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Purslane and Cucumber Salad with Avocado Dressing

Posted on August 25th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

What is a Purslane? Technically, it’s a weed which grows literally everywhere. The moisture-rich leaves and tender stems are crisp and have a mild lemon-peppery taste. They can be eaten raw or cooked, in many of the same ways as spinach. Purslane is used as a green leafy vegetable in many traditional cultures, especially around […]

Rose Sun Tea

Posted on July 3rd, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

The beauty and fragrance of roses have been admired all over the world for ages. Yet the numerous health benefits of the Queen of Flowers are unknown to many. Roses are packed with antioxidants and vitamins E, D, C, A, and B. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties, and relieve constipation and congestion. The cooling […]

Sautéed Radish Leaves

Posted on June 24th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Most of the time radish leaves are thrown away or are composted, but they are nutrient dense, healthy and delicious! If you are looking at how to use the parts of foods we often throw away, try this simple recipe and see yourself becoming a radish leaves aficionado. Sautéed radish leaves, served with our Perfectly […]

Russian Sorrel Soup

Posted on June 13th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Sorrel is a delightful early-spring leafy vegetable. Its sharp, tangy, and sour taste make it suitable for soups, salads, side dishes, and even teas! In addition to its unique flavor, sorrel also provides an array of health benefits. It aids in digestion, regulates blood pressure, helps to prevent cancer, improves eyesight, improves circulation, and boosts […]

Comfy Potatoes

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

This simple and handy recipe upgrades a boring pot of boiled potatoes to a zesty and interesting meal. There is something so soothing and grounding about these nicely seasoned potatoes sizzling in the cast-iron skillet. A perfect meal when you want to feel nurtured and nourished. Comfy Potatoes Serves 4 2 lbs Potatoes, peeled 1 […]

Dandelion Flower Tea

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Dandelions are known as common weeds by many people, but traditional medicine regards them as powerful healers. They potent for blood purification, liver cleansing, and bile-flow boosting. These qualities are very useful during an annual spring detox. Foraging dandelions is a very easy task, since these beautiful flowers grow literally everywhere! A word of caution […]

Spinach Soup with Green Peas and Millet

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Spinach is one of first vegetables to show up in our garden in spring. Spinach is a true superfood – it’s packed with so many healthy qualities, it’s hard to list them all! Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, […]

Kitchari with Asparagus and Carrots

Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

“Make kitchari?when you are sick, when you are sad, when you are cleansing, for your kids or a loved one when they are under the weather, when you can’t be bothered to cook, when you come back from a long trip, when you need to regain your strength, but maybe not for dinner on a […]

Quinoa with Green Peas and Carrots

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Quinoa is a gluten-free super-grain and a protein powerhouse. This healthy wonder grain contains complete plant-based protein with all the essential amino acids. Quinoa is high in fiber and antioxidants, and is a great source of iron and magnesium. Eating quinoa in spring is very beneficial, especially in preparation for detox. This savory, light, and […]

Sunchokes Roasted with Rosemary

Posted on March 26th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Also known as Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes are a root vegetable which can be harvested from late autumn to early spring. These tasty little marvels can be dug out from under the snow (of course, if the ground is not frozen hard). That’s right, you can have freshly harvested vegetables in the winter! Sunchokes are packed […]

Baked Sunchoke Chips

Posted on March 18th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are delicious tubers that are often cooked in the same way as potatoes. Sunchokes are a great source of iron, potassium, phosphorus and inulin, a dietary fiber that is medicinal for diabetics. There is a word precaution! These early-spring beauties have strong air qualities. To reduce the “airiness” of […]

Steamed Asparagus with Sunflower Seed Sauce

Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Asparagus is a marvel of early spring and is best eaten during its relatively short season. Few sights celebrate spring to me as the first tender asparagus spears peeking out from the sleepy earth. They are back! Get them while they last! Fresh asparagus is absolutely delicious when steamed and topped with this silky and […]

Fermented Beets

Posted on February 19th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Making your own fermented pickles can sound intimidating, but in reality it’s a very simple process. Undoubtedly, fermented beets are the most beautiful fermented veggies known, and their taste and health benefits are just as glorious as their look. Fermented beets can be added to sandwiches and wraps, salads, soups, and generally any type of […]

