Delight your palate and soothe your soul with some simple culinary magic.
Kitchen witchery is the art of infusing your food with good vibes and clear intentions.
Oxford Languages defines comfort food as food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.
I’m sure I’m not the only one being drawn to comfort food right now, so I thought I’d offer five favorite comfort food recipes along with simple, vegan kitchen witchery to boost their ability to fortify the body, heal the spirit, and comfort the soul.
[Note: I discovered that Joe Biden won the election WHILE I WAS WRITING THIS POST. So now this comfort food can be celebratory as well as fortifying after a long and trying four years! Congratulations to all.]
1. Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the quintessential comfort food.
Try this vegan recipe with broccoli and black pepper, along with the following magic to make it extra comforting.
After washing and drying the broccoli, empower it in the following way. Direct your palms toward it. Close your eyes, breathe, and relax. Call on the Divine in a way that feels powerful for you. Imagine you are drawing light down from the infinite cosmos, through the crown of your head and into your body. See that light moving down into the earth and filling the earth with light. Then imagine it bouncing back up into your feet and filling your body once again. Direct this light into the vegetable through your hands. Say or think, “Bolster the heart, strengthen the body, fortify the soul.”
Before using the pepper, energetically empower the entire jar or container in a similar way, but this time, say or think, “Remove negativity, banish fear, instill courage.”
And when the recipe is complete, empower the entire dish in a similar way, and this time, say or think, “Comfort, nourish, warm, and bless.” Thank the Divine.
2. Peanut Butter Oatmeal
It’s a simple breakfast but a nourishing and delicious one: plain old oatmeal with a bit of peanut butter. Here’s a way to fill this breakfast with vibrations of nourishment and strength.
For one serving, bring 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats, a pinch of salt, and 2/3 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes until it reaches desired thickness.
While it’s simmering, direct your palms toward it. Call on the Divine in any way you like. Envision bright white light coming into the crown of your head from the cosmos and golden light coming up through your feet from the core of the earth. See and sense this light merging within your heart and moving down your arms and out your palms into the oats. Say, “Strengthen, fortify, nourish, bless.”
Let stand for one minute. Add 1.5 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 teaspoon agave nectar or maple syrup, and, optionally, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in a clockwise direction while swirling in positive intentions of health, wealth, and happiness.
3. Louisville Cookies
I like cookies that are sort of like fresh baked granola bars: sweet treats that lean toward the wholesome side. These cookies from Garden of Vegan fit the bill. Fill them with extra sweetness and joy with the accompanying magical instructions.
- 1/2 cup margarine (I use Natural Balance)
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dry sweetener (I used coconut sugar)
- 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried apricots (I actually used chopped dried figs)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl. stir together the margarine, banana, applesauce, vanilla, and sweetener. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, rolled oats, coconut, walnuts, and apricots. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of dough onto a cookie sheet and press flat with your fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are browned. Makes 10-14 cookies, depending on size. (Italics indicate text from Garden of Vegan.)
To enhance these cookies with kitchen witchery, make sure whenever you stir, you stir in a clockwise direction. As you stir, feel golden light coming up from the core of the earth through your feet and white light coming down from the cosmos through the crown of your head. Sense these rays of light meeting at your heart and moving through your arm and hand into the dough. Ask the Divine to fill the dough with extra sweetness, comfort, and love. As the cookies bake, place your hands on the top of the oven and envision a sphere of divine light cocooning the cookies with one more dose of positive, nourishing vibes.
4. Buffalo Cauliflower
If I’m honest, buffalo cauliflower is probably my favorite food. Here’s my go-to recipe, along with suggestions for filling this deceptively healthy snack with the energies of balance, harmony, and health.
This recipe originally came from Plant-Based Pair: A Vegan Cookbook for Two, but I’ve altered it in a few ways over time.
To add magic to this recipe, after washing and drying the cauliflower, imagine golden light from the earth coming up through your feet and white light from the cosmos coming down through the crown of your head. Direct this light from your heart into the cauliflower. See it glowing with soft lunar light. Call on the Great Goddess and say, “Great Goddess, thank you for infusing this vegetable with the vibrations of receptivity, purification, healing, and love.”
As you toss the cauliflower in the hot sauce mixture, direct light into the food in a similar way and say, “Great God, thank you for filling this spicy food with vibrations of energy, enthusiasm, and strength.”
Before serving, direct light toward the entire dish. Set the intention that the polarities within the dish – warmth, coolness, receptivity, and strength – bring harmony, balance, vitality, and grounding to all who enjoy it.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 cups cauliflower florets (or 1/2 head cauliflower), washed and dried
- 1/3 cup hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted
- Vegan ranch dressing (I like this brand and this recipe)
- celery sticks to serve on the side
Preheat the oven to 450. In a large bowl, combine the water, flour, garlic powder, and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine. Add the cauliflower florets. Toss to coat. On a baking sheet, spread the cauliflower florets and bake for 15 minutes. While it’s baking, combine the hot sauce and margarine. Remove the cauliflower from the oven, transfer to a bowl or pot and toss in the hot sauce mixture. Spread on the baking sheet again and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with ranch and celery.
5. Hard Milkshake
Talk about good medicine for challenging times: this hard milkshake recipe has been coming in handy for me lately. Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Crème Brûlée Cookie Non-Dairy Ice Cream by Ben & Jerry’s (you can use another flavor if you prefer)
- soy milk
- Irish cream liqueur or vegan Irish cream
Blend all ingredients in desired quantities until smooth. (I use a small scoop ice cream, about a half cup soy milk, and 2-3 ounces liqueur.) Then pour into a glass. Hold the glass in both hands. Call on the Great Mother Goddess and direct light into it. Say, “Great Goddess, thank you for infusing this milkshake with vibrations of comfort, nourishment, positivity, and love.” Then enjoy.
Did you try any of these magical vegan comfort food recipes? What did you think? Please share in the comments below.