THE MOST WONDERFUL GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Looking for a great way to make Gingerbread Cookies this holiday season?

Tis almost the season for gingerbread cookies, a Christmas tradition. We think of “traditional” Christmas flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and those are exactly the same spices medieval cooks would have used in their cookies ages ago. Gingerbread is a classic Christmas cookie, and yet it’s also a cookie that would have tasted strikingly similar back in the Middle Ages.

Winter solstice festivals have been held for eons, across the world. From Norway to West Africa, Ireland to India, groups of people gathered to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Celebrations revolved around food; after all, you had to feast before the famine of the winter.

By the Middle Ages, the Christmas holiday had overtaken solstice rituals throughout much of present-day Europe. The old feast traditions remained. And while the roast and drink recipes were probably quite similar to what earlier Europeans had enjoyed, the pastry world was experiencing some amazing changes. Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper were just starting to be widely used, and dried exotic fruits like citron, apricots and dates added sweetness and texture to the dessert tray. These items, along with ingredients like sugar and butter, would have been prized as expensive delicacies by medieval cooks. Only on the most important holiday could families afford treats like these, which led to a baking bonanza to prepare for Christmas. And unlike pies or cakes, cookies could be easily shared and given to friends and neighbors. Our modern Christmas cookies date back to these medieval gifts.

Festive and fun gingerbread cookies are what we are baking today. These gingerbread men are crisp on the outside , soft on the inside and packed with ginger and everything Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

love, k 🙂

Trinity Rice Recipe

I associate autumn with onions more than any other fruit or vegetable. This underground bulb contains potassium, fiber, and folate, as well as the flavonoid quercetin, which helps eliminate free radicals. In short, it contains LIFE, prana, the force that moves our bodies! Onions also symbolize the earth, globe, family, and taste for life.

Yogi Bhajan said that three roots would always maintain you in perfect health and balance when combined any season. These are garlic, onion and ginger. Yogiji said, they “will maintain you through the times and through the age.” These fascinating, mystical and tasty roots are essential to a healthy diet for cleansing, sustaining, and producing energy in the body.

This week I started cooking Trinity Rice for myself and family. It has been a real treat! It is cleansing for the blood and energizing for mind and spirit.

Trinity Rice

2 onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

1 inch (2.5 cm) ginger root, peeled & grated

1 cup basmati rice

1/2-3/4 cup (250 ml) ghee

1 tomato, peeled

4-5 cups (1-1.25 L) assorted chopped vegetables

Rinse rice thoroughly and set aside.  Use a pot with a tight lid and add onion, garlic and ginger.  Stir slowly until onions begin falling apart.  Then add tomato, vegetables, and rice, along with 4 cups of water.  Cover and let simmer on low heat, checking often.  Add water as necessary.  Cook until vegetables are soft and rice is done. Makes 4 servings.

Love, k

Motivational Monday- Watermelon Juice Recipe

Are you looking for a great drink to cool off with? Try this fresh watermelon juice recipe!

It’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. One way to get a refreshing and thirst quenching drink is to make your own juice. It’s the best way you can be sure there are no added sugars or chemicals.

INGREDIENTS:

1 small sweet watermelon about 6 pounds

1 small lime, juiced

INSTRUCTIONS:

Slice the watermelon in half.

Assuming your watermelon isn’t seedless, slice the halves into smaller strips and use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds.

Discard the seeds, and scoop chunks of watermelon from the rind into the blender. If the watermelon is seedless, use a big spoon to scoop chunks of watermelon flesh into the blender.

Blend the watermelon, squeeze the juice of one small lime into the blender and blend for a few seconds.

Pour the watermelon juice into a pitcher or pour directly into glasses, over ice. Enjoy!

love, k ❤

Intuitive Affirmation of the Day

intuitive-ebook-bonanza(3) (1)

Made with LOVE

Food tastes better to people who are told the meal has been prepared with love.

National Green Juice Day

The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitments to our resolutions persevere with National Green Juice Day on January 26. National Green Juice Day was established as a way to encourage people to stick to their health and wellness resolutions by drinking a green juice.

There are several veggie-centric ways to celebrate and inspire health and wellness habits in the New Year 2018.

Start off your morning by making green juice at home or grab a bottle of cold-pressed green juice for a simple way to get more nutrients from green vegetables in your daily diet.

#NationalGreenJuiceDay #GotMyGreens.

love, k 🙂

Ayurveda: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods

You are what you eat. When you are free to live a quiet, contemplative life, a sattvic diet is divinely perfect. For those who wish to maintain a meditative mind but also must live and work in the world, a diet consisting of sattvic and some rajasic foods is best. For those who practice yoga, like Kundalini Yoga or marital arts, rajasic foods are necessary, along with sattvic foods.

For all these lifestyles, tamasic food is best avoided.

Here is a simple breakdown of Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic foods

Sattvic: Equals to clarity and lightness

• Graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, sensitive.

• Most fruit and vegetables, sun foods, and ground foods.

Rajasic: Forcefulness and will-power

• Active, positive, demanding.

• Stimulating herbs and spices, many earth foods.

Tamasic: Functioning from need and instinct

• Impulsive, dull, angry, confused.

• Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, alcohol, intoxicating drugs.

Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic health sister science to yoga, recognizes that health is a state of balance between the body, mind, and consciousness. In ancient times, food was considered medicine. The principles of healthy eating were well-known and the healing properties of foods and herbs were used to correct imbalances.

One of the most important aspects of the system of Ayurveda is the tridoshas, or forces that generate and maintain physical and mental health:

Vata (air): sustains the body and originates every kind of physical movement in the body. It controls the mind and senses and causes elimination of wastes.

Pitta (fire): responsible for digestion, heat, the digestive fire,and the formation of blood.

Kapha (earth): nourishes and lubricates the body, maintains sexual potency, and lends mental balance to the individual.

To try out a new delicious sattvic dish that balances all three doshas is Mung Beans and Rice. It is a perfectly balanced protein dish, easy to digest and very delicious. Good to make at any time of the year but makes a particularly good winter diet. Here is the recipe when interested.

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups water

½ cup whole mung beans

½ cup basmati rice

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup finely minced ginger root

3 cups chopped vegetables

2 tablespoons ghee or oil

¾ tablespoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon dried crushed red chilés

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions:

Rinse the mung beans and rice. Add the mung beans to boiling water and cook until they begin to split. Add the rice and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now add the vegetables.

Heat the ghee/oil in a sauté pan and add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until clear. Add the spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add a little water if necessary. Add this to the cooked rice and beans. You can substitute vegetables as you like, as well as use Bragg Liquid Aminos, tamari, or soy sauce instead of salt. Tastes great with yogurt!

love, k 🙂

Holiday Recipes: Vegan Eggnog

Nothing says Christmas like eggnog! Our vegan version uses dates, cashews and apricots, plus almond milk and a whole nutmeg to reinvent this classic festive beverage.

 

egg-nog-1

 

Warm, inviting, perfect for holiday parties, drinks with friends, or an after dinner dessert. Eggnog is a holiday classic, no doubt. While we crave it this time of year, this festive beverage has the tendency to uplift our holiday spirits!

To make Vegan EggNog for the Holiday Season click here

love, krishna