While the weather can be unpredictable in the transitional period between winter and spring, in general, it tends to be wet. March is an especially “watery” month, when snow melts and rivers and streams start to flow again. Its wetness and flowing quality can leave us susceptible to kapha disorders like congestion and sinus trouble—you’ve probably noticed lots of people coming down with colds. According to ayurveda, we can balance March’s kapha nature by eating lots of greens, fresh herbs, broccoli and cauliflower, and pungent spices like chili, cayenne, and ginger.
So with ayurveda in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 great seasonal vegan and vegetarian recipes that will nourish you and help you combat colds and congestion all at the same time. Enjoy!
Vegan Asparagus Soup—This roasted asparagus soup recipe is tasty, healthy, and only calls for a few ingredients, most of which you probably have lying around the kitchen. Even though the recipe is dairy-free, it’s super creamy thanks to velvety blended potatoes and plant-based milk. Our favorite part is its fresh green color—a great reminder that spring is on its way!
Rainbow Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing—This creative kale salad is bursting with nutrition, flavor, and texture. With hearty ingredients like avocado and roasted chickpeas, crunchy seeds and veggies, and a deliciously rich roasted carrot dressing, your tastebuds are sure to be entertained. Since kale leaves are so sturdy, this salad holds up great when prepped ahead of time.
Kung Pao Tofu—This one’s for the spice-lovers! With ginger, dried chile peppers, and sambal oelek, a flavorful Indonesian hot chile paste, it will definitely clear out your sinuses (if you want it to). Just bake your tofu, whisk together the sauce, stir fry your veggies, combine everything together, and serve over rice. Yum!
Hearty Cabbage Soup—Cabbage soup isn’t just for fad dieters! This cabbage soup recipe is anything but bland, with hearty chunks of potatoes, carrots, and celery, and a flavorful and warming broth. Best of all, it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook, so you can get dinner on the table in no time.
Curried Red Lentil & Quinoa Bowls with Cilantro-Mint Chutney—This bowl is the perfect, fuss-free meal that only takes 30 minutes to come together. Ginger, spicy curry powder, and a fresh cilantro and mint chutney are what gives this recipe its special zing, and it contains both quinoa and lentils for a big punch of protein. Perfect for a post-vinyasa dinner.
Vegan Loaded Potato Pancakes (Latkes)—These avocado-loaded latkes would be great for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Although this recipe is already quick to whip up, you could save even more time by using pre-shredded potatoes.
Quick and Easy Tahini Ginger Cookies—Last but not least: cookies! We just couldn’t wrap up this yoga recipe roundup without including a dessert. These cookies are great for times when you need something a little sweet—and fast. With a mellow ginger flavor balanced by nutty tahini, these will quell your sweet tooth without giving you an unwanted sugar rush.
If you try any of these recipes we’d love to hear how you liked them! Keep an eye out for more vegetarian and vegan ayurveda-balancing recipes next month.