Garden Vegetable Quiche

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Athletic, Healthy Recipes | Tags: , , , , , |


Making this quiche is a great way to get your protein and vegetables all in one. I intended to put in a cup of goat cheese (which is a cheese I can eat without being lactose intolerant) but couldn’t find any in time so I used cheddar instead. I didn’t use a full cup of cheddar by any means because I wanted to be able to eat the dish without worrying too much but I suggest putting in the full cup. Also, I think the dish would have benefitted if I added maybe a ¼ tsp of salt or so in the egg batter. Overall, it was pretty good, but I have high standards (especially when it comes to others trying the recipe).

 


 

Serves 9

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups egg substitute
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 8 oz cottage cheese
  • 4 cups sliced zucchini
  • 2 cups diced raw potatoes
  • 3 tbsp diced onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell sweet peppers
  • ½ lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low fat cheese of your choice, shredded, divided

 

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg substitute and eggs until fluffy
  3. Stir in milk, flour, and cottage cheese
  4. Sauté zucchini, potatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms in pan coated with cooking spray for 5 min
  5. Stir sautéed veggies mixture and parsley into egg mixture
  6. When well combined, pour into a 3-quart baking dish, light coated with cooking spray.
  7. Top with tomato slices and cheese
  8. Bake 35-40 min or until knife inserted in center comes out clean
  9. Allow to stand for 10 min before slicing


 

Source:”Fix-it and Enjoy-it! Healthy Cookbook” By Phyllis Pellman Good, Page 35

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Broccoli and Cheese Egg Scramble

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Athletic, Healthy Recipes | Tags: , , , , |


This dish is amazing; great with a glass of orange juice!

 


 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated goat cheese
  • 1 small potato, cut into small cubes (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Whisk together 2 eggs; set aside.
  • Coat a frying pan with olive oil
  • Sauté broccoli florets and potato 2-5 minutes;
  • Add eggs and scramble.
  • Once eggs are cooked, sprinkle with cheese.

 

UPDATE: Day 3 I added some potato to get more carbs out of the dish. It tasted amazing! I added it to the recipe as an option.

 

Source: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/you-can-do-it/get-your-best-body-ever-diet-plan/;jsessionid=10AWCC3U4LZVKCQCEAQCBHQ?page=2

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Polenta Recipe

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: New Age, Recipes | Tags: , |


 

This morning I realized I didn’t have any food for school. I made some polenta for the morning and wraps for the day. I wasn’t really into the wraps too much but I highly recommend making polenta some time because it’s really simple and easy.

-First of all buy the “Onion and Mushroom” polenta (through trial and error I found this to be my personal favorite when it comes to frying it, but everyone has different preferences; do what you want!).

-Cut it in thick slices and cut those in half.

-Put JUST ENOUGH oil on the pan so that the polenta get cooked evenly, but not too much (I also realized through trial and error that too much oil makes the polenta less crispy and more chewy).

-Cook until medium brown. There you have it; delicious polenta!

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Day 16: Getting Comfortable

Posted on May 23, 2010. Filed under: New Age, Week 3 | Tags: , , , , , , |


This morning I went to the Unitarian Church again. I was somewhat dreading it especially because my mom wasn’t going to be there so I was all alone. But when I entered the church and sat down I felt a strange comfort I was unfamiliar with. I remembered the people and how friendly they were before and accepted this was a place to be accepted.

 

The church seemed more inviting, less intimidating, and I was grateful for it. I enjoyed the singing part of it a lot and felt more comfortable being there. Once again my expectations were not met: while people were really nice they weren’t quite as angelic as I’d portrayed them in my head. It really wasn’t a bad thing (and no one was rude or hostile) it was just my expectations once again bringing me back to reality. The hardest part I think is the mingling after service. This was where I had to overcome my introversion and inherent suspicion the most. Luckily people approached me and talked to me which made things easier when it came to coming out of my shell.

