Plant Based Recipes

Dandelion and Chicory Greens: Vegan Fast Food

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012

My idea of fast food: real food, made easily. Too many of my vegetarian and vegan friends are what I call “grilled cheese vegetarians.” Though they avoid meat, they also seem to avoid green vegetables and eat lots of bread and soy cheese or vegan sausages. I was on a meditation retreat a few years ago in Quebec, and it was surprising: lots of beans and grains and dairy, too, even ice cream, but zero green vegetables. Chinese medicine says: Protein for strength, Grains for energy, Green Vegetables to keep it all clean. Luckily, walking around the extensive uncut...

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Winter Seasonal Eating

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

Winter Seasonal Eating In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda winter seasonal eating is common sensical. Just as its natural to eat and drink cooling things in summer, winter is the time we maintain body heat with warming foods and herbs. ————————————————————————————- Warming Foods and Herbs: Turnip, Rutabaga, Parsnip, Sweet Potato, Butternut and Acorn Squash, Kabocha Squash, Daikon Radish, Lamb, Chicken, Tempeh, Onion, Garlic, Scallion, Ginger, Cumin, Fenugreek, Black Pepper, Curry Powder ————————————————————————————- Balance heavy foods like meat and cheese with lightly steamed or sauteed non-starchy vegetables like kale, collard greens, dandelion, bok choy, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, burdock, mushrooms Make heavy...

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Raw Beet Salad Morrocan and Provencal Styles

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010

Raw Beet Salad Beets are super high in betacyanin, a phyto-nutrient associated with their deep red color. Unfortunately, according to what I have read, this anti-cancer chemical is destroyed by cooking. Though Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine do not at all advocate for a raw food diet, there is no reason why you can’t include raw vegetables into an Ayurvedic cuisine. But raw beet alone is relatively unpalatable, with a pretty tough texture, though its color is superb and it gives a bit of zing by its spiciness. One simple way is just to put shredded raw beet into salads,...

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