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Entries for month: January 2014

Looking for healthier options during your Super Bowl party this year? Try some of these classic dishes with a Miraval twist. Featured in Mindful Eating and Sweet & Savory Cooking, these recipes use natural, fresh ingredients for amazing flavor with tons of nutrients. 

For more healthy, flavorful recipes from Miraval Chefs, order your copy of Mindful Eating or Sweet & Savory Cooking  today!

Venison Chili 

Note from Executive Chef Justin Macy: I make this chili with venison when I cook it at Miraval, but you can use beef chuck as well. Don't grind the meat, however; the cubes will give you a really nice texture. You'll simmer the chili for a long time, which will marry the ingredients and make the meat fork-tender. A little bit of bacon and some canned chipotles in adobo give the dish a hint of smokiness that is balanced by a touch of honey and molasses and some nerve form the porter and red wine.

Serves 6

  • 1/4 lb. applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 lb. medium-diced venison meat or beef-chuck stew meat
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 c. diced red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

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By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D. 

 

I often have guests ask me, weight loss is more about diet than exercise, right? Successful weight loss almost always requires you to make adjustments in both your food intake and level of exercise. It's true, the diet part of the equation tends to move the scale faster in the beginning, but the positive effects of exercise are cumulative. In other words, the more efficient you become at working out, the bigger an impact exercise begins to have on your ability to lose weight. The problem is that many people jump on the exercise bandwagon, don't find the quick results they want, and then jump back off before they've built their aerobic capacity to the point where they would have begun seeing real improvement.

A lot of people see January as the ideal month to start or accelerate an exercise program, but while there's nothing wrong with New Year's resolutions per se, you don't want to go haywire and try to introduce too many changes at once. The bolder a move you try to make, the higher the chance that the pendulum will eventually swing in the other direction. Rather than attempting to morph from a couch potato to extreme athlete in one month—and risk ending back up on the couch—break your exercise goals into small pieces and achieve those pieces one at a time. Introduce one new behavior, like trying a new workout program, in January, even it that feels like an underwhelming change, and spend the month making it a habit. Then in February, introduce something else.

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With freezing temperatures across the nation, we wanted to share some of our most popular Miraval soups to help you keep warm on a cold winter day! These soups, featured in Mindful Eating and our newest Miraval cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cookingare packed with natural ingredients and tons of nutrient-rich vegetables.  Enjoy!

Potato Leek Soup

Note from Executive Chef Justin MacyMaking a pot of this warming soup is an easy way to take home the taste of Miraval. When you puree the finished soup, the potatoes give it a lovely creamy texture without any cream. I like to use Yukon Golds, which are a medium-starch potato with a nice nutty flavor.

Serves 4

  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 2 c. chopped leeks, white part only
  • 2 c. chopped celery
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh garlic

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It's officially awards season! With the 2014 Academy Award nominations announced yesterday, we wanted to share some of our favorite appetizer and cocktail recipes that are perfect for entertaining. These recipes are featured in Mindful Eating and our newest Miraval cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking. Enjoy!

Appetizers:

Crab Wontons with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

Serves 8

  • 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 c. cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. finely diced red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. green onions, thinly cut on the bias
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. crab meat, picked over to remove any shell
  • 3/4 tsp. lemon zest

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By: Kim Kelder, Lead Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist

Many Miraval guests tell me that they simply don't have enough time to incorporate good skin care into their routine. But, there are so many quick and easy ways to improve your skin! Here is an easy 10-minute morning makeover for your skin. 

•  Exfoliate with a gentle scrub in the shower to slough off dead skin and reveal a fresh glow. Clarins has a great One-Step Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract.

•  Apply an eye cream to help soothe, calm, and reduce puffiness around the eye area. I recommend the Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, it has a great anti-aging effect!

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