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Rabu

40 Tips for Better Life

Hello Loves Health | 1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And piece you lot walk , smile.
2. Sit inwards quiet for at to the lowest degree 10 minutes each day.
3. Sleep for at to the lowest degree seven hours.
4. Live alongside the 3 E's -- Energy , Enthusiasm , as well as Empathy.
5. Play to a greater extent than games.
6. Read to a greater extent than books than you lot did final year.
7. Make fourth dimension to exercise meditation , yoga , as well as prayer. They render us alongside daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend fourth dimension alongside people over the historic catamenia of lxx & nether the historic catamenia of 6.
9. Dream to a greater extent than piece you lot are awake.
10. Eat to a greater extent than foods that grow on trees as well as plants as well as consume less nutrient that is manufactured inwards plants.
11. Drink enough of water.
12. Try to brand at to the lowest degree iii people smiling each day.
13. Don't waste materials your precious release energy on gossip.
14. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner alongside his / her mistakes of the past. That volition ruin your acquaint happiness.
15. Don't lead maintain negative thoughts or things you lot cannot control. Instead invest your release energy inwards the positive acquaint moment.
16. Realize that life is a schoolhouse as well as you lot are hither to learn. Problems are only business office of the curriculum that seem as well as fade away similar algebra shape but the lessons you lot larn volition final a lifetime.
17. Eat breakfast similar a manful mortal monarch , tiffin similar a prince as well as dinner similar a beggar.
18. Smile as well as express mirth more.
19. Life is besides brusque to waste materials fourth dimension hating anyone. Don't abhor others.
20. Don't accept yourself as well as so seriously. No i else does.
21. You don't lead maintain to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace alongside your by as well as so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others'. You lead maintain no sentiment what their journeying is all about. Don't compare your partner alongside others'.
24. No i is inwards accuse of your happiness except you.
25. Forgive every i for every thing.
26. What other people mean value of you lot is none of your business.
27. GOD heals everything.
28. However expert or bad a province of affairs is -- it volition change.
29. Your project won't accept attention of you lot when you lot are sick. Friends will. Stay inwards touch. . .
30. Get rid of anything that isn't useful , beautiful or joyful.
31. Envy is a waste materials of time. You already lead maintain all you lot need.
32. The best is silent to come.
33. No affair how you lot experience , acquire upward , wearing clothing upward as well as exhibit up.
34. Do the correct thing !
35. Call your trace solid unit of measurement often.
36. Your Inner most is e'er happy. So , hold out happy.
37. Each twenty-four lx minutes catamenia laissez passer on something expert to others.
38. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
39. When you lot awake hold out inwards the morning time , give thank you lot GOD for it.
40. Please Forward this to everyone you lot attention about.
TAKE CARE...... LOVE YOURSELF........
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Spring Greens and Beet Salad with Creamy Maple Dijon Dressing

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Another calendar week has come upward as well as gone.  Seriously?  How is it that fourth dimension is going thence speedily lately?  Last weekend my SIL had her babe daughter (She's an absolute doll!  Red pilus similar mama.) , as well as my husband's coworker had her lilliputian man child every bit well.  An quondam identify unit of measurement friend's married adult woman also had twins this terminal week.  This has really been the calendar week of the babe , as well as it made me halt inwards my tracks as well as await at lilliputian Ben who is non thence lilliputian anymore.

At 8.5 months , Ben's personality is growing bigger every day.  He started crawling a few weeks agone as well as is on the deed constantly.  Baby gates as well as serious babe proofing demand to give rattling presently inwards our house.  All of the novel babies inwards the globe actually made me halt this calendar week as well as taste those babe snuggles as well as admire Ben's tiny hands squishing his nutrient , as well as wrapping to a greater extent than or less my finger when he nurses.  These moments volition go gone earlier I know it.

We accept a busy busy calendar month coming up.  I accept to a greater extent than oft than non been a SAHM , but accept been kept on yesteryear my fellowship every bit a temporary on-call employee when they larn busy as well as demand extra help.  I got a telephone phone from my boss terminal calendar week to encounter if I would go upward for going across the solid set down to the Spokane go to assistance them alongside some organizing earlier the go has tenant improvements.  A fellowship sponsored trip to larn dwelling as well as encounter identify unit of measurement (and piece of occupation a lilliputian I suppose)?  Heck yes!  I'm picking upward a rental auto tomorrow , as well as and thence Sun Ben as well as I go out to larn to Spokane for the week.  I'm lucky to accept a mama willing as well as happy to spotter Ben spell I piece of occupation for the calendar week , as well as I'm excited to encounter some of my quondam coworkers.

After beingness inwards Spokane side yesteryear side calendar week , we'll caput dorsum dwelling as well as and thence pass the quaternary of July opor-garai alongside Kevin's identify unit of measurement on opor-garai inwards Ocean Shores , which is two hours away.  After nosotros larn dorsum from that we'll plough to a greater extent than or less as well as go out the side yesteryear side twenty-four lx minutes menstruum to larn dorsum to Spokane.  Ben volition go staying alongside my parents over that side yesteryear side weekend spell I larn to Lake Chelan alongside my girlfriends for a friend's bachelorette celebration.  This volition go the offset fourth dimension I'm away from Ben for longer than a one-half a day.  I'm certain I'll accept a wonderful fourth dimension relaxing as well as celebrating alongside my girls , but I know I'll miss him thence much.

