Summer Feasts!!

Summer is flying by. Children are getting ready for back to school and parents are trying to get back into the routine. Life has been busy lately but I have taken the time to fix some healthy meals for myself  and since I haven’t posted in a while.  I thought I would share some of them with you now.

Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

This meal was delicious and it was something I just threw together. I cook like Rachel Ray meaning I never measure anything but I will try to estimate what I used for this meal.

Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

Box of pasta of your choice I used Whole Wheat Spiral

Head of fresh broccoli or frozen (I used fresh)

1 can cannellini beans

1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 onion-diced

Olive Oil

First boil your pasta according to package directions. Then heat a pan under medium high drizzle olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add your onions to the pan and saute them for 4-5 minutes until caramelized . Add the sun-dried tomatoes and get them nice and toasty(this was my favorite part of the meal). Then add your broccoli you probably do not need the whole head just add enough for your taste unless you are cooking for more people.Once pasta is ready drain it thoroughly and place some in the pan with other ingredients. I only added enough for myself since this was a meal just for me. Add sea salt and pepper to taste and if you want drizzle some olive oil on top. Enjoy!!

Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Broccoli

Another little something I threw together was what I am calling a Tofu Burrito. Even though I have been a vegetarian for almost 8 years now, tofu is something I have always been afraid of but since I want to be a vegan I have taken the plunge and been experimenting. This was a very good experiment even without the cheese!!

Tofu Burrito

Tofu Burrito

Whole Wheat Wraps

1-onion-diced

1-green pepper-sliced length wise

1 medium tomato-sliced

1-avocado-sliced and then mashed

1/2 cup of cubed extra firm tofu

sour cream and salsa optional Note: a brand called Tofutti makes a vegan sour cream just make sure it is the one without trans fat.

Before anything take the tofu out of the package and drain as much fluid as possible. If using the tofu that is already cubed I just dab it with a paper towel and then wrap it in the paper towel for five minutes. I would of used taco seasoning to flavor tofu but I did not have any so instead I put it in a bowl and then added chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to taste, then let it sit while you prepare the other ingredients. Heat a skillet over medium high, drizzle olive oil to cover the bottom. Once heated add onions and peppers. Saute until caramelized. Now add the tofu and heat until nice and crunchy. Time to assemble your burrito. First mash the avocado and spread onto wrap, then add onions and peppers, tomatoes, then tofu. Now try to fold the burrito this was very challenging to me. I then added the sour cream and salsa to the top. Very good!!

Tofu Burrito

Before I close I would like to take a moment and tell you about an exciting challenge going on at the Chopra Center. For those of you not familiar with Chopra Center it is a center founded by Deepak Chopra and David Simon,that takes an integrative healing approach to wellness. Both Chopra and Simon are authors of numerous books on well being. And today they started the 21-day Meditation Challenge. There are so many wonderful benefits to meditation and for someone who has never done meditatoin or has been intimidated by it, this is a great chance to learn and to start your own daily practice. I know meditating has made a difference in my life. Until next time.

Love and Light,

Alicia

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No Cheese for Me!!

Wish me luck! I have taken the “no cheese” for 30 days challenge. Of course this is not the first time  I have done this but this time I am just giving up cheese not dairy completely. I thought if I just give up one thing at a time I will be more likely to stick with it. I absolutely love cheese but the times I have given it up in the past I haven’t really missed it. What usually throws me off the band wagon is when I have cooked for everyone else and there is nothing in the house for me and I just make a cheese sandwhich but that is not going to be this time. I went to the store yesterday and stocked up on healthy veggies and fruits and of course beans are now my best friend.

Also I reread this book called “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin which my dear friend Jess gave me a long time ago. It is a great book that inspires one to live a healthier life without torturing animals. I have to warn you though if you have no interest becoming a vegetarian/vegan and you don’t like offensive language: Do Not Read It. It has a 4 week sample menu for a vegan diet and list a bunch of products that are all natural and preservative free which I use very often when shopping.

I will post soon what I have been eating this week and the pictures that go along with it.  I just bought a new computer and I am still learning all the new things that go along with it. Have a great weekend!

Love and Light,

Alicia

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Green Salad with Fruit

This week I have focused on re-setting my eating habits. Even though I am a vegetarian and eat healthy most of the time, life can get in the way and things like french fries and cheese can deter me. So last Sunday my wonderful neighbor invited me over for lunch. She had made a green salad with strawberries and bananas. I have never tried fruit in a green salad before so I was intrigued.

This is an example of what the salad resembled. Picture courtesy of http://mikes-table.themulligans.org/

She offered a raspberry vinaigrette to go with the salad. She had frozen the fruit prior to making the salad so when I took a bite my initial thought was “How refreshing!”. We live in Florida in horrible debilitating heat so for me this discovery was very exciting.  The salad was a mixture of romaine hearts and arugula. The dressing is what tied the whole salad together a light hint of raspberry added a little sweetness but at the same time a tartness and it really brought out the natural flavors of the fruit. The salad was delicious and I was so delighted by it that I had two big bowls which is unlike me.

So for those of you who have not tried fruit with a green salad please give it a chance. I never thought I would like it either but I am glad I gave it a chance because after having this meal something shifted in me and I have ate healthy all week.  I plan on experimenting more with different fruits, dressings and adding nuts the next time I make one. I will keep you posted.

Love and Light,

Alicia

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Hello and Welcome!

Hello Everyone! My name is Alicia and I have created this blog to document my everyday natural living. For a couple of years now I have been fading out all the chemical laden products we use everyday with more natural earth friendly options. So I am going to use this blog to share with you all the things I have learned and continue to learn.

"Mom's Lake"

I am also a vegetarian who would love to be a vegan but unfortunately I do not take the time to prepare healthy meals for myself so I usually grab something quick like a grilled cheese. I am hoping I can use this blog to learn new and exciting ways to cook and all the recipes and things I learn I will share with you.

I am on a journey right now looking to lead a balanced natural life. I hope you will join me for the ride as we learn together how to live an all natural life.

Love and Light,

Alicia

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