Monday, December 30, 2013

The Quinoa Recipe and Excitement

The question for the past couple of weeks has been "are you excited?" At times I've acted as though I was asked "how are you?" (people do not want a lengthly explanation) and simply answered "yes" . Truth be told, I haven't been excited; I've been anxious, exhausted and too "in it" with this whole book thing that I haven't been skipping or giddy or whatever it is excited people do. That was until I watched good old Super Soul Sunday last night. Marianne Williamson talked about leading with love rather than  fear. If you're ready to click away thinking I've gone off a spiritual cliff hang on. She gave an example of going to get a job. Often, we're thinking "am I going to do well?" or "will they offer me something?" and that shifts our focus and we're stifled and scared. Marianne said "it limits our capacity to shine." Sound familiar? What if instead we all focused on what we wanted to communicate or assumed we would be well received. I am not sure I'd go all the way to "blast them with love before you arrive".  This really rung a bell with me. I am not looking for a job but I'm certainly putting this little book out there (tomorrow!) and my thoughts have been dominated by "how is the book going to do?" but the Super Soul Lauren is going to try to focus on spreading the LBT word, keeping it fresh and fun and who knows maybe I'll blast you all with love in the new year. 

And, for a taste of LBT here is one of my favorite recipes from the book. Jenna Helwig formulated all the terrific recipes and this one is a keeper.

Makes 4 servings
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white miso

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 cups cooked quinoa (rinse before cook)
3 cups steamed broccoli florets, roughly chopped
2 cups baby arugula

1⁄4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1⁄4 teaspoon salt
To make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, miso, and rice vinegar. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, broccoli, arugula, and sunflower seeds. Add the dressing and the salt. Toss gently until combined. 

Yes, this was the "Dr Oz Quinoa"

I am "excited" to share that the Little Book of Thin Blog tour kicks off tomorrow with a dozen posts from some of my favorite bloggers. I'll be tweeting and FBing and posting the links here as they go live. OK gotta "skip" and get ready for this book launch.
Do you tend to be fearful with important events? Do you like quinoa? Cook with miso? Remember how to skip?


  1. Good Luck :) also wishing you a Happy New Year

  2. So excited for you! And I just know this book is going to be a hit. I think it's great and can't wait to recommend it to everyone!

  3. this means so much Alysa, I love everything you put out there and your "stamp" makes me smile.

  4. To you too Ayala, thank you for centering me, whenever I pop over to your blog I feel more calm (and ha ha I need that). HNY to you and yours.

  5. SupersoulLauren, love it!! LBT is fantastic and if you're not totally excited I am for you! yay let the LBT madness begin.

  6. and also my dad joined a skipping league (cant make this up) in california so for better or worse yes i have been skipping

  7. I hope you can enjoy the next couple of weeks, Lauren! It's an exciting time and you deserve to focus on the joy! You did an amazing job with the book! I think we eat so similarly that I kept thinking over and over I would have written the same thing! :) Yet, there are certainly plenty of tips that I'll incorporate in my life!

  8. You're not excited but everyone in the FT office is!!! LBT is amazing and yes madness is involved but LBT madness is the fun kind :)

  9. You guys are the best. Really the best.

  10. Andrea, I read this in a taxi earlier and seriously teared up. So happy we met through the blog world and so appreciative of my new "friends".

  11. supersoul lauren is hiding right now #stressheadache

  12. I need more information

  13. Jess @ Keeping It Real FoodDecember 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Congrats! And I completely understand that fearful/anxious feeling. I get so caught up being nervous I have to basically slap myself and say, "Hey—this is a big deal. Smile!" Haha the morning I finished grad school there was a fire in my building, so I was just relieved to still have a home to go to after the ceremony. If it hadn't been for that, I probably would have spent the day worrying they wouldn't give me my diploma or that I would trip while walking across the stage or something.

  14. So you're saying a fire is the the solution to my problems? I hear you though sometimes something catching your attention in stressed moments actually reduces the stress.

  15. So so so happy for you Lauren! You shouldn't be fearful in the least because if anyone is ready for this, it's you!

    I love quinoa...have never cooked with miso (don't eat soy)... and haven't skipped in forever. But I will be reading your book this weekend. Can't wait!

  16. Jess @ Keeping It Real FoodDecember 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hah! Whoops, totally sounds that way. Maybe a fun/cute/nice attention-catching thing would work too.