After the Lake Chelan weekend I'll larn dorsum to Spokane as well as pass the calendar week at that topographic point helping my hometown church building alongside Vacation Bible School.  The side yesteryear side weekend Kevin volition wing into Spokane as well as nosotros volition larn to my friend's marriage as well as and thence Ben volition go baptized on Sun earlier nosotros caput dorsum home.  It's a lot of locomote , as well as I'm hoping Ben does good alongside the drives.  We've driven to Spokane in i lawsuit earlier a few months agone , as well as he did bully every bit long every bit nosotros had frequent stops to consume as well as larn some wiggles out.

Anyways , y'all came hither for the beet salad right?

Beets don't tend to go a rattling regular vegetable inwards our describe of piece of occupation solid , but when I larn a craving for beets , I only accept to accept them!  Beets are high inwards phytonutrients as well as anti-oxidants , as well as accept anti-inflammitory properties.  Beets are also high inwards folate , manganese , potassium , as well as copper.  I ever mean value when nosotros larn plant-based cravings , it is our bodies needing an extra fleck of something that that nutrient is high in.  So , I picked upward some beets , steamed them inwards my InstantPot , as well as enjoyed them inwards this salad all week.

Spring Greens as well as Beet Salad
with Creamy Maple Dijon Dressing
Time: 10 minutes 
Servings: 1 serving


Ingredients:
        1 beet - peeled , steamed , as well as thinly sliced
        4-6 cups mixed jump greens
        3-6 radishes , thinly sliced
        1/2 - 1 loving cup cooked chocolate-brown lentils (you tin sub inwards whatever edible bean you'd like)
        modest handful of pecans (optional)
        Dressing:
            1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
            1 Tbsp almond butter (tahini , cashew butter , or sunflower seed butter would piece of occupation good too)
            1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
            1-2 Tbsp H2O to thin

Instructions:
1.)  Prep all ingredients.  See my notes below on how to steam the beets as well as gear upward the lentils speedily inwards the InstantPot.
2.)  In a modest bowl mix together the dressing ingredients until smoothen as well as creamy.  Add inwards the lentils as well as stir to coat.
3.)  In a large bowl layer the jump greens , beets , as well as radishes.  Then overstep alongside the lentil dressing mixture.  Sprinkle some chopped pecans on overstep if desired.  Enjoy immediately.

's Notes:
I would advise steaming several beets as well as cooking a duet cups of lentils ahead of fourth dimension to accept inwards salads all week.  If y'all create this , shop the ingredients separately as well as prep only earlier eating the salad.

To steam beets - Remove the tops as well as bottom root alongside a knife , launder thoroughly.  Place a steamer handbasket inwards the InstantPot alongside the whole beets as well as 1-2 cups of water.  Set to gear upward on high for fifteen minutes.  Do a quick liberate or a natural pressure level liberate when the timer is done.  Allow to cool , tegument , piece , as well as shop inwards an airtight container inwards the refrigerator for upward to 1 week.

To gear upward the lentils - Rinse as well as pick through two cups of dry out chocolate-brown lentils.  Place as well as thence inwards the InstantPot alongside three 1/2-4 cups of water.  Set to gear upward on high for 10 minutes , as well as permit for a natural pressure level release.  Drain whatever excess liquid as well as shop inwards an airtight container inwards the refrigerator for upward to 1 week.

You tin actually tweak this recipe to go only how y'all similar it.  Change your type of greens , utilisation golden beets instead of crimson , utilisation chickpeas instead of lentils , utilisation dearest mustard instead of Dijon.  The betoken is , brand a salad as well as relish it!  I sometimes larn lax near having a salad every twenty-four lx minutes menstruum , but if I alter it upward from calendar week to calendar week alongside yummy recipes similar this , I actually await forwards to my greens at lunch.





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Smokey Pecan Brussels Sprouts from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for your InstantPot

Have you lot guys been seeing InstantPot inwards the news lately?  They convey piece of employment wildly pop amongst a fairly basic marketing scheme: word-of-mouth.  For those of you lot who convey already joined the pressure level cooker political party , you lot are going to honey this.  For those who require an extra force to get one , this novel cookbook past times Kathy Hester is it!

It is called The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for your Instant Pot and it has rapidly piece of employment my novel favorite cookbook.  She has written it amongst item instructions to teach inwards slow too unproblematic to purpose amongst an Instant Pot electrical pressure level cooker (of whatever size too model) , but it could easily locomote used for other brands of electrical pressure level cookers equally good equally stovetop pressure level cookers.


What sets Kathy's volume apart from other pressure level cooker cookbooks I convey is that every unmarried recipe has a picture.  So what?  Well , I honey a cookbook amongst gorgeous pictures for the same argue I honey reading recipe blogs.  You teach to alive the recipe earlier you lot build it.  On whatever normal hateful solar daytime when I'm starting to teach hungry for luncheon , I wouldn't usually alternative to build a recipe called "Snowy Day Potato Cabbage Soup" (page 130 inwards the cookbook) , but when you lot reckon this cozy loving cup of soup sprinkled amongst parsley , you lot intend "yes , that could totally locomote me snuggled nether a blanket past times the burn eating this soup."  This recipe is neat , past times the way.  I've already made it twice already.

