Kris Carr lives one “Crazy Sexy Life”. She is a NYTimes bestselling author, a “wellness warrior” and a cancer warrior.
Nine years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage 4 cancer that changed her life forever.
BUT, not in the way you may think.
You know that dream of yours where you head the airport, book a ticket to the first place that comes to mind & just go? Kris made it a reality. Only, she hit the road. Sold everything & left on what she describes as “a deep healing pilgrimage.”
There’s no doubt about it, Kris takes action & Do(es) It Like A Woman to the point where her journey has actually ignited a global wellness revolution–one, like our own, that sponsors many different voices.
Last week, Alison Ottaway (pathlesstrodden.com) acted as a guest blogger on Kris’ website. The title of her of her blog, “Nurturing Your Feminine Side with Food.”
Yep, you heard it–FOOD.
You can read her blog, here.
But, let’s get into this food business.
Very little argument is needed to get me into the kitchen & get me cooking. “Im hungry”, just about does it every time. I am in love with food. In fact, I’d rather spent time with it than most people, seriously. So, it is lucky for my waistline, that more often than not, I enjoy cooking it more than I enjoy eating it. Friends joke that I have a form of backwards anorexia or cookin-exia where the preparation of the food is enough to satisfy me. Yet, to date, it still remains one of my healthiest relationships only rivaled by my one with Gym.
So, when I saw Alison’s blog last week. I stopped and asked my feminine side, “Feminine me, What would you like to eat?”
It answered: Strawberry Banana Bread & Quinoa Mac & Cheese.
Now, I get A LOT of things from my mama. One of those things is that I never take a recipe at face value & neither should you. Make it your own based on what you like. Below are my recipes:
Strawberry Banana Bread: (with gluten-free & vegan suggestions)
- 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon backing soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 bananas (mash one, slice the other into thin slices)
- 1/4 cup canola oil (vegetable oil)
- 1 egg white beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup strawberries (diced)
Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan by lining it with foil and coating with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon & stir to combine. Mash 1 banana with a fork and slice the other banana into thin discs. Add the mashed banana to the dry ingredients and stir. Add the oil, beaten egg white, vanilla and stir until just combined. Fold in 3/4 cup of strawberries into the batter & pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top the batter with the rest of the strawberries and the other banana slices by pressing them into the surface of the batter. Bake for 4 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool before removing it from the pan. Slice and serve as is or add butter, cream cheese, jelly, or whatever you want!
To keep gluten free, use gluten free flour.
To keep vegan, replace the egg white with a chia/flax egg, egg replacer, or add extra banana or applesauce.
Quinoa Mac & Cheese:
Serving Size: 8
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
- Veggies of your choice (I chose broccoli, go cruciferous veggies!)
- Generous pinch of salt
- A few grinds of seasoning salt
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup soy milk or non-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- Optional–crushed red pepper, Panko Wheat Bread Crumbs for topping
- May also include: salsa, hot sauce, sour cream or scallions
1. Cook to your desire any veggies you would like to use.
2. Soak and cook quinoa.
3. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together egg and milk in a large bowl. Fold in the quinoa mixture, veggies, garlic, and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish. You can choose to sprinkle more cheese on top at this time or as we did, add a couple of slices of Muenster Cheese (a family favorite) or another cheese of your choice. Top the dish with panko bread crumbs and red pepper flakes & bake for 30-35 minutes or until bread crumbs are browned.
Our concept of femininity & how we express it originates in our psyche. Yes, we have the physical appearance & physiology, but how we choose to express femininity is largely a psychological process.
The key to femininity is knowing yourself. That is where all wisdom comes from. And, being feminine, isn’t just a girl thing. Everyone has a connection to femininity Why? Because we all have mothers. It is a universal connection. That’s what makes it so special. Its something that everyone recognizes and identifies & its something to be protected.
As women, we spend our entire lives exploring what it is to be feminine. Some of our discernment comes from our heart & minds or what we know to be feminine and part of it comes from what we have learned–the cultural aspects of femininity.
But true femininity only comes from expression. If you express your heart, mind, and spirit, your feminine beauty flows from the inside out. All your suffering in life–the cancer treatments, the abandonment or the doubt–is feminine. & this suffering beauty is courageous, strong, and vulnerable.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I questioned my femininity. My breast were where I’ve held my lovers in passion and where I’ve nurtured my children, how could I handle the loss of my breast and how could I handle the stigma of becoming THAT woman? That poor woman, the woman labeled as no more than a cancer patient or survivor for the rest of my life. But, what I’ve learned this far & I’m sure there are more lessons ahead is that you don’t have to be the patient or survivor–you can just be who you are.
Life, the ultimate gift, is innately feminine. As the bearers of life, women tend to have a better understanding of how costly it is. We choose life. We choose to bring life into this world through our children, to keep it alive in our families, and ultimately to preserve it in ourselves. A woman expresses herself in three forms: mind, body, and spirit. The hardships of life don’t inhibit this expression, they simply show how well we choose to live. We aren’t victims. We are women & our scars reveal to the world our strength, our beauty. our femininity.
Bonnie Robinson Angueira is the co-president & founder of Do It Like A Woman, Inc. She also a holds a Masters in Fine Art and is a celebrated Fine Artist in the South Florida community. Her collection of work is focused on the feminine: the heart, beauty, & mind of woman. To see some of her work & learn more about her, please visit her website at www.brangueirafineart.com