February 17, 2010
My Valentine and I tried a new recipe, which was definitely the best meal I have devoured in quite some time. It was so tasty, I just have to share it!
Curried Ravioli with Spinach
1 pkg. (9oz) refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli
1 box (9oz) frozen spinach
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup canned coconut milk
1/3 cup vegetable broth
3/4 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 medium green onions, sliced (1/3 cup)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1. Cook and drain ravioli as directed on package. Cook & drain spinach as directed on box.
2. In 1-qt. saucepan, mix cream cheese, coconut milk, broth, curry powder and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.
3. Spoon spinach onto serving plate. Top with ravioli and sauce. Sprinkle with onions and peanuts.
* I also loved adding freshly ground red and black pepper for a little heat. YUM!
From Trader Joes:
French Vanilla Super Premium Ice Cream
Frozen Blueberries or Berry Medley
Ground Millet Flax Seed with Blueberries. (Near the granola isle)
Seriously, your mouth and belly will thank you! Enjoy!
February 13, 2010
Some of my fondest memories as a child involve watching my Grandma, an avid beekeeper, go out behind the old chicken coop shed where she treasured the tiny buzzing creatures that worked so hard to make such a sweet treat. She would wear a net suit from heat to toe and I was intrigued by the increased buzzing sound that they would make as she grew more near to care for them.
Naturally, my Grandmas love of honey rubbed off on me as a little girl and I loved that the little squeezable teddy bear jar of honey was packaged with love from her to me. My family grew up savoring Grandma’s natural honey comb and honey spreads. That love of honey has stayed with me ever since. I can’t remember a period in the past 20+ years that I have gone without the savory treat in my daily tea, toast, desert, fruit, bread, I even like it on veggies and nuts!
As one of mother nature’s most precious foods, honey has been prized for it’s medicinal properties as much as it’s sweet, rich flavor. As a healing agent, it contains a high mineral content which can include calcium, copper, zinc, and iron, says dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner of the American Dietetic Association. “Honey contains a variety of compounds, like flavonoids and phenolic acids that act like antioxidants, which can help us fight anything from heart disease to cancer,” she notes. Raw honey contains higher traces of vitamins and minerals than honey that has been processed with heat. In general, the darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content,” Blanter says.
Bees are pollinators, and are a vital part of the life cycle of all kinds of food products. “About 35 percent of the calories we consume come from bee-pollinated foods,” says journalist Rowan Jacobsen, a hobbyist beekeeper and the author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis (Bloomsbury, 2008).
To help with the situation of losing entire bee colonies as in 2008, there are things that we can do. We can plant flowers that will bloom throughout the summer. Bees love sunflowers, rosemary, thyme, and lavender, all lovely to have in the garden for multiple uses. Keeping insecticides to a minimum also plays a part, which can be damaging to their nervous system. And, buying local honey not only supports local beekeepers, but local farmers as well, keeping our food fresh, vital and affordable.
My favorite spot for buying local honey is the Bradford Farm on hwy. 73 in Huntersville, and for some of the best honey you’ll ever taste, Tupelo honey from the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville.
While Grandma no longer raises honey bees, she still always knows best and will always hold a special place in my heart.
February 1, 2010
This is the month to celebrate our Valentines with love, sharing, romance, and possibly our connection to our our “soul mate.” One wonderfully powerful message I’ve learned from the teachings of Shane Perkins, at Yandara Yoga Institute is that “You are the one you’ve been waiting for”.
This lesson is so very powerful because many times we seek for what can fulfill us, or complete us with the aid of someone else to only be let down when in one way or another, we are disappointed with their inability to maintain this sense of “happiness”. This lesson proves that if you are not fulfilled and happy with yourself, on a deep level, than you are not open to accepting anyone else as a partnership.
Yoga allows you to slow down, to look at yourself on a deep level, to explore all that is radiant and all that is in the shadows to heal from the inside out. A consistent practice will not only allow your true nature to blossom, but also build awareness for what truly makes your heart grow. With this inner growth of self-awareness and self-love in a truly non-egotistical way, your idea of a soul mate perhaps changes, and evolves with clarity.
“Often, two people get together and hope the other will fulfill them,” says Anna Douglas, a Vipassana meditation teacher and one of the founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. “Often, a relationship can be a misguided search for our own completeness.”
Most of us have been there—attracted to someone who strokes our deflated ego, lavishes extravagant gifts on our scraping—by existence, takes us to the parties we would not otherwise be invited to, or somehow seems to fill a hole we don’t think we can fill on our own. “At first they appear magical,” says Douglas. “Later you realize they have their wounded places and needs and unfinished business they’re hoping you’ll complete for them.” And regardless of how much you have in common or how much love you share, a relationship can crumble under the weight of expectations that it will make both of you feel whole. If you’re on the hunt for a soul mate, your best move may be to take a break from searching online dating sites and instead commit yourself to your Yoga practice. It is possible to set the foundation for a great relationship, by examining your beliefs and habits and seeking the real truth about what will make you happy. In the end, finding a soul mate has less to do with meeting potential candidates than with feeling complete and whole in yourself.