Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Argula Cheese & Tomato Quesadillas


2 c Washed and roughly chopped arugula
2 c Shredded cheese
1 c Chopped tomatoes
½ c Chopped scallions
1 can Green chilies, chopped
1 teaspoon Chili powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
12 Tortillas
Olive oil
Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl. Place ½ cup between two tortillas.
In large frying pan heat 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Cook quesadilla until cheese is melted and both sides are crisp. Repeat. Keep cooked quesadillas in warm oven until all quesadillas are cooked. Slice each into six wedges and serve immediately.
Note: Instead of frying, you can bake quesadillas in oven at 350 degrees until crisp, allowing you to cook more than one at a time.

Recipe from the cookbook Greens Glorious by Joshua Rosenthal

Keeping Your Hot Bod When You Have Children

Last year, I used to babysit my two year old neice, Destiny. She is always full of love, laughter and energy. Destiny was a joy to watch, but she ran me ragged and by the end of the day, I was too exhausted to practice yoga.

So, I decided to try and work out when she was here, hoping that she would be interested in learning some poses. I never expected the response I got from her. She was so receptive to trying some easy moves with me.

When her two year old attention span kicked in, she would run circles around my mat while I worked out. She loved helping me stretch, when I was doing leg stretches, she would push my leg up further, aiding me in a better stretch.

Every morning as soon as she woke up she would ask for "yoda" (her cute way of saying yoga). It was a blessing for me to have the opportunity to watch her during the day. Even when I didn't feel like practicing yoga, she would run, grab my matt and and do the poses I taught her. Destiny was my little motivator.

If you have small children at home and feel too tired by the end of the day to work out, try incorporating your kids into your workout routine. I'm not promising the results I recieved, but give it a try. Remember, don't push them..turn it into a game for them...and have fun.

Elle Gallatin is a Health & Wellness Coach, inspiring women to noruish their mind, body and soul. Encouraging women to shine. Visit Elle's website to schedule your free Health History Consultation.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vegan Quinoa Cakes

I found a very delicious recipe from Green Food Green Thumb and I just thought I'd share it with everyone. (The picture is also from Green Food Green Thumb)

  • 2 c. cooked quinoa

  • 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour for gluten free, use garbanzo bean flour

  • 2 tbs. ground flax seeds

  • 1/4 c. water

  • 1 large carrot, grated

  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine

  • 2 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. lemon zest.

  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest

  • juice from 1 lemon

  • pinch of red pepper flakes

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • fresh salsa to garnish

  • 1 1/2 tbs. canola oil

  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Cook quinoa according to directions. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

  • Combine 2 c. cooked quinoa with flour, ground flax seeds and water.

  • Add grated carrots, spices, lemon and lime zest, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.

  • Wet hands with water, and form 6-1" thick quinoa patties. Pat edges of patties to firm up--rewetting hands with water if needed.

  • Place canola oil in stovetop pan and brown patties for 4 minutes on each side.

  • Transfer to baking sheet and bake for additional 15-18 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

  • Remove from oven and serve. Garnish with salsa, vegan sour cream, and fresh avocado slices.

  • **Optional: for a lower fat version, skip the pan sear and put the patties straight into the oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until cooked through.

  • Namaste,
    Sweet Zen Life

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Mother's Day Breakfast

    Mother's Day is almost upon us, the one day we have to truely get papmered. I wish I lived closer to my mother, so I could make her this delicious recipe.  I miss and love you mom.

    I found this recipe on Oh She Glows and it is simpy divine. (The Picture is from Oh She Glows)

    Stacked Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

    1 cup + 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
    ¼ teaspoon allspice
    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    Pinch or two kosher salt
    ¾ cup coconut milk
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    ¾ cup warm water
    Oil, for skillet
    Strawberry Banana Soft Serve (3 strawberries + 1 frozen banana, processed in food processor)

    Preheat oven to 250F and grab a baking sheet. Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, coconut, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt) in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (coconut milk, warm water, vanilla, maple syrup) and then add to the dry ingredients. Whisk well until no clumps remain.
    Preheat the skillet over medium heat and add some oil on the pan. Pour 1/4 cup of batter, per pancake, onto the skillet and quickly smooth out a circle with the back of a spoon. Cook until small bubbles appear on the surface and the bottoms of pancakes are golden. Reduce heat if necessary (I cook them on heat # ‘3’). Transfer to baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm.
    Meanwhile, slice about 20 strawberries. I also made Strawberry Banana soft serve by processing a frozen banana with a few strawberries to make the cream sauce. Once my pancakes were stacked, I scooped the strawberry banana soft serve on top. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve immediately.

    Serve with a glass of Mimosa

    • Sparkling Wine, Cava, Prosecco or Champagne (1 bottle)
    • Orange Juice (1 carton)
    • Triple Sec (optional)
    Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and top off with chilled orange juice (again about 2 ounces), gently stir. If you'd like to add triple sec, just a splash to taste works out fine. For added flare, slice up a strawberry to decorate the rim of each flute. Enjoy!

    Sweet Zen Life

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Always Crave Cute

    Please welcome our guest Diane, owner of the shop Crave Cute on Etsy. She is a seller and crafter who is a member of the Eco Etsy Team. She practices reuse, re-purpose and recycle in her shop and posts regularly on her blog titled Always Crave Cute.

    First off I would like to thank Isabella for giving me this opportunity to share a bit about my art with you. Isabella asked me to write a post today addressing how I have combined art and recycling, so here goes. I have always had an interest in art and have tried different mediums over the years. While browsing the internet about a year ago, I came across some fabulous Paper Mache sites that sparked my imagination. I had been thinking of starting some kind of business and wanted to be able to express my creative side, so my Etsy shop Crave Cute was born. I started out with a few art pieces and have added vintage items as well.  As my shop has evolved over the past year it really has become about reuse, recycle and re-purpose.

    My husband has an office in our home and we have a lot of office scrap paper that was going into our recycling bin. I decided to try my hand at shredding the paper and making my own paper pulp for what is called paper clay. I tried it for various reasons one being it was free. The other reason was I liked the idea of incorporating trash into art.  I am definitely not the first person to come up with this idea; it has been done for centuries!  I also use recycled (and cleaned) Styrofoam, plastic bottles, cardboard and pretty much anything else that helps me complete my project. For example I made Bears that have the base of a shampoo bottle and are covered with paper pulp and painted.

    These yellow Chicks started out as old Styrofoam Easter eggs. 

    I would really like people to think more about what they buy and why. I have been guilty in the past of buying something because of the way it looked without much thought to where it came from. These days, however, I am much more aware. With amazing venues where handcrafted items are readily available, there are many opportunities to buy one of a kind items.  Items that have been lovingly created, as opposed to mass produced.  The satisfaction of creating something cute out of items that would have gone into the recycling bin is immensely satisfying! 

    This is a guest blog post written by Diane. Please check out her blog Always Crave Cute

    Thank you so much Diane for sharing with us today. I believe in taking care of our environment. So I get excited, when I hear about the creative ways people repurpose items they would have otherwise recycled.  We are each given an opportunity to take care of this beautiful world we live in, what will you do today?

    Sweet Zen Life