Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Vegetable Dishes
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
A nutrient-dense vegetable sauce for a lighter alternative than oil based sauces.
A low-fat option that combines avocado, citrus and fresh herbs for a tasty dressing.
A vegetarian option to the classic Vietnamese Noodle Bowl. A light and cooling dish for the summer season. Balancing for pitta and kapha doshas.
Summer vegetable sauté with green beans, squash and tomatoes makes a tasty and refreshing side dish that can be eaten warm or at room temperature.
A versatile appetizer that you can stuff and spice according to your tastes.
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.
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.
A great summer recipe when the zucchini plant is bursting with abundance.
This stew is a wonderful dish for fall or winter chock full of vegetables and full of flavor.
A simple oven roasted side dish
This is a lovely mild and flavorful Cilantro Chutney that has many uses, including being a cooling food for the summer heat.
Leafy greens are a wonderful source of nutrients and one of the most under-utilized foods.
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
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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