Cauliflower Power!

Happy September! Happy Labor Day weekend! I am soakin’ up this Sunday and day off tomorrow for the holiday and spending it playing with my pups and playing on my yoga mat! What’s new?! Ha! Pups and I just got home from a nice romp around a new doggy park. They are pooped. Perfect opportunity to spit out a little diddy on my blog.

This past week I gathered some new information from my yoga mat. I do this all the time and I love it. I think it is truly amazing when I can take something I learn on my mat and apply it to my life, because I approach my mat the same way I approach life, and vice versa. Its weird and it blows me away. Miracles have happened on my mat, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, which has led to transformations in my life. And I can’t get enough of it and I am truly grateful for it, even when it calls for swallowing an enormous truth about myself and owning it; maybe in that moment I’m letting out a big “wah!” but, I eventually move to gratitude. Plus, the best news about all this is when I learn something new, I bring it to you! La la la la! I love to share, especially when its something that lights up my insides and sends energy to my heart.

Having said that, this week one of my beautiful yoga teachers graciously shed some light and I have been applying it all over the place and sharing with others. During one of my practices earlier this week I was in a pose and it was really intense, which is normal. Usually when this happens, I try to remember to breathe through the sensations and quiet my thoughts to stay in the moment. My brain is usually saying obnoxious things to me like, “Ugh, I hate this pose” or “I wonder how long she is going to make us hold this one.” Or sometimes my brain will take me far away to the land of “My To-Do List,” and I miss out on experiencing my body opening and creating this new and beautiful space. Our brains will do crazy things like this to “protect” us, I now know. So, when this was happening in a pose this week, thank goodness I wasn’t too far gone that I heard my teacher say, “Get curious about the sensations you are experiencing in poses that are intense for you.” Get curious. She didn’t say, “Get out of the pose.” She didn’t say, “Embrace the sensation anyway.” She said, “Get curious.” Like, oh, I just felt that, what’s that about? Instead of pulling out of the pose, running away, or bashing what’s going on, I get curious about it all. I probably need the pose more than any of the other ones anyway. The same goes for my life, I found out. When something is happening in my life that makes me feel icky or uncomfortable, normally I will do something to avoid the discomfort, right?! So, now, with this new mantra, I don’t have to run away or avoid, I can just notice and be curious about it. I can ask myself questions about it, without making any decisions. The pressure is off. Get curious.

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I can give you something else to get curious about…Cauliflower! What’s that about? I feel like it is a vegetable that gets left out. Its like a head of broccoli that was dipped in white paint, right? Ya, what can you even do with cauliflower?! Are you curious, yet?

Well, I have two cauliflower recipes that’ll have you feeling a lot more than curious!

The first recipe is Fettuccine Alfredo with Cauliflower Sauce

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You Will Need:

2 1/2 cups chunked cauliflower

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

3-4 tablespoons tahini

1 clove chopped garlic

lemon juice, to taste

salt & pepper, to taste

fettuccine noodles (I used a gluten free brand)

2 cups broccoli (if you want broccoli)

Cashews, grated for garnish (optional…hemp seeds would work, too!)

To Prepare:

Break up the caulk head of medium sized pieces and add to a pot with almond milk, nut. yeast, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cover and allow to simmer 15-20 mins, but no boil (if it boils, not the end of the world, though!) Cauli will get soft.

Then pour cauli mixture into a blender and blend until creamy. Prepare fettuccine noodles accordingly and get your broccoli steamed.

Drain the pasta and return to pan. Pour the cauli sauce over the fettuccine noodles and gently toss noodles through it. Toss in your broccoli and gently toss some more.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Next, I have something that’ll really blow your fellow Labor Day meat-grilling buddies’ socks right off. This recipe was inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod. They have some really great things and pretty pictures  on their blog that I refer to often!

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto

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You Will Need:

1 small head of cauliflower

1 cup of fresh basil

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

To Prepare:

Cut the cauli lengthwise, including the stalk, into 3/4-inch slices.

In a food processor or blender, add basil, garlic, and lemon juice. Turn on the machine and pulse a few times. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor or blender is running. May need to stop to scrape down the sides. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Brush both sides of the cauli steaks with the pesto sauce you just made. Place on the grill over medium heat. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the cauli is tender but still firm.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Light & Love,
Amanda

 

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