mushroom and walnut stuffed bell peppers: vegan goodness.

mushroom and walnut stuffed bell peppers: vegan goodness.

Last March my Ironman made these delicious mushroom and walnut ‘meatballs’ to go with a spaghetti squash dinner.  Three months later we were still talking about them. stuffed peppers

Oh holy cow they were insanely delicious.  I set out on a mission: how else could I enjoy the earthy combination of mushrooms (high in vitamin D) and walnuts (high in protein and folic acid, which you can learn about here) in new dishes?

Well, thanks to the trusty VitaMixx, I found it! Vegan Mushroom and Walnut Stuffed Bell Peppers– Mediterranean Night: here we come!

Ingredients:

  • 8 button mushrooms, washed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp homemade hummus,  check out my recipes here
  • 2 handfuls fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced in half
  • drizzle of grapeseed oil

Combine first 5 ingredients and blend on low until a paste forms.

Slice bell peppers in half and clean out the seeds  (If you slice them top to bottom, they dads-stuffed-bell-peppers-1hold more stuffing!)

Spoon stuffing into pepper boats, place in an oven safe glass platter.  Drizzle the tops of each pepper with grapeseed oil.

Put in the oven at 350 F and bake for about 35-45 minutes.

Serve with fresh veggies and hummus, and a Greek salad… on your back porch… in the summertime.  Yes, it’s a charmed life.

Let me know how it tastes. Enjoy!

-lisa

recover well: 3 drinks for your yoga recovery.

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Second piece of advice in my Summer Recovery Series: DRINK UP.  If it seems asinine to remind you to do something that your body does by instinct: think about your yesterday.  How many glasses of water did you drink between 8:00 am and noon?  How many between noon and 8:00 pm?  Most of us had a few sips when we brushed our teeth in the morning, then moved into coffee, then into tea, then into iced coffee, then… the list goes on.

If you truly want to recover well from your yoga practice (especially if you are sweating it out in the Ashtanga room, where tradition asks us not to drink water during the practice to keep the internal agni (fire) and tapas (zeal) alive) then you need to pay attention to the liquids re-hydrating your muscles and tendons.

3 drinks for your Yoga Recovery

1. Water. That seems pretty simple.  keep-calm-drink-more-waterThe Mayo Clinic suggests an adequate intake of 2.2 to 3 liters a day of fluids for healthy, active adults.  You can always follow the 8×8 rule (8 glasses of 8 ounces) because it is easy to remember.  Drinking water, which flushes the toxins from your system, drastically decreases muscle soreness by moving the lactic acid out of your muscles.  In addition, remember that the connective tissue that covers your muscles, called fascia, tightens into a more dense weave of tissue when it is dehydrated.
If you honestly want your hamstrings to feel good the next day, make sure you drink water before and after your yoga practice.  Ideally, we would all practice in the morning and then drink watetrhave the entire day to re-hydrate.  (And remember to offer Gratitude for every drink of water… there are too many families living in poverty who do not have access to clean water!  If you don’t know much about this crisis, check out water.org or Outreach International and share a few pennies with the 800 million people who need a drink.)

2. Coconut water.  Coconut water has all the important electrolytes that your body sweats out during intense breathing and movement. Most of us DO NOT need sports drinks: these have a huge amount of sugar and other additives that may as well be poison.  Not really, but pretty close.  And if your yoga practice is a part of your overall ‘get fit and toned’ plan, then adding these extra empty calories into your diet is counterproductive.  Coconut water, on the other hand, is tasty, low in calories, and has no added sugars.  It is high in electrolytes like potassium, which is the key point.  I buy ZICO because it was started by a Peace Corps volunteer, both the bottles and lids are recyclable, and it’s yummy.  According to their site, the ZICO_11oz_Natural_225x184biggest bragging point for coconut water as a recovery drink is the naturally high concentration of potassium.       “[Potassium is] an electrolyte (one of five that naturally occur in coconut water, including magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus) that helps promote hydration and is needed for muscle contraction and function. One bottle of ZICO contains as much potassium as a banana.”  It’s a phenomenal choice for recovery– lactose-free, fat-free, refreshing and easy.  (**NOTE: Stick to the original flavor.  The chocolate and pineapple flavors are not appetizing. Read: super disgusting.)

