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Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread- Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread- Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free Honestly, this fall pumpkin bread recipe is incredibly satisfying even without there being any wheat flour, dairy or sugar. It’s perfectly sweet and moist and your whole kitchen fills up with the warmth of harvest baking. My daughter who is a precocious teen, doesn’t really like […]

Pumpkin Seed and Cardamom Milk

I have a new, healthy and nutrient-dense addiction. I must confess that I regularly indulge in this newfound recipe that happens to be in celebration of our October harvest month where we have pumpkins and pumpkin seeds galore! It is a cardamom, pumpkin seed milk that uses no sugar; all of the sweetness is plentifully […]

How to Use Lush’s Natural Henna Hair Dye

Enliven and preserve your eternal inner goddess! I lived for quite a few years over in Nepal and India, and the women of all ages there have long, dark, gorgeous, healthy hair. They didn’t use hair dyes as much as they like to use natural plant based henna- the stuff of belly dancers and burgeoning […]

Naked Honesty- 30 Important Questions to Ask Before we Commit to a Relationship

Content Reformatted and Reposted in part (2-30) from https://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/12/30-important-questions-to-ask-before-we-commit-to-a-relationship/ December 4, 2014 Author: Edie Weinstein Editor: Catherine Monkman 1. What can I offer? 2. What do I truly want in a relationship? 3. How do I define relationship? 4. What am I unwilling to accept? 5. What models did you have for loving relationships when you […]

Low Carb Shirataki and Kelp Noodle Stir Fry

Low Carb Shirataki and Kelp Noodle Stir Fry I discovered these healthy low-carb noodles to make giant, guilt-free healthy and nutritive stir frys. It’s important to boil the noodle first to soften. I add pan fried tofu squares that I cook separately, and feel free to add other veggies like mushrooms and red bell peppers. […]

The Lotus Essence Tantra- A Retreat from Gomde Denmark

Dharma Friends: We have the excellent fortune of a little retreat this week live and on Zoom. It’s an exceedingly powerful and concise sadhana practice for our times, being taught by my close vajra brother Erik Pema Kunsang, live streamed from Denmark. The power and efficacy of this little practice is incomparable. I was on […]

A Healthy and Fast Way to Lose Weight

    Many of us gained weight during our Covid isolation, I’ve heard it called tongue in cheek the “Covid 19” meaning many gained just about 19lbs! I have compiled a scientifically proven weight loss plan that is healthy, simple and sustainable that I have used myself. It was recommended to me by other moms […]

Yogurt and Granola Parfait Sundays

Yogurt and Granola Parfait Sundays My teen daughter has… not one, not two but…three girlfriends staying over for summer vacation and it’s been hard to get them to eat a healthy breakfast. This is by far the most decadent of all of my recipes, but a sure fire way to get any sleepy breakfast-rebelling child […]

Homemade Spearmint Tooth Powder

Homemade Spearmint Tooth Powder This easy to make home tooth powder makes my teeth feel very clean, white and polished! This is a modified recipe from my first peppermint tooth powder with the addition now of bentonite clay and xylitol. I love to continually perfect new recipes and the previous tooth powder cleaned well, but […]

THE BEST-Organic Dairy Free Potato Salad

Organic Dairy Free Potato Salad How To Make The VERY Best Potato Salad Recipe. The base is my grandma’s recipe and I use organic vegetables and vegan mayo- and it’s hands down the best potato salad- ever. We have our very first urban homestead herb garden this year, so the parsley is fresh from the […]

Spanish Guacamole from Mission San Juan Capistrano

My family and I used to travel to California every year and stop in an old Spanish missionary town called San Juan Capistrano, outside of San Diego. There is the oldest and best restaurant there where I called them later and asked for their authentic fresh table-side guacamole recipe. A fresh, cooling summer treat, we […]

