ROASTED BEETS IN A BALSAMIC GLAZE
How to Make Roasted Beets in a Balsamic Glaze
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 120 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Trim the tails and greens off the beets. Place in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and salt. Cover and bake 1-2 hours, or until beets are tender. Remove from oven.
2. Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a frying pan. Reduce to a syrupy consistency.
3. Once beets are cool, the skins should come off easily. Coarsely chop and place in a serving bowl. Drizzle in balsamic glaze. Optionally garnish with orange zest or rosemary.
How Can Roasted Beets in a Balsamic Glaze Make You Feel Great?
Earthy, sweet blood red beets brighten the cloudy days of early spring with their vibrancy. Smooth texture with light oil, the rich sour flavor of balsamic glaze awakens your senses just as the nearing sun awakens nature in early springtime.
An uncanny craving for beets usually strikes our fancy in February. Aptly described as "the most intense of vegetables" by Tom Robbins in Jitterbug Perfume, beets are full of earthy mystery. When roasted and drizzled with sharply rich balsamic vinegar beets become a sweet, juicy wonder.
Liver Cleansing in the Spring
Beets with balsamic vinegar is a perfect addition to an early spring diet
. They offer a healthy remedy to a congested liver that creates heavy blood. Both are cholagogues, releasing bile from the liver into the digestive tract. Release of bile siphons fats from the blood, reducing triglyceride levels. Bile is also a major pathway of cholesterol metabolism. The beta-carotene in beets is an excellent liver tonic. The mild laxative qualities of beets and vinegar help clean the digestive tract as well. Cooking beets transforms the starches into sweet sugars that are cool down the blood. They nourish the liver, clean the blood and improve the eyesight. Beets are good for anemia.
February comes at the bitter end of winter, the time of ashes. The natural environment offers slim pickings this time of year and the pantry is nearly bare. Early spring is the hardest month for animals in the wild. Anxiously awaiting the hope and promise of spring, lovers will make a last ditch effort on Valentine's Day to resurrect the dying embers of affection.
You may experience waves of bitterness, discouragement and a sense of failure in February. Try not to take these 'liver' emotions too seriously. Instead, these emotions offer an important cue.
As soon as temperatures start to rise in early February, the body begins to metabolize some of the winter fats. The blood becomes rich and congested with these fats. It becomes thick and hard to circulate. Fatty blood makes February heart attack month. The fatty blood congests the liver as well. Much like a stuffed goose, your stuffed liver start to look as fatty as foie gras. You may have even noticed a week or two of dark, loose stools.
These important cues are signs your body is ready for cleansing. Ayurvedically, it is a critical time to cleanse the liver and jumpstart the body's fat metabolism.
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.
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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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 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
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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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.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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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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Thank you for these wonderful recipes and sharing all your wisdom!
- Sandy Panzella, Rangeley, ME 02-24-12
Is it ok to eat balsamic vinegar with acid reflux? I am going to give a few of these recipies a try this week. Thank you
- Clarice MacDonald, Saugus, MA 08-03-12
I think it is best to lightly salt after the roasting to prevent depletion of minerals and nutrients. I like to use smoked sea salt.
Unfortunately, vinegar gives me acne. I suspect this is most likely due to a vata imbalance. Any suggestions on alternatives?
- Larissa Demalteris, Golden, CO 02-22-16
Try using fresh lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 02-23-16