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Mushroom Tofu Scramble

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Mushrooms and onions are seasoned with Indian spices and sautéed with crumbled tofu. This quick breakfast scramble is easily edited to incorporate whatever veggies you have in the fridge. This recipe comes to us from Amy of Mmmunch On This. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 onion, chopped - 2 cups mushrooms, sliced - 2 pounds firm tofu, drained and crumbled - 1 teaspoon ground coriander - 1/­­2 teaspoon paprika - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder - 1 tablespoon ground cumin - 1 tablespoon ground turmeric - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - black pepper, to taste - 1/­­2 of cup nutritional yeast* *optional. Found in health food stores. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and mushrooms to the pan and cook 5-7 minutes, or until softened. Add the crumbed tofu to the sauté pan. Season tofu mushroom mixture with coriander, paprika, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle scramble with nutritional yeast, serve and enjoy! The post Mushroom Tofu Scramble appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

These tamales, a variation of the popular Peruvian dish, incorporate quinoa, a staple grain of the region, and are served with sarza criolla, a Peruvian sauce of marinated onions, and topped with aji verde, a Peruvian green hot sauce. This recipe comes to us from Karla Flores-Ybaceta, Executive Chef of Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine , and was the winner of the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox!   Makes 12 tamales - For the Dough: - 2 cups of Quinoa rinsed -  1/­­4 cup rice flour - 2 tbl salt - 1 tsp black pepper -  1/­­2 tbls turmeric or 2 tblsp aji panca paste - 2 tsp ground garlic -  1/­­4 cup grapeseed oil or oil of preference   - For the filling: - 1 tsp turmeric - 1 tsp garlic -  1/­­4 cup of grapeseed oil - 1 small size yellow onion diced - 1 medium size zucchini diced small - 1 medium size gooseneck squash diced small - 1 pint diced mini portabella mushroom - 2 roasted and diced poblano or hatch peppers   - For the Sarza Criolla: - 1 med size red onion thinly sliced and rinsed - 1 large lime - Salt to taste   - For the wrap: - Softened banana leaves - Or - Soaked corn husks   Preparation To make the dough: Cook the quinoa until soften making sure not to overcook about 15 minutes. Drain but do not rinse. In a pot heat the oil and add the turmeric or aji, and the garlic and sauté lightly being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the cooked quinoa, add the salt and pepper and continue to cook together for about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and incorporate the rice flour.   For the filling: Heat a medium size pot and add the oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients and cook until tender but careful not to overcook. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. To assemble the tamales place about a 1/­­4 of a cup of quinoa in the center of the husk or banana leaf and put a spoon full of the filling in the center. Carefully wrap the husk to form the tamale and wrap them individually tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. Once all the tamales are done place them in a pot and cover them in water and place the lid on the pot. Cook the tamales for 30 minutes and remove them from the water. Allow the to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving them. To make the sarza simply put the onions in a bowl and add the salt and lime juice and allow them to cure for about 5 minutes. If you prefer to make spicy add a slice of pepper to the onions. Plate the tamale out of the wrap on a plate and top it with the sarza. Enjoy! The post Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Baked Lentil Empanadas

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Lentils, cremini mushrooms, and pimento-stuffed olives give these baked empanadas flavor to spare. This recipe comes to us from chef Jodi Taffel , one of the finalists in the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 24 empanadas - 7 eggs - 1 cup yellow onion, roughly chopped - 1 cup sliced carrots - 1/­­2 cup diced celery - 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms - 2 tbl olive oil - 1 tbl minced garlic - 2 tsp Kosher salt - 1 tsp cracked black pepper - 1/­­2 tsp paprika - 1 cup dry green lentils - 2 tsp dried tarragon - 4 cups vegetable stock - 1 cup martini olives (green with red pimentos), roughly chopped - 24 empanada wrappers - 2 tbl water, divided - 1/­­2 cup toasted garlic & avocado finishing oil   Directions 1. Submerge 6 eggs in a pot of water set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover with a tight fitting lid and let sit 12 minutes. Remove eggs and place in an ice bath. When cool enough to touch, peel and roughly chop. 2. While eggs are cooking, set a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat and sauté onion, carrots, celery and mushrooms the olive oil until softened. 3. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and paprika and cook 1 additional minute, or until fragrant. 4. Add the lentils and toss with the vegetables, then add the tarragon and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. 5. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes, or until lentils are tender and all the liquid has been absorbed (if lentils are still a bit crunchy after liquid is absorbed, add another cup of stock and continue to cook until they are tender). 6. Transfer lentil mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 7. Fold eggs and olives into lentil mixture. 8. Working with 1 at a time, place 3-4 tablespoons lentil mixture in the center of each empanada wrapper. Dab your finger in water and moisten all around the outer edge of the empanada wrappers. Fold empanadas in half, seal the edges with the tines of a fork, and place on a parchment or silicone lined sheet pan. 9. Beat remaining egg with remaining tablespoon of water and paint the tops of the empanadas with it. 10. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until beautifully browned. 11. Remove empanadas from the oven and pain tops with finishing oil while still hot. The post Baked Lentil Empanadas appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)

September 5 2019 Vegan Richa 

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)Vegan Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal! 7 Ingredient Warm Spiced Banana Baked Oatmeal for breakfast or snack. Refined Oil-free. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Can be nut-free.  Jump to Recipe You all know how I dislike mushy oatmeal. I’ve started making baked oatmeal instead, as the texture is much more pleasing, the flavors much more vibrant and it can be served warm or cold! This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is almost a healthy banana bread with all the good stuff. Serve it with whipped coconut cream or vegan butter and some maple. Use very ripe bananas for the best result. This lightly sweet Banana oatmeal is perfect to make on any day. It takes 10 mins to put together and just 7 ingredients, and has no added Oil! You can add in dried fruit, seeds and nuts of choice. You can also make it ahead, mix and keep overnight and bake in the morning for a Warm Banana bread-y spiced delicious oatmeal!Continue reading: Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)The post Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene

August 7 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Cape Town, South Africa vegan food scene is alive and thriving. If you plan to visit the city you will find a plethora of vegan dining options and it might be hard to narrow down the choices. Below are some personal recommendations based on a week long visit in July 2019. Plant is a vegan restaurant on Buiten Street with a lengthy menu of nutritious food made without any harmful ingredients or preservatives. Their mushroom burger comes with homemade chips, and is actually a breaded patty of vegan cheese top with sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo on a sesame seed bun. They also offer enchiladas made with sweet potatoes and black beans, topped with a cashew cream sauce. Plant periodically offers a special Sunday brunch buffet, which is nothing short of amazing. A recent buffet menu included bagels, cream cheese, carrot lox, hollandaise, crispy bacon made from rice paper, baked beans, homemade sausages, potato rostis, cauliflower scramble, sauteed spinach with mushrooms and onions, muffins, and a fruit salad. And the buffet is all you can eat! Included on any vegan food tour of Cape Town should be Lekker Vegan, a fast casual restaurant on Kloof Street that serves […] The post Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene appeared first on The Veggie Blog.

