bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans) 3 cups fresh raw spinach leaves, washed Freshly…

This recipe can be scaled up or down, but I wanted to give you the basic instructions for 10 pounds of cucumbers. As for equipment, have a vegetable brush handy. You’ll need a 5-gallon ceramic or glass crock or a 5-gallon bucket of food-grade plastic. Please make sure it’s food-grade; that is, it originally was used to hold food. Other plastics leach toxic chemicals into their contents. You’ll need a glass or ceramic plate that just fits inside the crock or bucket, plus an unused gallon-size zip freezer bag, clean dish towels, a fresh package of cheesecloth, a large stainless steel or other nonreactive metal pot, a carton of canning jars with lids and bands, and a narrow plastic spatula. Note that the recipe calls for pickling spices. You can find them in the spice rack at almost any supermarket, but if you want to make your own, mix together…

Turmeric is the vibrant orange-yellow spice affectionately known as the magic sword against inflammation, birthed in India and crowned centuries ago as one of the great dosha balancers in Ayurvedic medicine. With all the healing benefits, you can taste the inherent goodness with each sip. It is just as delicious as it is nutritious. *SERVES 1 Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk 1 heaping tablespoon grated fresh turmeric root (or use approximately 2 teaspoons turmeric paste—see below) 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee Raw honey to taste NOTE:To make the turmeric paste, combine 2 parts turmeric powder with 1 part boiling water. Mix and store any extra in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Method GENTLY WARM THE ALMOND or coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil. Add…

The hardest part of the Live Dirty, Eat Clean Plan for some people is giving up their beloved bread. Fear not! These gluten-free but tasty flatbread-style crackers are the perfect complement to soups, salads, hummus, frittatas, and more. Ingredients1 tablespoon flax meal3 tablespoons cool water, plus ¾ cup warm water½ cup chickpea flour1 cup almond flour½ cup brown rice flour2 tablespoons olive oil1½ teaspoons sea salt2 tablespoons sesame seeds¼ teaspoon ground turmeric¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped1 tablespoon chopped chives1 tablespoon raw honey MethodPREHEAT THE OVEN to 325°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. IN A SMALL BOWL, mix the flax meal with the 3 tablespoons of cool water. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes until a gel-like consistency forms. This makes a flax “egg.” IN THE BOWL of a food processor, combine flax “egg,” flours, olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pulse 10 times. Add in 1 tablespoon of the sesame seeds, the…