Kale and Tahini Goddess Salad

Kale and Tahini Goddess Salad: A Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free California Picnic Delight at Sagrada Wellness Yoga Retreats


This is a new salad that is sure to be added to our Yoga Retreat Menu!

My girlfriend Willow made this for a group of our oldest and best friends. I modified it a bit adding coconut oil and nutritional yeast. It was delicious and went perfectly with a great bottle of rose wine and fun conversation during our reunion picnic. Kale purifies your blood and nutritional yeast is high in B vitamins both supplying your skin with a radiant boost of goddess goodness.


2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 pounds kale, stems ribs discarded and leaves  thinly sliced crosswise
  • Preheat oven to 450°F             

    Toss potatoes with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and 3/4 amount of garlic  then spread evenly on baking sheet. Roast for 35 minutes.           

    Meanwhile, mix together tahini, water, lemon juice, rest of garlic, nutritional yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth.

    Toss kale with hot potatoes and any garlic and oil remaining in pan, then toss with tahini sauce and salt and pepper to taste.    Enjoy!

Eva's Detox to Jump-Start Your Summer Health

Acupuncturist and Yoga Retreat Center Owner, Eva, designs an Effective Detox to Jump-Start Your Summer Health

It's early June, the perfect time to cleanse as we Spring into Summertime. I want to buy a new bathing suit and feel good in it. I want to be light and buoyant and have joyful energy for my spunky kids.

As an acupuncturist and herbalist I try and live harmoniously in synch with the seasons. But sometimes we all need a little reminder to pay attention to our bodies and the natural cycles of nature. What comes to mind when you think about summer? I think of beach days, water play, and afternoon BBQ's with new friends in Santa Margarita California and our Sagrada yoga retreat guests. Summer is the most yang season. It is about expansion, growth, lightness, outward activity and creativity. Our lifestyles and eating habits should relfect these natural yang principles. As it is the most yang seaon we should feel the most yang too. Wake up early with the bright sun, play, work, and be full of joy. Recieve the sun's strong energy and then radiate your sunshine back into the world. Crawl out of your cozy winter turtle shell and be social.

So what are some things that are going to bring us radiant health in the summertime? Summer fruits and veggies are varied, abundant and colorful. Your diet should reflect the same. Cook with lots of bright fresh goodies. Steam foods quickly and use less salt. Eat some raw if your digestive system can tolerate it. Cooling foods are refreshing such as salads, watermelons, cucumbers, lemons and sun teas of mint, chrysanthemum and chamomile. Have picnics and be outside.

A touch of spice and hot drinks can be beneficial to induce a sweat and cool the body down. Avoid ice beverages and ice cream as cold constricts and causes digestive sluggishness. Eat light and less and avoid heavy foods such as meat, dairy and nuts throughout the summer.

Who would like to join me as I facilitate a three day detox fast as we spring into summer? Lets feel light, radiant and full of joy!

More to come tomorrow!!!

A Lively Delight of a Yoga Retreat

This Yoga and Hiking Retreat has been a lively delight. With only a few yoga retreat guests, peace and gratitude grace our ranch as new insights are made. One guest marveled in the undivided attention she received from us creating the authentic Sagrada experience. I see she's bonded with Aaron, enjoyed the new private accommodation in the retreat center, connected to nature and her yoga. The small group explored the Rinconada Trail down the road from us and then this morning they journeyed to the coast to breath the sea salt air on the Harmony Trail. They came back with windblown hair, sun on their skin, radiant smiles and ready for a Sagrada lunch. The meals seems to have been spot on too. Another cookbook request from a happy and nourished yoga retreat guest. Scott and the kids work on his new vegan and gluten free version of Sagrada's scrumptious banana bread. It's in the oven now, smells divine, can't wait to try it.

California sun, hiking and yoga.

California sun, hiking and yoga.

A Few Delicious Dressings

Our lunches at Sagrada during yoga retreats are a farmer’s market salad bar. Fresh greens, homemade pickled veggies, sprouted beans, nuts and seeds and a couple of our savory dressings to choose from satiate our guests until the next yoga class.

Our Family Dressing

My dear Papa George was the dressing doctor (he was a brilliant ER doctor as well.) He was the master of his simple, vibrant Italian dressing. Born in Paris France, he had that European flare. I can picture him in his kitchen chopping chunks of fresh tomatoes from his garden and tearing lettuce leaves with his hands. He liked life real and rustic. He would make a jarful to last a few dinners and would get richer and more tasty as the days passed. The dressing is divinely pungent and sour.

            *1 cup olive oil

            *1 cup red wine vinegar

            *3 garlic cloves crushed in a garlic press

            * Juice of one lemon

            * Sea salt to taste

             *1/2 tsp black pepper

Serve over romaine lettuce, tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion.

My Papa always ate his salad after the entrée with a French baguette and a tasty glass of Beaujolais. Enjoy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Food Energetics

Garlic- pungent, moves stagnant Qi- promotes circulation, inhibits the common cold virus, eliminates toxins from the body

Lemon- cooling in nature, benefits those who have eaten a high fat/high protein diet, benefits the liver, promotes weight loss, cleanses the blood, increases fluid production, great during summer heat for hydration

Lemon Tahini Dressing

1/2 cup tahini

½ cup of water

1 garlic clove crushed

½ cup finely chopped parsley

1 scallion finely chopped

Sea salt to taste

Sweet Sesame Dressing

                        ¼ cup olive oil

                        ¼ cup toasted sesame oil

                        2 Tbs Rice wine vinegar

                        2 Tbs orange juice

                        2 Tbs Lemon juice

                        2 tsp grated ginger

                        2 tsp raw honey

                        Sea salt to taste

                        A dash of nutritional yeast

                        A pinch of turmeric