Guacamole and Sweet Potato Fries

Snacks


sweet potato fries + guacamole

Guac:

1. Mash an avocado

2. Add greek yogurt and spices [garlic powder, sea salt, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper]

3. Garnish with onion

*Greek yogurt is optional, of course

Sweet potato fries:

1. Slice sweet potato & coat with oil + seasonings

2. Bake at 375 for 10 min, flip, 10 more min

sweet potato fries + guacamole

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Cauliflower Soup

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Cauliflower soup is a wonderful base. You can add anything to it: sautéed/steamed leafy greens, cooked vegetables, beans, noodles, etc! 

For instance, I like to add garam marsala along with garlic onions and sea salt, which is how I flavored my soup today. I also added sautéed spinach; it added a nice texture that complemented the dish.

 cauliflower soup 
Creamy cauliflower soup enjoyed with garlic mushrooms and spinach. 

While I was steaming the cauliflower I sautéed sunflower oil, green onion, and garlic in a skillet until the aromas flooded my home. Then I added the mushrooms, coated them with garlic powder and sea salt, and cooked them until the moisture came out. 

***this step is crucial to cooking mushrooms! I recently learned that if you leave them cooking for longer, the moisture will come out and they will be much easier to chew and more pleasant overall. 

Once the mushrooms were done, I quickly sautéed the spinach.

Learning how to multitask in the kitchen can be challenging at first, but I have to say this was the first time I really noticed how much I’ve been learning within this entire experience. I felt the connection that cooks feel with their kitchens 💚 also, I efficiently multitasked without burning any pans!  Horay! 

I found my flow in the kitchen and it was glorious. Always learning, always growing. 

Servings: 2

Time: 20 minutes

Cauliflower Soup
Ingredients:

A head of cauliflower

½ c vegetable broth + more for desired consistency

¼ c soy milk or a plant based milk

1 large garlic clove

½ tsp garam marsala

¼ tsp garlic powder

Sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Steam clean cauliflower florets until tender enough to slide a fork through

2. Add steamed cauliflower, soy milk, garlic, and seasonings to blender 

3. Blend and add vegetable broth until you reach the consistency you prefer

4. Pour into bowl and garnish with freshly ground black pepper, green onions, sautéed spinach and mushrooms –  or whatever you have 🙂 

*really wish I had added some cilantro and jalapeños

Simplicity.

Ramblings

I remember this moment perfectly. I had just arrived to a friend’s house in Cornwall & was completely caught off guard by how beautiful his home was, right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. I was blown away, sitting, watching, taking it all in. Pure beauty & everlasting presence.

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience,

including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

Ram Dass

I’ll toast to that.
Last summer, I went backpacking through Europe with my good friend, brother, kindred spirit. Our financial situation was not the same so eventually we had to split, which forced me to embark on a solo journey. (We split up in Split, Croatia) It was amazing and the best thing that could have happened to me. Although my parents were worried, I was not in danger once! However, I misplaced my passport twice, but both times it was necessary and it had to happen. So I’m glad it did! This was when I learned and understood that the universe is on our side, with us, in us. There’s no reason to be scared. I fully trust the universe to guide me through my journey. I guess this is the equivalent to fully trusting god, or even yourself. It’s however you want to look at it. The choice is up to you. Isn’t that religious freedom? Full circle.
I’m so grateful for this experience because I ended up planning at the very last minute, the key to spontaneity.  And I ended up in places like the picture above. It was amazing I felt like I was in a movie or a dream.
*When you have no expectations, everything is phenomenal and the most beautiful synchronicities will happen to you.

Everything will flow.

It’s so easy to forget the simplicity of it all. It is so simple, yet we make it difficult to listen, to see the clues, the ideas, to make the connections. I mean, its all laid out before us. It’s all right here… but when is the right time to intervene? When is my actual cue? How do I know when I’ve waited too long?
Becoming aware of it all makes for an interesting, beautiful experience, despite the ever nagging frustration that I  can’t seem to shake.
Ignorance is bliss. Ha! It really is, but that’s not where I am anymore. I’ve moved out of that experience and into this fresh one, which is brimming with introspection and some ridiculous analysis of my experience.
Despite my frustration, this truly is the human experience.

This is it!

A few years ago, when this whole realization was taking form, I consistently reminded myself of something very important:
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react.

A nice grounding practice I like to do includes what I’ve just done: I’ve reminded myself of something productive that  I used to do, something that benefited my well-being. This quote sparked some major introspection and self-analysis when I first began repeating it to myself, which lead to awareness and compassion for others, and an entirely new perspective and experiences.

Everything is on time.

tofu veggie bowl

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Tofu has become my favorite food lately because it’s so versatile & fun to experiment with. This recipe came out of my brain and sort of just happened.

This tofu veggie bowl is packed with protein and dietary fiber. It left me feeling very nourished. High vibes! It’s such a strange combination of tastes but I really liked how different it was! Confusing my tastebuds is very entertaining 😀 I enjoyed my dinner with strawberries, blueberries, and pear slices to complete the rainbow. Maybe that’s why I feel so nourished & complete.


