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Kitchuri Ayurvedic Cooking

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Continuing my quest on a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle - I made myself my first ever batch of the ever-healing Kitchuri!

I started my journey at the local Indian grocery store.

I went through every isle and I grabbed anything that was on my "allowed to eat list" and ignored those that are on the "stay away from list".

While I know this list will change with the seasons, my health, etc I was sad to skip over some of the items....

Moving on, as we are going to remain optimistic and hopeful on this journey. There are still a good bit of allowed food items that I enjoy and I do enjoy trying new recipes and cuisines!

I am going to try and refrain from eating leftovers and focus on daily new cooked meals, but I need to ease into this new regimen to so I suggest that in the future, one would cut this recipe in half!

Healing Kitchari Cleanse Recipe:
½ cup brown basmati rice
1/4 cup split mung dal (moong dal)
6-8 cups of filtered water
½ an acorn squash
1-2 tsp of a mix of coriande…

Friendsgiving Gluten Free Vegan Style

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Thanksgiving is a very special time of year for my family. As we use this time to bring all of my dad's side of the family (my dad is one of twelve children) together.

This is the one time a year where everyone tries their best to be in once place at the same time.
With family as far north as Canada, as far west as California, and as far south as Florida - you can imagine the difficulties we face each year trying to come together.

It becomes evident how important family is and the importance of embracing your family for what they are and loving them unconditionally, no matter how crazy they might seem.

Each Thanksgiving, we cram in as many crazy Italians under one roof as possible. We make both the traditional turkey dinner, add in a ham, and of course all the Italian specialties - including antipasto, pasta, meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmesan and much more! What can I say, Italians love to eat!

With my focus being set on spending time with the ones I love, it has never bother…

Trying the Ayurveda Route

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With 10-years of poor health - I have decided that with all the recent changes in my life, now is the perfect time to learn to stop giving so much to others and really focus on myself.

I have realized that in giving to others, I was taking away from myself - not just energy, but mentally and in a loving capacity. I was wearing myself down and feeling worthless in every sense. This worthless feeling was carrying a negative-vibe throughout my daily activities.

So here is to a whole new me! I have started seeing an Ayurvedic doctor and spending more and more time with myself and being content with that. While time-alone is important, I do also make the time to ensure that I spend with friends and family as much as possible. I have begun to filter out any of the negative people in my life and embrace those that are true.

With that being said, I am learning I am a VATA dosha and that it is best for me to keep to a daily routine and in this cooler weather, I need to focus on staying warm!

A…

Nanee's Kitchen at the Reading Terminal Market

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By the time I made it to the Reading Terminal Market, I was by no means hungry, but knew I had to check out Nanee's Kitchen. I was disappointed to see a small menu and the only items that could be made both gluten free and vegetarian was the vegetables. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE vegetables, but if I am paying to eat out, something I would like to have something a bit more substantial.


A Visit Back to Paesano's Philadelphia

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It has been a good two+ years since my last visit to Paesano's in the Italian Market section of Philadelphia. While the company has another location in Northern Liberties, I just never seem to find myself in these areas, but I do remember craving the Gustaio, a roasted lamb sausage with sun dried cherry mostarda and gorgonzola with roasted fennel, for days after my last encounter with this little piece of heaven.

With my youngest sister and her boyfriend visiting, we decided to partake in a Free Walking Tour of Philadelphia. I highly recommend this tour! It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the area and to just get out of the house, get moving and meet new people! Anyhow, enough promoting the walking tour, onto the real reason we are all reading this blog...the food.

We ended up stopping in the Italian Market area for lunch. With just shy of 45-minutes, needing something gluten free and at a minimum vegetarian, if not vegan, options are limited in this area. I quickly drag…

Review of Jaalibean - a taste of India

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While I am not a fan of purchasing packaged anything - I did find some awesome products from jaalibean - a taste of India.

I checked out their nutrition label and ingredients and found myself not too scared of what might be inside. So I grabbed the simple Lentil & Brown Rice Kit and decided to make a feast.

I ended up making a Cauliflower Steak, Rutabaga Stir Fry and mixed everything together with a happy helping of cilantro (my favorite)!

 The dish was easy to prepare - it was done in 30 minutes, actually, a little less and the taste was decent. I typically find myself gagging on a spoonful of salt with packaged dinner kits, but this one was just fine. I would have liked a little more "heat" but then again, my motto is "the hotter, the better".

So if you are looking for an easy dinner idea, go out and grab yourself some of jaalibean's products!

Because it feels like summer this beautiful fall day

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I thought I would share some banana whip memories from this past summer. While everyone else was enjoying their dairy-loaded ice cream, I made myself an amazing banana, banana blueberry sundae and of course, I was not about to miss out on the National Rootbeer Float day, so I rocked a Banana berry sundae!