Feeling the Hunger

Recipe: Peanut Passion Ala Noods and Greenery

Whatever it is that drives us to our “fix” of choice is actually our gold mine. We just have to decide that we are going to hit up the dark cave, and not board up the entrance and stay in the comfortable place of our neurosis.

Deciding to sit with our “hunger” is two-fold. It requires us to withhold judgement of ourselves (i.e. you are not a bad person for wanting to eat x,y, z or smoke that cigarette. Nor is there something fundamentally wrong with you!), and maybe even show ourselves kindness and acceptance if we have nailed up a board or two. Secondly, it’s helpful if we refrain from getting caught up in the “why” of where we’re at. Going into analytic mode only impedes us from connecting to the core of our experience, from really finding the gold in it.

So, you want to go deeper? Try this: The next time you feel that wave of anxiety, discomfort, emotion — whatever it is for you — put one hand on your belly, and the other on your heart, and breathe. Close your eyes and breathe in deep. Allow that hunger to be filled and satiated with prana, or life force, and stay with your breath. With the hand on your belly, feel the belly become pregnant with ever-giving, ever sustaining prana. With the other hand, become aware of the emotion as it is physically expressed in the heart. Embrace your experience, allowing whatever you find there to just be exactly as it is. To start, try for five long, deep breaths. As you begin to experience this connection as your home coming, you may want to hang out there for longer.

With every occurrence of our hunger, we can decide to do what we’ve always done…..or, we could go deeper. Your call.

I don’t make it a secret that I like peanut butter. It is arguably one of the most versatile foods on the planet. It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or (or in my case, AND) dessert. It’s wonderful salty or savoury. And it’s filling and nutritious. What more could you want? I mean, really. When I saw Dreena’s recipe for Peanut Passion Sauce (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan) I immediately bookmarked it. I’ve only just recently actually “executed” the sauce. I’ve included her recipe below and the little salad number I drenched with it.

Peanut Passion Ala Noods and Greenery

Sauce

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp ginger

1 clove garlic

1/8 tsp sea salt

1/8 crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp lime juice

1/2 tbsp agave nectar

1 tbsp sesame oil

coconut, water, soy or almond milk to thin to desired consistency

Salad

1/2 package rice vermicelli

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 red pepper, sliced into long strips

1/2 cucumber, juliened into matchsticks or spiralized

1/4 red onion very thinly sliced

chopped peanuts (for garnish)

Combine all of the sauce ingredients and blend in food processor until smooth. Soak noodles in hot water for 5 minutes, rinse under cold water and set aside to dry. Chop remaining veggies. Portion out noodles, top with sauce and above veggies. To finish, sprinkle with peanuts.

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