[As always, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free!]
No time. I know. There are never enough hours in the day. What if you can make time expand?
In Gabrielle Bernstein’s Ted Talk, she explains her struggle with only eighteen minutes to do this Ted Talk. Her fear was overwhelming, then, in her words, her inner guide said, “Speak your truth and time will expand.” She proceeded to erase her outline, let go of the time frame, and speak her truth. When she spoke from an authentic place, time expanded.
This is possible for you.
What would you do if you had more time? Where is your energy going? Yes, we spend countless hours at work, commuting, doing dishes, etc. If you choose to make those things, however menial, part of your truth, when you focus your energy there, time will expand. In the other hours of the day, take energy away from things that drain you. Ask: is going for a run authentic or am I doing it to change myself? Is watching TV depleting me or energizing me?
When I have moments of panic, thinking I’ve over-committed myself, I ask a truly difficult question, where will I find time to bake cookies for the nurture menu? Though this is meant as a joke, things that give me pleasure, like baking cookies, cannot be lost in the mix. Instead, I clarify my truth. I focus my energy on the things that add to my life. Believe it or not, time expands.
Among the crazy moments this weekend, spending time with loved ones, practicing and teaching yoga, and finding my way around a new area of law, I cooked and baked. Time expanded. Part of my truth is experiencing joy from cooking and feeling nourished from my creations– I discovered more hours in day.
This weekend’s simplistic, easy meal is ideal for anyone on the go and looking for expanding time. Every element–rice, beans, seaweed, and vegetables–combine for optimal health, then you top it with divine dressing and you have a exciting feast. Inspired by my favorite New York City restaurant, Souen, when you put this macrobiotic meal in a to-go box you have the healthiest possible lunch!
the macro plate
- 2 cups rice, cooked (I used black rice here. Quinoa, short grain brown, or a combo of anything are great. Creativity!)
- 2 cups beans, soaked overnight and cooked or one 15oz. can
- head of kale
- head of broccoli
- 2 sweet potatoes
- package of hijiki or arame seaweed
- carrot-ginger dressing
- miso-tahini dressing, see below
- Prepare the rice and beans. Set aside.
- Soak the seaweed. Set aside.
- Chop all of the vegetables and steam until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- While the vegetables are steaming, prepare the dressings.
- Combine elements. Eat and live well.
- 3 tablespoons sweet white miso paste
- 1/2-1 cup water
- 2-3 tablespoons tahini
- Mix miso and and water with fork until miso is mostly dissolved.
- Add tahini and mix.
Expanding time, without wasting time. There is no better dessert/snack that embodies this concept than healthy cookies. Is there a better to-go treat? Plus, watching these cookies come together brings back my baking joy.
- 1 pound of strawberries, de-stemmed, cored and sliced thin
- 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/3 cup maple syrup, grade B, or honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
- Rinse and clean 1 pound of strawberries. Remove the stems and cores, and slice thinly. In a thick bottomed pan, melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil, add the strawberries. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat until simmering. Stir regularly. Simmer at low heat reducing strawberries until they measure 1/2 cup. It will take about 50 minutes. Cool strawberry jam thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.
- Sift coconut flour and pack into 1/2 cup measurement. Place into a bowl, along with remaining coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla. Blend. Allow cookie dough to rest for 5 minutes to allow coconut flour to absorb the liquids. The cookie dough will be very soft.
- Place cooled strawberry jam in with the cookie dough and lightly stir.
- Drop tablespoons onto the cookie sheet. Lightly pat and tap the cookie dough into a round shape.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies will lose their shiny look when done, and will feel firm to the touch.
- Let the cookie melt in your mouth.
[adapted from freecoconutrecipes.com]
Where you put your energy, time will expand. Put your energy on your truth and time is in your control.