100% Natural Coconut & Mushroom Soup in 10 Minutes

Soup

For the last week I have been completely avoiding oils, salt, sugar, spice, sugar and animal products which, as you could imagine, is a huge challenge. I have become quite creative with my cooking and thanks to the abundance of coconuts here in India (that cost around 30c each) I have created quite a lot of delicious new recipes including this one below.

This soup is delicious and tastes like a lot of food I have eaten in Thailand, minus the sugar. I find the coconut broth incredibly soothing. You could play around with different vegetables here - this is what I had on hand and tasted wonderful.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time : 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Coconut Water (Approx 3 cups)
1.5 cups of mixed mushrooms sliced (I used oyster & shitake)
1 large Carrot sliced
Fresh Coriander chopped
Fresh Lemon Juice (2 lemons)
Salt to taste
1/2 Cup Cooked Brown Rice (optional)

Method:

Bring the coconut water to the boil, then lower the heat and add the mushrooms and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes and take off the stove. Add the coriander and lemon juice. Serve  (with rice optional) and eat!

Variations: If you aren’t vegetarian and wanted a stronger flavour I think you could add fish sauce or a splash of tamari

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The Practice of Being Alone

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a break and feel rested after the holiday period. Many people have written telling me how they have had a chance to reassess their situations and are looking forward to big changes in 2014. Whether you are looking for change or content with the way things are I hope that 2014 is a year of growth for you all.

I am having quite an eye-opening experience in India this year. On previous trips to India I have been overly social when I wasn’t practicing yoga; always making new friends, and running off to explore the city and its surrounds, eating at different restaurants each day and chatting and laughing all day long. Whilst I value those times so much, this year I have made a conscious effort not to be overly social. I would fall in to bed each evening in a heap, so tired from the conversation and electric energy between myself and my new friends.

Spending too much time socialising and talking to others is extremely exhausting and I can see now that in the past, it was detracting from my practice and my sole purpose of being in India. This year, before leaving Sydney, my teacher suggested I shouldn’t fall in to the trap of being too social. I have followed her advice and found it a deeply enriching practice in itself.

That’s not to say I have become a complete hermit. I have made friends with many other students and try to get out for a meal around 3 or 4 times a week. The trickiest part at first was to just say ‘no’ to going out, the benefits I have experienced thus far are:

* A more restful mind; as I am not constantly stimulated my mind is clearer and I have been able to reconnect with what is important to me.

* More energy for morning asana practice

* More mindful with my actions throughout the day – when I feel tired, I rest, when I feel hungry, I cook etc; I am conscious of my needs at the time.

* More creativity in the kitchen; because I am expending less energy I am following a Sattvic diet but also avoiding dairy. This has forced me to think more creatively about what I am cooking. See one of my favourite new recipes that you can make in 10 minutes here

* More time to read; I have read 4 books already!

* More quality time with friends; when I am catching up with friends I value the time so much more

I encourage you all to take some time out from social responsibilities and practice being alone. There is so much to learn about yourself from the practice of being alone.

Peace & Love

Nadia x

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