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Beet-Carrot Casserole
(Foods for Health & Healing by Yogi Bhajan)

This dish is cleansing to the liver and the digestive tract.
2 bunches spring onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
ghee or vegetable oil
1 bunch beets
1 lb. carrots
soy sauce
ground black pepper
1 lb. grated cheese

Scrub beets and carrots. Steam beets whole. (Don't cut off roots or stems.) After about 15-20 minutes, add carrots. Steam until tender but firm. Then remove outer peels from beets and carrots. (These should easily slip off.) Grate using a coarse grater. Keep beets and carrots separate to preserve their distinct colors. Saute spring onion and garlic in oil or ghee until tender. Toss with beets and carrots and black pepper. Place in casserole dish. Sprinkle with tamari. Cover with grated cheese and broil until cheese is melted and golden. Serves 4-6. 


Walnut Balls - Substitute for meat balls 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Grind in a food processor in order:
1 cup walnuts (or raw, unsalted sunflower seeds)
3/4 cup minced onion
1 big clove of garlic, peeled
1 stalk celery, without leaves

Combine in a bowl

2 eggs (or an egg substitute to glue the mixture)
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley (or cilantro), minced
1 cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
Add the ground mixture to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix everything together very well. If mixture is too wet, then add more bread crumbs or nuts to make it firmer. Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place balls onto an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn the balls every 15 minutes to cook evenly and to avoid sticking.

Use these in the same way you would serve meat balls. Nobody will know!


Anti-Smog Pancakes 
(Adapted from Foods for Health and Healing)

Yogi Bhajan brought a unique blend of knowledge and experience to the subject of food and health. The son of a medical doctor, he would often travel with his father to visit patients. At his father's side, he learned that a doctor must be aware of the whole patient—body, mind, and spirit—before prescribing treatment. During Yogiji’s years of government service, he was well known in India as a yogi and a healer, and was often called upon to help people who had found no help through other means. Using a combination of diet and herbal therapy, yoga therapy, massage, and skeletal adjustment, he put into practice the knowledge he had gleaned in his early years. When he came to the West, his knowledge in these areas was useful in helping to develop therapies for drug abuse, nicotine addiction, alcoholism, stress, "burn-out," and even "smog fatigue." 

Nutritious and Sustaining Foods 
Foods can be nutritious and they can also be sustaining. Nutritious foods are those which give your body the fuel it needs to function. Nutritious foods give you energy and strength. You should choose your foods with their nutritive values in mind. Generally speaking, whole, fresh, and natural foods possess nutrients that are more easily assimilated by your body than their canned, frozen, or processed equivalents. Sustaining foods are those that heal your body and keep it well. The sustaining value of a food is based on a combination of its nutritional content, its texture, its taste, its aroma, the way it is prepared, and its specific effect on the body. Often, a combination of foods prepared together has a sustaining value which is far more potent than the sum of the ingredients. If your diet consists of foods which are both nutritious and sustaining, and you are careful to eat only what you can digest, then you have laid the groundwork for good health and happiness. 

Anti-Smog Pancakes 
When you're feeling tired and dragged out on account of air pollution, these spicy pancakes are an excellent pick-me-up. 

2 1/3 cups chic-pea flour 
1 tsp. clove powder 
1 tsp. cinnamon powder 
1 tsp. cardamon powder 
1/4 Tbsp. finely ground black pepper 
2 tsp. fennel seeds 
1/2 Tbsp. caraway seeds 
1/2 Tbsp. crushed mint leaves 
1/3-1 1/2 Tbsp. crushed red chilis (some like it hot!) 
1/2 Tbsp. salt 
1 tsp. black salt (available at Indian spice shops) 
2 tsp. parsley flakes 
2 tsp. sweet basil 
1 tsp. ground turmeric 
2 tsp. cumin powder 
1/2 medium onion, chopped 
3 large cloves garlic, chopped 
1 tsp. peeled ginger root, finely chopped 
1-2 Jalapeno chilis, chopped 

In a blender, blend onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos with 1 cup water. Separately mix other ingredients in a bowl to make a thick batter with about 6 cups water. Stir the jalapeno mixture into the ingredients in the bowl. Pre-heat butter, ghee, or cooking spray in a skillet and spoon in batter to form small pancakes. Serve with yogurt. 

Yield 25-30 small pancakes


Weight-Loss Tea

 This tea is used by men or women to dissolve fatty tissue from their bodies. For this purpose, drink 2-3 glasses per day. It also improves the beauty of the skin, giving a youthful appearance. 1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh or dried mint leaves 1 lb. cumin seeds 1 oz. fresh or frozen tamarind 1/2 tsp. black salt (also called sulfur salt. Use only a little. It has a strong smell.) 8 lemons, quartered 1 Tbsp. black pepper 5 Qts. Water Put ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil. Lower the flame and cook at a low boil for 4-5 hours. This much time is required to draw the extract from the cumin seeds. Strain and serve hot or cold. You can re-use the ingredients to make more tea. Just add a little more (more water, or more of the ingredients???)each time you boil. Be sure to remove the lemon peels between boiling. Tea can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator. For the skin, drink 2 glasses per day. It cleanses the mucous membrane of the colon and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.


Kidney Soother

Try this cooling healing drink on a hot and sultry day. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and the raspberries and watermelon will help flush the kidneys.

 • 1 inch slice of ginger root

• 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries

• 1 cup watermelon, diced

• 1/2 cup of ice

 Wash and dry the ginger root, then peel it. Juice the raspberries, watermelon and ginger. Pour the juice over ice and drink cold. Fresh juices are best consumed within 2 to 3 hours of preparation and should be refrigerated. Makes 1 delicious serving!


