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From Seed to Fruit – Eating the Fruit at Last.

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Life is a precious gift. Don't waste it being ...

We must face the unavoidable truth: the world is in crisis and nothing short of a total spiritual transformation will avert the catastrophe that lies ahead.We are being called to create an new world paradigm: one based on love instead of fear. Fear closes our hearts and shuts God out. We forget our alignment to a harmonious vertical reality in which we are one with All That Is and fall into a fragmented horizontal reality in which we are separate from each other, from the world, from Life, and from Source. Surely, the mess we have got ourselves into is a by-product of the fear-based paradigm we have been living in for so long?

FromHow to find God in everything” by Amoda Maa Jeevan

I’m just sitting home after a really great shift at work, and am soaking up the joy I’m feeling. I have a great big glass of cucumber, dill and lemon juice and it feels SO good, to be absorbing such simple and delicious nutrition. I don’t think I’ll ever fully “go raw” but I sure do feel good when pure, alive and clean foods take a central role in my meals.

It really does amaze me when I successfully spend a day just loving everything and feeling connected, without allowing myself to get side-tracked or sucked into any low-vibrational thinking. It’s really been enlightening for me to realize that rather than breaking thought processes down into “positive or negative” or “bad or good” or “healthy or unhealthy” I can just focus on how it affects me energetically and use that knowledge to guide me. I’m still just a fledgling as far as my spiritual journey goes, but my wings are growing stronger, and my passion for flight is growing exponentially.

Truthfully, I feel a little self-conscious about sharing about my spiritual path online, but it just seems to be such a high focal point of my life right now, and I want to share my excitement. I have no interest in teaching or in influencing other people’s journeys or even in convincing people that what I’m seeking is findable, I am just excited and happy to have found the start of my path after so many years of feeling direction-less.

This path doesn’t really feel so much like a “new discovery” as it feels like rediscovering aspects of myself which I had abandoned out of fear and a low sense of self-worth. I feel like the child in me has been lovingly brought back into my life and knows that she is worthy, loved and safe to live in the world freely and with unconditional support from me.

For many years I believed that the world was broken beyond repair and things were hopeless. I swam angrily in my rage and depression and just outright refused to allow myself to even consider pursuing any sort of stability or “success” in life, because it all seemed so hopeless and so pointless. My depression is gone today, and I KNOW that joy and love are there for me to live in and that I will never be crippled by depression again, because I don’t need it anymore. I’m just done with that part of my journey, and now starts the joyful, abundant and love-filled part.

Salad Wraps and Serenity.

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Internal and external are ultimately one.

When you no longer perceive the world as hostile,

there is no more fear,

and when there is no more fear,

you think,

speak

and act differently.

Eckhart Tolle

 

Tonight I am feeling sore and tired, but also very serene. I’m working through the book “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield currently and have come upon the chapter about the Sixth Insight and in many ways it’s proving to be very helpful and is helping me to release a lot of stuff which no longer serves me, and is also helping me to define who I am and where I’m headed with a little more clarity.  I’m giving some serious thought to my parents and who they are/were and what their purpose in my life has been (and of course, mine in theirs).

I think I’m going to sit down with my mom and discuss my father and what we each feel was his passion and life purpose as well as hers. My father passed away a few years back and as a result, we parted ways with some unfinished business to attend to. I feel that a big part of this unfinished business will be resolved after having this discussion with my mom, and with my resolving my own control drama. I feel like I almost have a good grasp on this insight and the previous ones.

Oh yeah, I also did a tarot reading for myself earlier today using the “Inner Child Cards”  and it was simply incredible! I used a spread called “The Rainbow Layout” which is a seven card spread and speaks about body, mind, and spirit, both in the recent past and future, as well as speaking of the spiritual shift needed to travel from the past to the future. Basically, this reading was really connected in with the spiritual journey which I’m currently on, and of my future success and joy as pertains to this journey. I’m clearly being vague about this, and this is purely intentional, as I’m not ready to share the details at this time.

It felt really good to work with this deck, and I am quite certain that it will become a very valueable tool for me. The symbolism in this deck really resonates deeply with me, to the point that I can read these cards without even glancing in the accompanying book if I so choose. It’s pretty neat and rare for me to feel super connected with a tarot deck, as I don’t usually feel this way.

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I’m really sore and tired today, so supper was just some yummy stuff shoved into some store bought tortillas and drizzled sundried tomato vinaigrette.  Eating healthy is so simple and straight-forward most of the time.

The Really Big Salad or, Plants are Effing Amazing!

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Salads should always be bigger than my entire head.

Salads should always be bigger than my entire head.

When the weather gets hot my eating habits tend to wander into the realm of being mainly raw, which for me means, green smoothies, king-sized salads and huge amounts of fresh fruit. I do include cooked, marinaded beans as well as grains and pasta in my salads (also occasional raw seeds, nuts or sprouts) quite regularly and I often eat oatmeal or homemade muesli in the morning, so I would say my hot weather eating habits are about 80% raw. I bulk up my calorie intake on busy days with bananas and dates, because well, they’re calorie dense and high carb (which is a good thing in my world) and yummy as all heck. Also, they make my brain stick this song on auto-repeat, which is always fun:

I’m not a big salad dressing person, but I do occasionally make a marinade or dressing for my salads (the rest of the time I use a squeeze of lemon, or a splash of rice wine or balsamic vinegar). Today’s dressing is a splash of vinegar, tossed in the blender with a handful of sundried tomatoes and some fresh garlic, rather than dressing my salad with this, I marinaded some beans in it and mixed those in.

