Amazing Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup!

img_20170119_130101792_hdr.jpgBeing a Vegetarian I still occasionally miss certain things that I used to enjoy…like Chicken Noodle Soup. And, lately I’ve been experimenting with going Gluten Free. So Chicken Noodle Soup seemed to be something that was out of the question… Until now… I decided to make it happen. I made Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup that was amazing!

Here is how I did it. I used Quorn Chik’n Tenders, Jovial Gluten Free Spaghetti and Pacific Brand Vegetarian Chicken Broth. I added sautéed onions and shitake mushrooms and a diced potato and a little poultry seasoning.  And I created the best Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup… Here is the recipe. Great with a little Udi’s Gluten Free Bread toasted and topped with butter.Please share with friends and tell them where you got the  recipe!

1 onion sliced and sauteed with olive oil for 3-4 minutes

Add half a bag  Quorn Chik’n nuggets and Saute till slightly cooked and then cut each piece in half.

Add a handful of Shitake mushrooms Cook  2 more minutes (be sure to remove the tough stems)

Dice a small potato

Pour Vegetarian Chicken Broth into a saucepan and add the above ingredients.

Add 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning and a little salt and pepper.Cook for 20 minutes .

Grab a very, very small handful of spaghetti. About the size of quarter round. Break spaghetti into 1 inch pieces and throw into soup. Cook 15 more minutes. Remember that the spaghetti will swell so you don’t want too much… And you are done! Enjoy!

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Power up your Metabolism ~”The Everything Shake”

Create your own personal Everything Shake ! Drinking one of these shakes everyday will help you in a variety of ways. This is a great alternative especially when you are too busy to fix breakfast.  I feel like it keeps my body humming smoothly, reduces food cravings and keeps my weight down without really trying. Also, having a high protein breakfast gets my metabolism fired up for the day… And, no matter what else I do that day I feel like I’ve improved my nutrition for the day if I start my day with an Everything Shake. It’s always one of the things listed on my Fridge Checklist! Your Shake can be made in a variety of ways depending on your preferences. You can choose a protein powder that is either vegan protein or whey. Currently my favorite protein powder is Arbonne’s Vegan Protein Powder* made with rice, cranberry and pea protein. It contains 20 grams of protein, 20 vitamins and minerals, has a low glycemic index and is gluten free.  To find a Protein Powder that meets your needs, just read the labels. I always prefer stevia as the sweetener. Do not use juice in your shake as the main liquid. It’s just too high in sugar.                                     

   Peggy’s Favorite “Everything Shake”
 Combine 1 – 2 scoops of  Arbonne Protein Shake Mix in blender with  1 1/2 cups soy, almond or skim milk (calcium), 1/4- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (antioxidants), 1/2 Tbsp Flaxseed Oil (anti inflammatory), 1/2 -1 tsp psyllium seed fiber (regulates digestive system) and a few ice cubes. I also add a probiotic to improve my immune function. The best probiotic is  bacillus coagulans found in Arbonne’s Digestion Plus  or in a product called Digestive Advantage. Create a shake that you love by using your favorite fruit and if you like  you can add a few spinach leaves for additional nutrition.  Have fun and use your imagination to create your own personal  “Everything Shake” with all of your personal favorites . Add it to your Fridge Checklist to help you improve your Health and Well Being  every day! And that is vital to becoming a Sensuous woman.

Arbonne Shake mix can be found at HealthandWellnessLifeCoach.MyArbonne.com

Sensuous Salad

I am a self proclaimed Gourmet Cook, but I hate making Salads. . . . I used to think that I was the only really great cook who felt that way . . . but I was wrong.  Lots of cooks avoid the salad, even though there are thousands. . . . Okay, maybe hundreds of reasons to have a salad once or twice a day. So how can we overcome this easy-to-accept “No Salad Lifestyle” ?  My solution is to make the Salad first!  It’s also important to remind yourself to think about the fact that fresh and colorful means full of antioxidants . . . and antioxidants mean anti-aging, no matter what your age is.  Salads are not even hard to make and a non-cook, or maybe your sous chef (aka your friend or lover) can help make the salad. But you can design it.