3. DIY Lemon Recovery Drink.  My favorite trick is to make my own batch of a tasty sports recovery drink from whole-food ingredients.  It’s SUPER easy, and you can adjust the flavor by tweaking the recipe.

Ingredients: lemon honey

  • Water
  • 1 tsp Table salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • Honey to taste

Directions:

  • Quick boil 16 oz of water
  • Add 1 tsp of table salt (for the added electrolytes) and stir until dissolved
  • Squeeze in lemon juice
  • Squeeze in honey and stir until dissolved
  • Store in fridge until it’s refreshingly cold, and drink for a few days!

It’s EASY and delicious and natural. (And doesn’t require any packaging that fills up your recycle bin!)

Ok, try them out.  Let me know which suggestion is your favorite or send me the recipe of your favorite recovery drink.

-lisa

 

‘downward facing dog’ reduces diabetes?

So here’s good news: we all know that weight bearing exercise supports bone density and reduces body fat (stronger! leaner! yeah!) but finally researchers are counting strength-based yoga poses as ‘resistance training.’  A newly released study involving women aged 30-50 found that the women who routinely exercised– even doing non-aerobic activities like yoga– reduced the risk of diabetes.

A recap of the Harvard study can be found on NPR Health Shots.  It says that “for each 60 minutes of activity in a week, the women reduced their risk of diabetes by about 14 percent… Women who did muscle-strengthening and conditioning exercise more than 150 minutes a week lowered their diabetes risk by 40 percent.

And Downward Facing Dog counts!  That’s super good news for those of you who detest running and aren’t coordinated enough to bike for more than a few minutes. Aerobic activity is awesome for your cardiovascular health (Sun Salutations totally count– check out this video by Kino MacGregor for great instruction), but rest assured that the work you do in yoga class is contributing to your physical health on a level that you can’t always see and feel.

Celebrate your health!  Do some down dogs!

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photo courtesy of yogajournal.com

~lisa

learn to meditate. your way.

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Most often, students who are new to yoga and meditation are told to simply, “sit there and still your thoughts.”

When I first learned to meditate, my thoughts could only stay still for about 0.03 seconds. I’m a list-maker, a future-organizer, a ruminator, a worrier and a dreamer. Even if my body was still, my mind was anything but.

In my experience, my thoughts don’t completely cease, but they do slow down a little bit after a few moments of meditation. I visualize my neural pathways as cars speeding across interstate overpasses and then very gradually slowing down … consciously choosing a safer, more sustainable, less hurried pace. Still going somewhere, but taking a slower pace with time to enjoy the scenery.

I’ve learned that meditating is an integral part of a holistic yoga practice. The asanas (postures) are performed in order prepare the body for seated meditation. But here’s thing: you don’t just sit there.

Seated meditation is an active process of learning to become attuned to your thoughts with skillful attention. It is the skill of consciously slowing down your thought processes so that you can live a sustainable life and take time to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Learning to meditate doesn’t have to be daunting.

Start Here:


Focus on Your Breath.

Focusing on your breath reaffirms your mind-body connection. Typically, your mind and your body are in two different locations: your body is one place and your mind is elsewhere, trapped in rumination of the past or worries about the future. Your breath is the bridge between a focused, present, mind-body connection.

This 3-part breathing meditation works wonders for stress relief.

Complete Breath Exercise


Enjoy a Relaxing Visualization Practice.

Visualization works wonders. One of my favorite techniques is a Systematic Relaxation Exercise from Dr. Rolf Sovik of the Himalayan Institute called “61 Points of Light.” Most Guided Meditation experiences share the primary aim of total relaxation, so go ahead and lay down in a comfortable place, snuggle in and enjoy 10 stress-free minutes.

61 Points of Light


Listen to a Guided Meditation.

Don’t feel like you can make your thoughts “be still-er” on your own volition? Utilize a guided meditation audio file that you can take with you, wherever you are. Listen and remember that you are here, and this is now.

“I am here, this is now” Meditation

Head to this page on my website for more resources: Guided Meditation


Just Do it.

Don’t worry about doing it correctly or incorrectly.  Start by sitting still for 60 seconds. Appreciate your breath for one minute. Remember that meditation is YOUR practice.

