• FIND YOUR INNER FOOD GUIDE.

  • PRACTICAL WISDOM IN THE KITCHEN

    Red Lentil creates a personalized repertoire of recipes based on food that resonates with you. Your recipe collection is designed to build cooking skills and establish foundational meals that will nourish you and your family.  
  • Our Approach

    Nourishment for Mind, Body, and Bowl

    Aligned Eating

    Red Lentil designs a recipe collection based on foods that resonate with you and that aligns with your weekly rhythm. This includes:

     

    -A personalized recipe collection of seven suppers

     

    -Shopping list

    - Staples to have on hand

    - Cooking techniques and tips

    - "7 Ways to Use" lists

     

    Your Food Rhythms

    Whether it's the season or a shift in life stage, foods we crave and need change over time. Red Lentil addresses your personal nourishment needs as it relates to:

     

    - Seasonal changes

     

    -Hormonal changes (pregnancy, postnatal, peri-menopause, menopause)

    -Monthly Cycles

  • OFFERINGS

    Food Ritual During Life Transitions

    Tap into the healing power of food ritual. Red Lentil creates a personalized meal for you and integrates symbolic foods throughout. A powerful way to mark life transitions:

    - Birth
    - New Home
    - Bar or Bat Mitzvah
    -Loss

    Eating with the Omer: A 7-Week Mindful Food Journey

    The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot invite us to make the trek of leaving that which keeps us small and moving into expansion and alignment with our deepest desires and truths. Eating with the Omer joins food, body and ritual as the guides through this journey. Eating with the Omer includes:

     

    -Recipe Booklet

    -Food Ritual Guide

    -Weekly e-mail with themed food and body rituals

    -Community Forum

    -YouTube Ritual Videos

    -Closing Food Ritual and Tasting (optional, local)

     

    Cost is $36

    Video: Learn More About Eating with the Omer!

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  • Purple Honey Podcast

    Purple Honey is a gathering of female voices where we explore how Jewish Wisdom and Feminine Spirituality can bring sweetness to our every day lives.

  • Building a Community

     

    We are coming off the heels of Shavuot, where the formative moment of receiving the Torah marked the beginning of building community. We explore what it means to form community.

    SVIVAH: Inspiring, Supporting, Connecting and Celebrating Jewish Womanhood.

    We explore SVIVAH a Jewish women's collective that gathers together to deeply connect, explore foundational texts, and to hold space together to explore profound life moments.

     

    Ariele Mortkowitz, SVIVAH Creator, is passionate about the ways women interact with their faith and their community and has dedicated herself to the pursuit of fulfilling female Jewish spiritual and communal experiences. As a volunteer mikvah guide for the past 14 years, Ariele saw how the mikvah ritual could augment an individual’s spiritual journey and create a space for personal connections, leading her to create the Agam Center in 2016. As its founding director, Ariele established the Agam Center as an expansion of what a mikvah can be to a community, creating a Jewish communal home for women's spirituality, wellness, education, and connection. Her work garnered international attention and furthered the conversation about women’s spaces in organizational Judaism. Further committed to creating more spaces for women in Judaism, Ariele is excited about launching SVIVAH, where she gets to "collect" inspirational teachers, healers, counselors, and guides devoted to improving the lives of women and then share them with the audience of Jewish women that has been waiting for them. Ariele is a frequent presenter on modernizing mikvah and female-focused ritual and spirituality. She is a questioning perfectionist who thinks “status quo” is a bad word. She has a background in the Jewish nonprofit world with a focus on strategic planning, organizational growth, and staff training. Ariele is also a JOFA/Yeshivat Chovevei Torah/Yeshivat Maharat-certified premarital teacher. Originally a “Jersey Girl”, Ariele moved to DC with her husband, David Hain, in 2004 where they live with three little people who ask the best questions. Ariele wishes she had more time to read more good books, plays a mean game of Uno, and loves to cook too much, ensuring that there is always room for one more at her table.

    New Synagogue Project

    We talk about the New Synagogue Project, a new Jewish Community in Washington DC that is spiritually vibrant, radically inclusive, and reflects a vision for a world of justice, equity, and liberation.

     

    Lauren Spokane is the Lead Instigator and Board Chair of the New Synagogue Project. When she's not synagogue-building, she works as the Director of Development for a multi-racial, multi-faith community organizing network called Faith in Action. Lauren began her career in Boston, Mass., as a community organizer with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Union for Reform Judaism, during which time she also served on the first board of Kavod, a Jewish social justice community in Boston. She later developed her fundraising chops as Associate Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington and as a Giving Project participant and board member of Social Justice Fund Northwest. Through her work to build the New Synagogue Project, Lauren channels her skills and passion for fundraising, community organizing, organizational development, justice, singing, creativity, and building a sense of community and home. A DC resident, she also serves on the board of Jews United for Justice. She has a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Studies from Yale University and an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

  • Previous Episodes

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  • Events

    Summer Solstice Retreat

    I am so excited to be collaborating with Rabbi Sarah Tasman and preparing lunch and food ritual at her Summer Solstice Retreat!

    Take the time out of your busy schedule to relax, refresh, and renew. Celebrate Summer Solstice with movement, meditation, and creative expression.
    The retreat will include:
    Meditation
    Restorative Yoga for all levels
    A delicious, healthy, seasonal, vegetarian lunch and food ritual prepared and led by Jodi Balis of Red Lentil Consulting
    Art and Creative Expression Activity
    Wellness tips and Intentions for the season

     

    Register Here

     

  • MEET RED LENTIL

    Jodi Balis

    Food Intuitive
    Ritual Maker
    Registered Dietitian
     
     
    Jodi Balis has been cooking in the kitchen with adults, children, and families for 15 years.
     
    As a food guide, she helps individuals find their food niche where meals are both practical to prepare and nourishing. 
     
    As a teacher, she approaches cooking and meal planning as both a technical and creative endeavor. She helps others set a strong meal foundation in the kitchen and create a cooking practice that flows and fits into busy schedules. 
     
     As a mother of two, Jodi designed her own kitchen so that food, family, and life are integrated into one. She finds joy in sitting around the table and eating roasted chickpeas with her 2 daughters.