This cookbook by Kate O’Donnell, photographed by Cara Brostrom, has some incredible recipes for us Kuel Women. Kate showcases recipes that help us eat so that we may increase our energy, balance emotions, and generate an overall state of calm and relaxation.
In Ayurvedic medicine there are said to be three main energies that affect our mind:
- sattva, the state of contentment and calm;
- rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and
- tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.
This recipe for warm Roasted Kale & Cauliflower Salad, will transport you to a bistro, much like the one in New York City that inspired this recipe. That one had cheese and garlic on it, which I have replaced with tahini and hemp seeds, for a rajas-relieving version. What a nice way to eat cauliflower and kale!
- 1 small head cauliflower, chopped into small florets (about 5 cups)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp ghee, melted
- 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped into small pieces (about 4 cups)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp tahini
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl, sprinkle with the turmeric and the salt, then toss with melted ghee. Transfer to a baking dish and roast for 25–30 minutes, tossing once after about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven when the florets are lightly browned.
Place the kale in the same mixing bowl, and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Massage the oil and juice into the kale until coated; the leaves should begin to soften. Let stand for 10 minutes or longer to soften to taste. If in doubt, massage the oil more vigorously into the kale, and let stand for a full 30 minutes.
Add the warm cauliflower, hemp seeds, and pepper to the kale. Toss. Transfer the mixture to serving bowls, and drizzle each bowl with tahini. Serve warm.
Kale Notes: Substitute baby kale if you’d like to cut out the massaging step and eat sooner.
You can purchase Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipes on Amazon directly if you are interested in many more wonderful recipes. We also have Kate’s No-Donut Holes recipe on Kuel Life. If you missed her recipe for ‘no-dough’ donut holes, an alternative sweet treat – rich in whole foods and fiber, you can catch it here.