Ghee – click here
A delectable spread made from clarified butter that improves digestion, boosts immunity, and calms vata and pitta dosha. It’s good on everything, and it’s easy to make at home with a little practice. Spread on toast, put on cooked vegetables, swirl in your oatmeal, or use in place of butter in your baking recipes.
Simple Ginger Tea – click here
Keep a pot of this brewing on the stove during cold and flu season! Great for any symptoms like congestion, sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. It also kindles the digestive fire.
Agni Tea – click here
This fiery tea packs quite a punch, giving a burst of power to your agni or digestive fire. Fill a thermos to take it with you and sip throughout the day to keep your digestion strong and your immune system kicking.
Limeade – click here
This refreshing summer drink draws upon the cooling effects of cardamom and lime to replace the more heating lemonade.
Apple Date Decadence – click here
This comforting, wholesomely sweet dish is great for balancing Vata dosha. Cooking the apples dispels their otherwise Vata-aggravating hard and crunchy qualities. Great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Gingerly Sauced Pears – click here
This dish makes an excellent breakfast for those who don’t have much appetite in the morning. While the sweetness might make you think dessert, it’s generally not advised in Ayurveda to take fruit after a meal. Instead, try it as a perfect mid-afternoon snack!
Ojas-Boosting Almond Date Elixir – click here
This simple warm shake makes a wonderful addition to breakfast or a great afternoon snack. It grounds Vata dosha, strengthens the nervous system and soothes Pitta.
Date Nut Ladoos – click here
Ladoos are an Indian sweet, rolled into bite-sized nuggets of goodness! Traditionally made with a wide variety of ingredients, this recipe is very forgiving and adaptable. Feel free to make changes to match your preferences.
Sesame Sweets – click here
These delicious nuggets are so yummy you won’t be able to eat just one! They also pack a powerful punch of nutrients, so you can feel good about sharing them with others.
Rice Porridge Kanji – click here
This grain cereal is the #1 healing dish in Ayurveda. When recovering from illness, or from a big meal earlier in the day, kanji is easily digested and nourishing. The classic recipe is simple by design – when digestion is weak, simple food is easiest to digest. You can make a large pot and heat a portion as needed.
Buckwheat Breakfast – click here
In Kapha-predominant late winter or spring, forego the heavy, slightly viscous and cooling qualities of oatmeal for the astringent, inherently warming fuel of buckwheat. The novelty of trying something new will also keep Kapha in check. Look for buckwheat in the bulk grain section of your market. Seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, this spicy porridge will help wake you up with a smile.
Cranberry Millet Porridge – click here
Millet is the perfect grain for the wet, cool weather of late winter and spring. It’s naturally drying and warming, yet high enough in protein to feel substantive for breakfast. Here we brighten it up with the flash of tart cranberry, whose sour astringency is a great match for the slightly nutty flavor of millet. If you thought millet was just for the birds, you’re about to be a convert!
Kitchari – click here
The classic Ayurvedic one-pot meal: A delicious stew made from split mung beans and rice that is particularly easy to digest, so it is optimal for eating during detoxification or anytime you are feeling not quite one hundred percent. Makes a lovely breakfast too!
Savory Pinto Beans – click here
One of the most wholesome – and satisfying – dishes is a big pot of cooked beans. Pinto beans are one of my favorites, although truth be told, you could substitute just about any bean in this dish and it would taste just as good! (You might need to vary cooking time though…)
Cilantro-Mint Chutney – click here
This delicious chutney is a perfect accompaniment to any dish, giving a kick of bright tangy flavor. The cilantro and mint are both cooling, making it perfect for summer – and for pacifying pitta anytime. I find it especially yummy with bean dishes, like black beans and rice or kitchari, but feel free to try it on anything you fancy!
Sautéed Spring Greens – click here
Spring greens are the best medicine for spring maladies! The bitter flavor helps to clear excess Kapha from hidden crevices in the body, and the fresh young leaves bring a vibrancy to dull bodies and minds. This recipe calls for dandelion greens and swiss chard, but any tender greens will do – try arugula, spinach, watercress, take your pick!
Coconut Broccoli Rabe – click here
Broccoli rabe (also known as rapini, popular in Italian cuisine) is a cruciferous vegetable that bears a resemblance to broccoli. It has a fabulous nutrient profile, and its slightly bitter flavor makes it fantastic at cooling down pitta and internal heat. The addition of flaked coconut in this recipe adds some sweetness, and makes it even more cooling AND delectable.
Simple Asparagus Soup – click here
A tridoshic vegetable that’s nourishing for everyone, the fresh bright color of this soup points to its vibrant flavor. Asparagus is one of spring’s early gifts, so start looking for some at your farmers market.
Roasted Roots – click here
Super easy and so tasty! Roasting brings out the sweetness in root vegetables, amplifying their comforting and vata-pacifying qualities. Perfect for autumn, or anytime you want a dose of hearty, grounding deliciousness.
Sassy Spaghetti Squash – click here
Spaghetti squash has a special place in my heart for its sheer novelty. It looks so normal, but after you cook it, its flesh separates into these fabulous strands, like spaghetti! This recipe’s simple baking method creates a delicious side dish seasoned with salt and pepper, or you can use it as a base for an entree.