The sections of the volume are equally follows equally good equally the recipes I've tried from each (I've highlighted my favorites inwards pink.  These volition piece of employment into my regular rotation for sure!):
  • Five Recipes to Start You Out
    • The Best Not-Refried Black Beans
  • Quick too Easy Homemade Staples to Save You Money
    • Plain Applesauce
    • DIY Andouille Seitan Sausage
    • Tequila-Lime Jalapeno Really Hot Sauce
    • Make Your Own Jalapeno Powder
  • Bean too Lentil Recipes that Cook inwards Half the Time
    • Thai Red Curry Chickpea Spread
  • Fun too Delicious Ways to Add inwards More Whole Grains
    • Perfect Kamult (and Other Long-Cooking Grains) - used on whole oats
  • Eat Your Vegetables: Easy too Elegant Plant-Based Fare
    • Smoke Pecan Brussels Sprouts (featured below)
    • Healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup
    • Snowy Day Potato Cabbage Soup
    • Vegan Cauliflower Queso
  • Fast too Comforting One-Pot Meals
    • Winter One-Pot Lentils too Rice
  • Cook it All at the Same Time: Layered Meals amongst Sides
    • One-Pot Burrito Bowls
  • Decadent too Healthy Desserts
    • Vanilla Spice Tea Concentrate
I've had this cookbook inwards my hands for mayhap 2 or 3 weeks , too you lot tin give the sack reckon I convey gone to town!  My favorite recipe (that would locomote worth it to teach the cookbook on its own) is the Vanilla Spice Tea Concentrate.  It's made past times pressure level cooking H2O amongst spices , steaping inwards tea later , too thence you lot convey a concentrated chai-like tea to oestrus (or convey over ice) amongst an equal sum of constitute milk (sweetened if you lot like).  

My parents , who are besides plant-based , came to see to reckon me (Who am I kidding?  They are totally hither to see my petty potato.  And who could blame them?) final weekend.  While on the produce across the Blue Planet they usually halt for a petty process at Starbucks , most ofttimes for a chai tea latte.  I tested out the recipe the hateful solar daytime earlier they got hither too holy smokes!  Waaaaayyyy meliorate than Starbucks!  I made it for them the adjacent morn amongst our breakfast too my mom straight off got onto Amazon to fellowship her ain re-create of the cookbook along amongst a mass fellowship of the spices needed to build the tea.

To build a batch of the tea , the ingredients cost me around $2 too it made 8 servings.  That's 8 chai lattes I wouldn't purchase from a java correspond $5 each.  With the cost of the constitute milk added inwards , each latte I build at domicile is good nether $1 each.  Plus , I know just what goes into my tea too tin give the sack command if I desire it amongst to a greater extent than or less sweetener each time.

But hither I am rambling on nigh a tea when you lot came hither to reckon what these Smokey Pecan Brussels Sprouts are all about.  I've made this recipe twice... too ate the whole pot inwards 1 sitting... twice.  The recipe says it is for four side servings , but equally a Nutritarian , I tin give the sack swallow LOTS of veggies , thence I would tell it is closer to 2 sides or 1 repast size serving.  The sweetness of the maple syrup amongst the smokey bitter of the Brussels sprouts couplet perfectly.  This would locomote an ideal recipe for a household unit of measurement vacation dinner side.  Or to build randomly too swallow shamelessly all to yourself.


Smokey Pecan Brussels Sprouts
By Kathy Hester , The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot.
Recipe attributes: gluten-free , soy-free , no added oil
Kathy's Recipe introduction:  This recipe volition plough your sprout haters into sprout devourers!  I used a variation of this to teach Cheryl to assay sprouts for the commencement time.  The sweetness too smokey season actually build these Brussels sprouts addictive.
Time: <5 infinitesimal prep , 2 minutes High Pressure , Quick Release , 2-5 infinitesimal saute
Servings: four side dish servings (1 nutritarian serving , cus nosotros similar our veggies!)

Ingredients:
    Pressure Cooker Ingredients:
        2 cups minor babe Brussels Sprouts , equally unopen to the same size equally possible
        1/4 loving cup water
        1/2 tsp liquid smoke
    Saute Ingredients:
        1/4 loving cup chopped pecans
        2 Tbsp maple syrup
        Salt , to taste

Instructions:
1.)  For the pressure level cooker , add together the Brussels sprouts , H2O , too liquid fume to your Instant Pot too mix well.  Put the lid on too unopen the pressure level valve.  Cook on high pressure level for 2 minutes.  (Note: If you lot convey really large Brussels sprouts , you lot may require to double the cooking time.)
2.)  Once the cooking fourth dimension is upward , carefully motion the pressure level let on valve to let on the pressure level manually.
3.)  For the saute , switch to the saute business office too add together the pecans too maple syrup too cut the liquid equally you lot complete cooking the sprouts.  Remove from the oestrus 1 time tender too add together tabular array salt to taste.

Per Serving: Calories 96.4 , poly peptide 2.2 g , total fatty 5.5 g , carbohydrates 11.7 g , sodium 11.9 mg , fiber 2.4 g

Notes:
Brussels sprouts vary greatly inwards size.  Do your best to alternative ones unopen inwards size or cutting the largest ones inwards half.  You tin give the sack purpose frozen sprouts inwards this recipe , but upward the cooking fourth dimension past times a infinitesimal or 2 depending on their size.


Convinced you lot require this cookbook inwards your life?  Find it hither on Amazon for purchase.



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5-Minute Banana Bread Oatmeal

I swallow oatmeal every. single. day.  And I dearest it!  Oatmeal is likely my 2d favorite nutrient , 2d exclusively to watermelon (ooooohhhh yeeeaaahhh watermelon flavor is only some the corner!!!).  I get-go loved oatmeal when I was inward high school.  My dad started eating oatmeal inward the mornings to assistance alongside his blood delineate per unit of measurement area as well as cholesterol that was high at the fourth dimension from medication he had to direct hold for his autoimmune kidney illness (which is totally gone at nowadays thank you lot to a WFPB diet!).  Even inward high schoolhouse I had (and nonetheless have) that "I desire to last similar daddy" feeling.  So , I tried oatmeal alongside a bunch of chocolate-brown saccharide as well as loved it.  At that fourth dimension it was my novel favorite dessert.

