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Moroccan Spiced Quinoa Salad

14 Jun

Try this delicious recipe from my retreat partner and chef Mirella Saraswati. Join our upcoming Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat in September for more delicious food inspiration!

“At work I often make couscous salads. I add lots of delicious Moroccan spices, grated carrots, herbs and almonds and people love it. However I never eat it much myself because I try to avoid wheat. In an attempt to healthify my Moroccan couscous salad even more I decided to replace the couscous for quinoa.

Now, for a healthy food enthusiast I seem to eat a ridiculously low amount of quinoa. I must confess I’m just not a huge fan of the texture. There are only a couple of quinoa recipes that I really like and usually they are pretty stuffed with other delicious things so I don’t notice the quinoa too much. This recipe is one of those and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This salad is full of fresh veggies and herbs, nuts and spices. I used a ready-made spice mix called ‘Ras el Hanout’, which can be seen as the Moroccan variation of Garam Masala. You should be able to get this at an exotic or middle-eastern style supermarket, or you can mix the spices yourself from the recipe I share below.”

Moroccan Spiced Quinoa SaladIngredients:

Salad Fillings (serves 2-3):

–       1 cup quinoa, uncooked

–       2 medium carrots (grated)

–       ¼ cup raisins (soaked for 1 hour)

–       1 spring onion (thinly sliced)

–       1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)

–       handful of mint

–       handful of basil

–       1 avocado (sliced)

–       ½ cup of almonds


–       1/2 cup olive oil

–       1 small garlic clove

–       1 inch piece of ginger

–       3 tsp ras-el-hanout

–       1 tsp salt

–       juice of half a lemon

Ras el Hanout spice mix:

– 1 teaspoon ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon ground ginger

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

– 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking proces


Cook the quinoa according to the package’s instructions, drain and let stand to cool.

In a dry frying pan, toast the almonds on medium heat until they start brown a little.

Prep all your veggies by grating the carrot and chopping the bell-pepper, spring onion, avocado and herbs.

In a small food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, garlic, ginger, Ras el Hanout, salt and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Taste and decide if you need more of any of the ingredients to balance the flavour out to your liking.

Add the quinoa to a bowl, mix in the dressing and toss till it’s well coated. Then stir through the carrot, bell-pepper, spring onion, mint, basil and raisins. Serve the quinoa salad topped with the toasted almonds and sliced avocado.



Spring Cleanse – Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup Recipe

1 May

Spring is the best time to scrub, cleanse, dust, shake, and get rid of the old cobwebs (inside and out). Here is an amazing detoxifying recipe from our Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat by chef Mirella.

avocado fennel soup


Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup

Chuck full of nutrition, this raw-vegan spring soup makes for a well balanced, cleansing meal! It ads fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, protein and anti-oxidants to your diet in one go! Tastes best chilled and topped with your favorite vegan cheese and/or nuts! I used a home-made almond-cheese and roasted pistachios.

Ingredients for 4 bowls:

•           2 Avocados
•           1 fennel including the leaves
•           1 cucumber
•           Half a garlic clove
•           3 spring onions
•           juice of 1 lemon
•           ½ tsp of black pepper
•           ½ tsp of sea salt or rock salt
•           1 cup of spring water

Blend together until smooth. Add more water if needed to get the desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Top with crumbled almond cheese and pistachio nuts and garnish with some fennel leaves before serving.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca to join one of our upcoming Summer and Fall detox retreats.

Raw Lettuce Tacos with Nut Meat & Mango Salsa

30 Mar

Are you interested in detoxifying your body but scared about changing your diet? During one of Nectar Yoga’s Detoxifying Yoga Retreats, Chef Mirella, will have you feeling cleansed and full of new recipe ideas. The food during your yoga retreat is meant to be light, nutritious, uplifting and inspiring. For one week we will refrain from eating any sugar, meat, dairy, wheat or caffeine. Seems difficult? You will be surprised about the variety and quality of the food. Try this delicious Raw Lettuce Taco Recipe by retreat Chef Mirella. 

Join us for a Yoga Detox Retreat in Morocco and Ibiza this fall for more detoxifying inspirations like this! Click HERE for Full Details. 

