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Medicine Balls – You can eat?!

Medicine Balls – You can eat?!

In my last course with Dr. Lad at the Institute of Ayurveda in NM, his assistant Nomi-ji showed us how to make Nut-Date-Treats. I was familiar with the basic recipe, but then she added different Ayurvedic Herbs. I can’t locate her recipe, so I created my own. These are specifically nourishing for females. Nut-Date “Medicine Ball” Recipe: 1 C Walnuts 3/4 C Dates (Medjool) 2 T Shatavari Powder, Tuberous Root, Female Tonic, can be bought at most health food stores 1 t Cinnamon, ground 1/2 t Ginger Powder 1/4 t Cardamom 1/4 Nutmeg pinch Cayenne and Sea...
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Chyote – Refreshing Summer Snack

Chyote – Refreshing Summer Snack

I had seen Chyote around and had even been gifted one last year but I didn’t know how to eat it. Last month I figured it out one way! On the neighboring property the vine grows healthfully. The large pear shaped vegetable looks too heavy for the sturdiness of the vine…they eventually fall to the ground. They are a Refreshing Summer Snack! - Crisp, crunchy and high water content with subtle flavor similar to cucumber. To prepare: I cut away the thick skin and core, cut into thick strips and dip, like they do with green mango in Mexico, in a mixture of...
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Spring Cleansing Juice

Spring Cleansing Juice

Yay! Spring is in full effect! I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting with family in Denmark for the month of May. Spring is an excellent time to be in Europe! The air was filled with Spring scents like apple -and plum blossoms, and lilacs.  I fixed up my old bike from 17 years ago and toured the country side. Spring is a natural time to cleanse from the denser/heavier foods of Winter. The extra insulation is no longer needed, instead the body/mind long for lighter foods that naturally appear during this time of year: Chlorophyll-loaded Green Sprouts, Salad Greens and...
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Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Catering a party yesterday, the client requested fruit salad for dessert. Eating fruit following a heavy meal is not optimal as far as digestion as fruits digest quickly and will putrefy the food previously eaten slowing down overall digestion, and possible causing gas – yikes! Anyhow, fruit salad is what was served, to counteract any discomfort crystalized ginger was served on the side, mint was added to the salad along with a few pinches of black pepper. I so appreciate the balance of Ayurveda, and that we have so many tools to draw upon – in this case...
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Citrus Juice – Liquid Sunshine

Citrus Juice – Liquid Sunshine

The picture says it all! The vibrancy of the juice color jumps out of the photo! In the winter months in Maui, citrus fruits are abundant: from sweet to sour tangelos, pomelos, wonderful varieties of lemons: variegated, Meyer’s; Key lime, Tahitian lime, Kaffir lime; Navel oranges…on and on. My dear friend Linda who care takes a citrus orchard turned me on to an inexpensive electrical citrus juicer from Black and Decker. The juicer not only saves your hands, the best part – it is so easy to clean. We use lemon and lime juice for so many things:...
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Oh Baby! Spinach Salad

Oh Baby! Spinach Salad

The delivered Salad today is Oh Baby! Spinach Salad, 4 Servings 4 large handfuls Baby Spinach (washed in salad spinner) 1 med. size red Beet 2 Sweet petite Yellow Peppers or 1/2 regular Bell Pepper 2 T Red Onion or Scallions (white part), thinly sliced 1/2 C Raw Pecans, toasted, rough chop 1/4 C Raw Goat’s Cheese, soft, crumbled Gently scrub the Beet and cut in half to shorten cooking time. Steam with steaming basket in pot for about 1/2 hour, check with small sharp knife for done-ness. In the meantime: Toast Pecans, either in oven or in pan with medium heat, be...
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Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Salad

  Yay! I am getting to make colorful salads full of crunch and flavor for a lady in Kihei. Over the next few weeks, I will be delivering salads twice weekly. I am excited to experiment with both salad and dressing flavor combinations. There are no rules with making Salads, though the vegetables should all be vibrant, fresh and crunchy. Salad fixings can be prepped ahead of time, but as close to consumption is better to ensure optimal nutrient retention, and the vegetables looking and tasting the best possible. Today’s Organic Rainbow Salad, 4 Servings: 4...
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Restoring Balance

Restoring Balance

A few months back I started a new gig, working full time as a private chef – It is an incredible blessing and I am fully enjoying the experience. The new schedule and focus, along with the season moving from fall to winter (Maui winter ; ) has thrown my rhythm off. Usually, I pull out the wonderful tools of Ayurveda to smoothen the seasonal transition a little earlier… Winter is the season of Vata with the qualities of: cold, light, mobile, rough and dry. Vata is the dosha most easily disturbed, a well-established daily routine helps keep Vata in check. When Vata...