Family

My mother in law made this beautiful quinoa salad with a hint of sesame, when my husband and I came for a visit. I just couldn’t resist taking a photo. It’s such a delightful summer meal.

 

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Sloppy Joes

So, the recipe from Happy Herbivore called for lentils as the main ingredient…but my husband doesn’t really enjoy them. So, I used Trader Joe’s meatless ground and substituted it in the recipe. It was seriously satisfying, another awesome meal. Ruben had his on top of toasted sourdough bread.

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I had mine as a sloppy burrito, I added spinach and tomatoes, but you can not see it in the picture, so you’ll just have to imagine it…

”Grilled” Sweet Potato Salad

This recipe asked us to grill our sweet potato. Well, we don’t have a grill, so we used our panini press. It turned out just perfect. The salad contained corn, avocado, beans, bell pepper, green onion and I added some spices too. It was really a treat, especially on a hot evening. This will be a favorite for sure.

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Om,

Renata

Easy satisfying brekkie

So the other morning I just really wanted something that touched all the flavors. I wanted sweet, savory, salty…well, I guess I didn’t want tart. I’m not a huge fan of tart like my husband who could eat sour patch kids all day long.

In any case, I went rummaging through the kitchen and came up with a fabulous and easy breakfast. All you need is one sweet potato and some sesame garlic tempeh (from Tofurkey). I microwaved the potato and cooked the tempeh in my panini press. After a few smashes of the taters and crumbles of the tempeh, it was like a scrumptious sweet & savory hash. I highly recommend it.

Tempeh Sweet Potato Hash

 

Om,

Renata

A little bit of a fail…

So, last night was supposed to be a Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad, which actually ended up being “canned corn thrown in a pan with BBQ flavoring, green onion and grape tomatoes, mixed with quinoa and cilantro” we also added some avocado which gave it a little flair, but I really think next time we’ll try to find a grill to do the recipe as it suggests…because what was created was a little boring. Which I’m not a fan of…OH WELL!

Quinoa Tomato Corn Salad

On another note, I found a really cute avocado.

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Teeny Avocado

 

Next up: Eggless salad *super yummy*

Carrot Hot Dogs & Mushrooms

Today we are having something I would have never considered doing myself. Marinated carrots, served as a hotdog! Yep, we marinated carrots overnight and then heated them up, put them in a bun and served them like a hotdog. Who wouldathunk? The marinade is quite tasty, and while it definitely didn’t have the texture of a hotdog, it certainly wasn’t missing any taste. Too bad I ate it before I took a picture! But don’t worry, we’ll be having then again later this week :)

Oh, and here’s a picture of Yoshi, who was relaxing near us while we ate. She’s about four thousand years old, but still cute…

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For dinner, the sauteed mushrooms, sweet potato, brown rice and steamed broccoli, yum!
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Sloppy Joes & Eggless Salad!

The husband and I did all of our measurements as a baseline and are looking forward to the improvements to our physical beings. We’ll check in every so often over the next few months to let y’all know how the progress is going.

Meals

Today we had ”egg” (tofu) salad that was SO GOOD. I even fooled my grandmother into thinking that it was actually egg salad. I think the secret is in the black salt, which contains sulfur.  I ate the egg salad with rice crackers which added a delicious crunch! Too bad it was gone before I took a picture, but I think we’ll be eating again this week…so stay tuned.

Open Faced Sloppy Joes

For dinner it’s BBQ Sloppy Joes! Ruben had his as a sandwich and I chose to have my open faced and used the bread more like a giant cracker, and of course added some broccoli with some of Aunt Lorraine’s Super Spices.


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Looking forward to Carrot Hot Dogs and Portobello Steak Dinner…comin’ up next!

Om,

Renata

Happy Herbivore(s)!