 

This is really helping me gain a lot of inner confidence which is increasing my spiritual confidence. I have a feeling Unitarian Universalism isn’t really that New Age, but it does open doors to New Age Events and people. Unitarian Universalism was actually founded by a Christian, and it’s obvious when seeing the way service is practiced. There seemed to be a lot of confidence in the regulars, and even in Christians I see a similar kind of confidence. Does being surrounded by a group of accepting and supportive people affect your confidence or is it that the kind of people who enjoy church tend to have more confidence? I’ll do some research on that and see if it’s true.

UU chalice symbol

I FORGOT: Noah and I saw two hawks flying low over us today!

I was pretty preoccupied today other than church but I did go to an AMAZING diamond in the rough Vietnamese Pho restaurant and got some delicious tofu vermicelli! Seriously, just look at it, and its CHEAP TOO ($8)! This is one of those foods that would easily make me obese despite the fact its low fat; I would just keep waiting for my stomach to digest just enough to eat some more. I would go here for $20 extra; this dish is so amazing it’s a spiritual experience! I found a link to a recipe that looks like they’ve got a similar enough dish, I suggest you check it out here, I know I will!

 

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Days 14: Expectations

Posted on May 21, 2010. Filed under: New Age, Week 3 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


This morning I went to the New Age bookstore that I’ve been frequenting lately. I was supposed to join another “Circle of Joy” session at 11am but I got there too early and had an hour to kill before it began. I looked through the store and began reading an astrology book. An old man perhaps in his 50’s or 60’s approached me and asked if I was reading with my mind or my soul. I told him I didn’t know and then he told me I was very old. I assumed he meant my soul was old and took it as a compliment. I asked him how old he was and said he was only 126 and said he was really young. He told me I should see him and gave me his card; he was a “Counselor-educator” and had a PhD!

 

It was a very strange experience; he didn’t seem peaceful like a monk, in fact on the contrary he seemed pretty abrasive and pushy. He gave me a brochure to see “Amma” a woman who was going to be in the area soon. I asked if it was free and he said I must have a little Jew in me! I feel as if this encounter was fateful in a way: I will be coming to the Amma event and maybe even contact this man if he doesn’t charge too much money (and no I’m not Jewish at all just poor).

 

I found somewhat of a bargain at the store. Packets of energy crystals for only $5 each! They were small so they fit perfectly in my medicine bag. I bought two: one for transformation (I thought I could do with something that would help me transform) and one for peace (It felt like I needed that the most). There were others; some for success, spirituality, love etc. On my way to take pictures of them I must have misplaced the Prehnite. But I’m going to assume that was meant to be.

 

My favorite is the labradorite. When I first took time to look at it I thought there must be a blue light somewhere reflecting off the stone, but then I realized it was inside the stone. A beautiful, rich blue that didn’t seem natural to originate from anywhere…it felt deeply spiritual. The ocean Jasper is amazing too, I suggest you google it and see how many forms it takes!

 

Later at the circle of Joy session I was a little disappointed; the same concept from the previous circle was repeated in essentially the same manner by the host and I felt like there wasn’t enough time to really understand what was going on. There was this repeated concept of drawing “energy” from above or from God. It was a good concept and I was taking it to heart but it just seemed that the session was meant to be a place where people could share their experiences, a place that was supportive of others’ problems and successes. The problem was there wasn’t enough time for that. I was excited to share my spiritual experiences but I didn’t have the opportunity. I do like the idea of it, but the structure was a little confusing to me.

 

Guess what? I saw 2 hawks today! I was driving home and they were flying low and close together. One veered off and disappeared but the other flew along the road. I was pretty much driving (slowly) with it until a car drove up behind me. It was an amazing experience!

 

Today my parents left for the weekend and let me throw a party at their house. I’m not really the type of person to have a lot of friends but I know plenty of people I get along with well. The problem is that none of my friends really know each other at all. When it comes to setting up a party we were worried that no one would enjoy themselves because they wouldn’t like each other. Usually when Noah and I considered having a get-together it was a stressful time. We would compile lists of who would get along with whom and which group of people would be most fun.

