Updated: Mar 18, 2020
This is a series to follow up Cary's previous posts on COVID-19: Tips for Self-Care and Redirecting Fear. I've been doing a daily post for the past 14 days highlighting VERY SIMPLE veggie recipes in this series so that you will be inspired to focus your self-care towards that which is positive, uplifting, and easy to manage.
In this thread, I'm sharing recipes from several of my Ayurvedic patients and close students, who have been trying to honor the rhythms of nature and have been practicing Meditation with me over the years. They have been learning to live simply and in harmony with nature's laws. As a result, their health has become stronger and their minds are more peaceful, joyful and positive. Please enjoy their wonderful offerings~all are posted in our Midwest Dharma Wheel Website blog.
Today's feature is Sheri's beet recipe. One of the many gifts of this recipe is that it's an easy and truly delicious way to prepare beets! I hear so many people say they don't like beets, but I often feel they haven't been able to experience the purity and power of the beet's natural medicine. Note the red color of their juice-eating beets is one of the best ways to increase your hemoglobin levels. It is not only high in iron content, but also folic acid, along with potassium and a good dose of fiber. Beets are full of natures nutritional benefits, such as lowering blood pressure due to their high nitrate content. They also contain alpha-lipoic acid, a powerful anti-oxident-studies have found that ALA helps to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity. Although it requires much more than 1-2 beets can provide, let's not forget the power of introducing even a small amount of nature's medicine to the body. Beets contain nearly 4 grams of fiber, and as I mentioned in my last post, we need to move our bowels daily. Note the downward action of beets-they stimulate the Apana, the downward flowing prana in our bodies and this is the Pranic flow we all need right now to stay calm and grounded in a time of great uncertainty and distress. Also, recent research has found that certain compounds in beets can disrupt the cancerous mutations of cells-this includes the betalains, which are pigments that give beets their red and yellow color. These pigments also possess anti-inflammatory properties. Our physiology, if provided the right support, will begin to move itself towards a healthier balance. Sheri and I invite you to try it out for yourself and just notice how you FEEL after your eat this delicious meal! We love it!
Sheri's Roasted Spiced Beets
2 to 3 servings, 1 hour prep time
1-2 LB of Organic Beets; just one kind or a mix of red, yellow and Chiogga is nice
2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt or more to taste
Pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 fat Garlic Clove, finely chopped (If you're coming down with cold/Flu, garlic can be of help, otherwise best to minimize the use of garlic due to it's depleting effect on your Healthy Gut Bacteria.)
⅓ cup plain Organic yogurt (homemade is the best medicine~recipe to come to our blog soon)
1 Green Chile
1 tsp grated Fresh Organic Ginger
Juice of 1 Organic fresh Lime
2 tsps Organic Chopped fresh Cilantro or Parsley
Pomegranate seeds to garnish
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Peel the beets and cut into 1-inch chunks.
Mix your spices together into a powder blend.
Toss the beets with the oil and all the spices mixed together along with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Roast for 30 minutes or until the beets are tender.
While the beets roast, prepare the dressing: using the side of a knife or a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic with a pinch of salt until it forms a paste. Place yogurt in a bowl; whisk in garlic paste, chopped green chili, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt and lime juice.
Whisk in the cilantro. Scrape the warm beets into a large bowl. Stir in the dressing and pomegranate seeds. Serve Warm.
Sheri and I hope that you enjoy her Roasted Spiced Beets!
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With Love & Blessings for Radiant Health~
Cary Twomey, D. Ayur 🌿
Sheri on Aconcagua Mountain in the Southern
Andes~Radiant and at Home in her True Nature~