Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pistachio-Dusted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad over Spicy Arugula

Beets are back in a big way and the beet and goat cheese salad has been delighting foodies nationwide. This root vegetable has long been hailed since herbal medicine as a potent antioxidant. It is also known for its incredible sweetness and its juices are extracted to create natural sugar substitutes, which makes it just about the one of the best whole foods for those with sugar cravings. This time of year is perfect to turn on the oven before it gets too hot, and roast beets to intensify its natural sugars. Coupled with goat cheese, a heavenly lactose-free alternative for those that typically struggle with dairy, this salad is truly a seasonal delight. Enjoy!


Prep Time: 2.5 hours
Servings: 6-8

4 medium beets, thoroughly washed and rough ends removed
at either end
2 cups of arugula
8 1-tbsp sized chunks of goat cheese, carefully spooned into balls
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. pistachio, crushed
fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon

1) Preheat oven to 385. Tightly wrapped in two layers of foil, roast beets in oven for 90 minutes. Immediately cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
2) Remove cooled beats from foil and carefully use your knife to slit an opening in the skin. Peel off gently. Cut into medium sized chunks.
3) In a medium bowl, mix lemon juice and olive oil. Toss arugula in dressing, and plate it evenly on two flat dishes.
4) Carefully top arugula with layer of beets and decoratively arrange goat cheese. Dust with crushed pistachios and serve immediately.


Daniel McCarthy on Manifesting Self Worth

This month’s self care tip comes from my colleague and gifted healer at Pekoe Wellness and Acupuncture Daniel McCarthy, a master Reiki practitioner, energy worker, and intuition coach.  When I first received his tip, I personally was in a space where I was not quite ready for it.  After the ephemeral bliss of a long-awaited honeymoon in Thailand, I returned to reality where the struggles and uncertainties of being a young business awaited me.  I retreated into the recesses of my monkey mind and all its dangerous echos and let these challenges define my self worth.  Daniel’s self-care tip is an important piece in forcing me to turn this funk around.  The city in bloom sure helps too :-)  Please enjoy and to your health – from the inside out.



This year, a lot of my personal research and studies have been in the connection between loving the self and how this impacts our daily life and health. We all know this experience very well in different ways. Think about those mornings where we would just love to be sick so that we can call into work to take a sick day. If we really, really try hard enough, we start to feel off, or even develop cold symptoms! Phrases such as “I worried myself sick!” actually translate into consequences in daily life. There have been countless studies on the correlation between our thoughts and the physical manifestations in our lives. Often, we don’t even realize the thoughts we are thinking! How many times have we made a mistake in our lives and said things like “I’m stupid,” “I can’t believe I did that,” “I can’t even do this simple task,” or a variation on this idea? In reality, we are turning this mistake into a lesson about ourselves, and these thoughts begin to dictate our lives!

My self-care tip is simple and powerful, but may take some time to put into practice. We catch our own reflection many times in the day, whether it be while brushing our teeth in the morning, fixing ourselves in the car, or walking past a glass building. The next time that you see your own reflection, stop for a moment. Look into your own eyes and say, “I love you.” This may seem silly at first, and you may even giggle the first few times, but do it anyway, and do it each time that you see yourself. Challenge yourself to do it for the next week, and notice if you feel any changes. You may even want to keep a journal, and write down any thoughts that come into your head that don’t fit with this idea of loving yourself. Remember: they’re just thoughts! I believe it was Byron Katie who said that once we see and acknowledge our thoughts, they detach from us, but we have to acknowledge that they’re there!

There are some great resources if you are interested in learning more about this idea:

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay: Louise was really a pioneer in the 1980′s about the correlation between positive thinking and a healthy body, and this book is full of examples, exercises, and stories of clients who transformed their lives through positive thinking.
The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson: A great book of monthly challenges to improve self-care.
Loving What Is by Byron Katie: An interesting four-step questioning process for analyzing the thoughts that enter our head and determining their validity.
Feeding Your Demons by Tsultrim Allione: Based off of the ancient Tibetan-Buddhist practice of Chöd, this is another method for looking at our thought patterns and fears by meeting them with understanding.

* It’s important to note that positive thinking is not a substitute for appropriate medical or psychological care. However, when we compound this idea with our own personal care systems (whether it be acupuncture, yoga, energy medicine, Reiki, nutrition, naturopathic or allopathic medical care, etc.), we begin to see our lives flourish even more! If you are thinking, “Oh, well, I am already pretty healthy and confident,” try this tip anyway. We can never have enough self-love. <3 *

Daniel C. McCarthy, a Reiki practitioner in the Usui tradition, provides Reiki treatments to the public, as well as at George Washington University Hospital through the Center for Integrative Medicine. Aside from his work within energy medicine and intuitive coaching, Daniel continues to explore new modalities and research within holistic health care.

Hindbeh: Lebanese Dandelion Greens

On my last trip to Lebanon with my old job, I vowed not to overindulge in meats and cheeses like I had the previous go around. Instead I would enjoy more salads and greens to keep up my energy for the work ahead. In almost every meal, we had a small plate of hindbeh, a nutty, flavorful sauteed green topped with crispy golden onions. I literally could not get enough of what I assumed was a spinach dish, and found that my energy increased dramatically. I googled it once stateside and learned that it was dandelion- as in the resilient weed. I read on, about its crazy detoxifying properties in cleansing the liver and promoting digestion. ‎For a complete Middle Eastern-inspired meal, serve with toasted pine nuts, chickpeas, and strained yogurt. To your health!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

2 bunches of dandelion greens, rinsed, bottom four inches of stems removed, and coarsely chopped
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced into half moons.
5 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp kosher salt

1) In one quart of boiling water, blanch dandelion greens for about two minutes. Remove and rinse with cold water.
2) In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sautee for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3) When onions begin to carmelize to golden brown, remove half from pan and set aside. Continue to brown remaining onions to a golden crisp. Remove from pan and set aside.
4) Return half-cooked carmelized onions to pan with garlic and continue to sautee over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes.
5) Stir in dandelion greens and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until greens begin dry out slightly.
6) Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and salt. Refridgerate for 5-7 minutes to cool.
7) Once cool, top with crispy onions and if desired, serve with pine nuts, chickpeas, and strained yogurt.