I have a great post coming up continuing our cleaning theme, but this tomato soup post simply cannot wait. Why? Because tomatoes are ripening and falling off the vine so ready to be eaten. As a little girl in Colombia, tomato soup was one of my favorite soups of all time. I'm so happy that I get to make this for baby S, and he loves loves loves it, and I love that it's so simple and so delicious. So here it is:
Simple Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (Vegan, GF)
Cut tomatoes, onions, and place in baking sheet. Cover in Olive oil and add salt and basil.
Roast at 375 for 40 mins (depending on oven)
10 mins before roasting is done, heat veggie broth in medium heat
Once veggies are done roasting, cook them in veggie broth on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Put mixture in blender.
Serve, and enjoy.
The proof is in the pudding: Baby S loved it so much he insisted on feeding himself, no matter how precarious... Slurp slurp...Ahhh.
It's been a while since my last post. The summer has flown by! I wanted to make good on the promise I made at the beginning of the season: to tackle how to detox our cleaning supplies.
After having baby S, I decided that i wanted as close to a chemical-free home as possible. Chemical overload is a potential culprit to illnesses. Aside from all the scary stuff, I just didn't want there to be a possibility of Baby S getting into any chemicals. Even with baby-proofing, you just never know. And boy was I right. This kid loves spray bottles--as in, he loves putting them in his mouth. While I don't make a habit of allowing him to put cleaning bottles in his mouth, I rest easier knowing that if he were to get his mouth on something, it would not harm him. And hence, I began making my own cleaning products.
Making your own cleaning products is SUPER EASY and WAAAAAAAY cheaper than store bought. So today, I'd like to share my recipe for two:
I'm a little late on this considering that it's essentially summer, but the summer rains have made it feel like it's still very much spring! That said, summer is still a perfectly good time to do all that clearing out--right?! This post includes a little shameless plugging; for this post 'd like to share a recent article I wrote for New York Spirit magazine. Only the article goes beyond the dust and clutter we accumulate with our stuff--instead, it's really about the root of that collection, our internal clutter. For us to stay clutter-free, it really starts on the inside. That's the real work.
With that said, however, stay tuned for posts on physical cleaning! This includes making your own chemical-free furniture sprays, hand and baby-butt wipes, and toothpaste!
Read article here: A Yogic Guide to Spring Cleaning, Gift-Giving, and our Crisis of Clutter
As much as I adore cooking, there are only so many hours in the day. This is why I go for easy, quick, and healthy. This works in our favor, because most easy, quick, and healthy meals end up having just around five ingredients, which is where I generally like to keep it. This is one of Baby S's favorites: quinoa bowl. I make it even easier on myself by making a big batch of quinoa that will last me a few days. For this one I also added a little bit of kale.
Kale (or spinach, or arugula)
Instructions are really simple: Cook the quinoa, add some kale/spinach/arugula with EVOO, add some cooked garbanzos (or canned by draining and rinsing), add avocado, tomato, and cilantro and voila! The cilantro is a nice touch that reminds me of home. When I'm really missing home, I will add a plantain to the mix. Delicious!
If the quinoa is already made, this meal takes 10 mins to prepare. If not, then its about 25mins.
Post baby S. Real proof that this one is a winner!
I'm a reader. Once I find something I care about, I will research it dry, even if it means getting up before the sunrise and baby-rise so I can come to understand the topic at hand as best as I can. Reading these days is an absolute luxury, so the books that find their way into the nooks and crannies of my sacred time when baby is napping, have to be amazing. I put You are Your Child's First Teacher in that category, hands down. So today's post is really about resources, and one of my favorite elements of this book, is the way that the end of each chapter provides clear resources for further research. It is clear that Rahima Baldwin Dancypt is an experienced educator and mother. This book talks in detail about the importance of our engagement in our children's early lives, and echoes my own sentiments on our role in their development: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Since becoming a yoga instructor nearly a decade ago, I started to have a love affair with anatomy. The human body is wondrous, and it was shocking to me how little I learned about it in school. While my little guy is too young to start learning the functions of the internal organs, or the latin names of bones, I love the idea of introducing him to the body in a fun way. I made this out of felt, and used a magic marker to draw the lines on the brains and intestines. Now, we play it like it's a puzzle and he absolutely loves it. The other day he even put the brain in his own head and the heart (not pictured) on his own chest without being prompted.
