Spring Menu from Emmanuelle

foodDear IYI community, here is another menu entry prepared at IYI kitchen. Please enjoy!
 Spring Menu
Black Bean Salad  
yields 2 quarts
Adapted from Angelica Home Kitchen by Leslie McLeachern
For the Salad:
2 c dried black beans, soaked overnight
6 c water
1 cup celery, cut into 1/8 in. slices
1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/8 in. slices
1 cup red cabbage, cut into 1/8 in. strips
1 cup carrot, cut into 1/8 in. slices
2 cups of asparagus cut into pieces 
For the vinaigrette:
1/2 fresh squeezed lime juice, strained
1 1/2 T seeded, minced jalapeno pepper
2 1/2 T salt
2 T minced garlic
1 T lime zest
1/3 c chopped cilantro
3 T olive oil
Rinse beans thoroughly before placing in pot with 6 c of water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until tender 45-90 minutes depending on the length of the soaking.  When finished, drain the beans and rinse under cold water.  
Combine the vegetables in a steamer and steam for 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender.  Chill in a bowl of cold water for 1 minute.  Drain and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine the limejuice, jalapeno, salt, garlic, lime zest and cilantro.  Whisk in the oil, then stir in the steamed vegetables and black beans.  
Season with salt and pepper, adding more lime juice or oil to taste.

Caesar Salad 

serves 6
Lettuce:
Two heads of organic romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces and spin dried.
Easy Pine Nut Parmesan:
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon salt
Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
½ cup of water
¼ cup lemon juice
3T apple cider vinegar
2 T light miso
2 cloves garlic
2 large dates
A little minced parsley
Wash and dry the romaine lettuce.  Tear or cut into bite sized pieces.
For the dressing: In a blender combine 1/2 c olive oil, water, lemon juice (or vinegar), light miso, garlic and dates.  Blend until creamy.  Stir in minced parsley to taste.
For ” sunflower parmesan,” pulse the seeds  and salt in food processor until crumbles form.
Delicious Cornbread 
serves 7
1/4 c agave or honey
1 c soy milk
1 1/4 c yellow cornmeal or corn flour
1 c of oat flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3 T sunflower oil

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Beat together soymilk and sweetener.  In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Then combine all ingredients including oil.  Mix well.  Spread into an oiled 8-inch square pan bake for 20 minutes.

2016-10-15T01:45:20+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Spring Menu from Emmanuelle

Sankalpa

“Don’t have the word “impossible” in your vocabulary. Everything is possible. We say, Where there is a will, there is a way.”. “You want it? Got it.” But the want must be a serious, sincere, strong want. You should stand up and make and affirmation. Anything that you do, you should really affirm doing it. That is a sankalpa, a strong decision. “I am going to do it and I’ll achieve what I want.” Have a pure thought, based on the welfare of everybody, one and all; then, your sankalpa will be firm.”

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2016-10-15T01:45:20+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Sankalpa

The Guiding Light of the Gita

krishnaImagine that in a moment of despondency, the Universal Consciousness that is the essence of all things, begins to speak to you.  You receive clear guidance from deep within.  That is how we can think of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient scripture that reveals the full breadth of Yogic teachings.

The Gita appears as a dialogue between Arjuna, who represents the ego-mind that has fallen into confusion, and Krishna, who represents the Spiritual Self,  that Source of unerring wisdom within us all.  As the conversation unfolds, Krishna educates the disheartened mind about the various paths of Yoga, exposing the illusion of separation we are lost in, and how we can awaken to the Truth.

Krishna inspires us to see the truth of our Spiritual nature, and describes how we can gain mastery over the conditioned mind to unveil that truth.  He acknowledges the challenge of transcending the mind and presents the complimentary path of selfless service to purify the heart.  He offers Yoga practice for even those moments when we are most despairing, describing the path of faith and surrender.

I will lead a three part series, discussing how we can make use of these sublime teachings, on Mondays, 7- 8:15pm, April 27, May 4 and 11. Please join me in bringing these timeless principles into present moment practice, revealing our innate capacity for profound contentment and joy.

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2016-10-15T01:45:23+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Comments Off on The Guiding Light of the Gita

Green Yoga for the Environment

environmentFor the month of April, the residents of the Institute have chosen to practice Yoga in relationship to the environment, the month in which we also celebrate Earth Day.  Because our planet earth is in such dire need of care, we decided to call it Green Yoga.  Like any spiritual principle, this practice can be applied to all aspects of our lives.We may start by keeping our home environments clean and orderly, making them conducive to spiritual cleanliness and a clear, uncluttered mind.  But even in cleaning our homes, we must consider the greater environment.  Our culture has created thousands of chemicals and in-disposable substances that pollute our earth home and our own bodies.   We can easily learn how to purchase natural products in bulk to make our own cleaners, thus avoiding the use of plastic packaging and innumerable unnecessary chemicals.  In this way, we withdraw our support from the unconscious saturation of the planet with harmful materials.The day after we made this practice plan, Governor Brown announced new laws restricting the use of water in response to the severe drought we are experiencing.  Green Yoga practice can make a substantial difference in our homes if we are mindful of how we use water in dish washing, showering and in the garden.

Mindfulness of the environment extends far beyond our homes and the state we live in.  We need to practice being fully present to the events in our world–both the courageous acts of human love and the greed, violence and divisiveness that create so much human suffering.

By cultivating a heightened awareness in our daily practice, we can be fully awake to this suffering and our contributions to it.  We can take responsibility for our daily interactions, seek to relieve suffering and act with compassion toward those less fortunate.  We can pause often to make peace in our hearts and send out prayers for peace each time we do.

True awareness of our environment is a call for us to be fully engaged in our world, to understand our place as both a part of nature and as spiritual beings that can bring harmony and peace to our surroundings.   Join Claudia and I on May 2 for a Satsang called Spiritual Activism, when we speak about our relationship to the world we live in.  May we all be caretakers of this one home we have.

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2016-10-15T01:45:23+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Green Yoga for the Environment