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Posted on March 8th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Vegan Gravy and Buddha Sauce for Late-Winter Meals

By this time of year, we’re all ready for some warmth. Here at Kripalu, we serve a selection of tasty, healthy staples that keep everyone nourished through the winter. Many of these are available at our Buddha Bar, which provides macrobiotic and vegan options daily, including organic grains, steamed vegetables, and legumes. Here are two […]

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Posted on March 1st, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

A Vegan, Gluten-Free Breakfast with Quinoa

Beginnings are so important—and what better way to start the day than with a breakfast that fuels your vitality? This week, we offer you a vegan, gluten-free breakfast option. Combine it with a warm herbal, white, or green tea, and breathe and relax into the new day. Here’s what Kripalu faculty member John Bagnulo has […]

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Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Vegan Pecan Bars

Sometimes a dessert calls your name loudly and clearly—maybe it’s about when you eat it (at a celebration or when you’re in an especially good mood) or maybe it’s just that perfect mixture of sweetness and texture. For some of our guests, the magic combination of ingredients in our Vegan Pecan Bars elicited that kind […]

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Posted on February 15th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Warming Winter Soups

With real winter weather settling in,  a hearty stew dinner is a great choice for a warming, nutritious meal.   Harvest Stew Serves 6–8. 2 tablespoons Earth Balance® (non-dairy spread) 1 small onion, medium diced 1 large carrot, roll cut 2 small parsnips, roll cut 2 cups butternut squash, large dice 2 cups green cabbage, […]

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Posted on February 8th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu House Dressing

The Kripalu House Dressing has been a guest favorite for years. Enjoy it over salads or steamed vegetables. Here, John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, discusses the nutritional benefits of sesame tahini, a star ingredient in the Kripalu House Dressing: Sesame tahini provides an excellent source of copper—a trace mineral critical for the body’s production of its […]

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Posted on February 1st, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Chai

Chai is the word for tea in many languages, so when we have plain tea we are technically drinking chai. Of course, that means the phrase “chai tea” is redundant. What we Westerners refer to as chai is actually masala chai, meaning spiced tea.
 As with most recipes that are enjoyed in various regions throughout […]

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Posted on January 25th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Eggs Over Chorizo Spinach

This delicious breakfast meal can be enjoyed at any time of day. Poached Eggs over Chorizo Spinach Serves 2. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon curry 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ cup large diced onion ½ teaspoon jalapeño pepper ¼ cup sliced or crumbled chorizo (or spicy vegetarian sausage) […]

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Posted on December 28th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

The Nutritional Benefits of Grains

Grains have a wealth of benefits to offer, from fiber to plant proteins to phytonutrients and B vitamins. There is a caveat, however. You can only reap these benefits if you’re eating whole grains.

When grains are refined (a process in which the outer bran and inner germ are removed), they can be made into a wide variety of cheap foods that will last almost indefinitely, but deliver few nutrients. Refined grains act more like sugar in the body, which may make them easy to overeat. But as you make the switch to whole grains—and become more attuned to what real foods taste like—you can savor the fullness of a whole grain right down to the flavor of its germ. Your body, and your taste buds, will thank you.

You may have heard a lot about gluten lately, the protein responsible for the wonderful chewy texture of breads and other baked goods. It’s true that many people are sensitive to gluten, which has helped spark a deep exploration of gluten-free grains like millet and amaranth, and alternative sources for flour, like coconuts and garbanzo beans. But for the majority of us who digest gluten well, wheat, rye, and other whole grains with gluten remain a wonderfully healthful choice.

With a bit of inspiration and a willingness to get creative, it’s easy to tune into the allure of whole and gluten-free grains, and discover the ones you love best.

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