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Saving Time with Char: Getting Rid of the Clock


I discovered a few weeks ago that one of the reasons why I love yoga is because there is no time.  No watches.  No phones.  Just the beating of my heart and the profuse sweat from my brow.  For about an hour after leaving the yoga studio, I do not even think about time.  That is, until it is time for dinner.  Then, my mind spins, especially if I haven’t prepared something in advance.

New Year’s Eve day was no exception.  A mid-day yoga class has me feeling as though my passport had been stamped to Nirvana.  But, all  of a sudden, I realized…dinner.

A few months ago I started having a weekly supply of organic vegetables sent to my home.  A local consortium collects and gathers produce and groceries from local farms and food purveyors.  It is almost like having a CSA come to your door.  I love my weekly surprises and have enough food to meal prep for a week.

A head of broccoli, an onion, three tomatoes, two bay leaves, a box of organic, low sodium vegetable broth…and dinner is done.    I literally threw everything into my pressure cooker, cooked it for about twenty minutes.  And, when it was done, I gently pulsed it in my Vitamix® to make a hearty and attractive soup.  It was a beautiful green with flecks of red and yellow.  Filling.  Packed with vitamins and minerals.  And totally delicious.

I might be learning new poses and such and forgetting about time, but when dinner rolls around, a little speed work in the kitchen fills my belly and my soul.  Fat free.  Salt Free.  And full of flavor.  So, after your workout, head home, throw some veggies into a pot and create a delicious and wonderful soup.

I always like to give names to my recipes.  Maybe I will call this “Namaste Soup.”

Happy New Year.

About the author

Char Nolan
Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

2 Responses to “Saving Time with Char: Getting Rid of the Clock”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Love the name of “Namaste Soup!”

  2. Susan Baxter-Blum Sr. says:

    “Namaste”” xxoo

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