Snow Day

Well hello! I know. I know. I have neglected Vegetarian Lifestyle. Shame on me.

I’m here now so…

It has been a snowy night and day in Baltimore. Thankfully I have the day off so I don’t have to brave the messiness. Normally I’d go to yoga, but decided to hangout around the condo. After being shocked out of my sleep by a text message from a friend at 8:30 this morning, I stayed in bed for about an hour mildly conscious just being a bum. I finally grabbed my iPad to check Youtube for some detox yoga videos.

I came across a jewel!

Yoga with Adriene is a really cool, down to earth YT channel. Adriene is easy going, but she challenges her yogis to push a little to get the full yoga experience. I quickly added three sessions to my YT playlist, rolled out of bed, grabbed my yoga mat, and turned my living room into a studio. And what an experience! So glad I did it.

I started with a 20min Morning Yoga session

Then I went onto a 20 min Flow Yoga Vinyasa Sequence

I planned to to complete the Detox session, but I decided to stop and give my body a rest. That Vinyasa sequence was a refreshing challenge. I may do the detox later today.

After yoga I settled down with a cozy cup of coffee and a delicious everything bagel egg sandwich.

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Eat well! Be well!

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Lemon Dill Quinoa and Kale Bowl

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As you know, I am a busy lady. Cooking highly technical and ingredient rich meals, though I love to, does not always fit into my schedule. So I try to keep an arsenal of easy one pot meals that are highly nutritious. This is a meal that I will forever return to. In fact, I loved it so much I made it twice in one week, dinner and lunch. Cook Quinoa according to package instructions. Add lemon and dill. Season well with salt. Add Kale stir and cover. Cook until Kale is slightly soft. I like to have a little crunch to my veggies so I didn’t allow the Kale to cook to much.

Eat well! Be well!

Spicy Thai Green Curry Napa Cabbage

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There is nothing like spicy food to help keep warm and full in the winter. I have not always been a spicy kind of girl, but I’m growing to really appreciate the flavors and spices. This dish is simple. Another homage to the Sweet Potato Soul Blog. Her original dish (episode #9) used potatoes and tomatoes and carrots and a whole lot of other veggie goodness. I used the same brand of Thai Green Curry paste (from my local Asian market), but added different veggies. While at the market I saw a head of Napa Cabbage and was interested in trying it, as I never had before. I also picked up fresh green peas. These are the staples. In a wok with coconut oil I sauteed a tablespoon of the Thai Green Curry. I then added the cabbage, peas and fresh cilantro. To this I added one can of coconut milk (this brings down the heat of the curry). Let this shimmer until peas are nice and soft. Serve over Jasmine rice. You will fall in love with this simple dish. Try mixing it up and adding your favorite veggies. Just follow the same technique and you will have a Thai Green Curry dish that you will love!

Eat well! Be Well!

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This has been my morning. School work and a lite breakfast of Trader Joe’s Honey Oatmeal flakes cereal with coconut milk and grapes. It’s very cold and gray today so I needed something bright and warm to the core. I went over the Sweet Potato Soul‘s blog to grab this warm turmeric and ginger drink. She calls it Turmeric Heaven and it is indeed heavenly. After you heat the mixture it turns into this beautiful mustard gold color with an airy turmeric froth on top. I absolutely love this drink. It can possibly replace my morning coffee. Click the link to get the recipe.

For my recipe I made a few changes because I didn’t have some of the ingredients. Instead of dates I used a tablespoon of Trader Joe’s carrot juice for sweetness. Be sure to read the ingredients to this juice. Trader Joe’s has two different types; one of which has sardines and anchovies. Not vegetarian and certainly not vegan. I also added about an 1 inch piece of a banana and I used coconut milk.

Try it and enjoy!

Tara Stiles on being healthy

Hey veggies!

I was roaming through my Youtube subscriptions and was inspired by this post by Tara Stiles. She is an internationally known yoga instructor, author, and YouTuber. I watch her channel quite faithfully and practice the yoga routines that she introduces. She is a great inspiration for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to subscribe to her channel TaraStilesYoga.

In this video she discusses what being healthy means to her. Her thought process is quite practical eliminating health food gimmicks and diet fads. At the core, the healthy lifestyle philosophy is to listen to your body and eat not just for fulfillment, but also for the nutrients that your body craves. This is something that I am still learning. I know the foods that my body absolutely does not like. I feel the rejection of refined sugar and caffeine. The headaches and the lack of focus, acne breakouts, sluggishness. Sometimes, however, I find myself eating, and over-eating, these things. Through my healthy journey I have learned that having and practicing a healthy lifestyle personal philosophy helps me to stay on track. If I get off track, which does happen, I am able to consult my simple philosophy so that I can make my way back to healthy living.

Watch this video and be inspired to live a healthy wholesome life!

 

 

Middle Eastern Asian Fusion

 

This meal came together a little unexpectedly. Cooking was far from what I felt like doing. I spent the morning with my grandmother watching the inauguration and chatting. By the time I got home around 4:00pm, I was pooped and all I wanted to do was lounge on the couch and flip through cable channels. But then, quite weirdly, I got up, went to the kitchen and started chopping veggies. It was almost robotic. My mind was screaming, “No! sit down!” Despite this, I actually created not one, but two meals; roasted veggies, and a kumquat and kale dish. More on the roasted veggies in another post.

I made the kale for two reasons. I had it and I didn’t want it to go to waste. I also realized that the roasted veggies would take a lot longer than expected. I had kumquats that were getting a little too ripe. As I sauteed the kale I took a chance and added the kumquats, so this was an experiment.  I served this with Israeli couscous. Just a little nutritional facts about this meal. Kale is a super food. According to WebMD, kale is one of the healthiest veggies on the planet. Here’s a few more facts about this super food:

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Let’s not forget the couscous. Israeli couscous are pearl sized, though this pasta comes in different forms, colors, and flavors. I also have the finely ground couscous. The flavor is nutty and an easy way to inject some serious protein in your diet.

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For this meal you will need

Curly kale

Shallot sliced (half or whole depending on how much kale you have)

Ginger (freshly minced)

Garlic (freshly minced)

Kumquat (sliced with seeds removed)

1/2 tsp Sunflower oil

Salt and pepper

Toasted Almonds

Cook couscous according to package directions.

In a hot wok, add sunflower oil and sauté shallot, ginger, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add kumquat and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add kale and cook until soft, but not mushy and wilted. Remove from heat and add toasted almonds.

Serve with a glass of fresh brewed whole leaf Moroccan mint tea garnished with kumquat slices. So good!

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