Curiosity

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
-Albert Einstein-

amroyounes:

8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.

Scallions

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 

Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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yogawithkarel:

Yoga for Stress

Yay! So I have had a bunch of these written down and now I am finally going around doing my guides and flows. I arranged it so it would somehow flow, it’s not perfect.

Also, yes, we all know yoga is pretty darn not stressful but these are some great poses to do when your stressed out and just need to find your breath and wind down.

Downward Dog - Ground your hands into the floor and engage your inner feet. Imagine a string at your tailbone, pulling it up and back. Take a few breaths here. Feel free to pedal your feet out and feel the stretch in your calves. This pose helps calm your brain.

Cobra - Spread your hands onto your mat close to your shoulders. Push up and elbows in. Press the top of your feet and your pelvic bone into the floor. Squeeze your shoulder blades together.

Child’s Pose - There are a few variations. I like to touch my big toes together, with knees open and stretch arms out. You can also keep your knees together and lay onto your thighs. Find what feels yummy to you.

Cat/Cow - Make sure your shoulders are directly above your wrists and your knees are right below your hips. Inhale on cow, lift your tailbone and your chest toward the ceiling. Exhale on cat, round your spine, head looking down. Do a few cycles of this. Do them slow and take deep breaths.

Sitting Forward Bend - Sit on the floor, if it is uncomfortable, sit on a pillow, lifting your tailbone up about an inch. Stretch forward, head down. Do not force this stretch. Reach to a comfortable place.

Plow - Roll onto your back, slowly bringing your legs up and over your head, with your toes touching the ground. Soften your throat. Stretch your arms onto the floor.

Happy Baby - Lie on your back, bend your knees to your belly. Reach to grab your toes. I like to wrap my arms around my legs and hold onto my feet. If it is difficult to reach your toes, grab a strap or a belt around your feet to help you reach. Rock side to side, close your eyes, breathe.

Reclining Bound Angle Pose - Bring the soles of your feet together, forming a diamond with your legs. Lay down carefully, arms out. Close your eyes and breathe. If it is uncomfortable, find a yummy position. Move your feet away from you until you are comfy.

I hope this helps you destress! They are very simple poses. You can easily do these when you wake up or if you need to wind down and want to sleep.  You can do a few cycles of this. I like to take each pose with three deep breaths before moving on. If you find a pose particularly yummy, feel free to hang out there! (:

Mat: Manduka Black Mat PRO in Mod (Limited Edition) Extra LongWearing: Nike PRO Compression Shorts, unknown top, and Live Towards Love Energy Crystal Yoga Bracelet Stack

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garden-of-vegan:

Groceries {Week 3} - Grocery resources + Prices and total cost (via ilovevegan.com)
I’m always trying to find ways to improve the way I grocery shop. Every time I go grocery shopping I want to spend less while maximizing my meal options and minimizing food wastage.
In each grocery post I include what I bought the previous week, the individual item prices, the total cost (in Canadian dollars), and a few of the meals I made that week. (Read the full post here)
If you have any questions about planning your own grocery list, be sure to check out my grocery related resources:
Building a Healthy Vegan Grocery List
Vegan Lifestyle on a Budget
Garden of Vegan’s Essential Grocery List
Previous grocery posts:
Groceries 04/23/14 – Includes prices + My flexible menu for the week + Shopping FAQ
Groceries {Week 2} With Prices + What I Ate Last Week + Featured Products

garden-of-vegan:

Groceries {Week 3} - Grocery resources + Prices and total cost (via ilovevegan.com)

I’m always trying to find ways to improve the way I grocery shop. Every time I go grocery shopping I want to spend less while maximizing my meal options and minimizing food wastage.

In each grocery post I include what I bought the previous week, the individual item prices, the total cost (in Canadian dollars), and a few of the meals I made that week. (Read the full post here)

If you have any questions about planning your own grocery list, be sure to check out my grocery related resources:

Previous grocery posts:

cheapveg:

What do Vegans Eat Anyway? (Part II)

Having a vegan guest over? Maybe you’re just thinking of trying to eat healthier for the new year, or even go Vegan! But knowing where to start can be tricky, especially when you don’t know what is and isn’t vegan yet. So here’s a mini mock-menu of some real life Cheap Vegan staples I eat on the regular.

