Cauliflower + Lentil Tacos

Cauliflower + Lentil Tacos

Happy Wednesday!

This will be a very brief post. It’s a recipe for cauliflower and lentil tacos that I posted on Instagram in late September and have been meaning to share. This recipe is both vegan and ayurvedic. I hope that you enjoy this, easy to make, scrumptious “twist” on tacos as much as my husband and I did!

This recipe serves 1 – 2 people.


Grocery Shopping List

Pkg of 8 – 10 grain – free tortillas

1 head of cauliflower

1 cup of lentils

1 avocado

1 onion, yellow

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

4 tbsp avocado oil

1 tsp sumac

1 bulb of garlic, fresh

4 limes, fresh (or bottled lime juice if you prefer)

warm water

1/2 cup of tahini, unsweetened / unsalted

1 cucumber, small

1 bunch of cilantro, fresh

1 bunch of radishes


Main Ingredients / Preparation

  1. Cook the lentils.
  2. Chop cauliflower into florets.
  3. Mince the two garlic cloves.
  4. Slice the yellow onion in half and dice 1/2 of the yellow onion.
  5. Slice the avocado into wedges.
  6. Heat stove to medium setting, and using tongs warm both sides of tortillas. Keep tortillas warm until ready to assemble tacos.
  7. Slice the cucumber.
  8. Slice radishes into thin slices.
  9. Chop the cilantro.

Sauce Ingredients / Preparation

  1. In a bowl mix tahini, sea salt, lime juice, warm water as follows:
  2. 1/2 cup of tahini
  3. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  4. 3 tbsp of lime juice
  5. 4 tbsp warm water
  6. Mix until the consistency becomes thickened and set aside to for later.

Topping Ingredients / Preparation

  1. Set aside the pre-sliced and pre-chopped cucumbers, radishes and cilantro.
  2. Use the remaining half of the avocado wedges from other half of avocado as topping or garnish with the cucumbers, radishes and cilantro if you wish.

Make it

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Add 2 tbsp of avocado oil to a medium saucepan on medium heat, then add the onions and garlic. Saute until browned.

Add the cooked lentils to the onion and garlic mixture with 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and 1/2 tsp sea salt.

Mix the cauliflower florets with 2 tbsp of avocado oil, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp sumac, 1 tsp cumin, and 1/4 tsp sea salt – in a large bowl and toss until cauliflower florets are sufficiently covered with seasoning mixture.

Pour seasoned cauliflower florets onto a baking sheet and place in a single layer across baking sheet.

Allow cauliflower to roast until brown for approximately 30 minutes, then remove from oven.

Take warmed tortillas and fill each one with a spread of lentils, then add cauliflower florets and add avocado slices for added flavor and texture.

Top with the tahini sauce and a bit of cilantro.

Garnish with cucumber slices, radish slices and more avocado and cilantro per your preference.


Sending you love and light.

Until the next post…

Take care.

Aromatic + Curative CCF Tea


I drink a lot of tea. I love tea and I love trying new teas even more. Whether hot or cold, it doesn’t matter, I enjoy both; but I do have a little more of a soft spot for hot tea. Are there any other tea-lovers out there?

I often drink tea throughout the day every day, and there are times when I will even forgo a cup of coffee and replace it with a cup of hot tea instead, (caffeinated of course), to help get myself going in the morning. A cup of black tea or Earl Grey will usually do the trick in this instance.

Otherwise, I prefer decaffeinated or reduced-caffeinated based teas such as green tea, rooibos, tumeric, mint or some other herbally blended tea.

The first Ayurvedic recipe that I tried when I began my journey with ayurveda was a tea recipe known as CCF Tea. The CCF stands for the spices and herbs we know as cumin, coriander and fennel.

If you’ve ever had tumeric tea, the taste of this tea is somewhat reminiscent of that tea. It’s aromatic, slightly “spicy”, and to some it might be a bit pungent or bitter, but please don’t let that description sway you from trying this tea or from getting acquainted with its healing benefits. It is a very delicious and refreshing beverage.

CCF tea helps me tame my food cravings in-between meals, but it is also beneficial in that it nourishes tissues in the body, helps to keep your digestion system running smoothly, reduces inflammation, increases mental alertness, aids the lymphatic system, eases muscle spasms, may help burn fat, helps alleviate menstrual cramps, helps with the flow of breast milk, helps remove waste from the body and aids congestion.

