Ayurveda. Beets. Kitchen Ritual.
Navigating the changes from vata to kapha season, deliciously, means following a few Ayurvedic rules...
and breaking a couple, too.
This is how we stay balanced through the changing seasons.
Salad is typically a "spring & summer food" around these parts.
But sometimes you just get a hankerin'. Like today, when Marley said, "Mom, will you make a beet salad for lunch?
So when it comes to salad + winter in the Rocky Mountains, a few ingredients keep our vata mellow and nourished, while stoking our cold, sluggish kapha:
SO MANY exciting flavors make this salad worth breaking a few Ayurvedic rules for:
Ayurveda 101: Kapha flavors to savor include: bitter, spicy, and astringent.
Vata is balanced by sweet, sour, and salty. Vata season transitions to Kapha Season between January & February in the Northern Hemisphere. LEARN MORE.
1. Roast the Beets
Quarter the beets, drizzle with Sunflower oil, add a dash of salt and pepper.
I also sprinkle on a little Jalepeño pepper, to add a touch of warmth.
Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (or until just tender.
2. Soak the Endive & Radicchio
Tear your "greens" and soak them in a "citrus bath" of 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. You can also add 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar for a little extra zest.
3. Roast the Leeks
Slice your leeks vertically and drizzle with oil. Salt/pepper and roast for 15-20 minutes.
They can join the beets in the oven at 400 degrees F.
4. Whip up the dressings & Serve
This salad gets 3 dressings.
The first dressing is the citrus bath for the radicchio and endive (above).
The second is a creamy blend: 2 oz. ricotta, 4 oz. diced feta, and 1/2 cup olive oil.
The third dressing is a drizzle of balsamic glaze made from reducing balsamic vinegar over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until a thick glaze forms.
ONCE YOUR BEETS & LEEKS HAVE COOLED:
Cut orange wedges into small morsels.
Line a plate with fresh arugula.
Top the arugula with endive, radicchio, leeks, beets, and orange morsels.
Dollop with the creamy cheese blend.
Drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
Top with a bit of cracked black pepper to taste.
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Moon. Motherhood. Connection
November invites you into the sanctuary of human connection
Yesterday I took my little daughter to a hot-spring pool just to watch her swim.
I didn’t bring my phone. I left my books at home.
It was a moment of heaven just to connect with my child; to enter into another realm, where mermaids play.
She dove beneath the surface to flip and twist and glide. She kicked her way back to me for a slippery snuggle, then launched away again to show me more of her aquatic dance. I relished the phrase, “Watch this mom!” as just about the best three words ever strung together, a dynamic variation of “I love you.”
Real connection is an act of love. It is climbing into another person’s experience, to touch the essence of another human heart with your full attention.
Connection is the lunar principle for November. Inspired by the Beaver Moon, it marks a time when critters of the North American landscape work together to gather stores and build retreats for the winter ahead. This moon invites you to gather in community, collaborate for collective resilience, and deeply connect within the human sanctuary.
The Moon is Magic.
Actually, it is more than magical.
The lunar display of cyclical transformation is nothing short of mystical. Before scientists confirmed its gravitational power over the planet–the cycles and tides–mystics and poets sang of the moon’s energetic sway. Each month provides opportunity to celebrate the illuminating power of the full moon and surrender into the cleansing potential of the new moon.
When you align your daily practice with the rhythms of la luna, your entire life becomes attuned with the generating song of the universe. You become a creative force for manifesting your most meaningful human experience.
November is the month of connection. The full moon provides time to celebrate in community and to remember gratitude. The new moon asks you to let go of any protective patterns–barriers–that have prevented you from truly connecting with the world around you. Fears are conquered, limitations are dissolved, and wounds are healed in the sanctuary of deep person- to-person connection.
Join us as we dive into the sanctuary.
November Themes, Moons, & Holidays:
The Beaver Moon • Connection • Scorpio • Water Element • Gathering Energy • Collaboration • Building Shelter • Sanctuary
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R.R. Shakti, PhD
Founding teacher of Inner Power Yoga®, Shakti is a Contemplative Mythologist, ritual facilitator, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. Through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
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