Felt (0.33c a sheet at Michael's)
It can be helpful to have an anatomical picture from the internet to look at if one feels unsure as to the shapes and relative sizes and/or placements of the organs.
Really easy, fun activity.
I love cookies, but I'm not a great baker. Part of my aversion towards baking is that I find it complicated and I'm not the best at following exact directions. My wild side always wants to temper with things! That, and I can never find my measuring cups. This is perhaps why this particular recipe is such a staple for us, and it's one of my absolute favorites: no refined sugars, gluten-free option, vegan, and you can make it with 3, 4, or 5 ingredients! Oh, and no measuring cups ;)
It also takes about 15 minutes to make and 12 minutes to bake, so that's certainly a plus:
The 3, 4, or 5 Ingredient Cookie:
-One ripe banana
-Handful of raisins
-Nut butter of choice
-Flax meal (for added protein, fiber, and stickiness)
These are the ingredients in this particular batch. The jar on the right contains raisins. I will do another post later on collecting glass jars and redoing my whole kitchen storage to rid ourselves of plastic ;)
What's life without fun?! To me, there's no better feeling in the world than hearing my child's laughter. So far, one of the most surprising things about parenting has been how fun it actually is. Parenting provides a remarkable opportunity for us to tune in to our inner child, to get messy, to relearn the art of playing. Today our playtime consisted of art time. Throughout history, art has served to provide cultures with the means for self-expression, self-reflection, and resistance against oppression. Art lies at the center of our very humanity; our oldest ancestors communicated through art. Enough philosophizing!
Our art play started cleanly enough, but as you can see, it evolved into a beautiful, messy thing! Here is my son again teaching me to expand my boundaries.
I highly recommend the recycled kraft paper that runs about $12-$18 for 100 feet of drawing/painting/coloring/creative fun.
People are sometimes stunned that my one-year-old will eat kale, broccoli, and cabbage and actually enjoy it! I'm not saying this just to brag (ok, maybe a little ;) but the truth is that these eating habits started in the womb with the understanding that the food that we eat is what our body has in order to make our bodies out of them. For us as adults, this truth isn't nearly as imperative as it is for a little one, who is growing at amazing rates, both physically, as well as developmentally.
The one question I get asked most is "but doesn't it take forever to cook all these healthy meals?!" I'm not exaggerating when I say that I take a total of fifteen minutes to forty-five minutes cooking dinner--tops.
This is one of our staples, and one of my favorites: Grilled Tempeh with Steamed Broccoli and Swiss Rainbow Chard. Tempeh is a vegetarian classic that when grilled with olive oil, garlic, and a little sprinkle of Himalayan or sea salt becomes slightly crunchy and so yummy. The Chard is cooked with olive oil and tamari, and the broccoli is just steamed. For those not familiar with tempeh or chard (don't worry, you're not alone) here's what to look for in the grocery store:
This whole meal takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare. I don't even bother cutting the tempeh--I just rip it into little pieces with my hand. My son adores this stuff, and even runs to the kitchen and does his sign (more on sign language later) for tempeh before I can get it on the stove! Chard is easily one of the world's healthiest foods, and at an early age it also adjusts the tongue to the bitter and pungent tastes--tastes that the traditional American diet is sorely missing, but that are healthy for our system. And then there's the colors! Eating bright reds and purples is so good for our blood, circulation, qi!
My dear boy recently turned one. As many things in parenting, I had the idea to start this blog a looooong time ago--but you know how that goes. That said, everything is right in it's own time, and so as it turns out, this is the right time.
Today's post is about movement. Our culture has lost its connection to the amazing things the body can do. A woman's body can create and sustain life! It's quite remarkable. For the body to be healthy, we have to think of movement as part of life itself, as intrinsic to being alive as food is. My goal with movement is to expose my son to different forms of movement at an early age, and to increase his body awareness. We play through dancing, running, and as in the picture above--yoga. Moving doesn't have to happen every day for one or two hours; even five minutes of play time is enough. As I move, I sometimes say what my (or his) body parts are doing, and I often make up songs to go along with movements.
Tatiana Forero Puerta
Tatiana Forero Puerta is a mami, yogi, educator, health counselor, and writer. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, her blood thumps with the bongos of Salsa music. She is a proponent of the simple & natural. This blog documents her journey through conscious parenting.