September 20, 2019

Healthy Food for Two: Without limits

By Ania Robertson

The word Ayurveda means “Knowledge of life” and comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge). It is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. In Ayurveda, good nutrition and digestion are considered among the most important foundations of our health.

I serve this sauce as a dip with fresh veggies, and my guests are usually surprised that this white sauce is dairy free.

 I like to use fresh horseradish root, and every time I grate it, I feel wistful because of the memories of my loving grandmother, who used to cry, as I cry, over the freshly grated horseradish root. She did not know anything about Hippocrates, Ayurveda or science. She used to say that it is good for our sinuses and tear ducts, and I strongly believe in it.

The pungent root of horseradish herb has been used traditionally in Ayurveda as mucolytics for curing sinus infection. While it has been recognized as a safe herb for internal and external usage, you should always start with smaller amounts.

White Creamy Dill Sauce

¼ cup sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 4 hours

2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice

2-3 tablespoons water, or more as needed

¼ cup dill weed, minced

2 tablespoons celery, minced

2 ½ tablespoons horseradish (the best freshly grated root)

1 tablespoon red onion, minced

½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Drain sunflower seeds and place them in a food processor with lemon juice and enough water to form a thick, smooth cream. Add celery, red onion, horseradish, and salt and pulse. Mixture should have a slightly chunky texture.

Mix up with minced dill weed. Serve over meat or as a dip/dressing.

If you can tolerate bigger amount of horseradish, just add more of it to the mixture.

Please join the Observer in welcoming our newest columnist, Ania Robertson. She is a certified life coach with additional certification in Ayurveda and Feng Shui. She strongly believes that everybody has artistic soul that can be brought out when one decides to make art without fear and limitations. She encourages readers to follow her recipe, and the next time to modify it according to personal tastes and needs. She says by opening the heart and following an internal voice, readers can discover their own palate and desires. 

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