Hello, Team Booyah!

Don’t worry – I didn’t forget about you. I have a crazy busy week this week, and I haven’t had much time to make fantastic booyah creations in the kitchen this week.ย  As the unofficial vegan cuisine expert, I offered to coordinate a menu of vegan-friendly food options for visitors to my workplace this week, and so I put together a vegan-friendly menu comprised of some of my favorite recipes that I’ve previously posted here on Bubbles and Booyah. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve added links to all of the recipes, so you guys can check them out too, in case you missed them the first time around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Main entrees:

  1. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Red quinoa with garbanzo beans, spinach, tomato, bell pepper, onion, Kalamata olives, fresh herbs, hemp seeds and a red wine vinaigrette dressing

  1. Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

photo 3 (2)Quinoa with edamame, carrot, bell pepper, red cabbage, with a sesame ginger dressing

  1. Green Goddess Bowl

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Sprouted quinoa and sprouted lentils with steamed kale and broccoli tossed in a tahini-lemon sauce

  1. Mexican Quinoa and Tempeh Salad

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Mexican-inspired tempeh with quinoa, black beans, corn, tomato, bell pepper, onion, and lime

Side Dishes:

  1. Kale Salad

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Fresh kale with edamame, chickpeas, fresh herbs, carrots, craisins, almonds and an Italian herb vinaigrette dressing

  1. Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, onion and fresh herbs tossed in a light apple cider vinaigrette dressing

Desserts

  1. Vegan Brownies

Recipe coming soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay tuned!

  1. Raw Apricot and Date Power Bites

Apricot, dates, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil balls rolled in flaked coconut

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Ta daaaa! I have eaten my fair share of icky veggie burgers, sad salads and lame veggie sandwiches over the years while traveling, I would never impose any of those depressing meals on anyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully the menu appeals to the visitors’ tastes. I have high hopes they will enjoy the dishes I make as much as I have.

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In unrelated Booyah News, I *finally* returned to my beloved yoga studio for an intense bendy session. It was SO NEEDED. Like, way overdue. All I could hear in my head was my very dear friend and yoga instructor Rachel, who was telling me that the best thing for sore muscles (from logging all those miles and working out most days of the week) is to do gentle, restorative yoga stretching. Some of the poses can help you regain range of motion, reduce swelling in your legs, and improve circulation to speed your recovery. Remember when Rachel and I did a little yoga sequence during the Fourth of July weekend? She came up with a flow to help relieve the soreness I was feeling from running 10 miles. We held each position for at least fiveโ€”and up to 15โ€”minutes, where I focused on relaxing my entire body and taking slow, full breaths. As last night’s yoga instructor said, “Do less.” I tend to tense my shoulders, face, everything – mentally instructing myself to “do less” when easing into poses helped me let go and just let my body naturally fall into position. I’m not that bendy or great at yoga (I can only touch my toes on a good day), but you don’t have to be a Cirque du Soleil performer to reap the benefits of yoga. Go on, try it out. You can do it right at home! Check out this 20 minute sequence on YouTube:

I hope you guys all have a great day today!! I’ll be back at the end of the week with Friday Faves ๐Ÿ˜€

With warmth,

L

3 thoughts on “Hello, Team Booyah!

  1. i totally love that esther ekhart video. I’ve been doing it pretty religiously for about three months now and it really makes a difference. it’s mebbe a bit weird that i’ve started to learn the words (not intentionally) and always find myself doing the “feel the breath” when she’s doing balance exercises ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Ha, the do less comment is so true. If/when I can finally relax to the point where I am not shaking and I focus on my breathing, the best stretch comes with deep relaxed inhalation. I wish I could bottle the feeling…so good.

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