What Food should you feed us?

Keeping your Sangha Healthy

I am often asked “what should we cook for you?”  Usually I’m not well prepared for that question, so I thought I’d put together a resource here. The menu on the left lists some suggestions and recipes of healthy food that you can feed us that will be good for us and taste good too.

The Buddha says that the purpose of alms food is “for keeping us healthy” so we can “live the holy life”.

I have noticed that traditional Dana is high in fats, sugars and carbohydrates [rice] and low in fresh greens.  I would like to encourage you to prepare health food for us with lots of fresh vegetables.  Please give us more salads.

Certainly the traditional Sri Lankan salads of Gotu Kola and Kale are really good!  I always appreciate the excellent nutrition these dishes provide.

Please note: Anagarika Pasanna is allergic to cucumber.

To get started I will provide you with a couple of good salad recipes:

Mixed greens salad

is very simple and very good:

baby spinach, cos lettuce, iceberg lettuce, watercress, coriander leaves, basil leaves, pea and bean sprouts.
Shred the big leaves, pick through the baby spinach, watercress and herbs and discard any that are crushed or slimy,
Gently toss them to mix.
A gentle drizzle of lemon juice or vinegar will keep them fresh and prevent browning.

Raw Carrot Salad with Sesame, Soy and Lime Dressing

is from Michelle’s excellent Health Helpings website http://www.healthyhelpings.com.au/raw-asian-carrot-salad/

The menu on the left lists some more suggestions and recipes of healthy food that you can feed us that will be good for us and taste good too.