Beet Hummus

Posted on February 5th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Velvety smooth, bright and vibrant beet hummus makes an easy and delicious way to add beets into anybody’s diet. Beets are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. They are high in antioxidants, regulate blood pressure, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Eating beets supports healthy functioning of the liver and gall bladder. Beet Hummus Serves 5-7 […]

Pretty in Pink Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

These moist chocolate beet cupcakes topped with beautiful pink beet cashew frosting are all natural and healthy enough to be served to your loved ones for a Valentine’s Day breakfast or special treat. Pretty in Pink Chocolate Beet Cupcakes Yields 12 Cupcakes Cupcakes 1 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder 2 teaspoons Aluminum-Free […]

Braised Veggie Medley

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Braising vegetables is an easy and effortless way to make a hearty vegetarian dish to warm up your soul and your belly on a cold winter day. The aroma while cooking this dish will fill your house with instant coziness, while the colors and the taste will lift your spirit. Braising requires a Dutch oven […]

Winter Squash with Almonds

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Larisa Litvin

Winter squashes are sweet, heavy, and warming. Their properties along with a high mineral and protein content make them a perfect winter food. They are harvested in late autumn and can be kept in a dry cool place for several months. This dish goes well with brown rice, millet or our Perfectly Fluffy Basmati Rice. […]

Braised Leeks and Potatoes

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

“Braising is a combination-cooking method that uses both wet and dry heats: typically, the food is first seared at a high temperature, then finished in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some amount of liquid.” – Wikipedia While the method of braising may sound fancy, in reality it is a very […]

Fruit and Nut Truffles

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Healthy dessert might sound like a paradox, but these naturally sweet Fruit and Nut Truffles can be a delicious reality! This festive treat is made with dry fruits, nuts, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa powder. No added sugar :). Rolling the truffles in different coatings makes an attractive assortment. I like to coat […]

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Posted on November 27th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Velvety smooth and with a hint of heat, this beautiful bright-yellow soup is delicious, healthy, and super easy to make! Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A and ginger, while cinnamon and peppercorns are good for circulation and digestion. There is a variation to this soup which I like a lot. Substitute some of […]

Vinegret (Russian Beet Salad)

Posted on November 6th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Vinegret is a traditional Russian salad made with cooked beets, carrots and potatoes, spiced with pickles and sauerkraut, and dressed in an aromatic sunflower oil. This vibrant root-vegetable salad is a healthy comfort food, perfect for all three doshas! Vinegret (Russian Beet Salad) Serves 4-6 2 Medium Beets 2 Medium Potatoes 2 Medium Carrots 2 […]

Turmeric Potatoes

Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Turmeric and black pepper help reduce the Vata-aggravating qualities of potatoes giving this bright yellow dish tri-doshic properies. Take care when cooking with turmeric. It can stain instantly on any light-colored surface or fabric. And once set it can be hard to remove! Turmeric Potatoes Yields 4 Servings 2 lbs Potatoes, peeled 1 tablespoon Salt […]

Gourd with Lime & Coriander

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Gourds are harvested in late summer and early autumn. They are cooling, nourishing and moisturizing; just what we need at that time of the year! All the ingredients in this very simple dish share the cooling quality, which makes it a superb Pitta-pacifying delight! Gourd with Lime & Coriander goes well with our Cumin Rice. […]

Peach-Raspberry Almond Cake

Posted on October 9th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Peach-Raspberry Almond Cake is a delectable summer and early autumn dessert recipe featuring fresh peaches and raspberries. The cake turns out soft and moist, not too sweet, and can make a wonderful breakfast treat as well. The saying that simple is best is almost always true when you’re dealing with organic, fresh, perfectly in-season ingredients. […]

Sautéed Gourd

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

The term ‘gourd’ is loosely used to describe several members of the squash and melon family that are all characterized by thick skins and a watery flesh. Gourds are harvested in midsummer through early autumn, and have sweet, cooling, and heavy properties. They are blood purifiers, mild diuretics, and refrigerants, which make them great cooling […]

Parathas

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

“In Ayurvedic cooking, most breads are flat breads rather than ones made with yeast. They are usually cooked on the top of the stove. The bread should be made fresh before each meal if possible, to have the maximum amount of prana. Bread is often used in place of a “spoon” for eating the meal” […]

Melon Preserve

Posted on September 5th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Melons are sweet and cooling, and provide refreshing and soothing relief for the summer months. Their heavy and watery properties calm vata and their cooling qualities alleviate burning sensations associated with excess pitta. Melons are loaded with minerals, fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B, and C. Melon preserve is a truly spectacular treat! To intensify […]

