Healthy Recipes

Ayurveda Inspired Vegetable Dishes

Vegetable Recipes

Vegetables are neutral in taste and energy combining well with most other foods as well as being generally sattvic.  Vegetables are a great source of many vitamins and nutrients as well as fiber when eaten in whole forms.

Cooked vegetables are better for Vata and Kapha; raw vegetables in moderation are better for Pitta.  Fresh vegetables are far superior to canned (most tamasic or damaging) or frozen (better than canned but still depleting in some of their energy).


  • Root vegetables: are heavier and more nutritive and are particularly balancing to Vata but can aggravate Kapha
  • Leafy or green vegetables: lighter and usually drying contain important vitamins and minerals.  Are better for Kapha and Pitta but should be used in moderation for Vata so as not to be aggravating.
  • Pungent vegetables: are rajasic or irritating in their properties and will aggravate Pitta with their hot nature.  These include onions, garlic and chilies.
  • Nightshades: such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, can provoke food allergies in both Vata and Pitta constitutions and also create more acidity in the body

Indian Okra Subji

Unlike the western fried versions, this dish provides the soft and slimy benefits of okra without being either over oily and heavy or completely mushy.

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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.

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Cilantro Chutney

This is a lovely mild and flavorful Cilantro Chutney that has many uses, including being a cooling food for the summer heat.

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Simple Vegetable Saute

A simple vegetable mix, lightly spiced, with just enough flavor to enhance the natural tastes of the vegetables but lift it up from mundane to yummy

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Jamie Durner, Holistic Wellbeing CoachJamie 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!