Vegetable lasagne

1 small eggplant, sliced

salt to taste

50 g margarine

1 medium white onion

1 small head celery, chopped

225g mushrooms, chopped

750g can tomatoes( if you use fresh, use less)

1 bay leaf

1 tsp castor sugar

cinnamon, nutmeg, marmalade

ground black pepper

175g quick cook lasagne verde

300ml unsweetened yogurt

100g of cheese,grated (alternatively use 100g ground cashew nuts with 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast, blend really well)

Pinch of cayenne pepper (or fresh red chillies)

2 Tbsp Rolled oats


Sprinkle eggplant slices with salt, leave 20 minutes, then wash off. dry with paper towels.

Melt margarine, cool onions and celery, add mushrooms and eggplant.

When above has softened, add in tomatoes, bay leaf, pinch of cinnamon, some marmalade (say 1 Tbsp), pinch of nutmeg, ands sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Boil the mixture (add water if you have used fresh tomatoes), uncovered for 25 minutes.

Pour some of the vegetable mixture into the tin to cover base, layer with the uncooked lasagne, repeat with veg, lasagne, veg, lasagne.

Mix the yoghurt with the cheese, with cayenne pepper.  Spread this mixture on top of the lasagne.  Sprinkle oats on top.

Cook in preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius, or 350 Farenheit for 1 hour. Serve immediately.


 Fruit Bran Bread

3/4 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup melted ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
1 cup dried fruit

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix well. Add all other ingredients and stir until well blended. Pour into a buttered loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. When bread has cooled, remove from pan and slice. 

(From Food for Health and Healing based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan)


Yogi Mush

HealingThis food, when eaten regularly, will cleanse the intestines, clear the skin, and help you lose weight. When taken as a mono diet, eat as much as you like, but only three meals per day. You can drink Yogi Tea with this diet. 

4 Celery stalks 
1 bunch Parsley 
4-5 medium Zucchinis 
1 sprig Mint 
1/2 tsp. ground Black Pepper 
1 Cup Cottage Cheese 

Steam celery, parsley, zucchinis, and mint for about 15 minutes until soft. Puree with black pepper. Serve with cottage cheese. Makes about 2 servings. 

(From Food for Health and Healing based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan)


Potent Potatoes

These rich, spicy and flavorful potato halves are a great way to boost and balance energy and provide a tasty way to support the immune system.  They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days after making them and can be reheated and enjoyed again.

4 medium to large baking potatoes

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 c. oil (olive or canola)

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1 1/2 med. onions finely chopped

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

4 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 tsps poppy seeds

1 tsp black or white pepper

1 cup cottage cheese

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

soy sauce or salt to taste

1 tsp crushed red chilis

sliced cheese of choice

Wash potatoes, dry and oil the skins.  Bake them about one hour at 400 degrees until they are soft on the inside.

Meanwhile heat oil in a skillet and saute' onions and ginger until browned and well done.  Add garlic and spices adding more oil if needed and continue cookingfor 10 to 15 minutes over medium low heat. 

Cut potatoes in half when they are done baking and scoop out the insides and add to the cooked spice mixture stirring until well mixed. 

Add cottage cheese and salt or soy sauce to taste.  Refill potatoes skins with the mixture.

Cover with a slice of cheese and then broil (a few minutes) or bake (5-10 minutes at 350) until melted and golden.

Makes 8 halves serving 3-4 people.



Golden Milk  is a tasty drink that will lubricate your whole system and work to break up calcium deposits. It is very good for students who are challenged  sitting  cross – legged  for long periods of time.   Give it a try !

1/8 tsp Turmeric

1/4 cup Water

1 cup Organic Milk

2 tbsp Almond Oil

Honey to Taste

Boil turmeric in water for about 8 mins until it forms a think paste. (if too much water boils away, add a little more water) (You can also prepare a reserve supply of turmeric paste by boiling a large quantity and storing in the fridge up to 40 days.)

At same time,  bring organic milk and almond oil to a boil. As soon as it boils remove it from the heat.

Combine 2 mixtures and add honey to taste

For a change blend the golden milk in a blender (lowest speed) until frothy and serve with a little bit of cinnamon.

The oil provides lubrication and energy to the system, while turmeric makes the bones and joints more flexible.


 Mung Beans and Rice (Kitcheree):

1 cup mung beans
1 cup basmati rice
9 cups water
4-6 cups chopped assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchine, broccoli, etc)
1/2 cup of olive oil or ghee
2 onions, chopped
1/3 cup minced ginger root
8-10 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping teaspoon tumeric
1 heaping teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon pepper
1 heaping teaspoon crushed red chillies
1 tablespoon sweet basil
2 bay leaves
seeds of 5 cardamon pods
salt or tamari sauce to taste

Wash beans and rice. Bring water to boil. Add rice and beans and let boil over medium-high flame. Prepare vegetables. Add vegetables to cooking rice and beans. Heat oil or ghee in large frying pan. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and saute over medium-high flame until browning. Add curcuma (tumeric), black pepper, and chilli (no salt or herbs). When nicely well done, put this mixture into the cooking beans and rice. Add herbs. Stir well. Continue to cook until totally and completely well done, over a medium-high flame, stirring often. The consistency should be rich, thick and soup-like, with ingredients barely discernable.

This dish is pre-digested,and is excellent for the sick, the elderly, and young children (in these cases, make it less spicey).

Enjoy your meal!

Sat Naaaaaaam

(from the book Ancient Art of Self-Healing)