Thai Quinoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Prep Notes: Quinoa: Rinse well. Simmer in 2 cups of liquid for 15-20 minutes Lentils: Sort and rinse. Simmer 1 cup lentils in 4 cups hot water for 25 minutes. (Heat water on stove before adding Lentils)

Ingredients
• 1 cup cooked Quinoa
• 1 cup cooked green lentils • 1 carrot, sliced
• 1⁄2 cup raw peanuts
• 1/2 large onion, chopped • 6 mushrooms, sliced
• 1 carrot, sliced
• 2 baby bok choy
• 2 tsp Thai seasoning
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
• 1 tsp fish sauce
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
Directions
Steam carrots in basket over the quinoa for last 8-10 minutes. Toast peanuts in a sauté pan for 5 minutes till fragrant. Remove and set aside. Sauté onions and mushrooms in coconut oil for 4 minutes, then add baby bok choy and sauté for 3 more minutes. Add seasonings, steamed carrots and toss to combine. Build individual bowls with quinoa, then lentils and seasoned veggies on top. Enjoy.

Quick and Delish Salad Dressing

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
Julia Parsell

Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Yields: 2/3 cup

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp. mustard of choice
1 tsp. dried basil

Directions

Combine in a glass jar and shake. Store in the fridge. If you use authentic olive oil, it will congeal in the fridge. Remove from fridge an hour before serving. Or run hot water over the jar for a minute to loosen. Shake before serving.

The Most Liberated Place

The Most Liberated Place

Are you aware of the most liberated places in the entire world? It’s within you feeling no judgement. Now that is a beautiful land to behold. It is a place of light, a vast array of colors and spectrums each casting brilliant beams. It is warm, comfortable, loving, and so inviting you never want to leave. If you slip and find that old conditioning has pulled you down, then leave that dank place and get back to the brilliance. What is also so wonderful about this brilliant place? It’s your choice to be there. No others. You can be the difference. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s not available to the few, it’s granted to us all. Inward focus with concentrated detail on truth and universal laws hold the key.

The Power of the Feminine

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” Maya Angelou

Politicians do no represent me. Our current president does not and Elizabeth Warren does not. As a woman, a human I seek truth and I don’t find it in news outlets or opinion articles. Truth resides within me and is from the Source that is within every living being. It is from this standard I live my life.

Some women have found a torch bearer in Elizabeth Warren, but does she represent an ideal or does her voice rise to the top because she opposes certain politics? Does she represent truth or does she bring to light the ugliness of politics? Was she wronged on the Senate floor or was she in the wrong by showing blatant disregard to a fellow senator? A person of truth, of integrity doesn’t have to belittle to make a point. Stand on firm ground with dignity. Make your voice heard not by yelling, but by whispering. Whisper truth, live truth, be truth. This is the way to impact the world, our world. This is the way to peace. May people of integrity rise, may their whispers be heard and resonate with those of us who don’t want politics as usual. Elizabeth Warren does not represent me. Why? She has chosen to represent a male dominated world in woman’s clothes. As women, we can lead strongly without the antics of aggression. Both masculine and feminine qualities are vital, but either alone or in excess tip the scale and disorder ensues.

May each of us choose to live truth, be truth. May our lives be an expression of peace and order. May we not be swayed by the current state of affairs. This is not living in silence or acceptance. This is making a bold statement with every breath. Because the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Each one of us living truth and not being swayed by what we inherently dislike will be influential. We don’t have to stand on the street corner with a sign or be scolded by those with loud voices. We can make a difference by living truth. It resides within each of us. This is the power of the feminine. It is quiet and it is most definitely strong.

Super Plant: tastes smoky, like bacon

Tastes like bacon, must be bacon, right?  If it’s bacon yes, but what about if it’s a plant?  Let’s call it a super plant.  Please be introduced to Dulse, a beautiful dark red, flowy plant that lives in tIMG_1066he northern coastal waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic.  And yes, when cooked (roasted), it tastes smoky, a bit like bacon and not fishy.

What makes it super?  It is very high in:  digestive protein, iron, B vitamins, Vitamin. C, iodine, potassium and sodium to name a few.   It has been widely used as food by the maritime Irish and Scots.  It supports your body by strengthening you blood, adrenals and kidneys.  It’s excellent for hormonal support as well as for the lymphatic system and immune system.  It doesn’t stop there, Dulse, as other edible sea plants support the nervous and urinary system.  The fact that it is rich in manganese gives the benefit of activating enzymes, so overall digestion is supported which in turns supports almost every function in the body.

