Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose) + Indian Spiced Green Veggie Patties= “Possibility Patties”

    This week’s yoga pose and recipe pairing is inspired by possibility. What is really possible for each one of us when we open up, believe in ourselves, and follow our dreams???? The possibilities are endless.

    It is easy to focus on what limits us. Bumps in our journey come out of nowhere at times. Now you’re probably thinking “well Melanie it is easy for you to believe in possibilities, you already seem to have your stuff together and are pretty happy and inspired most of the time”. While this is true, what is also true is that I experience a case of the limiting blues every once in a while too. Yet, what continues to get me out a lot quicker these days is remembering that just on the other side of the limiting door is the possibility door. Before I describe this weeks yoga pose, dancer, and the yummy Indian inspired green patties (In honor of Saint Patrick’s day of course:)), I want to share a quick story with you that I hope inspires you to start living in the world of possibility.

    In August of 2009 a turn of events knocked me to my knees, physically and emotionally. There were many days when I didn’t see the possibilities, or the light on the other side. What got me to the other side were a couple things…The first thing was showing up for myself and accepting where I was at. Even though many days I didn’t want to get out of bed, I did. I know some days I showed up dragging my feet, but I still showed up. The second thing was I reached out and connected with others. I definitely had a prior story in my eating disorder days of isolating and not reaching out for fear that others would see me as less than perfect and my cover would be blown. What I realized when I was going through this period of time two years ago was that even though I was kinda messy sometimes, the people whom I reached out to didn’t care, they loved me regardless. The third thing is I started living my truth more and more each day. I started doing more of the things that felt authentic to me and dropping the things that didn’t. This included relationships, business, and the places I frequented. What I discovered through this process and still continue to discover is that through acceptance, connection, and truth possibility exists. If I had stayed in the limits I definitely would not be writing this blog today.

    This week the yoga pose dancer is a physical expression of possibility. At first glance it may seem like a pretty simple quad stretch, but as you begin to explore the depths of the pose you will begin to see and more importantly feel what is possible. The Indian Green Patties that I created are all about possibilities. When you see the ingredients you may not believe at first glance that they could possibly have such intense flavor and goodness in them. Yet when you make them and take the first bite you will see how three simple ingredients can bring such possibility to your taste buds and your tummy.

    Enjoy this weeks pairing and start living from your space of possibility. I know that lurking inside each and everyone of you is a possibility excited to come out and play. It may take a lot of work, and it will definitely take a lot of commitment and persistence, but I can guarantee you it is worth it.

    Playing in Possibilities with you this week.

    Lots of Love,

    Melanie

    Possibility Patties Recipe:

    You will need a food processor and optional dehydrator.
    -Pre-heat the oven to 300.

    Ingredients

    -1 cup of almond meal
    -1 cup of spinach
    -1 cup of green peas ( I buy the frozen organic ones from whole foods)
    -1 tbsp of turmeric
    -1 tbsp of curry powder
    -1 tbsp of garam masala
    -sea salt to taste
    -Optional 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 white or yellow onion

    Preparation & Cooking:
    In a food processor combine the spinach, almond meal, and green peas
    together until there is a paste like substance. Then add all the
    spices and mix again for about 20 seconds. Taste to see if they are
    seasoned to your liking and add more spice if necessary.

    -After mixture is made, scoop mixture into medium size patties on a pre-greased (I greased with olive oil) baking sheet.
    -Put in oven at 300 degree for approx 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
    -Take out and serve with hummus, a yummy chutney, or any other fun flavorful sauce. Also makes a great veggie patty for sandwiches and “burgers”.

    ***Note these can also be made as a raw veggie patty. Preparation is the same but the change is in the cooking. “Cooking” is done in the dehydrator. Put patties in at anywhere from 90-110 degrees for approx 5 hours or until the feel firm and patty like.

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