Week 3 of 10 Weeks of Wellness™ on Maiden Lane
Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge Pose) & The Mighty Oven
Anjaneyasana (low lunge pose) helps build mental focus, releases tension in the hip flexors, and stretches the quadriceps. Speaking of mental focus, let’s take a quick look this week at an often overlooked appliance.
Low Lunge Pose/ Anjaneyasana
- Releases tension in the hip flexors (psoas)
- Stretches the quadriceps
- Helps build mental focus
How to get into the Pose
- On hands and knees, step one foot between the hands, keeping the knee directly over the ankle
- Slide the other leg back as much as you can, making sure to keep the leg in line with the hip
- Hold for 3 – 5 minutes
- Repeat on the other side
The Mighty Oven
Now that you’re versed on some of the benefits of shopping at the farmers’ market from last week’s post, it’s time to utilize all of your fresh produce and get cook’n!
When it comes to kitchen appliances, the oven is my absolute favorite. The versatility that comes with using the oven is my number one reason; you can bake, broil, roast, and steam. And, since the oven is so easy to use, you can get started with a small investment in a simple baking dish or baking sheet.
Another reason I love my oven so much is that there are seemingly endless amounts of easy recipes that can be popped into a baking dish and into the oven for a set amount of time. No stirring, no fussing with low versus medium-low versus medium heat and so on; just set a timer and voila!
Although the oven takes some time to heat up, there are ways to squeeze out some efficiency here. A great trick I use is to turn on the oven the moment I walk into the house. While the oven is coming up to temperature, I take some time to relax, pour myself a glass of wine, and put away groceries before I start cooking. Once I get the food into the oven, I have more uninterrupted time to prep other parts of my meal, like a big green salad (more to come on salads next week).
The oven is perfect for one-hit-wonders (dishes that can serve as your whole meal). There are so many combinations of different vegetables, grains, and proteins that all bake well together. Visit this link for an array of one-hit-wonder recipes for veggie and meat lovers alike:
Also, if you are lucky enough to have a convection oven, as opposed to a conventional oven, cooking with your oven couldn’t get any better. Convection ovens circulate air which decreases cooking time while promoting more even cooking. This decreases energy consumption and you get your food on the table much quicker.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for cooking with your oven: At the farmers market I almost always get carrots. I love the baby carrots, which I simply massage in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and throw in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (depending on the size of the carrots). They turn out like baked carrot fries! Simply delicious and guilt-free! The other night I did the same thing but with zucchini – fabulous!