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Balance your Dosha with this Kitchari Recipe

by Megan Fleming on October 21, 2014, no comments

balance your dosha with kitchari recipe by Urban Remedy

“When the diet is right, there is no need for medicine. When diet is wrong, there is no use for medicine.”

This common phrase in Ayurveda expresses the importance of a balancing diet. Yesterday we published the ayurveda quiz to help you identify your dosha. Today, as part of the new weekly recipe feature, we bring you a fantastic recipe for Kitchari. This Indian comfort food staple is known for its benefits and for being a breeze to whip up.

In Ayurveda, basmati rice and mung dal are the two main traditional ingredients used to make kitchari during a period of cleansing. The combination of these two whole foods creates a complete protein that simultaneously nourishes and detoxifies the body. Both basmati rice and mung dal are considered tridoshic foods meaning that anyone can benefit from eating them in the proper amounts.

Ayurveda: Kitchari Recipe
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In Ayurveda, a meal called Kitchari is equivalent with the western idea of chicken soup. However, kitchari is very balancing to all dosha types.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1 serving
  • 2 cups mung dal beans
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons each black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional in winter)
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ghee
  1. Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water.
  2. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution. Cut them into smallish pieces.
  4. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.
  5. In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors.
  6. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture.
  7. Add the mineral salt and top with chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Now that you have an idea of which foods are best for your dosha, make the necessary substitutions to find your balance. Kaphas do well with more beans and spices and less rice. Pittas do well with equal parts beans and rice, lots of cilantro, and some appropriate spices. Vatas do well with more rice and spices and fewer beans. For Vata or Kapha conditions: add a pinch of ginger powder For Pitta: leave out the mustard seeds. Vegetables such as zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato are also a great addition.

Kitchari Recipe for Urban Remedy

When it’s chilly outside, make Chili inside!

by Megan Fleming on October 14, 2014, no comments

Recipe Vegan Chili by Urban Remedy

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy heartier meals and warming, rich foods. This vegan chili recipe, promises to satisfy and delight your tummy.

Vegan Chili Recipe
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This veggie chili will keep you warm when you are chilly!
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric spice
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 11/2 cups butternut squash (cubed peeled)
  • 4 cups of chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 2 cups red kidney beans
  • ½ cup of cilantro
  • hummus
  • avocado
  • lime
  1. Using a large pot, start with medium heat and add sesame oil.
  2. Create a richness of flavor with the sesame oil which will act as a base to flavor everything else.
  3. Add the garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, cumin, salt and red pepper.
  4. Stir this mixture on medium heat until the amazing aroma fills your kitchen.
  5. Next add bell peppers, butternut squash, beans and tomatoes.
  6. Allow the mixture to glaze with the flavor of the oil for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the vegetable broth, cover the pot and let it simmer for at least 4 hours (the longer the better).
  8. Top with hummus, avocado, fresh cilantro, small squeeze of fresh lime and a dusting of sea salt.



A Yam Ice Cream Recipe by the Tasteful Pantry

by Megan Fleming on October 7, 2014, no comments

Recipe Yam Ice Cream

Welcome to the debut installment of a new weekly blog feature for recipes! Here at Urban Remedy, we have a standing tradition of highlighting the recipes that align with our core values: Organic, Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free… Ultimately, foods that are nourishing and have the intention to love and heal the body.

For this initial introduction to the recipe index we have partnered up with “The Tasteful Pantry,” who originally published her recipe for Yam Ice Cream and featured Urban Remedy’s light and crunchy vegan banana brittle.

Yam Ice Cream
This recipe has a few different components that need to be done ahead of time, so we recommend you start the day before you intend to finish it.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 quart
  • 1 cup Vegan Cashew Cream (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup yam puree (about 2 medium yams)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the higher quality the better)
  1. Thoroughly peel the yams and chop them into 1 inch square pieces.
  2. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle with the brown sugar and non-dairy butter.
  3. Cover with tin foil and poke about six small slits in the tin foil to allow steam to escape while the yams are baking.
  4. Bake at 400F (204C) for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove the yams from the oven, allow to cool, then purée in a food processor for about one minute.
  6. Simmer the ice cream ingredients then cool
  7. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the Cashew Cream, yam purée, water, non-dairy milk, sugar, maple syrup, egg yoke, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
  8. Bring the mixture to a simmer then remove from heat while whisking constantly.
  9. Whisk the mixture for an additional 5 minutes to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  10. Transfer to a covered container and place in the refrigerator to cool for about two hours.
  11. Process the ice cream to perfection
  12. Stir in the vanilla extract and mix in an ice cream maker for about 30 minutes.
  13. Transfer to the freezer to harden

Banana Brittle by Urban RemedyThis delicious ice cream just begs for an equally satisfying topping so don’t miss the Vegan Cashew Cream recipe below! We were also thrilled to see the Tasteful Pantry spring for a bit of crumbled banana brittle by Urban Remedy.