Shambhala Mountain Center Renewal 2021

Shambhala Mountain Center Renewal 2021 Dawn Sandberg added 14 new photos — with John Horner and Greg Smith at The Great Stupa Of Dharmakaya.   We had a magnificent visit to see the stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center yesterday in Colorado, who’s land was burned in the fires last year.  It was both hopeful and […]

Aztec Poblano Pepper Soup

Aztec Poblano Pepper Soup Vegetarian Mexican Roasted Poblano Pepper and Jalapeno Soup I used to visit Mexico every year and found this perfect, spicy, flavorful and hearty soup recipe. It’s reminiscent of ancient Mexico, and when I make it, I’m back there again, surrounded by colorful stone handcrafted architecture, woven bright textiles, drying peppers and […]

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna with Zucchini and Ricotta

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna with Zucchini and Ricotta This is a veggie lasagna recipe, with ingredients sourced from Trader Joes, but any store with has no-prep lasagna noodles like Barilla and organic veggies will do! This lasagna is very quick, easy to assemble and it’s a family staple, and best when we can source tomatoes, basil […]

Chai Spiced Multigrain Oatmeal

  Chai Spiced Multigrain Oatmeal A friend’s German grandfather lived until 102 and he ate warm oatmeal every morning. I like oats with a 7-Grain Cereal and whey power for added protein. A serving of this stick-to-your-ribs cereal is packed full of everything you need for an energizing morning. Our chai oatmeal is high in […]

Healthy Chocolate Date Truffles

Healthy Chocolate Date Truffles These naturally sweet treats are… AMAZING! It seems like you can blend up whatever sweets and nuts you have around the house as long as the texture can be rolled into a ball and mixed with cocoa powder, leave them in fridge overnight to set. These are just as good, sweet, […]

How I Quickly Recovered From Covid Pneumonia

I found that Traditional Chinese Medicine was very effective in treating my severe case of Covid 19, very quickly. They have many ancient, proven effective herbs and remedies that act as an anti-virulence, as well as ones that target and strengthen certain organs and organ efficacy like lung function. Here is my personal experience and […]

Quinoa Crust-less Quiche Tarts

Quinoa Crust-less Quiche Tarts About Quinoa: Quinoa “grain” originated in the Andean region of northwestern South America and is a protein, dietary fiber, B vitamin rich plant from the amaranth family, that is actually an edible seed. I raise urban hens and in the spring, they are laying now so many eggs, daily, more than […]

Vegetarian Blue Cheese Soufflé

Vegetarian Blue Cheese Soufflé with Non-dairy or Dairy Options Ingredients: • 4 tablespoons vegan butter • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan/vegan Parmesan cheese • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or soy flour • 1 1/2 cups soy or oat milk • 3/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne • 6 ounces fresh chopped […]

On Letting Go- Anthony Hopkins

“Let go of people who are not prepared to love you. This is the hardest thing you will have to do in your life and it will also be the most important thing. Stop having hard conversations with people who don’t want change. Stop showing up for people who have no interest in your presence. […]

Female Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (Repost)

Reposted/ Reformatted from http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com 2001 (Images have been enhanced/replaced, copy unaltered) The enlightened women or female figures named below all come from Vajrayana or “Tibetan” Buddhism, the school of Mahayana which originated in India and later moved to Tibet and the other Himalayan countries. Hence, most figures are identified first by their Sanskrit name, with […]

Vegan Chick’n Marsala with Grapes

Vegan Chick’n Marsala with Grapes Ingredients: • 2T olive oil • 1 stick vegan butter • 4 vegan chick’n breast cutlets • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. crimini (baby portobello) mushrooms • 1 cup of sliced green grapes • 1/2 large white onion coarsely chopped • 1/3 cup […]

Six Simple Daily Steps for Happiness!

