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In Praise of Self-Care

I am not a fan, personally, of New Years’ Resolutions; instead, I believe that we all ought to try being the best version of ourselves possible, in each unique moment. But, if you do find NYR’s helpful in your life, then I have an idea for your 2017 #goals: self-care.

I have been thinking a lot lately about social constructs that limit our thinking, and thus, our lives. This is probably at least in part due to talking to my therapist about my process of individuation (which is something I definitely thought I achieved as a teen, but am finding more and more that I am currently in the throes of…ughhhhh). This is a time when big life questions not only mean that I need to start making choices, but these choices are consequential (sure, every choice is consequential, but some more than others). Anyways, it’s really made me think, and part of that has meant examining which belief systems are my own, and which were imprinted onto me from my family, and which were programmed into me by my culture (I have also been very inspired by one of my all-time-favorite lifestyle sites, Free + Native. Thanks Lacey!).

Then I read this article, which begins:

When we’re expected to take care of others emotionally and physically, taking time, energy, and resources for ourselves can feel shameful. In the United States, women report higher rates of stress in their lives than men and people of color report higher rates of stress than white people—there are a lot of factors for why, including the stress of racism and discrimination.

This is so important. The people being the most shamed, are the ones who are already under the most stress. I do not want to be part of a society that shames for self-care. Do you?

 

It has occurred to me in the past year or so, just how much I apologize. Women are taught to apologize just for existing, in many societies, which is so sad. However, even when I don’t actually apologize, I often feel guilty (which is basically the same thing). Guilt holds us back in so many ways. It robs us of the present moment; it is a thick coat of dust covering up the bright light of happiness.

 

Every time I catch myself apologizing and feeling guilty, I now try to stop, acknowledge to myself (and then to whomever I am with, if it’s an interaction), clarify my actual feelings, thoughts and rights, and modify accordingly. One of the things I have been programmed by society to feel guilty about is taking time to myself, and/or taking care of myself. And sadly, I know I am not alone. In our culture, people are applauded for not having enough time to eat or sleep. Just think about how crazy that is for a moment (and then maybe check out my rant where I yell at you to prioritize sleep). In our age of fast-food, not one person should be able to say they forgot to eat or didn’t have time to eat. Food is everywhere! And sure, healthy food is not everywhere, but literally gas stations sell food. If you cannot find something to eat on the go, the one benefit of living in our fast-food culture is being wasted.

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This photo was taken on a Monday morning when I could have been working #sorrynotsorry

People are taught in our culture that self-care is a luxury, but I don’t believe it is. Let me just pause here to acknowledge my privilege; I am a childless, white, heterosexual adult, with an undergraduate degree, who was raised by a family who didn’t struggle with money, in some of the most sought-after vacation locales in the world. I am so lucky. But I still have problems, as does everyone. We all think we are unique, but the truth is, we all feel the same emotions. We all have challenges, big and small. We all want to live with less pain and suffering. That makes us all equal, and all human. And as humans, we can either take care of ourselves, or not. In fact, I would go so far as to agree with some activists who claim that self-care is a radical political act;

Lorde  says self-care is not self-indulgence but self-preservation. Some have to look after themselves because their are not looked after: their being is not cared for, supported, protected.

Unfortunately, [in the US] we have been trained and conditioned to work more, even though we are accomplishing less. We are taught to stay busy, apologize constantly if we are women; and then console ourselves by bragging about how tired and busy we are. We must be important if we are busy, right!?

 

Americans have hardly any vacation time, and still we hardly make use of the little we do have. According to Harvard Business Review:

In a dataset of 2,310 respondents, we looked at data from the 20 countries with the most paid vacation days (247 respondents) and compared them to respondents in the United States (1,151). The 20 countries with the most vacation ranged from Australia, with 28 days allotted, to Sweden and Brazil, with 41 days. By contrast, the United States has no law requiring paid time off, and the average full-time worker with a year of service gets 10 paid vacation days (and only 25% of Americans take their full allotment, according to another survey).

It’s ridiculous; especially when you consider the data showing that we get more done when we take more time off.