Vegan Cashew Cream
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A whipped cream alternative.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 servings
  • ⅓ cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  1. Soak the cashews overnight.
  2. Rinse and blend (or process in the food processor) the cashews with the other ingredients until creamy, for about 1 minute.


Lasagna that loves you back

by Megan Fleming on September 16, 2014, no comments

raw vegan lasagna by urban remedy

Lasagna may be one comfort food that is subtly layered into your memory. The aroma, of hearty tomato sauce held together by those dense layers of pasta and thick cheese may have the ability to stir your emotions, just a tad. Lets face it, food is not only tied to our nutritional needs, it is often linked to our emotional body.

We are emotional creatures with needs that sometimes surpass nutritional facts. As you begin to connect more to the concept that food is healing, explore what works best for your constitution, ask yourself what experiences around food are linked to joy.

Give yourself the ability to eat what you love, but edited to be more healthy, and let it love you back. This raw vegan lasagna recipe was made for you if you want the experience of eating lasagna with a lot of wonderful added benefits…

Lasagna that loves you back
Serves: 4 Servings
  • 2 Zucchini (Sliced long)
  • 32oz Organic Tomato Sauce
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • ½ cup Parsley (chopped)
  • 3 Basil Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 cup Hummus
  • 1 Avocado
  • ½ teaspoon Red Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 3 pinches Sea Salt
  1. Slice zucchini into long sheets that mirror lasagna pasta.
  2. Cover the bottom of your dish with zucchini sheets and then spread tomato sauce over the top.
  3. Sprinkle minced garlic over this first layer.
  4. Add a second layer of zucchini sheets and follow the same order.
  5. Add a third layer of zucchini sheets.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over the top, add garlic and distribute fresh parsley, basil and 3 pinches of sea salt all over.
  7. Add thin slices of avocado all over the top.
  8. Finish with hummus (use pastry bag to distribute hummus evenly and decoratively).


RECIPE: Easy, Homemade Protein Bar

by Megan Fleming on July 29, 2014, no comments

Recipe Raw Crispy Treat Protein Snack We use food to satisfy.We use food to nourish. We use food to celebrate. We use food to honor.

When a life is brought into this world and when a life leaves this world we bring food to others’ tables.

Creating a beneficial relationship with food changes us. Food is one of the biggest parts of life, because it sustains life. Food is medicine. Lovingly preparing food to soothe and nourish others is a wonderful gift. This simple snack recipe happens to be well loved by children and adults alike.

The Raw Crispy Treat was created as a balancing snack. It has been used to tame hungry children, to soothe anxiety attacks and to mend broken hearts. It has been used for athletes who need quick yet sustainable energy. It has been enjoyed time and again for the simple fact that it tastes so good. Fortified with loads of protein and nutritional benefits, it just might be the yummiest protein bar ever created!

Raw Crispy Treat Proten Bar
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An Easy, Homemade Protein Bar
Recipe type: Snack
  • 2 cups of Almond Butter
  • ½ cup of Raw Honey
  • 1 cup Puffed Quinoa
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Lemon Zest or Shredded Coconut
  1. Combine 2 cups of Almond Butter (or preferred nut/seed butter) with ½ cup of raw honey.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of puffed quinoa (gently heat raw quinoa in a skillet until quinoa becomes crispy).
  3. Spread evenly into a small square pan.
  4. Drizzle honey over the top and generously sprinkle with hemp seeds or chia seeds.
  5. Finish with a dusting of Himalayan pink salt.
  6. *Optional* add freshly lemon zest or shredded coconut
  7. Let set in the freezer until firm, then cut into squares and serve.

Cindy Crawford’s Favorite Mint Cacao Morning Shake

by Neka on February 25, 2014, 2 comments

mint cacao morning shake smoothie recipe by Urban Remedy

When Cindy Crawford asked for a super food filled morning shake, Neka Pasquale created this perfect recipe for her. Neka’s take on mint & chip ice cream, this smoothie is packed with low-glycemic ingredients.

Made from foods you can find at any grocery store, this Mint Cacao Smoothie is sure to become a morning favorite!

Cindy Crawfords Mint Cacao Smoothie Recipe

Cindy Crawford’s Favorite Mint Cacao Morning Shake
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Drink up to your health!
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1 serving
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 bunches fresh mint
  • 2-3 ripe frozen bananas
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 4-5 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: vanilla & stevia to taste
  1. Add all items to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.


If you’d rather us do the work, check out our full selection of shakes and cold-pressed juices that can be delivered to your door.

