Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Meditating After Lunch

In under 30 minutes you can bake fresh gluten free rolls with pumpkin seeds and create a spinach and mushroom bruschetta! Yummy. (see recipe below). Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and contain anti-inflammatory benefits for arthritis. They are a very good source of magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, and a good source of iron, copper and protein. There are studies that find pumpkin seeds may promote prostate health. However, more research is needed to determine if this is true. You can read more about pumpkin seeds here.

Serves 2-4, Makes 4 buns
For bread: 
11/2 cups of gluten free flour 
3 tbsp of white chia seed powder 
1 happy free range chicken egg 
3 tbsp of organic extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup of fluoride free water 
pinch of salt 
1/2 tbsp of organic baking soda
1/4 cup (or less) of organic pre-soaked pumpkin seeds

For bruschetta topping: 
4 organic garlic cloves
hand full of organic spinach leaves (washed) 
7-10 organic shiitake mushrooms 
2 organic shallots
2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil 
sea salt
organic pepper

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. In a large mixing bowl, add gluten free flour, white chia seed powder, pumpkin seeds, salt and baking soda. 
3. Mix dry ingredients together. Set aside
4. In a small bowl, add egg, water and oil and beat ingredients together.
5. Add egg mix to dry ingredients.
6. Mix everything together until you get a doughy texture. It should not be sticky. (Add more flour if necessary).
7. Make dough into 4 separate balls.
8. Roll out dough balls in hands and flatten slightly, rounding the edges, to create a bun roll. (click here if you want to see an image)
9. Place each bun roll on a cookie sheet.
10. Put in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
11. Chop garlic and shallots. Let sit for 5 minutes for health benefits.
12. Chop mushrooms and spinach. Set aside.
13. Heat a frying pan at low heat and add extra virgin olive oil.
14. Add shallots, garlic, mushrooms and spinach.
15. Lightly fry all ingredients for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
16. Once buns are ready, remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes.
17. Cut buns in half and top with spinach, garlic, mushroom and olive oil mix, adding sea salt and pepper for added flavour.
18. Eat and Enjoy!

Below are some photos from today's walk in the park after a yummy lunch. It was a serene atmosphere, no sun but plenty of animal and plant life. The first critter to appear was a baby chipmunk playing under the leaves (2nd last photo).

"Silence comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, how all thought is never free but always old. To see all this, to see the movement of every thought, to understand it, to be aware of it, is to come to that silence which is meditation, in which the `observer' never is. - Jiddu Krishnamurti 

So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child. - Jiddu Krishnamurti 

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