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa


Raw Lettuce Tacos with nut meat and mango salsa (serves 2)


Nut Meat:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon tamari

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  • Firm lettuce to use as tacos


Take a firm type of lettuce and use the leaves as tacos or wraps. I have used baby Romaine or Napa cabbage before.

For the nut meat, mix all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a chunky mixture with the consistency of ground taco meat. Try it and add spices according to your taste.

Put all of the ingredients of the mango salsa in a bowl and toss it around so the flavours mix well. You can make this a little ahead of time to let it marinade and let flavours soak in.

To serve, place a lettuce leave on your plate, top with walnut meat, mango salsa and optional guacamole.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca for all our Detox Retreat options.

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat September 2015

23 Mar MoroccoYogaDetoxRetreatRoom

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat, September 25 – October 1, 2015

Nectar Yoga and Mirella Saraswati team up for a rejuvenating week of yoga, relaxation, delicious cleansing food and exotic Moroccan landscapes this autumn.



Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment, deepen your yoga practice, learn about nutrition & healthy cooking, cleanse and relax in Morocco this coming autumn. After a week at this magical oasis with us you’ll feel renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, we promise!

A peaceful haven welcomes you in the wonderland of the Moroccan countryside. The view of awesome dessert landscape and olive groves is a perfect setting to start off your day of yoga & well-being. You’ll be led through two daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, group discussions and lectures taught by Andrea from Nectar Yoga. Whether you are new to yoga or deepening your existing practice, you’ll gain a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection after your Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat.

Mirella Saraswati will have your taste buds watering before every meal. Each day we will enjoy inspirational, delicious, and extremely healthy creations. Informative demonstrations and lessons are included during this week. You’ll go home with a new relationship to food and the desire to eat clean. For some local flavor, Mirella will be working with a Moroccan cook to include some regional inspiration in the menu.

The Moroccan property features a main villa with two suites, surrounded by 5 private detached adobe cottages, which are truly one-of-a-kind. An expansive swimming pool, framed by shady umbrellas and lounge chairs overlooks the beautiful valley of Essaouira. The natural dessert landscape is dotted with olive trees and walking paths. This exclusive yoga retreat is your perfect detox sanctuary. Join us for a yoga detox retreat you’ll always remember.

Visit: http://nectaryoga.ca/morocco-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ for full details and to register!

Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco – Best Moments in Pictures

4 Nov

Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco has come to a close. Here are my best moments in photos. I look forward to seeing you at a future exotic retreat: http://www.nectaryoga.ca

Words to summarize the trip: Simply Amazing. The pictures speak for themselves. Namaste.

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Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco Week 2

20 May

I am happy to announce a second week for my upcoming Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco. Week 1 is sold-out and Week 2 is filling.


WEEK 1: October 26 – November 1, 2014 SOLD-OUT!
WEEK 2: November 1 – November 8, 2014. LIMITED SPACE REMAINS
Where: Morocco!

Join Nectar Yoga this fall for a truly unique and exotic yoga retreat adventure in Morocco.

Breathtaking natural surroundings as well as a treasure trove of antiques, artifacts and art work, makes this gem a perfect yoga retreat destination. Your body will feel toned, stretched, relaxed and lighter after your week with Andrea, owner of Nectar Yoga.

Enjoy the beautifully manicured grounds, a private olive grove, stunning interior spaces, dip in the outdoor infinity pool, meditate in the open air yoga studio, walk through the countryside, a guided tour of Marrakesh, a henna party, outdoor cinema, reading, and relaxing are just a few of the activities you will partake in during your Nectar Yoga Morocco Retreat.

This small exclusive retreat is your perfect exotic getaway. Feel the warmth of the Moroccan sun this Fall with Nectar Yoga.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca/retreats-morocco for full details.


Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco NEW! October 2014

24 Mar
I am very excited to announce my latest retreat which will take place in exotic Morocco from October 26 – November 1, 2014!  
This is going to be a retreat you will not want to miss! The location is a private residence 45 min drive from Marrakech. It has been featured in over 20 media outlets for its exquisite design, food and location.
Don’t be afraid if you are a beginner, this week will be catered to all levels, and will leave you with so much life inspiration to take home.
For full details visit www.nectaryoga.ca/retreats-morocco
I look forward to seeing you there!
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