Skillet-Simmered Okra

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Okra has sweet and cooling properties, which makes it a perfect summer vegetable. This is a beautiful plant with numerous medicinal benefits. It lubricates joints, relieves inflammation, protects the liver and kidneys, and fights arthritis and osteoporosis. Okra has a unique effect of binding environmental toxins, including toxins caused by exposure to electronic radiation from […]

Cumin Rice

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

White basmati rice, well-known for its wonderful aroma and delicious flavor, is a predominant variety in Ayurvedic cooking as it is gentle on the digestive system and beneficial for all three doshas. Kapha should eat in moderation though. Cumin is a very special and unique spice. It is a powerful digestive aid and one of […]

Raw Black Currant Jam

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Black currants have been used for generations to treat many ailments including infections, inflammation from arthritis, respiratory issues, neurological diseases, problems with night vision, and even cancer. Besides the enormous amount of vitamin C in these little beauties (over 300 percent of the daily value), they also contain iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, […]

Old World Strawberry Preserve

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Making this simple 3-ingredient strawberry preserve is a heartwarming and enjoyable summer project. During the whole process of making this delicacy, your kitchen and the entire house will be filled with a marvelous, almost intoxicating aroma. What a treat! Especially if you grow and/or pick the strawberries yourself. And if not, farmers markets are a […]

Sautéed Garlic Scapes

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Garlic scapes are the green stems that grow from hardneck garlic varieties. They are mild in flavor and asparagus-like in texture. Being a part of the garlic plant, garlic scapes provide the same health benefits as garlic cloves. Make sure to trim their dry tips and their tough ends before cooking. Like asparagus, the ends […]

New Potatoes with Dill

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

New potatoes are in season from early to mid-summer. They are young potatoes and unlike their fully-grown counterparts, they keep their shape once cooked. They are also sweeter because their sugar has not yet converted into starch. The skin on young potatoes is tender and the flesh inside is creamy and nutty. New potatoes require […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 10: Deadhead Daffodils

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Your garden requires some upkeep to allow you to go Truckin’ through enjoying the Sugar Magnolias, Scarlet Begonias, and China Cat Sunflowers. Nothing as drastic as a Fire On The Mountain or making a Friend Of The Devil, but it will take a teeny weeny intsy little more than a tiny Box Of Rain. Ahem, […]

Garlic Paste

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Revered for its medicinal properties and prized for its fragrance, garlic alleviates countless maladies and gives a delicious complexity to foods. Medical studies show garlic’s amazing health potential in nearly every area of the body, such as removing heavy metals, lowering blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels, preventing the common cold, fighting infections, edema, depression, fatigue, […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 9: Planting Tomatoes

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Larisa’s Garden is located in Northern New Jersey – a location known for cultivating certain super delicious fruits and veggies such as asparagus and TOMATOES! Jersey Tomatoes are the perfect mix of sweet and acidic, terrifically tangy, have a wonderful aroma, and are delicious for salads, sauces, or to eat like an apple! If you […]

Pistachio Stuffed Dates

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Since time immemorial, dates have been used by cooks and healers as an important food and medicinal source. Dates provide iron and copper for the blood, fiber for healthy elimination, vitamin A for the eyes, potassium for the heart, B-vitamins, tannins, magnesium, manganese, vitamin K – these are just a few of the many nutrients […]

Ginger-Mint Tea

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Ginger-Mint Tea is a wonderful home remedy for colds. It improves circulation, relieves congestion, supports the immune system, and helps with digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. In addition to being such a potent medicine, this simple-to-prepare drink is very tasty. It’s surely a treasured item for your spring menu. Try it on a cold […]

Vegan Radish Leaf Pesto

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Radish leaves are unfairly discarded by many cooks. But the leaves contain more nutrients than the radish itself. They are packed with iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, and phosphorous. Due to their antibacterial properties, radish leaves decrease swelling and inflammation. They detoxify the body by flushing out toxins. Radish leaves help […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 8: The Seed(lings) of Good Care

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Seedlings are like babies – they need lots of care, vigilance, and tenderness. In this video Larisa shows you how to care for your seedlings so they can grow up to be big, strong, and with lots of ripe fruits/veggies/flowers!!!!! It’s super simple, so let Larisa show you how not to be intimidated 🙂 Takeaway […]

