motivational mondays!

Hello friends!

Well, today has been quite a time. I had a day to stay in and take care of the house and then work on a post-operative plan for my friend who is going in for brain surgery this week. Phew!

Here are some goodies from the virtual world:

Zen to Fitness wrote about how to eat like a minimalist.

Check out this healthy + delicious ginger almond nori roll recipe from Ani Pho:

(Never Home) Maker posted these yummy vegan peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie dough balls!

Sayward from Bonzai Aphrodite wrote on One Green Planet about how to get your kiddos excited about produce.

This red pepper + mango salsa from Fit Sugar looks like the perfect summer snack.

Have a great week!

[Amazing moving photo by Cinemagraphs]


radiant recipes: rosemary summer squash bean bowl

hello there friends!

today’s recipe was an improvisation that came from the moment we all (or at least us broke folks) dread: the moment you realize that a bunch of things in the fridge are about to go bad. we have a very limited farmer’s market budget so if one thing gets funky before we can eat it, my husband and i both get really sad and feel guilty about wasting a piece of the very precious produce we allow ourselves to buy.

we came home after a beautiful afternoon in the park (we are loving the bay area’s not too hot+not too cold, perfect park weather) and opened the fridge to see what would be for dinner. lo and behold, there were THREE things that were on the brink of rotting and so i had to think fast. how could i use summer squash, rosemary and spinach together to make a yummy dinner? i just started cooking and boy, am i glad i did. with the addition of some black beans (gotta get that protein!) we had a delicious+healthy meal.






  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 clove garlic (or more if you prefer), sliced
  • 2 large sprigs of rosemary (see note)
  • a few summer squash (any kind is fine, although i enjoy yellow scallops the most), sliced
  • a few tablespoons of oil (i used olive)
  • a few cups of spinach
  • salt+pepper to taste
  1. heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large pan on medium heat and add both the rosemary sprigs+garlic
  2. after a minute or so, add the squash and stir to coat with the oil
  3. saute until tender and lightly browned, stirring often (about 5-8 minutes)
  4. add the spinach to the squash and cover, allowing the spinach to steam for a few minutes
  5. meanwhile, heat about a tablespoon of oil in a small pan and add the beans, stirring occasionally
  6. remove the rosemary sprigs from the squash and add salt+pepper to taste to both dishes
  7. serve a bowl of the black beans with the squash+spinach on top




note: in ayurveda, the year is divided into the seasons of the three doshas, or constitution types. summer is the time of pitta which is fiery and can fill us with impatience, irritability and anger. summer squash is a great pitta-reducing vegetable, cooling down our bodies and keeping us relaxed. rosemary aggravates pitta however, so a cooling herb such as mint, dill, tarragon or cilantro would be better to use (in that case, you would just finely chop the herbs and not remove them from the dish). adding some pepitas (pumpkin seeds) would also be a great addition!

a late revue and review!

hello friends!

since this past weekend was a three-day holiday for us here in the states, i am writing a bit late. i thought i would do a combo of the weekend revue and of the things around the internet that have been getting my attention…


the weekend revue!


because a fresh-pressed juice (beet+spinach+carrot+lemon) tastes better when enjoyed in the sun and with a beautiful book


because fantastical sea worlds make driving more fun


because vintage rides make me swoon


because i scored big at the farmer’s market and that rocks (clockwise from bottom left: granola grain bread, sprouted mung beans, shitake mushrooms, cauliflower, little buttery potatoes, sage, lima beans, garlic and a giant bunch of kale in the center for kale chip making!)


because pizza and root beer on tap is a wonderful way to end the weekend


motivational mondays! (or tuesdays!)


i am not really into gluten-free baking but this recipe for mocha ice cream sandwiches makes me want to try!


kylie from the baking bird posted a lovely mixtape about songs related to teeth (she is becoming a dental hygienist so it makes sense!) she is a babe and her blog is a wonderful mix of things like this recipe for a peanut butter green smoothie and her AMAZING ginger pumpkin baked oatmeal which is totally easy to veganize. check her stuff out!


this daily motivation from wood & wool stool made me happy.


jen from my smiling heart (which is an awesome blog of daily joy and inspiration) posted a little reminder on the importance of recognizing our happiness. i always try to take a weekly (if not daily) stock of what is making me happy and what is making me feel otherwise. super important!


and i will leave you with a recipe for this beautiful beet tartare. because sometimes us vegans have to fancify our veggies, you know?


have a wonderful week!

motivational mondays! and a quick revue!

hello friends,

this past weekend was quite stressful so i wasn’t able to post my revue. i thought today i might share a few pictures from the weekend and also my weekly inspirational internet finds…

i have finally gotten back into making salads! i am quite reluctant to eat raw greens (especially for a health nut such as myself) so i am excited to get back into making interesting combinations and delicious dressings. i plan on writing a post about salads sometime soon…

i saw this posted on a mural wall in san francisco’s mission neighborhood (an area which has endured heartbreaking gentrification) and it reminded me of the importance of art in radical politics.

i was feeling frazzled so my husband and i met a friend at a show. we saw cover bands for the cure and the smiths and we had a blast. my arms were seriously sore from dancing all night!

now on to what has caught my attention recently:

the wellness warrior (can she do no wrong?) posted two great articles: one on the dangers of agave syrup (which i honestly didn’t want to read since i love putting agave in things but boy, am i glad i did) and the case against white bread (which is already not allowed in my house but a good read nonetheless.)

lately, i have been snatching up asparagus at the farmer’s market every chance i get so this recipe from urban vegan is definitely on my list this week.

the deer-vehicle collision survivors support group , a short story by porochista khakpour is beautiful. and heartbreaking.

a friend of a friend made this video about the place for blogging and web-based community-building in the world of expressive art therapy.

and last but not least, how could i NOT post vegan+gluten free+raw mallomars? seriously! the girls over at pure2raw did it again in the most delicious way.

hope you have a wonderful week!

motivational mondays!

happy monday!

it was one of those rainy days that made me feel super grateful for not having to leave the house today. i am fighting a little cold so i made a peppermint steam for myself and listened to some meditation podcasts. i also made some juice but without a bonafide juicer, it just doesn’t come out as strong and sweet as it should.

so on to the fun stuff!

this article from piper larson on how to sing loudly in life was truly inspirational.

the vegan stoner has to be one of the most ADORABLE food blogs. i mean, look at it! i can’t wait to try this quinoa recipe this week (especially since strawberries are 75 cents a crate right now!)

just a little reminder of how powerful you can be!

tiny buddha (which is one of my new favorite sites) wrote an insightful article about judging others and what it can show you about yourself.

and i will leave you with a great quote:

“throw your dreams into space like a kite,

& you do not know what it will bring back,

a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

– anais nin