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This is a light, yummy summer meal. Hope you’ll love it as much as I do. Oh, and it pairs really nicely with a chilled glass of Chardonnay.

-2 small zucchini, sliced
-5 carrots, chopped
-1 medium red onion, sliced
-1 yellow pepper, chopped
-small bunch of green onions, chopped
-1 c broccoli florets, chopped
-2 T olive oil
-2 T garlic salt
-1 pkg. brown rice spaghetti pasta – like Tinkyada
-1 jar organic pasta sauce – like Dave’s Gourmet

Saute vegetables with olive oil until tender. Cook pasta until done. Cook sauce on medium heat. Pour vegetables into pasta sauce. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Spoon vegetable and sauce mix over pasta and eat.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I had such a great time at the Barnes & Noble Poetry series on Wednesday. Big shout-out to the illustrious Sage Cohen and everyone who attended. Below is a clip from the reading of my favorite poem – 4pm Wednesday. You only get a snippet of it (the camera died), but it’s a good taste of my work. Happy Writing! xoHeather 🙂

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So weird, I was just at Starbucks (shh…) yesterday and had some of this cake. It is FANTASTIC. And they have to have a gluten-free option or we won’t be able to go there anymore. Truth be told, I stopped going there regularly long ago because of no GF options. Sign this petition today!

A big shout out to Triumph Dining for making this happen.

It’s good to know someone has our backs.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Hope you can make my upcoming reading of Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems at the Barnes & Noble, Lloyd Center. Below are the details:

Tiel Aisha Ansari is a Sufi, martial artist, and computer programmer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several print and online venues including Islamica Magazine, Mezzo Cammin, The Lyric, Raintown Review, and the VoiceCatcher anthology from Portland Women Writers. Her poetry has been featured on Prairie Home Companion and MiPoRadio. She is the author of the poetry collection Knocking from Inside, published by Ecstatic Exchange. You can visit her online at knockingfrominside.blogspot.com.

M has served as an Associate Poetry Editor for the online magazine Stirring: A Literary Collection for the past one hundred years or so. More than a few editors have found her poems intriguing, and included them in their journals. She received her B.A. in Literature so long ago, she’s pretty certain her diploma has crumbled to dust. In addition to her work for Stirring, she is an Administrator of an online poetry critique website called Wild Poetry Forum, and serves as Co-Chairperson of the Portland Unit of the Oregon State Poetry Association (OSPA). She is currently working on a poetry manuscript that focuses on the twentieth-century Italian immigrant experience.

Heather Strang is the author of the book Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems and is a professional writer for a host of print and online publications. Her poetry has also appeared in Four and Twenty. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. Learn more at: www.HeatherStrang.com.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Writing,
xoHeather 🙂


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Craving Mexican food but don’t want to go to all the effort of making enchiladas? This easy casserole dish is one of my favorites. It also re-heats fantastically for weekly lunches.

Wheat/Dairy-Free Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

9 x 13 glass baking pan
9 corn tortillas (small)
1 15 0z. can enchilada sauce
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 15 oz. can vegetarian refried beans
1 avocado, chopped
1 c salsa
2 c almond cheese or non-dairy cheese of your choice, grated
1 c cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped

Lightly heat both sides of tortillas – either via microwave or on stovetop. Heat enchilada sauce, black beans and refried beans on low heat in seperate pans. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, both sides. Lay in glass pan. Top with beans, and a handful of avocado, salsa, cheese, tomatoes and onion. Layer with tortillas, followed by beans and veggies and another layer of tortillas. Pour remaining sauce over top of casserole. Top with grated cheese. Add green onions on top for aesthetics. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Happy Eating!

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo


When chocolate cravings hit, I have to be creative.
And that’s exactly what happened with this little recipe.

Check it out and enjoy!

A word of note: Andean Dream cookies aren’t my fave – they are a bit bland – but with the soy ice cream – they are perfect. Another option: crumble 2 cookies over a scoop of yummy soy ice cream.

