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Saturday, February 13, 2010


Although my beautiful husband and vegan chef will be working Valentines at ION to prepare delicious & sublime food for all you love birds, I will be at home perfecting my lentil stew which will keep me warm and satisfied until he gets out of work. This recipe serves 6 and is hearty and simple to make. It also keeps well in the fridge for 4 or so days.

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/4 ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 large onions cut into chunks
2 celery stalks, diced
1 carrot sliced
1 potato, cut into chunks
1.3 cup shoyu
4 cups vetable broth
3 tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 1.2 cups brown organic lentils
2 slices of your favorite bread, eziekiel works great- cubed
Extra virgin olive oil

Combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, cumin, oregano and basil into a small bowl. HEat the oil in large soup pot over medium -high heat and add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot and potato. Stir in half the seasoning mixture and the shoyu. Cook, stirring frequently for 7 minutes or until the onions are tender.

Add 5 cups of water, the broth, tomatoes and lentils. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid askew for 30 minutes. Add remaining seasoning mixture and cook for 20 minutes longer or until the lentils are soft. Meanwhile, pan roast the cubed bread in a dry skillet until nice and toasted. Ladle stew in bowls and garnish with croutons and a drizzle of olive oil.. Voila. Happy VDAY BEAUTIES

Thursday, February 11, 2010


For anyone looking to learn more about the principles of Raw food, Sprouting, Fermentation, Acid/Alkaline diet and Healing through lifestyle and food- I highly recommend checking out the above link. I have had the pleasure of completing the intensive program at Optimum Health Institute ( another Wigmore's retreat) in San Diego Ca. I also plan on doing a further training/ cleanse at the Puerto Rico location in the spring for my 41st birthday. The retreat in April will be held on the island of Vieques Puerto Rico, however most other retreats are held at the Aquada location on the main island of Puerto rico. There is limited space for the one in April so check into sooner than later on the website. The prices will go up dramatically after Feb 2010, so it is best to prepay now and get the old pricing and they will allow you to book it at the lower price for a future date.

Location and Accommodations:
Located on the beautiful western shore of tropical Puerto Rico, the ocean is just 50 yards from the property. The school is a lush and lovely environment for balancing the body, mind and spirit. You will feel the dramatic difference that the Living Foods Lifestyle can make for your body as you awaken to fuller self awareness. The warm family atmosphere and caring staff provide and practical, hands on learning experience. The program empowers you to take the lifestyle home and continue your growth and self healing. The institute is a non profit center founded in 1990 by the late Dr. Ann Wigmore. The core staff worked closely with her and carried forth her teachings with enthusiasm, dedication and integrity. I personally encourage everyone to at least research the center and see if it strikes a cord anywhere inside of you. It did for me and I have such gratitude for the gifts and knowledge I received at my time there. Adios Mi amores