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Ayurvedic Cooking at Home in the Time of Coronavirus

Ayurvedic Cooking at Home in the Time of Coronavirus
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In this uncertain time, there’s one thing we know for sure: cooking is one way we can bring some order—and importantly, a sense of pleasure—into our lives. Whether you’ve got a glut of time on your hands or barely enough hours in the day to throw together lunch, have a pantry full of beans that you don’t know what to do with or a freezer ready to fill, I’ve got you covered with recipes, tips, and more. I'am here with you, and I'am here for you. 

Over the next days, I will be posting a series of ayurvedic recipes that will help to boost your immune system - everyone is talking about washing hands, using disinfectant hand sanitizer, social distancing but almost no one is talking about eating the right foods and doing the right exercises.  

Moving on! So tonight I cooked up a great feast for myself, basing it all around this Ayurvedic entree, Cilantro Quiche, a recipe from Ayurveda Beginners Guide  - book written by Susan Weis-Bohlen (my new bible, seriously).

I’ve been doing a fairly good amount of Ayurvedic cooking these past few days, being especially inspired by the program I’m participating in. Although we haven’t delved into the nutrition and food subject too much yet, it’s all relative. The more I learn, the more I want to experiment with foods, tastes, and balancing doshas based on the elements and properties of foods. I am my own guinea pig. And it’s working out pretty darn well. So here's is my first recipe:

Crustless Cilantro Quiche Recipe

Best for Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons
Prep time: approximately 1 hour, most of it unattended

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh scallions or green onions
  • Garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • Ginger Powder
  • Cardamon  Powder
  • Marjoram Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin

 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in cilantro and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt, ginger, cardamom, marjoram, cumin and pepper. Add cilantro mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 Ayurvedic Properties

Sesame Oil

  • Bolsters your ability to handle stress
  • Promotes physical strength
  • Nourishes muscles & bones
  • Supports comfortable joint movement
  • Promotes sound sleep patterns
  • Supports the intellect & nervous system
  • Nourishes skin and hair

Cilantro

  • Rids the body of heavy metals 
  • Protects against oxidative stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Supports heart health
  • Supports healthy menstrual function

Ginger

  • Reduces the sensation of pain (analgesic)
  • Helps with nausea (antiemetic)
  • Uplifting scent (aromatic)
  • Relieves flatulence (carminative)
  • Induces sweating (Diaphoretic)
  • Stimulates digestive fire to help break down and assimilate nutrients with more ease (digestive)
  • Helps clear mucus (expectorant)
  • Soothes fragile nerves (nervine)
  • Increases the secretion of saliva (sialagogue)
  • Gets circulation flowing (stimulant)

Cardamon

  • Reduces heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite.
  • Prevents immune system from common cold and other infections, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, urinary problems, epilepsy, headache, and high blood pressure.

Marjoram

  • Used for runny nose, coughs, colds, infections, and various digestion problems.

Cumin 

  • Prevents digestive problems including diarrheacolic, bowel spasms, and gas.
  • Increases urine flow to relieve bloating (as a diuretic); to start menstruation; and to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

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