Author Archives for Christa Oakes

Miso-Adzuki Stew


Ingredients: 1 cup dried adzuki beans, rinsed and drained 2 bunches green onions, white and green parts chopped separately, divided ½ cup dried shitake mushrooms, crumbled ¾ lb. small red potatoes, quartered (2 cups) 1 ½-2 Tbs. miso paste Soak adzuki beans in 4 cups cold water for 5 hours, or overnight.  Drain and reserve […]

Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard


   2 tablespoons olive oil 2 1/2 cups chopped onions 3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 1/2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled butternut squash 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 3 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice 3 cups (packed) coarsely chopped […]

Carrot & Kale Soup Recipe


2 medium carrots, diced 1 medium zucchini, diced 1 medium brown onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups of roughly chopped kale 3 cups of organic chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup of water 1 1/2 tsp of sea salt 2 tbs of chopped coriander (cilantro) 5 […]

Beet and Ginger Soup


Serves 2 8 ounces cooked beets (or one 15-ounce can, drained) 2 teaspoons minced or grated ginger 1 cup hot vegetable broth 4 teaspoons lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Chop cooked beets roughly, and put into a blender with ginger, hot broth and lemon juice. Purée to make a smooth soup. […]

Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon


Ingredients 1 lb. green beans, trimmed 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp. grated lemon zest 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions 1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add beans and return to boiling. Cook beans until crisp and tender, […]

Paul’s Wild Rice Stuffing


4 oz Safflower oil 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup celery, chopped 5 cups wild rice, cooked a day before and left out overnight (cook the rice with  5 cups of water and 5 cups bullion) 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage 1/2 tsp. thyme 1/4 tsp. savory 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 […]

Whole Health Center Expansion


Whole Health Center is excited about our expansion into Lone Tree this October.  Here are some dates to remember: October 2nd- 4th: Whole Health Center is closed for our move. October 5th: Grand Opening for Whole Health Center at Lone Tree location.  October 17th, 4 pm-8pm: Whole Health Center Open House at new Lone Tree […]

“Smart” food labels puzzle nutritionists


Experts say “Smart Choices” foods can be laden with sugar, salt By William Neuman The New York Times A new food-labeling campaign called Smart Choices, backed by most of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, is “designed to help shoppers easily identify smarter food and beverage choices” but also recommends sugar-laden cereals such as Cocoa Krispies […]

Christa Oakes

Christa, a recent transplant to Denver, is originally from Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Cello Performance. Christa began working at the Whole Health Center in April of 2008. She says, "Even in the short time I have been working here, the Whole Health Center has had a profound impact on my personal life, teaching me what it really means to take care of oneself. I am proud to be working here and hopefully can do my part to help others make the same discovery for themselves." In her free time Christa enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and playing the cello.