Meal plans, grocery lists and weekly cooking tips to cook in Vancouver for under $150 a week.
If you cook, you’ve gotta be open to trying anything. Maybe I’m a bit white, and this is a bit too Eat, Pray Love, but for the next 2 weeks, I’m having a go at Ayurvedic recipes. Basically, the recipes until the end of the month are what happens when you endure an episode of Dr. Oz and then happen upon the title The Modern Ayurvedic in Chapters’ cookbook section.
Background: One sad, sad afternoon, I rested on an episode of Dr. Oz (no judgement, but I’d bet there’s a Simpsons episode that features him), for his feature on Ayurvedic medicine. The principle of the medicine, his guest described, is that we’re all connected to the elements in nature – air, fire, water and earth, and we have to maintain a balance between them.
She went on, saying with Ayurveda, everyone’s born with 3 doshas, and 1 is the primary dosha. Vata (air) are the energetic and creative types who get a bit anxious; Pitta (fire) are the leaders, and are great at making decisions, but who get a bit irritable; last, Kapha (earth) are the compassionate type, who often get a bit sluggish. Then, once you know your dosha (take the test to find your dosha), you eat according to it, to find your balance with the elements.
Once Dr. Oz informed me I’m a Vata, I tried a week of his sleep aid – warm milk with tumeric, cinnamon and cardamom, and felt the tired bags disappear from under my eyes. Sold!
Most recipes for Vatas include ginger, tumeric, coriander, and buckets of beans. You can have meat (chicken), but no pork or lamb. The legumes also seem a bit fun – black chickpeas, azuki beans and black lentils.
And yes, this is maybe the most selfish meal plan – all you Pittas and Kaphas are out of luck. But, just look for recipes in the book (which I also found online for free), which have a – sign next to them to find a recipe that’ll work for you.
Monday: Kala Channa in Coconut Sauce (p. 140)
Tuesday: Tandoori Chicken and Rice (p. 161)
Wednesday: Balancing Mung Dal (p. 148)
Thursday: Spiced Buttermilk Curry (p. 214)
Friday: African Spinach with Paneer (p. 181)
Saturday: Green Masala with Paneer (p. 188)
Grocery List and Where to Shop
Tips for the Week