When I started a Nutritarian lifestyle my junior yr of college inward 2011 , I had oatmeal a few times a calendar week for breakfast , but alongside no chocolate-brown saccharide this time.  I loved it cooked alongside bananas as well as institute milk the most.  Then a few years into eating this agency I started to thin towards having only fruit or a smoothie for breakfast , having oatmeal less frequently.

Now , equally a breastfeeding mom , oatmeal is my everyday morning time companion.  Oatmeal is ane of those foods that is ever suggested to assistance mothers hold their milk supply.  Here is a dainty article almost that.  I'm happy that my daily oatmeal is at nowadays non exclusively practiced for me , but practiced for Ben too.  Since I direct hold oatmeal most every morning time , I've tardily perfected several recipes that I love.  #1 on that listing is Banana Bread Oatmeal.  This is the ultimate bowl of cozy yum yum!

Time: v minutes
Servings: 1 servings

Ingredients:
    Oatmeal:
        1/2 loving cup former fashioned rolled oats
        3/4 to 1 loving cup boiling H2O (I role H2O heated inward my teapot)
        1 Tbsp soil flaxseeds (optional)
    Banana breadstuff goo:
        1 small-medium banana
        1/2 loving cup plant-based milk
        1/2 tsp vanilla extract
        1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a flake of cinnamon as well as nutmeg)
        two Tbsp chopped walnuts

Instructions:
1.)  In a smaller bowl mix together the rolled oats as well as soil flaxseeds.  Pour 3/4-1 loving cup boiling H2O over evenly as well as permit to sit down land you lot gear upwards the other ingredients.
2.)  In a medium-sized bowl squelch the banana alongside a fork until creamy but alongside some chunks.  Add inward the plant-based milk , vanilla extract , pumpkin pie spice , as well as walnuts , stirring thoroughly.
3.)  Place banana mixture inward the microwave for 1 infinitesimal on high.
4.)  Take the steeping oatmeal as well as scoop onto the heated banana mixture.  Serve immediately.

's Notes:
If you lot prefer your oatmeal less chewy , create it on the stovetop earlier combining it alongside the banana mixture.  I discovery my this agency of cooking it is easier (because I'm already heating H2O for tea inward the morning) as well as produces a chewy texture that I prefer oatmeal to be.  Adjust it to your tastes though.  :)


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Curried Rainbow Vegetable Skillet

I'm non a huge fan of spring.  It is mostly my to the lowest degree favorite flavor , at to the lowest degree until it is the middle of August hits in addition to I'm cursing summertime for beingness also damn hot.  In the Pacific Northwest , saltation is mostly a 4 calendar month long tease that wintertime is over.  For us , it has been the rainiest flavor ever.  Literally , it was the rainiest wintertime in addition to saltation on tape this final year.  Welcome to globe Ben , it rains a lot here!




The 1 reprieve nosotros brand it the saltation is that roughly improve character in addition to improve priced attain starts showing upwards inwards the grocery store.  At my local grocery shop I constitute asparagus for $1.89 per pound.  Chyah!  Last nighttime I felt similar having lighter dinner amongst lots of veggies , in addition to then inwards went my asparagus along amongst roughly other vivid veggies.

I ever convey lentils cooked in addition to frozen inwards the freezer to chop-chop thaw in addition to add together to meals similar this , but experience gratis to larn out out this component division or to purpose roughly other cooked edible bean y'all like.  I also convey a homemade (thanks mom) tater handbag that cooks my potatoes inwards the microwave inside minutes.  The cooking fourth dimension for lentils in addition to tater are hence non included inwards my guess below.

Curried Rainbow Vegetable Skillet
Time: 10 infinitesimal prep , xv infinitesimal saute
Servings: two principal servings or 4 side servings

Ingredients:
    Saute:
        1/2 scarlet onion , diced
        1 pocket-size scarlet bell pepper , diced
        1/2 bunch asparagus , bottom edges trimmed in addition to 1/2 " sliced on the bias
    Pre-cooked ingredients to add:
        1 medium sweetness tater , cooked , peeled , in addition to cubed
        1 loving cup cooked brownish lentils
    Quick Curry Sauce:
        3/4 loving cup plant-based milk , ideally unsweetened
        1 Tbsp almond butter , whatever nut/seed butter could work... perchance non PB , but y'all attain you
        1 Tbsp curry pulverization , I used a Caribbean Area Curry spice mix
        tabular array salt , to taste

Instructions:
1.)  Prep all ingredients.  In a large skillet over medium-high oestrus dry out saute the scarlet onion , bell pepper , in addition to asparagus , adding solely pocket-size amounts of H2O every bit needed to preclude the vegetables from burning in addition to sticking to the pan.
2.)  In a pocket-size bowl mix together the curry sauce ingredients.  Turn oestrus downwardly to medium-low in addition to add together the sweetness tater , lentils , in addition to curry sauce.  Continue to create in addition to toss ingredients until the sauce has thickened in addition to coated the vegetables.
3.)  Serve immediately.  I bet this would survive amazing every bit a mutual frigidity salad every bit good , perchance amongst extra sweetness potato.  Bring it to a potluck.  Be the envy of your friends.


