anti recipe: german mustard avocado endive salad

Sounds so weird, but it is SO good and good for you, especially in the winter. As the weather gets colder and we head deep into kapha season (wait, pause: ‘kapha’ is a term used in Ayurveda to describe a dosha characterized by winter, cold weather, slugishness, laziness and do-nothing-but-netflix-and-chill-ness.

2016-01-16 17.26.41.jpgThere are three doshas: kapha, pitta and vata. The idea is that everyone and everything is made up of a mixture of these doshas. When the doshas are balanced, we are healthy, energized and happy (you know that top o the world feeling). When the doshas get imbalanced, we get sick. Everyone has a dominant dosha, mine is kapha. So in winter/kapha season, it is easy for me to slip into an imbalance of kapha, which means: sluggishness, winter blues, difficulty waking up in the morning, feeling foggy, excess mucus (ew), and etc.)

Mustard is perfect for balancing kapha, because it’s pungent in taste and warming. So when I felt a little sluggish this AM, I whipped up this awesome salad to warm up my doshas and kick down that kapha spike. Check it out here:

Ingredients (serves one hungry person or two as an appetizer):

– 1 avocado

– 1/2 lemon

– 2 endives

– 1-2tbs. german mustard

– olive oil and salt/pepper to taste

Directions: Chop up the endive and avocado, add mustard and a little lemon/olive oil to start. Mix it around with a fork and make it as chunky or smooth as you want. Then top it off with salt and pepper and eat it right away!

Credits to my awesome mom/the OG of worst dinner guests for this awesome anti recipe!

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If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda, I recommend checking out this book by Michelle Fondin, The Wheel of Healing: An Easy Guide to an Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Fondin does a killer job of taking the best/least crazy lessons from an ancient healing system and applying them to eating, exercise, health, relationships, finance and spirituality.

If you want to be really freaked out but read one of the original books on Ayurveda, check out Vasant Lad’s Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide for some really impractical Ayurvedic healing practices (like, uh, leaching and purging yourself). That said his book has full lists of kapha, pitta and vata healing/hurting foods that I reference frequently.

Let me know what you think! Now back to that Netflix binge…

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anti recipe: raw pickles (garlic free!)

I have an intolerance to garlic, which makes eating at Italian restaurants a fun challenge. Upon hearing this, new friends’ reactions are always – “How do you live?! Garlic is in everything!”

My response is usually, “I don’t know, man, I guess I just don’t eat garlic…”

I always find these inquiries into my allergy-lifestyle amusing. If I had a dollar for every person that has heard wind of my allergies and reacted with…

“I could never… I would die!”

“How do you live?”

“But, wait, WHAT doe you eat?”

…I would be a millionaire (actually I should start charging). The thing is I don’t see my allergies as a barrier to life or a raw deal or the short end of the stick.

When we’re born, the genetic lottery shoots a lot of qualities into us – both good and bad. I have a bunch of allergies that are linked to my autoimmune condition (and the worst dinner guest was born!), but I also got a boatload of other good things. It’s what makes me – me. And, it’s what led me to explore a lifestyle that allows me to feel better than I ever have with my thyroid condition – by eating whole foods (and usually plant-based), exploring yoga, and living mindfully.

So to answer – I’m garlic-free and still kickin’ and now not even pickle-free thanks to this recipe (inspired by @rawmazing):

Ingredients:

– 6 Kirby cucumbers (this made two jars of pickle spears, so figure 3-4 will get you a solid jar’s worth)

– 1 Sweet onion

– 1-2 tbs. Mustard seeds

– 1-2 tbs. Peppcorns

– 1-2 tbs. Salt

– Apple cider vinegar

– Water

– 1-2 Jars for picklin’

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Directions: Add 1 tbs. of each spice to each jar – slice the cucs in vertical “spear” slices (tip: put all the spears into the jar at once or the spears will go rogue all over the jar and you can’t fit as many in) – chop up the sweet onion and stick it around the jar crevices, fill about 1/3-1/2 of the jar with vinegar (depending on how sour you dig your picks), then top the jar off with water (to the tippy top of the jar) – let it sit overnight – viola! I give thee raw pickles! – The internet says these puppies will stay fresh in the fridge for weeks, but mine will get scarfed up long before then.20160109_193316-1

Optional: Obvi you can swap in garlic for the sweet onion. Rawmazing’s recipe called for agave nectar to make the pickles slightly sweeter (though I opted for a more savory/sour version). I made 2 jars – and added thyme and hot pepper to one. Basically, you can’t go wrong by getting crafty with spices or sweetness – remember these are anti-recipes and are made to be broken!

Tell me what you think!

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anti recipe: purple haze smoothie

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One Saturday morning, I found my self with a baby hangover and an impending already-booked noon hot power yoga class.

Like some girls purposely don’t shave their legs before going out (so they don’t, you know, doink with randos), I often sign up for early yoga classes on weekend mornings as incentive to get my ass into bed at a reasonable hour the night before.

Unfortunately for me and leg-shaving-diverters alike, that rarely ever actually happens – so there I was in need of an elixir. Instead of some hair of that dog, I blended up a dose of healthy fats, natural sugar, plant-based protein and antioxidants to kick my hangover and get me out the door!

Check out the recipe below:

Purple Haze Smoothie

Ingredients:

– 2 dates

– Handful almonds

– 1 cup organic frozen cherries

– 1/2 cup cashew milk

– Vanilla (WDG seal of approval: I use Lafaza Madagascar bourbon ground vanilla not because I care about adding Bourbon or Madagascar to my smoothies, but because powdered vanilla is pure with no grain alcohol added. I only use liquid vanilla extract when I’m cooking at high temps.)

– Cinnamon

– Hemp seeds on top

Directions: Throw everything in, blend, top with hemps and enjoy the ride…

Dates + cherries make the purple and hemp makes the haze… get it?! Drop me a line if you don’t or if you tried it!