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Kale & White Beans With Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes

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How to Make Kale & White Beans with Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: STEAMED
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
1 tsp
1 lbs
1 c
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 clove

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Steam Kale until soft in a small amount of water, watching carefully to avoid burning the kale. In a separate pan, sautee garlic in olive oil. Once the garlic is roasted add white beans and kale. Continue heating until beans are thoroughly hot. Remove from heat.

Add red pepper flakes to taste, garnish with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of vinegar and salt if desired. Continue to heat through until nice and hot. Serve in a bowl with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and toasty croutons on top for crunch. This is really awesome! Enjoy....

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Beans provide a source of protein. Vinegar, kale, and red pepper flakes all help in to digest the heaviness of beans. Although processed food is contraindicated in Ayurveda, we find canned beans easier to digest.

WHAT IS KALE & WHITE BEANS WITH GARLIC & RED PEPPER FLAKES?

This quick and flexible vegetarian recipe serves 1 to 10! Garlic and parmesan cheese provide savory flavors and balance the bitterness of Kale.

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. See How it Works.

Is Kale & White Beans with Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Kale & White Beans with Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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DIFFICULT

ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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SALTY

ABOUT SALTY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating Vata aggravating
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Kale & White Beans with Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes
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Experiences are Personal
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.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Stimulates Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Constituents:
Fats,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Tannins,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Vitamin K, Soluble Fiber, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Sodium, Protein,
Calcium

CALCIUM

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

FLAVONOIDS

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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, Folate, Insoluble Fiber,
Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Potassium,
Inositol

INOSITOL

Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.

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Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Spanish Black Radish

Spanish Black Radish has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant

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Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Stimulates-peristalsis, Hypolipidemic

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Salt (Mineral Salt)

Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Soothes-throat

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Coffee

Coffee has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Appetite-suppressant, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Kale & White Beans with Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes

Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic

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Garcinia Cambogia Fruit

Garcinia Cambogia Fruit has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Burns-toxins, Hypolipidemic

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Kanchanar Guggulu

Kanchanar Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant

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Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant

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Pippali

Pippali has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins

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Musta

Musta has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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truely awesomely delicious! I didn't add the the croutons and didn't miss them a bit. thanks John!
- Cecile Garcia, Randolph, MA
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This dish is so yummy!! I enjoyed it very much. I did change it a little. I put garlic and ginger in it. I also put in an onion when I streamed the kale. I also tried coconut oil in this...for the first time, only I didn't use as much as the recipe called for. I didn't add in the croutons. It is delicious. I think it will be one of my staples for the winter. Thanks
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