 

Yes, self-care can be a luxury; it takes time, money and effort to take care of yourself. And who has the most of these precious resources? Affluent people, of course. So maybe it isn’t the easiest thing to do; but it’s still not a luxury if you do not make it one. It’s a necessity. Is there anything more important than taking care of yourself? Literally, anything? If you don’t take care of yourself, at best you’ll be a highly-functioning wreck, and at worst, you’ll die. So, even if you work 60+ hours a week just to get by, and you have no spending money, and you are in poor health, and you have dependents to take care of, you still need to take care of yourself. It’s a requirement. In fact, at that point, it becomes even more of a requirement. If all you have is time, meditate (it’s free!); if all you have is money but no time, add a massage to your weekly schedule. Maybe self-care for you means time alone; maybe it’s time with others. It’s going to look totally different for each and every one of us, but I truly believe that the world would be a much better place if we all individually prioritized our own well-being. If you love something, you take care good care of it. It’s as simple as that. If you still cannot bring yourself to get on board with showing yourself love and kindness, I highly recommend journaling, meditating, and/or seeing a qualified expert such as a psychologist.

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Have you ever said that you exercised/saw friends/etc. and someone either said (or insinuated) “Must be nice?” As if by having the time to do something for yourself, you’re somehow not important enough to be busy? I hate that so much, and yet it’s so easy to perpetuate (yes, I am also guilty of it!). One book that really resonated with me, on this topic, is Thrive by Arianna Huffington. Sure, she has more resources than most of us. But can’t we all figure out how to eat [at least a bit more] healthily, exercise occasionally, and make more time for rest? Let’s all encourage and support each other on this journey; making it easier for each other also makes it easier for ourselves.

 

Here are some ways I enjoy taking care of myself, that cost me time, money and effort. These things would usually be complied into a list with a completely different title: “10 Ways to Pamper Yourself,” for instance. But I challenge you to mentally reorganize your attitude toward these practices. You wouldn’t call brushing your teeth a luxury, would you? Yet you make sure there is time for it even on the busiest days, because it’s simply non-negotiable.

 

Your list might look different; this is just a list of what works for me, as a reference for you. If you’d like, you can write out your own list and post it someplace (like your mirror) as a reminder. These are things that keep me rested, rejuvenated, energized, and equipped to take on the challenges particular to my life, and that includes helping others. These are things that we are taught to believe are superfluous luxuries. My point is: they’re not. You need to take care of yourself! And if you needed permission, I’m giving it to you now. My 2017 goal/theme: no shame.

10 Self-Care Ideas

  1. Sleep 8-10 hours per night
  2. Enjoy a soothing, cleansing face mask (one of my favorites here)
  3. Do things that take up time and have no purpose other than providing happiness and/or contentment in the moment (for me that means reading, petting my cat, talking to friends on the phone, going to the library to browse, taking walks, listening to podcasts, reading blogs)
  4. Take supplements
  5. Meditate (it’s free and you don’t need any special space or equipment!)
  6. Look at lists/articles like this: 17 Images Guaranteed to Make You Happy
  7. Keep one day a week completely unscheduled (make no plans)
  8. Spend money on nice clothing that feels good, looks good, and works well for whatever its function
  9. Eat vegetarian
  10. Say no to things, especially if saying yes would only be because of a feeling of “should”

Here are some more ideas:

Another source of inspiration for this article is the great podcast Another Round; the hosts are all about self-care.

 

Please let me know if this is a topic that you have considered; how self-care is or is not a part of your life, and why; and if you have ideas or resources, please share below. Good luck on this journey. Remember: if you take care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to show up for everyone else. I’m right there with you, struggling, learning, loving.

xo


Easy Yoga Asana for Holiday Stress Relief

Here is a useful piece I wrote for my Holiday 2016 Newsletter. Ask me for a printed copy in person, or download the full PDF here.

