Yoga Pot: The Magic of Healthy Eating

I like butter.  Scratch that.  I LOVE IT (all caps, lots of exclamation points. Ready? Here they come…)!!!!! It’s a wonderful thing when a recipe calls for butter.  I joke about the excessive amounts I use from time to time (baked goods that call for one pound or a side dish with an ingredient list that starts with “1 stick butter”), but there are few things that make me happier.

I’m not stupid, though (despite what my husband says… I’m kidding, of course), and I know it’s not healthy to eat like that ALL the time.  Somehow I’ve been able to do this blog without gaining much weight.  Sure, I fluctuate five pounds here and there, but I’ve managed to keep myself relatively lean (notice the word I used… relatively).

The key, I believe, is balance.  Sure, once in a while I’ll eat a couple cookies or a whole bowl of popcorn (my weakness), but, for the most part, I cook healthy dishes.  Dinners are rarely heavy or elaborate, and it’s only when we eat out that I really let myself go.  At home, however, I keep meals quick, easy, and nutritious.  Big salads with roasted veggies on top.  Baked fish served on top of couscous.  Or, a veggie stew, not unlike the one featured in this post.

I got a wonderful e-mail from David and Luise from my favorite food blog, Green Kitchen Stories, asking me if I would like to try out their newly released iPhone app and also offered to do a giveaway of the app.  There was no hesitation at all… yes, of course, definitely!  I had been waiting so long for this app to come out (ever since I’d heard about the release of the one for the iPad).

And that brings me to this Yoga Pot recipe, a creation from David and Luise that I picked because it so wonderfully represents the kind of cooking I enjoy doing on a weeknight.  Fresh veggies and herbs, thrown in a pot, and left to simmer.  I brought it over to my friend Molly’s house, where the three of us (her pup Buzzy joined along), enjoyed a nice meal together.  It was pure comfort, but not only that, it was healthy too.

I found it rather fitting that I was eating this with Molly as she’s not only a yoga instructor, but a vegetarian as well (yes, I know… shocking).  I would like to also add that she’s one of the most beautiful people I know (she’s also a talented actress).

Didn’t she make a great model?  I think so.  Maybe I’ll have her make some more appearances around here.

Ok folks, here we go… another awesome giveaway for all of you.  We have FIVE Green Kitchen apps (the codes can be used for either the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch versions) up for grabs, which means there will be FIVE lucky winners!

To enter, leave a comment telling us what your favorite healthy thing to cook is.

For additional entries, do any of the following (and come back here and leave a comment telling us you’ve completed each task):

1. Follow Green Kitchen Stories (@gkstories) and A Thought For Food (@myfoodthoughts) on Twitter and tweet the following:

“Enter to win the @gkstories app from @myfoodthoughts – #giveaway”

2. Like A Thought For Food on Facebook.

3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.

This is a WORLDWIDE giveaway… but do note that this is an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app, so it’s a good idea that you have one of those devices (or know someone who has one) if you’re going to enter.  You have between now and 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, March 13th, to enter.  I’ll announce the winner via e-mail on Wednesday, March 14th.

Of course, if you are anxious to get your hands on the app, you can buy it on the Apple website (it’s $4, which is a steal).

Good luck!


Yoga Pot 
from Green Kitchen Stories and the GKS iPhone App
serves 4

1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 yellow onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp fresh ginger (chopped)
1/2 tsp dried chili
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 broccoli (in large pieces)
2 large carrots (in large pieces)
1/2 fennel (sliced)
1 small zucchini(in large pieces)
2 cans plum tomatoes
1/2 cup red lentils
1 handful fresh spices, coriander (cilantro) and timian
1 can kidney beans or chickpeas

Heat coconut oil in a pot, add onion, garlic, ginger and all the spices. When soften add broccoli, carrots, fennel and zucchini and let it saute for around 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, lentils and the fresh spices and let it boil for at least 45 minutes. Add beans and let it boil for 5 more minutes. Eat as it is or serve it with brown, black or red rice!

  • March 7, 2012 - 12:12 am

    Kimberley - You had me at magic. Um, everything that I eat is healthy! My favorite healthy thing to cook is seasonal produce. I almost never get tired of cauliflower and brussels sprouts, but folks will probably soon tire of me saying that. I’m so curious about their app! I can only imagine that it’s stunning.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 1:38 am