Meat Free Cottage Pie

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

A meat free twist on a British classic, this hearty cottage pie gets its meatiness from the fusion of brown lentils and shiitake mushrooms. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Meat Free Monday . See below for a video with step-by-step recipe instructions! Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves: 4 – 6 For the filling: - 1 medium onion, finely chopped - 2 medium carrots, diced - 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped - 250g/­­9 oz/­­1 1/­­4 cups uncooked brown lentils, rinsed and drained - 900 ml/­­3 3/­­4 cups vegetable stock/­­bouillon - 2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme - Freshly ground black pepper, to taste - 2 tbsp red wine (optional) - 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil - 200g /­­7 oz/­­2 cups shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (other mushrooms will be OK if you cant get these, but shiitake mushrooms work particularly well) For the topping: - 1 kg/­­35 oz/­­5 3/­­4 cups potatoes, peeled and quartered - 1 tsp plant-based margarine or olive oil - 4-5 tbsp unsweetened plant-based milk - Salt and pepper, to taste Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions and garlic until lightly browned - approx. 5 minutes. Add the lentils, stock and thyme, then stir. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (approx. 45 minutes). In the last 20 minutes of cooking, add the chopped carrots, salt, pepper and wine (if using). Add extra water if needed, to ensure the lentils dont stick to the pan. Stir and cover to allow the flavours to blend. After you have started cooking the filling, get the potatoes going by placing them in a large pan and filling with water until they are just covered. Bring to a low boil on a high heat then reduce the heat to medium. Add salt, cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until they feel soft when prodded with a fork. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain away the water then add them back to the pan ready to mash. Use a masher or large fork to mash until smooth. Add the margarine or oil and milk, and season with salt to taste. Set aside until needed. While the lentils and potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan and add the mushrooms. Lower the heat and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Set aside. Once the lentil/­­carrot mixture is cooked, add the cooked mushrooms to this and then transfer the filling to a large lightly greased oven-proof dish. Put the mashed potato on top of the filling, in the centre, and smooth across with a fork so it covers the filling completely. Use the fork to create a criss-cross pattern. Cook the cottage pie in the oven at 180°C/­­350°F/­­gas mark 4 for 15-10 minutes, or until it gets brown on top. Allow to cool briefly before serving. Serve with steamed broccoli, peas or a green salad. Mmm, Meat Free Cottage Pie. Get Meat Free Monday’s recipe –> http:/­­/­­bit.ly/­­1QY46ke Posted by Meatless Monday on Monday, March 14, 2016 The post Meat Free Cottage Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Burger Recipes Perfect for Your Next Summer Cookout

July 22 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Burger Recipes Perfect for Your Next Summer CookoutBring on the (meatless) barbecue. Theres nothing better than hanging out with your friends and family, having a cookout, and enjoying a meal together. For your next grilling day, mix it up with tempting plant-based burgers for a lighter, but still delicious and satisfying BBQ experience. Weve collected some of our favorite meatless burger recipes to get you inspired. Whether you like grains, beans, or veggies solo, weve got you covered for a meatless and tasty cookout. Supreme Crispy Quinoa Vegetable Burgers from The Pollan Family Table Grilled Portobello Burgers from the Mushroom Council Butternut Squash Apple Burgers from Veggies Don’t Bite Chickpea Quinoa Burgers from Domestic Divas Mini Mushroom Burgers from The Mushroom Council Vegan Black Bean Burgers from The New Baguette Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger from Big Girls, Small Kitchen Try the recipes and let us know what you think! Tag us @MeatlessMonday and use #MeatlessMonday when sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! The post Meatless Monday Burger Recipes Perfect for Your Next Summer Cookout appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Dahi Puri Chaat (Street Food)

July 1 2019 Manjula's kitchen 

Dahi Puri Chaat (Street Food) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});     Dahi Puri, Chaat, Street Food Dahi Puri is a very commonly found Indian street food! I have been wanting to do this recipe for my channel for quite some time, but I wanted to put my own twist on it. After experimenting with different fillings, I was finally able to come up with a combination that my family approved of – a healthy and delicious salad style filling. - 16 crispy puffed puries golgpa (available in India grocery store) Filling -  1/­­2 cup yellow moong dal -  1/­­2 cup potatoes (boiled peeled and cut into small pieces) -  1/­­2 cup tomatoes (chopped in small pieces) -  1/­­2 cup cucumber (chopped in small pieces) - 1 tbsp green chili (finely chopped) - 1 tsp ginger (finely chopped) -  1/­­2 tsp salt -  1/­­2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder - 1 tsp lemon juice For Garnishing - 1 cup yogurt (whipped) -  1/­­4 cup tamarind chutney (find the recipe on web site) - 1 tbsp soy sauce -  1/­­4 cup boondi - 1 tbsp green chili (finely chopped) -  1/­­4 tsp red chili powder -  Spread the puries on microwave safe plate and microwave for about 20 seconds, this will make the puries crispier and give the freshness. Set aside. -  Wash moong dal changing water 3-4 times and boil it in 2 cups of water over low medium heat until dal is very soft and tender but not mushy. -  After dal is at room temperature mix all the filling ingredients together, dal, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, green chili, ginger, salt, cumin powder, lemon juice Assemble Dahi Puri -  Whip the yogurt and add the water as needed to make it consistency of thick batter. -  Mix tamarind sauce and soy sauce together. -  First make a hole with you thumb center of the golgapa, fill with 1 tablespoon of filling. drizzle with yogurt tamarind chutney, few pieces of green chili, and few boondi, red chili powder and drizzle some more tamarind chutney. Assemble Dahi Puries just before serving. You can have every thing ready day before. Filling also can be served as salad. Dahi Puri with salad like filling is very light and refreshing.  I have done the recipe for Tamarind Chutney Before. you will also like to see some other easy chaat recipes, like Bread Dahi Vada, Aloo Chana Chaat, Sabudana Bhel.   The post Dahi Puri Chaat (Street Food) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegan Mediterranean Nachos with Shawarma Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Olives, Pita bread

