Salad with a Bite (Spinach, Mushrooms and Quinoa)

If you like a salad that has a bit of a bite (in a nice way) and 100 % vegetarian here's one to definitely try.

* 6 white mushrooms (finely sliced)*
   (you may want to use less mushrooms)
* Spinach (4-5 handful or 1/2 bunch)
* 1 cup quinoa
* salt, pepper & curry powder
* 1 clove garlic (diced)
* 1 teaspoon dijon mustard+ (gives it the bite)
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon apple vinegar+
* 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
* 1/3 buttermilk, soy or a substitute+

(+) Experiment with your own version or what's already in your cupboard.

Cook the Quinoa:
~Add 1 1/4 cup of water to the washed quinoa into a saucepan with salt to taste. I added only 1/2 of a teaspoon. Let boil for 1 minute, continue to simmer and cover (about 10-15 minutes).
~When the qunioa is cooked fluff it with a fork and set aside into a bowl. Let it cool (5-10 minutes).

Prepare the Dressing:
~Add the ingredients from the garlic clove downward (see list above) and ONLY the pepper (no salt). Pepper to your own liking.
~Whisk it together in a bowl.

All Together:
~In a serving bowl add the spinach (line the bottom and sides with it).
~Add the dressing to the bowl with the quinoa and stir.
~Then add the mushrooms and stir.
~Scope out and place in the middle of the bowl and on top of the spinach.
~You may need to pull out some of the leaves of the spinach in order to give a more decorative effect!
~Sprinkle with curry powder or another spice to taste.

Serve and smile!

The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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