Curried Black Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower

Let’s talk about compost…Growing up, we always fed our food scraps to the chickens. Here in Seattle, we are lucky to have free curbside composting. But, I know that for many people composting isn’t mainstream or easy and can feel daunting. So, I wanted to share some information and some options with you in case you’re interested in composting but don’t know where to start. I am by no means an expert on this topic and hope that those of you with more experience will share your wisdom with us in the comments. With that said, here’s my guide to compositing as well as the recipe for these Curried Black Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower…

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Simple Celeriac Soup

I’m feeling a little under the weather today so I’m staying bundled up, slurping soup, and doing a little extra self-care. Whenever I feel a cold coming on I make sure to do neti and nasya twice a day to keep my sinuses clear. I also like to mega dose on Sambu Guard and this tincture to boost my immune system. I try to keep my diet simple and drink lots of tea with lemon and raw honey. This protocol usually does the trick and prevents me from getting a full blown cold. I know everyone has their own home remedies for staying healthy and I’m always looking for new ideas. What are your favorite ways to fight off a cold? Comment below.

In other news, don’t forget to sign up for my Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse Workshop here in Seattle. This cleanse is one I learned from my teacher and have been doing twice a year for the past eight years. It has been transformational for me and  I’m excited to share it with you. It includes internal oleation, a week long kitchari cleanse, daily epsom salts baths and self-massage, and herbs and teas to encourage cellular detoxification, healthy digestion, stable blood sugar, and lymph flow. During the workshop we’ll cover the basics of Ayurveda, how to make ghee, and go over the cleanse protocol in detail. You’ll leave with recipes, resources, and a take home cleanse kit with everything you need to get started. This cleanse is an opportunity to set the stage for optimal health and well-being by adopting a simple diet, nourishing the body and mind, and letting go of old habits and patterns in order to come closer to your true nature.

You can learn more about the cleanse and register HERE. Space is limited so sign up before it’s too late.

In the meantime, I’ve got this Celeriac Soup recipe for you as requested. It’s super simple but so creamy and nourishing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

XO

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Toasted Coconut Sleepy Time Milk

I made Toasted Coconut Sleepy Time Milk! The toasted coconut flavor reminds me of warm, tropical beaches and the lull of ocean waves even though I’m stuck here in gray, rainy Seattle. I added ghee and cinnamon to help stabilize my blood sugar and nutmeg to calm my nervous system and help me sleep soundly all night long. Continue reading for the recipe and for some thoughts on the medicinal properties of culinary herbs and spices…

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Immune Boosting Roasted Cauliflower Soup

A few weeks ago I met up with Alison Wu at her house in Portland for a little collaboration. I’ve known Ali for years, (we share a mutual friend), and have loved watching her develop her brand and share her message. She’s passionate, curious and bursting with creative energy. If you don’t already follow Alison, be sure to check out her Instagram and blog for some serious inspiration. She focuses on fashion, food, wellness and self-care and is known for her layered smoothies, vibrant salads, matcha potions, and herbal lattes. Together, we developed this immune boosting roasted cauliflower soup to support healthy digestion, boost immunity, and nourish the body during these long winter months when so many of us feel depleted and vulnerable. Continue reading for the recipe and some thoughts on immunity from an Ayurvedic perspective…

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Gingerbread Donuts

Happy Holidays! We’re snuggled up by the fire watching the waves tumble and crash out over endless grays and blues and giving thanks for friends, family, good food, laughter, good health and life on this beautiful earth. I hope wherever you are, you’re happy and healthy too.

If you need a last minute treat for Christmas morning look no further. Last week I made Lindsey’s apple cider donuts and was so pleased with them I decided to riff on her recipe and make a gingerbread version for the holidays. These donuts are spongy and moist with a bright lemon flavor and plenty of ginger and spice to keep you warm and your digestion strong. This batter would also make a great cake or muffins served with lemon curd or coconut whipped cream. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

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