June 19 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mediterranean Nachos with Shawarma Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Olives, Pita breadVegan Mediterranean Nachos with Shawarma Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Olives, Cucumber, warm toasted Pita bread. Great Appetizer for parties or potluck. Vegan Nutfree Recipe Jump to Recipe These Mediterranean inspired nachos are super easy to put together. They are refreshing and so delicious with the various textures and flavors. Some toasted pita bread, warm shawarma spiced chickpeas, veggies, olives or sun dried tomato, and a generous helping of tzatziki! You can also switch up the toppings with some hummus and tahini dressing. Add other veggies such as chopped juicy tomatoes and onions. These Nachos can be made gluten-free with glutenfree flatbreads or veggie chips. They also make a great summer meal. What do you like on your Pita Nacho Bowl!Continue reading: Vegan Mediterranean Nachos with Shawarma Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Olives, Pita breadThe post Vegan Mediterranean Nachos with Shawarma Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Olives, Pita bread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Grill Up these 7 Plant-Based Recipes for a Meatless Memorial Day

May 27 2019 Meatless Monday 

Grill Up these 7 Plant-Based Recipes for a Meatless Memorial DayGrilling season is officially here, and while many may associate hot dogs and hamburgers with outdoor cooking, there are endless ways to satisfy your hungry guests with meatless ingredients. You might decide to skewer a mélange of veggies on a kebab, give new life to an avocado or stick a few ears of corn on the grill. The limit is your imagination. As an added bonus, meatless recipes tend to cost less and be better for both the planets and your health compared to their meaty counterparts. This Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to host a meatless BBQ ; if your group is craving something sandwiched between a bun, consider one of these mouthwatering meatless burgers . For recipes more out of the box, check out these unexpected fruits and veggies , including grapes and romaine lettuce, that truly shine when grilled. And of course, take a look at some of our favorites below to get your Meatless Monday ideas cooking! Grilled Tofu Steaks With Spicy Strawberry-Ginger Glaze from Jackie Newgent, RDN Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad from The Mushroom Council Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Pizza from Craving Something Healthy Grilled Avocado with Salsa from Circle B Kitchen Grilled Artichokes from Sharon Palmer, the Plant-Powered Dietitian Pineapple Ginger Tofu over Edamame from The Pink Apron Grilled Vegetable Tacos from Homemade Nutrition Hungry for more? Head over to the Meatless Monday Summer Cookout Pinterest Board , where youll find plenty of tasty, plant-based BBQ ideas. Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Grill Up these 7 Plant-Based Recipes for a Meatless Memorial Day appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger

May 16 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Portobello Mushroom BurgerVegan Portobello Mushroom Burger. Portobello marinated and stuffed with vegan mozzarella, then breaded to make Crispy Portobello Sandwiches! Top with more vegan mozzarella cream, fresh herbs. Vegan Recipe. Nutfree Gluten-free options Jump to Recipe I’ve been wanting to convert this marinated portobellos with garlic sauce into a hand held burger thing for a while. with some crispy breading action. so here goes! The mushrooms are marinated in a delicious balsamic soy marinade, then baked until al dente. They are then stuffed with an easy cashew mozzarella cream and coated liberally with breadcrumbs. Then baked to golden perfection. Now if you can wait at this point, then assemble the burger, else these portobellos are ready to devour with some extra mozzarella cream and fresh basil or herbs! so good. This looks like a long recipe with the many components, but you can make the mozzarella cream ahead and then its just baking and serving. You can also use other cheese sauce of choice here. and Serve the mushrooms however you like, bunless, or over a bowl or with mashed potatoes or over spaghetti with marinara! Lets get to it!Continue reading: Vegan Portobello Mushroom BurgerThe post Vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms with Walnuts

May 10 2019 Oh My Veggies 

This Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms recipe is one from my side dish arsenal. Side dish arsenal? Yes! It’s my collection of fast, effortless side dishes–things that can be thrown together quickly so when my main dish requires a little more work, I can make a side that’s pretty much hands-off. They’re also a little bit lower in calories, so they pair perfectly with heavier entrees. I’ve shared a lot of these recipes here already–Barbecue Zucchini Fries, Roasted Broccoli, and Roasted Cauliflower & Kalamata Olives are a few of my favorites. I make sides like this all the time–I used to rely on frozen veggies in such cases, but I’ve been working on building a collection of go-to recipes that take only a few more minutes than those frozen vegetables, but taste a million gazillion (actual number!) times better. This recipe really couldn’t be much easier–the most time-consuming part is trimming the green beans. (And trust me, if you’ve never had roasted green beans before, the 5 minutes of trimming and cutting is well-worth the effort.) Once you’ve cut the beans and mushrooms, you throw them onto a baking sheet with the walnuts, spray them with cooking spray, and 15 […]