Spinach with Split Mung Beans (Palak Dal)

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Spinach is rich in minerals and vitamins, is loaded with chlorophyll, and is great for blood and liver cleansing. It reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. In order to receive the maximum benefit from spinach, it should be cooked. Raw spinach contains oxalates which can cause problems in the gallbladder and kidneys. […]

Barley Soup with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Barley is one of the best grains for weight loss due to its toxin binding and cholesterol lowering properties. Medical research shows that barley can regulate blood sugar for up to ten hours after consumption. Barley can be found in three different forms: hulled, flattened and pearled. Hulled barley has only the outer hull removed […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 7: Great Bedfellows

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Plants are like people. Some are repelled at the idea of sharing a bed – they like to have space to spread their roots. Others have a quite nice time sharing their space. However, plants make good bedfellows when one grows, blooms, and is ready for harvest in the early season and the other later. […]

Beet Salad with Yogurt & Spices

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

This colorful and refreshing salad can be served as a side dish or a relish, adding to the beauty as well as to the nutrition of your meal. Beets have a special health benefit as they are a great blood tonic and blood builder. The pungency of beets may aggravate Pitta, but by adding cooling […]

Pan Roasted Asparagus

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Asparagus is one of the first spring vegetables. Although it’s available in the supermarket all year around, asparagus is almost a different vegetable when eaten fresh. Fresh asparagus needs only the simplest of cooking techniques to unleash its charming sweetness. I suggest growing it in your garden or picking some up at your local farmer’s […]

How to Cook Vegetarian Borscht

Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Borscht is a traditional Ukrainian soup made with beets, cabbage, and other vegetables. It’s notable for its vivid color that ranges from pink to red to purple depending on the beets and other ingredients used. Beyond looking majestic, it’s delicious with an earthy sweetness and subtle sourness. Plus our Vegetarian Borscht is rich in nutrients […]

Homemade Sauerkraut

Posted on April 17th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Homemade sauerkraut is a world apart from the stuff that comes from the grocery store. It’s crunchy, incredibly tasty, and it’s packed with vitamins & beneficial probiotics! Sauerkraut is very easy to make. It doesn’t require any special equipment, and the results are dependably delicious! To make homemade sauerkraut, you will need a large (2-3 […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 6: What You Sow, Is What You Reap

Posted on April 12th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

It is said, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” This, of course, is 100% true in the world of gardening! In Episode 6 of Larisa’s Garden, Larisa will instruct you through the process of planting seeds! You’ll learn about Larisa’s favorite gardening tool, when to plant, how to plant, and the joys of getting […]

Buckwheat Cauliflower Soup

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Buckwheat Cauliflower Soup is hearty and filling, yet delightfully light. Perfumed with a large handful of dill, this soup makes a supremely enjoyable Ayurvedic supper! Buckwheat Cauliflower Soup Serves 6-8 1/2 cup Buckwheat Groats 2 quarts (or 8 cups) Water 2 Bay Leaves 2 tablespoons Ghee Spices – optional but recommended: 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 5: Make Your Bed(s)!

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Remember when your parents told you to make your bed when you were a kid? Maybe it’s your significant other telling you the same nowadays! Well, it’s time again to make your bed!!! Your gardening beds that is! In this video learn the basics of the enjoyable craft of making garden beds. Their size, dimensions, […]

Pine Tea – An Elixer from the Tree of the Gods

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

The ancient Ayurvedic healers highly esteemed the numerous health benefits of pine or “devadaru”, which means “tree of the gods” in Sanskrit. The unique qualities of the pine help to promote a long, healthy and robust life by working from the level of hormones. Pine needles reduce inflammation, open and detoxify circulatory channels, fight hormonal […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 4: Pruning

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

No, this episode is not about drying plums. It’s about getting your garden ready for a fruitful season. In this episode learn how to prune your fruit bushes – an important step to ensure healthy plants and the most delicious berries. Plus, you get to finally go outside! Takeaway Point Why to prune berry and […]

Impressive and Delicious Quinoa Pilaf

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Rare for grains, quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids responsible for protein synthesis. In other words, it’s full of easy-to-absorb muscle-building/fat-busting protein! Plus, it’s gluten-free, loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, and high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin E. Our recipe for Quinoa Pilaf is not only incredibly healthy, but super […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 3: Seedlings