Todays salad:

  • Organic “super greens” salad green mix
  • Sundried tomato marinaded  6 bean blend
  • Cherry tomato halves
  • Green onion
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber and zucchini chunks
  • A big handful of fine cut flat leaf parsley
  • A big handful of sugar snap peas

I just tossed all of this yum into a big bowl and violently attacked it with a fork and my terrifying canine teeth. Those poor defenseless plants still don’t know what hit them. What can I say, I’m a garden’s worth nightmare. I don’t really have any salad rules, I try to throw as many colours and textures into the bowl as I can, and I always try to add a big handful of fresh herbs or bitter greens, but really salads are just a fun, refreshing sort of free-form event for me.

Huge salads are a pretty affordable way to fill your nutritional needs and remind you how amazing it is that plants provide such an incredible variety of food options. People who’ve never incorporated plant-based meals into their lives really are missing out.

EZ Tofu Press (Wow, DO I EVER Want one)

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Japanese silky tofu (Kinugoshi Tofu)
Japanese silky tofu (Kinugoshi Tofu) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pressing really does make such a great difference in tofu’s texture and ability to absorb flavours (Dear spell check, that’s how we spell it here in Canada, relax, have a cookie). Pressing and freezing both really help to make it have a more “meaty” texture, which is really nice for some dishes.

This is such a great and simple little gadget, and at such a reasonable price. I tend to press my tofu with a crazy and precarious group of plates, a big rock and a drain board – this would make things so much more simple.

Many people are anti-soy, I’m not one of them. I find that my body processes it very well, and I tend to feel really balanced when I include it in my meals a couple of times a week. I am very careful to only buy the organic, non-gmo varieties however.

The ad is pretty cheesy, and I’m pretty sure I can make one of these on my own, but I sure do love the idea.

EZ Tofu Press. <-click to view website

My Favourite VEGAN Pancake Recipe and, My Best Friend.

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Why yes, I AM THE Banana King!

Why yes, I AM THE Banana King!

So, one of the very first things I learned how to make vegan was these simple, yummy whole wheat (I’ve made these with lots of different types of flour with decent success) banana pancakes. I was absolutely blown away by how light, fluffy and simple these were to make, and how much better they are than any of the omni whole wheat pancakes I’d tried in the past. These are so tasty, that I usually have to make extra, or my mom will eat my share too.

Fluffy Vegan Banana (optional) Pancakes.

(People will NOT guess that these are vegan).

  • 1 cup flour (I use whole wheat most of the time, but sometimes buckwheat ).
  • 2 tsp baking powder.
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (normal salt will do, but I don’t use it often).
  •  1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (original recipe called for 3 tbsp, but that was overkill for me).
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I make my own brown rice milk, or almond milk usually, but in a pinch I use my mom’s soy).
  • 1/2 large ripe banana or one whole small mashed banana (you can substitute *flax or chia gel here if you hate bananas).
  1. Combine all dry ingredients well in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour all wet ingredients (including banana) in your blender and blend for 15-25 seconds.
  3. Pour all wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and combine just enough to moisten.
  4. Cook in a frying pan, as you would cook any pancakes (I use an unoiled Teflon one)
  5. Serve and enjoy

(Makes 4-6 standard pancakes)

To make a chia “egg” just soak 1 tbsp of chia seed in 3 tbsp of water, to make a flax “egg” just soak 1 tbsp ground flax in 3 tbsp of water.

I often poke berries or apples, or even vegan chocolate chips into each pancake while cooking them (prior to turning over) and also often serve them with steam sautéed fruit in place of syrup, but basically, these are really good served any way you like them, don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with personalizing this recipe.

The little monster at the top of the page is my 13 year old dachshund, Bjorn who is basically the coolest person I know.

Last Night’s Leftovers, Tonight’s Easy Meal.

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Barbecue chickpea tenders, fresh green salad, oil and vinegar rustic potato salad. YUMMO!

Barbecue chickpea tenders, fresh green salad, oil and vinegar rustic potato salad. YUMMO!

I posted links to the recipes for this yesterday.

I served the potato salad at room temp yesterday, but it was just as good cold today, and I just tossed the tenders in a touch of low sodium soy sauce and sauteed them for a couple of minutes (the bit of charred bbq sauce on these was really satisfying. They were actually even better today, although I will process the chickpeas a little coarser next time. The mango which is peeking at the edge of this picture will be my dessert.

A Millet Moo-Free Burger | The Veggie Blog

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A Millet Moo-Free Burger | The Veggie Blog.

I have a HUGE jar of millet in my cupboard, just begging to be turned into these wonderful-sounding veggie burgers. I’ll try my hand at making these tonight and post the results along with pictures.

I’m almost always eager to try out new veggie burger recipes as these are one of the veggie meals my boyfriend is generally pretty receptive to trying out.