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  • Meatless Monday: Simple Cauliflower Rice

    In the past few months, I've occasionally written about cauliflower's new status as a healthy staple. Its mild flavor makes it a chameleon, pairing nicely with a variety of other ingredients for healthy, satisfying fare. Cauliflower comes from the cruciferous family. Members of the cabbage family--Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, arugula--are widely known to be crucifers. What you may not know is that turnips, rutabagas, horseradish and mustard seeds are also part of the family. These veggies and spices are nutrient superstars. There's no other veggie family that's as high in vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. In...

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  • Savasana for the Prenatal Practice: Part One

    It seems like Savasana is one of the favorite asanas, and if anyone could use a mini-nap, it’s an expecting mama who just finished up a prenatal yoga practice! However, most pregnant women find it uncomfortable to lie on their backs for a long, traditional Savasana pose. This is because back-lying can put pressure on the inferior vena cava, which is the large vein that returns blood to the mother’s heart and brain. So how can a mama find a comfortable position in Savasana? Props! Specifically, yoga bolsters. Soft but supportive, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so there are...

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  • Expand the Heart with These 3 Yoga Poses

    When we use the term “open-hearted” what comes to mind is a person whose kindness extends to all. We can develop an open heart by practicing qualities such as those listed in the yoga sutras. These include kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. We can also open our physical heart space in our asana practice. Practicing poses that mobilize and expand the rib cage help us maintain mobility and spaciousness in that area. The rib cage is the structure that houses the heart. Mobilizing the thoracic spine, to which the ribs are attached, is the most effective way to create...

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  • Meatless Monday: Romanesco – Just Try It!

    Romanesco A few years ago, an odd-looking chartreuse veggie started appearing in various markets. I didn’t pay it much notice until one market featured the alien-looking heads with a big, shouting sign about a year ago—ORGANIC ROMANESCO! The sign made me realize I might be missing something. I took home a head, roasted it, and got hooked. Romanesco may be a new kid on the veggie aisle, but it’s not actually new at all. Many botanists believe it was developed in Italy through selective breeding in the 16th century. It is an edible flower from the brassica family, the...

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  • Tadasana: The Root of Yoga Asana

    Look out your window at the bare skeleton of a winter tree, its branches reaching toward the sky. Now call on your memory and picture a rose bush laden with blooms or a single spring tulip. The flowering that you see in these things is possible because of what you don’t see—the vast system of roots that anchors each to the earth, roots that are often more complex and expansive than the branches and blooms they support. Twenty-eight years ago, I had the good fortune to travel to India, the place where the ancient system of yoga first took root...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower-Yam Gratin

    Time for another warming recipe! I’m still looking through my new cookbook, Meatless, for quick, easy, warming vegetarian fare. Because I’m especially enamored of brassicas these days, I chose to try this cauliflower-yam gratin. It’s a great combination. Sweet yams are the perfect foil for cruciferous veggies. This recipe uses culinary sage both in the sauce and as a garnish. Sage may be one of my favorite plants. I have a huge mass of it in my back yard that gets little water in the summer and just keeps spreading. It’s the ultimate high-desert herb. For this recipe, I cleared...

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  • 3 Yoga Poses for Snowshoeing

    I live in Utah, a place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth.” While I can’t say I’ve been to all the other places with world-class winter sports, I have to say Utah’s fluffy powder is a thing to behold. I don’t downhill ski, however. I tried it several times years ago, and it was a blast. I can see why skiing becomes an addiction. But I prefer to enjoy the snow in a quieter setting. Snowshoeing allows me to get high above the city and tramp around in fresh powder without the crowds. (I also enjoy cross-country skiing, but...

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  • Meatless Monday: An Omelet for Any Meal

    Some people have shoe fetishes. I have a cookbook fetish. Last week I passed by my favorite shop in Salt Lake for satisfying my on-again, off-again clothing fetish. As I walked by, I noticed that this wonderful purveyor of children’s books, and women’s and children’s clothing had some vegan cookbooks on display in their window. This seemed like a legitimate excuse to duck into the shop—not that I’ve ever needed an excuse. I mentioned my love of cookbooks to the owner and she promptly brought me two of her favorites to peruse: Meatless, published by Martha Stewart Living, and The...

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  • Supta Virasana: Restore Your Belly

    Most of us spend the lion’s share of our days sitting in chairs, with our joints in flexion. Our hips are flexed to 90 degrees, as are our knees. Our shoulders hunch forward—unless we constantly remind ourselves not to hunch. By the time I shut down my computer in the evening, my body craves at least a few minutes of the opposite. One of my favorite poses for countering the effects of sitting, as well as preparing my body to wind down for sleep, is Supta Virasana. Supta Virasana is the lying-down version of Virasana, aka “Hero’s Pose.” Supta Virasana...

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