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

In episode 3 of Larisa’s Garden, we get our hands dirty! When it’s too cold to plant outside, we take the garden indoors by preparing seedlings. These little guys will eventually be moved outside when they’re big and strong enough, but will benefit from spending their early childhood in a warm, safe environment. Takeaway Point […]

Masala Chai

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Enjoyed by millions in India, Masala Chai is now popular around the world. Although there are many chai blends available in supermarkets, making your own is quick, satisfying, and the results are much better. A steaming freshly made cup of masala chai is my favorite way to start a cold winter day. Masala Chai Serves […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 2: Ordering Seeds

Posted on March 18th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

In Episode 2 of Larisa’s Garden, you will learn how to order seeds! What kinds of seeds should you order? How to store seeds for next year. How many and what kinds of varieties. Where to order seeds from? All these questions and more will be answered! Takeaway Point Hybrid Seeds, Heirlooms, and GMOs! Hybrid […]

Larisa’s Garden Episode 1: How To Plan Your Garden

Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Welcome to Larisa’s Garden! This year we teach YOU the joys of gardening through weekly (or bi-weekly) videos detailing Larisa as she prepares, plants, harvests, and post-harvests fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and more! We want YOU to have a green thumb, so let us inspire you! Takeaway Point Keep a gardening binder! It’s a great […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Apples

Posted on March 6th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Do you eat Brussels sprouts? They’re jam-packed with vital nutrients, provide a high source of clean vegetable protein, detoxify the liver, and fight cancer! They taste great, especially with the help of some friends like in this super-simple recipe. Brussels sprouts become sweet and nutty when browned, the apples provide some healthy lusciousness, and the […]

Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Want a tasty and super-fast way to get in a whole bundle of veggies? Stir-fry ‘em all up together! For even more cooking fun, add some exotic noodles like buckwheat soba, sweet potato noodles, or the Organic Black Bean Rotini as featured in this recipe. This vegetarian stir-fry is easy to make, super nutritious, and […]

Turmeric Milk

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

There are many Ayurvedic practices that can help you to stay healthy throughout the winter months. One of my favorite remedies is Turmeric Milk which is not only extremely immune-boosting and nutritious but it’s also comforting, relaxing, and soothing. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Together with black pepper and saffron, […]

Wild Blueberry Chocolate Cookies

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Delightfully fruity and just sweet enough – these wild blueberry chocolate cookies are packed with flavor and deliciousness. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they’re the right size to share with your love and chocolate is said to be a natural aphrodisiac 😉 I used dried wild blueberries in this recipe which I usually buy […]

Breakfast Oatmeal with Figs and Sesame Seeds

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

This vegan not-too-sweet oatmeal is a comforting way to start your morning. The spices make this dish light for digestion, while the sesame seeds and figs add valuable nutrition and a sophisticated taste. Cooking this oatmeal is very simple and quick, which makes it perfect for a busy morning. Breakfast Oatmeal with Figs and Sesame […]

Roasted Leeks with a Crispy Bread Crumb Topping

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

We love leeks. Simple and delicious, these roasted leeks require only a handful of ingredients and the heat of an oven to draw out savory magic. Plus, they are super good for your heart! Roasted Leeks with a Crispy Bread Crumb Topping Serves 4 4 Leeks, white and pale-green parts only, cut in half lengthwise […]

Super Easy Stewed Apples

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Between their cozy aroma, sweet taste, comfortingly mushy texture, and Ayurveda-approved tridoshic balancing qualities, stewed apples are ideal during the cold months from late autumn through early spring. Enjoy this super easy-to-make treat for breakfast just by themselves, as a delicious topping for homemade pancakes and waffles, or as a healthy dessert alternative. Super Easy […]

Sautéed Kale with Sweet Potatoes and Pine Nuts

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

This colorful and satisfying dish is rich in manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, fiber, and vitamins A, K, B6, B3, and B1. The sweet potatoes balance the kale, making this a beneficial combination for all doshas. Pine nuts, being one of the lightest and most easily digestible nuts, complement this dish very nicely. Sautéed Kale with […]

Ayurvedic Hummus

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by Larisa Litvin

Chickpeas, the key ingredient of hummus, are loaded with fiber and are high in protein. They are rich in vitamins and minerals like folate, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. They are also a good source of fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids. This exceptional bean supports healthy digestion, weight management, heart […]

