Monthly Archives: March 2015

Retreat Favorites: Coconut Lentil Curry

Coconut Lentil Curry
as prepared by Lyndon Marcotte

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb bag of dry lentils
  • 3-4 small red potatoes diced
  • 1 cup of shredded or chopped carrots
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 TBS or more Madras Curry Powder to taste
  • Garnish with traditional plain Greek Yogurt and unsalted dry peanuts

Cover lentils in water or vegetable broth to slow cook. Add vegetables once boiling. Cook down to thicken, then pour in coconut milk to make it creamy, add Madras Curry Powder to taste. Garnish with a dollop of traditional plain Greek yogurt and unsalted dry peanuts.

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Retreat Favorites: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
as prepared by Lyndon Marcotte

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Chickpeas (Garbonzo Beans)
  • 1 TBS Tahini
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Black and/or Red Pepper to taste

Roast red bell pepper over open flame till slightly tender. Mix all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency. Serve with warm pita bread.

Retreat Favorites: Veggie Chlli

Vegetable Chili
as prepared by Regina Irvin

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS olive oil1 tsp butter or margarine
  • 1 TBS minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 TBS chili powder or more to taste
  • ½ tsp of dry mustard
  • ½ tsp of ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp of celery seeds
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • ¾ lb green beans
  • 1 ½ cups carrot slices, cut ¼ inch thick (2 large carrots)
  • 1 cup sliced celery cut on the diagonal, ½ inch thick
  • 1 16 oz can tomatoes with juice reserved
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 cups strips of red and/or green peppers, about ¼ x 1 ½ inches (2 peppers)
  • 1 2/3 cups cooked kidney beans (1 16 ox can with liquid)
  • Plain yogurt to garnish
  1. In a large, deep skillet or shallow saucepan heat the oil and butter, and add garlic, chili powder, mustard, cumin, celery seeds, and black pepper.  Saute the mixture over a low flame, stirring it for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the green beans, carrots, celery, and ½ cup of juice from canned tomatoes.  Stir the mixture well, cover the pan and cook the mixture about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the onions and the red/green peppers, and cook uncovered another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, their remaining juice, and the kidney beans with their juice, and cook the chili 10 minutes longer.  Serve with a dollop of yogurt if desired.

Retreat Favorites: Kale Salad & Meditation

Kale Salad

  • 1 bag of kale (cut out large stems)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed)
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
  • Orange, yellow or red bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 lemon
  • Himalayan salt
  • Turmeric
    (use organic ingredients when possible)

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Place kale in a bowl.  Pour extra virgin olive oil over kale. Squeeze lemon juice over kale (1/2 or whole lemon (taste). Using your hands blend oil and lemon juice until liquid is equally distributed over kale. Using a garlic press.  Press 2 – 3 cloves of garlic. Sprinkle Himalayan salt and turmeric. Chop bell pepper.  Again blend all together.

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Be mindful as you are preparing your kale salad. Feel the textures as you blend the ingredients with your hands. Smell the aromas of garlic, lemon, olive oil and bell peppers. Also see the colors of the ingredients. Taste the flavors and feel the textures as you enjoy eating your salad. Most importantly feel the love you put in to preparing this salad for yourself and or for your loved ones.

Enjoy!

Retreat Favorites: “Faux”bouli

“Faux”bouli
as prepared by Sherry McDaniel Bovey

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and water. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Place quinoa in a medium bowl.
  2. Add tomato, shredded spinach, and onion to quinoa; stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.
  3. Makes 4 servings

Note: I tripled the recipe for the retreat.