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett

May 5 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett Rachelle Robinett is an Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and founder of Supernatural, a company dedicated to real-world plant-based wellness. Rachelle has been studying the relationship between plants and people her entire life – be that on a farm in the Pacific Northwest (where she grew up) to time with healers, specialists, and shaman in farther-away places. She now provides functional plant-based wellness services, products, and education to empower people to understand their health, and lean into it, naturally. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? This has changed a lot for me since launching my company and having total control of my schedule. I do schedule every thing, but also move through life very intuitively. For example, on a day off Ill plan to ride my bike but once Im on it, it doesnt matter to me where I go. There are things I do routinely (meal preparation, exercise, rituals, sleep) but I never ignore instincts or anything my body is telling me. I love to be surprised but also care so much about how I spend every moment that planning is a big part of my life. -- What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning. No more alarm clock! Or, infrequently, which isnt something I would have predicted for my life. Ill wake up to open windows and the sounds of birds on a breeze. A glass of water with a tincture and probiotics. If its a day off, Ill skip caffeine and head out for a run while Im still sleepy. I love waking up while I run. A work day means a small cup of cold-brew with MCT oil and (currently, though it changes as I work with different herbs) mucuna pruriens and L-theanine. I practice intermittent fasting daily so dont typically eat until 11am or later but in the morning Ill make a broth or giant green juice and also a smoothie, which becomes brunch. A meditation ritual with some South American plants Ive come to love and then its off to the races. -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? Getting away from blue light! If Im near screens, they have physical filters and apps (like flux) installed to reduce the effect. Dimmed lights, incense, my Zen Spa Stuff playlist, and something to drink. There are always herbs at night as my energy tends to run very high, naturally. I cycle between kava kava, skullcap, valerian, poppy, lavender, and more. Also very in love with a relaxing face-washing routine. :) -- Do you have any kind of mindfulness practice?  Im working diligently at becoming a more regular meditator. Its most days now, but Id like to deepen it. Otherwise, yoga, running and long bike rides silence my mind. I can practice yoga (ashtanga) for hours a day and be thrilled. Sustenance -- Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of these: Breakfast – A giant smoothie made with fresh tropical fruits and fats, ideally picked from a jungle farm that morning. Lunch – All the vegetables, fresh and raw and local. Amazing olive oil, avocado, or coconut. Maybe some seeds. Seaweed too. Every color of the rainbow. Snack – 100% cacao. Local. Dinner - See lunch. -- Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? Currently I have about 1/­­2 cup of cold-brew coffee that we make at home. Im so high energy naturally that I often dont finish it. Green juice is my favorite energy support. Otherwise I use water, food, sunlight and breath to adjust my energy. -- Do you have a sweet tooth and do you take any measures to keep it in check? Dark chocolate – often homemade but if bought its 92 – 100%. Ill eat that for breakfast, honestly. My sugar intake is so low that sweets cravings are rare but if they get aggressive Ill have extra cacao in smoothies or elixirs, or eat more fruit, sweet potatoes/­­yams, etc. Chocolate chip cookies are dear to my heart though. -- Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or tinctures/­­tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful with your energy level and general wellness? This evolves as I learn and grow too but ... – An excellent probiotic – Personalized herbs. For me those are mood-supportive and nervous-system soothing. I use a combination of herbal teas (infused overnight), tinctures (HerbPharm are my favorite!) and well-sourced powders. – Supplements depending on bloodwork, body composition and lifestyle. – Im seeing the greatest overall health changes in my clients who are working on gut health. It just affects so much! Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  I live to move. Every single day if possible! If I skip more than two days, I get really restless. Running and yoga are my favorite, but I need both. I joke that running is my church; I treasure it and find it extremely cathartic. Yoga keeps everything balanced and I hope to have the practice for life. Weather permitting, Ill ride my bike for hours but that just feels like play. Im also into strength training (aka lifting weights at the gym, which surprises people). Overall, I consider exercise as essential as good food, water, and sleep. My preference for high-intensity exhaustive stuff comes from my high-energy personality but isnt necessary for everyone. Ive seen some of the fastest changes in my body with a daily yoga practice, some walking, and an excellent diet. -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? Absolutely heavenly. Excellent playlists are essential! Also, just do it. ;) Beauty -- Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you find to be helpful to your skin/­­hair/­­general glow? I think people doubt me when I say greens, and especially green juice, are responsible for the glow but I really mean it. Veggies veggies veggies, healthy fat, tons of water, and sweat! -- Do you have any beauty tips/­­tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? Aside from food, water, rest, and sweat, I find that a consistent routine of gentle exfoliation and good quality rehydration (topically, that is) work best for me. Continually renewing the surface, allowing skin to breathe, and keeping it nourished with really simple ingredients (I love Egyptian Magic and fruit enzyme or honey-based masks) gives really great face. That said, Im not an esthetician and have increasingly more respect for what I dont know about skincare (thanks to spending more time with the professionals at CAP Beauty, especially) and it will differ for everyone. What wont differ is the value of a right diet to help reduce inflammation, increase circulation, maintain hydration, and provide enough energy for both exercising and rest. :) Stress, etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines in order to avoid stress? Exercise and sleep have always been stress-reliefs for me. Ive recently integrated more meditation, and herbs of course (especially nervines). Whats making the greatest difference, though, is - as with most things - addressing the root cause or source of the stress. Rather than just trying to breathe between emails, Im looking at how to reduce email overall. Setting timers, limits on the number of meetings Ill take each day, inbox pausing, and scheduling (and sticking to) more time truly offline. Personal days, screen-free evenings or weekends, etc. If doing this, its important to prepare for there to be more to address when you return to it, so another part of the practice may be letting go of how much we want to engage with and choosing quality over quantity. Much harder said than done. -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? Heat and spice! I completely eliminate all sugar including fruit and yes, honey too. I put on three extra layers to get warm and stay warm. Garlic, ginger, and all sorts of spice. And rest. Essentially, Im aiming to help my body reach a sort of break-point with the cold/­­flu, or to sweat it out before it even reaches a peak, which Ive had a lot of success with. Medicinal mushrooms can also be great for cold/­­flu season. -- How do you reconcile work-time with free-time? Do those things overlap for you or do you keep them distinctly separate? Im working on this. (See above regarding stress avoidance!) My work is my play is my passion is my love so whats not work is sometimes very hard to determine. My hypnotherapist friend suggests that if it makes me happy, perhaps its not important to distinguish. My partner has inspired me to take in information from sources entirely outside of my usual bubble, which is great for play, and avoiding a filtered or algorithmic existence. This is a new practice for me. I grew up in a home that didnt allow for play so its something Im creating space for and learning how to do as an adult. Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? Ive found that its just impossible to be my best self when Im not taking care. Its really priority number one (and two, and maybe three) at this point. That said, there are times when life when its worth compromising different things. Like, in my twenties when I worked my ass off (and loved it) in order to achieve certain things. Now, I feel freer to play and rest. These bodies are our only homes in this life. I am so grateful to have one; I really think of it like my best friend and partner in existence. -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Learning how to eat entirely plant-based, and well. -- How do you deal with periods characterized by a lack of inspiration or procrastination? Thankfully, I dont have these. But, the opposite side of that spectrum is overworking, under-socializing, or burnout. And, existential crises which seem to strike when things are best. Rest and changes of scenery can do wonders. (Lately, I have been exploring procrastination from the perspective of mindfulness, though. This is an enlightening talk on it.) -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. Instead Ill choose a couple of people: My mom, who as a Dietician gave me the greatest start in understanding nutrition, but more importantly taught me how to listen to my body. Rather than bandaging symptoms, she showed us how to ask why and follow the clues to root causes. My dad, an Anaesthesiologist who - much the opposite of Mom - taught us about medicine yes, but of more value he gave me the travel bug and experiences with wild nature that started and perpetuate my relationship with earth. And, Wendy Green, who I met at the perfect time in my journey. She helped direct my then multitudinous health practices into a more singular approach, which Ive honed and deepened since we met years ago. She also showed me how much I love ashtanga yoga, which is the gift of a lifetime. Ill be back to her retreat for the third time this summer. Knowledge -- Do you have any recommendations for those thinking of taking their career in a similar direction? Where does one start, where to find the education, how important is certification, etc. This is one of the most common questions I receive! I appreciate Mountain Rose Herbs list of resources for those looking into schools, teachers, or even just books. Its worth knowing which certifications are recognized by The American Herbalists Guild, though many people disregard the value of that and choose to study from great herbalists or schools that exist outside of the system. Id recommend as much exploration and direct experience as possible in the form of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships before then committing to a longer-term study. Find someone whose approach you respect and identify with and learn from them in whatever ways are available. -- Tell us about HRBLS, your beautiful herb infused chew line! Woo, HRBLS! These are my babies! Long story short, I wanted to give people an easy, delicious, beautiful but still very effective form of herbs. The HRBLS are gummies, or chews, that are equivalent to a dose of a tincture, a strong cup of herbal tea, or some capsules. Theyre a marriage between functional food and herbal remedies. A snack medicine or treat with benefits. Nerve Less is the first flavor (honeyed lavender tarragon) and includes my favorite herbs for daytime stress and anxiety relief, which so many folks come to me for help resolving. In the near future, well announce the next flavor – okay flavor s. :) -- And a last, fun one: what are your three favorite plants for the spring season and why? – Nettle! Because its my bff (we grew up together) and the coolest combination of edible green, super-green plant medicine, and a natural antihistamine. – Dandelion: I love the multi-taskers and like nettle, dandelion is an edible flower and bitter green (great for digestion), and medicinal top to root. – Mimosa. The tree of happiness which blooms more in the summer than spring, but close enough. Aside from looking magical, its full of medicine – everything from antioxidants to DMT. Fun and Inspiration -- What do you do to unwind or treat yourself? Deep massages – two hours with the strongest hands I can find please! Acupuncture. Running, yoga, riding. TRAVEL. The post Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Mushroom & Zucchini Quesadillas with Cilantro Pesto

