Vegetarian Cuisine

VEGETARIAN LASAGNE – Serve this lasagne with a fresh green salad. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:
6 ounces spinach, steamed and squeezed dry
9 ounces firm tofu, crumbled and drained
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into matchsticks
2 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 quantity of tomato sauce
6 sheets of dried lasagne, cooked and drained
1 cup grated vegetarian cheese
2 tablespoons sunflower or sesame seeds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
Tomato sauce – see recipe below

Preparation:

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Chop the spinach and mix it with the tofu. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat the oil and sauté the bell pepper and zucchini strips over medium heat for 3 minutes.

4. Spoon a layer of tomato sauce into a greased 8 x 10 inch baking dish.

5. Cover this with a layer of cooked lasagne, then half the tofu and spinach mixture, and half the zucchini and bell pepper strips. Sprinkle with half the grated cheese.

6. Repeat the layers, then sprinkle the sunflower or sesame seeds and the yeast flakes, if using, over the top.

7. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until bubbling and golden.

8. Serve at once.

TOMATO SAUCE for LASAGNE – Use deep red, juicy tomatoes if possible and make sauce in advance and let stand few hours to bring out the flavour. Makes about 2¼ cups.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mixed diced vegetables (zucchini, green bell pepper, carrot).
1 bay leaf
2 ½ cups fresh or canned tomatoes
⅔ cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or basil or 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt Pinch of pepper

Preparation:
1. Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the vegetables over medium heat until soft.
2. Add the bay leaf, tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 45 minutes.
3. Add the herbs and season with salt and pepper.
4. Serve as a chunky sauce or puree in a food processor or blender for smooth sauce.

Notes for Tomato Sauce:

Option: To use this tomato sauce for pizza topping, use 2½ cups yellow and/or green bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped, instead of mixed vegetables. Add pinch cayenne pepper if desired.

Option: This tomato sauce can be used on vegetables and grains. Instead of mixed vegetables use 2 sticks celery, chopped finely and 1 grated carrot.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: Food for Body and Mind – Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres” 1999.

Enrich your blood through Japa, Kirtan, Meditation, Sattva, Pranayama, Asanas… tomatoes, grapes, spinach, pure air and sunlight. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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SANKALPA [Sanskrit] – a solemn or highest vow; a thought current to the Divine; the combination of thought and resolve; intention; desire; imagination; volition.

Sankalpa, the thought current is what connects one with the other. It is this that plays between the two.

In our spiritual evolution we have the power within us to open to the Divine inflow. We have, through the power of mind, through the operation of thought, a great power in Sankalpa yogic resolutions, to become free from any form of human suffering as we move towards our natural state of Moksha and absolute Bliss. Sankalpa can be used as a tool in this evolution but ultimately Sankalpa needs to be destroyed to free the mind, to dispel delusion and lead deeply to Moksha.

How To Destroy Sankalpa – Swami Sivananda: Destroy the cloud of Sankalpa through the power of discrimination and constant efforts. Drown in the ocean of Brahmic bliss with spiritual illumination. When you try to bury your shadow in the earth, it always comes out. Similarly, when you try to destroy the Sankalpas through Viveka-Vritti, they will come out again and again. Therefore, withdraw the mind from the objects and act according to your Guru’s instructions. Mouna reduces the force of Sankalpa, the thought current. Purify the mind and fix it on the Akasha of the heart (Infinite Brahman). The mind will be destroyed in course of time. Be sure of this.

KALPA [Sanskrit] – A day of Brahma. 360 human years make one celestial year. 12,000 celestial years make one Chaturyuga Mahayuga. 71 such Mahayugas make one Manvantara. 1 such Manvantaras (with their twilight periods) make a Kalpa of 4,320,000,000 years. A night of Brahma is of an equal duration. He lives hundred such years. Brahma’s life is known as Para, being of a longer duration than the life of any other being, and a half of it is called Parardha. He has now completed the first Parardha and is in the first day of the second Parardha. This day or Kalpa is known as Svetavarahakalpa; Kalpa also means a code of rituals.

Repeat OM. Chant OM. Sing OM. Meditate on OM. All desires will vanish. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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