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Before I started working with alchemy, a forerunner of chemistry based on the transformation of matter, I was trying to juggle mind, body, and soul practices separately. I was following different programs and driving myself a bit crazy in the process—not finding quite what I was looking for and feeling like a hamster on a wheel. Eventually, even my yoga and meditation practices felt stagnant and worn out. To an outside observer, my life was a dream: I had a loving marriage, a stable income, and a fulfilling career. Yet I felt I still hadn’t “made it,” and I constantly felt overwhelmed and frazzled.
I knew there must be something out there that could help me break through to the next level. One day, I saw an old alchemy drawing—an obscure engraving from the 1700s called the Tabula Smaragdina (the Emerald Tablet). It’s a pictorial representation of the alchemy formula that teaches the path to deepest transformation: How to become more evolved in mind, body, and soul. In other words, how to achieve a more healthy, vibrant, enriching life.
Alchemy teaches us that to be truly transformational, healthy practices must be integrated into all aspects of our lives. When I saw the drawing that day, I realized that my love of cooking could help me overcome my mental and emotional plateau.
My goal is to teach you to cook like an alchemist: The recipes in this book incorporate superfoods, medicinal plants, and adaptogens that are known to support healing. By bringing them together in specific combinations—or having you prepare them in certain ways—these recipes are designed to amp up the healing properties of each dish.
The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook Recipes
Orange-Tamari-Veggie Noodles with Crispy Seaweed
Try this recipe if you’re craving a bowl of sweet-and-sour Asian noodles but want to skip the gluten bomb. Veggie noodles pack extra nutrients into your diet, and you can serve leftover sauce with broccoli for a tasty afternoon snack!
Roasted Broccoli with Harissa, Cloves, and Rose Petals
Variety is one of the easiest ways to make meals more pleasurable, and this is a far cry from the same old steamed broccoli of your past. Harissa, an African chili paste, adds a kick, but you can also use sriracha or your go-to tomato salsa. Synonymous with love and the heart, rose petals add crunch and beauty, making this dish a sensual pleasure to behold.
Watermelon–Bell Pepper Hydrator
Parched after a tough workout or a day in the sun? This refreshing, low-calorie beverage cools as it hydrates. Bell pepper is rich in vitamin C, while goji berries add protein and loads of antioxidants.
Excerpted from The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook by Jennifer Iserloh, to be published on April 9, 2019 by Hachette Books, a division of Hachette Book Group. Copyright 2019, Jennifer Iserloh.