April 29 2019 Oh My Veggies 

How do you feel about cilantro? Because if you’re a cilantro hater, you may want to avert your eyes. (Or maybe run in terror?) These Mushroom & Zucchini Quesadillas have a generous helping of cilantro pesto on them. So you’ve been warned, okay? Personally, I love cilantro. I never really got all passionate hatred directed towards this inoffensive little herb. I mean, I’m sure there are people who hate basil or oregano. But they don’t make a thing out of it. And cilantro hating is most definitely a thing. There’s even an I Hate Cilantro website. Well, apparently it’s a matter of genetics. Cilantro haters taste soap when they eat cilantro. It’s a genetic predisposition, something they’re born with. There are other explanations too, though–some of the molecules that form the aroma of cilantro are also molecules found in both lye (soap!) and insects. Interestingly, crushing cilantro leaves converts these molecules into other substances which makes them inoffensive to cilantro haters. So cilantro pesto? Should be totally cool with both cilantro haters and cilantro lovers alike. Of course, if you hate cilantro with a passion, it might be too much to ask to even put you in the same room […]

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

August 10 2019 Oh My Veggies 

This Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe is easy to prepare and very delicious. Thats what I call a perfect recipe!    

All About Vegan Mac & Cheese

August 1 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

All About Vegan Mac & Cheese In just over 6 weeks, my new book, Vegan Mac & Cheese will be published and I couldnt be more excited.  This was a fun book to write and the response Ive been getting about it has been tremendous. My virtual switchboard has been lighting up with questions about what kind of recipes are in the book , if any of the recipes are gluten-free or soy-free, and what is used to make the cheese component vegan. Im happy to report that there are a guide variety of ingredients used to make the recipes, so if you avoid soy, nuts, or gluten, you will be able to enjoy most of the recipes in the book, often by making a simple substitution.  For example, if you use gluten-free pasta instead of wheat pasta or using one of the vegetable-based sauces instead of one made with cashews or soy. The creamy goodness of the cheesy sauces are made in several different ways. Some are classic roux-based sauces, others are made with cashew cream, a few are made with silken tofu, and many of them are made with blended cooked vegetables. Whether you prefer your mac and cheese saucy or firm, stovetop or baked, youll find lots to love in this book, including an entire chapter devoted to “fun with mac and cheese” filled with recipes for using up leftovers (if you have any!) For a sneak peek inside the book, heres a list of the contents with recipe titles.  You can pre-order Vegan Mac & Cheese on Amazon right now and youll get it as soon as it comes out.  As a bonus, send my publisher an email with your proof of purchase and theyll send you some bonus recipes! Vegan Mac & Cheese More Than 50 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food  Introduction: Thinking Outside the Box Chapter 1: Basic Vegan Mac & Cheese Soy-Good Mac and Cheese Free Mac Cashew Cheesy Mac Moms Baked Mac UnCheese Classy Mac and Cheese One-Pot Cheesy Mac Easy-Cheesy Pantry Mac Better-than-Boxed Mac UnCheese Chapter 2: Global Cheesy Macs Mac and Thai Käsespätzle Greek Spinach Orzo Bake Blushing Baked Ziti Italian Macaroni Pie Salsa Mac and Queso Creamy Curry Mac Noodle Kugel Bajan Macaroni Pie Berbere-Spiced Mac and Cheese Pastitsio Mac and Creole Chapter 3: Mac and Veggies Roasted Butternut Mac UnCheese Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Mac Spinach-Artichoke Mac and Cheese Rutabaga Mac and Greens Cheesy Broccoli Mac Buffalo Cauliflower Mac Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese Asparagus Mac and Hollandaise Smoky Mac and Peas with Mushroom Bacon Brussels and Bacon Cheesy Mac Cheesy Primavera Mac Roasted Vegetable Cheesy Mac Mac and Giardiniera Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese Bills Artichoke Mac and Chips Chapter 4: Meaty Macs Chili Mac Crabby Mac UnCheese BBQ Jack and Mac Philly Cheesesteak Mac Kids Stuff Mac n Cheese Shepherds Mac Lobster Mushroom Mac UnCheese Brat & Kraut Mac & Cheese Jerk Tempeh Mac Tetrazzini Mac Mac and Stroganoff Chapter 5: Fun with Mac & Cheese Cheesy Mac Mug Mac UnCheese Omelet Waffled Mac and Cheese Cheesy Broccoli Mac Soup Mac and Cheese Balls Cheesy Mac Muffins Mac n Cheese Pizza Mac UnCheese Quesadillas Indian Vermicelli Pudding Sweet Noodle Kugel Preorder now! The post All About Vegan Mac & Cheese appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Socca Pizza with Pesto and Mushrooms

