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Vegan stuffed red bell peppers

I adapted this recipe from a french recipe by Marie Laforet  from her latest VEGAN cookbook that I absolutely love.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 250 g firm tofu, drained, in cubes
  • 2 big or 4 small red bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • tamari soy sauce
  • a couple of twigs of fresh parsley
  • half a zucchini
  • (Himalayan) salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • Coconut oil (or some other vegetable oil of your choice)
  • A baking dish.

Preparation

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  1. Heat up the oven to about 180°C.
  2. Boil twice the amount of water as the amount of quinoa you are using (in this recipe: 1 cup). Rinse the quinoa & add it to the boiling water, let it simmer (don’t stir).
  3. Cut the tofu in small cubes, peel & cut the ginger in small pieces. Add enough tamari soy sauce in a deep bowl to coat the tofu, add the ginger, the sesame seeds and the tofu, mix it well and set aside, season with salt & pepper.
  4. Cut the zucchini in small cubes.
  5. Cut the parsley.
  6. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove seeds, wash and put in an baking dish.
  7. Heat up the coconut oil in a skillet, add the tofu and the remainder of the seasoning from the bowl and stir fry until slightly golden, add the zucchini, the parsley and Cayenne pepper and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the tofu mixture to the ready quinoa and mix well (of the heat source).
  9. Add the remainder of the quinoa/ tofu mixture in the baking dish around the bell peppers.
  10. Add the mixture in the bell peppers and put in the oven for about 30 minutes until the bell peppers have softened somewhat.

Serve with a green salad with a light olive oil, mustard & lemon juice vinaigrette.

Tip: depending on the season, you can replace the vegetables with other seasonal vegetables and you can replace the quinoa with another type of grain of your liking.

 

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Open Door Day at Sampoorna Yoga Studio in Brussels on 29 June

Several times per year, the studio where I teach organises an open door day. This allows people to come and try out a free yoga class and to meet the teachers. There are always some yogic snacks and herbal tea to sample and often promotions for monthly passes!  The next edition takes place on Sunday 29 June, from 11:00-18:00.

Sampoorna photo Aug 2013 (4)There are several free classes of hatha yoga (all levels, 60 minutes): 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00

There’s a guided meditation & mantra chanting session (45 minutes): 15:00

Come for your free class, to socialize with other yogis and to drink free tea and sample healthy snacks & treats.

Special offers:

Start of sales of the Summer Pass (unlimited yoga in July-August for 130 euro)

On all other passes, student rate for everyone!

No registrations required, just come along (and bring your friends, too!

I’ll probably teach a class too, so I hope to meet you there !

Check out more info about the studio on the website or on the Facebook page .


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Brussels Yoga Mala 2014 – 108 Sun Salutations

Since a couple of years, a bunch of very motivated yogins here in Brussels organize the Yoga Mala on the Summer Solstice. The participants each donate some money and all the proceeds go to a charity. Why 108 ? Good question, Shiva Rea has written a beautiful article about it, read it here.

So please join us on Sunday morning, 22 June 2014, as the Yoga community comes together for the fifth time in a celebration of the unity of Yoga to raise money for the local Belgian charity Restos du Coeur.

As we welcome the Summer Solstice let us offer our gratitude to life by saluting and honouring the Sun. We will practice a Yoga Mala, a prayer in motion of 108 rounds of Surya Namaskaara (Sun Salutations).

Sun Salutations_Sivananda YogaThe practice will be a meditative flow, and whether we as individuals are able to do 1 or 108 rounds, the importance lies in our participation and intention – as a collective we will complete the Mala. There will be different teachers leading the rounds of Surya Namaskar, the practice is the Sivananda Hatha Yoga tradition.

Being there together in a spirit of loving-kindness, peace and joy is what it’s all about. And who knows what wonders will come from that…

The event is family-friendly, so children, partners and grandparents are warmly welcome. There will be Yoga for kids in parallel with the Mala, and other fun activities. Tea and biscuits for after!

You can make a difference, so come and make it happen!

Practical infomation
Date: Sunday 22 June 2014
Time: 10h30 until approximately 12h00
Venue: Autoworld Museum Mezzanine, Cinquantenaire Park
Cost: EUR 2 Museum entrance fee, plus a donation for charity. The suggested donation is at least EUR 10, but we appeal to everyone to give what they can.
What to bring: yoga mat, bottle of water, open heart and lots of energy!

To register please send an email with your name and contact details and pay your entrance fee & donation into this bank account: 035-7387485-06 (IBAN: BE85 0357 3874 8506). Upon payment you will receive a registration confirmation by email.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help either on the day or in preparations please let us know via that email address as well !

“O nourishing sun,

Solitary traveller, controller,

Source of life for all creatures, spread your light

And subdue your dazzling splendour

So that I may see your blessed Self.

Even that very Self am I!”

Isha Upanishad 16