When I made my list of superstar vegan ingredients, I forgot another secret weapon in the vegan chef’s arsenal : coconut milk. Coconut milk just makes everything taste better, even if you don’t like the taste of coconut (like me!). Because it doesn’t taste particularly coconut-y, it’s actually quite versatile.
One of my favorite quick recipes is using coconut milk as well as garam masala or Thai curry paste as the base for a soup. I toss in whatever vegetables I have at hand, adding noodles and tofu if I have them around.
For today’s lunch I made one of these fusion soups.
onion, chopped up
garam masala* / Thai curry paste
3 small carrots, chopped
half a bell pepper, chopped
7 stalks of chard (my CSA won’t stop sending me these, so I’ve been featuring chard shows up in my recipes a lot), chopped
coconut milk and water
salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot until it melts.
2. Add onions and garam masala* or a Thai curry paste.
3. When the onions have browned, add the carrots, bell pepper, chard, and noodles. I like whole-grain because you can boil them a bit more than white noodles, and they still retain their texture.
4. Add coconut milk and water to taste as well as salt and freshly ground pepper.
What I love about this recipe is that you can eat it hot or cold.
* Garam masala just means a mix of Indian spices. You can find these spices pre-mixed at your local Indian grocery.
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So you really need to take a break but can’t leave your chair at work?
Try this really simple, fast, and easy yoga exercise in my video below.
If you like this video, you’ll love an hour of yoga in the middle of your work day.
1. Find a mid-day yoga class. (If you’re in Berlin, come to my lunch yoga class in Kreuzberg.)
2. Tell your boss that you’d like to work out while taking a long lunch using these words from Jennifer Dziura, writer of excellent career and life advice aimed at women:
I have realized that I would work better if I came in an hour earlier [or stay an hour later]…and then took a longer break in the middle of the day, I can come back from the gym with more energy and keep up peak productivity until 6.
Obviously, if you get different benefits from yoga–like a clearer mind for more creativity or super relaxation so that you work better with your teammates–be sure to mention that when you speak to your boss.
Let me know if that script works for you when you take control of your work schedule and make time for your body and breath.
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Busy? Can’t make it to yoga class?
Here are some ways to practice yoga on a busy schedule–some are as short as one minute and others can be as long you like. You can incorporate a few of these into your day as free time opens up.
The most important component is to connect your mind, body, and breath. Any time you connect, that is yoga regardless if you make it to yoga class or not.
- Try out this
minimalist at-home yoga practice from Everett Bogue. (Editor’s note on March 15: Everett Bogue no longer blogs and has removed this post from the internets.)
- Laugh out loud for one minute–laughter expands life.
- Kapalbhati breathing in the shower or preparing breakfast or getting dressed.
- Inhale deeply and exhale thoroughly for 2 minutes while on hold on the telephone.
- First bend forward at the waist to place your hands under your feet in Padahastasana or just reach as far as you can in Uttanasana before putting on your shoes.
- Chant om as you ride your bike–it keeps me warm in the winter!
- Imagine that you are breathing through alternate nostrils while waiting in line anywhere–the ensuing relaxation is almost as good as if you did put your hand up to your nose. If you dare, DO alternate nostril breathing while waiting in line!
- Clean your eyes through concentrated internal or external gazing–at a candle flame, for example, at a bar or restaurant when the conversation gets boring.
- Listen to my guided relaxation mp3 which you can do sitting while commuting on the bus or train. Please do not listen to this while you are driving! Sign up for my newsletter to get it.
- Make an intention for your day when you wake up and return to it throughout the day when you have a moment or two. Return to this intention before you go to sleep.
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