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
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 Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
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.
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.
Is Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini & Spring Greens Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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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 HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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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
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
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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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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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Tamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms.
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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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Wood element refers to anything vigorous, goal oriented, actively pursuing something. It also includes any freshly gestated - a newborn, a sprout, and even a new idea.
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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Heart & Circulation:
An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOD-TONIC
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
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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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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
This was delicious, thank you!! Both me and my mom loved it. Bring in the Spring!