You will find a way to meditate that works well for you and you will find a way that doesn’t work well for you.  If you are learning to sit in stillness, you are learning to trust your own wisdom. Listen to your own insight, and commit to a daily stillness practice.  It will change your life.

“Trust Your Inner Knowing” Meditation


Guided Meditation Teachings

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inexpensive homemade hummus recipes

inexpensive homemade hummus.  (or: SnackTime!)

A few months ago my paleo-diet cousin “went vegan” for a week (I’m pretty sure it was a double-dog-dare).  By the second day, he texted me that he was hungry: he found it difficult to make on-the-go snacks that actually made him feel full.  I told him I eat about three pounds of hummus a week, and suggested he do the same.  (Ok, slight exaggeration…)

I was already relatively adept at making my own hummus as a way to actively reduce kitchen waste (even ‘recyclable’ plastic packaging is wasteful if you buy that much hummus! Read my Aparigraha April posts) and save money… but to help my cousin out, I committed to hunt for the easiest, least expensive homemade hummus recipes.  Many recipes call for roasting the garlic (time consuming) or tahini (expensive) and I’m a big fan of using whatcha already got in your kitchen.  After some refining (yum!): here are my top three Homemade Hummus recipes.

First: Go buy some chickpeas in bulk.  They are super cheap.  (Aluminum cans are not in fashion any more).  Chickpeas are packed with protein, fiber and iron.  And they cook relatively quickly: Just add chickpeas to your crock pot/slow cooker, add water (double up the same you would for beans: 1 C chickpeas to 2 C water) and set it on high for 3 hours, or low over-night.  Cook 2 cups, then divvy up ½ Cup servings in freezer-safe containers to use later.  Thaw one container in the morning and make your fresh hummus in the afternoon.

I like hummus to be creamy, so I do not drain the chickpeas before freezing them or spooning them out to put in the blender.

Lisa’s Summer Staple Homemade Hummus

Ingredients: 

  • ½ Cup cooked Chickpeas
  • ½ tsp Honey Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ tsp Minced Garlic
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Roasted/salted pumpkin seeds (For topping)

Add first 6 ingredients to food processor, blend on variable until desired creamy consistency.  Add water if needed.  Spoon into a bowl, top with pumpkin seeds.  Enjoy with sliced zucchini, carrots, celery, peppers and jicama.

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Lisa’s Garden Homemade Hummus

Ingredients:

  • ½ C cooked chickpeas
  • 5 sundried tomatoes
  • ¼ C fresh basil (or a tbsp. dried basil)
  • Handful fresh oregano ( or 1 tbsp dried oregano)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
  • Garlic salt (for topping)

Add all ingredients to food processor, blend on variable until desired creamy consistency.  Add water if needed.  Spoon into a bowl, top with garlic salt or fresh garlic.  Enjoy with crackers or veggies.

 

Lisa’s ‘Light it Up’ Spicy Hummus

Ingredients:

  • ½ C cooked Chickpeas
  • ¼ jalapeno (no seeds: just a sliver of the side)
  • Sea Salt, Cumin or Chili powder and Turmeric to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon (just the juice)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp. Boys Grow Salsa

Add all ingredients to a food processor, blend on variable until desired consistency.  Add water if needed.  Spoon into a bowl, top with salsa (optional) and enjoy with tortilla chips, sliced bell peppers, crunchy red chard, etc.

Enjoy… let me know which one you love the best, I’m interested!

-lisa

Aparigraha April Challenge #5: Shop Smarter.

To test my aparigraha skills and move toward my challenge of a Reduced-Waste Home, I spent an afternoon in a large grocery store chain (with a bulk ‘Health Food’ section) and tried to do 3 weeks’ worth of shopping without buying anything that would be considered disposable.  (This includes recycling.)  My expert opinion: nearly impossible.  There are hidden traps EVERYWHERE.  I mean, even the bulk food section (I brought my own bags, one point for me) still printed labels for each bag, gave away twist ties, and required one-time use disposable plastic gloves (negative points for me).  Good God.  I should have just bought ONE pre-packaged bag of black beans instead of wasting all these extras.  Oh, and toiletries?  I have no idea how to buy conditioner that doesn’t come in a plastic bottle.  There are about a trillion Nature’s Conditioner recipes out there, but I prefer to eat avocados, not put them on my head.  Needless to say, it was tough.