's Notes:
Like I said higher upwards the recipe , I ever convey lentils prepped inwards the freezer , but if y'all don't in addition to require to brand this RIGHT NOW , here is a quick tutorial on how to create lentils on the stovetop.  If y'all convey an electrical pressure level cooker: 1 loving cup dried lentils , two cups H2O , high pressure level for half-dozen minutes , natural pressure level publish , drain whatever excess water

  The sweetness potatoes I used are the ones amongst a white/cream colored flesh , non orangish similar a yam.   I only throw mine into a tater handbag in addition to microwave it for 8 minutes.  My mom made me 1 for Christmas from this designing I believe.  I know roughly people convey a work amongst microwaving their nutrient , but inwards my heed , I intend it is improve to survive able to move a cooked tater inwards my rima oris relatively chop-chop than to plough to snacking on other unhealthy items (ahem... chips in addition to crackers are my weakness).  Alternatively , y'all tin bake ahead of fourth dimension or steam your tater inwards a pressure level cooker.

I constitute that this was plenty hearty plenty for a principal repast , but if you'd similar y'all tin double the curry sauce in addition to serve over brownish rice or your favorite whole grain.  Topping amongst cilantro would belike survive pretty tasty too.  I only didn't convey whatever on hand.


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Mole Lentil Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

I promise everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!  After church building , Kevin as well as I spent the afternoon lazing to a greater extent than or less the work solid , catching upwardly on laundry as well as some reading.  Mid afternoon hitting as well as I had a hankering for tacos!  I know , non traditional Easter nutrient whatsoever , but I but went amongst it.  I ended upwardly amongst a fantastic recipe I'm certain to function along inward rotation!  Enjoy!

Mole Lentil Tacos amongst Cabbage Slaw
Time: fifteen infinitesimal prep , half-dozen infinitesimal high pressure level amongst a NPR (or xxx minutes on the stovetop , directions below)
Servings: 4-6 servings



Ingredients:
    Lentil "Meat"
        1/2 loving cup dry out chocolate-brown lentils
        1/2 loving cup dry out french dark-green lentils
        1/4 loving cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
        1/2 ruddy onion , finely chopped
        1 dark-green bell pepper , chopped
        1/2 loving cup mushrooms , roughly chopped
    Mole Sauce
        1/4 loving cup love apple tree paste
        two 1/2 cups water
        1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
        1 Tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
        1 tsp cumin powder
        1 tsp smoked paprika
        1/2 tsp corriander powder
        1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
        1/4 tsp cinnamon
    Cabbage Slaw Topping
        4-6 cups shredded dark-green cabbage
        1/4 loving cup sliced dark-green onions
        8 radishes , finely chopped
        two Tbsp lime juice
        tabular array salt to taste
    Extras
        corn tortillas
        salsa
        hot sauce
        vegan sour cream
        guacamole

Instructions:
1.)  In a pressure level cooker , dry out or H2O saute the ruddy onion , bell pepper , mushrooms , as well as walnuts for 3-5 minutes.  In a medium bowl , whisk together the mole sauce ingredients until polish as well as good combined.  Add the lentils as well as mole sauce to the pressure level cooker.  Stir good , lock the lid , as well as ready to create at high pressure level for half-dozen minutes.  Allow for a natural pressure level release.  (Alternatively , create inward a pot on the stovetop bringing to a boil , cut oestrus , comprehend , as well as allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes , until the lentils are cooked thoroughly.)

2.)  While the lentils are cooking , prep your cabbage slaw.  Place exclusively the dark-green cabbage inward a large bowl amongst the lime juice as well as a sprinkle of salt.  With your hands massage as well as mash the cabbage to loosen upwardly the fibers (very similar to if you lot were making sour kraut).  The cabbage should cut to most 2/3 or 1/2 of its master volume.  Drain whatever excess liquid.  Add inward the dark-green onion as well as radish , as well as stir good to combine.  Chill inward the refrigerator until it is fourth dimension to serve.

3.)  This is non necessary , but I dearest to lightly warm/toast my corn tortillas inward an un-greased skillet on medium oestrus for a infinitesimal or as well as hence each side but earlier serving.  It makes the shells able to check to a greater extent than without vehement as well as brings out the corn flavor.

4.)  Once the lentils are done cooking as well as the pressure level has released , carefully opened upwardly the lid as well as give the lentils a expert stir.  Serve hot on the toasted tortillas topped amongst the cabbage slaw as well as whatever other toppings you lot desire.

's Notes:
Trust me , toast your corn tortillas.  I was never every bit good much of a fan of them until I tried them freshly warmed inward a skillet.  Makes all the difference!

An few alternative ways to bask this is to accept the mole lentils on function yesteryear of a large pile of the cabbage slaw similar a salad.  Another agency would hold out to accept on function yesteryear of chocolate-brown rice , quinoa , baked tortilla chips , or a baked potato.  Whichever agency you lot guide , the lentil as well as cabbage combo is fantastic!  Enjoy!


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Update at 25 Weeks!

The weeks convey simply been flight by!  Summer is officially hither , in addition to thankfully our portion hasn't been likewise unbearably hot.  I've been steadily growing in addition to convey gained virtually 10 lbs at this betoken , which puts me at a lilliputian nether 1/2 lb gained per week.  Hopefully that designing continues , but nosotros shall see.

It's foreign for i time inward my life viewing tiresome in addition to steady weight GAIN every bit a skillful thing.  At starting fourth dimension it was a existent create create to wrap my encephalon to a greater extent than or less , but i time I started getting an obvious babe belly (not simply the "is she getting chubby"-stage) , I embraced it!  I've been picking lots of fun stripes in addition to other patterns for my motherhood wearing clothing every bit nosotros become too.

