Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ayurveda - What's for lunch?

If you look at the plate above, you may never guess that you would CRAVE it for lunch.  It certainly isn't a bacon-wrapped anything.  My favorite thing about following Ayurveda cooking principals is the simplicity of preparation and resulting punch of flavor.  I could eat this twice a day, seven days a week using the same combination of vegetables and switching up spices and it feels like a different meal each time.  It isn't so much the vegetables- they are simply a vehicle for the spices.  I challenge you to try it for seven days, see how you feel after eating and you might notice a shift in your cravings.

In Ayurveda, all six tastes should be included in your meals:  sweet, sour, bitter, salty, astringent, and pungent.  Here's a good chart to reference.  My typical line-up of organic vegetables (clockwise from top):  yellow squash, asparagus, kale, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots.  Other vegetables I often include:  cauliflower, beets, arugula, onion, sweet potato.  Rinse vegetables and chop into small pieces:
Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of basmati rice in a small pan on medium heat.  In Ayurveda, white rice is preferred over brown rice because it is easier for the body to digest.  You can also switch up the rice with quinoa, mung beans or lentils.
Add the chopped vegetables, cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
 My breakfast simmers while I prepare lunch:
Turn off the heat and stir in 1 Tablespoon of Ghee.  Ghee is clarified butter.  You can make your own ghee by following these instructions or you can buy it at most health food stores.
 Add spices. I don't measure the spices, I just shake them in, so this will be approximate:  1 t turmeric, 1/2 t cumin, 1/4 t coriander, dash pink Himalayan salt.  Other spices I use frequently:  curry, cayenne, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg.
I spoon the warm stewed fruit into one food thermos to eat once I get to work and the rice & vegetables into another food thermos to keep warm until lunch.
This is what my shopping trip looks like...all wholesome food and those darn Easter M&Ms.  Some cravings never go away.  I called the below photo a dichotomy.  My friends assure me it's called balance.
That's why we allow good friends into our lives...the red ones, yellows ones and all the others who make our lives vibrant.


  1. This is great! It looks super easy and SO healthy. I have been looking for some recipes with lots of veggies so thank you! xoxo

  2. I would totally crave that lunch -- but the final photo made me go find some peanut m-and-m's. my weakness...



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