I am including a recipe in today’s post for CCF tea. This recipe is more of a homemade version and calls for the addition of the 3 individual spices (plus 1 additional one), some of which you may already have in your pantry.

However, you should know that this tea blend can also be purchased in one single package from just about anywhere that you would normally buy your tea for anywhere between $5 – $12.

I happen to use both methods, depending on whether or not I purchased the prepackaged blend beforehand, and thankfully I was able to find a really nice brand that is both inexpensive and organic.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Happy tea time!



Thank you for reading.

Until the next post…

Take care.

What is Holistic Living?

When you think of holistic living, you may conjure up thoughts of consuming “green juice”, using herbs to heal ailments or improve nutrition, creating natural beauty products out of resources made in nature, or some form of complementary medicine such as acupuncture.

Although those things definitely fit into the scope of living holistically, they are a small part of what it means to live a holistic lifestyle.

Holistic living is a philosophy that requires an understanding that all parts of the body, or self, are interconnected and should be considered when taking care of one’s complete health and wellness.

Moreover, on a more basic and common level of understanding what it means to live holistically, it simply means living your life in balance with your mind, body, soul, (and I always like to include heart as well.)

There is no specific way to live holistically, but, one important aspect of doing so consists of living in tune with nature and using natural products, elements, and food, etc., keeping your thoughts and emotions as positively open and healthy as possible – and doing it all collectively as a way to heal or maintain health, wellness and well-being.

I hope this post gives you at least a hint or an idea of what it means to live a holistic lifestyle. Stay tuned for a few ideas on ways to live a holistic lifestyle.

Until the next post…

Thank you for reading.

Take care,

Carol

Gearing up for “D” Fall

Gearing up for “D” Fall

When you can’t get enough sunshine…create your own.

-Carol C.M.

Can you feel it? It’s there in the air. The slightly cooler weather. The change in the way that the sun lights up a room? The yearning for comfort food. The cries for pumpkin spice everything. The Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations inside every store that you set foot in. Wanting to pull the covers up to your chin and press the snooze button on those early chilly mornings before you get out of bed.
Regardless of  whether you call it Autumn or Fall… it’s here. That time of the year that makes us want to hibernate a little bit and spend more time indoors.  As someone who enjoys both the outdoors and warm sunshine on my skin I am going to miss the warmer months and the opportunity to soak up vitamin D naturally.
Spending time in the sun, of course, has its pros and cons.  We want to avoid exposing ourselves to too much sunlight as not to increase our chances of getting skin cancer — even with sunscreen. Yet, with sunlight being a natural and ideal way of getting vitamin D into our bodies to maintain our health, we also want to be able to reap that benefit.
During the spring and summer months our bodies produce vitamin D naturally when we spend at least ten to twenty minutes outside receiving ultraviolet B rays from the sun.  Yet, during the fall and winter months most of us are less likely to be able to so, which means that we are often left to find others ways of ensuring that we are getting enough vitamin D and maintaining our health and nutrition.
We can do this by eating more vitamin D rich foods such as fortified milk, orange juice, cheese, eggs, mushrooms, or fatty-fish such as salmon, mackerel or sardines.  For my vegan friends, tofu or fortified plant milks can be good sources of vitamin D. Just be sure to double check your labels.  Furthermore, vitamin D supplements tend to be good options for those who may feel as though they are are not receiving enough vitamin D from their food sources. These are just some of the ways that I manage my vitamin D levels as a flexitarian. As always, it would also be a good idea to check with your physician or nutritionist to determine what your unique vitamin or nutritional needs might be.
I think we all know that vitamin D is important for our bone, nail, hair and teeth health, but did you know that it also plays a role in the human cell life cycle and helps regulate both immune and neuromuscular systems?

Potential Benefits of Vitamin D

  • May aid depression or S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder / Seasonal Depression).
  • May decrease inflammation.
  • May prevent bone loss or bone disease.
  • May provide relief for some chronic conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis.
  • May aid cognitive function.

A few signs of vitamin deficiency include hair loss, muscle pain, having wounds that heal slowly and fatigue. These are symptoms that could also, very easily, be associated with other conditions which is why you should seek professional medical help in the event that you experience any of these symptoms – especially if you are experiencing grief and assuming that your symptoms are solely related to stress from the loss that you have experienced.  Deficiency in this vitamin is common and easy to remedy so don’t be afraid to get any of these symptoms checked out.

Until the next post.


Blessings,
Take Care  + Be Well,
Carol xo