Well, here I am again, with another project! Are you excited? This time I will be posting about our journey with the Happy Herbivore.We have decided that we are going to do the Happy Herbivore meal plans and post it! There are some delicious meal plans and we are very excited to be trying them, and seeing how the progress goes. Each day I’ll be posting at least one photo of our delicious meals and the progress of our health as well. I’m super excited to be doing this with my husband and I hope you all enjoy the ride. Our hope is to do this for the next six months, with some planned time off for birthdays and holidays…and even then I think we can still maintain a healthful plant-based diet.

 

For those of you know do not  know about Happy Herbivore I encourage you to check it out. HH is a great resource for easy, healthy, compassionate meals that taste great!

Here’s a photo to get you started…

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Om,

Renata

Work

The people here in Tiruvannamalai work so hard. Everyone at the ashram is truly dedicated to their service and seems more than happy to do their part. And, after reading more about Ramana Maharshi I can understand why.

But, in the city of Tiru the daily grind of hard work seems to never cease. Sellers are always near to offer you the best price for their wares. Sadhus are hard at work begging for alms. And, people on our street are working tirelessly to dig a ditch (for why purpose I do not know).

It puts a lot into perspective when I’m frustrated at the wifi speed at the local internet shop while a small 12 year old boy drives an ox cart, screaming at the animal, down the road.

But for the record to the man at the front gate peddling Ayurvedic massages…no I don’t want a massage from you just because you think we shared a past life together.

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Tiruvannamalai

So I’m sitting here at The Dreaming Tree on my birthday dinner enjoying the nice breeze from the fan and listening to the bells off in the distance for some procession happening. We have been in India for two days and are slowly beginning to acclimate. Here are some things….

1. I saw my first dead body today…in a funeral procession walking down the main road. She was strapped to a table like structure on a moving car with people all around walking and ringing bells. A loud boom went off and the man we were speaking with explained that it was a cracker (firecracker).

2. It’s hot. I mean I knew it would be hot but I didn’t expect the muggy nature. It’s sticky but wonderful. And the cool marble floors in the ashram feel lovely. As does sleeping without blankets.

3. The Indian head bobble is amazing. It is truly wonderful to see the smile spread from ear to ear in concert with the wiggle of the head.

4. I’m kinda tall…

5. The ashram food is freaking delicious. But what I never thought is would be eating off of a banana leaf with my fingers. It’s an art form I have yet to master.

6. There are lots of wild dogs…and cows…and cow poop.

7. People remove their shoes to go into most places. Businesses and religious places. This is fine…and I even believe in the reasons for it. However, one should not walk through a main temple a noon on the first day in India. Why? Your feet will be burned to a crisp. And everyone who you thought might be watching you because you are a tourist…is definitely watching you as you run as fast as you can from each shady part to the next.

Soooo much more to come!

Namaste y’all… I don’t want to be late for dinner!
Xo

T minus 2, I mean 4, I mean 7

So…when you’re counting down to a fun activity (such as going to India), which day do you use to countdown? The day you start the journey? Or, the day you arrive at your destination?

We leave for LA on Thursday (2 days), our plane leaves Saturday (4 days) and we arrive in India on Tuesday of next week in the weeeeee hours of the morning.

When I started counting down to this occasion I decided on the middle one. Seems like a good compromise. But, as the days get closer the meaning of time seems to change. Some moments seem to take forever while others seem to slip through my fingers like silky sand.indian-time-watch1

One of the teachings that I expect to practice repeatedly during this trip is the importance of being in the present moment. Already, I have experienced the phenomenon Indian time (trying to create an account with the Indian Railway is not for the impatient!). I have already practiced the hurry up and wait attitude and I know this is only the beginning…So, I better get comfortable with the concept of time bending. Ru and I can practice our magical skills while we travel.

 

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Either way, it is a very interesting time. I feel anxious and nervous, yet calm and ready. We’ve been planning this for a long time, and it has almost arrived. A dream almost realized…Another lesson in being in the moment. Staying out of the future as well as the past to completely embody this moment which is truly full of every emotion.

Awesome!