A Little Taste of Earth

The perfect meal for Vata season, Vata body types, or for any body type that feels they need to be grounded. 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

3 Small Yellow Beets

5-6 Colored Carrots - yellow, purple, white

5oz Fresh Arugula


1 Cup Wild rice

1 Cup Lentils - Yellow or Black

2-3 tbs Sesame Oil

2 tsp Cumin

2 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Peel beets and then chop into 1/2-1 inch chunks. Chop carrots into small circles. No need to peel carrots unless skin is looking dry. 

In large mixing bowl mix 1-2 tbs sesame oil, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. Add beets and carrots to oil and spice blend. Mix until vegetables are completely covered in oil. After vegetables are saturated, spread them out on a large baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until vegetable are tender. 

Lentils: Use 3 cups of liquid (water or vegetable broth) to 1 cup of dry lentils.  Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft (15-20 minutes).

Rice: Use 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until rice is soft (15-20 minutes).

Arugula: Using a large frying pan, heat remaining sesame oil (1tbs) on medium heat. Once oil is heated or is easily able to slide around in pan, add arugula and remaining cumin (1 tsp), turmeric (1 tsp), and sea salt (1/2 tsp).  Saute arugula in oil and spices for 5-6 minutes or until soft. 

Beets and carrots are root vegetables and the roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation. Roots are an essential part of any plant, they support and nourish. When we ingest these roots, we are supporting and nourishing our bodies and minds, which in return enables us to feel grounded and balanced. 
Sesame oil is warming - bringing heat to the belly or igniting the digestive juices that aid proper digestion. Sesame oil also helps alleviate dryness of the skin/hair.