Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween fun

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Hi friends,

I hope you had an amazing Halloween evening and lots of healthy sweets. Just wanted to share with you some pictures when I was getting ready to teach my class tonight.

Hopefully you can tell that I dressed up as an aerobic instructor from 80ies;).))

There is really not many costumes you can choose if you are going for hot yoga;)

I will be back soon,

Izabela

Lonely red peppers

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Since we came back from Europe I wanted to try making “something kind of like” my mom served us for dinner after our hiking trip; stuffed peppers. But hmm…her meal was delicious obviously but too heavy to handle for my stomach on a regular day and I learned my mistake.

While doing shopping last weekend in the Organic Garage I saw a stock of beautiful big red peppers and I couldn’t resist buying them. I was planning to make them on Monday but then by the time I came back I was too hungry to wait for dinner so they had to wait.

I was off today so finally I picked these 2 guys from my fridge, stuffed them with “tofu ricotta” following this recipe.

Tofu stuffed red peppers

“Tofu ricotta”

2 big red peppers

1 garlic clove

1 tsp olive oil for greasing your baking dish

spices: herbs de Provence, nutritional yeast, salt&pepper

cheese of your choice (Tom got it with a regular Jarlsberg and since I didn’t have any vegan cheese at home I had one without cheese).

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Start by washing and drying your peppers, then trim them from the top and core the center. Squeeze a garlic clove and rub them inside the peppers. Lightly oil your backing dish or use  parchment paper. Stuff peppers with “Tofu ricotta” and sprinkle with cheese on top. Place in the oven for around 40 minutes, watch them to make sure the skin is not burning. It’s  great and high in protein meal for any time of the day. You can add any veggies or salad on the side.

I am off for Yoga Therapeutics training during the weekend so I am pretty excited about that. Will be back with some reviews for sure….until then

Stay well,

 

Izabela

 

Warm fall breakfast – Steel-cut oats with apples and cinnamon

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Hello Friends,

One of the thing that I really enjoy in this fall weather is a warm breakfast. And since apples are in season now (another staple food next to pumpkin) we eat lots of them here. Usually I prepare some variation of oats the night before without cooking them but on a rainy day steel-cut oats seems to be a better choice.

Steel-cut oats with apple and cinnamon

1c. steel cut oats +1,5 c water

1 apple chopped

1tsp of cinnamon

roasted peanuts to sprinkle on top

1tsp of sweetener of your choice (I used Maple syrup)

Chop an apple and add it to your oats with a 1,5 cup of water and start to cook until the mixture starts to boil. Then lower the heat and simmer until oats become soft. Transfer to a bowl and serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy your day;)

Till next time

Izabela

Vegan TVP Lentil Chili to warm you up

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It got really cold here in Canada. After spending vacation in the Mediterranean countries it doesn’t feel very welcoming to be back. My first week of getting back to the routine was tough, what can I say. I felt out of energy especially when it got dark outside. So now I am craving some comfort food again to warm me up. One of the dishes that I didn’t make from the last season is my vegan chili and today I decided to get back to this delicious & healthy dish.

Vegan TVP Lentil Chili

you will need:

½ c TVP (Textured vegetable protein)

1 c of dried lentils (green ones), rinsed

4 c of water

¼ chopped onion

½ c tomato puree

1tbsp chili powder, ground cumin

1tsp dried oregano, turmeric,

salt& pepper for taste

1 garlic clove (if you can tolerate it)

to add more spice: a pinch of cayenne pepper/garnish with some hot sauce (Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce)

Start with preparing your TVP by pouring boiling water and let it sit until it absorbs all the liquid.

Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a soup pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes. When it is nice and soft add lentils and 4 cups of water- wait until it starts boiling. Reduce the heat, add the rest of spices and let it simmer for around 30 minutes until lentils are tender. At the end add tomato puree and TVP then stir it all up. A piece of bread goes perfect with it.

Let me know if you try it and ENJOY!

Izabela

 

 

Diet & Fitness on vacation and get back to shape plan

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Diet

Let’s be realistic: we can not really diet on vacation, I would rather say we can try to eat healthy and clean.

I need to admit it was hard to keep up with my eating habits while I was away. Especially that we were guests almost all the time and bringing/preparing my own meals was out of the question. I tried to find foods that I eat at home (e.i. Avocados, tofu, almond/soy milk, nuts and seeds, PB etc.) but depending where we were I had so so luck with it. I had several days during last 3 weeks where I was feeling really crappy mostly because I didn’t have eating routines and we had to eat meat to get some protein during the day. I don’t have to add that Polish cuisine is pretty greasy and contains lots of gluten. But how can you say NO to homemade pierogies which my grandma prepared when we arrived…

And yes, it was most likely my fault beacuse I could avoid all that food but trying to explaining why I don’t want to eat this or that to an older generation it’s not fun and sometimes risky.

It was easier to stick to my diet on the cruise. We had a buffet but then there was so much variety so it was easy to overeat. I’ve missed my food: smoothies, shakes, juices, salads. It ‘s hard to believe how your body can crave greens when it gets used to it. I saw a juicer stand in Croatia and I almost cried when I was sipped on my first juice in a few weeks.

So here we are back with a few additional pounds and it’s time to get back to my healthy food. Fist homemade meal today:

 Warm Spicy tofu with bbq zucchini and a salad with hummus.

 Get my body back plan:

 lots of water during the day (1.5-2l. per day)

green juice or smoothie for breakfast and around workout time

mostly raw (meatless) diet

choosing more dark leafs and vegetables for my meals

add spices to my meals, such as cayenne pepper and turmeric  to heal my digestive issues

reduce oil intake,

no fast food or refine foods (this won’t be a problem since I don’t even crave it)

reduce sugar intake (but this will be a challenge;)

Fitness

This was interesting too. Usually what happens on vacations is that you don’t have time for exercising. But since Tom & I are use to saving some time for fitness activities (whatever it is) we didn’t have this problem. Our major issues was we didn’t have a place to exercise. My parents apartment is really small:4 adults and a big dog who wants to be in the middle of everything what is happening, that’s a lot already. So we got a few session in a local gym just to get our bodies moving. I went for a run a few times (my dad is a new runner and he showed me his routes) that was a nice change. But I was missing hot yoga and believe me I can’t wait to get back to my studios and really sweat!!! I tried to practice on the carpet in the morning a few times but between furniture and sleeping husband, it was a challenge. Still I did it!.

On the cruise we had a gym and a treadmill downstairs so we used it before breakfast.

It was not intense of course and my body got a good break from exercising so I manage to get rid of tight hips and pain in my back that I am dealing with at home. So from fitness point of view we were not so bad.

I hope that clean foods and regular exercising help me with getting my body back so I feel comfortable with it.

I am happy I am back. It’s really sad to leave and know that it will be another year until we will see each other again (but this is another story).

Everywhere is good but still: home, sweet home.

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and I am thankful that I was able to spend time with my family.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Izabela