It blows my mind every time how much of a difference being present makes when doing anything, especially when cooking. I’ve noticed a great change in how I feel and how my food looks and tastes. I am full with gratitude for the opportunity and freedom to cook whatever I want and experiment as I wish.

The Greek yogurt is really nice for balancing all of the flavors, but unfortunately, makes this recipe not suitable for vegans. However, it can easily be taken out or subbed by a vegan yogurt or sour cream! I know I’ve seen recipes for both, however, that is a LOT of tofu.

This recipe is sweet, spicy, and tangy! The pear + curry powder + lemon zest give it a really nice flavor explosion. Tastebuds-approved.

Ingredients:
1/4 block tofu extra firm
1/4 c black beans
1 garlic clove, minced
Sea salt
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Red chili flakes
Curry powder
2 Green onions, chopped
1 zucchini, cut in half then sliced into thin pieces
Handful cilantro chopped – stem and leaves, you get way more cilantro this way*
1 pear, cubed
1 TBS chopped red onion
Carrot shavings from 1/2 carrot
Lemon zest from 1/4 lemon
2 tbs Greek yogurt
1 tbs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce

Directions:
1. Put sunflower oil in pan on medium heat
2. Add green onions and garlic, cook for ~2 minutes
3. Mash the tofu in a bowl & add sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, stir
4. Add tofu, black beans, half of the chopped cilantro, and 1/2 tbs liquid aminos to pan, stir and cook for 5 minutes
5. Add zucchini and other 1/2 tbs liquid aminos, mix
6. Add curry powder and red chili flakes
6. Remove from heat
7. Add pear, carrot, lemon zest, red onion, other 1/2 of chopped cilantro and Greek yogurt on the side

Enjoy!

Vibrant Veggie “Tacos”

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Yesterday’s lunch was vibrant & nourishing,

packed with phytonutrients & high vibrations.


I spotted a gorgeous red cabbage at the market & I could not resist.

I must say it sparked some creative fire because once I got home, I was
inspired to learn all about cabbage, including the health benefits,
nutritional profile, how to select and store it, and how to prepare it!
This website is amazing if you have ever felt overwhelmed with the internet & would like a single, condensed article with everything you need to know about healthy foods to get started.

Despite all of my cabbage research, I still decided to stick with raw red
cabbage this time around because I needed it to be somewhat strong enough to act like a hard taco shell! Although, I believe steamed cabbage would work just as well. It’s a totally durable vegetable.

So I went on to prepare the filling with what I already had/just bought, which ended up including avocado, tomatoes, leftover roasted zucchini, jalapeños, steamed broccoli + kale, and red onions.

I love the vibrant colors! Only bummer was that I didn’t have a single yellow or orange vegetable anywhere, so I can’t say I ate a rainbow today… how tragic. To prevent anymore tragedies, next time I can add…

Orange:
• orange bell peppers
• shredded carrots
• carrot juice to drink after my meal
• papaya banana smoothie
• sweet potatoes cubes

Yellow:
• yellow squash
• Lemon juice
• sliced yellow bell pepper
• yellow rice instead of white
• corn

Although I didn’t consume a rainbow, I felt like I had and I was full all day! Success.

Here’s the glorious set up:

You know it’s gonna be good when you end up having a photo shoot with your food :p

I also went to Good Will the other day to get some pots and while I was there I found these super cute plates (above) and this Japanese mug (below) for my new place. The plates and mug added up to less than $2! I love Good Will; I always find the cute stuff, muahaha.

Gah! It’s so cute.
& filled with black tea.
Holy caffeine.

I think it’s pretty self explanatory what I did with the filling and the cabbage “shell,” but just in case, here’s the order I put the filling in:
white rice first, kale, the big vegetables (broccoli, tomatoes, avocado,
zucchini) followed by the tiny vegetables (red onion, jalapeno) & herbs (cilantro).

The finished product:

Nom!

Filled with nourishment & gratitude ❤

Does anyone have a favorite filling for vegan “tacos?”

I’m always up for suggestions.

oatcake

“Oatcake” For One

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After years of pancakes followed by stomach aches,

I’ve finally found a solution!

oatcake

These oatcakes, are vegan, clean, and just the right amount of sweet. 

& the funny thing is…

I kind of just made it up as I threw ingredients into a bowl, so they’re super easy to make. If I can do it, you can definitely do it.

 ***I did not know oatcakes existed until I thought I had an epiphany and called it an oatcake. Only to find, in my research, that oatcakes are a Scottish thing and they usually include butter, so here is my clean, vegan version.

Vegan Oatcake for One

Ingredients:

• Handful of oats

• 1-2 Large spoon-fulls of apple sauce

• Couple shakes of cinnamon (adjust to taste)

• Swig of vanilla

• 1 Mashed banana

Directions:

1. Mash the banana with a fork

2. Add the apple sauce + oats

3. Add the cinnamon + vanilla

4. Cook in skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes

5. Top it off with some honey

*adjust amounts of ingredients to however mushy/dense you like your pancakes – I just added enough oats to where it seemed chunky enough to cook in a skillet.

**blending the oats first into an oat flour would be SO ideal if you want more of a homogenous PANcake rather than a chewy OATcake

Super sweet oatcake for one!

^.^