 

This time Noah and I decided to invite whoever I liked instead of being worried if they would end up liking each other. It ended up being a good plan and the party ended up to be a success. There were some extroverts and some introverts and I think the balance of the two ensured that things didn’t get too rowdy but it was still a good time. I was expecting to find out who my “true” friends were at this event and had expectations of how things would be.

 

While I considered the party a success, my expectations and reliance on form (vices, people, things etc) to make me happy were not met. I feel as if I’ve begun a journey I cannot reverse or even pause and if I don’t press on I will be stuck being disappointed with everything. It seemed I’m being gently guided through this journey and when I veer off the path I’m met with disappointments. I’m a little scared that if I don’t continue reading Eckhart Tolle and pursue whatever fateful opportunities come in my path I will lose everything that I expect to make me happy and won’t have learned how to be happy without it.

 

It was enlightening to see all the people I like together in one night. So many different personalities! I realized a lot about who I value and who values me. There were some friends I considered great and hoped for them to be permanent but tonight I saw them in a completely different light. It seems that some of them were so much younger before and they only grew in a certain direction. I’ve been reading about how people try to define themselves by what they want and have and I felt like many people there were gradually refining their self definitions into a very specific niche.

 

This saddened me, and made me wonder if I have somehow become like that without knowing. It’s hard for me to understand why someone would, in my perception, limit who they are by only allowing themselves to be a certain way. It brought me back to this experiment in general and my own spiritual journey for this month. I have always wondered what it was like to truly belong to one “category” or “type” of people, and that’s essentially why I started this. I also have never valued that common aspect of humanity, and in reading Eckhart Tolle realized I wasn’t alone in this philosophy.

 

I feel like discovering one’s self requires for this to happen. I mean, I’m sure these people are just realizing what they want/like/have and finding comfort in knowing that. So am I the one in the wrong? I’m always searching for what I really want, but what I want is happiness, and what I envision as happiness changes. Does that mean these old friends have a vision of happiness that simply stays the same? Or are their goals and wants not for happiness but for other words they equate to happiness like respect from others, success, riches etc?

 

I was pretty reluctant to actually have people over this weekend because it didn’t feel completely conducive to being New Age but I’m really glad I did and feel it was a fateful learning experience. Lately, everything feels like some kind of learning experience. This point of view makes life feel much more….useful than before. Even negative experiences have something to offer to me!

 

There was a bonfire at the party and we told everyone to bring brats. I was initially really excited because I LOOOVE Johnsonville beer brats but then I realized I’m vegan and can’t eat those. I got some Field Roast smoked apple veggie brats with sage in them and realized how amazing fake meat can be at tasting really good! It’s got a good consistency and kind of tastes like really mild tasting meat with lots of seasoning to make it taste stronger. I think they do really well making fake meat taste good.

 

AND it’s got sage!!

 

I also made homemade French fries! I’ve made them before and they have consistently been a big hit so I tried again, and again they were a hit. Some people even said they were the best French fries they’d ever eaten! I love making good food. The recipe really isn’t hard at all though, so its not some big feat that I accomplished.

Homemade French fry Recipe

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Day 9: Church

Posted on May 9, 2010. Filed under: New Age, Week 2 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


This morning I went to a Unitarian Church. My mom goes and I’ve been there before. I felt it was uncomfortably churchy… but it’s a church so what was I expecting?? But honestly, it was a little weird for my tastes. There were sermons, a choir, and singing and such a strong sense of community that it made me uncomfortable.

 

I have to admit that it seems like a great place where people can feel like they’re part of a community that takes them in with open arms. There was quite a variety of people and they were all very nice. During one of the sermons (is that the correct terminology for this?) many people in the room were brought to tears, it was a very powerful experience, and I realized that in this kind of environment no one would judge you if you cried. I plan to keep coming, and overcome my fear of being open with complete strangers.

 

There’s just this cheese factor that throws me off I guess, I feel like such a jerk though. I mean they are genuinely nice people, why should I feel uncomfortable? I really want to learn more about it and see if it makes me feel more spiritual. Hopefully I can push past that feeling of suspicion; if I can then I imagine my new self to be more secure in my own skin around strangers. That would be a great feeling!