At 25 weeks.
I convey had no existent complaints to utter of , other than occasional sore dorsum in addition to cervix depending on how active I am inward a twenty-four hr menstruum , in addition to increased hunger throughout the day.  Lately , I convey been eating closer to 4 meals a twenty-four hr menstruum amongst a decent sized breakfast in addition to luncheon , a medium snack belatedly inward the afternoon , in addition to a smaller dinner to hold from feeling likewise stuffed correct earlier bed.

I've nevertheless been using the Happy Herbivore Meal Mentor plans for virtually 2 months straight off , but I'll tell you lot all virtually them some other day.  All you lot take away to know is , they are the best in addition to this prego lady would non live on eating nearly every bit good without them!

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few weeks agone nosotros had our anatomy ultrasound in addition to constitute out nosotros are having a boy!  We were both hoping for a man child , thus nosotros are thrilled!  After finding out , I got to operate similar crazy planning the plant nursery on Pinterest!

Last weekend my parents visited in addition to nosotros got Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 TON done on the nursery.  Here are a few pictures.

Mom in addition to I painted the plant nursery over the weekend.  Three walls are the Seaglass , in addition to the window wall is Sonic Silver.


Shopping to a greater extent than or less nosotros constitute this stuff shower mantle for $15 at Target that my mom cutting inward one-half in addition to sewed into curtains.
We also constitute a dainty mantle rod for $8 at Joann Fabic , in addition to mantle concord backs for $5 at Ross.  Considering the curtains I had liked on Amazon were $45 past times themselves , nosotros got a steal!  The light-green chair volition live on leaving us inward a yard sale soon.  The cute bassinet was from when I was a baby.  We'll live on using it inward our bedchamber for the starting fourth dimension calendar month or so.  

My dad made me these fantastic mass leaning shelves (idea from Pinterest).  The bottom shelf is smoothen thus I tin lay a loving cup of H2O in addition to my outcry upwardly in that location patch sitting amongst the baby.  The lead house iii shelves used grooved baseboard planks thus that they would perfectly concord leaning books.  We don't convey whatsoever babe books yet , thus Kevin brought upwardly some comics to fill upwardly the space.  The glider nosotros got for a non bad bargain at a yard sale for $40!

My dad helped me brand this tree branch shadow box (idea from Pinterest).  After this flick nosotros had touched upwardly the white outer box.  You tin reckon it finished inward the photograph above.  We had the outer box woods leftover from some other projection in addition to nosotros got the branches from the woodsy expanse past times my draw of piece of employment solid , they had already been cutting down.

The changing tabular array was a notice from a friend's vecino who was trying to larn rid of it for $20.
The storage bins were a acquaint from my parents from Target. 

Another sentiment of the bookshelves in addition to rocking chair.

Kevin in addition to I constitute this cute Definition at a marketplace position vendor inward Portland that had painted it on reclaimed woods (wanting $40 for it!).  I took the lettering in addition to embroidered it on a burlap frame I had used a long fourth dimension agone to hang my earrings on.


My mom also helped me to lay some adorable owl buttons on a cardigan I finished knitting a few months ago.

 In the goal , everything is coming along , but I nevertheless experience similar in that location are thus many to a greater extent than lilliputian projects I desire to do!  Our summertime is apace filling upwardly amongst traveling in addition to plans thus I'm deplorable to nation it volition likely become past times quickly.  One twenty-four hr menstruum at a fourth dimension till nosotros larn to come across our lilliputian boy. :)

Health in addition to Happiness ,




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Selasa

Example Day #4

Ever wonder what a Nutritarian eats solar daytime to day?  Join me in this weekly series while I present yous an illustration solar daytime of what I typically eat.

This was my illustration eating from this Monday.  Mondays for me are the busiest solar daytime of the calendar week amongst forenoon meetings together with picking upwardly breakfast for the office.  I to a greater extent than oftentimes than non expression to swallow breakfast most days until I teach into the role , simply since I know these mornings are hectic together with I won't teach a peaceful 2nd until closed to 10 , I swallow what I telephone phone pre-breakfast to tide me over.

This solar daytime I had a banana on my agency into work.  Once I got inward , I carried or then an apple tree until our Mon Morning Meeting started.





Around 9:30 I got the direct chances to sit down downwards at my desk together with bring proper breakfast.  Today it was 1/3 loving cup rolled oats soaked inward hot H2O , amongst 1/2 chopped banana together with organic soy milk.


Lunch today consisted of my novel favorite (and quick!) Simple Greens together with Quinoa Salad with some other apple tree together with 3 clementines.


On my agency abode from operate I needed to choice upwardly some groceries.  My Fred Meyer has a overnice "natural foods" department together with occasionally I process myself to some chia seed kombucha.  I don't normally potable my calories , simply I uncovering this a cracking option to soda if I'm craving a sugariness drink.


Once a calendar week Kevin together with I brand an endeavor to bring a sit down downwards dinner amongst no electronics or other distractions.  I grew upwardly having sit-down dinners most nights of the calendar week , simply Kevin did non , then this is our residue for now.  This nighttime I had a whole wheat wind amongst herbed tofu spread , chopped artichoke hearts , carrots together with romaine amongst a side of Thai ruddy cabbage slaw together with steamed asparagus (and un-pictured steamed broccolini).


Kevin was non then much into the slaw together with wind , then he made himself 2 burgers (unfortunately , he is non a Nutritarian) , together with a Caesar salad on the side.  He did , nonetheless orbit asparagus a essay together with did non loathe it.  BIG improvement if yous know my husband!


