Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Recipe

Nothing says winter comfort more than a delicious and spicy bowl of chili.

We have a vegetarian chili recipe for you that’s packed with plant protein to keep you healthy, full and warm on the inside!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (to make approximately 1 ½ cup)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (411g) cans diced organic (low sodium) tomatoes
  • 1 (411g) can of stewed organic tomatoes (crush with hand blender)
  • 1 (284 ml) can of low sodium organic tomato soup
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of vegetarian soup stock (low sodium)
  • 1 ½ cups of chopped fresh organic mushrooms
  • Diced green /red chili peppers to taste (the amount depends on your “heat” tolerance)
  • 1 large red pepper & 1 large green pepper chopped into small pieces
  • 4 celery stalks chopped in small pieces
  • 2 (425g) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (one dark red, one light red)
  • 1 (425g) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (425g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • Freshly ground salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 5 stalks of chopped green onion
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for about 4 minutes.
  • Add in garlic with sautéed onions. Stir for 1 minute.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté for another 2 minutes until softened.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and vegetarian soup stock (add water later if desired, depending on consistency of mixture).
  • Chop green/red chilies and add to pot in small amounts (to taste).
  • Add remaining spices: chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar, coriander, cayenne pepper, black pepper and smoked paprika.
  • Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow mixture to simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add in all beans, chickpeas, red/green peppers, cooked quinoa, cilantro (optional), green onions and lime juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook mixture on low heat for another 20-30 minutes, stirring intermittently until heated through.

You can serve as soon as the chili is heated through. We also suggest letting the chili cool for about 45 minutes before placing into separate containers and freezing – a quick and healthy dinner or lunch meal.

Enjoy!

This recipe was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends this great tasty recipe to keep your warm during these cold snowy days.

Unique Specials for February

The Green Spa & Wellness Center will be celebrating February with a bang. We want you to let loose and enjoy yourself with your loved one here together on the month of love. That’s why on top of our normal unique specials for one, we’ve included specials for two. Our treatments for two are guaranteed to make Valentines Day feel more special then ever before. Let’s go over every special that will be coming to you in the month of February.

Specials for February 2015

Our first special is the Strawberry & Champagne Organic Facial. For $105 this 75 minute treatment will buff, firms and hydrate the skin for a radiant youthful glow. Includes Complimentary Organic Lip Treatment so your lips will be pucker perfect. Our second special is the Chocolate Mint Body Exfoliation. For $95 this 60 minute treatment will make your skin touchable soft. To top it all off this treatment will be followed by a wonderful Chocolate Oil Hydration.

Our third special is the Vegan Gel Mani-Cure. For only $25 (regularly $35) and lasts for two weeks. This treatment is bound to make everyone fall in love with your nails. Add on Valentine Nail Art for $5. Also receive a Complimentary Manicure with your Pedicure. Our fourth special is the Heart Shape Brazilian Wax for $68 dollars. The fifth special is the Vajazzle Crystal Tattoo for $25 dollars. You can add this on to your body wax or spray tan.

Our last special for singles is the Champagne Glow Special Occasion Make-up Application. For $58 dollars this 45 minute treatment will make you truly glow with the latest make-up looks that are professionally applied for a flawless glowing finish. Includes Complimentary Eyelash Application and Cinnamon Kiss Plumping treatment.

Duo Specials for February 2015

Our first Duo Special is the Duo Massage. This treatment is $279 for two and will be a Side by Side Massage for 90 minutes in our Candle lit Suite. Perfect for a valentine date. Includes Champagne Toast & a Rose. Our second Duo Special is the Duo Exfoliation. This treatment is $279 for two and will be a Side by Side Exfoliation for 90 minutes in our Candle Lit Suite.

Our third Duo Special is the Duo Massage & Glow. This treatment is $330 for two and will be a Chocolate Mint Sugar Exfoliation & Side by Side Chocolate Oil Massage for 90 minutes. Our fourth Duo special is the Soothing Hot Stone Therapy. This is a treatment you can add on to your massage or Body Treatment. $17 for one or $32 for two. Our fifth Duo Special is the Side by Side Vegan Spa Manicure & Pedi-Cure. This treatment is $56 per person and uses Forbidden Chocolate and Peppermint. Includes a Champagne Toast

This sixth special is the ultimate valentines gift for lovers. The Couple’s Escape Package is $398 for two for a Side by Side Duo Massage & Vegan Body Exfoliation in our candle lit suite, Side by Side Vegan Spa Pedi-cure, Champagne Toast & a Rose. Lasts for Approx. 2.5 hours.