The church program

Later that day I celebrated Mother’s day with my wonderful mother, who has been supporting me with this project and encouraging me to continue (mom, you are the best!). We had Indian food (again!) and I realized a lot of the awesomeness of Indian food has to do with the fact they ingeniously put yoghurt in their dishes. Unfortunately for me I couldn’t allow for any type of dairy in my diet, and while it was still delicious, that previous wonder I had for awesome Indian food had somewhat faded.

 

Well, I’ve always truly loved Asian food anyway, which is also more vegan-friendly as they rarely use milk or cheese.

 

We stopped at the expensive New Age shop again, this time mom was with me and we exchanged gifts. There are so many awesome things here; it’s just so unfortunate to see how expensive they are. Mom got me a cool New Age bag to replace my ugly leather purse and some ayurvedic soap that was strangely only $1.50.

The bag is amazingly light compared to my old purse; I’ll probably use it after this experiment. I have yet to use the soap; I’ll probably use it for Day 10. I don’t think I’ll like the soap, though it smells like India, I just have serious doubts because it was so incredibly cheap compared to every other product at the store. You know they were selling Nag Champa powder for $8?? It’s supposed to be burned and helps you become spiritually awakened. It was interesting because this little tiny baggie of loose powder compared to a box of Nag Champa incense that was sold for only $5 seemed so much less efficient.

 

Oh and guess what I saw today while in the car with mom? An eagle soaring above us; that’s the third hawk sighting!

 

During the teepee yesterday, someone mentioned what he called the “Simion” book (Later I found out it was called “Keys to Soul Evolution” and “Simion” are a collective of light beings here to guide humans). He said he asked a question to it and opened it and he would receive cryptic but relevant responses. I found out that I had this book at my house and decided to try it out. I asked “Will my blog be successful?” and the reply was about the great and infinite potential humans have. So this means I have a lot of potential? I was pretty disappointed with that revelation, and felt that it said a whole lot of nothing.

 

Maybe I’m just doing it wrong? I found out from my mom it wasn’t a tradition stated within the book itself, it was one that was formed elsewhere independently.

 

I also finally got around to reading Eckhart Tolle (“A new Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”). His stuff is incredible! I am very skeptical of abstract concepts, and his book began with the concept that flowers, birds, crystals, and precious stones held a lot of significance because contemplating them would open one into the realm of the spirit. It seemed a little much to me, a little…”wtf” I guess would be the best way I could explain how I felt about it at first.

 

But soon enough the concepts began to come together to a fundamental idea of “awakening”. Here I realized that Eckhart Tolle had really done his research. He cited many religions and their similar concepts of “awakening”, from “salvation” to “enlightenment”. He said we were suffering from “dysfunction” which was the cause of all the destruction we caused upon ourselves and the planet. If we did not become awakened soon, then it would be our failure to adapt and we would all die.

 

This really struck a chord with me. The concept made perfect sense. Still, a lot of it seemed to be more from psychology than spirituality, and that whole new idea made me wonder if this “awakening” could be done without seeking spiritual guidance.

Could someone seek to better themselves strategically in such a way that made them eternally happy? A lot of spirituality seems closely related to psychology, so why wouldn’t it be possible for a psychologically minded person to find eternal happiness, or maybe something different but akin to the same concept of awakening. Perhaps I’m confusing awakening with supreme wisdom, I don’t know if I truly understand the concept yet, so I should just ponder it after I’ve read it more.

 

The way Eckhart Tolle speaks of his teachings makes me wonder if Texe Marrs (author of “Dark Secrets of the New Age”) was on to something when they said the New Age movement is trying to dominate the world. Of course, I don’t think the intentions are malicious, and Marrs acts as if that were something terrible and unheard of (despite Christian attempts to convert any and every country they can).

 

What if there will be a movement, a divide not between Christians and New Agers, but Atheists and New Agers. What if society begins to devalue spirituality and value only what has been proven through studies and experiments? What if society begins to value the benefits of multiple spiritualities, recognizing that no one religion is meant to be the only right way.

