Pearl Barley w/squash/pomegranate/pistachios

Pearl Barley w/squash/pomegranate/pistachios

Today feels like a good day for one of our favorite recipes…Pearl Barley with Roasted Squash, Pomegranate, and Pistachios. Phew – that is a mouthful

Ingredients
3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 cup pearl barley
1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch x 1-inch chunks (4 cups)
1 small sweet onion, peeled and finely diced (1 cup)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup roasted pistachios

Preparation
1. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add barley, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly toasted. Pour in 2 1/4 cups water, and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 45 to 55 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and grains are cooked. (If barley is not completely cooked, add a little more water and continue simmering until tender.) Pour barley out onto cooking-spray-coated baking sheet, and let cool to room temperature. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line second baking sheet with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray. Toss squash with 1 Tbs. oil on baking sheet until evenly coated, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Roast 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until translucent. Add red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute more. Add barley, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through. Stir in roasted squash and parsley, and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in pomegranate seeds and pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Dessert First?

Dessert First?

Do you eat your dessert first? What??

Yes, through the lens of Ayurveda foods in a meal be eaten in sequential order by their tastes and all six states should be represented while eating. By eating the tastes in order this corresponds to the digestive order. So, sweet tastes should be eaten first i.e. bread, desserts, rice, wheat, barley, corn etc. followed by sour taste i.e. pickle chutney, tamarind, lemon, tomato, etc.; followed by salty, pungent, bitter and last but not least astringent…phew

So you say, what again…I am so confused and how could I possibly do this? Here’s a rule of thumb: Eat your bread, rice or sweets first, then a sour tasting appetizer, followed by the main meal and finish with a salad which is astringent in taste! Or if that is just not always possible you can cook with or carry with you our Six Taste spice mix. At Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC we like to say “Digestion in a bottle

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Ama = Toxins

Ama = Toxins

Do you have a coating on your tongue or feeling tired all the time? Through the lens of Ayurveda – these are a few signs of Ama (toxins). Toxins clog the canals in our bodies.

Ayurveda offers ways to cleanse the body of Ama (toxins) but it’s always better to prevent if from forming in the first place.

Ask yourself when you eat the biggest meal of the day? If you answered “dinner” you are helping to create Ama. Eating a large, heavy meal in the evening is the single, target and most common mistake that the majority of us make, especially in the Western world…and if you are over 50 years of age this is even more problematic as your metabolism and digestion become slower.

So start today and make “lunch” (12-2pm) your biggest meal of the day.

Let us know how you do.

If you’d like to get on the road to removing the already built up Ama (toxins) join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC upcoming Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse…if not now, when?

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Sipping Hot Water ~

Sipping Hot Water ~

The benefits of sipping hot water…

Through the lens of Ayurveda sipping hot water throughout the day will stoke your digestive fire, improve digestion and help toxins from accumulating.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC loves to add lemon into our hot water but feel free to try ginger or mint as well.

Let us know what you like to add to your hot water.

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Breathe in, Breathe out

Breathe in, Breathe out

Breathe in, breathe out….repeat

That’s how easy meditation is. Use this image to help you slow your breath and when your ready close your eyes and go inside…this is where the answer is.

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Food Combining

Food Combining

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC knows the effects poor food combining can have on the digestive system. It can produce indigestion, fermentation and gas formation and if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease.

A few examples:
Eating raw and cooked foods together
Bananas and Milk
Berries and Dairy

Spices and herbs are often added in Ayurvedic cooking to help make foods more compatible or to ease undesirable effects.

One example: adding cooling cilantro to hot spicy food can help it to be digested.

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Stargazing ~

Stargazing ~

How often do you look up at the night sky?

One Vedic text declares that the entire universe is contained inside ones heart.

Feeling down? Try looking up at the night sky tonight…when looking at the stars it re-connects us with the universe.

Looking up is uplifting, as it raises ones sternum and chin, allowing the rib cage to open and our lungs to expand. This is so key as most of us look down at computers, electronic gadgets, our feet while we walk, and reading.

So give it a try tonight, step away from the TV, your phone or anything else that can wait…and let stargazing ignite hope, dreams and a sense of wonder.

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