July 26 2019 Vegan Richa 

Socca Pizza with Pesto and MushroomsSocca Pizza with Pesto and Mushrooms. This Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust is gluten-free, grain-free! Vegan Socca Pizza with veggies and chimichurri or pesto. GF soyfree Recipe. Easily made nut-free. Jump to Recipe Socca, a type of thin unleavened pancake, flatbread made with chickpea flour, is naturally gluten-free and grain-free and can easily be used as a pizza base. The Socca Bread needs just 2 main ingredients, chickpea flour and water. Just mix, and cook a bit on the skillet or bake. Then add your favorite toppings and bake again. I top it with pesto or chimichurri and veggies. You can also add some vegan cheese if you like. Add other toppings such as microgreens before serving. Easy, protein filled and delicious!Continue reading: Socca Pizza with Pesto and MushroomsThe post Socca Pizza with Pesto and Mushrooms appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Mushroom Quesadilla with Cashew Mozzarella

July 20 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mushroom Quesadilla with Cashew MozzarellaEasy Vegan Mushroom Quesadilla with Cashew Mozzarella. These Spinach mushroom quesadillas have a delicious caramelized mushroom filling and gooey cashew mozzarella! Add beans for a hearty meal. Vegan Recipe, Easily Gluten-free, Soyfree. Jump to Recipe I am back with my favorite flavors in the nicely golden mushrooms with some onion and spinach, and then layered with creamy mozzarella, and grilled to perfection in a quesadilla. The onions and mushrooms are cooked to golden, then flavored with balsamic, soy sauce and garlic and simmered to make a delicious filling. Spinach is folded in the end. The cashew mozzarella is more of a thick cheesy cream sauce that is spread on the tortilla. The thick sauce melts or thins out when heated and then thickens again on cooling, holding the ingredients of the quesadilla. Since we are not making a solid vegan mozzarella, no chilling and waiting is needed. You can also convert this into a melt sandwich. Add layers of the mozzarella cream to the slices, fill with the mushroom filling and grill. Yuhm!Continue reading: Vegan Mushroom Quesadilla with Cashew MozzarellaThe post Vegan Mushroom Quesadilla with Cashew Mozzarella appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mushroom Risotto

June 29 2019 VegKitchen 

Mushroom Risotto This mushroom risotto is a very nourishing dish. It takes a long time to cook because the liquid must be absorbed little by little. This slow cooking method is how to get a very creamy risotto without burning the rice at the bottom of the pan. The post Mushroom Risotto appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki

June 13 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and TzatzikiVegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki. Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Mushroom Gyro “meat” and 5 Minute Vegan Tzatziki. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be Gluten-free. Jump to Recipe Wraps and Bowls are my choice of food in Summer and these refreshing Gyros fit right in! Mushrooms are cooked with just 4 ingredients, some vegan worcestershire sauce, shawarma blend, garlic and onion. Once caramelized, they make a flavorful filling for the wraps. Add toppings of choice such as sliced onion, cucumber, tomato and some lettuce or greens. The Tzatziki takes just 5 mins and a few ingredients. Tofu, Garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt , dill and cucumber, process and done! Warm up the pita breads, fill up and serve. See Recipe notes to make without tofu. You can also make a bowl with toasted pita bread and the filling and toppings and tzatziki to dress. Add other dressings such as hummus. There is no added oil in the filling and the tzatziki and the recipe will be oilfree if you use oilfree flatbreads. The gyro filling is easy and so delicious with my homemade shawarma blend. You can also use seitan, soycurls or jackfruit to make the filling. Lets make a big batch of these gyros!Continue reading: Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and TzatzikiThe post Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe

May 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pizza Rolls RecipeVegan Pizza Rolls. Easy Pizza dough stuffed with herbed Mushroom tomato filling, rolled, sliced and baked. Delicious snack or appetizer! Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe You know whats more fun that pizza, soft pizza rolls! A simple pizza dough flavored with herbs, filled with a mushroom tomato stuffing, rolled, sliced and baked for a flavorful, fun appetizer! These rolls can be prepped ahead and are freezer friendly. You can also make them into Pizza pockets. Divide the dough into 4 portions, add the filling and vegan cheese such as vegan mozzarella, or use my mozzarella sauce from the portobello burgers. Seal and bake for 20 to 25 mins. Serve with marinara.Continue reading: Vegan Pizza Rolls RecipeThe post Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tomato Tofu Scramble

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

Crumbed tofu gets a golden yellow glow thanks to a spoonful of turmeric in this vegan take on scrambled eggs. We pair tofu with tomatoes, but it can be cooked up with almost any vegetable, such as leftover roasted potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or roasted bell peppers. For a fluffier scramble, we recommend pressing the tofu prior to crumbling it to remove excess water--this takes about 20 minutes of inactive time. If youre in a pinch, you can skip the pressing step for a less defined, slightly softer-textured scramble. This recipe comes to us from the The Complete Vegan Cookbook , by the Natural Gourmet Center with Alexandra Shytsman and Rebecca Ffrench. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 pound firm tofu, drained - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped - 2 tablespoons pine nuts - 1 garlic clove, minced -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric -  1/­­4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes - 1 large ripe tomato, seeded and diced - 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes) - Whole-wheat toast, to serve (optional) Line a plate with paper towels and place the tofu on top. Place another paper towel on the tofu then top with another plate. Weigh it down with cans or pie weights for 20 to 30 minutes to remove excess water, draining off the water periodically. Using a fork or your hands, crumble the tofu into small bits. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, add the oil, and heat until it just starts to shimmer. Add the onion and cook until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pine nuts, garlic, cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes, and continue to cook until fragrant, about another 2 minutes. Stir in the crumbled tofu, tomato, salt, and lime juice. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the tofu is heated through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Divide among plates and serve. Reprinted from The Complete Vegan Cookbook: Over 150 Whole Foods, Plant-Based Recipes and Techniques by the Natural Gourmet. Copyright (C) 2019 by Natural Gourmet Cookery Corporation. Photographs copyright (C) 2019 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/­­Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. The post Tomato Tofu Scramble appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Twice Baked Salsa Potatoes with Fajita Veggies

