Fall Vegetables with Citrus Herb Yogurt Sauce

Samira Ardalan - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Welcome to Avicenna Cuisine! It is here that you will discover your in-born Temperament through a 5-Minute Test, and then find out what foods balance you best, using the renowned hot, cold, wet and dry system. If you haven't had a chance to already, I would love for you to get yourself a copy of my book via:

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."- Hippocrates 

Avicenna Cuisine 101

There are 16 possible Temperament results once you take your test. There are four balanced and twelve imbalanced temperaments. All 16 combinations feature one or two of the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water depending if you have a primary and or secondary temperament as well. There is a high likelihood that you possess two qualities instead of just one, for instance being primarily Fiery (hot and dry) and secondarily Airy (hot and wet). As you may have noticed, this individual has an overall dominant quality of heat.

A Quick Way to Understand How to Treat Your Temperament

In order to maintain this heat level and stay healthy, you should consume mainly hot-tempered foods. For example, if an individual has a balanced  Fiery or Airy (hot) temperament and they want to keep the fire burning, they have to continue adding fire to it (hot foods). On the contrary, if an individual has a balanced Watery or Earthy (cold) temperament, think of a glass of ice water. If we want to keep it cold we have to add more ice (cold foods).


How Do I Know What Foods Are HOT vs COLD?

Tastes have everything to do with temperament. If you can tell the difference between sour (cold) and sweet (hot) you are off to a good start! For a full database of ingredients and their Temperaments, visit our website under the Temperament Test section on your results page. 

Tastes of COLD Foods

Acrid - unripened fruit such as grapes, olives and berries

Biting - radishes, horseradish

Sour - apple, grape, lemon, pineapple, vinegar

Tastes of HOT Foods

Bitter - Arugula, Coffee, Grapefruit

Salty - Capers, Oysters, Seaweed

Pungent -Mustard, Garlic, Onion

Greasy - Fried Foods, Pizza

Sweet -Banana, Coconut, Shrimp


Creating A Dish That Balances Your Temperament 

There are two ways to create your dishes, whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner, side or snack. First, if you are feeling balanced and healthy, continue to eat foods that are similar to your temperament. Second, if you are feeling imbalanced and sick, you must eat foods that are the opposite of your temperament to bring you back to balance.


So if you are feeling good, use ingredients that suit your temperament to prepare something delicious to your liking. You can definitely incorporate a variety of hot and cold foods, but when you add up how many cold vs hot ingredients you have, you should have more of either hot or cold, depending on what you are trying to achieve. For instance, to create a hot dish, you may have 7 ingredients. 4 of them are hot, and 3 are cold. This is considered a hot dish since there are more hot-tempered ingredients present. But, you have to consider the quantity of ingredients as well. If the main ingredient is cold, but there are still 4 hot ingredients, the cold ingredient such as broccoli can take over the dish and make it cold instead of hot. Use balance and moderation when preparing recipes. By the way, salt and pepper should be treated as ingredients and can change the entire temperament of a dish! Adding a lot of salt and/or pepper makes the dish hot tempered. Adding a little bit of salt to a cold dish is fine, so long as the amount of hot-tempered ingredients is much more than the amount of salt.    


If you are imbalanced and not feeling well, use ingredients that are the opposite of your temperament to prepare a medicinal dish that is delicious and to your liking. For instance, to create a cold dish for a hot tempered person, use cold-tempered ingredients like Broccoli, Lentils, and Lemon. Again, be sure to take a look at the Avicenna Cuisine ingredient database for help.


Fall Vegetables with Citrus Herb Yogurt Sauce

This dish was inspired by seasonal healthy ingredients for the Cold-tempered (Earth and Water). If you are trying to eat healthier, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli should be at the very top of your grocery list. The main ingredients, broccoli and mushrooms are both cold-tempered. The red onion, garlic and thyme are hot-tempered, but don't play the star roll in this dish. The al dente broccoli and crispy mushrooms give a nice crunch, while the yogurt aids in creating a creamy herb flavor and texture. Add a few grilled shrimp (cold) and this is a great weeknight meal in 30 minutes or less. 


1 bunch of Broccoli (broken up piece by piece) - Cold and Wet

1 1/2 cups of Mushrooms (thinly sliced) - Cold and Dry

1/4 cup Red Onion (thinly sliced) - Hot and Dry

1 tsp. Garlic (minced) - Hot and Dry

1/4 cup Fresh Parsley (bunch) - Cold and Dry

1 tbsp. Fresh Thyme - Hot and Dry

1 1/2 cups Plain Yogurt - Cold and Dry

1 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice - Cold and Wet

1 tbsp. Lemon Zest - Cold and Wet

1 tsp. White Wine Vinegar - Hot and Wet

2 tsp. Olive Oil - Cold and Wet

1 tsp. Salt - Hot and Dry



On two different sheet pans place your broccoli on one and the red onions on the other. Drizzle with olive oil and a little bit of salt. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are lightly browned and crispy. While that's cooking, preheat your pan on medium high heat. Add the olive oil and a few seconds later, add your mushrooms (I used oyster, shiitake and portabella). Let cook for a few minutes then add a pinch of salt. Once they begin to brown and crisp up, add almost all of your garlic and half of the fresh herbs. Let this cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms have reached a golden brown crispy texture. Careful not to burn your garlic! Once the veggies and mushrooms are done, combine them together in a bowl and set aside in a warm area for a few minutes until you make the yogurt sauce. For the sauce, place the yogurt in a bowl and add a pinch of salt, lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, rest of minced garlic, and your fresh herbs. Combine and serve along side the vegetables.


Healing Properties of Broccoli
  • Looking younger- the antioxidant vitamin C can help fight skin damage, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin texture.
  • Natural fiber prevents constipation and helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract in addition to protection from chronic diseases. 
  • This dish provides your daily need for vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate and potassium. 
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Photos by Samira Ardalan