Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lentil Walnut Lettuce Tacos

When the weather cools, we all naturally lean to warm and comforting foods, but our bodies need the nutrients that only raw, green leaf veggies can provide.

This recipe is the perfect way to detox when you've had a little too much mac and cheese or mashed potatoes recently. Freshen your next lunch with these tacos, which are packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats, and good carbs to get you through your day.

1 cup uncooked French green lentils (you will need 1 3/4 cups cooked lentils)
1 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1-2 bell peppers, thinly sliced (I used one, but next time I will use 2 for ample leftovers)
1/2-1 large onion, thinly sliced (I used 1/2 onion, but next time will use 1 for ample leftovers)
Cashew Sour Cream (see below for link)
Diced tomatoes or salsa
Green onion & fresh lime juice, for garnish
lettuce wraps (large romaine, Iceburg, or Butter lettuce leaves)
Other topping options: Sliced avocado, hot sauce, cilantro, etc.


Cook the lentils: Rinse lentils in a fine mesh sieve. Add to a medium pot along with a few cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender (cook time will vary depending on the type of lentils you use - see package). Drain off excess water.
Toast the walnuts: Preheat oven to 300F. Add walnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10-13 minutes, watching closely, until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Saute the pepper + onion filling: Add 1/2-1 tablespoon of oil into a large skillet or wok. Cook the onion and peppers over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, reducing heat if necessary and stirring frequently, until translucent.
Prepare the taco meat: Add 1 3/4 cups cooked lentils (you'll have some leftover) and all the toasted walnuts into a food processor and pulse until chopped (make sure to leave texture). Stir or pulse in the oregano, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Stir in the oil and the water until combined.
Prepare the rest of your vegetable toppings and wash + dry the lettuce wraps.
Assemble: Add a large lettuce leaf onto a plate, top with taco meat, sauteed peppers + onion, and the rest of your desired toppings.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in sealed containers to be enjoyed the next couple days. The cashew cream will keep for at least a week in the fridge. Use sour cream leftovers on sandwiches, wraps, stirred into salad dressings, on vegan nachos, or with chili or soup.

Read the full recipe here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Ways to Eliminate Stress

We all know how hectic things can get here at Berklee.

One minute you're rushing to class, wondering if that melody you wrote for your harmony homework is really lydian.

Next, you're off to a rehearsal with one band, but you have to leave a few minutes early, because you have a gig to get to afterwards with another.

You're finally in bed around 5 in the morning, but you don't fall asleep before setting your alarm for 8 - so that you can make it into work by 9am.

And that's just Mondays.

We are fortunate to be at a school that fosters an environment in which people have an incredible work ethic, incredible drive, incredible passion, incredible determination and persistence. Sometimes as artists we are willing to sacrifice our well-being for the sake of our work. We let our own passion get the best of us because somehow, along the way, we have equated the success of our art to our self-worth.

Obviously, this mentality can become self-destructive very quickly.

If we fail to take care of our physical bodies, the other parts of us will suffer as a result as well.

Remember to incorporate relaxation into your schedule. I'm not talking about procrastination or binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix or Hulu.

Real relaxation that helps nourish your brain and your body, so that you can truly recharge and infuse this new energy into your music and art.

By taking a few minutes out of your day to eliminate any current stress, you help your body and mind release any residual stress later throughout the day.

1. Go for a walk or run.

You know how it goes. You've been sitting in the film scoring labs for five hours and DP just decided to crash and lose that entire brass section you've been working on. Yup. That happened. Instead of thrashing the workstation, just walk it off. Leave your things, and go outside and run a whole lap around the building. Do two or three. Run to the Christian Science Center lawn and back. The point is to change your state from being frustrated to being liberated! Occupy your mind with some good old sweatin'.

2. Call a friend and ask about their day.

It's easy to think we're up against the world when we're consumed by our minds and let ourselves get overwhelmed by all we need to get done. When you reach out to someone else, you'll gain a bit of perspective and realize that everyone is in the same boat. EVERYONE has bad days. Everyone has obstacles to overcome. When we can appreciate that, we'll see our molehills for what they really are.

3. Write down 5 things to be grateful for.

Gratitude is one of those mental states that has been proven to help heal our physical bodies from the inside-out. You may have been constantly reminded to count your blessings growing up, but taking the time to really be thankful for the great things in your life (big and small) opens your eyes. If you draw a blank, start small. Simply being thankful you have access to clean water is enough to get the juices flowing.

4. Have a mini-dance party.

Sometimes the best thing to do is just crank up the stereo (without damaging your ears, of course) and just shake it off. Literally. Shake off the junk and shake off the stress. You're awesome and you've got the moves to prove it! Bey would be so proud.

5. Take it one day at a time. 

The number one thing to remember is that everything part of this ride we call Life is essential to our experience. Accept the painful parts as if you had chosen them yourself, and then your struggles can become useful to you. Breathe in the good, and out the bad. You're only human and can only be spread so thin. Be kind to yourself and remember to take each thing one by one, one day at a time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LiveWell Events 9/28 - 10/4

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Friday, September 19, 2014

LiveWell Video!!

Many of you that came to see us during orientation and at our fair recently may have caught a glimpse of our new video which explains what we're all about.

Feel free to share this with your friends and family so they know exactly what you mean when you say you'll be hanging out at LiveWell soon ;)

Garden Lasagna

                     This recipe sounds like the ideal meal for a chilly day like today!

Stay warm and healthy with this meatless delight.


1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups (1 pound) chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped carrot
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels or frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cooking spray
9 (about 5 ounces) no-boil lasagna noodles (such as Barilla)
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Read the full recipe here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall is among us once again, and LiveWell has great things in store for you all semester long!

We welcome all entering and returning students to the LiveWell fair next week -

Come see what we're all about!! 

Questions about your Berklee Student Health Insurance? 

These upcoming sessions will have all the answers. 

Stay tuned for more information on all upcoming events this semester!