Let’s be honest: between work, school break, parties, family obligations, travel, gift-giving, etc. the holidays can turn from fun to stressful very quickly. Here are some easy asana that will help you relax and re-center:

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  1. Child’s pose (balasana): Kneel on the floor, with your knees open wide, toes un-tucked, and big toes touching. Lay your torso down between your thighs and rest your forehead on the ground. Reach your hands all the way forward, then exhale to settle your hips to your heels and your arms to the ground.  This is a resting pose; stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. It gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles; calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. A variation is to bring your knees in to touch and rest your arms down by your sides, to further stretch the shoulders and allow the spine to gently round.
  2. Butterfly (Supta Baddha Konasana): start laying down on your back on an even surface. Bend both knees and bring the soles of your feet in to touch (prop up your knees with pillows, blankets or blocks if this is too much on your hips). Relax your arms wherever is comfortable (by your side, on your belly, overhead, etc.) and close your eyes. Breathe deeply and stay for 1-10 minutes.  This posture stimulates the heart and improves circulation; stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees; and helps relieve the symptoms of stress, depression, & menstruation.
  3. Legs-up-the-wall (viparita karani): Simply lay down on your back on an even surface. Lift your legs straight up over your hips, so that your body resembles a capital letter “L.” For even more comfort, you can do this at the wall and rest your legs against the wall. Wiggle around until you find a position that feels good; then hold still. Relax  and breathe. Hold for 5-15 minutes. Benefits include improved mood, increased energy, reduced anxiety and depression, and healing for menstrual cramps, migraine, arthritis, varicose veins, urinary disorders, respiratory ailments, insomnia, high and low blood pressure and digestive issues.
  4. Wild thing (camatkarasana – pictured): Start in a side plank with your right hand on the ground, fingers spread. Inhale to lift your hips higher and float your left leg up off your right leg. Bend your left leg and step your left foot to the floor behind you. Keep that left leg bent and your right leg straight. On an inhale, curl your back until your chest opens up toward the sky; curl your head back and lift your top arm out from your heart-space. Stay for just a few deep breaths. Return through side plank; repeat on the other side. This pose opens the chest, lungs, shoulders, legs & hip flexors. It builds strength in the shoulders & back and treats fatigue, anger, depression & aggression.


Using Essential Oils During the Holidays

Here is a useful piece I wrote for my Holiday 2016 Newsletter. Ask me for a printed copy in person, or download the full PDF here.

Nothing triggers happy memories as strongly as a delicious scent or flavor. Remember, you can always add more oil, but you can’t take it back out; so always start with just one drop and you can add more from there. If you buy quality essential oils, they are not diluted, so use them sparingly (they can be very strong). When using them topically, always dilute essential oils in carrier oils (such as almond or coconut oil). You can use many essential oils internally (more on that here) and best part is, they’re dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian. 

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Try mixing your own holiday blend (think peppermint, cinnamon, clove, etc.), or buy doterra’s Holiday Blend oil, which is made with these warm, spicy, sweet flavors:

  • Wild orange
  • Siberian fir
  • Clove bud
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Cassia
  • Douglas fir
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla absolute

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  1. Add a couple drops of oil to your coat, scarf or wrists throughout the day (make sure you’ve diluted the oil first, if you’re putting it onto bare skin)
  2. Use your Holiday Blend in a diffuser
  3. Add 5-10 drops of oil to a spray bottle of water and mist your Christmas tree, your car, or your sheets
  4. Bring your bottle of Balance (doterra blend) with you to take a whiff of straight from the bottle in stressful situations
  5. Add a drop of oil to a bowl or vase of pinecones – DIY potpourri!
  6. Add a single drop of peppermint oil to your hot cocoa or mocha
  7. Add a drop of peppermint, cinnamon or clove oil to your Christmas-cookie batter
  8. Use essential oils instead of spices to make MULLED WINE: add 1 sliced / peeled orange and ½ cup sugar to 2 cups water in a pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes. Reduce heat & add 1 bottle red wine, 1-drop clove oil and 2-drops cinnamon oil. Slowly reheat but do not boil. Serve warm in mugs & garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serves 4-8.

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HoneyColony Equilibrium Energy Superfood

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HoneyColony Equilibrium Honey and Herbal Superfood

Click here to get 20% off Equilibrium Superfood (12 oz; through 12/31/16). I wrote about it in my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, so check that out for more details.

