5 Ayurvedic Principles for Cooking

Ayurveda and Cooking 5 Ayurvedic Principles for Cooking

Reclaim your health by using the most powerful medicine known to man ~ mindful eating.  Practice these simple principles when cooking your meals this week.

  1. Food should be light, easy to digest and to assimilate.
  2. The largest meal should be at lunchtime, when you have the support of the sun.
  3. Use spices intelligently to balance the doshas. Calming spices are ginger, cumin and cardamom. Warming spices are turmeric, cinnamon, and mustard. Soothing spices are coriander, fennel, and salt.
  4. Cooked food is easier to digest than raw food.
  5. Certain foods do not go well with others. Specifically, cow’s milk does not go well with sour fruits or banana. Yogurt and banana are also incompatible.

Rosemary Roasted Winter Vegetables

CauliflowerTry this wholesome meal of warm roots to ground and nourish your body.

1 head cauliflower, pulled apart of cut into small florets
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
6 to 10 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 shallot, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 to 4 whole sprigs rosemary

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Combine the cauliflower, squash, garlic, and shallot in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables, season with 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, and toss to coat. Pile the vegetables into a roasting pan or terra cotta baking dish. The vegetables shouldn't be in a single layer--they'll stay moist and steam each other when piled into the dish. Arrange the rosemary sprigs all around.
2. Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes. If they become a bit dry, drizzle with additional oil and add a few tablespoons of water--not a lot, just enough to bump up the moisture. After 20 minutes or so, the vegetables will be browning on top, so turn them with a spoon and continue roasting another 15 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender and caramelized on the bottom of the dish. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Cover the baking dish lightly with foil to allow vegetables to sweat and rest. After 5 minutes, the rosemary should be soft and fragrant. Any leaves remaining on the twigs can easily be pulled off and mixed with the juice. Enjoy!

Holiday Detox ~ Ginger Green Smoothie

Ginger Green SmoothieIf you had that second helping of pie, have no fear. January is here!  And we've deemed  January as officially 'Green Smoothie' Month. 

By simplifying one meal a day you can reboot your entire digestive system and regain balance. Here's a favorite yummy recipe to try for breakfast or as a mid day pick me up. Plus its a fabulous way to sneak in your greens! Let us know what you think.

1 cup organic frozen blueberries
1 cup organic strawberries
2 cups fresh spinach or kale
2 cups water
1/4 inch ginger root
(optional) 1 cup of almond milk, rice milk, or apple juice

Blend together. Drink it up!

Here's a few more reasons why this Ginger Green Smoothie may be one of the best medicinal concoctions during the winter season.

* Enhances natural resistance for cold and flu.
* Reduces inflammation.
* Contains at least 12 anti-aging constituents that inactivate free radicals.
* Supports cardiovascular function.

Ginger Green Smoothie is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, and a few other things that your body needs to be happy. You'll feel super great!  Let us know how yours turns out. If you added anything else ~ we'd love to know.

Kitchari The Complete Food

KITCHARI the complete food

Ever heard of Kitchari?  Well, it's my favorite food ever - super easy to make, filling without being heavy, healing, and balancing for all constitutions.  It's easy on the digestive system, which means that if your energy isn't being spent processing your food, then you have more enegery to process other things like love, life, and liberty!

My friends, I present to you a recipe for healing.  Do this. It's awesome. You'll need:

1 cup basmati rise
1/2 cup mung beans
1 tblsp ghee (clarified butter)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp coriander

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