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Recipe: Berry-Basil Vinaigrette

September 16, 2008 by Lightwaves

“When we explore the way we eat, we open the door to looking at how we live.  These recipes are about vibrant living (and eating!) through better knowing ourselves.  Preparing and eating food mindfully can bring additional balance and health to our lives – nourishing us far beyond the kitchen table”

~ from the upcoming cookbook from Timeless Books

In the spring of 2009 the Ashram’s publishing branch, Timeless Books, will be publishing a cookbook authored by Jill Broadway and Megan Hanrahan. Jill was a founding chef at Radha Yoga and Eatery in Vancouver (see the video clip in this issue of lightwaves!), and Megan is a holistic nutritionist and instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Their book will combine delicious plant-based recipes with nutritional information and a recognition, inspired by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, of the strengthening, cleansing, hamonizing, and balancing properties of various foods.

During this summer’s AGM at the Ashram, the people from Timeless Books came out with a “Cookzine;” a sort of teaser to offer some recipes and give us all a taste of what the cookbook will be like.  Lightwaves decided to try out one of the recipes from the zine, using fresh, light-filled raspberries and basil from the Ashram’s organic garden.

This recipe, accompanied by a salad, is classified in the cookzine as  “cleansing.”


1/2 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries or raspberries

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp dried basil, or 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

3 Tbsp unrefined sunflower oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

The result was a zing-y,  bright pink dressing that perfectly complemented a salad of fresh mixed garden greens.  A tip from the Ashram kitchen was to try adding the vinegar a little at a time, as you may want to add less than the recipe calls for, according to your taste.  We’ve found that because this dressing is so flavourful, a little goes a long way.  Enjoy!


Sign up for Timeless Books’ mailing list to receive recipes and news about yoga,   food, and community.  Email: contact@timeless to sign up.

Come and eat delicious vegan treats at radha yoga and eatery    ( www.radhavancouver.org ), where the cookzine can be purchased by donation.  Receive a free chai or cookie with your meal, with purchase of the zine.

Take a look at Jill Broadway’s published recipes in ascent magazine’s Kuan Yin’s Kitchen online at www.ascentmagazine.com

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