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Snack your Way to Lower Cholesterol

by Rebecca on November 11, 2013, no comments

Snacking on these 3 ingredients is sure to bring your cholesterol in below par!

Dates: Dates, nature’s finest candy, replenish energy and are rich in LDL cholesterol absorbing fiber. At Urban Remedy we love the sweet taste of dates in our Chai meal replacement smoothie and our Cookies! These treats are all raw, gluten-free, and all kinds of spicy sweet for simply happy snacking!

Jewel Yams: High in vitamins A, C, and fiber, eating these root veggies may in fact improve your skin and eye health in addition to lowering cholesterol. At Urban Remedy, you can catch us sipping on some jewel yams in our Beam juice.

Rice Wine Vinegar: Powered by 20 different amino acids, rice wine vinegar lowers cholesterol and boosts your immune system. Try adding apple cider vinegar to a quick vinaigrette over a crisp green salad or crunch on kale chips Urban Remedy style and get all the benefits of rice wine vinegar plus a mouthful of flavor!


Ingredient Spotlight: Lemon

by Rebecca on October 30, 2013, no comments

Feeling under the weather? Try adding lemon to your diet! The citrusy punch of lemon is sure to boost your health and awaken your insides. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoid, which benefit the liver and may clear mucus. At Urban Remedy, all of our cleanses are brimming with lemony goodness to rejuvenate your liver and revive your inner wellness goddess!

Hung Over? Hang Upside Down!

by Rebecca on October 17, 2013, no comments

Just One of 5 Quick Tips for Catching and Curing Your Worst Hangover Before it Hits

 Oops! You overdid it. The night ran late, overly boozy and totally wild, and now your hangover is well on its way. No need to panic! You can cure even the worst hangover before it hits. Here are five ways you can heal your worst hangover before it ruins the rest of your day!

 Juice it Out: Get yourself over to the grocery store for some ginger to settle that stomach, paired with some beets and carrots to support liver function. Whip them all together for a cleansing juice to filter out those lingering after party toxins.

We make our after party juice with apple and lemon for even more flavor and detoxifying goodness.

 Turn that Hangover Upside Down! No time for a trip to the grocery store? Hoist those legs into the air for a quick shoulder stand. This yoga inversion increases blood circulation, clearing the mind, and enlivening your organs with fresh hangover-free fuel for an energized rest of your day.

 Stop! Banana Time: Bananas are high in potassium, one of the essential minerals your body craves when that hangover hits. Snack on a banana and reboot your potassium levels for quick hangover prevention.

For added crunch try banana brittle, the perfect potassium-rich snack!

Hydrate Your Way to Happy: Water. You need water. Hangovers mainly hurt because alcohol dehydrates the body. Rehydrating is the easiest way to kiss that pesky hangover goodbye. Drink a glass of water before bed, or right when you wake up to hydrate away that hangover.

Looking for a deeper, more flavorful cleanse? Refresh with a juice for maximum hydration!

Sweat Yourself Cured: Yes, you may want to crawl into bed, draw your blackout shades, and binge watch Netflix, but a walk outdoors is such a better option. Sweating naturally sheds those bodily toxins from your night on the town. Even an easy stroll around the block can get your heart pumping enough to cure your funk. So hop out of bed and let your sweat work its magic!

 Helplessly hung over? Not anymore. Catch and cure even your worst hangover before its too late. Revive your body, and guys… party on!

Berry Cheesecake Recipe

by Neka on June 24, 2013, 38 comments

Urban Remedy’s Fav Berry Cheesecake
*Gluten free*
Yep, this recipe is all of those!
We all crave sweets, yet sometimes finding a healthy and delicious dessert can be a challenge. Now, you can enjoy one of our favorite desserts straight from the kitchen of our founder, Neka Pasquale.
Play around with different berries and let us know your favorite.
gluten free dessert recipe
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp pink salt
4 1/2 cups organic raspberries or strawberries
3 cups soaked organic cashews*
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup raw organic agave
1 tsp vanilla extract in glycerine
1 cup unrefined organic coconut oil melted
Soak raw cashews  in clean water for 20 minutes. Strain and rinse cashews, setting aside for use in the cheesecake filling.
Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended. Remove and pat firmly into pie pan.
In a blender or food processor, add berries, cashews, agave, lemon juice and vanilla. Blend until all ingredients are smooth. Once smooth, pour in the coconut oil and blend well.
Pour filling into the crust. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Garnish with berries. Enjoy with friends and loved ones!
And, if you are looking for more vegan dessert options, don’t forget our whole range of snacks!
Don’t forget to check back often for more gluten free dessert recipes! 
When we served this at our kitchen opening party, our guests were literally licking the plate:
Gluten free dessert recipe cheesecake

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