Take a trip downstairs

Recipe: Kate’s Roasted Veggie Quinoa

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time in your head. You probably have a comfy little sofa up there, a nice auto man to rest your feet, and maybe a hamster wheel that you hop on intermittently so you can give yourself the illusion that all that ruminating and churning about of thoughts that you are doing is actually getting you somewhere. It’s a familiar and comfortable place.

For all the energy that goes into thought and thinking, surely there must be some sort of return on investment! And that ROI really depends on what kind of patterning we retreat to when we set ourselves up in our heads. More times than not, our thoughts are either self-destructive, or seek to change some aspect about “what is” in our lives, be it ourselves, others, or a situation.

This is not to say that our left brained, rational mind doesn’t serve a purpose. But too much of the wrong kind of mental energy prevents us from being in the  flow. It creates resistance to what is, creates fear, and impedes us from stepping up and into who we truly are.

So the next time you catch yourself on the hamster wheel, or in that familiar and comfortable armchair, take notice of what it is your thought energy is being directed to. Does it serve you? Or are you mentally planning the diet you will go on in the New Year, or how many miles you will have to run to work off that cookie? Are you dwelling in despair or other feelings of low self-worth and wishing x,y, & z was different in your life? Whatever it is, I can pretty much guarantee that it ain’t serving you! So get your butt out of that arm-chair and take a trip downstairs to your heart. Sit in your heart, and know that everything in your life is exactly as it needs to be. You don’t have to work so hard — you are already in the flow. I promise.

I haven’t been doing an awful lot of cooking lately. But I have been enjoying the culinary contributions of others! My sister’s sister-in-law, who is visiting from “down-unda” prepared a yummy quinoa roast veggie dish that was hearty and filling and satisfying in every way! So this is my attempt at cracking the code to her success.

Kate’s Roasted Veggie Quinoa

2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in veggie stock)

2 medium sized beats

1 small yam

1 red onion

2 zuchinis

olive oil

salt and pepper

Dreena’s Flax Balsamic dressing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice veggies and spread on baking trays. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast yams, beets, and onions first, for 20 minutes. Then add zucchinis to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Stir veggies every ten minutes or so to keep from over-browning on one side. Once fully roasted, mix in with quinoa. Serve drizzled with Balsamic Flax dressing. Can be a meal on its own, or a great side!

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