All Posts for May 2018

Sprouted Lentil Slaw

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Every year I plan on posting a sprout article with a recipe. I know I have written about lentils before, but I never made a lentil slaw, so the directions for the sprouting may be a repeat.

Also, this is one of the recipes I call “Cooking by Your Apron Strings,” because the amounts are very flexible. Since this is a kind of coleslaw, you are free to use your special ingredients instead of mine, and just add the sprouts.



Utensils: Jar for sprouting, net and rubber band for sprouts, mixing bowls, strainer, cutting board and knife, steamer with pot for water, serving bowl
Prep. Time: About 1/2 hour with seeds already sprouted (2 days)
Cooking Time: None
Categories: Vegan, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added


1/2 cup dry lentils (brown or green, French, beluga) from health food store (more germination)
water for soaking and sprouting
1 cup chopped or grated cabbage (red or green)
1/2-3/4 cup minced veggies that you like (carrots, scallions, peppers, celery, etc.)
1/4 cup sesame tahini
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 or more water to thin tahini (depends on brand)
1 dill pickle, minced
lettuce for lining dish


Two days before:

  1. Wash lentils well. Drain in colander and place in a quart jar with a wide mouth. Cover with  netting, old pantyhose, or cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band. Fill with more than enough water to cover. Soak overnight and drain well the next morning. PLace jar on its side.
  2. At least 2 times per day, rinse and drain the lentils well. (Sitting in water makes them rot.)
  3. By the second or third day, depending on how warm it is, the tails should emerge.
  4. Place in a steamer basket and steam only 5 or 6 minutes. Remove and place in fridge.

    Slaw directions:

  5. Mix cabbage, minced veggies, and sprouts from fridge in a large mixing bowl.
  6. In a smaller bowl, add tahini, lemon, salt if using, and 1/2 cup water. Mix well. If not almost pourable, add more water, a little at a time to get a smooth dressing. Add to slaw. Mix well.
  7. Stir in minced pickle. (If your pickles are very salty, omit salt in step 6.)
  8. Place a large leaf of organic lettuce on a small serving plate. Spoon on slaw and enjoy!

Variations: Add sesame seeds, garnish with dill or fennel fronds

May is National Mental Health Month

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Sorry for the delay of this important posting. I have been working all month on an essay about depression for an online magazine called Recovery Diaries. The article will not appear until October, so I am posting some quotes from books and magazines on depression in my library that I hope you will find helpful.

In Kay Redfield Jameson’s memoir of moods and madness (subtitle), she writes in the Epilogue:”Depression is awful beyond words or sounds or images; I would not go through an extended one again….Even when I have been most psychotic—delusional, hallucinating, frenzied—I have been aware of finding new corners in my mind and heart….I cannot imagine becoming jaded to life, because I know those limitless corners, with their limitless views.”

Note: The author is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her courage and strength are evident in this memoir.


In an article called “Undoing Depression” by Tracy Gaudet, M.D. in body+soul magazine is this important statistic: “Depression strikes 20 percent of women at some point in their lives…..A true mind-body condition, depression not only wreaks havoc on your mood but also significantly increases your risk for heart disease Parkinson’s, and other conditions.

Also, “In a recent study, women with depression were shown to have a 41 percent increased risk of heart disease.”


The Dalai Lama, in The Art of Happiness (as noted in Dealing with Anxiety and Building Self-Esteem), suggests that “challenging the anxiety-generating thoughts and replacing them with well-reasoned positive thoughts and attitudes” is one technique to help people cope. [I forgot to put the whole name of the author in my notes, but I believe it is Dr. Scott Cutler.]

In a special report on anxiety (which can lead to depression) from Consumers Reports On Health, the article suggests mix of psychotherapy, medication, regular exercise, stress reduction and meditation. The article also lists 5 types of anxiety that seeking help is suggested: panic disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Author William Styron’s book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness is, in my estimation, one of the most valuable books on depression. Its 84 pages in my copy are heavily underlined. Here are just two examples:

“Of the many dreadful manifestations of the disease, both physical and psychological, a sense of self-hatred—or put less categorically, a failure of self-esteem—is one of the most universally experienced symptoms, and I had suffered more and more from a general feeling of worthlessness as the malady had progressed.”

“….the pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills* in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.” (*referring to suicide)

In The Secret Strength of Depression by Frederick F. Flach, M.D. “Acute depression , then, is a genuine opportunity to settle long-standing, unrecognized depression that has been operating in subversive ways for years.” I believe the strength in depression is linked to making progress in three areas; how you regard yourself, addressing issues of interpersonal relationships, and coping with difficulty life siutations…..How you regard depression depends on how you experience it. Because, by its very nature, it is associated with endings, and because each ending involves starting over, depression itself is a new beginning.” (I think this last statement is a very interesting perspective on depression. es)

A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD is an important book about women and Depression that I reviewed. Here are the links to my review (two parts):
Part One:
Part Two:

Finally, if someone you know is suffering from depression, be kind. It is an illness, not something you can snap out of. Show the same compassion you would for someone in pain physically.The fact that you cannot see the pain in a person’s mind does not negate its existence.
Love and support are crucial!