Meal Plan and Yoga Video

January 19, 2012

Hey! How is your day going? Any fun weekend plans just around the corner?

I think Ty and I are going to do a little ski touring on Saturday with some of the people in his program. We went touring last Saturday as well and it was awesome – so beautiful.

There was a fair amount of snow and it looked like a winter wonderland :)

I tend to do meal planning and a big grocery shop on the weekend, but with the ski season upon us and our changing schedules, I think it will be shifted into the week a bit.

I’ve posted about the advantages of meal planning along with some tips on how to get started, so check it out if you’re interested. Here is my 6-day dinner meal plan for the week, leaving a day for leftovers or using up whatever we may have.

  1. Cous Cous Salad
  2. Bread and Cabbage Soup, green salad with homemade dressing
  3. Garbanzo Bean Salad Wraps (No-Egg Salad)
  4. Pasta e Fagioli, green salad with homemade dressing
  5. Chickpea and Tomato Soup, steamed  broccoli
  6. Tortilla Veggie Pizzas, sautéed green beans

Here is the recipe for the Cous Cous Salad I made. You could add other vegetables you have on hand, or spice it up how you like!

Cous Cous Salad

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups dry cous cous
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ cup black olives, pitted
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook cous cous according to package instructions. Let cool and fluff with fork
  2. Over medium heat, toast sunflower seeds in a frying pan until slightly browned
  3. Cut zucchini into match strips, dice tomatoes, and quarter black olives.
  4. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and gently combine together. Adjust seasoning as necessary
  5. Serve as is, or drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

On another note, have you seen this video?

It has caused a bit of controversy – here are a few links to articles showing both sides.

Kathryn Budig Interview Briohny Smyth

Is Equinox selling through inspiration or discouragement?

I think it is a beautiful video and she obviously has been very dedicated to her yoga practice. I can see both sides though. I think we all just have to remember what the ultimate goal of practicing yoga is and not get distracted comparing our bodies or physical abilities with others.

You might practice down dog or handstand every day on your mat but why? What is your ultimate goal? Being able to press up into handstand, connecting with God, both?

It is a lot easier to talk about how society needs to change, how the world needs to change, how other people need to change, than to actually change ourselves. But, that is exactly what we should be focused on – changing ourselves, raising our awareness and consciousness. That will change the world.

To quote Sri Swami Satchidananda: ”Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.”

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