If you like the big words then here is an arsenal for Dulse:  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anticoagulant, antithrombotic, antiviral and antioxidant.  In other words, it protects your body against harmful inflammation, against cancer, viruses and keeps your blood from clotting.  It has powerful phyto (plant) nutrients that protect your heart and other vital organs.  Some studies have shown (although inconclusively) that the mineral vanadium, present in sea vegetables, may be able to increase our cells’ sensitive to insulin.  Thus, help us prevent over production of glucose by our cells, and help take existing blood sugars and convert them into storable starches.

Dulse can be purchased at your local health food store as packaged fronds and also as dried flakes or powder.  Be sure to use only organic, sustainable sources.
Dulse makes an excellent seasoning in home prepared foods.  It brings a salty taste as well as the smoky bacon flavor.  Rebecca Wood suggests that Dulse be tossed with salted nuts and served with a good microbeer.  She goes on to ask, “Guess which disappears first?”   I believe this is an experiment worth trying.

George Mateljan suggests adding it as a topping on salads, mixed in rice dishes, or added to soups, legumes or vegetable dishes for flavor and nutrition.  It’s especially great on potatoes and corn dishes.  Kids and finicky eaters will enjoy it without them knowing.  Dulse is readily available at organic grocery stores and many health food stores.

Julia R. Parsell

Maybe I especially like dulse because I identify with her.  She’s tenacious, hardly, adaptable, and flourishes even in extreme situations.  And she has a wise woman way of changing her form to adapt to specific micro-environments.  Dulse is a wise woman, a shape-shifter, a bleeding woman, a changing woman, a woman whose friend it is good to be.   – Susun S. Weed,  Healing Wise

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Weed, S. Healing Wise. Ash Tree Publishing, 1989

Taking a moment to wonder and question

I am white, I am a woman.  And I have questions.

First my statement of belief:  I stand for the rights of all people.  People of color, people with disabilities, people with sexual orientation different from mine, people rich in things of the world, people poor in things of the world, people with high intelligence, people with low intelligence, people who are wise, people who are foolish, people who are peace loving and people who are fearful.  There are two distinct features that unite and divide us:  humanity and culture.  There is no denying either.  A group of people threatened typically unifies.  If our country was attacked by another country or by aliens, we would find common ground quickly and cultural differences would not be an important factor, safety would.

Culture is an interesting concept.  It molds and conditions our thoughts and actions.  Most times we accept what we know and is what is familiar (family, religious teachings).  It is comfortable to stay in this perimeter.  If we have a hard time accepting others different:  physically, morally, religiously, then could we stretch our imagination and wonder?  How could wonder change things?   What would it be like to be born in a different environment?  Could we expand our thoughts to be more inclusive?  How would we feel if a child we loved dearly couldn’t walk, talk or was deformed?  How would that change our life?  What if we were the one being judged, instead of the one looking and wondering what went wrong?  What if we were born with the genitals of one sex, but the mind of another gender?  How would that feel?  Would we question our idenity?  Would we be fearful, would we be loved and accepted?  How would that change our life and our life’s expression?

People of the world, people of America – we need to embrace the diversity that exists among us and not be fearful.  We are not minions, we are all individuals.  Even if we can’t love one another, let us at least accept that differences exist.  I encourage each of us to seek and to know our true self.  The self existing beyond culture, personality, and even beyond humanity.  Find the true self living beyond judgement.  The true self that is pure and not conditioned.  It is from this place true and lasting peace exists for us as individuals and as a people.

Cinnamon Raisin Super Muffins

Why are they super?  Because of the ingredients:  fresh apple, oatmeal, sweetened with pure maple syrup, coconut.  All wholesome, yummy ingredients.  Use your flour of choice for gluten intolerance.

CinnRaisinMuffins

Ingredients
• 1 ½  of cups flour
• 1 cup oat flakes
• 1 tbs of cinnamon
• 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
• 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• 3 eggs
• 1 peeled, cored apple – shredded
• 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
• 1/3 cup of coconut milk
• 1/4 cup of coconut oil
• 1 cup raisins
• Topping options:
• ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• Or cinnamon and coconut sugar
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir all dry ingredients together in a bowl (except raisins)
In a larger bowl, mix together all wet ingredients
Shred with a cheese grater one peeled apple. Add to wet ingredients
Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and blend well
Stir in the raisins.
Pour mixture into either a silicon, greased muffin tin or paper cups in a muffin tin.
Bake for approx. 20-23 minutes (check for doneness with a toothpick). Toppings:  put coconut flakes on top half way through the baking process or
after muffins are done lightly sprinkle muffin tops with a dry mixture of equal parts coconut sugar and cinnamon powder while still warm.
Allow to cool slightly
Makes about 12 muffins
Keep remaining muffins covered in refrigerator, or freeze. Reheat in a warm oven. Source: Julia Parsell