 
Use your Inner Artist to create a Sensuous Salad.  First, you need to assemble Sensuous Ingredients.  

  You will need Organic produce, starting with lettuce.  Choose one or two varieties, and dark green is preferred.  After that, add other colors.  Choose something orange, pink, red, blue, yellow, and any other color you can find.  The more colorful, the better.  Be sure to use Organic Fruit and Veggies, if at all possible. If Organic produce hard to find…Learn how to grow it yourself.  You can find all kinds of information about growing food in containers in books, magazines and online.  So, if you want . . . you can grow your own Organic produce no matter where you live.  I myself have written many articles on this subject.  And, although you can grow an Apple tree in a container . . .  Strawberries and Blueberries are easier. Lettuce and Basil will grow well indoors in a sunny south facing window, and tomatoes and peppers will do well in a container on your patio. If you have never tried to grow food… be brave and choose to grow something that you love to eat.

  Once you have your ingredients, you can start to create your Sensuous Salad.  My favorite ingredients include Romaine and Bibb lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, thinly-sliced apples or Asian Pears, slices of carrots, slivers of red cabbage, fresh peapods and red bell peppers. There are always the standard salad choices of cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, spinach and celery or not so standard additions like olives, artichokes, grilled zucchini, or avocado. The possiblities are endless. I always add pecans or walnuts, and my favorite cheese. Sometimes, I add homemade croutons made from toasted whole wheat bread, topped with olive oil and garlic. 

There are several ways to go with your dressing.

      Peggy’s Sensuous Salad Dressing

                  Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

       Choose some really good Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. You can buy flavored Balsamic Vinegars and Olive Oils which can be fun . . .  but, I love my 18- year-old Balsamic Vinegar, because it is very sweet and tasty.

 
      The proportions are up to you, but most dressings have more olive oil than vinegar. The most common ratio is 3:1 with 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar. Once you have assembled your ingredients for your dressing, mix a 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a bowl. (You may need more, depending on how many salads you are making.)  Use your senses to determine your preference.  I like to add a bit of real maple syrup or local honey, a shake or two of turmeric, and maybe a bit of cayenne pepper.  You can also add any of your favorite fresh or dried herbs, like basil, thyme, or parsley.  Play with the ingredients until the dressing tastes good to you.  This will become your Signature Sensuous Salad Dressing. Connect to your Sensuous Self to create your own Signature Sensuous Salad  Dressing.

     When you are ready to eat, drizzle each salad with a Sensuous Salad Dressing. 

     Take a Food Selfie and share if it looks good!  🙂

     This is an excellent first course in your Sensuous Dinner. . . .  Or, you could decide to make it the main course by adding your favorite Veggie Protein sautéed with some onions and garlic, or maybe some grilled Salmon.

      Make a Sensuous Salad at every meal . . . or for sure, once a day.   Put it on your “Fridge Checklist.

      Adding more Sensuous Salads to your life will make you Healthy and younger looking… and help you stay in touch with your Sensuous Self. 

      Explain the concept of a Sensuous Salad to anyone who dines with you.  This will help your friends be as Healthy and Sensuous as you are!

Check out my post on Fridge Checklist for additional ideas of how to stay in touch with Sexy, Sensuous, Younger You!

Until next time… stay in touch with your Sensuous Self
Peggy 
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I learned how to walk (mindfully) at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies!    

I’m just getting back to the real world after a week of R&R at Omega Institute in Reinbeck NY. Omega is a place that I refer to as Yoga Camp.  For me, it is a place to rejuvenate my Yoga practice, and reconnect with my Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self. . . . But it’s a whole lot more.  It’s a beautiful place in the country with a Peaceful Lake and great Vegetarian food.  And, of course there are lots of wonderful people that you meet along the way . . . including the excellent staff, and the other guests that you meet at mealtimes, in workshops, at the café, or just walking along the path next to the mountain stream that runs through the campus. . . . The overall relaxed feeling that surrounds you,    helps you let go of stress.  