After any 1 hour of service, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne for the month of February as we celebrate. Lastly we have a Love Your Body Movement Class Special which will lower our Yoga/Pilates single class to $18 (regularly $25). Or 6 Classes for $89. Bring a friend for their 1st class and you’ll receive one free class! Reserve your Valentine’s Day Services now, they are selling out quickly!

In Conclusion

We hope that our specials this February have gotten you excited. We plan to exceed all your expectations with quality massages and pedicures that will leave feeling amazed. Stop by anytime this February and let’s have some fun! Click here to book now!

The Beauty Benefits of Champagne

With New Year’s Eve celebrations behind us for another year, champagne is perhaps the last thing on our minds. Nevertheless, champagne isn’t just a celebratory treat – according to Live Love Spa, this bubbly beverage has a few surprising beauty benefits for your hair, face and body. And, we can thank the very unique antioxidant and vitamin-rich qualities of grapes for making this so-called beauty elixir such a lovely (and effective) skin care delight.

“Grape seed extracts carry an excellent source of antioxidants which also carry more Vitamin C and E than the average anti-aging products and face toners. Your skin’s collagen and elastin will be protected from harsh environments and stress” says natural beauty expert and licensed skin therapist, Sherell Dorsey in an interview with Live Love Spa.

We’re no stranger to the many beauty benefits of grapes – which is why we feature this ingredient in a selection of our champagne themed products.

Live Love Spa suggests our Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub. This scrub “is perfect for making your skin look young and healthy. Champagne grapes, sugar cane granules, and the healing properties of orange are a great combination for this one of a kind body scrub.”

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center also appreciates Champagne and has a “Martini Make-Over Night” every Friday where we give out complimentary Martinis, Wine, or Champagne. Stop on by and celebrate this beautifying drink with us!

Heal your body inside and outside with our new Facial Rejuvenation!

The Green Spa & Wellness Center and our expert Sound Healing practitioner Joule L’Adara will be introducing a unique Facial Rejuvenation treatment that is as incredibly healing as it is deeply relaxing. Joule uses Tuning Forks on specific parts on your face that will spark a variety of improvements both inside and outside. Unlike many other facial treatments, this Tuning Fork Facial uses a multifaceted process of acupuncture, sound waves, and chakric energy systems to revitalize, re-energize, and regrow that feeling of youth. Let’s go through a brief explanation of exactly what this process does and has to offer.

A variety of points on the face including the chin, neck, jowls and eyelids will be lifted and toned by Two Tuning forks placed on the face. Changing the intervals of the forks will give different results: lifting, toning, or dispersing. Acutonics® facials are known to increase circulation, decrease wrinkles, and stimulate collagen and cells, giving an overall glow and improved skin tone. Conditions such as puffiness or dark circles under the eye can also be remedied with this treatment. For anyone with a TMJ disorder, rejoice! This Tuning Fork Treatment will also relax the tension in your jaw.

While the tuning forks will be applied to certain points and regions on the face, it will also target specific acupuncture and acupressure points to access the body’s meridian and chakric energy systems. The vibrations of the forks sound will travel deep in the body along energy pathways and reach places not easily accessed by traditional medicine. What this means for you is stimulation of energy in the body that you may have not felt in a long time. The Facial Soundscapes procedure is a whole body healing experience as the forks stimulate meridians that correspond to internal organs which in turn affect the appearance of the face. This is the ultimate rejuvenation facial for the inside and the outside.

Results can be seen after just three treatments; the results are cumulative and require 10-12 treatments for major improvement. Results on the inside will be felt on your first session. The Green Spa & Wellness Center is proud to share with you this wonderfully refreshing Facial Rejuvenation treatment that is sure to heal you unlike anything else. Stop by and try out this process today!