I honor my human in me

Hello! Happy Saturday! This last week has been a week of different situations strung together all reminding me of one very big thing…humility; the acceptance that I am human. I need to keep this at the forefront of my mind … Continue reading

Set Your Alarm to Self Love

Hi Beauties! Yes, I just called you beautiful…just incase you haven’t acknowledged yourself to be,yet, today. 🙂
Since 2007, I have been on this dazzling path that has dominoed into all kinds of radical shifts of love in my life. I say 2007, because July 3, 2007, was the day that I hit rock bottom physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It was also the day that I decided I was going to unlearn all of the behaviors that no longer served me, one by one, a day at a time, and replace them with things that raised my vibration, filled my heart with love, and dipped my soul in happiness!
Some of those behaviors include telling myself I’m beautiful, along with other love-charged affirmations! At first, it was a really icky feeling, because I didn’t believe it when I told myself I was beautiful or smart or strong. It took a while to get to that place of self-loathing, right? It certainly didn’t happen over night. So, I understood that unlearning these patterns and moving to a place where I felt deserving of the compliments I gave myself would take a little time, too. I trusted in the process (& I still do!), and when self-help books, positive articles, and swanky spiritual gurus told me to look in the mirror and tell myself “I love you,” to take myself out on dates, to invest in crystals that carry special energy (I LOVE rose quartz & it’s healing energy!), to care for my body, to take mini vacations, to meditate, to explore, to hula hoop, to do yoga, to go back to school, to quit smoking, to find awesome girlfriends, to quit drugs and alcohol, to be around animals, to stand on my head, to sing, to cleanse myself in the ocean, to treat myself to a chocolate bar, to buy new clothes, to give myself a hug, to find a guy that treats me well, to help people, to start a blog, to be close to my family, to connect with kids, to build a fort in my living room out of furniture and blankets, to read books, to dance, to be of service, and most importantly, to forgive myself, I did it. I did it over and over and over until compliments to myself didn’t feel so funky and doing things for myself didn’t feel so weird because I now believe that I deserve them. I replaced my old thoughts with new ones and my old behaviors with ones that served me. And most importantly, I still do these things. I am still listening and seeking out people, places, and things that I can get information from to build myself up! Because, you know what, when I build myself up, I am building up others, too, and raising their vibration, and that energy is scattered all over the world, lifting everyone up. And that’s what it’s all about anyway, right?

My eating habits are another behavior that I cultivated and switched around in order to make myself shine brighter! That was not done overnight, either. I started with cutting out things that did not serve me, like soda and fast food and substituting with foods that did serve me, like water and more veggies! I would change around the times in the day I would eat. I changed around what foods I would eat together. I cut out more foods that didn’t work and put in more that did. I listened to my body, and after becoming a plant-based/vegan eater on October 22, 2012, I am still listening to my body! I trust the process and it’s beautiful!

And don’t get me wrong, I am completely one-hundred percent human being and I am reminded constantly. There ARE days when I want to stay mad at myself, put myself down, or eat potato chips, or lay in bed depressed, too. But, I then forgive myself, talk about it with a friend, journal about those moments, ask the Universe to do her thang, and I move through it, like a wave that moves through the ocean.

So, since I just finished talking about food, I’m sure your tummies are a little rumbly and waiting for today’s recipe, eh?

So excited to share this new creation with you guys…

Plantbased/gluten free…

Quinoa Veggie Mash

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You will need:
-1 cup of quinoa (2 cups water)
-Butternut squash (I used frozen chunks & then steamed, but whatever you prefer!)
-Beets (I cut up 3 small ones in cubes & then steamed)
-Broccoli (raw)
-Arugula (or whatever greens leaf that suits your soul!)

To prepare:

Boil your water and cook your quinoa.
Peel, cut up, & steam you veggies (the broccoli I left raw).
Lay a bed of arugula or greens down in a dish. Scoop some quinoa and put it right on the greens. Top off with all your veggies! Mix together!
Drizzle some olive oil & sprinkle some salt (I like the pink Himalayan salt these days… It’s pink & crazy-good benefits).
Enjoy!!

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So much color I can’t stand it! I had this all by itself as a meal and some left over the next day! It would make a great side dish too… Thanksgiving, hmmmm? Feel free to add other veggies if you wish, but I loved this combination!

Light & Love,
Amanda

Recess

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Hello! I hope your weekend was glorious! Did you find any time to play? Remember when we were children and in school we were given a recess? It was that time in the day that was scheduled in there and you did nothing but play. I can remember my play changing at recess as I grew up. In kindergarten it was about running around on the playground or playing board games if we were kept inside because of the rain. This continued through third grade, I say. Then, from like the third to sixth grade it was about getting curious about the boys, still being grossed out by their existence, but playing games that included them, usually games where boys chased after the girls. It was thrilling and engaging, but awkward because curiosity in the opposite sex was creeping in, and I remember wanting to know what that was about. Then in seventh and eighth grade it was about getting together with my girlfriends to chat (usually about the boys)  and hang out while the boys ran around and played football or basketball at recess. There was no more running around for the girls, but there was still that time that we were allowed to have out of our school day  to do whatever we wanted with. Then came high school and no more recess. What’s up with that?