You know, I happen to be Buddhist, but one with an inquisitive mind. We have what we know as the Buddha’s First Noble Truth and that is: “Life is Suffering.” However, it’s a misnomer to just stop there and concede to a life of misery. I think a lot of students and even some teachers […]

Healthy Tibetan Bread- Balep Korkun

Healthy Tibetan Bread- Balep Korkun (Monastery Bread) I lived amongst Tibetans in Nepal for many years. Every morning we would get up and make a homemade kneaded bread called Balep. I used to do a lot of solitary meditation retreat there and this was the easiest an fastest thing to make on a one burner […]

Self Care- A Warm Healing Bath of Love

Be your own Valentine, a warm bouquet of roses… to you for you! Today is Valentine’s Day and one of the most amazing treats of my life that I offer to myself nightly, is just to make myself a warm Epsom salt and rose bath, with candlelight. It’s so easy to create this amazingly nutritive […]

Swedish Lemon Mascarpone Cake

My native Swedish husband’s birthday is on Feb. 3, so every super bowl Sunday, I make him this giant cake. It’s a version of  Swedish Midsommartårta, or Midsummer Cake, and, however decadent, I have adapted it to make a somewhat healthier version. I use an organic yellow/ lemon cake base, with added cream and lemon […]

Vegetarian Swedish Falukorv

Falukorv is a Swedish staple, comfort food and even though we don’t eat pork, my family insists for me to make this regularly. Falukorv is a traditional Swedish smoked sausage that is made with potato starch and spices, kind of like a giant sausage Hebrew National Beef Frank. We’ve made a vegetarian version this stuffed […]

That disturbed, disorderly wind! By Carolyn Chan

Including: four stages of wind disturbance along the spiritual path (a special contribution by Segyu Choepel Rinpoche) By Carolyn Chan A grasp of the three humors: wind, bile, and phlegm, (tib. rlung, mkhrispa and badken), and their relationship to the development and functioning of the body-mind, underlies any understanding of Tibetan medicine. Good health which […]

How to Grow a Sprout Garden at Home

The Urban Homestead So, with all of us being home-bound, a lot of us are taking up more domestic tasks like homesteading and gardening. My family and I put in a series of automatic drip irrigation  4′ x 8′ prefab. gardening boxes outside, and were able to harvest quite a bit of fresh organic vegetables […]

WHEN QI GOES WRONG: QIGONG DEVIATIONS

Written by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart, M.S.O.M., L.AC. The term Qigong Deviations refers to the adverse reactions that may occur in the course of Qigong training. These reactions can be physical, energetic, and/or mental. Qigong is like medicine. It can be tremendously healing if prescribed correctly and used according to directions, but if you are careless […]

Spanokopita with a Greek Salad

Spanokopita with a Greek Salad This Greek classic is a healthy vegetarian main course and a hybrid of my Greek grandpa’s recipe and one from the Colorado yoga retreat center Shoshoni. Serve with Greek Feta and Kalamata Olive, Cucumber and Tomato Salad and Ttzatziki.   Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh spinach or two packages of chopped […]

Vegetable Potato Galette

Vegetable Potato Galette A perfect Vegetarian Main Course! Potato galette is a staple in the French countryside. The word “galette” is French and simply means “flat cake.” Serve for dinner as a vegetarian main course with a side salad, for lunch, or as a brunch side dish. This recipe includes mushrooms, peppers and onions, but […]

Flourless Chocolate Lava Cake with Vegan Butter

This super easy 4 ingredient lava cake is a gourmet family favorite, that you can whip up in 30 minutes or less! It works well with vegan butter and coconut sugar, but regular butter and sugar can be substituted 1-1. Serves 5. Ingredients • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips • 12 tablespoons (one stick and […]

Vegetarian Gnocchi with Spinach and Parmesan

Vegetarian Gnocchi with Spinach and Parmesan A colorful and comforting vegetarian main dish! I try to use all organic/ non-gmo ingredients whenever possible. One of our family’s all time favorites. Ingredients: 2 (17-ounce) packages potato gnocchi 3 cups heavy cream 1 cup vegetable broth 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 stick of butter […]

LISTENING WITH THE HEART

A few years ago, I discovered an amazing relationship technique called Imago, a transformative compassion technique developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt. I offer a summary of this technique as part of our relationship repair program. It is exceedingly powerful and can help people that have given up on friendships, relationships […]

