Every year I can remember up until 2013, I had some sort of resolution involving changing my body (more specifically, losing weight). Last year I finally broke that spell when I resolved only to say kind things to and about myself and my body. Was I perfect? Does anyone ever accomplish their New Years Resolution perfectly? January 1st, 2014 is also when I began a 70 day juice fast. Why? Sometimes I wonder. Mostly I think I was looking for an extraordinary experience of some sort. I had highs and lows but the more extraordinary experience came in the latter part of the year when I finally felt I’d moved on from the years of disordered eating, began a regular meditation practice and started taking internal adventures that had nothing to do with green juice or dress size. This year it didn’t even cross my mind to make any sort of resolutions to “get a hot bod” or “achieve my bikini body, finally!!!”…All I want at the end of 2015 is to see a woman in the mirror who is more peaceful, more loving towards herself and others and more grounded in who she is.
In the next month or so I’ll be launching my new website which will mark the end of The Vegetable Centric Kitchen. My new space will continue to offer vegetable magic with the addition of services: coaching in intelligent detox, juice fasting, and guidance through the rocky world of emotional eating and challenging relationships with food and body. I’m so looking forward to sharing that with you and will announce the new site name shortly!
Happy day before Thanksgiving! I’ve been quietly enjoying my classwork with The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, scheming up blog plans for next year, and pretty much keeping my recipe creations to myself! This one however, was too good not to share. I was having a simultaneous craving for both ginger and eggs and this is where things ended up:
grass fed butter
4 pastured eggs
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp curry power
1 clove garlic, minced
1 thumbnail sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
sea salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
chevre, to taste
Heat a pat of butter over medium-high heat in a small pan. Whisk eggs with remaining ingredients (except the chevre, salt and pepper). Pour egg mixture into the pan and stir until scrambled to your liking. Season to taste and top with chevre.
I’ve been fairly quiet since the end of my last juice feast. My recipe sharing has been scarce and I’ve been doing a lot of inner work. If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning, you’ve seen me through a million cleanses, juice fasts, and dietary experimentations. I’ve blogged about my struggles with emotional and binge eating many times, only ever really sharing the tip of the iceberg in what I was going through. Today, I am overjoyed to say that I feel more free than I’ve ever felt in my life and I truly love my body for the first time (even though it looks the same as it has for years). I no longer have hangups or obsessions about cleansing or having the “perfect” diet and I can’t imagine why it took me so long to see everything so clearly…Well, I guess I can. I was afraid of letting go of control and afraid to trust myself. I’ve wanted to be a health coach for years and I’m finally ready to take the steps that will allow that. Interestingly, I’m not as focused on detox or diet as I once was and I think I will be of much greater service to the world by focusing my efforts a little differently. In a few weeks I’ll be starting a course with The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and am unbelievably excited to expand my knowledge and gain skills in working with others. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my veggies. I’m still the nuttiest of the health nuts I know…but it doesn’t run my life anymore and I’ve freed up so much space and energy to experience more of life. Looking forward to sharing more in the days to come <3
(Quote from the incomparable Danielle Laporte)
All Summer I’ve been enjoying carrots in a rainbow of colors- any kind will work for this recipe of course but I found the purple to be particularly vibrant and beautiful.
1 bunch of purple carrots, tops removed
1 Tbsp organic butter, melted
1 Tbsp dried or fresh rosemary
truffle salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Slice carrots and toss with butter and rosemary. Place a piece of parchment paper over a baking tray, layer on the carrots, and bake for 20 minutes. Season to taste.
I’ve recently fallen in love with creamy, dreamy goat and sheep yogurts. I love them unsweetened, silky and tart, they make a lovely dessert or simple breakfast. In this recipe I blend a container with fresh herbs and spicy garlic for a bright, flavorful dressing that is great over baby greens, zucchini noodles, dipping veggies, or spreading on sandwiches in place of mayo.
1 small container plain goat or sheep yogurt
1 small handful fresh chives
1 small handful fresh basil
1 small handful fresh tarragon
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt, to taste
Blend until creamy.
Carrot Cereal has been the only thing satisfying my cereal cravings for quite some time now but it wasn’t quite giving me the hearty satisfaction that a bowl of granola used to give. All I knew when I began this little experiment was that it needed to have cacao nibs and that I was going for a no sugar, no grain recipe. The addition of garam masala was a last minute surprise and it made for the most uniquely delicious granola I’ve ever had! Be warned though- this is made from almost entirely nuts, seeds, and oil. You can’t sit down to a cup of it like you might with an oat-based granola. I tried. It hurt. I’d definitely recommend using a sprinkling of this to top some coconut yogurt or having a small bowl with almond milk as a sweet and savory dessert.
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup cacao nibs
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/5 tsp ground garam masala
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 packets NuNaturals stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla bean
big pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix ingredients thoroughly and layer onto a parchment paper laden baking dish or pan. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This might be the best egg salad I’ve ever had! It’s simple and oil free making it easier to digest, especially if wrapped in crispy fresh lettuce leaves instead of dry slices of bread. Also, if you’ve never had duck eggs, like I used for this recipe, you’re in for a real treat- they are rich and creamy and have forever spoiled me from buying chicken eggs again!
4 free-range chicken eggs or 3 duck eggs
1/2 cup re-hydrated sun dried tomatoes
big pinch of dried rosemary, thyme, and basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
truffle salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and gently drop in eggs. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the eggshells and mash with the remaining ingredients.
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