Tara Stiles shares one of her favorite recipes!

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This week I invited my divine spiritual running buddy, Tara Stiles to guest blog! Check out Tara’s tips and one of her favorite recipes!

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I’m super proud to chat with you all today and share in the Spirit Junkie community of Miracles. So much positive vibes and positive action swarming about. When you’re ever feeling off balance, just jump right in this community and the energy will lift you up and set you right back on your highest path.

I’m happy to share with you a bit of my story of falling off and getting back on. You know, the whole reason we do this work is to be on our highest path, but it’s important to reconcile and understand how we fell so we can learn from our past and also pass along a great example for all those who are in contact with us.

My next book, Make Your Own Rules Diet, launches 11.11, a sacred number in Spirit Junkie land and for me, a powerful delivery of my highest self, a closure of darkness into the light, and a celebration of devoting our lives to a purpose of connection and love.

I spent a good chunk of my late teens and super early twenties feeling disconnected. I ate gummy bears, diet soda, and ran to escape how I felt about myself. These habits developed slowly from a desire to disappear from shame of a sexual assault. I was unaware of my destructive habits at first, and then they morphed into strange things I adjusted my day around with tight control. A wake up call was knocked into me by my ballet teacher and mentor at the time he told me I needed to take care of myself. I was wasting away. Having a usually thin frame from being active and eating well, my body shrunk until bones protruded everywhere and concave hollows were presented.

I began to crave to reconnect with myself and regain the confidence I had my whole life up until that point. My teacher encouraged me with yoga and mediation and this was the point in my life I dove in with my whole self. Slowly I began to really care for myself, follow how I felt, and become sensitive again. It was a process that was not super fast or easy, but completely worth the journey.

Make Your Own Rules Diet is about the process of practicing being good to yourself so you desire continuing to be good to yourself. These are your rules that will sustain you into radiance. Getting on your mat, on your meditation cushion, and in your kitchen is the “what to do” while you focus on you. Get ready to enjoy taking good care of you, so we can stay on that Spirit Junkie path, catch ourselves when we teeter off balance, be kind to ourselves as we pull ourselves back on, and if we are strong enough in sustaining self care, have the joy and gift of helping others.

Here is my Energy Bowl to sustain you on your path.

TS energy bowl

1/2 red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 handful spinach, chopped
1/2 cup whole cashews
1 cup mung beans, cooked
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Saute onion in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the celery, mushrooms, and pepper, and continue to stir for 5 more minutes.
Add the spinach and cashews and stir for 5 more minutes.
Add the mung beans and stir for 2 more minutes.
Remove from the heat, transfer to serving bowls, and drizzle with the lime juice.

If you enjoy this recipe and want more from Tara, check out the Make Your Own Rules Diet. In addition, I plan to share more guest blog posts and recipes on the site. If you’re into healthy cooking I welcome you to submit your recipes in the comments below. I will test-drive your suggestions and the recipe that I dig the most will be featured on my blog! Share your recipes in the comments below:)

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  1. Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I am adjusting to not being ‘needed’ by my not-so-young-anymore children. I find myself having no excuse for not taking care of myself but still not doing it, not even knowing HOW to! It’s a new habit I hope to take on….

  2. Love both of you brave and inspiring souls. Truth rocks! Pls spell check, just makes things nicer to read…..it’s fun to just write and send, I get it! Hope I’m not offending!

  3. Ooh! I love this recipe and this whole message!! So excited for your book launch Tara and excited to see you on this amazing blog! Thanks for posting Gabby!!

  4. Hellooooo sista. Thank you so deeply for sharing this! I’m doing a series of feature film documentarieson getting back to health & happiness! The first one starts with thought and finding and deminishing deep beliefs that no longer serve us and it’s all about letting go and shifting forward. I’d be so honored to speak with you on this topic and ask about how you did that! The second film is about female issues and hormonal balancing and the third is about nutrition, meditation and exercise. I too am on a path of healing my health with an autoimmune disease and 100 lb weight gain. I’d really love to connect. I’ve already filmed twice with David Wolfe and Terry Hickey and some amazing people!! I’m sorry to post about it here but I just read this and felt so compelled to connect! I mean no disrespect!! With deep gratitude for what you just did, please email me at TruthSeekerfilm@gmail.com
    Thank you again! Judy

  5. Hey Gabby!

    Love hearing from Tara. Thank you. I think you would love this recipe. Read more about the interesting inspiration behind it here: http://lulab.tv/2014/08/14/the-everything-bagel-epiphany/

    Everything Quinoa with Scallion Cream “Cheese”

    1 cup dry quinoa
    2 cups water
    1 T olive oil
    1 t sea salt

    1 T caraway seeds
    1 T poppy seeds
    1 T sesame seeds
    3 cloves garlic
    ½ medium white onion
    Sea salt, to taste
    Black pepper, to taste
    1 T olive oil

    1 cup toasted cashews
    3 cups filtered water
    ¼ cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
    1 T apple cider vinegar
    1 t fresh lemon juice
    Sea salt, to taste
    White pepper, to taste
    3 T minced scallions

    Soak cashews in water for 4 hours then strain.

    Rinse dry quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer and transfer to pot. Add two cups of water, 1 T of olive oil and 1 t sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat, cover with lid, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until fluffy and translucent.

    Mince garlic and onions and sauté over medium heat in skillet with about 1 T olive oil. Add caraway seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, salt and black pepper and toast for a few minutes. Add cooked quinoa to pan and sauté for 5 minutes, combining well.

    In a blender, add your soaked cashews, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and white pepper. Blend until very thick and creamy. Serve a dollop of cream “cheese” on top of quinoa and garnish generously with scallions. Enjoy!

  6. Mmmm…the recipe looks yummy ! I would like to share an easy recipe for a healthy wrap. It’s from a French-speaking cooking blog called “Trois fois par jour”.
    -Use a sprouted grain tortilla Ezekiel (or any tortilla)
    -Spread the ingredients in this order : almond butter, tofu spread, minced green onion, 5 Bam dates cut in small pieces and grated carrots
    -Roll and eat
    Here’s the orignal link so you can look at a photo of the wrap : http://www.troisfoisparjour.com/recettes/sandwichs/sandwich-roule-vegetarien

  7. So this came at a perfect time. I’m finally taking my health in my hands and needed some simple, easy, ways to eat healthy.

    Thank you!

  8. This sounds incredible… and in perfect timing! I am working on changing up my diet, not to lose weight, but to nourish my body with more fruit and veggies. Making the transition to a healthier lifestyle, it’s still important for me to enjoy what I’m eating (especially when making changes!) and this really sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing and guiding me to healthy changes with a little more ease! Love and light to Tara and Gabby!
    XOXO Amanda

  9. I’m so not a cook, in fact, as much as I want my food to be quick and healthy I see it more as fuel than fun. If I have to spend hours preparing it, well, I don’t. That just doesn’t happen.

    Tara your recipe looks so simple (and sounds delicious) that I could do give it a try for lunch while I work. Thank you so much.

  10. I love the shift to eating healthier as we awaken to more light- how can I do this if I’m not a vegetarian? Would that be “eating clean”? And thanks for covering all the bases Gabby- it’s easier to meditate/exercise/live when you care for the building blocks of the body too and not just the mind.

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