Wheat/Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwich
-2 Andean Dream Quinoa chocolate chip cookies
-1 small scoop of Turtle Mountain Organic Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream

Scoop ice cream onto one cookie. Place another cookie on top. Immediately devour. You will be glad you did. 🙂

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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It’s here!

I went to Kauai to write a book (among other things) and returned with a book that I could not be more proud of. It is raw, 100% authentic and really allowed me to be completely vulnerable.

Below is the official press release. I hope you’ll not only read it and love it, but also share with your friends and family.

From here on out I plan to dedicate my blog to my poetry. Who knew I would have to cross an ocean to find my truest heart’s desire – writing poetry. I’ve been writing since I was 12, but never in a million years would have imagined it would be such inspiring, passionate work for me. Why? I always imagined work had to be “hard”. Turns out, it doesn’t.

Enjoy!

Happy Reading (and writing),

xoHeather

DEBUT INDEPENDENT BOOK RELEASE: ANATOMY OF THE HEART: LOVE POEMS BY HEATHER STRANG

For Immediate Release

Heather Strang

Phone: 503-522-9799

heather@risingupforlove.org

After 13 years of writing poetry detailing the beauty of love, the depths of lost love and the heartache of desiring a former lover, writer and poet Heather Strang is now sharing her experiences in her debut poetry book, Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.


Anatomy of the Heart features more than 50 original poems for lovers of both words and relationships. Walk with her through the beginning stages of love, sink into the depths of the experience, reminisce over lost love and join in the heartache of wanting a former lover back. Readers will also uncover the surprising similarities between the physical heart and the emotional one. Strang showcases how the two work together like mirrors, illustrating all we need to know about love and ourselves.

“Ultimately, true love is a process occurring within each one of us. I hope readers will find comfort and inspiration in these shared experiences. To experience love in any form is a beautiful thing. As Rumi says, love is within us – long before a lover enters our lives,” said Strang.

Heather Strang is a writer, poet and coach passionate about conscious living. Her writing has appeared in blogs, books and a host of print and online publications, including 20-Something Manifesto, Four and Twenty, Women’s eNews, The Oregonian, Amaze Magazine, NW Women’s Journal and many others. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating on the beach, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. To learn more, visit: www.HeatherStrang.com.

A poetry sample from Anatomy of the Heart:

Bend

I breathe into you

My inhale sweet

With the scent of your kisses.

You on one knee

A blade of grass poised gingerly

for my ring finger.

Love and marriage and all

our hopes and dreams

In unison

In one breath.

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I love eggplant, I love tofu and I love black beans. In fact, Eggplant & Tofu in Black Bean sauce is one of my favorite dishes in Chinese and Thai restaurants.

Try this delicious and easy recipe.

3 small eggplants, sliced and quartered
1 15 oz. can of black beans (or 2 c organic black beans, soaked and cooked)
1 small onion, chopped
1 t Himalayan sea salt
2 T olive oil
1 15 oz. package of firm tofu, chopped
1 T Chinese five-spice seasoning
1 T wheat-free soy sauce

Saute eggplant, black beans, onions and salt in olive oil until golden brown. In a separate pan, fry tofu until crispy brown with Chinese five-spice and soy sauce. Combine the two and enjoy!

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During an interview this weekend for my upcoming book about love, one of the interviewees shared a great method for tapping into your intuition.

I thought I would share it.

When trying to make a decision by following your intuition, ask yourself the question at hand and pay attention to the feelings that come up. You’re likely to feel either an opening or a closing in your heart chakra area.

If you think of one option and feel a tightening (which is how I experience it), then it may not be the right choice. If, when you think of another potential choice, and feel an expansion or opening – typically with a bit of excitement/relief/joy – you know you’re on the right track.

The trick is – taking the time to stop, get quiet and observe this within yourself. Doing so will allow you to observe either the expansion or contraction within you.

Happy Intuiting!
-Heather 🙂

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