NOPALES: Get Your Hands Dirty
Mmmm... My first home grown & home cooked batch of nopales!! It’s been a goal of mine to stick my hands in the dirt & my face in the sun & grow more of my own food + herbs. I highly recommend it to any modern human. Thanks mama for inspiring me & thanks Ayah for the cactus baby so long ago! 🌵
Also known as Prickly Pear Cactus, this exquisite superfood is indigenous to the Americas and helps to reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, regulate blood sugar, lower (bad) cholesterol, heal ulcers, and... it’s loaded with vitamins & minerals, including magnesium. It has a lovely tart flavor & silky, substantial flesh.
It was easier than I realized to throw on thick latex dish gloves & scrape off the spines. Simply lightly boil for 20 minutes, strain, & sauté with your favorite veggies! Shown here: onion, cumin seed, & plum tomatoes. Yum!
This is my kind of party... Milling about with thousands of glowing vegetarians, tasting all kinds of decadent delights that are actually good for me! There was even a yoga zone. Somebody apparently read my mind. I have been wishing for yoga zones in every public and private space. This fest is definitely an essential annual destination...
Seed Food & Wine Festival in Miami is the nation’s premiere plant-based food event of its kind, gathering an unparalleled group of more than 60 plant-based notable chefs, athletes, authors and celebrities for the festival’s third year. For 2016, event were held on Nov. 2nd-6th, including upscale dinners, fitness events and the nation’s first Plant-Based Burger Battle™. SEED celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wine, craft beer and spirits, lifestyle products, and companies, all while raising awareness about conscious and sustainable living.
Many thanks to JLPR marketing & public relations firm for the invite and positive vibes!
There were so many treasures, it was impossible to capture or fully experience all of them, but there are a few snapshots...
This super hero has been vegan for 30 years! Hardly the scrawny, pasty vision of common misconceptions. This is Geoff Palmer, CEO of Clean Machine Natural Sports Nutrition, and he must be doing something right. I was super impressed with their Clean BCAA natural food-sourced branched chain amino acids & electrolytes. It helps me to feel instantly hydrated, focused, and replenished post-workout. Oh, and it's super yummy. CLEAN BCAA™ delivers a 4gm daily dose of L-leucine, shown in a clinical study to increase 5-rep max strength by over 40% in just 12 weeks! I can't wait to try all their other products.
CLEAN BCAA features:
This is Nina, founder and visionary behind Sugar & Oats natural artisan made Vegan soaps, creams, scrubs, and skincare in South Florida. She carefully formulates all products with the purest plant based oils and 100% natural skin loving ingredients. Sugar and Oats promises to stay away from harsh chemicals, parabens, sodium laureate sulfate, and palm oils. Everything is cruelty free (not tested on animals).
Nina shared with me the touching story behind the inspiration of Sugar & Oats... She's a mama! And she wants the absolute healthiest soaps for her family.
I was blown away by the lavender bar soap. This is was the silkiest, most luxurious bar soap I've ever found (and I have tried all the good vegan major brands). The natural lavender scent was a perfect intensity. Also worth mentioning, the bar is a work of modern art, making it a great gift.
This is a favorite warming winter recipe! Satisfying & delicious! Like a HUG in my tummy! Make a double batch to feed the family for several days. Leftover stew can be easily frozen and reheated.
This recipe is inspired by the kitchari recipe shared with my by my friend Janice Craig of AlohaNamaste.com.
The DoTERRA black pepper oil is a powerful catalyzer for the medicinal properties of turmeric! It's also super tasty!
1 TBSP FENNEL SEEDS
1 TBSP MUSTARD SEEDS
1 TBSP CUMIN SEEDS
1 TBSP CORIANDER SEEDS
1 TBSP CUMIN POWDER
1 TBSP CORIANDER POWDER
1 TBSP GARAM MASALA POWDER (OPTIONAL)
1 TBSP TURMERIC POWDER
1-2 TBSP FRESH GRATED OR MINCED GINGER
1 CUP MUNG BEANS - RINSE & SOAK IN WATER THE NIGHT BEFORE
6 CUPS WATER (MORE IF YOU PREFER A MORE LIQUID SOUP)
2 TBSP RAW ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
1-2 CUPS CHOPPED VEGETABLES THAT SUIT YOUR AYURVEDIC CONSTITUTION
2-3 DROPS DOTERRA BLACK PEPPER OIL
SAUTE THE SEEDS OVER MEDIUM HEAT IN THE COCONUT OIL ABOUT 2-3 MINUTES UNTIL THEY POP. THEN ADD THE OTHER SPICES.
ADD THE MUNG DAL AND SALT. SAUTE FOR 1 - 2 MINUTES.
ADD BOILING WATER, BRING TO BOIL, THEN SIMMER FOR APPROX. 45 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY, UNTIL THE DAL IS ABOUT 2/3 COOKED.
COOK FOR 15 MORE MINUTES, OR UNTIL VEGETABLES ARE COOKED.
LET STAND 10-20 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING.
ADD BLACK PEPPER OIL JUST BEFORE SERVING, TO PRESERVE THE MEDICINAL BENEFITS.
*FOR VATA OR KAPHA CONSTITUTIONS: ADD A PINCH OF GINGER POWDER.
*FOR PITTA: LEAVE OUT THE MUSTARD SEEDS.
ADD A DASH OF FRESH LEMON & A TABLESPOON OF RAW COCONUT OIL JUST BEFORE SERVING.
SERVE WITH FRESHLY COOKED QUINOA OR RICE!