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Chickpea Soup (or Stew) with Bonus Digestion Tips!

Although it’s officially spring, some chilly days and freezing nights are still ahead, but you can stay warm with a hearty chickpea soup—or make it a stew with a little less liquid. This is a very easy recipe that can be made in less than an hour if you use a slow cooker or pressure cooker. It’s also very filling and can serve as a one-dish meal.

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, have a number of health benefits. They are an excellent source of vegetarian protein, and they help regulate appetite and blood sugar. High in fiber and antioxidants, they support the digestive tract, cardiovascular health and general well-being.

All legumes can be difficult to digest because they greatly increase vata, the quality of air—which, of course, can be an ongoing source of table humor! But you can dine with friends on a pot of beans minus the embarrassment if you follow these few tips for digesting legumes:

  1. Always soak the beans in cold water for eight hours before cooking them.
  2. Cook beans until they are completely tender.
  3. Use one pinch of asafetida per cup of dried beans (also spelled asafoetida, and called hing in India). The asafetida typically sold in Indian grocery stores is cut with wheat, but you can now purchase gluten-free asafetida online.
  4. Add a generous amount of fresh ginger and garlic to increase agni, your digestive power.

Stay warm with this delectable and satisfying Chickpea Soup or Stew during these final cold days of spring!

Lisa J. Mitchell

Sweet Potato Hash: Healthy Comfort Food

If  you love sweet potatoes, I have good news for you, along with an easy and oh-so-delicious Southern-style recipe! And in case you’ve been following my blog and wonder why I cook with so many sweet potatoes, here’s one reason why: according to Ayurveda, sweet potatoes are one of the best foods for grounding high vata — that light, airy, buzzing energy that you feel when life is moving just a little too fast. Read More

Creamy Broccoli Soup for a Vegetarian Valentine’s Day

Broccoli Sweet Potato SoupIf you’re still pondering what to make on Valentine’s Day to balance the chocolate you’re planning to devour, consider this creamy broccoli and sweet potato soup recipe that I created just for you, dear readers! This recipe was born of a desire to take broccoli soup to an unexpected place after finding nothing but broccoli-cheese soup on restaurant menus for decades! And it fits nicely into the niche of hearty soups that can serve as a one-dish meal for busy cooks, with red lentils serving as a protein base.

I use fresh almond milk made in our Vitamix to make it “creamy,” but, of course, you can use Read More

Dressing Up Humble Red Cabbage

I usually have a plan for dinner. After all, I’m a Virgo with four planets in Virgo. We tend to details. But Cabbage-plusI didn’t have a plan last night, and when I got home at 6 p.m., ready to hunker down for a Carolina ice storm, what I really wanted to do was work out before cooking. So I quickly wrapped up some sweet potatoes and put them in the oven to bake, postponing my thoughts about the rest of the menu. Thirty minutes later I was finally ready to cook, but my menu was still an empty page.

As resourceful (or sometimes desperate) cooks often do, I opened the refrigerator door looking for inspiration.  The red cabbage that had been ignored for a few days was calling my name. My first thought was to make a quick stir-fry, using cabbage as the focus since I Read More

Holiday Sweet Potatoes with Glazed Pecans

There are few things more Southern than sweet potatoes and pecans — pronounced pee-cans, where I come from (and that’s with an

emphasis on the first syllable).  Put them together for a holiday meal and you have a little taste of heaven!

I dreamed up this recipe about 25 years ago, and the dish immediately became my holiday tradition, replacing my mother’s tried-and-true sweet potatoes with pineapple and marshmallows. As I began cleaning up my diet, I made only minor changes to improve how this healthy comfort food affects how I feel.  I switched from using butter to ghee, still delicious but without the dairy reaction. And I replaced brown sugar with coconut sugar. Read More