How to Make Basil Butternut Squash over Coconut Quinoa
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and dice butternut squash and set aside. Next, dice the purple onion. Melt ghee in a small pan on the stove. In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss the butternut squash, onion, melted ghee, salt, red pepper flakes, and cup coconut milk. Place spiced butternut squash in a pyrex baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
How Can Basil Butternut Squash over Coconut Quinoa Make You Feel Great?
Simple yet vibrant ingredients with active flavors are the surprise found in this recipe, a rare combination for comfort food. Bright orange butternut is a feast for the eyes, yet satisfying. Red quinoa adds another dash of color to your plate and makes you feel strong and stable. This dish will fill you up without any sensation of tiredness after eating.
Bright and AromaticIf you've ever picked fresh basil from a garden, you know how its aroma awakens the nose and brightens the senses. As you start to chop the leaves, the familiar scent of basil will fill your kitchen. Then, you'll feel your posture relax and lift all at once. That's not all - basil's aroma also stimulates enzymes in the stomach, preparing your body for optimum digestion.
Spice According to YouRed pepper adds a little bit of heat that sparks agni (your digestive fire) for comfortable digestion free of gas and bloating. The light sweat that comes to your brow after a few bites is your signal that the fire has been lit!
In this recipe, you can experiment with the level of spice you like. By reducing the quantity of red pepper flake and basil, Pittas may also enjoy this recipe. Those with fiery constitutions benefit from cool ghee and soothing butternut squash. Its heavy quality softens an agitated mind. Served room temperature, this dish is quite calming in the summertime for Pitta.
Slow Down, Soften and SavorThis recipe is excellent for dry, cold Vata Dosha suffering from constipation. The oily, nourishing quality of butternut squash cooked slowly in ghee and coconut milk helps to keep Vatas intestines moist for regular bowel movements. Quinoa, rich in fiber, completes this excellent recipe for constipation due to dryness. These qualities are especially helpful for Vata in late summer and fall.
Though a quite vibrant dish, this recipe may be a touch heavy for Kapha constitutions if you're not careful. You can reduce heaviness by adding extra red pepper flake and cooking the quinoa with water instead of coconut milk. Using these modifications, kaphas may also enjoy Basil Butternut Squash over Quinoa. They will feel even better if it's served hot!
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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.
Is Basil Butternut Squash over Coconut Quinoa Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
Cleanse and Detox:
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
Energy Vitality Strength:
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs 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.
KIDNEY-TONICAn herb that strengthens the kidneys.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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