May 6 2019 Oh My Veggies 

Do you ever go to a restaurant and order the same dish every time? For better or worse, I’m a person who likes routine. Usually when I find something I like at a restaurant, I stick with it. My husband always ribs me for ordering the same thing time and time again, but it works for me, so why not, right? But there was one Mexican restaurant that we used to go to and both of us would order the same thing every time we went there–Veggie Fajitas. And then we’d both get a side of spicy, cheesy mashed potatoes. Even my husband couldn’t branch out and try something different because the fajitas were just so flippin’ good. But then! One hot August afternoon, we went to get our usual fajitas-and-potatoes combo and what the server brought out to us shook me to the core. Oh yes, I was shook! Instead of the usual zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and corn, there on our fajita plate was a sad, soggy mix of onions, peas, and carrots. Frozen veggies! Frozen veggies that do not even belong in fajitas! Who puts frozen peas in fajitas? Who?! And even more importantly, why? As much as […]

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

May 1 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies I consider these to be snacking brownies, rather than full-on dessert brownies. They’re vegan, gluten-free, flourless, and pretty lightly sweetened. They depend on steamed sweet potato for much of their fudgyness and even some of their sweetness. In other words, they’re pretty virtuous as far as brownies go. But not too annoyingly so, since they’re still plenty delicious. They’d make for a great lunchbox snack for kids or a midnight bite for students. They freeze well, too, so it’s good to keep a batch in the freezer to satisfy any kind of sweet tooth emergency. We are huge fans of using sweet potatoes as an ingredient for good vegan desserts – see these truffles, this pudding, and this nougat. They do so many things: they bind, contribute moistness, add a bit of sweetness, but also largely act as a blank flavor slate. We are currently obsessed with steamed sweet potatoes and found that that method of cooking works beautifully for these brownies. Sweet potatoes come out incredibly silky when steamed, and the process also hydrates them quite a bit, which is crucial for that fudgyness in the brownies. Steaming generally cooks sweet potatoes faster than roasting them, so that’s another little bonus. Just a note that we used a Japanese, white-fleshed sweet potato for this photoshoot because that’s all they had at the store somehow. You can definitely use a regular, orange sweet potato. Hope you’ll give these a try! Have a great rest of your week :) Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies   Print inspired by Minimalist Bakers black bean brownies Serves: 12 brownies Ingredients 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 1 medium sweet potato - steamed until fork-tender and peeled 3 tablespoons olive oil or soft coconut oil, plus more for oiling the tin ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons coconut sugar 1½ teaspoons baking powder generous pinch of sea salt dairy-free dark chocolate chips - for topping optional: nuts, and/­­or coconut flakes - for topping (we also used rose petals, which should be added after baking) Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C). Prepare a 12 hole muffin tin by oiling each hole with olive oil or soft coconut oil. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax with 6 tablespoons of water. Whisk together and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potato until smooth. You should have about 1¾ - 2 cups of sweet potato flesh. Add the oil, vanilla, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything together until smooth. Fold in the flax mixture, which should be thickened to a raw egg-like consistency at this point. You can also do all this mashing and mixing in a food processor if you prefer. Distribute the brownie mixture in the oiled muffin tin, patting it down into the muffin holes somewhat evenly. I like to use slightly dampened hands for this, but you can also use a wetted spoon. Top each brownie with some chocolate chips and any other topping of choice, if using. Place in the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes, until the brownies are dry to the touch on the outside but still quite fudgy inside. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing the brownies from the pan. Keep refrigerated or frozen in an air-tight container. Notes These brownies are very mildly sweetened. If you prefer a sweeter brownie, I would recommend adjusting the amount of sugar to a full ½ cup. Since this is vegan batter, you can also safely taste it for sweetness before baking and adjust as needed. 3.5.3226 The post Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Self-Care Interview Series: Adriana Ayales

