I have a confession– I have a really wasteful habit when it comes to groceries. What usually happens is I purchase things with lots of ambition and I have all these ideas of dishes I will make with the grains, vegetables, fruit and herbs I buy. In reality, I usually made 2 big meals and the rest of the time I default to salads and smoothies. I know this about myself. With what is left, I feel bored and uninspired. Some things spoil, and others sit around in my pantry till they call to me again.
Can you relate, or am I alone on this?
This past Sunday I was looking online ta my grocery list to have them delivered, and realized, there was nothing I had to have– I just wanted new food. Instead if clicking purchase and having my groceries delivered, I challenged myself. What was already in my fridge that I could make and enjoy? I needed to find a way to repurpose what I had and turn it into an all new meal to keep my attention.
I needed something with protein, fiber and a good balance of color and variety. I remembered I had veggies leftover from a stir fry I made, half a bag of noodles, an opened jar of tomato sauce, a can of kidney beans and yogurt cheese.
I grabbed an oven safe container and got to work on what turned out to be an effortlessly delicious meal. I’ll buy groceries later when I’ve actually run low on food. In the long run this will save me loads of money and help me be more disciplined about my consumption.
1.5 cups dry pasta
1.5 cups cooked veggies. I used lightly steamed broccoli and frozen peas
1/2 can or 8 oz of cooked beans (use more if you like)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil ribbons
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste if desired
Set pasta to boil and cook to al dente. Noodles should be firm.
Mix cooked pasta with veggies, beans tomato sauce, oregano, basil, and 1/2 cup cheese
Add casserole mixture to baking dish and cover with 1/2 cup cheese.
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes till cheese has melted.
Hey healthy bunnies,
I tried a few awesome items this month and want to share them with you. It’s always nice to find tasty foods which I’m not allergic to and can also enjoy guilt-free. I’m thinking of doing a series soon on living with food intolerances. What do you think?
Here’s the first item….
Quinoa patties: they’re pretty mild in flavor, so nothing to rave about there– but you can do a lot with sauces or avocado. What I love is that there is no wheat, no nuts, no soy, and no rice. There’s just quinoa, coconut out, arrowroot powder and a few other veggies.
Serenity turmeric juice: what amazing flavor this has with a very strong kick of ginger. So delicious. You may not have a Kreation where you live, but you can see the ingredients on the bottle and make a similar combination at your local juice bar, or at home.
Caramel chai rooibos tea: I love the flavor of this. I usually drink it unsweetened, but sometimes I add a little raw honey and cashew milk to make it a tea latte. You can also add whipped cream.
Have you tried anything new this month? Share with me!
There’s really no convenient time to get sick, but I really hate getting sick in the Winter because it’s cold, gets dark faster, and there are many damp rainy days. There are some things you can do to prevent getting a cold in the first place, and things you can do if you’re currently sick. I’m sharing my top 7 tips for fighting the cold and flu. If you’re not much into reading blog posts, I recommend you skip to the video and get my easy and quick tips that way!
Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated has so many benefits, especially when you are feeling sick.If you are properly hydrated this will help you decongest, and it will also help rid your body of toxins. If you have a sore throat, opt for room temperature or warm water. You can add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a little honey to make the drink even more soothing for your throat.
Get lots of rest. Some of us are not so great with sitting still because we feel idle and non-productive. Resting and letting your body heal is very productive! If you took the day off of work, maybe try not still working from home, but instead set up a comfortable place to rest and make sure you’re warm, getting enough fresh air, and have everything you will need within reach. I tend to camp out in my bed rather than the couch, because my bed is easier to disinfect than my couch. I bring in a tray with tea, cough drops, water, a good book, my laptop for movies, warm socks, and an aromatic candle. Make yourself comfortable and force yourself to rest.
Blend dark leafy greens into your smoothies. Consuming dark leafy greens will give you a huge boost in vitamin C. If you’re sick you may not have much of an appetite or have trouble swallowing due to swollen tonsils or a sore throat. A smoothie is a way to get a meal that is rich in nutrients, but not a hassle to eat. You can also add other supplements to the drink. I love adding baby spinach to smoothies since it blends easily and you can add about 3 cups without noticing the flavor.
Drink fruit and herb infused water. I love infusing water with citrus and herbs which not only tastes good, but has many health benefits. I feel like it freshens and perks me up as well since sometimes sickness can give me this slow, sluggish, toxic feeling. I made a video of my favorite ways to infuse water, so you can check that out as well.
Don’t overdo it. Some people like to just ignore the cold and go about their day hoping it’ll just get better without effort. This rarely works. What is likely to happen is you go to work and spread germs, overexert yourself and end up feeling worse, and now instead of needing 1 day of rest, you need more. We all have to get rid of the guilt from taking a day off, and just do it. When you need time to get well, take it! You can skip a gym day and you can also skip work.
Steam vapors. I like to take a hot shower and let the steam open up my lungs when I have an upper respiratory infection. I usually will do this twice a day to improve breathing and this helps me not cough as much. When I get out of the shower, I rub a small amount of essential oil on my chest.
Know when it’s time to visit the doctor. One time I had a horrible cold with a cough that just would not quit! It persisted for more than five days and I felt awful, so I finally went to urgent care. It turns out I had whooping cough and needed anti-biotics. I had been coughing for days at that point, and had actually cracked a rib. It was so painful. If your sickness feels more severe than usual or continues to persist, call or visit your doctor.
Here’s a video I made that you can share with others and help people get well and stay well!
Disappointment is a normal part of the human experience, but how we handle disappointment dictates our experience. How do we manage and make the most of any situation when nearly every situation turns out differently than we had hoped? Hope defies sensibility and requires one not to see, but to envision. This episode explores the patience and resolve required to overcome disappointment.
Hope must be spoken to, watered, given sunlight, pruned, gazed upon and kept alive at all cost.
This episode of the Wonderfully Made Podcast is about the beauty of high pressure situations. We’ve all had times when we are under pressure and though it is difficult, what it yields can be beautiful and worth the pain or discomfort. I want to help you think about the benefits you gain from tough situations that in all honesty—we can’t usually avoid.
What high pressure situation exists for you that if you completely endure it will yield something beautiful or advantageous? Think about it.