Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Steamed Cabbage Dumplings

Steamed Cabbage Dumplings
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1 head Napa Cabbage, steamed until leaves are soft

1 tbsp. cooking oil/butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4-5 crimini mushrooms
1 lb. ground turkey (optional)
1 tsp. fresh or dried ginger
Salt & Pepper to taste

-Saute all above ingredients-

Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup liquid aminos, or soy sauce
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. rice vinegar
3 drops fish sauce
1 tbsp. lime juice

Directions: Steam cabbage leaves in a steamer 
above boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Add all filling
ingredients to a large pan, saute until cooked thoroughly. 
Open each cabbage leaf, and add a large spoonful of filling 
inside, then roll up the cabbage leaf and stick a toothpick 
in to keep it from rolling apart. Enjoy with dipping sauce. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Veggie Saute

               Veggie Saute

  • 2 tbsp. butter or cooking oil
  • Onion & Carrots
  • Mushroom & Kale  
  • Salt & Cumin

Prep ingredients by chopping 
all veggies first. In order, saute onion, 
carrot, mushroom, and kale on pan. 
Don't forget the oil and seasoning.

Wait 2-3 minutes between adding 
each ingredient, to give it proper time 
to soften and breakdown. 

You can use this recipe any time of day!
Breakfast: Add an egg or two on top
Lunch: Add to hummus and quinoa
Dinner: Add to chicken and rice

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Chinese Cucumbers or Middle Eastern Tzaziki

      Chinese Cucumbers

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tsp. vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 tsp. garlic, pressed, dried, or minced
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Grate cucumber into a bowl and add all 
other ingredients. Mix well and enjoy!

To make Middle Eastern version Tzaziki  
Keep the cucumber, salt, and garlic, 
Exchange sugar & all liquid ingredients for:

  • 1/3 cup yogurt /full fat coconut milk
  • 2 sprigs of dill
*This version is less sweet and more creamy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Garlic Hummus

        Garlic Hummus

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 4-5 garlic cloves 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp. tahini
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp fresh or dry dill
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Throw all ingredients into blender.
Blend until smooth.
Put on crackers, vegetables, or as a 
spread for sandwiches & veggie wraps.  

Energy Balls Round 2

No Bake 5 Ingredient Energy Bites 

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1/2 cup any nut butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup old fashioned oats
½ cup ground flax seed
2 tablespoons honey

Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir, best to use hands with gloves. Roll into
small balls. Refridgerate. Enjoy!


  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 185
  • Protein: 6.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Update since last blog. Back to recipe writing.

Wow. I started this blog a couple years back thinking it would be a food blog, then somehow it turned into an "existential crisis" blog. Well, I would like to update the blog since my last post in 2015.
I remember in my last blog I was questioning with what to do, whether I should do the PTA program and stay at home, or otherwise. Turns out, I didn't do the program after all. It seemed like they were they were there to make a buck, versus actually provide a decent education. No regrets.

Since then, I found a job at Clubsport as a personal trainer and stayed there for three years. It was a fantastic job, because it connected me to a group of wonderful people I still keep in touch with (my co-workers). I also got to know how a gym works, and what I like/dislike about being an employee.

I also moved out of my moms, and into a clients home in Danville, where I and my dog Austin, lived with a couple for a year. During that transition time, I also met my current boyfriend.

Fast forward one year, and my dog, Mari, and my grandmother pass away. I need to do something big. So I go to India to get my yoga teacher training certification. I have amazing dreams and it changes my life. I get an awesome job offer the week of my return. Its to teach fitness classes to people 55+. Now that I'm settled, I would love to go back to posting recipes.

My travels to India and some other travels will be posted on my other blog.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

New awareness, more questions

A new awareness has been surfaced. Outside of the Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of media world, outside of television, movies, and every technological distraction known to man, I see that it is rare to have a one to one, face to face, human interaction without social media interferring.
Once you disconnect yourself from the viral world, a new world emerges. The real world. As it is, not pretended to be made any different than what it actually is. Real life can't lie. The internet can. That is why real life experiences are SO VALUABLE. When's the last time you had a legitimately deep conversation with someone? One sentence responses to a facebook post don't matter. TURN OFF YOUR TECHONOLOGY and OPEN YOUR EYES to the world!
There's enough drama, comedy, and romance in real life, why watch movies to pretend you are there, when you can actually experience it first hand???

Since writing my last post, I have come to a few realizations about myself. I have thought of this great philosophy on life, one I have learned from my parents, but am I actually following my own advice? Am I practicing what I am preaching? Am I thinking for myself, and making a smart decision, or just following the trend and the flow of how others think I should life my life?

Swimming downstream is SO MUCH EASIER than swimming upstream. After all, thats where all the fish are going, and thats where the energy is flowing. Swimming downstream is where the fish are going, following the flow is where the energy is going.

I'm starting to question the plan I have made for myself. As a Gemini, I know I am likely to doubt , and second guess, and ta da, thats exactly what I am doing. I'm questioning my decisions to live at home and go to school. Granted, the school would be for a great reason and something I am good at AND have experience in (physical therapy assistance) but I'm wondering if I am living my life to the fullest potential. After the PTA program, I want to become yoga certified, and then do culinary school. The yoga and cooking are passions, the PTA more of something that would pay the bills as well as provide a satisfaction that I am helping people.

My mother tells me that I need to continue school because I wouldn't be able to live on my own, and truth is, I would, but it would be a very humble and minimalist life. If I were to live on my own, I would barely be scraping by, probably living paycheck to paycheck. It would be really hard at first, but I know through perseverance I would make it. If I live at home, I get the chance to save up some money, and go to school...where I would come out with debt. Also, it would come at the cost of living in  a highly stressful environment. Living with my mom is one of the hardest things I have had to do, we are similar in many ways, but also SO different in others. Over the years I have come to learn how to deal with her, but is "dealing with it" a necessity? Will living with her better our relationship? Probably not. More likely we will have more fights, or maybe even not talk to each other for days at a time.

Is this a short term sacrifice I will be making for a long term goal? I'm all for short term sacrifices, but I am questioning whether it will align with my own life view.

Is the decision I am making  a healthy one? honest one? helpful one? happy one?

Short term...probably not. Its emotionally unhealthy, I'd be lying to myself if I said it would be easy, if I stay at home I would be unhappy that I'm missing out on life. but...getting this education will help me become a more helpful individual.

One of my thought patterns is that after getting this degree, I would get a job at a PT clinic, and while paying off debt, would get experience in the PT field. Maybe I would travel and move elsewhere, live life on my own finally. Eventually I would want to be my own boss and provide a service to clients that offers personal training, continual rehabilitation, nutrition help, cooking classes, yoga...etc.

Does my vision need me to get this PTA degree? If not, what would be my next step? Yoga certification, culinary school? I can't let go of this degree idea because its the most "career" focused job, that will be widely sought after in many years to come. I know if I get this degree I won't ever be at a loss for a job. Its a battle between long term security and short term freedom. I always told myself I didn't want to be the status quo and go into debt, but if its for a job that most likely promises financial it worth compromising myself for it?

Then there's the fact that I have a dual citizenship, so practically I could travel Europe and teach English and say F U to America...haha. I could get a free education there since I am a EU citizen, or I could teach English. My dad is in Europe too, and the rest of my family. No matter what I feel like I don't have time to accomplish everything I want to do. I need help prioritizing my goals and living my life according to my own philosophy. Where can I find the answer?