ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD WITH TAHINI
How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Skin butternut squash. Then, cut it in half and remove the pulp. Cube into bite sized chunks. Mince garlic. Strain chick pea reserving 1-2 T bean liquor.
2. Gently mix garlic, 2T olive oil, 1/4tsp salt, butternut squash into an oven roaster. Roast 15 minutes, or until soft. Mix in chickpea and roast an 15 minutes or until butternut is soft. Remove and let cool.
3. Meanwhile, make the tahini dressing by pureeing Tahini, 1 clove garlic, 2T olive oil, lemon juice, 1T of chick pea bean liquor, and 1/4tsp salt in a blender. Remove and place into bowl.
4. Mince and rinse the onion to take the edge off the sharpness and add to tahini mixture . Add finely chopped parsley and mix gently.
5. Add roasted butternut squash and serve.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
In February you naturally crave stimulating foods to wake up your body from a long winter of hibernation. Parsley's crunchiness is uniquely satisfying after a long winter of comfort foods. Parsley green goodness refreshes and purifies your blood. It gets your blood moving, replacing the pale skin of winter with a fresh & new glow. Its hot and dry qualities drain excess Kapha in springtime when your body is naturally letting go of winter weight.
Aromatic & spicy, raw onions and garlic are powerful tools for spring cleansing. Their pungent bite stimulates your blood, opens your vessels, and brings heat back into your skin.
Chickpea is packed with soluble and insoluble fiber to encourage easy elimination. Raw onions and garlic add a strong laxative element to cleanse & purge the bowels.
Butternut squash and sesame are excellent blood tonics for those who have tendency towards anemia. Sesame nourishes the muscles as well.
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 Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini 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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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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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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?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PUNGENT
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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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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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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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:
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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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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Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSCLE-TONIC
High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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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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Easy to make. Nice serving appearance. Wonderful sweet taste.
easy and delicious , add next day left overs to baby romaine and avocado for a lunch time salad
This tastes great, I've wanted to eat every day this week. The chick peas roast up wonderfully--sort of mealy like french fries. It's done great things for my digestion as we transition into fall (I know he says it's good in the spring too, but I have squash from my garden to eat now.) I didn't have tahini, so I threw some sesame seeds in to roast with the vegetables and that seems to work out very well.