Category Archives: Proteins

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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Ayurvedic Matar Paneer

Mater Paneer is a popular dish in Indian cuisine using paneer (fresh cheese) along with peas in a tomato based sauce and a garam masala spice mix. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I am always looking for ways to modify recipes to make … Continue reading

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Making Paneer

Paneer is a soft cheese used in Ayurveda as an easy-to-digest protein. Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey… Until I learned how to make paneer as part of my study of Ayurveda, I never … 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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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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Paneer

Paneer is a soft milk cheese and makes a nice vegetarian protein.  It is very easy to make and versatile in recipes.  My favorite way of using it is to make it then sauté the curds in ghee with Mum’s … 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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Ayurvedic Benefits of Yogurt & How To Make It

With all the availability of yogurt in the stores, you might ask “why even bother making yogurt from scratch?”   My simple answer is… It is so easy You can control what goes in it, especially the added sugar It’s … 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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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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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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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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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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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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