Easy Homemade Naturally Sweetened Granola

Easy Homemade Naturally Sweetened Granola This easy to make healthy granola recipe is naturally, lightly sweetened with coconut sugar or granulated monkfruit. It’s made with oats, coconut oil or vegan butter and you can add your choice of nuts and fruit. This one is a Chai-Almond but you can add almost anything. Go wild~ try […]

Apple Custard Puff Pastry

Easy, Healthy Apple Custard Puff Pastry, Ready in 1 hour! Ingredients: 1 ½ lb frozen puff pastry thawed (2 sheets) 1/3 cup brown sugar/honey/ brown rice syrup 1 T sugar or granulated monkfruit sugar ½ tsp cinnamon 3 large apples washed and unpeeled thinly sliced 1/3 cup sliced almonds 1 organic egg ½ tsp powdered […]

Low Carb Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Low Carb, High Protein Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Muffins/ Scones These are high protein low carb and highly nutritive, so we can feel good about offering these to our family. I’ve been experimenting with keto and paleo baking and found that I like to add organic white flour for 1/3 of the recipe. I know it’s […]

Golden Moon Milk Calming Tea

What is Golden Moon Milk Calming Tea? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? When I start to feel a bit anxious, I immediately take that as a sign to take it easy and go into self care. One of the very first things I do, is make Golden Milk, it’s essentially Turmeric and Ashwagandha powder tea. Golden […]

Vegetarian Loaded Nachos with Melted Cheddar

  Decadent and Healthy Vegetarian Loaded Nacho Casserole with Melted Cheddar Yield Makes 6 servings Ingredients ◦ 1 and 1/2 bags  (15 oz) of organic tortilla chips ◦ 1 can of organic vegetarian re-fried beans ◦ 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin or taco seasoning ◦ 1/4 cup sliced black olives ◦ 3 tablespoons jalapeño slices fresh […]

Twin Flames- Our Spiritual Consort Toward Ascension

The Tantric Consort: Awakening Through Relationship In our semi-apocalyptic time, it seems like many of us are going very deeply into introspection now. Very profound reflection is occurring on a global scale and our very species is on the precipice of survival. I believe that sometimes things have to get very dark before we have […]

Keto Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Keto Chocolate Walnut Brownies How to make easy low carb keto brownies with paleo or almond flour. Prep Time 15 minutes Cook time 20 minutes Total Time 1 hour Yield 8 – 10 brownies Ingredients: • 1 cup paleo or almond flour • 1/4 cup cocoa powder or 80 grams of unsweetened chocolate • 2 […]

The Four Powers to Purify All Negative Karma

“Drive All Blames Into Oneself” Humans, throughout time immemorial have been capable of committing the most cruelest crimes imaginable, some intentional, some based on self defense, emotional reaction or ignorance. However, there is always hope for regret and personal change if we really desire to do so. We cannot have contrition and heal negative karmic […]

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings I think this is hands down, our family’s all time favorite vegetarian dinner. You can use butter and blue cheese dressing or substitute vegan options for these two. We make these for watching sports or for special occasions and it’s amazing how flavorful the cauliflower is with the hot red chili […]

Chai Spiced Paleo Scones with Berry Compote

Chai Spiced Paleo Scones with Berry Compote A best friend visited one summer morning and I made her some super easy and healthy Chai Spiced Paleo Scones: wheatless, sugarless, flour-less, high protein, and densely nutritive. Now I’m making them again for the fall, when a warm oven is welcome. They are perfect topped with spreadable […]

Comforting Spiced Kitchari Dal Bhat

This Comforting Spiced Kitchari Dal Bhat, is a modified version of the nutritive, cleansing Kitchari from the spiritual community of Shoshoni, and a shoutout to a lifetime yogi friend for his cooking instructions. Dal Bhat which means lentils and rice, is a staple the food served daily in Nepal and India. When you combine the […]

