Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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If you don’t have one of these… get one immediately!



The Instant Pot is a ridiculously amazing little contraption that is a TOTAL game changer for everyone!

Don’t have time to cook?

Trying to eat in more?

Want to become a better cook?

Want to cut down on your appliances?

I could go on… but this thing is magical. It does pretty much everything except BBQ and smoke. Granted, you have to still do the prep work. However, your cooking time is cut down a TON and the fact that you can throw everything in this thing and set it and forget it? Every busy/lazy/foodie person’s dream!
So check it out if you haven’t. It makes perfect rice, rice porridge, stews, yogurt, ribs, cheesecake, dulce de leche, banana bread, one pot Meals, pastas etc. you get the idea! 
Here are a couple dishes I’ve made…

Rice porridge with ham hocks. Because I have a cold and this is a total comfort food!

Beef stew. Made in under an hour! 

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Pizza Oven Zen


 
Today is a beautiful day – so why not enjoy some delicious pizzas by the pool? 


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All You Can Eat Korean BBQ – YakiniQ BBQ


Japantown in San Francisco. All you can eat. Protein-heavy. Delicious. Good for big groups. If you’re a carnivore, you should go here. Make a reservation too – it’s packed!!! Street parking or parking garage on Post. Go!!

  


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A darn good spot for good food, good beers, and a good view!


Taps located in Petaluma. This is a good brewery with delicious food! Definitely not your average brewery with pub food. A wide variety of beers on tap with delicious, quality food. We had the salt & pepper wings which are awesome. I am a sucker for chicken wings, and salt and pepper. Winning!

We split the chuckwagon burger – bison, pork belly, hush puppy strings and mustard BBQ sauce (which I am now determined to learn how to make). Let me just say, Wow! Not too greasy, and you can taste every ingredient with every bite!

For drinks I had the spiced chai cider made by Schilling. That in itself is dessert! I’m always one to order a beer but wow this cider was too good. The kind that is not too sweet, bubbly, a little bit of a bite, and the hint of spice. Yum. I will be back for this!!

So if you’re in the north bay, coming back from wine country, or looking for a good spot to stop for lunch or dinner, check it out! You won’t go wrong.

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Simple & Refreshing Lunch!


Sometimes, life just doesn’t warrant preparing meals. Many times, I will go into a grocery store thinking with my stomach and then paying for it afterwards! I’ve personally come to the conclusion that it is just not worth it.

I have noticed recently that my stomach is SO much more sensitive to various foods – specifically anything fried, with dairy or too much sodium. Unfortunately I am not one of those people anymore with a stomach of steel. I guess this is what getting older partially means! In any event, I’m usually starving by the time it is 11:30am and that feeling of “I will eat anything” kicks in. There is a grocery store right down the street from my work and I have found that my “go-to” lunch is really quite simple yet fulfilling, delicious, inexpensive, protein-packed and healthy (for the most part). I can easily make this at home also and here is what it is…

Ingredients:
One cucumber – sliced thinly (this is in place of a slice of bread)
Chicken salad (store bought)

Or if you choose to make it yourself:
Shredded chicken breast
1T vegan mayo, or olive oil mayo
1/2t yellow curry spice
1T raisins
5-6 pieces of diced pineapple
1/4 stalk of celery diced
Dash of turmeric
Dash of cumin
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients together (except for cucumber) in a bowl and mix until the right consistency. If you want more moisture, add a teaspoon of chicken broth. If you’re a mayo person, add more to your liking.

Apply a spoonful of the chicken curry mixture into a slice of cucumber!

Yum!

Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days and it is one of those recipes that is even better the day after!

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