Posts Tagged ‘Kathryn Flynn’

RECIPE: Sweet Potato Pie

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Sweet potatoes have yin building properties to help you rebuild your essence and reconnect with your roots. They are also high in Vitamin A for enhanced vision. This pie can also be prepared with yams.

Yields: 1 medium sized pie Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

1 1/2 cup sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and pureed (approximately 4) 1/2 cup agave nectar
3 tablespoons molasses
1/2 cup almond, hemp, rice or goat milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine sweet potato puree with agave nectar, molasses and milk alternative. Fold in vanilla and spices. Pour into muffin tins or a wheat or gluten free pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

For more fertility enhancing recipes see Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish the Fertile Soul

NEW! Moontime Tea – Fertility Blend

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Since ancient times herbalists have been using blood building nettles, fertility enhancing red respberry leaf, hormone balancing red clover and cooling peppermint to help women with various aspects of the conception process. Prepare your body mind and soul each day with this delicious blend of fertility enhancing herbs.

The Moontime Tea Fertility Blend is a dietary supplement comprised of organic red raspberry, organic nettles, organic red clover and organic peppermint. Each pouch contains 30 2gram tea bags.

Created by: Kathryn Flynn (Cooking for Fertility)

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Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recipe

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Recipe from Cooking for Fertility by Kathryn Flynn:

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega fatty acids and zinc, both essential for conception, hormone balance, sperm production and proper immune function. Garlic and basil vitalize the energy flow to alleviate PMS, blood clotting, fibroids, and release stuck emotions.  And it’s delicious!!


1 1/2 cup pesto

2 cups fresh basil

1 cup kale

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon

Optional: For a creamier texture, add 1/2 avocado, peeled and cored

Blend ingredients in food processor, using lemon juice to achieve desired consistency.  Delicious on gluten free pizzas and brown rice pasta!

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The Conscious Frittata – Cooking for Fertility

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Conscious Frittata recipe was a gracious contribution from one of our favorite chefs, Caspar Poyck, who joined us at our Ojai retreat a few years back.  Check him out on his website: and his blog: You can like him also like him on facebook to learn more.   Here’s Caspar’s take on eating along with his delicious nutrient rich egg frittata recipe. Enjoy!

How we eat may be more important than What we eat! There is a culinary chicken-and-the-egg situation at play. The foods (What) we eat affect our body and How we eat, feel/think also creates an environment of bio-chemicals, hormones and endorphins inside our body which in turn affects how our foods process. Start your day off with ease and grace. Eggs are a great source of choline, which is essential for brain-health and of course an age-old symbol of fertility!

Serves 2

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

4 organic, free-range eggs

2 tablespoons sliced black olives

1 tablespoon julienne sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1 celery stalk/rib thinly sliced

2 basil leaves sliced into thin strips

4 sliced crimini mushrooms

1/3 cup grated cheese (optional)

a dash of cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Beat the eggs in a bowl while slightly browning the mushrooms in a pan with olive oil. Add the other ingredients to your eggs and beat again. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and let cook for a while until the bottom starts to feel solid (gently jiggle the pan). If you chose to add the grated cheese, do that now and then instead of flipping (and tearing) the frittata, put the pan underneath your broiler and keep watch until the top is golden brown. Serve on a slice of toasted sprouted or rye bread with your favorite. Eat without distractions and with a smile.

Eating for Fertility

Friday, August 27th, 2010
“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates 

 In the Western world one in five couples has difficulty conceiving a child. Their subfertility often results from less than optimal health. Our bodies carry deep evolutionary wisdom, including innate protective mechanisms that can safeguard our own health and that of future generations by not allowing us to conceive until we are in good health.

Endometriosis, ovarian failure, poor quality eggs, recurrent miscarriage and otherdegenerative diseases and causes of poor reproductive health have become widespread. In many cases, they result from our cells not getting the nutrition they require. Our bodies cannot cope with the high amounts of processed and refined foods, environmental toxins, and persistent stress in our lives. We are part of nature, yet our way of living is far from what nature intends. 

More and more studies show that good nutrition and healthy life habits can increase conception rates. Beyond fertility, healthful lifestyle practices can also prevent and heal disease. When our body systems don’t work as efficiently as they could, one of the best ways to support their highest function is to nourish them.  

For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used dietary therapy to correct imbalances and support hormonal and reproductive harmony and overall wellness. Sun Si-miao, a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, believed the most important therapy was regulating a patient’s diet. Dietary therapy could then be enhanced with acupuncture and herbal treatment. 

Chinese medicine considers the ability to bring forth life to be a woman’s natural state from the time of menarche until she reaches menopause. Sub-fertility results from imbalances within the network of organs, hormones and energy systems within a woman’s body; recent studies and thousands of years of experience have demonstrated that many of these imbalances are correctible. 

-Kathryn Flynn (Cooking for Fertility) 

RECIPE: Fertile Soul Cookies

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

The sweet healing properties of these cookies help soothe symptoms of PMS. Oats calm the heart, while coconut nourishes yin fluids like semen and cervical mucus.

Yields 12-15 cookies
Cooking time: 15 minutes

1 cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

¾ cup rolled oats

½ tsp xantham gum

¼ cup melted clarified butter/ghee

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup agave nectar

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup pumpkin seeds, crushed

1/8 cup goji berries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours and oat, coconut and xantham in a bowl. Next add melted butter, vanilla and agave nectar mixing until thoroughly combined. Finally add chocolate chips, goji berries and pumpkin seeds and chill in the refrigerator about one hour. Drop spoonfuls of dough unto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven, and leave on pan for an additional 5 minutes.