Roasted Root Vegetables with Baked Tofu

Welcome the fall and harvest! A perfect easy, healthy cookie sheet dinner with colorful oven roasted root vegetables and baked tofu. Vegan, gluten-free and kosher. Ingredients • 1 lb tofu sliced lengthwise • 1 large yam or sweet potato washed with skin on • 3/4 pounds brussel sprouts cut in half • 1/2 pound beets […]

D.I.Y. Thieves Essential Oil and Cleaner

The History of Thieves Oil In times of plague, pandemic and now Covid, humans have relied on powerful essential oils to utilize their anti-bacterial qualities. The historic folklore of this famous Thieves remedy is quite intriguing. The use of thieves oil dates back to the year 1413, at the time, the notorious Bubonic Plague was […]

Mediterranean Vegetarian Meat Loaf

As you all know, cutting out/ eating less meat is a great way to decrease our carbon footprint- this healthy, veggie infused semi-gourmet Mediterranean Vegetarian Meat Loaf comes out really well- do try it! Its great with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower and a roasted red pepper sauce as a condiment. 2 packs (800g) of […]

Healthy Love Vs. Trauma Bonds

I think in these days of speed and trauma and a lot of us living in the Internet, I think we’ve learned maladaptive patterns of what it is to be in a healthy relationship. If we’ve grown up with a dysfunctional family, we may not even know what that is. Oftentimes love is just a […]

Real Spiritual Healing is Not Peaceful

I was a hopeful spiritual seeker and found the exotic and colorful, Tibetan Buddhism when I was 19. I recall when I started on this Buddhist path and went to Naropa, a Buddhist inspired university, they gave me all types of warnings, saying “think twice before you embark upon this path.” They said it was […]

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Essence Love

“Don’t look outside outside happiness outside love is great we need it but without essence love… we might not be able to receive love because we are receiving from our hollowness we must receive love from the basis of this okay-ness we must give love from this wellbeing to others… Please expand this love… gradually […]

3 Secret Recipes for Tibetan Hot Sauce!

This hot sauce is amazingly flavorful and versatile. It’s like Tibetan Momo (dumpling) sauce, called Sepen, but it’s oil and chili based rather than tomato. The recipe is highly coveted. I begged for my Buddhist Shambhala friends to disclose the most profound secret teaching, my friend claimed that it’s the “most important” wisdom we hold. […]

Homemade Cocoa Butter Face Cream Recipe

I was amazed to discover the very best natural face cream and now use it every.single.day. I would say it’s no less than the fountain of youth. I was taught how to make this by my flower-child neighbor who uses only the best organic and well sourced ingredients that she buys in bulk from various […]

Bhutanese Tri Color Pepper and Cheese Ema Datshi

Bhutanese (American) Tri Color Pepper and Cheese Ema Datshi Vegetarian (not vegan) main course~ with rice, the best one yet! I was in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan for a week in 1992, and we camped out in a small remote town called Paro, it was amazing and utterly magical. Everyone should visit Bhutan someday […]

Going Dairy Free? The Best Vegan Butters Reviewed

The Top Three Plant Based Butters I don’t know about you, but I for one can’t cook or barely survive for that matter, without butter. I tried a high fat Keto diet and it sent my bad cholesterol, triglycerides etc. through the roof. Now, I’m dairy free (except whey) and feeling great. I’ve been recently […]

Home Made Keto Coffee Creamer

Part of the new wellness life is to not eat any dairy, sugar or any gluten, or at least much less. I’ve seen a lot of my friends live that way but never really jumped on that restrictive bandwagon until I became a wellness coach, and it feels…great! I am however permitted to have well […]

Words of my (mostly) Perfect Teacher

“We have to connect with and find strength in our own Buddha Nature,This is not copyrighted by any Lama or Buddha or BodhisattvaThere are many great things within us and in our world,qualities of warmth, wisdom even the Buddha’s monksfrom the onset, had misconduct here and theredon’t fixate and reify the negative, impure things relax […]