Monthly Archives: March 2013

Crazy Happy Veggie Sushi Bowl

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I could eat veggie sushi anytime, anywhere, any day. Really. No lie. I love it. At home, I like to make it with avocado, cucumber and carrots. I think the whole process is fun. Making the sushi rice and spreading it out on a sheet tray. Rolling the nori and fillings on a sushi mat. Mixing wasabi and pickled ginger with soy sauce. And eating my creation with chop sticks.

But the other day, I started to think about putting all that good stuff in a big bowl. It makes a great light lunch or you could whip up some miso soup and have asian soup and salad night for dinner.

As you would with sushi, start by making the rice. When it is cooked, spread it on a sheet tray and season with rice vinegar mixed with agave and sea salt.

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Bananas Foster Quinoa Porridge

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Until I moved to Houston, I had never been to New Orleans. Hard to believe, I know. Such a fabulous city and I’m completely in love with it now. The people are probably the friendliest in the entire country and the food is beyond compare. Going to New Orleans as a vegan can be a challenge, but certainly not impossible. I was inspired by the city’s most famous dessert, to make this super satisfying, yummy vegan breakfast porridge.

To start, I made a batch of quinoa, which is a wonderful gluten-free grain that is a breeze to make. Just pick up a package, any kind, white, red, black, and follow the instructions. This can be done in advance, the night before is ideal. I used the tri-color quinoa from Trader Joe’s.

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Namaste Y’all | a peek inside the Texas Yoga Conference

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If you think yoga pants and cowboy boots don’t go together, think again. This was actually a big trend at the fourth annual Texas Yoga Conference, held this weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center, here in Houston.Image

PHOTO BY J. PATRIC SCHNEIDER/FOR THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Texan yogis (that’s me in the blue yoga top in the photo) gathered for lectures, workshops, yoga classes and music. My weekend included: kirtan and bhakti flow yoga with New Orleans’ Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band; prana and chakra flow with Adri Kyser; learning about the psoas/chakra connection with New Jersey-based Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones; and two classes with Melina Meza of Oakland on seasonal vinyasa, Spring asana and ayurveda.

Each class, session and lecture was inspiring and informational in its own unique way. I walked away with lots of new books to pour through and a head full of new and exciting ideas. Feel like I just scratched the surface of the conference, but at the same time I got exactly what I needed.