April 28 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Self-Care Interview Series: Adriana Ayales Adriana Ayales is a rainforest herbalist from Costa Rica and the founder of herbal apothecary Anima Mundi. We are in love with Adriana’s world and creations, and so excited to share this interview. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? Although I love the grounded power of routine, I’m living in a phase of being open and free. With kids, and a beyond full time devotion to running a business, I just ride the waves as they come. I’ve learned to surrender that not everything has to look the way it should look. Lifes situations and patterning moves around like the seasons. -- What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning. I love getting up before the kids, and sneaking into the kitchen to make myself a healing cup(s) of medicine. First thing I do is a big ole cup of vitamin C rich goodness, sometimes its mangosteen hibiscus with a lemon squeeze, or fresh picked turmeric from the garden grated with ginger, along with camu camu and lemon water. Then I make a seasonal fruit bowl of sorts, with oatmeal, or homemade granola loaded with mineralizing herbs (like nettle or mesquite powder). Followed by my favorite, and not so healthy friend, Coffee. Ah coffee. I cant tell you how wonderful locally grown heirloom coffee is here, paired with deliciously fresh cacao and medicinal mushrooms and homemade almond. -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? Massaging the face, forehead and skull with warm oil at night is one of the simplest and most restorative practices we can do to induce deep sleep. I love using a mix I make at home of jojoba oil, with rosehip, infused with clary sage and a fine sandalwood. Another one of my all time favorites for evening relaxation is blue lotus. -- Do you have any kind of mindfulness practice?  Sipping tea mindfully in nature, witnessing time in silence is one of my favorite things. I tap into my feelings, breath, mind, and begin to clear energy. Sustenance -- Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? I do love caffeine. Growing up in Costa Rica has woven me into loving a good cup of locally roasted coffee. Depending on the day, I love adding reishi, or a mix of medicinal mushrooms, raw cacao with mucuna, along with a homemade plant based milk. I also love having an aged puerh, or traditional matcha with added herbs for nourishment, like moringa. -- Do you have a sweet tooth and do you take any measures to keep it in check? Sometimes I do, especially when I’m tired or running on low energy. When im over-worked, or running on stress I definitely crave more carby and sugary things, and this is usually due to skipping a meal, or needing a quick-fix. Some tips I bare in mind during stressful moments that ignite the sweet tooth (or just in general!) are: always go for fruits before you opt for a sugary dessert, always choose low glycemic sweeteners vs. sugar (some faves are coconut sugar, maple syrup, and real stevia extract -- not the synthetic ones!) For carbs avoid empty carbs and refined flours, and opt for ones that are more easily absorbed, like coconut, almond and cassava flour. -- Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or tinctures/­­tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful with your energy level and general wellness?  Oh my, so many! I seasonally change my herbal intake, but certainly stick with some favorites. I love having my potent singles (single herb tinctures) on me at all times, like shisandra berries and blue lotus. A Brain tonic while I’m working, usually with herbs like gotu kola, ginkgo, brahmi and lion’s mane mushroom. Two that I dose with very often are the Happiness tonic (st johns wort, mucuna, ashwagandha, etc.) and euphoric/­­mood elevating herbs like catuaba, mucunam muira puama and damiana. I also love our Liver formula for daily cleansing and nourishment, like the moringa, burdock, nettles, chlorella. And of course beauty herbs like He Shou Wu, Mangosteen and more! Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  Absolutely, I love doing a mix between yoga and pilates. -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? I love the torture! When I feel a little lazy and not like suffering in an intensive workout, I just remind myself how excellent I feel when I finish it. Not just seeing physical results, but especially the mental peace and happiness after working out. Beauty -- What is your idea of beauty – external, internal or both? A feeling of wholeness. When your mood is high, your gut is vibrant, and you feel confident and beautiful. When there is no sense of lack, imbalance or deficiency. When you feel aligned. -- What is your skincare approach – face and body? I love making my own body and face oils. I usually infuse collagen boosting herbs, and skin strengthening herbs and lather up. I also like to keep things simple, like using cacao butter with coconut oil, or just a fluffy shea butter for deep moisture.  -- Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you find to be helpful to your skin/­­hair/­­general glow? Yes! I’m a big fan of eating herbs and supplements that protect the skin, increase our own collagen receptors and help activate our natural glow. The herbs I designed for the vegan collagen formula have been my go-tos for quite sometime. Horsetail, He Shou Wu, Calendula, Nettle seed + leaf, Comfrey, and others like Mangosteen, Camu Camu and Hibiscus are great for the skin too. -- Do you have any beauty tips/­­tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? I love making edible masks. Infusing a high potency extract into a raw clay and avocado, along with an activating source like apple cider vinegar, or more protein like flax, and making a smooth paste to lather all over the face, body and even hair is one of my all time favorites. Stress, etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines in order to avoid stress?  Visualization is huge for me. Sitting in silence and tuning in is vital, along with the help of nervines and adaptogenic herbs that assist in de-compression like skullcap, blue lotus and ashwagandha. -- If stress cannot be avoided, what are your ways of dealing with it? I like taking a walk or hike in nature, get in the ocean/­­lake/­­river or any kind of body of water. I completely unplug from work, the phone, or computer. -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? Before the cold kicks in, I take strong echinacea extracts in a soothing tea, mixing turmeric, lemon, grated ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic and aloe in warm water. It works every time. I make a large batch and dose all day long --  even my kids love it!  -- How do you reconcile work-time with free-time? Do those things overlap for you or do you keep them distinctly separate? This certainly overlaps for me, which can honestly be a bitter sweet reality. I love everything surrounding plants, and its medicinal uses, as well as teaching, and medicine making. I love that my business is all about honoring ancestral ways, plant medicine, the art of herbalism, righteous cultivation, and medicine making. Yet, like any business owner would understand, there are many tasks to the job that are exhausting and certainly not what made you fall in love in the first place. For me personally, Ive learned to reconcile by doing what I love doing the most, medicine making and wildcrafting. I made a commitment to myself in making space for this no matter what, and not disregarding it by prioritizing business with the things that dont really matter in life. Its vital that we take moments in our free time that refine our focus and intention in life, re-align to what inspired the dream, without getting side swept with busy-ness. Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? Over the last couple years Ive struggled with this because of having babies. Which Im sure a lot of new moms can relate to this! Every time I get a moment between being a mother, wife and business owner, my priority to feel more self loving (and more human!) is yoga. The simple act of getting oxygen, doing conscious breathing, and distracting the monkey mind from its patterning, you become yourself again.  -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Herbs. Integrating plant medicine into everything has significantly changed my body mind and soul. -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. Off the top of my head I love these: Healing with Whole Foods with Paul Pitchford, Gabriel Cousens’ Spiritual Nutrition, The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates, and of course The Medical Medium by Anthony William. Knowledge -- What was your path to becoming an herbalist and starting Anima Mundi? Growing up I learned closely with curanderos on plant medicine and rainforest herbalism overall. I then attended herbal schools in California where I learned a lot of native, northern and european herbalism. Life somehow took me to NYC (a place I NEVER thought I would ever go to) after living in California for quite some years, and I started practicing privately as an herbalist. I kept noticing the common trends, symptomology and imbalances folks that came in had, and started developing mother formulas to be able to make large batches. -- How do you approach sourcing herbs for Anima Mundi?  First and foremost we try to create a direct relationship with the people/­­farmers that cultivate. Although we value certification of prime ingredients, there are many ethical wild crafters and farms that do not have special certifications, yet cultivate sustainable practices and have quality products that we also like to support. We are also adamant of supporting local economies as much as possible, particularly with rainforest herbs sourced directly from indigenous people, supporting their craft as well as ethically crafted botanicals. -- What are some of Anima Mundis best sellers? Our plant-based Collagen Booster, Happiness Tonic, Adaptogenic Immortality Tonics, Curam Beauty Elixir, our 100% Coconut Cream Powder, Mushroom Mocha Milk and more...! Fun and Inspiration -- A book/­­song/­­movie/­­piece of art to feed the soul: Book – Women Who Run with Wolves Song/­­Album –  Cuatro Vientos /­­ Danit Movie –  Loving the The OA lately! Piece of Art –  Ayahuasca art by Pablo Amaringo Photos by Renee Byrd and from Anima Mundi’s IG /­­ This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. The post Self-Care Interview Series: Adriana Ayales appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.


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