Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Grain Recipes
Whole Grain Recipes
Grains are generally naturally sweet in taste, have a neutral energy that is neither heating or cooling, are sattivc (pure and peace promoting), and support the balance of all three doshas.
Considered in Ayurveda as one of the best staple foods for all climates and constitutions in their whole form, grains play a vital role in the diet. Grains are made up of large amounts of the earth element which is what helps build the physical tissues and gives bulk to the stool through their fiber. In their whole form cooked properly, they are also easy to digest.
However, when grains are eaten in excess, they can aggravate the doshas and the body. This is especially true with the highly processed grains and over-emphasis of wheat-based foods in the modern diet. Many today think of “whole grain” as a processed product made with whole wheat flour. These recipes will help your expand your diet into the true whole forms of grains.
Though grains vary in terms of the qualities of dry/moist and heavy/light which do impact the doshas differently, unless you have a serious health condition, you can enjoy grains in a balanced way simply by rotating their use throughout the week. For example, for your main meal enjoy millet on Monday, rice on Tuesday, barley on Wednesday, buckwheat and oats on Thursday, quinoa (which is really a seed but serves up like a grain) on Friday. You don’t need to be that rigid, but integrating the different grains in will lessen the negative impact of having too much of any one grain – especially wheat, which is overused today.
This tasty and filling recipe using a healthier whole form of wheat – bulgur.
A versatile plant based patty to eat as a sandwich, with sides, or as part of a main meal salad.
Enjoy this healthy and lighter multigrain blueberry bran muffin. For those who want a muffin that isn’t overly sweet and is full of fiber.
Make your fall and winter breakfast even easier by cooking these healthy steel cut oats in a rice cooker.
A light and healthy quinoa and avocado salad – perfect for the summer season to naturally cool you off.
Enjoy this whole grain salad made with bulgur wheat, ripe summer tomatoes, and delicious garden herbs. Naturally cooling with solid nutrition!
A good cleansing food for spring.
This basic formula allows you to use rice as a base mixed with different whole grains to come up with an endless variety of easy whole grain pilafs.
A lighter alternative to keep kapha in balance instead of the classical pancake recipe
Chapati is a traditional flatbread bread from India that makes a good alternative to the more processed and yeasted bread options.
A great hot cereal for kapha needs.
A fast, nutritious cooked cereal that is tridoshic and perfect for cool mornings.
A dairy and gluten free breakfast that is balancing to all doshas
This lentil and rice chili is a great cold weather day warm up dish, substantial and high in protein.
A hearty comfort food meal.
A protein packed side dish with a smokey Mediterranean flavor.
A snappy side dish or a grain salad, either way you’ll enjoy this tasty couscous dish with a curry twist.
Kitcharee is an easy-to-digest healing food made up of white basmati rice and mung beans with spices.
A simple rice dish with just 7 ingredients and a powerfully fresh lemon taste make this a nice variation from plain rice.
This amaranth-rice pilaf makes a quick, tasty breakfast – especially when made in a rice cooker.
A flavorful rice dish that can be paired with dal, paneer or other protein sources for a complete meal.
Jamie Durner, Holistic Wellbeing Coach
As a Wellbeing Coach, I know the importance of food in creating health. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I know that different foods have different impacts on you as an individual. I promote a whole foods diet and help cue you as to how the recipes will affect the vata, pitta and kapha doshas so you can support your own needs. But even if you don’t know about the doshas or Ayurveda, you can use these recipes to add new variety, try out vegetarian main meals, and expand your definition of what a healthy treat might be!
I don’t love to cook, but I make time to cook as part of my daily sadhana and strive to find recipes that are easy, quick and fit into a busy life. Recognizing that we live in a complex world with many demands, I don’t expect myself or my clients to be any kind of diet purest, skip desserts, or eat tasteless “health” foods. If you’re mind and heart aren’t happy eating the food, even if it is the healthiest in the world, it isn’t going to fill you up.
I invite you to find your yummy foods with recipes that meet your unique bodymind needs.
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