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Cannellini Summertime

A few days ago my husband, Tom, walked into the kitchen and asked if we had any white beans. I thought What on earth for? and then, more politely, asked, “Why?”

“Thought I’d make some white bean hummus.” He smiled and assured me he’d get it started after golf, despite a 2:00 p.m. tee time. Although he has created some great dishes, this was not going to happen, I knew.

I said, “What if I make it instead?” Ask and ye shall receive! I must say, though, that it Read More

Easy Summer Sides: Yellow Crookneck Squash

Long before the June solstice, summer is heralded by Memorial Day, picnics, backyard barbecues, and abundant yellow crookneck squash. This colorful squash dish with red bell pepper and fresh basil or dill (suit yourself) is great for summer entertaining, and it travels well to a potluck.

I tasted something like this dish once at a potluck supper way back, and of course, since I live in the South, it would have been smothered with cheese. I think this dish proves the winning possibility of creating a casserole without cheese that everyone will still love — Read More

Bring on the Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

If you love dark chocolate and want to splurge a little for Valentine’s Day, do I have a treat for you and your beloved—perhaps the fudgiest brownies you’ve ever tasted! From a health perspective, the good news is that these are not outrageously sweet compared to standard fare, even though I’m told they are sufficiently decadent to stir the passions of any chocolate lover.

First, let me acknowledge what may be obvious to many readers: chocolate, fudge, and brownies are not part of ancient Ayurvedic cuisine. Nonetheless, I believe in adding some flexibility to my offerings so that
people exploring Ayurveda don’t feel constrained by too much austerity. As one of my Ayurvedic mentors Read More

Balance Summer Heat with Vegan Zucchini Soup

Vegan Zucchini Soup with fresh herbs is a perfect side dish that will help cool your metabolism to deal with the heat.  Fresh mint and cilantro are naturally cooling, but if you have an aversion to cilantro you can add a touch of basil or double up on the mint. Cucumbers are also cooling, and they are balanced with a touch of ginger to add a spark of flavor while helping digest the cucumbers. Cucumbers are much easier to digest when peeled and Read More

Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler Makes Summer Complete

Summer holds many joys but few are as divinely delicious as ripe southern peaches in a peach cobbler. Peach pie is also a special delight, but cobbler is so much simpler to make.

Peach cobbler is not such a far cry from traditional Ayurvedic cuisine as you might think. As with all food in the Ayurvedic model, cooked fruit is preferred to raw. And I make this dish with unrefined sugar, as do traditional Ayurvedic cooks when making sweets. Read More

Adapting Mexican Food for the Ayurvedic Diet

By popular request I’m posting my recipe for refried beans, which I use as the protein base for Mexican-style burritos (or tostadas) stuffed with sweet potatoes, red peppers and zucchini. No cheese or tomatoes for me, and just a hint of poblano pepper, but I’m happy to use plenty of homemade guacamole!

Who said that following an Ayurvedic diet requires eating Indian food every day? If you love Indian food, go for it! But if you don’t like it much at all, you can easily apply the core principles of Ayurveda to every cuisine, including Mexican food. In my book Sacred & Delicious, and on this blog, I offer many examples of how to balance your favorite foods to keep your body in balance. Read More