 

It always seemed to me that culture has leaned toward Atheism and further away from religion. But now that I’ve done this experiment, I see spiritually minded people absolutely everywhere! Spirituality never seemed necessary to me before this, but I can see at some points it’s vital to explore one’s spirituality. It’s a journey that takes a lot of balls to be honest. To sit there and read something you know sounds ridiculous, to wear clothes you know make you feel good but are seen by others are tasteless, to practice exercises that put you in very unflattering or silly positions.

 

It takes some guts to be that open to new things, and I honestly must applaud New Age men for being so much stronger than the typical man. You are so ignored in this genre, so much so that when I was at the New Age store with my mom there was a bookshelf that was divided in halves: Women and Men. The men’s side was on the left, and there were 8 books that filled this section (the rest of the bookshelf was filled with books about women)! A man exploring his spirituality should be revered more than a woman in my opinion.

 

Whenever a man does something that has the potential to emasculate him in front of his “manlier” peers and he doesn’t care, that to me is true confidence. When a woman does it, it of course is respected, but it doesn’t put them in a position as it does for men. What’s interesting is how traditional that dynamic is; women are more emotionally in tune and thus wouldn’t be judged if they chose a spiritual path to self betterment while men are expected to be skeptical and objective.

 

Not to say that I honestly expect these things of either. I myself am more like a man at heart while Noah seems to have a much easier time becoming spiritually in tune. The dynamics still exist though, despite many of us knowing that they aren’t needed.

 

Anyway, later that night since it was Sunday I realized I needed food to tide me over for school on Monday. I decided to make my favorite dish: stir fry!! Not to toot my own horn, but honestly, I make phenomenal stir fry. Just look at it! I’m going to jump on the foodie blog bandwagon for a second:

 

Corrina’s Delicious Stir Fry Recipe

 

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Delicious Stir Fry

Posted on May 9, 2010. Filed under: New Age, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Corrina’s Delicious and Addictive Stir Fry

This is an incredibly flexible dish; you can add/remove ingredients to your taste (or to what you have in the fridge) and it should generally always taste amazing. Honestly, the ingredients are incredibly relative. I prefer LOTS of broccoli and collard greens, but it really just depends on which veggies you love to have stir-fried. The soy sauce and sake are also relative to how much flavor you want in you stir fry (but I suggest using them together). Sometimes I just make a sauce on the side or use a bottled sauce to add flavor later. I suggest you just rifle through the fridge and see what ingredients you have on you and they’ll probably work just fine (unless you’re the type of weirdo with no veggies).

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 stalks of broccoli (chopped into somewhat large chunks)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut in quarters and chopped)
  • ½ red onion (chopped into large pieces)
  • Collard greens (leaves separated, stems chopped)
  • Canned bamboo shoots
  • Canned water chestnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2″ long piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

    Other great ingredients for delicious stir fry:

  • Chinese broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Any bell pepper
  • Any edible type of mushroom
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Noodles

     

    Directions:

     

  1. Take the broccoli, collard greens stems, red onion, red pepper, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts (both cans drained first) into a medium bowl
  2. Cut the collard green leaves (torn into chunks first), the broccoli head (cut into smaller chunks) into a different medium bowl
  3. Get a wok or large pan out, put olive oil in pan and turn it to medium/high heat
    1. Put the garlic, ginger and if desired, onion in the pan and sauté them until they begin to brown
  4. Put the contents of the medium bowl in the pan and stir occasionally for 5 minutes
  5. Put the contents of the large bowl in the pan and stir occasionally for 1 minute
  6. Put the sake and soy sauce in the pan/wok and stir it in for 2 minutes or so.

    Wow, making a recipe SUCKS! You foodies can have at it, I think I’ll just stick to saying I make amazing stir fry and hopefully I didn’t make a recipe for disaster, but I know that’s how I do it, so it can’t be that bad!

     

    Back to Day 9

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