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Sweet or Savoury?... Help Us Decide!

Hey friends!

We need your help! We're in the Mapiya HQ kitchen playing around with recipes for our 2018 season and we want to hear your opinion on...

MUFFINS: sweet or savoury?!

We want to know what YOU want to see on your breakfast plate when you come visit us in Prince Edward County!

Vote on our Facebook page, ( https://www.facebook.com/mapiyaretreat/ ) or comment on this post and stay tuned to check out some yummy new recipes we've been creating for our 2018 retreat visitors!

~ <3 ~

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Delicious Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Eating healthful, nourishing meals not only takes care of your body, but also fuels your mind and reconnects your spirit to the energies of the earth. Eating plant-based meals is good for the environment too! Bonus: it’s delicious. 

Just look at this grilled veggie sandwich! Grilled zucchini, eggplant and peppers on your choice of bread, with avocado for that extra creamy taste, drizzled with balsamic vinegar to taste.

You can add any other ingredients you'd like! Think along the lines of hummus, hot sauce, pesto,  mushrooms, onions, squash, tomatoes or anything else that suits your taste buds!

You’re welcome! ;) 

We’re excited to get our garden started here at Mapiya… there’s something so satisfying about running out to your yard and picking some fruits and veggies straight from Mother Earth herself! 

Gratitude! Abundance! Love! Health! 

~ <3 ~

The Ocean's Embrace...

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Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. 
— Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

Life does not need to be difficult. This is a simple concept, but not an easy task to do. Once you let go of what no longer serves you and you refocus your energy on the positive, on what makes your soul ignite with passion and fire, on what makes you feel alive and fulfilled... the things that put the biggest, most ridiculously genuine smile on your face... that, my dears, is when you will discover the most wonderful secrets of life. Even through serious struggles, with a light heart and a peaceful mind, you can survive, accomplish and prosper through anything. 

Remember my friends, just keep swimming. 

Mapiya Welcomes 2018

Mapiya Retreat welcomes you to our 2018! We’re currently warming our souls (and bodies) in Hawai’i! 

Sunshine, a turquoise ocean, soft sandy beaches, a nice cold local beer and a road trip along windy roads with breathtaking views (sounds a lot like Prince Edward County), what more could we ask for on our adventure?! We’re being greeted with smiles everywhere we go, the food is nourishing, as delicious and fresh as it gets, the sun is playing with us through the clouds and local sunsets can actually compare to those at Mapiya… life is good! Our 2018 has begun with an adventure, but we’re ready to kick into action back at Mapiya H.Q. with exciting fresh plans and ideas.

Last season, we met some thrill seeking adventurers, some “wine by the lake” adventurers and all in between! Stories have been shared around our campfire and at the breakfast tables. We want to hear YOUR stories and meet some new rad adventurers in 2018! So team Mapiya would like to invite you to share part of your 2018 adventures with us at Mapiya Retreat in the coming months! We’ve got delicious new breaky recipes planned for you, sweet house decor and renovations in the works and a sunset that will steal your camera memory cards!

Stay tuned as we share some sneaky new recipes and our DIY works around the retreat house!

Aloha from Hawai’i friends, 

We’ll see y’all in 2018!

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Sweet Pistachio Cranberry Acorn Squash Recipe

I think squash is the universal food of Autumn. And cinnamon. And nuts and dried berries. And apple cider. And stews, baked veggies, hot cocoa, apple pie and cranberry sauce. You get the point.

We tried out this baked acorn squash recipe for a retreat in February and it was a hit! So full of micro and macro nutrients, filling, healthy and most importantly... delicious! The mix of flavours from the maple syrup in the squash dressing to the pistachios, cranberries and cinnamon in the stuffing make for a very happy stomach. Have I caught your attention yet? Good. Here's the recipe.

Serving: 2-4 (depending how hungry you are and whether you're making sides with this meal)

Ingredients: 

- 1 medium acorn squash  - 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar  -3 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)  - 2 tablespoons maple syrup  -Salt  - Small onion, diced  - 1 cup of quinoa  - Desired amount of cranberries (I used over a cup... I recommend a half cup and seeing how much you like) - Cinnamon, cayenne pepper  - Shelled pistachios (again to your taste. I used ~ 1 cup)

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

- Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and place on baking sheet, flesh side up

- Mix vinegar, oil and maple syrup in a small bowl or cup. Spread over flesh side and add a pinch of salt to the squash. Pop in oven and roast until the squash is soft, testing with a fork. Mine took approximately 40 minutes

- Heat whatever you've got left of the oil mixture in a pot, adding onions and cinnamon. Sauté the onions for a few minutes then add the quinoa and 2 cups of water - cook the quinoa according to the package. Right after adding water, add cinnamon, salt, cayenne pepper (to taste). 

- When the quinoa is ready, add in cranberries and pistachios. I like to add the cranberries into the quinoa as it finished cooking because I like them a bit softer and chewier! 

- Remove squash when it is ready and stuff with quinoa mixture. Serve warm! :)