Hi, hi, hi!

September is coming up and I’d like you all to know that it is National Yoga Month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  And I’ll bet that you’re all going to go buy a yoga membership at a local studio, yes? Well, you might not have to spend any money!

Click HERE and you can get one week’s worth of free Yoga.

Why is this my favourite? Grilled vegetables is great because it’s delicious, completely guilt and cruelty free and it’s super easy. I like to see what vegetables are available for this time of the year, head over to my farmers market and pick some things up and get to grillin’.

Grilled Veggies

The Gear:
Small dish with Olive Oil
———–and that’s it. Seriously. That’s all I use, ever to grill veggies.
Turn on your grill, put it on Medium and close the top. Brush each vegetable (You can cut them up if you need to!) with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Usually, the hottest part of your grill is the middle, so there’s a bit of a strategy to grilling. Put potatoes, carrots or other really dense, starchy things on the back of the grill at the beginning of your grilling session. These will take the longest to cook, so you have to give them some time! Then you can work your way through the foods that are easier to cook.
First, if you’re planning on grilling Tofu, like I do, brush olive oil on the center of the grill and put your tofu there. You want to get it nice and charred. Then you can pick what order you want to do this in, but you can grill in the center, until grill marks are there, your asparagus, onions, mushrooms, pineapple, peaches, tomatoes or whatever you choose. If you’re going to grill corn, put it on last. It doesn’t take much time. Just grill it until the kernels turn bright yellow and you can even grill until there are small black spots, I like it that way, personally. Oh, and somewhere in there, you want to turn your dense, starchy item over to grill on the other side.
Turn the grill off. Enjoy. You’ll be surprised at how good this food tastes.
My husband it stingy and doesn’t really like to eat vegetables, but when they’re grilled, he gobbles them up. Try it with kids, try it with people who swear up and down that they don’t like tofu. This is my favourite way to eat tofu, grilled and tossed in BBQ Sauce.

This week… Chocolate pancakes.

Chocolate Pancakes

The Recipe–
1c Whole Wheat flour
2T Cocoa Powder
2 t Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
1T Molasses
1 c Soymilk
2T Canola Oil
Enough water to make it pancake consistency.

Use an icecream scoop to make it easier to get consisten pancakes each time. Bake these on a sprayed pan, medium-low heat. Flip once the edges look dry and the bubbles on the top stay popped. Probably about 1 minute on each side.

These were really good. I had too many of them. 🙂

In the mood for some tofu but you’re REALLY LAZY? Try this method:

Tamari Baked Tofu and Veggies with Rice

-Put some rice on. Use a rice cooker like me if you’re really tired or lazy or just really good at burning rice on the stove.
-Turn the oven to 375F, Cut up some tofu, toss it in enough tahini to coat, put it in a pan and throw it in the oven. Walk away.
-Come back when your rice is half done (20 minutes), put fresh or frozen veggies of your choice, along with 1Tbsp Olive Oil, 2Tbsp Soysauce in a pan and walk away again. 10 MINUTES LATER, turn your stove on med-high and heat up the veggies. Take the tofu out and let it cool slightly.

When your rice is done, so will your veggies be. Toss it all together, pile it on a plate or into a bowl and you’ve got an easy tofu dinner that doesn’t taste like spongy cubes on bland veg and rice… Enjoy!

Here are a bunch of the Vegan foodfinds that I saw up this week. Enjoy and try some of them if you dare!!

From the kitchen of Seasaltwithfood comes a beautiful Heirloom Tomato Salad that is sure to make anyone’s mouth water.

Looking at this makes me want one soo bad. Tofu Mocha Smoothie please, STAT! This comes from Kitchen Therapy.

Watermelon and Tomato play well together in this salad. And oh, god doesn’t it look delicious.. Head over to Stitchin n Bitchin in the Kitchen for the recipe.

Thanks to the Mighty Mango, we  get to gawk at this tiny Cherry Pies. They look really good… And cherries are in season, so I might have to make these this weekend.
(I know my husband is reading this and nodding in agreement.)

Alright, so admittedly, these look really weird… but they also look really interesting and good. I want to try! Dodol & Mochi has the recipe

I’m currently reading Cave In The Snow, a book recounting the life of Tenzin Palmo, a Kargyupa Nun. She’s a very devoted and kind nun of  Tibetan Buddhism, a confirmed reincarnation and a woman, which is an unusual recipe. I’m not really Buddhist, but her story really amazes and inspires me. At one point in her life, she was speaking to a man about non-violence. I love this story:

One time he swatted a mosquito. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ I went on through this whole thing, how mosquitoes have feelings and that just as our life is precious to us, for a mosquito the most precious thing it has is its own life, and as we don’t want anyone to squish us, so we shouldn’t take the life of another being because while we coult take it we could never give it back. By the end of it he was in tears. ‘Why has nobody ever said this to me before?’ he said. He had such a kind heart.

It’s a great way of describing just how important life is to every being. Although mosquitoes are annoying and make you itch all over, they still are alive. Sure, they annoy you, but does that give you the right to take it’s life engery away? Surely not. If annoyance was a good enough reason to take something’s life, our prison systems would be far smaller more vacant than they are currently. (Bug spray is soo much easier and less harmful than squishing.)

This morning I’ll start my first session of Kundalini Yoga practice. I’m excited. Americans, to me, feel sluggish. They are unaware quite often of the energy that lies dormant inside of them. We are all filled with energy and power and most of us don’t even know it and certainly don’t access it. I’m ready to start to embrace and release that energy that’s inside of me.

We all have soo much potential for greatness, if we all were just able to concentrate on it, we’d all be happier people. The sad part is, most of us don’t really have the time to get to know the energy that lies inside. Most of us are too caught up in the life of Starbucks and CNN to realize that the biggest part we can play in this world is to better ourselves. If we could all improve as much as possible on our own and stop concentrating on changing everyone else, we would be much better off. That’s my rant on utopia for today.

Robin B.