By Rebecca Katz, MS

Rebecca Katz, MS, chef, educator and culinary translator; Executive Chef, Food As Medicine; award-winning author, The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery and One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and their Friends; consultant and speaker for leading health care institutions including UCSF, Stanford Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, Bolinas, CA. Visit her website at www.rebeccakatz.com.

Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles - Rebecca Katz

Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles

By Rebecca Katz, MS

Food As Medicine Executive Chef, author and food DIVA Rebecca Katz was kind enough to allow us to share this utterly delicious and brain healthy treat from her newest book, The Healthy Mind Cookbook, with you. ps — They’ll be on the menu at Food As Medicine, June 11-14 in Minneapolis! Yum!

My dad, Jay, had this delightful habit; whenever you told him something that struck his fancy, he’d roar, “That’s FANTASTIC!” and gleefully clap his hands for emphasis. This was doubly true if you told him he was getting chocolate for dessert. Jay never met a piece of chocolate he didn’t like, and I have a feeling that just hearing what’s in these truffles—dates, cherries, and walnuts, smothered in chocolate, rolled in coconut and curry—would’ve given him cause to offer up a standing ovation. Studies suggest walnuts may boost memory, while chocolate, as we all know, is the ultimate mood boosting agent. One bite of this dessert and you’d be hard-pressed to feel any stress.

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Cozy-Roasted-Vegetable-Soup

Cozy Roasted Vegetable Soup

By Rebecca Katz, MS

Root veggies, especially when roasted, are a real comfort food, and this is the kind of soup that’s a real reviver during chilly months. Chinese medicine associates root vegetables with lung health; other peer-reviewed studies have found squash such as the nutty Kabocha squash here are immune boosters filled with gut cleansing fiber. Soups like this just welcome a spice blast, and we’ve obliged this one with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and thyme. Downing a bowl is like lighting your internal fireplace to keep winter’s chill at bay.

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Roasted-Maple-Glazed-Brussels-Sprouts-with-Caraway

Roasted Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Caraway

By Rebecca Katz, MS

Conquering this recipe reminded me of Charlie Brown’s travails with Lucy and that football. There would be Lucy, pleading with Charlie to take one more shot at kicking the football and promising she wasn’t going to mess with him anymore—and always pulling away the ball at the last moment. The Brussels sprouts in this recipe played Lucy to my Charlie. They teased me with their offerings of wellness—especially a compound shown to keep DNA from fragmenting during cell reproduction—but they kept refusing to play nice with every taste companion I threw their way. I was about to walk away for good when an email arrived from a friend who knew about my frustrations. She sent along a picture of a beautiful Brussels sprout stalk in her garden, with the small sprouts dotting the stalk, along with a caption that said, “Please give us another chance! We’ll be good!’ So I said, “Okay. One. Last. Chance.” And whaddya know? I finally achieved success. Roasting was the key, creating a golden-brown, sweet-tasting, crunchy treat.

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