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Recipe: Green Papaya Salad

26Jul

Ingredients:

-300 grs green papaya, grated
-8 units cherrys tomatoes, halved
– 1 cup of green beans, previously poached
-1 carrot, grated
-1 chili, chopped

Dressing:

– 3 cloves garlic, chopped
– 5 tbsp lime juice
– 4 tbsp fish sauce
– 2 cds of olive oil
– 25 g of cane sugar
– 20 grams of dried shrimp
– 25 grs of roasted peanuts

Preparation:

  1. Mix all the ingredients of the salad and reserve
  2. Mix with a beater all ingredients of the dressing
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve instantly

Minced Green Plantain

17Jul

Ingredients:

  • 2 green plantain, diced into small squares
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • ½ tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • ½ tbs of Worcester sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 2 tbs of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt an pepper to taste

 

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  1. Boil the plantain in enough water. Cook it “al dente”
  2. Sautée with oil, the onion, the pepper and garlic. Add the tomato, tomato paste and all the spices. Mix well and then add ¾ cup of water. Reduce the “tomato” sauce and then add a pinch of sugar.
  3. Add the plantain, Worcester sauce and mix well. Add a splash of water to moisture the preparation, then add salt and pepper.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with corn tortilla, or as a side dish.

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Pura Vida Honored by Organic Spa Magazine

05Jul

We’re extremely honored to share that Pura Vida has been named the “Best Yoga Spa” for 2017 by Organic Spa Magazine in the 2017 Top 10 Awards.Organic Spa cites our serene environment as a “lush and beautiful spot for spiritual refreshment” with four yoga halls offering panoramic Costa Rican views and our extensive retreat calendar.

To read the full story, please click here.

Recipe: Cauliflower Rice

29Jun

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • ½ cup of carrot, into small cubes}
  • ½ cup of green beans, sliced
  • ½ cup of yellow corn
  • ½ cup of yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tbs of parsley, chopped
  • 4 tbs of soy sauce
  • 4 tbs of olive oil
  • Sal and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower, then remove all greens and cut into 4 even sections.
  2. With a box grater, use the medium-sized holes, or a food processor with the grater attachment, to grate the cauliflower into the size of rice, leaving any large, tough stems behind.
  3. Transfer to a clean towel or paper towel and press to remove any excess moisture, which can make your dish soggy.
  4. In a pre-heated skillet, add the olive oil and sauté de onion, and veggies, except the parsley. Add the cauliflower and add the soy sauce. Sauté everything together and then garnishes with the fresh parsley.

Pura Vida Spa Honored with 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

22Jun

We are honored to share that we have earned a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site that ranks over 7 million accommodations with more than 500 million reviews.

Founded in 2010, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses around the world that deliver great service and that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

We are so thankful for all of our loyal guests and their positive reviews – we truly appreciate your support!

Recipe: Tomato Soup!

20Jun

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 2 big basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Accompaniments:

  • Cilantro, chopped
  • White fresh cheese, grated
  • Fried totillas strips

Method:

  1. wash the tomatoes and remove the hard part from behind.
  2. Place the tomatoes together with the garlic and basil, and add a cup of water.
  3. Cover the pot and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Process in blender along with salt, sugar and pepper.
  5. Serve with the accompaniments.

Recipe: Flat Green Beans

06Jun

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flat green beans, julianne
  • 1 cup of asparagus, julianne
  • 1 cup of zucchini, julianne
  • ½ cup of yellow sweet bell peppers, julianne
  • ½ cup of red sweet peppers, julianne
  • ½ cup of radish, julianne
  • Olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper

 

 

Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, toss all the ingredients together with lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let the salad rest, for 10 minutes to let lime juice cook the raw veggies.

Recipe: Fresh Beet Hummus

01Jun

Ingredients

  • 1 small roasted beet
  • 1 can cooked chickpeas, mostly drained
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • juice of half of a lime
  • pinch salt and black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian parsley

Instructions

Once your beet is cooled and peeled, quarter it and place it in your food processor. Blend until only small bits remain.

Add remaining ingredients except for olive oil and blend until smooth.

Drizzle in olive oil as the hummus is mixing.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt, lime juice or olive oil if needed. If it’s too thick, add a bit of water.

Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe: Greek Salad

11May
Greek Salad

Greek Salad (2 Servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of lettuce
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, into halves
  • ½ cup of kalamatas olives, into halves
  • ½ cup of baby cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup of baby zucchini, sliced
  • ½ cup of feta cheese, diced
  • ½ cup of red onion, julienne
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Drizzle of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Pita bread

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and serve with pita bread.

Healing Lifestyles & Spas: One Epic Yoga Umbrella

05May

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