Tuesday 21st March 2017 – Spring is here…….

I wanted to share with you what a lovely weekend I had.

I enjoyed another weekend on my Macrobiotics course in Shoreditch, London.

As always we made some delicious foods and on Sunday, one of my fellow students was in charge of creating a menu, focused around Macrobiotics and what we have learnt so far about food.  The menu was well thought out, a wonderful variety (as the picture shows below) and most of all, tasty.  Now I need to get my thinking cap on as my turn is on 20th May!  Suggestions welcome.

 

During the weekend, the focus was around Feng Shui and how we can feel better by simply making little changes.  The changes can be around our homes, rooms, offices as well as choosing different colours to wear, choosing brighter colours to decorate our homes with and using pictures, decorative items and ornaments to enhance the energy and moods that surround us.

One area that came up for me that need a little shift was my home-office.

Previously, my desk was facing the window and I was sitting with my back to the door.  To enhance the atmosphere in this room and to bring the right energies I want to this ‘working’s  pace (by energies I mean to create the atmosphere I need to be able to work efficiently and effectively by staying focused, dedicated and energised by all things ‘business’).  So yesterday, after a morning of shopping, baking customer orders, deliveries and lunch, I took this task to hand and did a ‘clear spring clean/change around’ of my home-office in sync with the first day of Spring.

As you will see from the picture of my office now, I have created a peaceful secure space where, although I haven’t had a great amount of time to enjoy the space as yet, I feel the flow of energy is more expressive and calming yet energised by the simplicity and the clear out, knowing where all my books, files and documents are and of course having a good clean!

 

I also spent Saturday evening with a lovely friend of mine, Nilva and her husband Kevin.  They live in Canary Wharf and we had fantastic views of all the wonderful buildings The City of London has to offer.

 

               

My friend cooked dinner and created a delicious Vegan meal, which I recreated yesterday and will share the recipe with you as it was tasty and nutritious and simply by me recreating it so quickly after I’d enjoyed it, you can tell it was truly scrumptious!

 

Sweet Potato & Butterbean Stew

2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into chunks
2 red peppers, sliced
1/2 of a small fresh red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped) or 1/4 tsp of dried chilli flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup sliced cabbage or 1 medium onion finely sliced
1 can butter beans
1 stalk of celery finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp olive/sunflower oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp fresh/ground turmeric
1/2 cup of fresh coriander
Salt & pepper to taste

In a bowl put 1 tbsp of oil, the sweet potatoes, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika and rub the spices into the potato, place on a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 180C.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan on medium heat, start to sauté the cabbage/onions and celery in the remaining oil for a couple minutes, then add the peppers and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add the butter beans and mix, then add the chopped tomatoes along with the rest of the spices.  Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

My friend served this dish with white rice however I used brown rice, so please choose your own variety depending on taste.  Infact you can serve this dish with any grain, quinoa, couscous, bulgar wheat etc.  Any variety is delicious, filling and satisfying.

When the sweet potatoes are ready, add them to the stew and mix very well.  The stew is now ready to be served.

Alongside this delicious stew, my friend made a lovely lentil salad made from Puy lentils (pre-cooked) and added fresh parsley leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes along with a simply lemon and olive oil dressing.

There you have it, a complete vegan, gluten free, healthy and nutritious meal prepared in 30 minutes!

So what was your weekend like?  What new dishes have you been creating or should I say recreating?  What plans have you got to see in the new season?  I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and recipes so please share them with me……..

Until soon x

4 Responses to Tuesday 21st March 2017 – Spring is here…….

  1. Tracy 21st March 2017 at 11:27 #

    Your macrobiotic course sounds wonderful! And I really like the sound of that sweet potato stew-what a fabulous idea to roast the potatoes in the spices! I am inspired!!
    I have been struggling to keep the weight on, caring for my 20 week old baby i tend to forget to eat or don’t manage to finish my meals (warm meals are just not the same cold!!). As a whole food vegan the weight is just dropping off !!! Over the weekend I spent time with my sister who kindly and lovingly filled me up with vegan junk food !!!
    I think every morning i may try to quickly make up a cool bag of food – smoothies, nuts, oat cakes, peanut butter, sandwich, perhaps soup in a flask? I long to be my usual healthy self again!!!
    I hope you enjoy your lovely new office space!!! 🙂

    • Guilda Akopians 21st March 2017 at 16:13 #

      Hi Tracy thank you for your feedback and input. My sweet potato sweet is heavenly and you should try it.
      I shared the left overs with a friend for lunch today and she loved it and is making it for her family for dinner!
      I think in terms of eating well, eating regularly is key. Although I don’t have children, I run a busy little business
      and with this I need to ensure that I plan my foods and eat regularly IF I want to eat well and nutritiously. There
      are some times, not that often thank goodness, where time passes me by and I find that I haven’t prepared and I reach
      out for something that isn’t that bad however not nutritious because it doesn’t contains the nutrients I need to eat well and
      balanced. So my top tip is plan…..as much as possible plan…..soak foods over night, prepare foods during quieter moments and
      of course your idea of putting soups in a flask is great and add some oat or rice cakes with alternate nut butters is great.
      Have you tried Miso soup yet? I love it because you can make it into a whole meal in itself by adding loads of veggies and some noodles
      (my favourite at the moment being rice noodle or buckwheat). As we speak I am enjoying my new office surroundings – feels good. Chat soon xx

      • Tracy 22nd March 2017 at 11:14 #

        Thanks for your advice! I bought some white miso from whole foods after seeing your lovely soups, i will try to find time to make some-i looks so healthy and delicious! I will let you know how I get on 🙂 xx

        • Guilda Akopians 23rd March 2017 at 15:13 #

          Excellent Good Luck and take pix and post x

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