This week’s challenge is about shopping smarter, because we know that we vote with our money.  Where you purchase items and how you purchase items tells the producer where your heart is and your loyalties lie.  Every penny is a vote for a more sustainable, ahimsa filled lifestyle.  But it’s not always easy.  So just remember my advice from Aparigraha 101: be patient and be kind to yourself.  Take this with a grain of salt and a sense of humor… (like you did during your first Vinyasa Level 2/3 class with me at Westport Yoga).

Aparigraha April Challenge #5: Shop Smarter.

1. BYOC.  Bring Your Own Container.  As in, bring your own fruit and veggie bags, or don’t use any at all.  No one ever said that your lemons need their own dinky plastic bag.  They can sit in your cart.  They can, heaven forbid, touch your other fruit.  If you DO need to bag your veggies (sometimes broccoli heads are wet from the ‘stay-fresh’ misters used in the produce aisle) then bring your own.  *Helpful Hint: If you do need to use one that is provided for you, be mindful to re-use that bag.  Do not tie the bag into a knot at the top, because it’s usually so thin that the plastic tear.  Also beware when buying in bulk—the barcode sticker that prints out after you weigh your items is, well, very sticky.  After emptying a bag of garbonzo beans into a glass container at home I tried to remove the sticker in order to re-use the bag.  “Wait!,” I thought.  “If I fill this bag up with pears next time I go to the store, the clerk will be confused that I’ve labeled my pears as garbonzo beans.”  Taking off the sticker tore a giant hole in the thin plastic bag.  Unusable.  Even for doggie-poop.  (Actually, especially for doggie poop.  Holes in poop bags = the worst.)

2. Buy in Bulk.  Reducing food packaging can have an exponentially positive impact on the environment.  In America, 80 million tons of food packaging enter landfills every year (Bach, Go Green, Live Rich).  At the grocery store, challenge yourself avoid buying anything in a plastic package.  Use the bulk item section to buy dry goods (you can even use your own bags from home to when purchasing, see above).  At home: store your nuts, beans, lentils in glass containers.  (Even treats like yogurt covered pretzels can be purchased out-of-the bag).  Don’t want to purchase a matching set of glass canisters?  (Good. That’s probably not aparigraha, anyway.)  Didn’t inherit 3 giant boxes of Ball canning jars from your grandma this winter?  Well… Have you ever purchased apple sauce?  Almond butter?  Cherry juice?  All of these things come in glass jars.  Eat/drink the jar empty, put it in the dishwasher, and then fill it right back up.  Easy.

3. Become obsessed with Re-usable Totes.  Even for Target runs.  We are totally used to bringing our own canvas bags to Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores, but you can put other things in those bags, too.  Like, um, every-thing.  Take your bags into CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc.  If you MUST have your items bagged in plastic bags, reuse them as: trash bin liners, doggie bags, packing padding for mailing gifts to your Mimi in California, etc.  Do your part to reduce the 30 million plastic bags that end up as litter each year worldwide (Bach, Go Green, Live Rich).

4. Refuse a receipt.  If you forgo printed credit card receipts for the rest of your life… you’ve just saved thousands of miles of bleached tickertape.  And probably a few trees.

5. Clean your hands.  Take your own hand sanitizer spray to the grocery store.  Avoid the extra trash created by using the complimentary wet wipes offered to clean the handles of the shopping cart.  My all-time favorite hand sanitizer is Clean Well Natural Hand Sanitizer.  1 full oz (a tiny bottle) is 225+ sprays of citrus-smelling cleanliness.

These may seem like small steps.  They are.  But if everyone takes one small step, then we are all walking together.  This Challenge will really test you: next time you go shopping, train your eye to survey all the disposables in the store.  Ask yourself: ‘Why would I pay for something, just to throw it away?’  Then, walk away.

Let me know how it goes,

-lisa

Earth Day meditation.

Sharing this meditation from my friend and spiritual guide, Katie Harmon-McLaughlin.

Happy Earth Day (which should be EVERY day).

