By: Amadea Morningstar RPP, RPE
The world is opening up again, while we still stumble through the latest developments in a virus that’s remarkably adaptive. May we be so flexible and resilient. In my own Polarity practice, next week will be the first week clients and I work in person together. Can I integrate that with the online sessions that have grown over the course of the pandemic, and the many small and some large additional projects facing me? I feel a little dumb-founded. We’ve lived through so much; I’ve gotten settled in the grooves of outdoors, six feet apart, face masks please. What was shocking a year or so ago is now in my comfort zone. How very strange.
With all this in mind, I go for the root vegetables, our Earthy allies. I know it’s counter-intuitive, we usually indulge in them more in cold weather. Yet I need to ground, and they help me. I invite you to check them out for yourself.
This is a very simple recipe, and the beet harvest is glorious right now. Local, seasonal, yes?
SWEET STEAMED BEETS
Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4 – 6
Purifying, Health Building, & Gourmet Veggie
4 cups raw beets (5-6 medium beets)
2 tablespoons ghee or butter or extra virgin olive oil
(choose olive oil for Purifying or Health Building)
1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or lime juice) to taste
1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
Wash and slice the beets in 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices. Pour one inch of water in the bottom of a heavy medium-sized pot, put in a stainless steel steamer, and bring water to boil. Place sliced beets in steamer and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain.
Gourmet Veggie version: Melt the ghee or butter in a small pan. Put steamed beets in a serving bowl and drizzle the ghee or butter and lemon juice over them. Add the coriander powder and stir well. Serve.
Purifying & Health Building versions: Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice (lime if you want to be cooler), and ground coriander powder. Stir well. Drizzle over the sliced beets. Enjoy!
Comments: This is a pleasurable way for anyone to eat beets. Beets are usually considered best for Air (Vata), Earth and Water (Kapha), with their warm, earthy nature. The coriander here cools the beet, making it appropriate for Pitta. The coriander also makes the dish more digestible, and summer-friendly. The steaming alleviates the somewhat heavy quality of the beet, also enhancing its digestibility. For the Ayurvedas in our crowd: – Vata, 0 Pitta, – Kapha
This dish supports: blood cells and muscle.
Adapted with permission from
The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Morningstar & Desai
Photo thanks to Renee Lynn
Find more earth-friendly, natured-based vegetarian recipes in Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Morningstar & Lynn, 2018.
All best wishes to you,
https://polaritytherapy.com/electives – Ayurvedic Assessment Series in May with Amadea
Photo thanks to Renee Lynn
Reprinted with permission from Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Morningstar & Lynn, 2018. https://EasyHealingDrinks.com