How to Make Roasted Beet Puree
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Wrap beets in aluminum foil and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes, until soft and tender.
3. Chill in refrigerator.
4. Grind spices in a mortar and pestle.
5. In a food processor, combine chilled beets, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and spices. Blend on low. Slowly drizzle in olive oil. Stop and scrape down the sides. Blend until smooth and creamy, or your desired consistency.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Roasted Beet Puree is like the cool spring afternoon sun gently cooking the moist earth. Sweet and pungent aromas of garlic and cumin rise as jewels of rich magenta beets bring delightful color to your day. All senses are stimulated by lemon's tart touch.
Circulatory Tonic & Cleansing
Within precious Beta Vulgaris
roots are stability, coolness, calmness and cleansing. Lemon relaxes blood vessels, opening up circulation to the skin. When combined with garlic and olive oil in roasted beet puree, these soothing qualities are potentiated and delivered directly to the heart.
Owing to its stable and soft qualities, roasted beet puree can be healing during transition of seasons or when experiencing significant changes or stressful events in life.
Postpartum & Blood Tonic
Central digestive fires are ignited by the addition of cumin, coriander, salt, thus allowing maximum absorption of roasted beet puree benefits into the bloodstream. With tonifying effects, easily digestibility and an affinity for the blood, roasted beet puree is also appropriate during menses, pregnancy, postpartum, anemia, post-surgery, and recovering from illness and injury.
At room temperature or slightly chilled, roasted beet puree pairs well with soft warm breads such as tortillas, chapati, and pita. The deep magenta color of beets makes its appearance a festive one on any platter with a variety of blanched vegetables, sure to catch everyone's eye. Blended well and served hot, the puree transforms into a savory yet sweet sauce over pasta.
Protection from Stress
Beets, garlic and olive oil have compounds that provide protection to the blood vessels and heart during times of stress or chronic stress and inflammation. The same compound in beets that yields their vibrant hue is responsible for disrupting the inflammatory response and consequently reducing inflammation. The funky smell of garlic is key to its stress reducing properties: Sulphur compounds in garlic soften the blow from stress on the heart by offering numerous cardiovascular benefits including reduction of total cholesterol and triglycerides, and repair of blood vessel walls. Olive oil's bitter taste and soothes over inflamed and damaged blood vessels while also helping to balance cholesterol.
Beets have an affinity for the liver, the root of the blood channel in Ayurveda. As a cholagogue, they help cleanse toxic bile from the liver, refreshing it. Deep red like blood, beets are also iron-rich and have blood-building properties. Beet's has the unique ability to both nourish and cleanse. Pungency from garlic and cumin stimulates the heart and increases temperature and blood circulation. The complete roasted beet puree recipe offers a soothing healing flush of the circulatory system.
Comprised mainly of roots and oil, roasted beet puree pacifies mobile quality of Vata. Heat from digestive spices and lemon juice kindle irregular and slow appetites of Vata and Kapha. Cool, sweet cooked beets balance overactive flames of Pitta. Pitta vikruti may choose to reduce garlic, while Kapha vikruti may consider increasing garlic and lemon to taste. Roasted beet puree is a bright, nourishing dish for the whole family from aging grandparents to picky toddlers, pregnant mamas and active teenagers. Enjoy!
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 HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
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?
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
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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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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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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Iron, Beta Carotene
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.
Heart & Circulation:
Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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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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How is this dish eaten? As a stand alone meal or as a condiment? Could you please suggest some dishes it would compliment. Thank You.
You could serve it alongside raw vegetables like jicama, carrots, cucumbers and/or broccoli. You could also spread it on pita bread or crackers. Try it with goat cheese and fresh spring greens in a whole grain tortilla or toast.
I left my beet warm and didn't have a food processor but a Vitamix and it still came out tasting delicious.