Here is another healthy recipe featuring foods that health the eyes. This is a pasta dish with healthy vegetables in lieu of tomato sauce. (You can actually add some tomato sauce to it if you wish and the taste is good. I prefer it without tomatoes myself.)
Vegetables (all organic):
- 2 large leaves of collard greens
- 4 pc lacinto kale
- 1 large leaf of red swiss chard
- 2 leaves of red cabbage
- 3-4 "bunches" of fresh cilantro
- 1 sprig of parsley
- 1 bunch of dandelion greens
- half inch thick slice of yellow onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- half inch thick slice of yellow ginger
- 1 or 2 carrots
- 1 stalk of broccoli
- 1 bunch fresh basil (if available)
Chop the vegetables into approx 1/4 inch pieces, using a food processor if you desire. (Do not chop until it becomes mushy.) Mash the garlic separately.
Spices for topping (all organic):
This mixture has slightly more spices than I have used in the past and it was a subtle improvement.
- 3/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp fenugreek
- 1/4 tsp (or less) coriander
- 1/8 tsp fennel
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup (maybe more) dried basil
- 2 tbsp Ancient Organics ghee
- 1 tsp olive oil
Heat the ghee and olive in a medium pot to about 290 degrees F. The ghee will be thinly spread, so be very careful not to overheat it. Sautee the spices in the ghee for a minute. Don't burn the spices. Add the garlic and sautee another minute (the ghee temperature will drop - probably to about 200 degrees F).
After spices are sauteed, add the finely chopped vegetables and stir well so the ghee-spice mixture coats all veggies. Add a very small amount of water (about 1 tbsp) and steam the veggies for about 5 to 10 minutes. (I cooked them 10 minutes today and it turned out great.)
- 3/4 tsp natural salt
Add the salt to the veggies while they are cooking.
I usually use an organic 100% whole wheat pasta. Sometimes I use spinach pasta. Cook according to directions. I usually add a little olive oil and salt to the water.
When the pasta and veggies are cooked, mix them together and serve.
You can add cheese and/or tomato sauce, but I usually do not. I like it best without these extras.
If you want to get deeper into Ayurveda, you could customize the spice mixture for your Ayurvedic body type. You could also choose vegetables based on your body type. I think this selection of ingredients will suit anyone who wants to improve their vision and general health..