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I’ve been enjoying this superfood honey in tea. It isn’t a sweet honey, but it still really helps curb my intense post-meal sweet tooth.

Life Inspiration: Jane Kenyon Quote

“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be y yourself as often as you can. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”

-Jane Kenyon, poet

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Image from http://davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/sunday-sentence-sick-wife-by-jane-kenyon.html

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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December has arrived! Time for my annual gift guide. I love making these! This year, I wanted to choose all conscientious companies/items. I also wanted to be able to get discounts for you guys, so I included those with each item 🙂 It’s a shorter list this year (6 ideas); if you like lots and lots of items, scroll to the end for my full (personal) wish list. What’s on your wish-list?! 

2016 holiday gift guide

Subscription to Atlas Coffee Club

Use code ValerieCoffee to get your first bag FREE! as part of the coffee subscription that takes people around the world of coffee!

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This is the gift of deliciousness AND productivity! Good for anyone you know who likes to get shit done (or who plans to with their New Years Resolutions).

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Plus, subscriptions make the best gifts, since it’s something the recipient can look forward to and enjoy multiple times.

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On average about 50% – 60% of the coffees this company offers are fair-trade certified, direct trade, or go through a coffee cooperative. However, ALL of the coffee comes from farms that use sustainable farming practices (and they pay above-market prices for the coffee to ensure the farms can continue to produce high-quality coffee in this sustainable way).

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Oh yeah, and of course, the most important question: does it taste good? The answer is a resounding YES! I loved using these beans to make regular coffee, as well as homemade cold-brew.

Speaking of subscriptions…

Subscription to Book of the Month Club

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Use code FRIEND50 for 50% off a 3-month membership! This is another fantastic gift, especially for anyone who loves to read or wants to get into reading! Watch this video I made for full details:

Lily Lotus *Limited Edition* Chakra Long Legging Rainbow Wash Lunar

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Mention this gift guide to get 15% off Lily Lotus items at their two Hawaii boutiques!

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Made in the USA (90% Organic Cotton 10% Lycra), this high-waist lifestyle piece is great for all activities! Slip on these cozy, beautiful leggings for a versatile option that looks great with tanks, tunics and t-shirts. Perfect for practice or just to wear (#athleisure). You can get them with or without the chakras up the leg. I just LOVE the beautiful colors, which look painted-on. I have these in a different color scheme, and I get compliments on them constantly.

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im with standing rock t shirt gift

Actress Shailene Woodley has joined forces with Standing Rock to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Construction of this pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers poses a serious threat to the water supply of the Native American tribes—and all 18 million residents—that live along its course. In Lakota, they say “Mni Wiconi,” which means “Water is Life.” When you buy this unisex shirt (there’s also a sweatshirt available), not only are you showing the world that you demand change to protect our waters, but you’re also helping fund Up to Us. They’re dedicated to organizing, educating and activating communities on how to become leaders who are willing to stand up in the face of adversity and demand dynamic change to create a world that works for all of us.

Click here to learn more about what is happening at Standing Rock and/or to make a donation and see how you can help.

Slow Food Membership

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A Slow Food membership comes in multiple prices, and is a great gift to the world as well as the recipient.

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The membership includes:

  • discounts and special invitations to local, national and international events, including Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto
  • an exclusive print magazine that showcases what is happening in the Slow Food movement locally, nationally and internationally and access to special members-only offers and previews
  • opportunities to get involved in national campaigns and local activities and projects
  • a membership card that proclaims commitment to Slow Food values; devotion to living Slow helps make “good, clean and fair food for all” a reality

HoneyColony Equilibrium Superfood

HoneyColony Equilibrium Honey and Herbal Superfood

Click here to get 20% off Equilibrium Superfood (12 oz; through 12/31/16).

Equilibrium Energy Superfood is ideally designed for athletes or anyone who lives an active lifestyle. I’ve been adding it to my tea, but it would also be good on toast or in recipes. Through naturally stimulating the nervous system, enhancing brain function, supporting muscle relief, and providing anti-inflammation support, each jar will keep you energized.