Breakfast: 
  1. Oatmeal w/ natural peanut butter, chopped apples, banana, and cinnamon, topped with granola (for crunch and sweet flavor)
  2. Granola with as many different fruits as I have/want and almond milk. Sometimes a scoop of natural peanut butter.
  3. Natural Almond/Peanut butter and banana sandwiches w/some cinnamon (sometimes I’ll also do strawberry, peach, apple or grape slices, depending on what I have) 
  4. Pancakes - I’ll just use the Bisquick flour, add some oatmeal to the batter to pretend it’s healthy. 
    Then substitute milk with soy/almond milk and eggs with Energ-G Egg Replacer or Oil as an egg substitute. 
    Top with fruit and natural peanut butter 
  5. Smoothies/fruit salad (they also sell vegan yogurt for about $1 at whole foods)
Lunch: 
  1. Veggie Burger on Ezekiel bread with avocado, tomato, lettuce and Jalepeno.
    (I like the veggie burgers that are made of veggies rather than say the boca burgers that are mostly soy/wheat protein to replicate meat)
  2. RawChopped Salad** (This is my FAVORITE go-to when I don’t know what to eat, good for the work week)
  3. Soup - generally I just take anything I have and dice it or throw it in a blender then slow cook it when I know I’ll be home the whole day. Then I have soup for the rest of the week, same as the Chopped Salad. 
  4. Taco Salad - instead of meat, sub beans, instead of cheese sub nutritional yeast or Daiya “Cheese” (Daiya is tapioca based faux-cheese, it’s pretty tasty but not that healthy)
  5. Hummus Sandwich w/tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, black olives, whatever looks good.
Dinner:
  1. Pasta w/Tomato Sauce and Beans (like Grandpa makes me at Christmas, I make my own version at least once a week)
  2. Red Beans and Brown Rice w/Greens
  3. Stir Fry and Brown Rice or Quinoa
  4. Various Veggie Casseroles - I think baking is the best and tastiest way to cook so I’ll make casseroles out of anything. Vegan Shepherds Pie, Veggie Pot Pie, Mediterranean Veggies with White Beans, Artichoke, Zucchini, tomato, garlic, etc. 
  5.  Mexican Quinoa, or nachos, or burritos, or tacos…..
    (Quinoa recipes: http://cheapveg.tumblr.com/search/quinoa)
Snacks
  1. Nuts/Trail Mix
  2. Sun-dried tomato on baguette
  3. Apple and Peanut Butter w/cinnamon 
  4. Olives
  5. Veggies and Hummus
Desserts
  1. Raw Banana Ice Cream** AMAZING 
    I’ll usually add strawberries, blueberries and a scoop of Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, made from peanuts and cocoa, sorta like a healthier fudge. 
  2. Fruit Juice Popsicles
  3. Frozen Fruit - you can also blend frozen fruit to make a sorbet, similar to the banana ice cream method
  4. Various Types of Dark Chocolate (without milk, whey, etc)
  5. Vegan Pastries
Still not really healthy but better than normal. They sell them pre-made at whole foods or you can make your own 
General Tips on Nutritional Substituting:
  • To cut down on empty carbs and to get extra Calcium, Iron, etc. I try to add green leafy vegetables to my meals and then a smaller portion of grains. (Here’s a link explaining how)
  • I put Nutritional Yeast on basically everything savory for some added B12
  • I put beans or nuts/nut butters in almost everything for Protein 

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We go about our daily lives understanding almost
nothing of the world. We give little thought to the
machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life
possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that
would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to
the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability
we fundamentally depend. Except for children (who
don’t know enough not to ask the important questions),
few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the
way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it is
always here; if time will one day flow backward and
effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate
limits to what humans can know.

Carl Sagan 

From an introduction to A Brief History of Time 

By Stephen Hawking 

(via galaxyclusters)

(Source: the-science-of-time, via asapscience)

Tempeh Brussels Sprouts

I felt like Brussels sprouts and I had made potato stamps for an art class, so I had left over potato scraps. This inspired me to create this recipe, and I love tempeh, so I’m satisfied with this.

Tempeh Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:
1 lb of Brussels sprouts
8 oz of tempeh
1 medium potato
1/4 cup onion
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano or basil
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Moroccan Zucchini Stir Fry

Moroccan Zucchini Stir Fry

I made dinner and this was great! I served t with chickpea Crepes and tempeh Brussels sprouts. This is an easy quick recipe that makes a great sauce. It could also serve as the innards to a wrap or be served atop pita, quinoa, rice or other grain.

Moroccan Zucchini Stir-fry
Serves 3

Ingredients:

1 zucchini
2 yellow squash
1 medium sweet potato
1/2 a medium onion
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 large carrot

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