Pureed Parsnips

parsnips

2 large Parsnips, diced
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
2 Tbsp Butter
Sea salt and fresh ground Black Pepper
2 cloves Garlic thinly sliced

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until Parsnips become soft.

Using an immersion blender (or your standing blender) puree all ingredients until smooth. ***If you prefer a silky puree make sure to remove the Parsnip skin.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

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Easy Spiced Lentils

So I have recently decided that the best way to eat healthy is to make it easy and prepare a grain, a bean, and lots of veggies at the beginning of each week to have around for the week’s healthy meals.  Instead of having these simply steamed/boiled I decided to make em spicy and tasty to eat all on their own.  Because this is a rather small portion the spices are a bit hard to measure exactly, but I’ll try 🙂

Ingredients:

1 Cup brown lentils,rinsed and sorted through

2.5 Cups water

1/4 Tsp Cumin
1/8 Tsp Coriander seed
1/8 Tsp Turmeric
1/4 Tsp Garlic powder
1/4 Tsp Onion powder

Salt
Pepper
2 Bay leaves

Instructions:

Throw it all in a small pot and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes to a half hour until water cooks off and lentils begin to break down.  Stir once in a while to prevent sticking. Once done allow to cool and serve with whatever your heart desires!

Paprika Dry Rub

I made this for fish (Salmon to be precise) but you can use it on anything you like!

1 Tbs Paprika
1/4 tsp dried Rosemary
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Tsp Red pepper flakes
1 Tsp Garlic Powder

Adapted from this recipe on food.com

Technical Troubles

Hello Readers,

 

Please be patient with me as I try to figure out some technical glitches that are preventing me from adding images to my blog posts.  I have recipes that I am trying to share with you, but I wanna make sure I get em right before I pass them along.

 

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support,

 

Lisa

Exciting Announcement: Wellness Day at Art of Wellness 2/24/13

Please join us in celebrating Wellness Day at Art Of Wellness!  Come try out some of our wellness services and learn more about how we can help you achieve mind, body and soul satisfaction and fulfillment!  We are excited to offer these services to you at a very low cost and cannot wait to share other techniques for healing and health that we provide!  Spots are limited so call to reserve your space NOW!  For more information about our team approach to holistic wellness and how we can help you create balance in your life go to www.artofwellnesscenter.com.  We can’t wait to see you on the 24th!

Wellness day 2.24.13

What next???

So I have spent the past month or so (5 weeks to be exact) trying new foods and eating habits to see how they effect me in body, mind and spirit. I have learned a few things about myself, including that I do not need a lot of fat in my diet (even the good kinds), so I have begun eating less nuts and avocados. Also I am tuning into my body, what it needs, and what it tells me, and have realized that what i have been eating is likely what my body needs, without all of the sugar, so my body already knows what it needs and has been guiding me the WHOLE time. It really is amazing how our bodies are created to do the work of maintaining and nurturing without our even needing to THINK about it. We were created to be fully self sustaining, but have just gotten so far from knowing, trusting and believing in our inherent human instincts, but they are still there. I am so appreciative of how this process is bringing me closer to myself, my nature and the world i live in!

I also notice with whole food eating, adequate water and sleep that i have more ENERGY, a better ATTITUDE and improved MOOD along with better digestion and no stomach pains! How wonderful that such basic steps can make life that much better! Needless to say I will likely continue to eat healthy JUST BECAUSE I feel better! How awesome is that? I will continue to share healthy recipes and adventures in healthy cooking with you, but have also decided to move on to other areas of my life that may need more attention. Like what, you may ask??

As part of my Integrative Nutrition education we are learning to look at nutrition as the things in life that feed us emotionally. Food is a piece of this, but so are many other aspects of life such as work, relationships, exercise, finances, positive activity, spirituality etc. Since I am working to try new things, this too extends to these “primary foods” in my life.

When asked about what I desire to change in my life, the first thing that arises is WORK. However I am taking EVERY STEP POSSIBLE to address this area of my life and so I don’t plan to focus on this at present. The second aspect of life I WANT to change, but have been struggling to change is EXERCISE. I know what I like to do and have been successful in taking action to exercise in the past, but at present this feels like the one part of my life I cannot get control of and so THIS is what I am going to work on this month!

I love Pilates and I love taking walks, but find the weather and all of the energy I put into the rest of my life to zap my motivation. BUT I hope this can motivate me, as I already know the benefits and rewards of a consistent workout routine! We MUST make sacrifices to achieve, and so I plan to make exercise a PRIORITY and let other things be less important for a while as positive physical feeling do wonders for my life, body, mind and spirit. Thinking next month to focus on my spiritual life, but for now its exercise. Id like to start doing pilates 3-4 times a week… Let the motivating begin…

Day 21 and a half: Beets!

I am cooking more than usual today as it is a holiday and I finally have the time!  I took the plunge and bought beets today after my husband shared his interest in juicing them. Since I already had leftover uncooked Brussels, I figured I could combine the two and at least know that HALF of the veggies would be yummy no matter my lack of culinary skills. I have been trying to try new things and eat new things in the process of learning about nutrition and so I am proud of myself for doing as I intended, and excited because these were GOOD. I will definitely make them again really soon (with some creativity too!)… Every time I take a new step I am reminded how worthwhile it is to do what is unfamiliar and do it well, because it only makes us more confident and self assured for the next new step.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Beets Olive oil Sea salt Ground pepper A few sprigs of fresh thyme 3 medium sized beets skinned and sliced ¼-1/2 inch thick ½ package brussel sprouts halved

Place chopped veggies in one bowl and toss with olive oil and seasonings. You can always add pepper and salt to the finished product or leave unseasoned so that each diner can season their own food. Sometimes I use garlic or a vinegar in the roasting process as well, but as this was my first preparation of beets EVER I wanted to keep my flavors simple and not get too creative just in case…

Ten Recipes Posted

Ten recipes posted today as a part of my efforts to start 2013 off right!

So check them out, and learn about my adventures in healthy eating, creative cooking and blog writing!

Feel free to contact me for additional information or with questions through my website www.lisaresnickholistictherapy.com or via email at lisaresnicktherapy@gmail.com.

 

I am SO enjoying this process of finding new simple ways to eat healthy and find physical satisfaction through creation of delicious and nutritious meals.

Try them out!!!