Category Archives: Kapha

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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Aduki Beans with Ginger

Aduki beans look similar to red kidney beans but are smaller.  They are balancing to the kapha and pitta doshas and help rebuild adrenal function and kidney energy.  While many beans, being drying, aggravate vata dosha, the aduki bean is … Continue reading

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Turkish Lentil Bulgur Soup

When the fall season comes, your body’s natural intelligence will likely start to cue you towards warmer meals.  This lentil soup makes an excellent option to answer that need. This fall recipe provides a springboard to customize it by varying … 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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Lentil Patty Recipe

As a vegetarian, sometimes I have a craving for a “burger” or sandwich option but I don’t really like the pre-made options with all their additives and soy products.  As such, I’ve been on a quest to find my own easy … Continue reading

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Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salad

One of my favorite summer salads for myself and for taking to potlucks. When balanced, all the body types can enjoy this salad.  However, the garlic, raw onion, tomatoes, spinach and corn are all potential aggravators for pitta, especially on a … Continue reading

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Beets & Greens

A yummy natural pairing of beets with their greens – a part that is often left off but so full of nutrients and the astringent and bitter tastes which are needed in our diet. Beets are considered to have a sweet … Continue reading

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Basil Sautéed Zucchini

A great summer recipe when the zucchini plant is bursting with abundance.  Last summer during this time I literally ate a zucchini a day for a couple weeks! Although zucchini are found on the Kapha avoid or minimize list in … 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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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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Hearty Vegetable, Barley, Lentil Soup

Soups bring a much desired warmth to the chill and bitter cold of late fall and winter. Soups are not only great for a lighter dinner when the digestive fire is lower, but can also make a great lunch.  But … Continue reading

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Healthier Gingerbread Kids Cookie

This season when you go to make your holiday cookies, enjoy a treat with an extra dose of balancing health with a recipe inspired from Amadea Morningstar. Using whole grains and natural sugars supports greater health.  The spices support your digestive … Continue reading

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Spiced Lentil & Bulgur Soup

This is one of my favorite soups for a cold fall or winter day that combines all of the six tastes. PrintSpiced Lentil & Bulgur Soup Ingredients1 c. dried lentils 6 c. vegetable stock or water 1 tsp. salt 1/4 … Continue reading

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Great Granola

This recipe is one of my favorites.  I first learned in when my kids were in the Waldorf School as part of a fundraiser we were doing.  I’ve since made my own adjustments to suit my dietary needs and tastes, … Continue reading

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Baked Tofu

As a vegetarian I am always mindful of protein and having a balanced amount throughout my day.  Tofu is a food that I enjoy in moderation due to the presence of phyto-estrogens in soy.  I only buy organic since soybeans … Continue reading

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Sprouted Grain French Toast

This simple recipe using sprouted grain breads makes for a lighter and healthier alternative for a sweet breakfast than pancakes or white bread French toast.   Sprouted bread has several benefits.  According to the Department of Agriculture, sprouted grains contain … 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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Curried Yellow Dal Soup with Cilantro Cream

This VPK balancing soup is a tasty bowl of nourishment. Be sure to use real coconut milk, unsweetened, not a “coconut cream” product. Serve over your favorite whole grain or with a nice whole wheat tortilla or chapati. PrintCurried Yellow … Continue reading

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French Vegetable Stew

This lovely stew is a wonderful dish for fall or winter and is generally balancing to all three doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The Bragg Aminos, spices, vinegar and stock provide a rich base in which the flavors of … Continue reading

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White Bean Pasta Sauce

First, I love this recipe because it is very easy, quick, tasty and healthy!  That’s always a keeper in my book.  Secondly, as a vegetarian I enjoy pasta dishes but am always looking for more ways to add protein into … Continue reading

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Mexican-style Chicken or Tempeh

This dish provides a medley of flavors to give your cooking a boost.  The original recipe uses chicken but when I choose to become vegetarian again after many years of having eaten chicken, I didn’t want to give up the … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash-Leek Soup

A wonderful nutritious soup to warm you up on the cold autumn nights. I love this with some crusty whole grain bread topped with ghee or a whole wheat tortilla, warmed and topped with ghee. PrintButternut Squash-Leek Soup Ingredients1 tsp … Continue reading

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Lentil Minestrone

One of my favorite fall and winter soup recipes. PrintLentil Minestrone Ingredients2 Tbs. olive oil 1 c. leeks or onions, finely chopped 2 Tbs. tomato paste ¼ c. parsley, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 carrots, diced 1 c. celery, … Continue reading

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Basic Roasted Vegetables

There’s something about roasting vegetables that brings out a whole different flavor.  You can do them in the oven or even on on the grill.  Eat them as a side dish, in a pita pocket for a sandwich or on … Continue reading

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Coconut, Tomato and Lentil Dal

A lovely curried legume dish.  Serve over rice or with toasted whole wheat chapatis.  To make more pitta-pacifying, leave out the garlic, use  leek instead of an onion, decrease the chili powder to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp, and decrease the … Continue reading

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Ayurveda Snack Mix

Now when you need a snack mix to take to a party, the family camping trip, or just an healthier snack to nibble on at home you have a new option. PrintAyurveda Snack Mix Ingredients1 c. dry cereal flakes (wheat, … 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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Sun Balls

PrintSun Balls Ingredients1/2 c. plus 2 Tbs. toasted sunflower seeds 1/2 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut (omit for Kapha) 1/4 c. sesame tahini or almond butter 2-3 Tbs. raisins (omit for Vata) 2 Tbs. maple syrup 1 tsp. almond extract 1/4 … Continue reading

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Vaidyagram Recipe: Carrot-Beet Poriyal

This simple vegetable dish is used as a side dish for lunch or dinner.  I made it recently with pongal which is similar to a kitchari.  Because in Ayurveda a healthy meal is considered to be that has all six … 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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Vegetarian Spinach and Greens Soup

One part of fall and winter I really love are the foods – warming soups, nourishing stews, hearty casseroles.  These heavy, warm foods really speak to my vata energies and help keep me in balance during the cold, windy, dry … Continue reading

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Simple Simmered Greens

Leafy greens are a wonderful source of nutrients and one of the most under-utilized foods.  And while greens are healthy and good, different types of greens are going to affect the doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha – in different … 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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Dosha Specific Spice Waters

Spice water is a type of herbal tea. In Ayurveda, water mixed with spices, herbs or juice (lemon or lime primarily) are used for a variety of reasons: Digestive teas help process and absorb food and decrease digestive symptoms such … 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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Simple Vegetable Saute

I love vegetables. And there’s very few that I don’t like so you would think it would be a breeze to incorporate them into my daily menus. To a certain degree, you’re right. But I get tired of the same … 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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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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Baked Stuffed Pears

Looking for a healthy, sweet treat? Look no further.  This dish blends the natural sweetness of fruit with a little twist of nuts.  The first time I tried this, the flavors melted in my mouth – YUM! PrintBaked Stuffed Pears … Continue reading

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Making & Enjoying the Wonders of Ghee

Ayurveda considers ghee the ultimate cooking oil due to its cooking properties, wonderful taste and many healing benefits.  With its rich, buttery taste and flavor you can use half or two-thirds as much as other cooking oils.  It also has … 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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