Happy Spring!

 

magnolia blossom

“The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

– Dalai Lama

Mulligatawny Soup

This is one of my favorite recipes!  Warming & flavorful!

Ingredients

  • ¼ c. ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 red jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. peeled and minced ginger root
  • 2 small firm apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. turmeric pwd. (or 1 inch of freshly chopped)  
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ c. red lentils (uncooked)
  • 3 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • c. coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ c. roasted cashews
  • ½ c. chopped scallions

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and jalapeno, then saute for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onions have softened.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, apples, and diced tomatoes to the pot. Saute for another 3 minutes, then add in all of the spices and toss to coat. Add in the lentils and broth and let the contents come to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  3. Puree about 75% of the ingredients using either an immersion blender or by transferring a portion of the contents to the bowl of a standard blender. Leave some of the chunks whole, as it adds a nice texture and consistency to the soup. Return the soup to the pot if needed, then stir in the coconut milk. Taste, and adjust salt and black pepper as needed.
  4. Serve topped with cashew and scallions along with naan bread for dipping.

                Recipe by The Wanderlust Kitchen

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

-Albert Camus

Happy Holidays!

farm on river

“The past has flown away.  The coming month and year do not exist.  Ours only is the present’s tiny point.”   – Mahmud Shabistari

Wishing you peace, health, and happiness this holiday season and always!

Colleen

 

Vata Season Special!

 

Whether you are new or seasoned to Ayurveda; nature is beckoning you to explore!

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Happy Fall Equinox!

Moving into the Vata time of year.….

I move with the infinite in Nature’s power.

I hold the fire of the soul.

I hold life and healing.

-Rig Veda

 

Warm Cardamom Milk (Vata pacifying):

2 cups organic whole milk

2 tsp. ghee

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

1 Tb. finely ground cashews

3 or 4 strands saffron

  1. Place all the ingredients in a sauce pot, over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring frequently,
  2. Pour into mugs & enjoy!

Yarema, M.D.,Thomas. Rhoda,D.A.S.. Brannigan,Johnny. Eat, Taste, Heal.Hawaii: Five Elements Press,2006.

 

Roses

yellow roses

 According to Ayurveda, rose petals have an affinity for the heart, calming effect on the nerves, and can gently lift the spirits.  

Roses can also help in a variety of ways to pacify the heat and intensity of pitta during the summer!

Here are a few lovely ideas to self nurture:  Rose petal spritzer, Rose petal elixir, and/or a dab of rose essential oil on your wrist!

Sometimes the purpose of the thorn is simply to draw attention to the rose.”-  Cristen Rodgers

 

 

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice!

And Pitta Season!

Elements: composed of fire and water

Meaning: “that which digests things”

Qualities: oily, sharp, moving, liquid, penetrating, hot, light, and acidic

General tips to help pacify Pitta during the Summer season:

  1.  Avoid stimulants and acidic foods; follow a pitta-pacifying diet.
  2.  Include walks in nature, time for self-reflection and meditation as part of your daily routine.
  3.  Keep the body & mind cool – avoid overheating.
  4.  Exercise in a manner that is not too competitive or overexercise.
  5.  Work on keeping your schedule within your healthy, natural limits.

Here’s a wonderful Pitta pacifying drink:

REJUVENATING MANGO DRINK

1 cup mango juice

1 tsp ghee

pinch of cardamom

pinch of saffron

Blend these ingredients together and enjoy!  

This drink will bring energy and vitality to your entire being!

 

 

Acceptance

magnolia

“Life and death, joy and sorrow, gain and loss; These dualities cannot be avoided. Learn to accept what you cannot change.” -The Ramayana (Bk 2)

Homemade Chai

Pine cone

Kapha Pacifying: 

Serves 5 to 6

6 c. of filtered water

1 tsp. black tea

8 crushed cardamom pods

4 whole cloves

2 whole star anise pods

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tsp. of crushed coriander seeds

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds

2 c. almond milk

Honey or stevia powder

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon, firmly press each cardamom pod until it cracks open, leaving the seeds inside.
  3. Add the cardamom pods, cloves, star anise cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and fennel.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir the almond milk.  Add sugar to taste.  Continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 more minutes.
  5. Pour the chai through a strainer into cups or mugs.

Delicious!

Yarema, M.D., Thomas. Rhoda, D.A.S.. Brannigan, Johnny.  Eat, Taste, Heal.  Hawaii: Five Elements Press, 2006.