“Meeting God is not a momentary ‘spiritual’ affair; rather, God is the ether, the reality, the body, the garden in which we live. God is never absent; God is reality (being). Everything that has being derives it from God (we are born and reborn by God). The entire cosmos is born of God, as is each and every creature. We depend on this source of life and its renewal absolutely. We could not live a moment without the gifts of God’s body- air, food, water, and other creatures. This realization is an overwhelming experience of God’s transcendence; it calls forth awe and immense gratitude. Yet, at the same time, as Augustine puts it, God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Where can we go where God is not, since God fills heaven and earth?” -Sallie McFague, A New Climate for Theology

 

Take a few moments to breathe deeply and know that with each breath you are inhaling and exhaling divine love; the unifying, life-giving spirit in all of creation.

Consider how this matters for you now.

Consider your connectedness with all other life.

Consider all that you have done so far today; all that you have eaten, all that you have touched. Pay attention to the fabric of the clothing you wear and think about where it came from. Pay attention to the place where you sit and the materials that surround you. All of these came from the earth.

The gifts of God’s body, the earth, are sustaining your daily existence. Pause in gratitude. 

Some of the things you touch and wear and use today have caused earth destruction. Pray for forgiveness for the ways we sometimes live unaware as though we are disconnected. Pray for greater awareness and compassion in the days ahead.

Become aware of the surrounding air that embraces every part of you, touching your fingertips, resting on your shoulders and head. Know that embracing-stillness as God, holding you in each moment. Know that there is not a place you can go in this world where you will not be in this loving embrace.

There is no distance between you and God.
There is no distance between you and love.
There is no distance between you and the rest of creation because you are part of sacred creation and are daily sustained by this planet.

How will you live this holy connection today?

for more from Katie, visit the Community of Christ Spiritual Formation Center Facebook page.

photo cred HM

Aparigraha April Challenge #4: No-Waste Kitchen.

Welcome back!  How are your challenges going?  Feeling overwhelmed?  Inspired?  Intrigued?  In love with the Earth?  Tell me about your successful and not-so-successful moments.  Use the form at the bottom of this page or email me.

This challenge, the No-Waste Kitchen Challenge, was simultaneously the most fun and the most frustrating.  Fun because I learned so many ‘live-simple’ ideas, and frustrating because there are about a million more ideas that I don’t have time to try.  I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  Here’s a rule: remove the trash can from your kitchen sink and hide it outside.  Game.  Changer.  I quickly realized how much extra food packaging I was tossing—most of it goes in the recycle bin anyway, but it’s still wasteful.  Remember, we are working to reduce our waste at all levels, in order to cultivate a wiser and healthier relationship with the Earth’s resources.  And with the Earth itself.  Even the Bhagavad Gita advises us to do this:

“Touched in this way by God, the yogi sees unity and the True Self (Divinity) everywhere, in every creature, in all creation.”  BG 5.29

So here you go:

Aparigraha April Challenge #4: No-Waste Kitchen.

  • Hug your food.  Stop buying Ziploc bags and disposable plastic wrap.  If you have some in your cabinet still, remember that a Ziploc freezer bag can be used a few times.  However, what’s even better?  Use glass Pyrex dishes for food storage.  These never need to be thrown away.  The most exciting thing I found when taking this challenge: Food Huggers.  Adorable, re-usable Food Huggers, silicone food savers that “hug” the half of any fruit or vegetable you want to save in the fridge.  Seriously?  Have you seen anything more adorable?

