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Vegan Kale Pesto

Just when you thought you were sick of kale!!

I tried something quite similar to this at About Life and thought… “ive got to be able to make this at home”… I’m still tweaking the ingredients to find those vegan edibles that give the pesto “bite” (e.g. lemon juice/ zest/ garlic)… but I have enjoyed the first batch so much, I’m ready to share this recipe with you…

Ingredients:

Bunch of Kale
Cupe of activated walnuts or cashews (cashews give that creamy sensation more than the other nuts do)- or a blend of both
loads of lemon juice – rind of  one lemon
chopped up garlic (i fried mine up a bit some bitterness out)
Olive oil
water

steam the kale for about 10 mins… when wilted, process with the rest of the ingredients. just keep adding lemon to taste, or oil/ water for creamier consistency…

Because it’s organic and fresh from garden to table (via the fridge), it will only last a week. Just add a little oil to the jar each time you open it… and maybe squeeze a little more lemon..shake the jar around then serve.

serve with: pasta; steamed or baked vegies; boiled rice… or on top of your proteins etc…

Makes – loads.

my husband adds 1/3 cup of parmesan, then it’s suitable for his less conscious palate!!

 

 

 

 

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Cool the Fire Element down to Ease Anxiety & Shoulder Pain

My diligent and newly graduated TT,  Teresa Cajes, and I have been  exploring the summer meridians (small intestines; heart; triple heater; pericardium) over the last few weeks when giving our deep relaxation classes. As I researched into what these meridians cover and what happens when there is too much energy in the meridian (jitsu) or not enough (kyo), i started to clearly see that the root energetic causes of the pangs of pain, stiffness and strain in my shoulders plus the sensations of overexcitement that borders on anxiety are part and parcel of overexpanding summer energy.

If you’ve been to our deep relaxation classes over the last 3 weeks, our postures and discourse has specifically centred around how to ease the overexpanding fire and air elements at this time of year… if not… can i recommend the following yin practice?

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Chickpea and Cashewnut burger

Not at all satvic- with the flour, onions and garlic to taste, but a family favorite.

serves 4.

Ingredients

small brown onion
1 garlic clove
1 small sweet potato-  (maybe around 120 grammes)- i normally bake sweet potatoes for the kids, so use a pre-baked one.
1/2 cup cashews- ground
cup of chickpeas- soaked overnight then boiled to soften
1/2 cup of oats
wholegrain bread crumbs (of one slice of bread)
couple of tablespoons of flour of choice (wholemeal/ spelt/ corn etc)
Method:

fry onions, garlic then add sweet potato. When softened and cooked, blend with the softened chickpeas, cashews; oats; breadcrumbs and flour.

From here it’s quite easy to make burger patties. Flatten them out so they are about 1.5 cms thick

Fry the patties in a grill pan with a little oil

Pop in your bread bun of choice, or eat alone, with salad garnishes as you wish.

 

(Sometimes, if i have extra veges in the fridge that need to be eaten, then i cook them up and throw them in the blend!).

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The Monkey Mind

On my journey as a yoga teacher, I find the study of the mind and its afflictions fascinating. As those who’ve practiced meditation or joined us in the deep relaxation/ yin class know, to sit with ourselves calmly, with still mind, and in the complete present moment, is the hardest thing to do. So what makes our mind chatter so incessantly? Hatha yogis commonly make the analogy that our mind is like a Monkey- always jumping around. In yoga we try to train the monkey to sit still. Yes- an impossible task. So what are the obstacles towards a completely still mind? I am experiencing them all first hand as I try to complete this article!… You may relate to a few too.

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