Yellow Soup

Posted on December 26th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

This soup made with moong dal, rice, vegetables, ghee, and an array of healing spices is hearty enough to be a complete meal. It is filled with protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids – the building blocks to good health which benefit all doshas. Yellow soup is probably the dish I prepare most often […]

Ayurvedic Beet Salad

Posted on December 19th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Harvested in the autumn, beets are a delightful winter food as they are sweet and warm. Beets fortify the blood, cleanse the lymphatic system, and provide a myriad of healing benefits to the digestive system. In addition, they are rich in vitamin A, minerals and folic acid, and are terrific for overall female health. In […]

Walnut Cookies

Posted on December 12th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

These delightful lightly sweet and delicate cookies have a pleasant, somewhat crunchy texture with a pronounced walnut flavor. The aroma from making these delicious walnut cookies fills your house with holiday cheer, and the buttery goodness will fill your belly too! The dough can be frozen and baked at a later time. Walnut Cookies Yields […]

Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Posted on December 5th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Sweet potato is greatly adored for its sweet, warming, and nourishing qualities. When cooked properly it is not only delicious, but nutritious and digestible. In this super-simple recipe for Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries, the heat and spice of your favorite Cajun Seasoning* complements the natural sweetness of the potatoes and gives this dish a […]

Turmeric Poppy Seed Cookies

Posted on November 28th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

We heard that you loved our Dark Chocolate Lavender Cookies, so we decided to share with you another favorite treat of ours. These delicate, golden Turmeric Poppy Seed Cookies are absolutely addicting! With the beautiful aroma of freshly grated lemon zest, pleasant crunchiness of poppy seeds, and wholesome goodness of turmeric, they are sure to […]

Dark Chocolate Lavender Cookies

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Looking to impress and enjoy a simple yet deliciously luxurious treat? These Dark Chocolate Lavender Cookies are sure get everyone in the room buzzing as they savor the sophisticated flavor of rich dark chocolate subtly infused with the delightful fragrance and taste of lavender. Make sure you make lots because they go quick. Fortunately, the […]

Sautéed Karela (Bitter Melon) with Bell Peppers

Posted on November 14th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

The medicinal properties of Karela (Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd) are immense! It helps in curing diabetes, skin diseases, asthma, and anemia, and it cleanses the liver and blood. Karela is a bitter vegetable, especially when eaten by itself. In this recipe, the bitterness of karela is balanced with sweetness of bell peppers, sourness of […]

Restorative Yoga for Spine and Stomach Care

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Enjoy this super soothing 30-minute restorative yoga session with Larisa Litvin. For this all-levels class you will need 2 or 3 blankets and a bolster (or 2 additional blankets if you don’t have a bolster). Restorative Yoga for Spine and Stomach Care Instructor: Larisa Litvin Class Type: Ojas Rejuvenate Props Needed: 2-3 Blankets, 1 Bolster […]

Apple Raisin Cake

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

This Apple Raisin Cake is elegant and delicious with big chunks of apple and plump raisins. Preparing this cake is simple – the recipe comes together as fast as a cake from a mix and doesn’t even require an electric mixer. This family favorite is wonderful with hot tea on a brisk autumn afternoon or […]

Stuffed Cabbage with Buckwheat and Mushrooms

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Stuffed Cabbage or “Golubtsi” is a dish that every Russian and Ukrainian family makes. It certainly brings many good memories. We grew up eating it regularly, but even those who try it for the first time become instant fans. Let us know in the comments below how you enjoyed our Stuffed Cabbage with Buckwheat and […]

Korean Style Baked Eggplant

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Soft and juicy with a savory flavor that is sublime, and served over steaming fluffy basmati rice, these korean style baked eggplants make an impressive and immaculate vegan meal. Let us know in the comments below how you enjoyed our Korean Style Baked Eggplants, and if you made any adjustments 🙂 Korean Style Baked Eggplant […]

Perfectly Fluffy Basmati Rice

Posted on September 19th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Fluffy Basmati Rice is a staple in Indian cooking – master this recipe to unlock the magnificent tastes of daals, curries, and the incredible spices of this cuisine! White Basmati Rice and its distinctive fragrance is held in very high esteem in Ayurveda because it is the lightest and most easy to digest of all […]

