Walk In Beauty

“Only a person who has grasped the art of cooking, washing dishes, sweeping and chopping wood, someone who is able to laugh at the world’s weapons of money, fame, and power, can hope to descend the mountain as a hero. A hero like that will traverse the waves of success and failure without rising or sinking. In fact few people will recognize them as a hero at all. “
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Simple Salad

Cooked beets chopped into bite size chunks or match sticks
(The easiest way to prepare beets is to put them in a pot of boiling water. When they are cooked peel the skins off with your fingers or the edge of a spoon and rinse them with cold water).
Carrots grated or cut into match sticks
Apples chopped into bite sized chunks or match sticks
Baby field greens

This is a foolproof way to make a tasty dressing with what ever you have.

1 part oil (olive, sesame, sunflower, hemp, flax, pumpkin, avocado etc. or a mixture of various kinds)
1 part acidic (apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, ferment juice, lime, lemon or a mixture)
.5-1 part sweet depending on taste (honey, maple syrup, date paste, agave syrup, apricot purée or a mixture)

Combine everything in a blender, whisk in a bowl or shake in a jar.

The following are some optional seasonings that can be added to the basic recipe:

  • Blueberries & mint
  • Curry (use maple syrup as the sweetener)
  • Ginger & cilantro
  • Red or green Thai curry paste (use a little sesame oil in the oil part)
  • Orange juice and zest with rose-water (use honey as the sweetener)
  • Chopped basil (use some balsamic vinegar as the acidic part)
  • Caramelize onions (reduce balsamic vinegar and maple syrup while caramelizing onions)
  • Cranberries and ginger
  • Raspberries and lemon balm