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Late Summer Cooling Kitchari
Summer just can’t seem to quit us here in sunny San Diego. It was 100 degrees in my neighborhood, & I do not have a/c. The pug & I have been laying low, & trying to stay cool.
Lucky for us, Ayurveda offers many ways to keep balanced with the seasons - through the right foods, drinks, self care routines, yoga, breath work & more. As summer is the season for "Pitta" this unwavering heat can increase aggression, irritability, & inflammation, making these hot temperatures that much more unbearable.
Today over at Vegenista’s Kitchen, I am offering up some tips to help keep you cool, calm & collected until this crazy heat wave passes. I’ve also got a brand new "Cooling Summer Kitchari" recipe made with the right combination of cooling, bitter, astringent & sweet tastes to help balance out the body, & help you shed any excess Pitta “heat” that has accumulated within.
This recipe, along with a few other tips should help you to ride out this heat wave cool, calm & collected.
Quinoa, Black Bean & Soyrizo Stuffed Peppers
Happy Friday! Who is ready for the weekend? I sure am & it’s gonna be a hot one here in So Cal. Fall is near & I am ready for sweater, boot & scarf weather, chai tea lattes & kabocha squash! But until then, we have a few more weeks at least of sandals, shorts, & sunnies. The last of summer’s produce is arriving at the markets & there is still time to make use of sweet corn, eggplant, zucchini & peppers.
If you are looking for a way to dish up the last of your peppers, I’ve got a new recipe over at Vegenista’s Kitchen. I took the red & green peppers from my latest CSA share & filled them with a spicy mixture of black beans, quinoa, soyrizo, cilantro & melty vegan cheese & they are absolutely delicious! Enjoy :)
Peachy Green Superfood Smoothie
Hello! Can you believe it is September already? My how this year has flown by! As summer draws to a close, I am desperate to get my fill of one of my favorite summer delights…the almighty PEACH!
What’s your favorite way to eat a peach? Get ‘em while you can!
Buckwheat Salad with Yogurt Cardamom Dressing
There is a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen! It’s a wonderful sweet & savory ayurvedically inspired buckwheat salad that I created in conjunction with Laura from Food: A Love Story for the Sophia Leadership Camp for girls. I was recently interviewed by one of the camp attendees & you can read that here!
Get this delicious “vata reducing” recipe & read more about my experience playing “chef” for a week here - http://vegenistaskitchen.com/buckwheat-salad-with-yogurt-cardamom-dressing/
Fig, Kale & Almond Smoothie
Good Morning! There is a brand new & beautiful smoothie recipe over at Vegenista’s Kitchen! am back to work this week, & with early mornings & a busy schedule, I need something quick, easy & nourishing that I can pour in a mason jar & drink on the go. My friend Shelly gave me some delicious figs from her tree & I decided to add them last minute to my favorite basic kale & almond smoothie. The result was rich, creamy deliciousness!
There are many ways to enjoy a fig beyond the iconic “Newton” cookie. Fresh summer figs make a beautiful accoutrement on a vegan cheese plate, are lovely tossed into a green salad, delicious sliced over a bowl of oatmeal, tasty atop flatbread with greens & vegan “goat” cheese, & perfectly wonderful on their own too. I’d never thought to add them to a green smoothie & so glad the mood finally struck me!
This smoothie is wonderfully luscious & delicious. The flavor is subtly sweet, which I prefer, but if you like added sweetness, a date would be perfect. The combination of homemade almond milk, figs & frozen banana makes the smoothie rich & thick ~ like a healthy milkshake! My new morning favorite.