    Stine Eriksen - This sounds wonderfull, the name made me smile and Wonder while the ingredients made me nodd. My favorit would have to be fresh ovenbaked salmon and root vegetables :) might be a different answer in a few monthly but now its whats easy and fresh and local here in norway :)ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - My go to healthy meal would have to be Spicy Black Beans and Rice. Lots of protein for a recovery meal after the my dance classes or yoga or martial arts …ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Sam Henderson - I don’t use an iphone, but I wanted to comment anyway. What a great post. That yoga pot looks wonderful. Popcorn is also my weakness. I sometimes make my meal from popcorn and wine… oops, I’ve said too much. :) Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Jeanne @ CookSister! - Ooooh, look at the pup! :)) The yoga pot’s not half bad either ;o) Like you I am a butter addict (I would cut and eat slices off a block of butter as a child, to my mom’s horror!) but I try to rein it in a little for the sake of not ballooning to twice my size! My favourite healthy food would have to be spicy lentils with mushrooms and a little feta cheese…ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 8:12 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - Great post and giveaway! This is right up my alley!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Linda - It’s not really cooking, but we have fallen in love with kale. I put a ton of it in a large bowl, sprinkle at least half a lemon over it, then smash an avocado in my hands and literally massage it into the kale. Top with a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Yummo! If we are really hungry I add white beans on top. Who would think eating healthy could taste so good.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb - yes, coconut oil! It gives soo much lovely flavoures to a dish. glad to have found your yoga recipe. =)thank you!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Kiri W. - What a wonderful recipe! :) I adore healthy cooking and would love to peruse that app.
    My favorite healthy thing to cook? I’d say sou-glazed roasted asparagus :)ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Kiri W. - Already follow you and tweeted :) (kirikiri1)ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Kiri W. - Already like you on fb (Kerstin Wolff)ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 10:20 am

    Flavia Scalzitti - Hi Brian, I always love reading your blog posts. You are one of the bloggers whose pictures and photography really inspire me to keep working hard on my photography skills. I’m not entering your giveaway only because yesterday I purchased the Green Kitchen app for both my iPad and my iPhone. Rats! If I only would have waited one more day. I’m so happy to have gotten to know you on Twitter, Facebook and through our blogs. Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs, recipes and stories. I hope we can share a meal together someday. xoReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 11:12 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - What a fun app from their beautiful site. I do follow them on Twitter:) Buzzy is so cute and Molly is lovely. Love the burst of color from her hair and dress. Just gorgeous. And such pretty light. A reminder that spring is on the way. :)Super fun giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 12:53 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks like a great bowl and app, fun all around!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - Great post, Brian! I’ll have to check out this app. As for the yoga pot – well, that’s something I’d be happy to sit down to at any meal.

    My favorite healthy thing to cook: so many choices – but I do love making whole wheat naan pizzas – usually with eggplant and cilantro pesto.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Amanda - Dont know if this counts but my favorite thing to cook is eggs! :) Great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Cucina49 - What a great-looking dish! I haven’t seen this app before, but I will have to check it out on my husband’s iPhone. The dog is too cute.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    Sarah - I love to cook “beef” with yellow curry and rice! I’m a full time student, part time worker, busy yogi and runner, so I use lots of trader joes products because sometimes theyre half-ready.

    Beef less tips by gardein
    Organic 3 minute brown rice from trader joes
    Yellow curry from trader joes
    & sometimes I like to add fresh organic peas or broccolli

  • March 7, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Tracy - I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and have a pretty healthy diet. Oatmeal for breakfast. Eggs cooked in spinach. Quinoa salad. Would love to have this app. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Tracy - Was following you already. Now also following GKStories. Tweeted:!/saladgoddess/status/177478551648481280ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Carolyn - Butter and I are on very good terms. Very close friends, we are. But this little dish looks fantastic too, and I do like coconut oil as well as butter…and olive oil…and walnut oil…and…oh, you get the picture!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Margaret - I love butter too, but you’re right it is all about balance, and not over indulge. My favorite “healthy” dish to make is steam a whole fish and drizzle with a little bit of soy sauce. Then heat a little oil and top it with some ginger, scallion and coriander.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    megan - Newly discovered but quick & simple… simmered tofu by Mark Bittman. Sautéed onion, in either butter or oil until brown-ish, 1 heaping tbsp curry powder, 1/2 cup walnuts sauteed with onions until fragrant, 30secs or so add 1 can coconut milk, 1 block pressed tofu, cubed. Simmer for 10 mins, add cayenne pepper to taste, dash/glug of soy sauce (who knew), salt & pepper to taste…. garnish with cilantro.

    new fan! cheers.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    megan - shared it on fbReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    megan - pinned itReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I’m not using an iphone (and I’m actually OK with that!) but I had to comment on that pup. Yes, your friend is beautiful but that last photo, on the right just cracked me up. You caught him in that moment of ‘What do you mean look at the camera fella, my face should be in that bowl of food!’

    The dish does sound great; I’m really digging red lentils lately.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    MikeVFMK - What a wonderful app it must be! My favourite thing to cook with right now is lentils. Love them! And this pot looks delicious.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Maria - I am coming over for dinner! Love this dish! I am addicted to roasted chickpea fajitas and creamy avocado pasta right now!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    Trish - Hi Brian. Thanks for posting this fab dish plus the app to boot. I love Green Kitchen Stories and I was excited when I heard they came out with an app..which I have yet to purchase so hope I win! It’s healthy bowls like this that in my opinion come from love :-) Great flavors. Followed you on facebook. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    heather - Salads are a given, but I figure that’s an easy-out answer. So let’s see… when my husband is away, I love to put a big pot of two-bean tempeh chilli on the stove. Full of veggies, soul-satisfying and completely healthful. I don’t know why I’ve never made it for my husband, given that he’s up for anything… perhaps soon I’ll try him out on it.