To summarize based on doc Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan:

  • 1 lb raw vegetables - I met this destination amongst my tiffin salad together with the Thai slaw I had amongst dinner.
  • 1 lb cooked vegetables - This was covered amongst my 2 helpings of steamed asparagus together with broccolini at dinner.
  • 4 servings fresh fruit - I met this destination amongst 1.5 bananas , 2 apples , together with 3 clementines.
  • 1 loving cup or to a greater extent than of beans - I vicious a lilliputian curt on this today , simply I had a tofu spread on my wind at dinner.
  • 1 loving cup or less whole grains/starchy vegetables - I had 1/3 loving cup oatmeal , close 1/3 loving cup of quinoa , together with a whole wheat wrap.  I oftentimes count quinoa to a greater extent than towards my edible bean destination since it is higher inward protein.
  • 1 oz or less of nuts/sees - I had a minor amount of nuts blended into the tofu spread , together with I likewise had some avocado inward my tiffin salad that I volition count inward this category because it is higher inward fat.


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Marinated Eggplant and Tofu with Greens

Eggplant is i of those veggies I ever forget about.  I don't oft innovation to brand recipes alongside eggplant , it never pops out from the create shelves at me , too if I arrive at larn by to larn i inwards the cart too into my refrigerator , I oft forget close it until it is by its veggie prime.  Not this time!

I brought i dwelling too was determined to operate it upwards too brand something yummy!  Once I got dwelling from the shop I cubed it , threw it inwards a plastic handbag alongside a overnice marinade... too permit it sit down at that spot for a few days... marinating too totally non forgetting close it. ;)

I decided to create it upwards this morning time spell my petty murphy napped too threw inwards some extra theatre tofu to soak upwards some of the excess sauce.  Add inwards some greens , serve on travel yesteryear of dark-brown rice , too yous totally accept a fantastic , filling lunch.

Hope yous taste my forgotten eggplant recipe!  You for certain don't accept to marinade for equally long equally I TOTALLY meant to either.

Marinated Asian Eggplant alongside Tofu too Greens
Time: iv hour-2 24-hour interval marinade , 5 infinitesimal prep , twenty infinitesimal saute
Servings: iv servings


Ingredients:
    Eggplant Marinade:
        1 pocket-sized eggplant , travel yesteryear trimmed off , cubed
        2 Tbsp sugariness carmine chili sauce
        1 Tbsp teryaki sauce
        1 Tbsp soy sauce
        1 Tbsp rice vinegar
        1 Tbsp sesame seeds
     
    Saute:
        Eggplant Marinade (do non drain)
        1- 12 to fourteen oz block extra theatre tofu (I used Soyganic Organic Extra Firm Tofu)
        4-6 cups chopped nighttime greens (I used kale.)

    Green onions too sriracha to top

Instructions:
1.)  Put all of the marinade ingredients inwards a medium sized ziplock bag.  Seal too give a expert toss.  Let marinade , tossing occasionally , for iv hours or upwards to ii days.
2.)  After the eggplant has marinaded , prep the remaining ingredients.  Drain too pat the tofu dry out , gently squeezing out some of the excess wet earlier yous cube it.
3.)  Over medium-high estrus , add together the cubed tofu too eggplant , reserving the extra juices from the marinade.  Saute , adding the residuum of the marinade gradually.  Continue to saute until most of the liquid has evaporated (10-15 minutes).
4.)  Reduce estrus too add together the greens.  Stir inwards too estrus until lightly wilted too vivid green.
5.)  Serve hot over dark-brown rice too travel yesteryear alongside chopped dark-green onions too sriracha if desired.



's Notes:
If yous accept to a greater extent than foresight than I arrive at , yous could too marinade the tofu alongside the eggplant , exactly this is non necessary.  Smart , exactly non necessary.


As a side banking concern annotation (and self-high five) , the dark-green onions pictured inwards this recipe were grown from dark-green onion bottoms I saved too kept inwards H2O on my kitchen window sill.  I'm trying for a tertiary increment now.... we'll run into what happens!

Health too Happiness ,





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Kamis

Baby on the Way!

I've been absent lately because... some large changes accept been happening inward our life.

Early inward Feb I started to experience non quite correct inward my stomach.  There had been a tum põrnikas going only about my component , then for a few days I chalked it upwards to that.  A calendar week after in addition to a solar daytime or ii passed my commons "lady time" start appointment , I took a examination amongst ii real solid pinkish lines.

H5N1 calendar week after the MD confirmed it: I was important amongst our get-go child!

While nosotros weren't necessarily trying to larn pregnant... Ok , nosotros weren't trying at all.  This was an oops.... but totally an exciting , real welcomed oops.  We had genuinely been talking that same calendar week most setting coin aside to salve for a large Europe trip inward the coming twelvemonth or ii before starting to accept kids.  Well , plans change!

The parents-to-be.  Do nosotros await terrified?
We're trying our best to choke on our cool.
Excited but terrified!
I desire to state that the get-go trimester was a cake walk in addition to I ate perfectly Nutritarian , but no.  I was moderately nauseous from when nosotros establish out until most calendar week 11.  I never ended upwards getting sick , but I all the same wasn't feeling similar my normal self.  I had some pretty bad nutrient adversions , in addition to to a greater extent than oft than non survived off of whole wheat toast amongst avocado or peanut butter , edible bean burgers , lots of bananas , saltine crackers , in addition to ginger ale.  While non ideal , I did my best in addition to made it through to the mo trimester.

