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  • Meatless Monday: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping

    Meatless Monday: Savory Kale, Mushroom and White Bean Stew

    Soups and stews are my wintertime go-tos. I love being able to make a meal and enjoy it again later after the flavors have integrated. Soups and stews fit that bill perfectly.
    Today’s recipe, Tuscan White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping, is warm and savory, but I especially enjoyed the crunch of the breadcrumb topping. I used Great Harvest Multigrain Sourdough bread, but of course you could use any type of bread that suits you, including gluten-free bread. If you are vegan, you can omit the butter and Parmesan cheese.
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  • Let Your Bare Feet Shine in Yoga

    Ahhh … The Joys of Bare Feet in Yoga
    Let’s face it. I’m not a big fan of bare feet. (Not mine, anyway.)

    Until I stepped onto the mat, I didn’t pay much attention to them.

    If you want to know the truth, I found my feet embarrassing.

    They were too small.

    Too pale.

    Too smelly.

    The nails on both big toes were discolored.

    And the little toes on each foot hung off to the side like little rolls of unused dough that I could barely move.

    To cover my embarrassment, I...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew

    Make a Protein-Rich One-Pot Meal for Meatless Monday
    After a somewhat chaotic, unpredictable holiday schedule, I’m enjoying settling back into “normal” life. One of my favorite relaxation activities—besides practicing asana—is to read cookbooks. I inherited this from my maternal grandmother, who always had a stack of Gourmet magazines on a stool in her kitchen. That same stool now occupies a spot in my own kitchen.

    It turns out that my niece has caught the vegan cooking bug. This year she and her husband sent me a wonderful cookbook that I’d never heard about—Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. Vegan Richa is...

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  • How Mindfulness Can Help Your New Year Resolutions Stick

    Mindfulness for a New Year
    I want to say at the outset that I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that resolving to change old habits and develop new ones is not a worthy endeavor. It is, and I think it’s the most important work of our lives. It’s just that doing it simply because it happens to be the beginning of a new year seems a bit forced to me. I get the logic: new year=clean slate. But just because the calendar has turned over doesn’t mean we’re necessarily ready to change along with it.

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  • Meatless Monday: Hearty Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

    Ready for the Oven

    Meatless Monday: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
    Temperatures here in Northern Utah have been well below freezing for the past week. Because I live in a drafty old house, I’ve been enjoying adding a little extra heat to my environment by using my oven. In addition, I’ve been enjoying warming my insides eating foods that help create internal heat. Think root veggies and wintry Brussels sprouts.

    For my Christmas dinner contribution I made Shepherd’s Pie. Although Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally a meat-heavy dish, this recipe ditches the beef and instead includes ground up...

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  • Supta Baddhakonasana: Your Holiday Season Go-To Pose

    Supta Baddhakonasana Can Ease Stress—and Holiday-Induced Indigestion
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely had time to breathe in the past few weeks. Between holiday rehearsals and performances—Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Messiah—and the usual holiday preparations and parties I’ve barely been at home other than to sleep. Not to mention the time and energy I’ve spent shoveling the plentiful famous Utah powder that’s been falling for the past week and a half. This means I’ve had less time to prepare healthy meals consistently, and very little down time in general.

    Holiday gatherings are always fun...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chewy Sautéed Tofu

    Meatless Monday: Simple Tofu Preparation for Stir Fries and Beyond
    In 1986, not long after Great Basin National Park was designated as a national park, I traveled there to visit its ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. In order to get there, we had to travel through Utah’s vast west desert. There’s not a whole lot of civilization out there, so when we stopped at a little gas station/convenience store, we decided to snoop around for any possible provisions we might want to add to what we’d brought.

    Eight years earlier I’d stopped eating meat, and in the ensuing years I’d...

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  • Got Text Claw? Asana for Your Hands

    Hand Stretches to Alleviate Text Claw and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries
    A few weeks ago I wrote about Text Neck, neck pain that develops as a result of looking down at our tech devices. Less known and talked about, but likely just as common, is Text Claw: pain in the hands, wrists and forearms that comes from plinking out texts and surfing the web on your smart phone.

    When we punch numbers and letters into our phones, we have to curl our fingers, flex our wrists and contract the palms of our hands. Over time the tension we create...

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  • Meatless Monday: Get Your Kale On

    Meatless Monday: Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions
    When I was in college at Indiana University, I paid my tuition, housing and expenses from the salary and tips I earned serving at a well-known Bloomington haunt, Mother Bear’s Pizza Barn. Needless to say, I ate a lot of pizza back then. I ate pizza on my shifts, and when I came home, my roommate’s dog would follow me around because my clothing was permeated with pizza scent. When I stopped eating meat in 1978, most restaurants had few to no vegetarian options. Pizza was one of the few foods I...

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  • Yoga Bolster Love: Enjoy the Ultimate Savasana

    There’s nothing easier than lying down on the floor for Savasana, right? In many cases, the answer is yes. But in some ways, Savasana demands more of us than yoga’s more active asanas. Other asanas can create a fair amount of sensation, making it easy for our minds to focus on the moment. Savasana, on the other hand, with its relative comfort factor, requires a bit more of our minds. Unless, of course, it isn’t actually comfortable.

    When I’m leading my classes through Savasana, I always stay vigilant of my students’ comfort. Most of the time, most students look...

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