  • March 7, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    heather - Following both A Thought for Food and Green Kitchen Stories on Twitter already + tweeted the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Michelle - The Yoga Pot recipe looks like an easy, healthy dish. I think I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    Veronica - Lately, I just can’t get enough of roasted sweet potato! It’s so easy and quick to make, and satisfies my sweet tooth! Yes, it’s my sweet treat! :)ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    Veronica - I like A Thought For Food on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Matt - One of my favorite healthy dishes is cous cous. It’s so quick to make and you can mix in whatever you have on hand. I tend to go for dried cranberries, feta, and red onion.ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    Maureen - I love the yoga pot! Yumm…ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Natalie - favorite healthy thing to cook is roasted root vegetables or a vegetarian chili!ReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - I’ve been stalking you foreverReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 1:11 am

    Tanja - Looks really delicious and spicy.. That is exactly what I need in Denmark as the winter is back (it snowed yesterday… ) after some really nice spring days!

    Thank you for the recipe!!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 3:44 am

    Zita - My new favorite healthy thing to cook is quinoa. It’s great for salads, patties and so yum!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 3:45 am

    Zita - I follow Green Kitchen Stories (@gkstories) and A Thought For Food (@myfoodthoughts) on Twitter and I tweeted (@ziziadventures) the sentence.ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 3:46 am

    Zita - I’ve already liked A Thought For Food on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 5:06 am

    Katka - My favourite healthy things to cook is roasted beetroots, quinoa or anything with spinach.ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 5:07 am

    Katka - I started to follow gkstories and a thought for food on twitter and retweeted your giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 5:08 am

    Katka - …and I liked A thought for food on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Joanne - Mmm I do love butter. Not so much in main dishes but in desserts…always. Is it bad that it doesn’t even bother me any more to put over a pound of butter in a dessert? Hmm.

    You know I’m all about my healthy meals though and I love Greek Kitchen Stories for inspiration! This yoga pot sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Jane Bonacci - I love the resurgence in popularity of ancient grains. My favorite is farro!!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 8:23 am

    Jane Bonacci - I love that ancient grains are having a resurgence in popularity. My favorite is farro!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Jane Bonacci - I follow you on twitter!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Jane Bonacci - I follow you on FB too!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - It is good to LOVE butter! Love David and Luise’s blog and would love to get my hands on this App. I stalk you and the Green Kitchen Stories guys everywhere, so I guess I am covered :-) Thanks for the lovely recipe!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Monet - What a great giveaway…and what a beautiful looking app. My favorite healthy thing to cook in the kitchen is my mom’s vegetable soup. SO good and chock-full of vegetables. Thank you for sharing this yoga pot, sweet friend. It looks so very good! I hope you are having a great week. We’re gearing up for a busy weekend. Love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnn. . . I loves me some Apps, especially when they are apple sauce.

    Technologia no communica la mensaje, technologia es la mensaje.ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Kerry - I absolutely adore Kale chips!!! I do them in a dehydrator but they can be done in an oven at very low!!! I’d love to win the app!!! :))ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Cait - One of my favorite recipes is poached egg with sautéed kale, roasted tomatoes, and avocado – check out the recipe on my blog here:

    I WOULD LOVE THIS APP!! Heading over to like you on Facebook now. I just love you blog!!


  • March 9, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking - My favorite healthy dish to cook is a stir fry. Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2012 - 12:24 am

    Sara{OneTribeGourmet} - I’m a huge fan of Green Kitchen Stories and love love love their healthy recipes! I already have bought there App and I’m loving it! I’m already a fan or yours & GKS Stories on FB!:) xReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2012 - 3:20 am

    chinmayie @ love food eat - I am a big fan on Green Kitchen Stories and I am sure this recipe will be awesome! one the photos :)ReplyCancel

  • March 12, 2012 - 9:23 am

    SMITH BITES - looks like a wonderful ap to have Brian! we eat pretty healthy here but probably our favorite thing is a beet or green smoothie – we have one or the other at least once a day, mostly for breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • March 12, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Rhiannon - my favourite healthy thing to cook at the moment is roasted cauliflower soup! just got a new food processor so am using it at as much as possible!ReplyCancel

  • March 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Professor - Black beans and Rice was the first thing I ever cooked for @smithbites, so it is near and dear to both of our hearts. Nice photos and post, Brian. It was great meeting you.ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Liren - Aaaack! What is going on, there is just too much cuteness in this post! I speak of the pup, of course, I have a soft spot for Frenchies. Wait, he is a French Bulldog, right? Either way, what a cutie patootie.

    THAT aside, I am huge fans of David and Luise, and I loved how you captured their vibrant spirit in these photographs. The fuschia of Molly’s dress is just gorgeous. And like you, both healthy foods and butter love tug at my heart strings, so I can definitely identify with your efforts to remain lean. What a wonderful giveaway :)ReplyCancel

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