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  • Re-imagine your morning routine.  Most of us love a warm morning beverage.  Most of us create an entirely ridiculous amount of waste to satisfy this craving.  At home, here’s your challenge to reduce your waste: avoid all single serving items.
    • Loose-Leaf tea.  (Have you ever thought about the extra waste from one TEA BAG?  Why even have a paper tag on the string of each tea bag?  Why have a string?  Wait… why have a bag?)  Buy a small tea filter and head to the local herb store to buy loose-leaf tea.  Much more delicious, much more sustainable.
    • French Press Coffee.  (No coffee filters needed.  No tiny one-time-use plastic cups for your coffee grounds.  I’m sure you can guess how I feel about Keurig cups.)
    • Add-ins that aren’t single servings.  Even when you are at a coffee shop, opt for the pourable raw sugar instead of tearing open a sugar packet.  Better yet, learn to sweeten your tea and coffee with honey.  Local honey companies will refill your empty plastic or glass honey jar.photo (8)
  • Can Cans.  Sure, aluminum cans are recyclable.  But it takes in exorbitant amount of energy (often fossil fuels) to recycle.  The goal here is to reduce ALL waste.  An average American produced 4.6 lbs of garbage every day, and about 1/3 of that is recycled (Loux, Easy Green Living).  Beans don’t grow in cans.  Tomatoes don’t grow in cans.  Stew certainly isn’t made in cans.  Buy dry, buy fresh, buy ingredients and make your own.  And do I even need to talk about soda cans?  Really?  Are you 12?  There are about a million harmful substances in soda that do not need to go in your body, and about a million un-recycled aluminum soda cans on my street alone. (I hereby give any person standing at the bus stop on my corner to put their Cherry Coke cans in my recycle bin.  Please stop leaving them on my sidewalk.)  This is the MOST wasteful.  Buy yourself a lemon and stick it in a glass of water.  Trust me on this one.
  • Chop it, Don’t Toss it.  Food waste makes up about 13% of the total solid waste amount in the United States.  Learn to use the ENTIRE vegetable for your cooking.  From Root to Stalk.  When chopping celery, broccoli and cauliflower, chop the stalks into small pieces, put them in your freezer, and throw them in a soup the next day.  Challenge yourself to use the entire vegetable.  Beet greens?  Sautee them and top your curried quinoa.  Carrot tops?  Blend them in tomorrow’s root-to-stalk1smoothie.  Stop buying fruit and veggie trays.  You don’t need the extra plastic platter and you are telling grocery stores that you prefer they throw away perfectly good (and nutritious) vegetable parts.  Take a look at Tara Duggan’s Root to Stalk Cooking which explains the Art of Using the Whole Vegetable.  I think we throw food away because we don’t know how to eat it.  Chop it, don’t toss it.
  • Make friends with your own dishwashing soap.  I used to buy the single-serving packets of dishwashing soap because they were adorable.  Yea… the plastic that holds together these cute little packets is completely irrelevant and unnecessary.  Just buy a giant box of dishwasher detergent (try Seventh Generation, because it’s been reviewed as one of the best “green dish detergents“).  I tried a DIY recipe for dishwashing detergent found on Mama Wellness’ blog and found that it worked well.  I understand if you don’t have time to make your own detergent (I only run my dishwasher once a week, so it wasn’t a big deal to make a big batch of detergent because it lasted about a month), but at least avoid unnecessary waste if possible.

Throughout my month-long experiment to reduce waste in my kitchen, I became increasingly aware how difficult it is to avoid food packaging.  As a general health rule, I try not to buy food that needs a nutritional label on their package.  This helps avoid sugar/sodium/processed death traps like crackers, cookies, and other goodies.  But during my aparigraha challenge, I noticed just how many fresh food stuffs I buy that are “packaged.”  Strawberries need their own plastic house?  Cucumbers come wrapped in plastic?  Even my health foods like soy milk, raw honey, olive oil, and cinnamon all came in their own disposable packaging. After much thought, I’ve decided on a list of Things I will not give up, even though they are inherently wasteful:

  • Soy milk cartons.  But I’ve cut down to one a month, which I think is pretty good.  I’m not adventurous enough to make my own almond or soy milk…yet… if you are, I’d love to hear your tips!
  • Chocolate bar wrappers.  Because I’m not sure how to buy chocolate that isn’t in a wrapper.  And we all know that chocolate cures everything.  Last fall, this article on CNN.com sold me on chocolate for life.
  • Trader Joe’s boxed soup varieties.  I mean, all of them are delicious.  I, of course, keep all my veggie scraps and crock-pot them with water to make my own stock if possible, but everyone needs to try TJ’s black bean soup.  Oh my word.
  • Aluminum foil.  I hate scrubbing pans.  Have you ever tried to scrape baked tofu from the bottom of your baking pan?  It’s not easy.  Aluminum foil I will keep.  It can be wiped clean, re-used two or three times, and then put in the recycle bin.  And of course, it’s my new re-usable dryer sheet!

Ok, for real, tell me how it’s going.  Happy Kitchen Cleaning.

-lisa

touched in this way, the yogi sees unity in everything

touched in this way by god, the yogi sees unity everywhere and in everything.