Watermelon, Peach & Mango Panzanella Salad
There is a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen! A unique spin on a popular bread salad is incredibly summery, delicious, cool & refreshing. This mouthwatering melange of watermelon, mango & peach is a definite winning combination. The kale gives it a bit of substance, the rosemary croutons & pecans add a nice bit of crunch, while vegan mozzarella adds a nice salty bite. The salad is tossed with a zesty lime & honey dressing which adds a lovely sweet & sour balance of flavor. Pure summer in a bowl! Yummy :)
Lemony Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
I made up this salad a few weeks ago when I was busy with my yoga teacher training weekends. It was the perfect protein packed lunch to get me through the long & rigorous days. It is an absolutely delightful combination of summer colors & flavors. This recipe features all of the usual suspects one might find in a Mediterranean inspired dish ~ cucumber, pepper, tomato, olives, basil, fresh lemon juice. I added chickpeas for extra protein, & a handful of chopped spinach for some extra greenery. It’s a super light, refreshing, flavorful summer salad that kept me (& a few yogi friends who had a nibble) going strong all weekend long.
Vegan Chocolate Giveaway!
Hey y’all! Who wants a chance to win a copy of the Fran Costigan’s "Vegan Chocolate ~ Unapologetically Luscious & Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts"???
This amazing book, by the acclaimed “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” offers recipes for an abundance of chocolate delights ~ cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, & more! It’s no question that these recipes will appeal to every chocoholic – vegan or otherwise! Dedicated vegans will likely agree that it can be challenging to find truly indulgent desserts that accommodate their cruelty-free diets, but this breakthrough book will delight them & unite everyone who truly, madly, deeply loves CHOCOLATE. Raise your hand if you love chocolate! You, & you, & you, & you….oh, who am I kidding, do I really need to ask?
In Vegan Chocolate, you will find better-for-you interpretations of 120 classic beloved chocolate desserts: chocolate truffles, Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, Eclairs, White & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (oh, yeah!), Black-Bottom Cupcakes, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Mocha Creme Brulee, Brownie Crumble Ice Cream, & even Moon Pies made with homemade vegan grahams. There is even an entire chapter dedicated to Chocolate Beverages (adult-friendly included!). All of the recipes are plant based, some are gluten-free & some are raw, but every single one is absolutely chocolate & made with quality, easily sourced ingredients, sans dairy, eggs & refined white sugar.
This book is a chocolate lovers dream. From set up & cooking to storing & keeping, Queen Fran’s fool-proof recipes & detailed instructions make for perfect results everytime. With full color mouthwatering photographs by the talented Kate Lewis throughout, Vegan Chocolate is a beautiful must have for any cookbook collection, & will fill your recipe repertoire with pure chocolate love. What’s that you say? Oh you haven’t yet added it to your cookbook-shelf? Well, fret not dear ones, I am giving one away to one lucky reader (open to US residents only, sorry my lovelies).
Just visit click on this link to head on over to the giveaway at Vegenista’s Kitchen. And while you’re there you can get your hands on the recipe for "Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies." They’re to die for!!!
Cooling Summer Quinoa Kitchari
Oh, kitchari, a.k.a. “Comfort in a Bowl,” has become a staple in my diet, as evidenced by the many different variations I’ve shared over the months. Why do I love it so much? Well, it is one of the primary healing foods in Ayurveda. Easily digestible, packed with protein, fiber, & balancing spices, kitchari is the preferred food when one is not feeling their best, out of balance, or recovering from illness. Kitchari can be adapted to the seasons, situations, or personal imbalances by using a variety of different oils, spices, & accoutrements. Endless variations are possible, but traditional kitcharis begin with split mung dal & basmati rice.
This recipe uses quinoa instead of the usual basmati rice, giving the meal a lighter texture & additional boost of protein. I added detoxifying lacinato kale & cooling zucchini, both from my CSA, & flavored with a cooling summer spice blend. This delicious & light version of my favorite comfort food has become a summer staple!
Starting the day off well with a nourishing bowl of “Raw Bircher Muesli,” another gem from the Choosing Raw Cookbook! I added fresh figs from my friend’s garden, making this an extra special treat! (at vegenista’s kitchen )