Category Archives: Grains

Millet Brown Rice Spring Pilaf

In Ayurveda, we preference whole foods over processed foods.  Learning to incorporate whole grains into the diet in an easy way can be a fun and tasty adventure!  This grain pilaf is good anytime for all the doshas but with … Continue reading

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Turmeric Rice

Healing with Food This recipe is an adaptation from one of the latest stages of an Ayurveda rejuvenation therapy called Sansarjana Krama – gradually enkindling agni or digestive fire with gruels and easily digested foods. This is usually done after … Continue reading

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Barley Quinoa Kitchari For Spring Cleansing

Spring is nature’s season of cleansing and is one of the two main times in Ayurveda when more in-depth cleanses are recommended. The typical Ayurveda diet during is a cleanse is one that promotes minimal activity in the digestive system … Continue reading

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Crockpot Vegetarian Quinoa White Chili

A delicious and nutritious vegetarian chili with white beans, quinoa, and vegetables from Jamie Durner at Abundant You Coaching. This week, I tried out a new chili recipe to go with our family’s cornbread recipe.  I wanted something that had … Continue reading

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Barley Kitchari for Spring

In most areas of the United States, spring is considered the kapha season with a higher amount of moisture in the air, spring showers and gray clouds.  It can be a nice time for anyone to integrate some kapha reducing … Continue reading

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Easy Rotating Whole Grain Pilafs

One of the things I see over and over in my practice is the dependency in the modern diet on processed grains without a lot of  comfort in using and familiarity with whole grains.  This is why I have so … Continue reading

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Millet Corn Cakes

Once a week I make some type of sweet breakfast like pancakes, oat waffles, or sprouted grain French toast.  As spring rolls around, I instinctively start to crave lighter options.  Instead of my hearty winter pancakes, this recipe comes back … Continue reading

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Chapati: the everyday flatbread

Several years ago I took a cooking class and learned how to make this simple Indian flatbread.  I bought a special pan from the Indian grocery store, which I later discovered I really didn’t have to have.  And promptly proceeded … Continue reading

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Cilantro Quinoa Zucchini Corn Fritters

This lovely, cooling recipe is wonderful as we move into warmer weather.   Thank you to Elise Cantrell whose original recipe I have modified here and this is one of the recipes that is used in the 40 Days to … Continue reading

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Cream of Millet Breakfast

Millet is a sweet and cooling (energetically) grain that is generally good for all three doshas as it decreases pitta but only mildly increases vata and kapha.  It has a nutritive effect making it good for recovering from an illness … Continue reading

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Spiced Quinoa Breakfast

Quiona is an excellent, high protein grain that is balancing for all three doshas and is particularly good for lowering vata.  This quick cooking cereal uses quiona flakes which can be food at most natural food stores. Serves 1 Melt … Continue reading

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Vaidyagram Recipe: Pongal

I spent two lovely weeks at an Ayurvedic Healing Center in India in March 2013. While there, I got fed a steady, simple diet of nourishing, healing foods. And the best part is that I came home with many of … Continue reading

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Oat Waffles

This is a favorite breakfast recipe that I pulled out again today.  It provides a yummy way to eat whole grains in a waffle form that is good for balancing kapha with it’s drier nature yet still moist enough to … Continue reading

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Wild Rice Squash Pilaf

Recently I tried a new recipe using a brown and wild rice blend from Lunberg organic rice and a butternut squash I had sitting in my fridge.  I often look at recipes then make adjustments for my constitution or current … Continue reading

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Lentil and Rice Chili

This is a great cold weather day warm up dish, substantial and high in protein.  It can be used during the Be Your Best Cleansing Rejuvenation program as well. Ingredients: ½ c. raw lentils – brown, green or beluga ½ … Continue reading

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Vata Balancing Winter Pot Pie

The vata dosha by nature is cold, dry, light and mobile and can be aggravated during the vata season of late fall and early winter in central and northern United States.  To help bring balance to vata and your body … Continue reading

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Quinoa and Pepper Saute

One of my clients recently gave me this recipe.  I love it for it’s simplicity along with the fact that it is tasty. If you have great simple recipes you’d like to share, please send them my way! PrintQuinoa and … Continue reading

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Curried Couscous with Cherries and Almonds

I came across a basic recipe for a yummy couscous dish in my local newspaper awhile back and finally got around to testing it out the other week.  I made a couple alterations and turned it into more of a … Continue reading

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Quinoa Recipes

I just returned from a trip to Peru and got to see the beautiful ancient grain of quinoa up close.  In honor of my recent trip, I want to share with you two recipes that includes this grain which is … Continue reading

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Millet Recipes

These recipes highlight the less-commonly used grain millet. Millet is tiny, round grain that though usually whitish can also be gray, yellow or red.  It is highly nutritious, containing manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, and is also non-glutinous and relatively easy … Continue reading

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Expand your Grains with Two Rice Pudding Recipes

In making any kind of dietary shift, having new recipes is a critical tool. I especially look for recipes that are easy and tasty! Today many people eat an excessive amount of wheat – and most of that is processed.  … Continue reading

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Cleansing Kitcharee

Whether you are doing a week long home cleanse, full Panchakarma cleansing program that Ayurveda offers as a primary protocol for treating dis-ease and illness and restoring optimal health, or simply doing a 1-3 day mini reset after the holidays, … Continue reading

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Citrusy Twist on Rice Side Dish

I try to mix and match my grains throughout the week and am always on the look-out for new, easy recipes that taste great and are nutritious. In my search last week I discovered a simple rice dish that has … Continue reading

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Amaranth for Breakfast and More

I just enjoyed a new breakfast cereal that tastes great, is easy, and best of all – is healthy, nourishing.  Unlike many morning cereals, this one doesn’t come in a box, ready to eat.  However, with less than 5 minutes … Continue reading

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Spicy Vegetable Rice

My primary goal with cooking is to enjoy high quality, healthy food with a minimal amount of effort. As such, I am always on the look out for tasty quick dishes and this all-in-one rice extravaganza fits the bill. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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