I think it is important to give ourselves a recess no matter what grade or age you are. And that recess could be so many things for each individual. Whatever it is, I hope it allows you to let you inner child play, shine, sing, dance, run, jump, sparkle, rest, release, imagine, connect, or  bloom.

For this weeks recipe post I have another meatball recipe! This one is even groovier then that last one i posted not too long ago. This recipe is inspired by ohmyveggies.com. This recipe was not origially vegan, so I made some tweaks to make it so. 🙂 It is also gluten-free, weeeee!

Broccoli Parmesan “Meat”balls

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You will need:

1/2 cup raw almonds

1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets & steamed (makes about 2 cups worth)

1/2 shredded vegan parmesan cheese ( I use the Go Veggie! brand)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons warm water)

Salt and pepper, to taste

A muffin tin

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To Prepare:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make up your flax egg by whisking the flax and water together in a small bowl and setting aside to let it gel up.

Steam your broccoli.

In a food processor, process the almonds until they are coarsely ground (do not under or over- process the almonds). Then place your almonds aside in a separate bowl.

After your broccoli is steamed, add it to the food processor and pulse until it is chopped up. Then add the flax egg, garlic, parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper to the broccoli in the food processor and process until mixed together.

Then add the broccoli-parm combination to the almonds in the bowl. Mix together well.

Spray a muffin tin with a nonstick spray of your choice.

Form balls out of the broccoli mixture and place each one into its own spot in the muffin tin. Bake until the meatballs are golden on the outside and heated through; about 20 mins. Remove the tin from the oven and let cool before popping each ball out.

These guys can be eaten with pretty much anything. They are very flexible & I love how they taste! The day I made them I was in a hurry, so I just pulled them out of the oven and plopped them on top of some quinoa (sorry my picture above looks so plain). But they could be great with spaghetti sauce and noodles, or just plain with the sauce, in a sandwich, or on a salad. Have fun with them! I know I did and I can’t wait to make them again! Enjoy!
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Namaste.

Light & Love,
Amanda

Hurry up and Slow Down!

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Ghandi 

Happy Sunday! I just read this quote this morning as the sun was rising and my pups and I were waking up slowly. At least I was trying to; their agenda is always to wake up and play, play, play! I like this quote, though, and I have really been working on slowing down and noticing what goes on around me, instead of always being on the go. Or, always pushing myself and thinking, “Once I hurry up and finish this, THEN I can be happy…” This is something that my ego tells me and it is completely untrue. For when I do get finish with whatever it is, school, work, running errands, the week…then something else comes up and my ego starts yapping again. This does nothing but take me OUT of that moment, into the future, which has not even occurred yet, and it robs me of my energy, my thoughts, and a moment of happiness in itself. So, when I am in school supposed to be learning something new and bonding with my classmates and my ego starts telling me, “This class is boring…” I have learned to interrupt that ego-driven thought by telling myself, “Or, you can choose to be happy right now, embrace the experience because it may not come again and learn a whole bunch, so you can apply it to your future career.” It is easier said than done, especially in a society that trains people to go, go, go and that you need things on the outside to be happy. I work on it a day at a time and some days I am not as productive as others. I love the times I catch myself really being in the moment.When I am walking my dogs, it is one of the best times. When I am in the center of my moment, walking my dogs, I feel connected to everything. I can hear the birds, I can move with my pups as we walk together, I can smell the trees and grass, I notice colors, I see movement like butterflies fluttering and lizards scampering away to my vibration. Its magical. And if I were on the same walk with my dogs, all in my head with my ego telling me that when I am done walking them I can go on with my day then I would miss the butterflies, and the flowers that bloomed that day, and the birds singing. It amazes me. I will continue choosing happiness and being present in my moments that come along as much as I can.

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Today, I share with you one of my simplest recipes and a staple in my mind. They are raw, vegan, and full of life!

Zucchini Noodles

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They are one of the most flexible foods and that is why I love them. I can eat them plane or jazz them up with a funky sauce.

For the picture above I skinned 4 small zucchinis with a vegetable peeler. I start from one end of the zucchini and peel to the other end. Repeat thins around the zucchini until you can no longer peel.

The sauce above is an alfredo sauce:

1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 20 mins

3/4 cup water

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon thyme

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Gently run the sauce through the noodles. Serve and enjoy!

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Here is another batch of zucchini noodles I made up, but with a different sauce. For this sauce I just blended an avocado, lemon juice from a 1/2-1 whole lemon (your choice!), basil, salt, & pepper. I then sprinkled some shelled hemp seeds on top along with some edible flowers to make it pretty!

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And this last pic, I just tossed in some broccoli to my zucchini noodle mix. For the sauce I blended some basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some italian seasonings together. I would have added lemon juice, but I was out of lemons. I just massaged the sauce into the noodles and served with some shelled hemp seeds on top.

This is definitely a recipe that you can play with. You could even just try plane spaghetti sauce on them and I am sure it’d be lovely!

Whatever you do, be all there.

Light & Love,
Amanda