 At Omega, there are all kinds of workshops related to being Creative, Mindful, and Healthy in Body, Mind, and Spirit.  Omega is also very involved with innovations to help us become more aware of how to help our planet be more Healthy.  This week, they had a Permaculture Workshop with Andrew Faust, which related to Sustainability and the Health of the World. I enjoyed the tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.  

 The things I liked best at Omega:

~ Yoga Class . . .  with Kayla Valentino, “a passionate Yoga Instructor who focuses on self-love and the sacred union of body, mind, and soul.”  * I thought that she was gentle and used lots of beautiful, encouraging words during the practice about self-love and nurturing… My most favorite Yoga Class I’ve had in a long time.  

~ Walking Meditation . . . Learning how to walk (mindfully) with Craig, the visiting Zen Guy.  As I walked behind him, I realized how difficult it was for me to walk slowly. . . . I heard messages from my feet, and gained an understanding that I need to slow down a bit to stay grounded.  

~ Walking the Labyrinth . . . Learning how to walk (mindfully) with an elephant walk was taught to me by Christina Zaccheo, R&R Coordinator. . . . She explained several philosophies about Walking the Labyrinth . . . and then she walked it with me.  

~ Playtime with Howard Moody was probably my most favorite activity. . . . He said that children laugh 400 times a day, and adults only laugh 15 times a day. . . . He proceeded to make us laugh 400 times an hour. It’s all about Creative play that Adults can really get into . . . it’s very hard to explain. You will reconnect with your Playful Self with Howard, who knows how to play, and makes it easy for you to let your playful self come out to play. . . .  His playful Spirit will inspire you…  

~ Group discussion on Signs, Symbols, Archetypes, Numerology, etc. . . . led by Marcy Currier. This group somehow evolved into finding insights into how we feel about our Names. Spending time thinking back on what our Names meant to us throughout of lives and sharing this with the group,  brought us all closer together as each of us gained new insights into this powerful word which is our Name.  We also discussed thoughts on Numerology, and how to remember names . . . which I needed!  I will never forget the names of my new friends that I met in that group!  Lori, Kelly, Rick, and Marcy.  

  ( Also won’t forget you Kim…1st person I met at Omega … I will be reading your Book called “Kicked out of the Garden”)  

~ Shamanistic Sound Medicine Experience with Rich Goodheart was amazing. He talked about the sound of our own name…  another theme for me this week . . . . I got up and sang my name…Very scary and liberating.  He also created a concert within a Workshop.  We had our eyes closed throughout the performance, and I was sure that he brought in several people to help him with the music which was quite complex and beautiful.  

Other Fun Things at Omega …

~ The Garden was beautifully designed and had been given lots of attention. A lush blooming Cherry Tree was the centerpiece of the Garden.  The Raised Beds and overall Sensuous Design inspired me to start planning new things to incorporate into my Gardens.  

~ The food was wonderful, colorful and Healthy and I really enjoyed having someone else cook!  I was also inspired to add new things to my Menus at home…The food was Vegetarian mostly. . . .  

~ The cafe overlooking the stream was a beautiful place to listen to music by Rich, and talk with new friends (David, Kelly and Martha) … And of course I have to mention the exotic teas, and other Sensuous, Edible Things . . . like Dragoba Dark Chocolate with Chilis, or Dark Chocolate with Lavender and Blueberry.  

~ The Wellness Center… Has Endless Sensuous Experiences… Massage is always a great option, and I loved my AMMA Massage with Elise.    

The most important thing to remember about Omega is to try to take the “relaxed you” from Omega, and integrate yourself back into the World, staying connected to your Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self.    I highly recommend this experience to anyone who needs to Relax, have Fun, and get  Healthier.  

 I will be back next year for a Workshop or R&R. . . . I’m also planning to finish my book, “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach,” by early 2015, and then applying to Omega . . . To do my Workshop called “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach” in 2016!    

For a Memorable Experience, I recommend that you Go To Omega Institute As Soon As possible. . . . you will be happy that you did!    

Check it out at  eOmega.com.   Thanks Omega!  

  And special Thanks to my Soulmate, Jeff who encourages and inspires me to Be the Person I want to be!  

I’m going to go do Yoga Now!    

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* from the Omega R&R schedule