When you don't have time for a sacred practice...well, the one you've imagined in your head (urm...the wonderfully scented candle lit one accompanied by light flutes and blissful silence…), then you do what I recently heard Rev. Michelle Wadleigh say, make your LIFE your practice. Today that means, extra mindful lunch making. Lovers, try it. Yes, cooking for munchkin and munchkin senior can be blissful. Some folks say it makes the food taste better too.
Today's sacred text came from the back of an OSEM Israeli Couscous box. Sacred because its one of the few dishes little man devours these days. And that is heavenly.
1 cup Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup pine nuts (chopped and toasted sesame seeds work well too)
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Heat the olive oil in a small pan. Gently cook the onions, mushrooms, and pine nuts in the pan for 2-3 minutes, or until soft. Add the couscous and stir well. Cover with hot chicken or vegetable stock, or water. Season to taste. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with basil. Oh how blissfully easy and fast!
Let there be silence. Breathe it in. Feel your body relax (its a fast and easy recipe). Pull out all of your ingredients, knifes, cutting board, pans and be grateful. Groceries are expensive these days. It is a blessing to have them. Wash your hands gracefully in soap and warm water. For extra luxury, keep some nicely scented soap and shae butter at the sink. Now...chop! Take your time. Pay attention to what you are doing. Guess what. Food is sacred. It is a gift that you are blessing your family with. It nourishes the body and the heart.
Let it cool, and give thanks. Now enjoy the rest of naptime.