Yummy Orange & Orzo Salad :)

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It’s spring here in the southern hemisphere, and I’m getting in the mood for summer salads! Here’s one of my favorite new recipes. I hope you enjoy it as much I do!

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo*
  • 1 navel orange
  • 2 cups (handfuls) salad greens – use anything you like! I prefer a mix of arugula/roquette, red lettuce, romaine/cos, etc.
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 witloof (Belgian endive)
  • 1 handful sugar snap peas
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

Directions:

Boil orzo in water until al dente. Rinse with cool water, drain, transfer to a large dish, and place in freezer for 5-7 minutes. Stir every 2 minutes or so until orzo is cool to taste. Cover and place in the fridge, while you make the salad.

Peel and slice the orange into small cubes. Place in separate large serving dish/bowl.

Add chopped salad greens, mung beans sprouts, and sugar snap peas.

Add sliced witloof. Top with chia seeds.

Dressing

  • 1 navel orange
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 splash avocado oil infused with lime – or any other citrus-y/fruity oil you like.
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper.
  • Optional – 1 dollop of dijon mustard to make it spicier.

Directions:

In a small bowl add, salt, pepper, EVOO, and avocado oil.

Add 1 1/2 tsp orange zest.

Slice orange in half, then add juice from both pieces.

Whisk until well blended.

To finish it off:

Pour cooled orzo onto prepared salad.

Top with salad dressing.

Stir until well blended.

*Orzo can be replaced by millet, brown rice, cous cous, or any other grain you like or prefer to use depending on your dietary needs.

**I use as many organic ingredients as I can to make this a super healthy meal.

 

This recipe was featured on MindBodyGreen.

 

Soothing Blue Smoothie :)

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I’ve been having some GI issues of late, and this smoothie really seems to calm my tummy. It’s a beautiful deep blue, packed with antioxidants, and a has a gentle taste. Hope you like it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup enriched rice milk — I like the Vitamin D and C in this!
  • 1/4 cup organic oat bran
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste

Directions:

Pile everything into the blender, and press “Go.”

Enjoy! Your tummy will thank you.

This recipe was featured on MindBodyGreen.

More… or less…

The internal dialog and paradox of my mind and heart
 
You want more?
                                I want more.
You want less?
                                I want less.
What is it that you want, my dear, because you can’t have everything.
                                I want more, and I want less.
                                I want it all.
Well, you must do something. 
                                I don’t want to do, I want to be.
                                I want to shine.
That is scary. How do we do this?
                                By being more and having less.
                                By being more.
                                By doing less.
Ok then. Let’s do less.
                                Yes, let’s!