Inner Reflections
September 20, 2020

Ayurvedicly Inspired Fall Recipes

In our previous post celebrating the Fall Equinox, we recommended a few foods to support you during this season of transition.  Lauren is sharing a couple of her most favorite Ayurvedicly inspired fall recipes – a savory lentil stew and homemade ginger tea.

Savory Lentil Stew (makes 4 servings)

Warm vegetable stews are an easy, wonderful way to honor the fall season. These stews provide grounding energy as the wind of fall picks up. Stews also make great leftovers, shareable dishes and are easily frozen for future use. Feel free to shift the vegetables used in this recipe depending on what is fresh and in-season in your area. Don’t be afraid to play!

  • Place one tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) in a large pot and melt
  • Add one chopped white onion
  • Stir frequently and add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of turmeric, and garlic
  • powder. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Add one cup of red lentils
  • Add four cups of vegetable broth
  • Bring onions, lentils and broth to a boil
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add lemon zest to the pot. To create lemon zest, use a grader and shave the outside of a washed,
  • organic lemon. Place one half teaspoon of lemon zest into the pot for an extra lemony kick.
  • Add one sweet potato, zucchini, and 2 carrots cut into one-inch pieces
  • Let simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. I add
  • the vegetables later so that they are not too soft and retain their nutrients. If vegetables are
  • overcooked they can lose some of their nutritional power!
  • Add additional pinches cumin, salt, garlic powder and turmeric to taste
  • Turn off the stove and add 2 cups of chopped spinach, which will wilt in the remaining heat
  • Place in large soup bowls and add a squeeze of lime and pinch of cilantro before serving and enjoy!

Ginger Tea (makes one pot of tea)

Creating homemade ginger tea is easier than it sounds and a beautiful way to connect with the fall season while taking charge of your self-care and boosting your immunity.

  • Purchase one to two inches of organic ginger root from your local grocery store.
  • Shave into thin, one-inch long pieces. You can do this with a knife or use a vegetable peeler to
  • shave thin slices of ginger.
  • Place the sliced ginger into a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from the pot from the heat.
  • Leave the ginger root in the pot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the ginger.
  • Pour into your favorite mug and add a squeeze of lemon and a half teaspoon of honey and
  • enjoy!

In addition, below are some recommended practices to tune into the seasonal changes and embrace the energy of yin and gentle rest: