Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Protein Recipes
While the Western diet is centered around animal products as protein sources, Ayurveda favors foods that are sattvic (pure and light, promoting happiness, knowledge, peace and harmony) sources such as beans/legumes, nuts and seeds, and some dairy* products. Additional animal products, such as meat, foul and fish, are used in certain depleted and debilitated conditions as medicine, while vegetarian staples make up the daily diet.
Many today are also incorporating more vegetarian foods into the diet for better health. Whether you are learning to become a vegetarian or are simply wanting to incorporate more non-meat meals into your diet, these recipes can support you.
If you do use animal protein, aim for pasture and humanely raised, cage-free, organic sources. For dairy, raw milk from small farmers you know is best. Today’s animal husbandry practices aren’t the natural, small farms they once were.
A tasty vegetarian burger option – with a bun or in a lettuce wrap.
A versatile plant based patty to eat as a sandwich, with sides, or as part of a main meal salad.
This mung bean soup is easy to digest and good for all three doshas.
This is a spin off of Mater Paneer, a popular dish in Indian cuisine using fresh cheese and peas in a tomato based sauce with a garam masala spice mix.
How to make paneer at home
This simple way of fixing tofu is one of my favorites with much versatility in how it can be used.
A simple way to make your own yogurt
A fast and simple protein packed sauce
A unique blend of flavors with the ease of a crock pot.
A lovely curried legume dish made easier with the use of a crockpot.
This lentil and rice chili is a great cold weather day warm up dish, substantial and high in protein.
A hearty comfort food meal.
Kitcharee is an easy-to-digest healing food made up of white basmati rice and mung beans with spices.
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.
If you find modifications that are awesome, please share in the comment section.
If you’ve got a fabulous recipe you’d love to share, send it to me!