Going with the Flow

“Water flows because it's willing.”    ― Marty Rubin In life, I have learned to go with the flow.  OK, most of the time. I am human!

AM yoga is never a peaceful, alone process.  There are kids, cats, and a dog always interrupting the tranquility.  I have learned to go with the flow.  It makes it more pleasant in the long haul.

I relate this to life, things just come up that we have to work around.  Like the below cat, Ember, who thinks she has to be a part of every yoga pose I do! She will be outside, doing her cat thing, when I start to do my AM yoga.  Bam, she comes exploding through the cat door (which happens to be right next to my "yoga studio", see cat door in the window!) every time and is under me, on top of me, purring up a storm and thinking yoga is the best thing in the world!  I think she hears the "whisper" of the yoga mat as it gently lands on the floor for me to begin my morning poses.  I think that mat and Ember have some intuitive communication going on!

Where is your life can you release and just let life flow, be willing to let go?

going with the flow

Can you tell I love kitties?

FUN FOOD HINT

This 'lil hint came from my sister Terry.  As you know, I make home made mayonnaise with olive oil, http://wholefoodhealer.com/2013/07/14/olive-oil-mayonnaise/.

I never thought to use my homemade creamy dressings, as a mayo alternative.

I am very thankful for my sisters and their wisdom!

Words straight from my sister Terry:

"Ok, so I did not have any mayo freshly made for my sandwich yesterday, so I substituted….i used the creamy dressing I had in the refrigerator.  The recipe in Paula’s book…..it makes a lovely gourmet “mayo”, without the mayo.   Give it a try on a sandwich next time."

I was not sure which "flavor" Terry was using that fated sandwich day, so I am adding all the recipes!

Creamy Yogurt Salad Dressings

You can re-create any flavor of creamy salad dressing using plain, unsweetened yogurt.  Making homemade dressings is a great way to avoid commercial products.  Read the labels, they are scary.  Most commercial dressings are made with cheap vegetable oils and GMO ingredients.

Do not make huge quantities at a time unless you will use them up within a week or so.  Foods without preservatives will get moldy far quicker than commercial products.  These dressings all taste best when given one hour for the flavors to meld.  Enjoy them on salads or as dips for veggie sticks and chunks!

 Russian Dressing

 1 cup yogurt

1 tbsp. tomato paste and apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. Tabasco sauce

1 tbsp. each finely chopped celery and onion

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (read ingredients and purchase a natural one)

¼ tsp. unrefined sea salt

 Blend all ingredients together well.

Thousand Island Dressing

1 cup yogurt

¼ cup Tabasco sauce

2 tbsp. pimento stuffed olives, minced

1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

2 tbsp. each scallions, green pepper, parsley finely minced

¼ tsp. each paprika and black pepper

 Blend all ingredients well.

Roquefort Dressing   This is a French sheep's milk blue cheese, if you prefer, substitute your favorite blue cheese.

1 cup yogurt

2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper and sea salt

fresh ground black pepper to taste,

½ cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled

Blend all ingredients well, except the cheese.  Gently fold in cheese.

Caesar Dressing

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. anchovy paste  (optional and found near the tuna fish in the supermarket)

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon

1 tsp. Dijon mustard and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add the yogurt, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.

Ranch Dressing

1 cup plain yogurt

½ tsp. each: chives, parsley, dill

¼ tsp. each: garlic and onion powder

1/8 tsp. sea salt and black pepper

 Mix ingredients well and enjoy!

 

French Dressing

1 cup plain yogurt

½ cup organic ketchup (no corn syrup)

¼ cup finely chopped onion (green onions in the spring is a fun variation)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce (read labels and buy all natural)

¼ tsp. garlic powder (more to taste if you like garlic)

1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, add slowly to the consistency you want to create.

Mix ingredients together.  Slowly add the vinegar last.

Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Summer is the time of year I use mayonnaise: egg salads, sandwiches, etc.  I have not found a high quality, commercial mayonnaise (believe me I have searched high and low).  I make my own out of local, free range eggs and organic olive oil.

It is a very easy process.  BUT, follow the recipe exactly as the order of the process is of utmost importance.  I have tried throwing it all in a blender together.  It makes a runny, oily mess.

Also, do not forget the boiling hot water step.  Again, the results will not be a congealed mayonnaise!

1 tsp. dry powdered mustard 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt 2 egg yolks 1 TBSP. boiling water 1 cup olive oil 1 TBSP. lemon juice 1 TBSP. apple cider vinegar

Gather all of your ingredients so they are ready to use.  Once you start making the mayo, keep the blender running on the lowest setting, until you have added everything and mayo is finished.

1.  Blend salt and mustard together in a bowl. 2.  Put egg yolks in blender and whip at low speed. 3.  Blend in the dry salt, mustard. 4.  Continue whipping gradually adding the boiling water. 5.  Add olive oil 1 TBSP. at a time until you have used up 1/2 cup, then drizzle the rest into the blender. 6.  Add lemon juice gradually. 7.  Finally, add the vinegar.

You will have approximately 1 1/4 cups of homemade, delicious mayonnaise.

Refrigerate and it will keep about 2 - 3 weeks.

Enjoy it as this olive oil mayonnaise is far healthier, better tasting and non-GMO!  (Most commercial brands are made from canola or soy oil.  Both of these oils are GMO and not healthy options in my opinion.)