Vandana Sheth’s Curried Power Bowl
This month I want to highlight Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, FAND, an award winning dietitian, certified diabetes educator, dynamic speaker, media spokesperson, and author. Vandana is passionate about helping people enjoy delicious and flavorful food to achieve their unique health and wellness goals.
Vandana has taken her favorite ingredients and created a delicious one bowl meal for convenience, flavor and easy cleanup. The golden hue of turmeric and aromatics turn each bite into a flavor and textural explosion. The addition of garbanzo beans to this recipe provides a nice protein and fiber upgrade.
This recipe came about one warm summer day when she had just gotten home from work and wanted to relax in her backyard with her family. She pulled together a few ingredients that she thought may play well together and cooked this in a wok in her backyard stove while sipping on some wine. This dish is in honor of her husband who loves simple one-bowl meals.
Who is Vandana?
Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, FAND, is the owner of a nutrition consulting practice focusing on diabetes, eating disorders, food allergies, health promotion and disease prevention. She has over two decades of experience working with individuals, groups, community organizations and schools and specializes in intuitive eating, food allergies, vegetarian nutrition, diabetes and family nutrition. She has written numerous articles on nutrition for magazines and other professional publications and has served as a nutrition expert specializing in food allergies and vegetarian nutrition with a multitude of community organizations.
As a National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, representing one of the largest media markets, Vandana frequently speaks to a wide range of audiences on hot topics related to health, wellness, nutrition and disease prevention. She provides dynamic presentations including vegetarian cooking demonstrations to promote a healthy lifestyle. Vandana has done countless media interviews and is frequently quoted in print publications as well as online media.
Vandana’s love for gathering around a table with delicious, home-cooked meals began as a child watching her mother, who so lovingly and creatively wove her kindness and open heart into every meal, pulling people in from the community to their family table and celebrations.
What are your top five values? Why is important that you know them? Why is this important to know them?
My top five values are:
Family, Health, Travel, Wealth, and Impact
My values are my guiding force. Knowing them helps me enjoy a life that is fulfilling and deeply meaningful.
How do you savor and enjoy your life?
Try to stay more present in life. I take the time to enjoy walks in nature, dance (Kathak – a North Indian classical dance style is a big part of my life and helps me stay in touch with my heritage), spend quality time with my loved ones (I try to spend one on one time with each of my sons and husband every week to reconnect and talk to my Dad almost daily in India), have fun – enjoy meals gathered around our table at home with family, friends, at restaurants, wine tasting, football games and tailgating…
What is your typical day like?
I don’t have a typical day as every day is different. I love the flexibility and it keeps it interesting for me. I always wake up and enjoy a cup of strong coffee or masala chai and spend some time reflecting on an upcoming day with gratitude. I then go for a lovely walk with our dog Shadow. During our walk, I video-chat with my Dad in India and listen to positive and uplifting music or podcasts. I then enjoy breakfast and map out my day whether it is seeing clients in my office or virtually, working on projects (speaking/writing), social media, or doing media interviews. When I get home in the evening, I love spending time with my husband in our backyard sipping some delicious wine and enjoying a quick and tasty homemade dinner.
Why did you become a registered dietitian?
I love helping people, love science, and love food. Being a registered dietitian nutritionist allows me to combine all of my favorite activities and truly help people enjoy life to the fullest while savoring their favorite foods.
What is your theme for the year and why?
Impact! This is a milestone birthday year for me and I want to leave an impact/legacy in the world.
If I were to peek into your fridge what would I see?
Lots of veggies (usually greens, cabbage, carrots, peppers, variety of chilies, ginger, minced garlic, fresh herbs), condiments (lots of spicy sauces), cooked beans/lentils, cooked rice, yogurt, milk and soy milk, fruit (apples, berries, mangoes, grapes), cheese, nut butters and sunflower seed butter.
What has been the favorite part of your career?
Seeing the “ah ha” moment and light in my client’s eyes when they make the connection between their food choices/decisions and how they feel. I am truly making a difference in their health through intuitive eating and mindfulness principles. I am taking the fear out of their food decisions and empowering them to once again savor food while meeting their health and wellness goals. I love traveling to conferences and especially visiting farms – learning about how food is grown. Meeting interesting people and learning about cultural differences and how to help diverse populations in a culturally sensitive way.
What is your advice for someone who wants to get into this field?
Be open to opportunities, be ready and willing to learn and grow as the field is constantly evolving. Find mentors and coaches to help guide, support and motivate you. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
What is on your bucket list?
Write an Indian inspired book!
Chere’s note- Cross that off your list Vandana ! We will be waiting for your next cookbook.
In My Indian Table, Vandana Sheth draws upon heartwarming memories of Vandana’s mother’s cooking while growing up in India with her knowledge as a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. In this beautiful full-color cookbook, she transforms heavy Indian dishes to lighter, easy-to-prepare, authentic, delicious and healthier options.
- Over 60 delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes
- Step-by-step instructions
- Shortcuts to streamline and speed up the cooking process
- Full color pictures
- Tips for success, stocking your kitchen, key ingredients, shopping and storage tips
- Recipes for all culinary skill levels
- Tasty dishes that can promote health and prevent disease
- Wine pairing with Indian food and stories
There is so much more to Indian food than chicken tikka masala, naan, samosa, and vindaloo! Whether you are a meat lover, vegetarian or vegan, this cookbook is a flavorful, fun and exciting way to enhance your meals.
Vandana and I hope that you will create your own beautiful memories with simple and delicious Indian food surrounded by your loved ones. We cannot wait to hear what you create!
You can get in touch with Vandana