Ever wondered if your zodiac sign might gravitate to certain foods? Here, astrologer Maren Altman explains why and offers some delicious recipe ideas.
In astrology, each zodiac sign corresponds to an element. The four elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water, and three signs are assigned to each:
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Each grouping of signs tends to have certain archetypal characteristics. By living and making choices which harmonise with our natural inclinations, we are able to both enhance our personal makeup and bring equilibrium to areas in which we may be deficient or where we are excessive.
These can be applied not just to your sun sign, but to any significant presence of an element in an individual chart. To find out where your placements are, you can head to astro.com or contact me for a reading at marenaltman.com.
Here is a recipe for each elemental grouping of signs and a little insight as to why these are great additions to a vegan diet, or great entry-points into more plant-based eating.
Fire signs often display a great internal drive and sense of willpower. This leads to a spectrum of action, from impulsivity to courage. Cooling, lifting foods can serve to relax a fire sign’s supercharged energy. This Simple Cauliflower Pesto Pasta provides satiation through healthy fats and protein, and it soothes through the fresh veggies and greens.
Simple Cauliflower Pesto Pasta
Ingredients: (makes two servings)
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 cup fresh basil (or 1/4 C dried)
- 1/2 cup cashew milk (or any other non-dairy)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice from 1/2 a lime
- pinch salt and pepper
- cooked pasta of choice (I used edamame spaghetti from Explore Cuisine)
- Steam cauliflower until easily mashed and very soft
- Blend with all other ingredients, scraping down sides as needed
- Pair with some cherry tomatoes in a pasta, use as a dip for veggies, or incorporate with a salad
Like fire signs, Earth signs also have a strong internal force, but they tend to be more grounded and solid in their path. Those with strong Earth presence can be the most dependable, and at times, perhaps the most stubborn. By introducing light, nourishing foods, we can lift this stable groundedness to a higher state of imaginative freedom. This Matcha Mint Smoothie Bowl gets its creaminess from the banana, delivers focused energy from the matcha and extra nutritional benefits from the zucchini and add-ins.
Matcha Mint Smoothie Bowl
Ingredients: (serves one)
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 raw zucchini
- 2 tablespoons Sacha Inchi protein (or scoop of vegan protein powder of choice)
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 3 drops of stevia (omit for less sweetness)
- 2-3 drops of peppermint extract (about 1/2 a small capful)
- toppings as desired: edible flowers, granola, sliced banana
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender to combine. If your blender isn’t quite so strong, place the frozen banana, sliced, in first with a bit of plant milk and process until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients
- Top as desired and enjoy
Air signs have the beautiful gift of a lofty, innovative mind. They can be flighty or aloof on one hand, or an inspiring visionary on the other. Often, a sense of grounding can help their fast-paced mind find grounding. By calming the body through warming, sweet, plant-based meals, the best of the Air element can shine through. The tangy tofu and rich veggies in this Sweet ‘n Sour Orange Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry provide that in each tasty, nourishing bite.
Sweet ‘n Sour Orange Tofu & Veggie Stir-Fry
Ingredients: (serves three)
- 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed
- 2 medium oranges
- 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tablespoon granulated monk fruit sweetener
- 1/3 C maple syrup*
- 3 tablespoon coconut aminos (or tamari/soy sauce)
- 3 tablespoon rice vinegar
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour (or cornstarch)
- 2 large heads broccoli
- 2 cups sugar snap peas
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- pinch pepper
- 3 cups cooked bulgur
- sesame seeds, to sprinkle
- Heat oven to 425F and cook tofu cubes on a nonstick baking sheet for 40 minutes, flipping halfway
- Blend all orange sauce ingredients, except tapioca flour
- Bring sauce to boil, then bring to a simmer and add tapioca flour. Stir over low heat until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
- Cook broccoli and sugar snap peas in a pan with spices and a shallow layer of water (I like to steam the vegetables, then cook off the excess water and get a little browning on the edges that way)
- Once tofu is baked, toss it in the orange sauce until well-coated. A good amount of liquid will still be left over.
- Plate bulgur, then add veggies and tofu with lots of orange sauce. Liberally sprinkle sesame seeds and enjoy!
The Water element is graced with the beautiful ability to connect with their intuitive, emotional nature. This can overwhelm them at times, but through release and grounding, this can manifest into a vital tool to heal both themselves and others. Cooked, slightly spicy foods can provide that sense of connection and spark of energy. These Tofu Scramble Tacos are simple and easy on the digestive system, and offer a little kick, thanks to the turmeric.
Ingredients: (serves three)
- 1 block extra firm tofu, crumbled
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- handful of cherry tomatoes (10-ish), sliced in halves
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- dash dulse flakes
- dash pepper
- dash black salt (optional, I didn’t use, but gives an egg-y taste)
- tortillas of choice (I used Masienda Blue Corn Tortillas)
- Heat tortillas according to package instructions. i just put mine (from frozen) onto a heated nonstick pan for 10-20 seconds on each side. Once warmed, place between paper towels and set aside
- Bring a nonstick pan to medium-high heat with a splash of water if necessary, and add crumbled tofu
- Add spices and tomatoes. cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes, until tomatoes are softened and tofu is a little brown on edges
- Turn off heat and stir spinach through until wilted.
- Serve scramble mixture in tacos, and add sliced avocado to top. Sriracha is also a great addition to this!
About the Author
Maren Altman is a current undergraduate student at New York University studying Philosophy and Creative Writing. Outside of her studies, she is a professional Western astrologer, using both traditional Hellenistic and modern techniques, and she is a registered yoga instructor teaching in New York City.
On her website, marenaltman.com , you can find her musing about veganism, astrology, yoga and other spiritual practices.
Connect with Maren at: marenaltman.com, instagram.com/marenaltman, instagram.com/luna_logue
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