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HoneyColony is dedicated to cross-pollinating with companies who uphold high-quality standards that value planet, humanity, honesty, and fair-trade practices (their site includes informational articles, and many other healthy products). Real people hand-select all the brands and products on the site.

Equilibrium Energy Superfood is HoneyColony’s own special blend of organic and wildcrafted [vegetarian] ingredients; at the core is raw honey. From there, 11 other superfoods are added (active prebiotics, phytoplankton, blue algae, medicinal mushrooms, adaptogenic herbs, ORMUS, ginger, turmeric, bee pollen, bee propolis, royal jelly)—each organic or wildcrafted, potent, and boasting it’s own numerous health benefits. Combined, these 12 ingredients bring harmony to the body and mind by and reducing stress, toxins, and negative energy. Equilibrium Superfood is made in small batches to ensure high quality, exact measurements, and consistency in every Biophotonic jar.

2016 holiday gift guide

So, maybe that was plenty of options for you; or maybe you are making homemade gifts; or maybe you do not do gifts around the holidays. But, if you need more recommendations or just love browsing lists like these, I wanted to just add my own, much longer, *personal* wish-list (below). This is just an ongoing list that I compile throughout the year as things catch my eye / fancy:

  • LUSH argan oil/rose shampoo bar with the tin for traveling
  • A small-size hiking backpack (from REI, LL Bean etc. NOT one of those camelback water backpacks)
  • Anything from (or gift card to) Ginger13 (store in downtown Honolulu)
  • Any gold ROLA jewelry (from Fighting Eel)
  • A waterproof go pro
  • Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint (sunscreen)
  • Poppy & Someday Tinctures
  • Neshama Project Necklace (not picky about which one but gold please, no silver)


What I Ate Wednesday #5

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I haven’t done a WIAW in awhile; please comment or send me a message if you like these food posts so I can keep bringing them to you! This is all vegetarian:

WIAW Honolulu cereal

I LOVE this breakfast I came up with: Annie’s chocolate cereal, with almond milk, topped with cacao nibs and a sliced banana. It’s basically [healthy-ish] dessert for breakfast; you’re welcome.

WIAW Honolulu la tour cafe

In between work and errands, I picked up lunch from La Tour Cafe in Aina Haina: avocado toast! It came with a side salad and a very tasty, creamy dressing.

WIAW Honolulu

I stopped home in the afternoon before my evening job and had some coffee and half of a Bouchon Bakery cookie (made by me, from a box mix). It’s kind of like a homemade oreo. I have to say, I wasn’t really a fan (but I still ate the second half later, after dinner, because in any battle against sugar, I am the loser).

WIAW Honolulu healthy bowl dinner

My homemade dinner was healthy and delectable: quinoa mixed with red onion, kale, parmesan cheese and capers, topped with roasted acorn squash and a soft-boiled egg. So good!

What did you eat today?


HealthySkoop Powders

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I have been eating smoothie bowls almost daily all summer. One of my favorite add-ins I’ve found are powders by Healthy Skoop. My favorite for flavor (and to add a thicker consistency) is the Choco-lot Plant-based protein powder (16 grams of plant-based protein delivered with only 1 gram of coconut sugar per serving).

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These delicious powders are

  • Gluten-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Vegan / vegetarian (whey-free & dairy-free)
  • Non-GMO
  • QAI-Certified Organic (contains 80% organic ingredients)

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And if all that isn’t enough motivation to try this brand, how about this: they donate 3% of every purchase to Project Produce, a give-back initiative they co-founded to help kids eat more fruits and veggies.

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The greens blend (which pairs perfectly with sweet fruit to mask the most savory taste) naturally fights inflammation, boosts energy and powers your best, most resilient super-self. Smoothie bowls can be difficult to make since they consistency and thickness needs to be just right; powders are a huge help. Especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can also be helpful to add some protein to your bowl, to ensure you’re properly fueled.

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Click here to try a free HealthySkoop sample!


Cool Choice Nutritional Supplements

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Although the efficacy of nutritional supplements is contested, I still sometimes find it helpful to supplement my diet with vitamins, minerals and herbs (especially if I am traveling, or if people around me are getting sick). 

