There’s something really comforting about Indian food. It’s the spices, the warming qualities, the texture- everything! Whether you are an old-time Indian food fan or a newbie, you are in for a treat with my new Vegan Aloo Gobi Recipe . It’s super delish, hearty and super easy to prepare. This curry version is easier on the gut as it supplies you with energy and nourishment!
Let’s find out what makes this dish so satisfying…
Grounding Food: Golden Potatoes
During the cooler months our bodies will naturally crave warmer filling foods, and that’s okay, because we still benefit from cooking our foods. I think it’s important to be flexible and to be able to adjust to the different seasons.
It can be easy to drift back into older eating habits unless we prepare meals that not only satisfy this natural need but are truly tasty and easy to make.
This is where potatoes come into play. Good ole taters are the number one vegetable crop in the world and are an important food staple. Being available year-round, they are a great source of fuel and can be used in a number of way — from mashed to roasted.
Despite being commonly dismissed, potatoes still supply some great nutrition, and thank goodness, because they really are among the most popular of all the root vegetables, are low in fat, and provide rich sources of vitamins B, C, and K.
Potatoes are an excellent source of healthy, energy-giving complex carbohydrates, and contain good amounts of certain essential minerals like; iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and potassium.
Potatoes also contain a co-enzyme that contributes to brain health called, alpha lipoic acid. This acid has shown to improve memory deficits in Alzheimer’s and even had reduced cognitive decline in certain patients .
No matter what variety of potato you choose, take comfort that they all aid in managing mood levels, help support digestion (promoting regularity), and enhance immunity.
I try to keep a colorful array handy, since they make my life so much easier in preparing meals that are hearty, and full of beauty benefits and nutrition!
Beauty Veggie Booster: Cauliflower
Do you like your cauliflower raw or cooked? Personally, I like this cruciferous vegetable prepared cooked — not only from a taste perspective but for our digestion, since cooking it can help reduce it’s gas-inducing qualities (don’t want to get bloated now do we?!).
Cauliflower contains tons of fantastic beauty nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and many other phytochemicals. Eating just one cup of raw cauliflower will provide 77% of your vitamin C needs, 20% of vitamin K, 10% or more of vitamin B-6 and folate needs for the day.
On top of that, cauliflower includes smaller amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
When I think of cauliflower, I can’t help but appreciate its ability to detoxify our bodies in a multiple of ways —containing antioxidants that support detoxification and glucosinolates that help to activate detoxification enzymes.
Including this veggie into our routines is quite different from adding grilled animal proteins, which actually add to the toxic load in your body. This is because of the meats chemical compounds, such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Definitely not beautifying and something we want to try and eliminate — or at least strictly limit in our Beauty Detox lifestyle.
With all that cauliflower has to offer, it’s only natural we add this beauty-boosting veggie into our Vegan Aloo Gobi, while keeping our insides squeaky clean and well-nourished!
Cumin: Normalizes metabolic activity, digests toxicity (a primary contributor to aging), and helps absorb nutrition.
Turmeric: Improves liver function, lowers cholesterol levels, captures free radicals that cause DNA damage, and is also a powerful ant-inflammatory agent.
Red Chili Powder: Aids digestion, helps to relieve migraines and muscle pain, and is rich in antioxidant plant compounds that have been linked with various health benefits.
Garam Marsala: Boosts immunity, helps in promoting weight loss, aids the digestive processes, and lowers blood sugar levels.
These warming spices will not only give you a boost on the inside, they will also bring your true beauty out on the outside!
Let’s check out these simple steps towards better health and beauty…
Add coconut oil and chopped potatoes to saute pan.
Add the spinach.
Add the carrots.
Add the cauliflower.
Lastly, add the cauliflower and sauté for about 10 minutes and then set aside.
Add in all spices to pan with ginger and garlic. And cook for 30 seconds.
Add tomatoes and stir.
Add in the pre-cooked potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and spinach and mix everything together.
Reduce the heat, add in 1/3 cup of vegetable stock, salt, and pepper, and cook an additional ten minutes until potatoes are tender.