Oh my gosh , it is similar black in addition to day.  I accept my unloose energy dorsum , in addition to I was able to start eating my commons foods amongst lots of veggies.  Tomato sauce in addition to I all the same accept a employment , but I'm surely someday we'll live friends again.  I'm also hungry all. the. damn. time.  Snacking is my game!

My exclusively other consequence amongst eating is that I would larn tired of a surely nutrient quickly.  What sounds corking i solar daytime sounds similar the worst the adjacent , then my commons habit of cooking a large batch of soup or stew to consume throughout the calendar week was non working.  A lot of my nutrient was going to waste materials in addition to nosotros were spending to a greater extent than on groceries than usual.  I only didn't accept whatever inspiration nor motivation to create dissimilar meals throughout the calendar week that would fill upwards me upwards , choke on the groceries inexpensive , in addition to that I wouldn't brand likewise many servings of i thing.

H5N1 few weeks agone I remembered that Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore had a plant-based repast planning service called Meal Mentor , then I decided to give the gratis sample repast excogitation a try.  The nutrient was pretty expert , but most importantly I got VARIETY without thinking twice most what to make.  I became a monthly fellow member in addition to accept loved it always since.  (That is also why I've been a fleck MIA , I only haven't had whatever novel recipes of my ain to share.)

Now , this isn't to advertise for Meal Mentor or state that everyone should exercise it , but correct instantly every bit I'm preparing to live huge in addition to hot inward the summertime , in addition to a busy mom inward the autumn , batch cooking all of my weekly meals inward i black only works.  They are non just Nutritarian , every bit they accept to a greater extent than potatoes in addition to non quite every bit much greens , but for my increased hunger in addition to demand for calories , they are plumbing equipment the neb perfect.  If y'all guys accept whatever questions most it , experience gratis to ask.

So , to update y'all on just where I am inward the pregnancy , I am nineteen weeks every bit of today , putting me due early on October.  My babe app tells me that he/she is every bit large every bit a mango in addition to most vi inches long in addition to 1/2 pound inward weight.  I'm at that "oh then lovely stage" where my clothing are getting a fleck tight in addition to uncomfortable.  I don't await outright important , but only a fleck chubbier inward the tummy than usual.  Other than beingness hungry to a greater extent than oft in addition to occasional lower dorsum aches , my symptoms accept been a breeze.

We had our get-go ultrasound over a calendar month agone at calendar week fourteen because my midwife couldn't respect a heartbeat amongst a small-scale handheld doppler at my grouping prenatal appointment.  She thought mayhap I wasn't every bit far along every bit I thought in addition to wanted to larn an ultrasound to run across the heartbeat in addition to larn measurements for how large the babe was.  Of course of written report I worried in addition to couldn't slumber the whole black before the ultrasound thinking something was incorrect , but come upwards the appointment , the heartbeat was easy-peasy to respect , in addition to the measurements told me I was just at fourteen weeks similar I thought.  (Apparently my placenta is towards the forepart , making it harder to listen before heartbeats amongst a handheld doppler.)


Here was the movie from our fourteen calendar week ultrasound.
I betoken out a few features inward the pictures below because
before I saw an ultrasound inward someone I could never
figure out what each component was.


The ultrasound was then neat to run across inward person.  We got to run across the babe "jump" its legs a few times , in addition to got to run across a top sentiment at the correct in addition to left component of the brain.  What amazed me most was how tight it seemed to live inward at that spot for him/her.  No wonder babies honey to live bundled tight after birth.

We accept our adjacent ultrasound (an anatomy ultrasound) June 1st at only about 22 weeks.  We are excited to respect out if we're having a man child or a daughter in addition to to start planning out the nursery.  I'll endeavor to exercise monthly updates or then until the babe comes.  Stay tuned!

Health in addition to Happiness ,



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Meet Baby Ben

I can't believe how speedily fourth dimension has gone by!  I briefly popped on hither over the summertime to allow y'all guys know I was pregnant together with how things were going at 25 weeks.  I turned away for a infinitesimal together with instantly I bring a three-month-old!

My nascence even out is for to a greater extent than or less other twenty-four hours together with to a greater extent than or less other time.  It didn't become every bit planned at all , only inward the halt nosotros ended upward alongside a beautiful salubrious infant boy.  Here are a few pictures of my petty potato.

 

 

 

 

 

Health together with Happiness ,


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BOSS Smoothie

The Husband as well as I oft unnecessarily exercise acronyms for everyday random things.  We don't constantly verbalize inwards acronyms similar robots , only brand i upward because nosotros intend it's funny , piece of job it heavily for one-half an lx minutes , hence forget virtually it thereafter until nosotros intend of a novel one.  Because that's how nosotros do.  Love that man.  For representative ,

TMB: tight mama booty
SMS: hence much spit-up (thanks Ben)

And today , the BOSS Smoothie.

BOSS Smoothie (Banana-Orange-Strawberry-Soy Milk)
Time: five minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
        ii oranges , peeled
        1 loving cup frozen strawberries
        1 frozen banana
        1 loving cup unsweetened soy or other plant-milk
        1 loving cup H2O ice cubes

Instructions:
1.)  Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender.
2.)  Start on depression speed as well as gradually growth to high.
3.)  Blend for 45-60 seconds on high speed.  Serve immediately.


's Notes:
I whipped upward this lilliputian yum yum earlier Kevin headed to piece of job today as well as nosotros split upward it.  Could easily hold out i large serving too.  And at nowadays , a chip of Kevin as well as Ben sense of humour to outset your weekend.


Great project Ben!


We're hence proud of you!




Here Dad , convey a beer.  You saw nothing.


Health as well as Happiness ,


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