Soothing Ginger + Honey

Soothing Ginger + Honey

Just a super-quick post before Game of Thrones comes on (because, y’know, it’s Sunday night and I’m addicted to GOT/GRRM, so I’ll be off the radar for at least the next hour or so…). I wanted to share with you a quick and extraordinarily simple recipe that, according to ancient Indian wisdom, is thought to heal colds, coughs and even allergic symptoms. This recipe keeps coming up over and over again in my Ayurvedic classes, and with Kentucky allergies setting in this year, I was feeling under the weather tonight and finally gave it a try. I also took a lot of vitamins, nutrients, antihistamines and probiotics today (along with using sinus rinses several times) so I can’t say with 100% certainty that my relief of symptoms was due to this mixture — but regardless, I’ll share the information here and allow you to make your own decisions. Disclaimer As always, please consult with an actual doctor, ENT or allergist/immunologist before trying any new treatment. If you are allergic to ginger or honey, this recipe is NOT for you. And of course, this recipe does NOT negate the need for medical advice, allergy shots, antihistamines or other immunotherapy. Consult your doctors, folks, as I am not qualified at all to give you medical advice! About this recipe Ayurveda, or the “knowledge of life,” is an ancient science that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The sister of Yoga, Ayurveda is a knowledge that was first recorded in the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas are ancient Indian books of knowledge (in fact, the term “veda” is Sanskrit for “knowledge” or...

Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Avocado

So, I was sitting here wondering how in the hell I would ever possibly top that last recipe… and lo and behold: I think this one might have done just that! This recipe high in protein, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and healthy fats. It can be served cooked/baked and leftovers are good either reheated or chilled in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, you will want to eat the leftovers relatively soon as the avocados won’t last very long — but trust me, that won’t be a problem. This is the type of recipe that tastes so good, you’ll keep going back for additional servings! Dietary Note: If you are vegan or have any allergy to cheese, simply omit the cheese from this recipe. Ingredients 1/6 bunch parsley, fresh 2/3 cup quinoa 3-4 fresh avocados, halved and pitted 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese (omit if vegan or allergic) 2 Tbsp grated pecorino cheese (omit if vegan or allergic) 1 cup water Kosher salt, to taste 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil Lemon juice (to taste) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse parsley and finely chop leaves, discarding stems. Rinse avocados, cut in half, remove pit and outer skin. Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the quinoa and stir to coat. Then, add 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Increase the heat to high and bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the water has evaporated. When the quinoa is tender and the water has been fully absorbed,...

Roasted Chickpea & Quinoa Salad (Gluten-Free, Low Fodmaps)

So I signed up for Plated** recently at the suggestion of a friend. Plated is an innovative new service that takes the hassle out of cooking by delivering fresh ingredients along with recipe instructions directly to your door. You can choose from a variety of recipes, including (but not limited to) vegan / vegetarian and even gluten-free options. All the recipes are capable of being made in 30 minutes or less, although the difficulty levels vary. I’ve been recovering from multiple surgeries for the past couple of months, and I currently have a sinus infection (again!) so I have felt too weak, sick and tired to even think about going to get groceries or trying to cook for myself. However, Plated sounded simple enough so I decided to give it a try. I received my first meal packages tonight (one is for a lasagna dish that I aim to try this weekend; the other is for a roasted salad). Plated lets you specify the number of servings you want, so I chose two servings of each recipe. This gives me enough food to literally be eating for days. Since I’m sick, I made the easier of the two recipes tonight: the salad. The original recipe had several ingredients that I am allergic to, but I was able to modify the recipe to create something that tasted so good, my meat-loving boyfriend even approved (and he generally hates my cooking as a rule). I was impressed because I never would have thought to blend these types of ingredients together on my own. I’d never had harissa (a spicy-yet-smoky North African...

Ayurvedic Lemon Water

According to ancient Ayurvedic tradition, you should drink one glass of warm lemon water upon awakening each morning. Ayurveda — an ancient healing tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years — says this is good for gastrointestinal health, clearing the digestive tract, flushing the kidneys, encouraging bowel movements, and may even help soothe the throat and chest during or after a cold or respiratory infection. The following recipe came from my teacher Katie Silcox, who originally shared this on Yoga Journal: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/alchemy/2013/02/01/a-morning-ayurvedic-routine-for-lasting-change/ For best results, drink this shortly after sunrise each day: Ingredients 1/2 fresh lemon 1 cup water, warmed 1/2 tsp ginger root powder (alternatively, you can use a pinch of cayenne pepper) Directions: Squeeze the fresh lemon into the cup of warm water. Add the 1/2 tsp. of ginger root powder or the splash of cayenne pepper. Drink slowly while watching the sunrise. Note: If you are not having issues with your digestive health or bowel movements, you can omit the ginger and cayenne and just do warm water with lemon...