I love to eat! But I'd rather not spend a lot of time cooking. I developed these crockpot recipes with inspiration from Heaven's Banquet—Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cookbook by Miriam Hospodar, and The Ageless Woman—Natural Health & Beauty After Forty, by Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, an expert in the system of natural medicine called ayurveda.
For a recipe index, see the Blog Archive below.
Crockpot Soupe Basics:
I'm an intuitive cook; I use words like "about" or "handful". My recipes make about four servings of hearty soup. The basic measurements are: 1/4 - 1/3 cup whole grain; approx. 1/3 cup lentils; 1.5 quarts of water; 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter, highly recommended by ayurveda) or vegetable oil; 1 teaspoon of salt; 1 rounded Tablespoon of spices; and about 3 cups of mixed veggies. I use, and recommend, organic ingredients for the purest food and optimal nutrition. I hope this blog helps you enjoy good eatin', good health, and creative cooking! I love to hear your comments.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dr. Lonsdorf's Smart Spice Mixture

Yes, we have been eating since my last post... It's exciting to see the start of the local organic produce arriving in the markets, and I've been making "variations on a theme" of my basic soup recipes.

Frequently I use a spice blend recommended by Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, an expert in ayurvedic (natural) medicine. She calls it Smart Spice, and she discusses the health benefits in her book Ageless Woman... (get the book, get the book.)

I prepare about 8 ounces of it at a time so it's always fresh and always handy:
10 Tbs fennel seeds
6 Tbsp coriander seeds
6 Tbsp cumin seeds
2 Tbsp turmeric powder

Grinding your own mixture instead of using powdered spices will have better flavor and beneficial effect. I use a Magic Bullet but any spice grinder should work to create a fresh, aromatic, finely ground mixture. Stir the mix into a dry pan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Cool then store the mix in an airtight container, away from sunlight.

For crockpot soupe, after the grains and legumes have been cooking a while, I sautee 1 Tbsp of Smart Spice in a couple Tbs of organic sunflower oil, until golden and fragrant - a minute or two. Then I add the mix to the crockpot, with the choice du jour of veggies etc. That's it!

You can also use 1/2 tsp of Smart Spice sprinkled on hot veggies, grains etc, or sauteed with a little olive oil on low for a nice drizzle on any dish.

Monday, May 11, 2009

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