GRILLED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS WITH TAHINI & SPRING GREENS
How to Make Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini & Spring Greens
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Slice one whole cauliflower into 1/4" to 1/2" steaks. Braise with salt and olive oil. Then grill, or cook on the stove in a cast iron skillet.
Meanwhile, blend tahini, garlic clove, lemon juice, 2 tbsp water and 1/2 tsp salt in a food processor. Add sauce to iron skillet or pour over cooked steaks.
Serve over a bed of watercress or other spring greens, raw or cooked. Garnish with parsley. Or, let your imagination be your guide as you garnish with alfalfa sprouts, roasted pumpkin seeds, or avocado.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Celebrate the joy of spring with Grilled Cauliflower Steak. Cauliflower steak is lighter and leaner than a traditional steak. Roasted on the outside, but soft on the inside, this vegetarian work of art will delight your palate. Served on a bed of watercress and garnished with fresh parsley, this vibrant meal is refreshingly light just in time for spring and your Memorial Day barbecue.
Cauliflower Carbs: The Lightest Option Around
Did you know that cauliflower is actually a light yet satisfying source of carbohydrates? If you are trying to watch your carbohydrate and sugar intake, cauliflower may just be what you've been looking for. Cauliflower is low in sugar yet provides satisfying carbohydrates and plenty of fiber to fill you up and keep you going. It is an especially good carbohydrate for Kapha dosha and for the spring, when the body naturally needs less grains, carbs, and sugars.
Cauliflower's bland flavor makes it a versatile ingredient for anyone seeking a lighter diet. It readily absorbs the flavors of spices and other ingredients in the dish. In this recipe, we've replaced steak with cauliflower. Cauliflower can also be made into a rice substitute, or even a mashed potato substitute!
Cauliflower and Cancer Prevention
Cauliflower, like most other cruciferous vegetables, has been linked to lower incidence of cancer in several studies. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and also bolsters the body's ability to detoxify and move out unwanted invaders to the system.
Diuresis with Parsley
In the spring time, many people are prone to congestion, water retention, and other conditions caused by the body holding too much water. Parsley can be a great way to flush out excess water and effectively detox the body. Unlike other diuretics, parsley will not lead to a loss of electrolytes and can be especially good for those who tend to retain water (Kapha body type).
Tahini complements the lightness of this recipe by adding an extra layer of satisfaction. Tahini's rich warmth balances the cooling and light qualities of cauliflower. The richness of tahini also balances the dry & rough qualities of cauliflower, which may be difficult to digest for those with a Vata (light, dry & cold) body type. The bitter & spicey taste of parsley and watercress also help make cauliflower more digestible.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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 HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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?
The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
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Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini & Spring Greens
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages 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. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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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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, Vitamin C
, Vitamin K
Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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, Vitamin A
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Hi! You could try a chickpea-based hummus sauce with no tahini, or maybe a lemon-balsamic vinaigrette. The hummus would be lighter for kapha, while the lemon balsamic would pungent enough for kapha.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 05-07-15
I added my spring spice blend (cinnamon, turmeric, fresh ginger, pepper to pacify kapha) to the braised cauliflower and served with green beans. It was delicious and I felt vitalised all afternoon!