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I recently discovered Cool Choice, and true to its name, it’s cool because it lets you choose a blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs based on your desired result. You don’t have to actually pick the supplements; you just choose from the above list of benefits, then you are sent a supply of personalized packets containing your unique combination of supplements.

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I was a little skeptical, because almost every supplement that I’ve tasted from one of these little packs either contains questionable ingredients, or tastes terrible, or both. Not Cool Choice, I’m happy to report!

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Sure, it looks a little weird. It contains no sugar (or sugar alternative!) and contains fiber. A win-win!

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I mixed it with water. It tastes like watered down lemonade; perfect for me, because I always water down my lemonade anyways. I have to say, it’s really delicious (even with zero sweetener, it tasted just slightly sweet to me). Especially if you don’t like drinking plain water, this is a great option. I chose, as my benefits: beauty, brain care, and eye care. I’m not sure if every combination results in the same flavor.

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They’ll give you 10% if you follow them on social media, and reward you with free packets once you buy a certain amount (see details in the above photo). I’ll maybe try out a different combination of benefits next time.


Cookbook Review: Simply Delicious Vegetarian

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A couple years ago, I bought the cookbook Simply Delicious Vegetarian by Carla Bardi. It was on sale at Barnes and Noble, and I liked the feel of the book (and flipping through, the recipes seemed easy enough but interesting). This isn’t my favorite cookbook on my [highly-curated] shelf, but it’s a fantastic staple, especially now that I have been eating completely vegetarian.

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I appreciate that the recipes are things that I would not have thought to make, but are simple and don’t require unusual ingredients.

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Also, each recipe includes, at the top, how many it serves, how long the preparation and cooking will take, and difficulty level.

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The book is definitely geared toward all English-speakers, including those outside of the US; the recipes include Celsius as well as Metric measurements, in parenthesis, where applicable.

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Even though this book was published in 2008, some of the photos look very old to me. However, the recipes that I’ve tried have all been very good.

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The 318-page book is organized into the following sections:

  1. Salads
  2. Soups
  3. Savory Pies, Focaccia, & Pizza
  4. Pasta & Gnocchi
  5. Grilled Vegetables
  6. Vegetable Stews & Stir-Fries
  7. Gratin & Casseroles
  8. Fried Vegetables
  9. Beans & Lentils
  10. Rice & Grains
  11. Eggs & Cheese

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I went on a zucchini-cooking-spree this summer (since I adore summer squash).

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Zucchini Quiche

This is the recipe on the cover of the book

Serves 4

Preparation: 30 min

Cooking: 55 min

Difficulty: Level 2

  • 8 oz (250 g) frozen puff pastry, thawed (I used phyllo)
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 6 zucchini, with flowers attached
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch arugula, shredded
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch pie plate or springform pan.
  2. Place the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle with 1 tbsp. of poppy seeds. Roll out into a thin sheet. Line the prepared pan with the pastry. Cover with a sheet of waxed paper and fill the pie with weights or dried beans. Bake blind for 20 minutes.
  3. Trim the zucchini flowers and cut each one into 3-4 pieces. Slice the zucchini thinly lengthwise. Sauté the zucchini in the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the flowers and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Beat the eggs and egg yolk in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until frothy. Season with salt and pepper. Add the arugula, cream, and Parmesan. Mix in the sautéed zucchini and flowers.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and sprinkle with the remaining poppy seeds.
  6. Bake until golden brown and set, about 25 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Next I want to try making the Green Paella.

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I also made a delectable zucchini frittata (I made the mistake of adding salt; it didn’t need it with the salty cheese).

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Zucchini Frittata

Serves 4-6

Preparation: 10 min

Cooking: 15 min

Difficulty: Level 1

  •  1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb (1 kg) zucchini (courgettes), cut into short, thin lengths
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese

vegetarian zucchini frittata recipe

  1. Sauté the garlic in the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until pale gold. Add the zucchini and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Beat the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the egg has almost cooked.
  3. Slide the frittata onto a plate, turn onto another plate, then slide it back into the pan to cook the other side. Cook until golden brown and the egg is cooked through, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the frittata to a serving dish and serve hot.