ASPARAGUS WITH MUSTARD & TARRAGON
How to Make Asparagus with Mustard & Tarragon
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
1. Break the hard bottoms from the asparagus stalk and discard.
2. Roast the asparagus on medium heat in one teaspoon olive oil for five minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
3. Asparagus should be served crispy on the outside, and slightly crunchy on the inside. Undercooked asparagus is too crunchy, while overcooked asparagus is too mushy.
4. Optional: Add roasted tomatoes to the mix.
5. Combine the lemon zest, juice, tarragon, Dijon mustard, and remaining olive oil into a sauce, blending in a food processor. Drizzle over roasted asparagus and toss gently to coat. Serve.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Earthy, crunchy asparagus brightens your plate with its declaration of springtime. Brightly pungent mustard sauce drizzled over the defiant spears wakens your tastebuds and opens your nose with its spicy attitude. Aromatic and earthy, tarragon adds a layer of rustic complexity to entice the palate. What a dish for spring!
Is there any vegetable that trumpets the arrival of spring more than asparagus? The first sign of asparagus at the farmers' market brings sighs of delight, as well as a competitive rush to bag the treasured stalks. The bright green spears are an equal favorite at the Passover and Easter tables, and evoke memories of celebration and unfurling spring flowers. This recipe will also be welcome at a banquet celebrating the spring equinox, a highlight in a richly green seasonal festivity.
Feel Light and Ready for Anything!
Black pepper, mustard, and tarragon supply pungency to this preparation, perfect for kick-starting and supporting the digestive process. Lemon juice and olive oil, both essential components of seasonal gall bladder cleanses, boost the body's natural inclination for springtime detoxification.
Lost Your Appetite?
It is natural to lose the appetite for several weeks in late February and early March. As the heaviness of winter gives way to the lightening of springtime, you may crave fresh spring greens and simpler foods. It's okay to eat less during these periods, as the body gets its energy by metabolizing the winter fats that insulated your skin. If you observe the seasons in your diet, you will notice that springtime's harvest matches the desire for bright, light greens.
Purifying the Blood
As the body starts to dissolve fats in the spring, the blood thickens and congeals because with excess oiliness. Tarragon is a warming, bitter herb that thins and purifies the blood, flushing out sluggish, stagnant winter blood and replacing it with fresh spring blood. Asparagus and tarragon are both diuretics that help to flush water weight, eliminating puffiness in your skin.
Relief for Your Frustrated Gall Bladder
As the seasons change, you might feel a sense of being stuck or frustrated, emotions that are rooted in a congested gall bladder. As the blood thickens, so does the bile in the gall bladder, obstructing the natural cleansing process. Flushing the gall bladder in late winter is an traditional strategy to prevent gall bladder attacks and relieve frustration. Lemon juice, olive oil, and the bitterness of tarragon all help to cleanse the gall bladder and get those juices flowing.
Energetic and Light on Your Feet
Lemon zest, black pepper, and tarragon are all strong, warming digestives that promote lightness during a heavy, watery time of year.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Heart & Circulation:
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Strengthens and tones the heart. Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues.
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An herb that destroys platelets in the blood, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites.
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Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Two things..I loved the asparagus sauted in olive oil rather than steaming. I added chopped sundried tomatos. The tarragon mustard sauce is so quick and easy to whip up (no cooking), and so delightful I will double the recipe next time. It was also good with the asian chicken I served and I will use it on poached eggs.
- Sally, St. louis, MO 04-07-13
Fresh or dried tarragon?
- Electra Poulos 03-21-14
Fresh is wonderful but dried if that is all you have.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 03-21-14
Yummy and beautiful colors, too... especially since I roasted halved cherry tomatoes with the asparagus. The flavors are strong and fresh. Very satisfying.