Asparagus Risotto ~

Asparagus Risotto ~

Love asparagus?  Here is one of Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC favorite.  Let us know what you think…

Traditonal risotto is made using arborio rice, which is white and glutinous and produces a very creamy rice dish. The trick to making a creamy and tasty brown rice risotto is to use short grain rice and lots of veggie stock.

3/4 cup short grain brown rice
2 cups vegetable or mushroom stock
1 Tbsp each butter (or ghee) and olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped
black pepper
grated parmesan or reggiano cheese

In a medium, heavy pot, heat the butter (or ghee) and olive oil.  Add onions, garlic and red pepper flakes, sauteeing until soft. Stir in rice, basil and half the stock. Let simmer covered on medium for 20 minutes, then add remaining stock plus asparagus. Stir well, cover, and let cook until all the liquid is absorbed and rice is creamy (not firm or dry), about another half hour. If needed, cook in another 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup of stock to reach the right consistency. Stir in parmesan to taste and grind in some black pepper. Serves 2.

NOTE: Ayurvedically, cheese is not recommended as it is difficult to digest, but it also purports that black pepper helps make it more digestible.

  • We make our own Ghee and it’s for sale – best out there.

FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
Great for all doshas. Pittas, omit or minimize garlic, dried basil, and red pepper flakes; Kaphas, omit or reduce butter and oil to 1 tsp each.
Recipe by: Claudia Davila (Fran)

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda

Do you have an imbalance happening with your health?

Let Ayurveda Wellness Healing help you determine the best treatment to bringing you and your health back to neutral.

Ayurveda believes that lack of proper cellular function, due to imbalance in the Vata, Pitta or Kapha levels are the cause of diseases. Diseases are also caused due to presence of toxins.

In Ayurveda, the mind and body and consciousness work together in maintaining balance.

Vata governs blinking, breathing, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of heart, movements of cytoplasm and cell membranes. It promotes creativity and flexibility. When at an imbalance, Vata produces anxiety and fear.

Pitta governs activities such as digestion, absorption, assimilation, metabolism, and nutrition and body temperature. When in proper balance, Pitta promotes intelligence, and on the other hand, when out of balance Pitta triggers hatred, anger and jealousy.

Kapha is the energy that forms the basic structure of the body such as muscles, tendons and bones, and works like glue, holding cells together. Kapha helps in supplying water to all parts of the body, and lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin and maintains immunity. When under imbalance, Kapha could lead to greed, attachment and envy.

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The drivers seat…

The drivers seat…

Taking control and being in the drivers seat can be scary.

We think the seas could get rough if we head out and explore so we play it safe and stay on land. Which is what we have been doing but can’t find our way to finding our true self.

Look closely, the sea is calm, the breeze but just a whisper and the sun is our compass.

You don’t need a boat to take control and leave the safety of land…you just need yourself. It’s called mediation.

So climb into your boat and head towards the sun, slowly, calmly with a smile on your face, and close your eyes. Oh and don’t forget to bring your breath along…inhale…exhale…repeat.

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Digestion starts on your tongue…

Digestion starts on your tongue…

It is important to chew food adequately. Chewing is the first stage of digestion and it preps the food for further processing downstairs in the digestive tract.

Ideally, you should chew your food until it becomes liquid – yes that’s right, liquid. This could be anywhere from 20 – 50 bites, depending on: the quantity of food you put in your mouth and the type of food you put in your mouth. (mashed potatoes vs. chicken) Seems impossible – then try taking smaller bites and wait until you have fully swallowed before taking another bite.

Try and take note of the affects it has – if you tend to gulp your food and chew maybe just a few times before swallowing you might be experiencing gas or bloating – so give it a try, your health will thank you.

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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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