Buckwheat and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Our super savory buckwheat and mushroom stuffed peppers bring together past favorites like buckwheat (kasha) and our Ayurvedic homemade tomato sauce! red, orange, yellow, green, and purple bell peppers are sweet, astringent, and cooling for the hot months of summer. Combined with buckwheat, a gluten-free high-protein and high-fiber superfood, and nutrient-rich mushrooms, the stuffed peppers […]

Preparing Buckwheat aka Kasha

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Preparing buckwheat (aka kasha) is relatively easy, but extremely versatile, healthy, and tasty! Buckwheat is a gluten-free, nutrient-packed, high protein, and high fiber superfood that is becoming increasingly popular due to its many health benefits. In fact, it can be compared to other super-grains like quinoa in terms of nutrient variety and density. Buckwheat, also […]

Homemade Ayurvedic Tomato Sauce

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Enjoy Ayurvedic Tomato Sauce – this all natural spin on a classic dish promotes happy and healthy digestion for all body-mind constitutions! While tomatoes possess heating properties and are generally better eaten in the winter, they are freshest and juiciest during the summer. This Ayurvedic tomato sauce, made from fresh ripe tomatoes, is cooled with […]

Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Posted on July 25th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Enjoy Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette – a wonderfully delicious summer dish! Feeling hot this summer? Cool down with our Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette! Cucumber and lime are two wonderful foods for cooling down the body and mind. This delicious and refreshing salad is exactly what you need on a hot summer day! Let […]

Restorative Yoga for Hotel Rooms

Posted on July 12th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Join Larisa for Restorative Yoga for Hotel Rooms – a 30 minute restorative yoga session you can take on the road with you! According to Ayurveda, travel raises the effects of Vata Dosha thereby causing restlessness, dryness, and, possibly, anxiety. Enjoy this nice soothing restoration using the props you’ll find in a standard hotel room […]

Chili Cumin Potatoes

Posted on June 16th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

In this recipe for Chili Cumin Potatoes by Larisa Litvin, transform an American staple food into a flavorful and exotic dish! In Ayurvedic cooking, spices are used to impart healing benefits while improving the taste and digestibility of food. In this recipe, chili and cumin eradicate the plainness of potatoes and give this simple, comforting, […]

Spring Greens Salad with Avocado Dressing

Posted on June 2nd, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

In this recipe by Larisa Litvin, learn how to make a delicious and seasonal Spring Greens Salad and an amazing avocado dressing! Spring is most definitely here, and with spring comes great weather and fresh produce! It is a perfect time to enjoy a leisurely trip to your local farmers’ market or, even better, home […]

How to Make Kitchari – The Ultimate Detox Food

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

In this article by Larisa Litvin, learn how to make kitchari – Ayurveda’s Ultimate Detox Food! Kitchari is a simply prepared tridoshic dish made from rice, moong dal and spices. It has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners to not only detoxify the body but to strengthen and nourish it as well. […]

Soothing Full Body Guided Relaxation

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by Larisa Litvin

Feeling tired, stressed, or off? Take fifteen minutes to turn off the lights, lay down comfortably, and tune in to the soothing voice of Larisa, Sadhana’s almost famous relaxation guide. Let us know how the relaxation went in the comments below! If you enjoyed, be sure to share with your friends 🙂

How to Give Yourself an Ayurvedic Facelift

Posted on December 11th, 2014 by Larisa Litvin

Let Larisa show you how to Be Ageless! Learn to tone and moisturize your face while removing wrinkles and improving your complexion with a quick and simple Ayurvedic facelift technique. Recommended oils for the different doshas are.. – Vata: Sesame, Ghee, Avocado, Olive, Most Other Oils – Pitta: Sunflower, Coconut, Ghee, Canola, Olive, Soy, Walnut […]

Dandelion Greens Salad

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by Larisa Litvin

“Eat wild foods when you can.” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food The Dandelion Spring is Kapha time – April showers and May flowers bring damp, heavy, mucus-pervading congestion and dullness. Among Ayurveda’s timeless remedies for this Kapha condition is exercise and eating bitter tasting foods. A great way to implement both remedies is […]

Quinoa with Green Peas and Carrots

Posted on June 14th, 2019 by Larisa Litvin

Quinoa is a gluten-free super-grain and a protein powerhouse. This healthy wonder grain contains complete plant-based protein with all the essential amino acids. Quinoa is high in fiber and antioxidants, and is a great source of iron and magnesium. Eating quinoa in spring is very beneficial, especially in preparation for detox. This savory, light, and […]