detox

turmeric-miso soup w/ shiitakes, turnips + soba noodles by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


life seems to be getting back into a more consistent rhythm and flow post-holiday season.  my early morning routine of yoga and a cup of tea have returned, easy breakfasts whipped together in a flash, weekday evenings where my me and my husband catch each other up on our days, and dinners that include more wholesomeness and less of the not-so-good stuff! i was especially careful over the holidays not to overdo it with the mentality of "it's the holidays, i can eat whatever i want!" but more of an intentional approach to meals and eating.  i spent a chunk of time removed from all things computer/phone, and instead plugged myself into time with family, leaving me super grounded. during that time, it got me thinking and reassessing what i'm doing here with this space.  i have always wanted to share recipes in the hope of inspiring people to get in the kitchen, perhaps eat less take-out, and be more mindful about what they put into their bodies.  so, i have resolved to make this more of a point going forward!



when gardenista asked me to develop an invigorating, post-holiday, one-pot meal, i gathered together some of my go-to healing ingredients and prepared this simple, nourishing meal.  i started with miso as the base of this soup because it's great way to boost your immune system, promote digestion, and give any soup an awesome umami flavor.  fresh turmeric was added for an anti-inflammatory purposes - perhaps to help repair a weak system after the consumption of too many holiday treats, along with 2 all-stars: shiitake mushrooms, and turnips for sweet, earthy flavors.  to round this dish out and make it more of a substantial meal, soba noodles were added as well, which offer their own lovely flavor.  my husband and i have been eating this soup for a quick meal, when we feel the onset of a cold, or for days when it's -9ยฐ and we need some warmth in our bodies!  and today, you can find the recipe over at the lovely gardenista!  

love, warmth + miso, everyone! xo 


a microgreen, mint + mango juice for one by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


these past couple of weekends have been so beautiful.  frank and i have got into a new, spring-y rhythm full of longs walks, afternoon picnics at the park, frequenting farmers' markets, taking our little pup to the dog park and sipping iced coffees!  as we spend more time outdoors we come into contact with all sorts of people - friends, neighbors, acquaintances, doggie friends, and also the random people that are not quite nice or respectful.  i guess i should be happy that more often than not, people in our little neighborhood are generally kind, but this weekend we came across a bunch of people at our local park who were disrespectful and (sorry, but) straight-up a-holes.  we were enjoying some time in the park when our space was rudely disrupted by a rather unprofessional yoga photo shoot.  they neither excused themselves nor apologized when we asked for some space, rather responded with disrespectful comments.  

whatever the case may be, i know these kinds of people are the exception and not the norm, but i would hope they would realize at some point, that no matter how important you feel your job is, people's personal space still matters; that practicing common decency and respect  on a daily basis is still a relevant thing!  

in an effort to rid my mind of these folks, i spent the next afternoon breathing deeply and sipping on this soothing and refreshing green juice.   green juices are a favorite around here.  as the weather warms up i usually purchase too many greens to consume during the week.  by week's end there are surely leftovers which make their way into the blender.  today i used microgreens.  i can't get enough of these beauties; i thought their soft leaves and subtle taste would be a satisfying addition to this juice.  i threw in some mint, lemon juice, mango and ginger, all for their therapeutic properties and a nutrient boost!  cheers to you all, friends! xo



microgreen, mint + mango juice for one 

| serves 1 |

i used microgreens here because i had a boat-load of them leftover.  however, you can use any greens of your choice, be it chard, spinach, or kale.  i give directions using a blender, but feel free to use your juicer, just skip the straining step below.

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mixed microgreens
  • 1 large sprig mint (approx. 6-8 large leaves)
  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped rough
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 5-6 coconut water ice cubes (you can also use water ice cubes)

garnish

  • chia seeds
  • extra mint leaves

instructions

  • place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for about 1 minute.  for a juice without pulp, pass the juice mixture through a fine mesh sieve over your glass.  garnish with chia seeds and mint, and drink immediately

to your health! enjoy!


my go-to rejuvenating citrus juice by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


this is the time of year after the holidays, new year's, and valentine's day when it sets in that we've got another solid month of hardcore winter.  i feel pale, drained, and suuuuper vitamin d deprived, this is when i call in the troops.  extra anti-inflammatories (i'm looking at you, turmeric, chia seeds, healthy fats, etc., etc.,), vitamin c up the ying-yang, hella tea and warm lemon water.  of course i'm also trying to chomp down on healthy meals but all i really want is chocolate and waffles...in that order. this weather is tough, especially this year- dry skin, ceiling leaks, water damage, and sidewalks full of soup-y slush.  i'm over you, winter.

so, this juice has everything in it to give me the extra energy i need to get through a long and cold day: apple cider vinegar to help my skin and aid in digestion, oranges and coconut water to keep my body and skin hydrated, and turmeric to add some earthiness, but also for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.   it is seriously one of the things i start my day with, or if i don't have the time in the morning, i make in the afternoon to restore my lost energy.  if you're not used to the taste of apple cider vinegar - the tanginess might be something to get accustomed to. although i have never tried, you could omit the vinegar if it's really offensive to you and replace it with equal parts lemon juice.  cheers, friends! xo



rejuvenating citrus juice

serves 2 - makes about 3 cups

i doubled the amounts here for 2, simply halve the recipe for 1 serving.  alternatively, you could also use a juicer instead of a high-speed blender.  

adapted from The Colorful Kitchen

ingredients

  • 2 cara cara or navel oranges, peels removed
  • 2 blood oranges, peels removed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
  • 6 coconut water ice cubes (or water ice cubes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

tools

  • high-speed blender (or juicer)
  • fine mesh sieve


instructions

  • place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth
  • place a clean glass below a fine mesh sieve, and strain half the juice - i like a mix of half pulp and half juice.  alternatively, you can strain all of the juice or none of it, totally delicious either way and totally up to you!

enjoy!