Supreme Spices For A Smart Busy Cook

As an Indian, I always knew the uses and benefits of spices. Indian cuisine incorporates a variety of spices and my household was no different. My mother taught me how each spice is used and its benefits and medicinal qualities.

Chocolate Acai Sauce With Hemp Seeds

About 2 weeks ago my friend Katerina who wrote about ‘Learning to Let Go‘ in a yesterday’s post and I decided to try to refuse sugar for a while. Everything that contained white sugar or other forms of concentrated sugar including agave and all kinds of syrups had to go. I kept fruit and stevia. Since sweet things is my weak spot, no raw desserts, no raw chocolate or macaroons was tough!!! But wherever there is a will, there is a way! After a week cravings subsided and taste buds became a lot more sensitive. Things that seemed pleasantly sweet before now seem too sweet. Green Giant smoothie from The Juice Press that has spinach, kale, coconut meat and water, spirulina, apple, lemon, cayenne and 1 date tasted too sweet to drink when I got it yesterday. I couldn’t believe my tongue!

Unusual Healthy Snack: Roasted Grapes

Have you ever heard of roasted grapes? I haven’t until 2 days ago when I bought 2 pounds of red grapes that were a little too soft and not as sweet as I usually like my grapes. Not willing to put so much fruit in the garbage, I started browsing internet for grape recipes. While most recipes that came up didn’t look appealing because they contained a lot of mayonnaise or sour cream a few seemed very intriguing. I was especially interested in these two: Roasted Grapes and Carrots and Roasted Grapes and Blue Cheese. The combination of grapes, onions, salt, and pepper seemed to say the least weird. However, the need to do something with the grapes and an ayurvedic preference of consuming fruits and vegetables slightly cooked during Winter pushed me to the oven. Being a little skeptical about mixing grapes with onions and salt, I decide to roast them plain and see what happens. The result was way beyond my modest expectations! It was a good reminder that everything that happens, happens for the best. My mushy sour grapes turned into beautiful healthy dessert/snack that is perfect for chilly gloomy winter days, ayurvedically speaking! I dare you to challenge your expectations and give it a try!!!

ButtaNut Recipe

The recipe was created by my friend and a yoga student Maura Miles.

7 Magic Ayurvedic Spices

Today I would like to talk about spices. These can be used by any constitution type. Spices have a power to bring out the best in every dish, keep your taste buds entertained with new flavors, while making food easier to digest and allowing nutrients to absorb.