Lessons, Lentil Loaves and My Newest Article

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday. I was planning to post something but then one of my yoga teachers and mentors Debbie came into town and I couldn’t pass up the chance to hang out with her and get in a wonderful yoga class. Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer and go live life!

When I got home from “living”, haha, I sat down to think about dinner and my mind wandering to lentil loaves. Over Thanksgiving we were planning to make a lentil loaf for the vegetarians at the table but upon surveying all the veg friendly food Linda had made and running out of time we decided against it. That, of course, doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it ever since. Luckily I already had all the fixings for it so I decided to make it last night.

Before I get into the recipe let me preface the lessons I learned last night:

#1: This is a time-consuming recipe. It doesn’t look like it should be and I was feeling rather dicombobulated last night, so it might just be me, but it took over an hour and a half start to finish. This might be because I was side tracked twice as I managed to spill a whole cup of oats and break a serving dish in the process. Both of which required a pause to sweep the floor. Visual proof of the chaos in my kitchen.

#2: We’ve now determined that Michael’s gluten intolerance also includes Gluten Free Oats. This is the second time I’ve made something with GF oats and both times he’s gotten sick. They are certified GF and I’ve tried two different brands now that doesn’t matter. So last night I made a lentil loaf and poisoned my boyfriend!

#3: Despite all of this, it’s absolutely delicious and worth the effort. Next time I’ll just sub out the oats.

Lentil Loaf (vegan, gluten-free)

Adapted from OhSheGlows

For the loaf:

1 cup lentils

3.5 cups water

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cashews, roasted and chopped into small pieces

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup almond meal

3 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal and 1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion

3 stalks celery, diced

1 carrot, shredded

2 tablespoons minced garlic

3/4 cup gluten-free brown rice bread crumbs (sub any breadcrumbs you’d like)

1/2 tablespoon oregano

salt to taste

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/4 cup BBQ sauce

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Preheat oven to 350.

Wash and rinse lentils. Place in a pot and cover with water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until lentils are soft. The original recipe mentioned over cooking the lentils a little so they hold together better which worked well for me.

Place flaxseed meal in a bowl with water and set aside to gel. For those of you that aren’t familar with flaxseed it’s a great egg replacement. Add water and it gels up. Here’s the brand I used and what it looks like after 10 minutes in the water.

As lentils are cooking, Chop nuts into small pieces. Dump into a big bowl along with the sunflower seeds.

While lentils are doing their thing, chop onion and celery. Shred carrot.

Heat olive oil and saute veggies until soft. Add garlic for the last minute or two so it doesn’t burn.

When veggies are done, add to the bowl with the nuts and seeds. Also add almond meal, breadcrumbs, flaxseed meal, oregano and red chili flakes.

Once lentils are done, mash a little with a fork and add to the mixture. Mix everything together and salt to taste.

Grease a loaf pan and then cover in wax paper. Originally I used wax paper but you can skip and just grease your pan if you prefer.

Press mixture into a loaf pan. Brush BBQ sauce onto the lentil loaf.

Bake for 50 minutes or until brown and crispy on the sides.

Even writing this all out makes it seem cumbersome but the end product is almost stuffing-like and full of flavor. It’s hearty enough for non-meat eaters as well. I served with a kale, pomegranate salad with miso dressing.

Lastly, on the topic of loss. My latest article on Yoga, Loss and the Holiday Spirit is now up on MindBodyGreen.

Enjoy!

Yoga Filled Weekend

Happy Monday. If you’re anything like me you’ve been up for many hours now. Daylight savings plus Guy, who is the ultimate morning kitty, equals me being up before the sun. Of course, once Guy roused me from bed and was sufficiently convinced that I was awake, he went back to sleep!

Anyway, my weekend was filled with yoga. I began teaching my new weekly Saturday morning power yoga class at All One Yoga.   I loved the energy of a Saturday morning class. I’m so happy to share part of the weekend with my students and am looking forward to, hopefully, getting some regulars in the class. Come join me if you’re in the Boston area.

I also taught a free vinyasa class at the new Newbury Athleta on Sunday. The class was free to anyone and there was a great showing. Most of the ladies were part of a running club but were so lively and enthusiastic about yoga. I’m such a big fan of how both compliment each other, it was great to see others embracing this. Here’s a group shot from after. I had such a fun time teaching. I really encourage you to look into the free yoga classes in your area.

I also couldn’t resist myself so I bought a pair of their yoga pants. They are SO comfortable! I’m wearing them in the shot above. I don’t think you can tell but they are bright purple. I spend all my time in yoga pants and most of mine are black and gray, it was nice to get a little color. Okay, enough about yoga pants, haha.

Last yoga related tidbit. MindBodyGreen reran my Side Effects of Yoga article. Yay.

I didn’t cook much this weekend. We had Thai takeout on Friday and ate at a little hole in the wall Mexican place on Saturday night. Yesterday I did attempt gluten-free pancakes but they aren’t quite right so I’ll have to tinker a bit before I share the recipe. I hear the key to fluffy gluten-free pancakes might be almond meal, we’ll see. Michael also made a potato hash thing that was super tasty.

We also bought new couches last weekend that our being delivered tomorrow so we went about selling our old leather couches and rearranging the apartment again. I know, again. Once everything is in place I’ll take some more pictures but Michael and I are both liking the new set up much better, which includes using our dining room table! We’re such grown ups.

I’m off to figure out how the heck to winter-ize my scooter. The temps are dropping and poor scoot needs anti-freeze or a cover or something. This is not something we had to worry about in San Francisco, I’m sure it’s the first of many winter first for me 🙂

Enjoy your day!

A Yoga Photo Shoot

When I decided to try my hand at teaching yoga in Boston I realized I was in need of some marketing materials, after all, I did work in advertising for 10 years. So I did what any good account person would do…I enlisted the help of my most creative friends.

It started with a logo. A very talented co-worker at my old agency, Christian Haas, @chaas, created the below for me in his spare time. He captured exactly what I was envisioning, something that speaks to the playful and calming aspects of my practice. Thank you Christian and happy birthday!

Then I decided I needed a bio picture or two. I was planning a trip to NYC last weekend and figured what better backdrop for a photo shoot than Central Park? My sister’s friend Will kindly agreed to take the photos. What we thought would be a few shots turned into many. The weather was perfect and we were having so much fun we kept shooting until we ran out of light. Here’s one of the trusty lighting assistant.

And below is a sample of the photos we took.

Which do you like best?

And staying in the yoga vein, my latest article is up on MindBodyGreen today about the side effects of yoga.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you’re on the east coast, stay dry!