Month: October 2013

Oven Lovin’

Good morning everyone!

Sooo, it’s Wednesday, and I’m pretty damn excited about that.  It feels as if the week is going by a little faster.  Maybe, because I’ve been switching things up a bit? Okay, it’s not really me who’s doing it, but things have been going a bit differently.

Monday

BreakfastIMG_2694Sprouted english muffin with almond butta and fig butta.

One of the changes is no yoga this week.  Expenses will just not allow.  I still do my 20 minutes in the morning, but that good hour sweat session just isn’t meant to be this week.  I could still do a more intense yoga practice at home, but I think I want to take this time to do other things.  Monday I sat my but down for hours job searching before work.  This makes you hungry and need sustenance.

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LunchIMG_2706Canned chili filled with beans, tofu, and peppers.  Topped with nutritional yeast, avocado and parsley.

I haven’t had canned food in a while and I got to say… it needed siracha. I think I’m used to homemade and restaurant goodies now.  Although, when you’re in a crunch, it serves it’s purpose.   Kept me Full the rest of the day.  I remember I used to live off these while at school.

Tuesday

I actually worked a morning shift!  And a short shift at that.

BreakfastIMG_2708Muffin. Sunflower seed butta. Fig butta. Coffee.  I tried to switch it up…

LunchIMG_2709Greens, beets, hummus, and goat cheese, in a balsamic vinaigrette.  Not too shabby.

I kept it small because I knew I was going to be having a dinner.  Whether it was going to be out or cooked, it was happening.  I got out early enough where I knew I would have time, and since I have loads of that and no money, a home cooked meal it was!

DinnerIMG_2721Pasta night!

I actually roasted some acorn squash and brussel sprouts, which I don’t think I’ve done in about 7 months?!  Way too long.  But, tis’ the season and my fall produce will definitely be making more of an appearance.  I am also a firm believer in oven lovin’ for the winter months.  FYI. Please don’t ask me to bake in the summer.  I have to really like you 😉  Anywayyy, back to dinner.  Pasta, homemade sauce, and pecorino… twas delicious and it called for a celebratory glass of wine!

Hopefully I’ll have some more goodies for you soon!  As I said, I’m trying to get more into the kitchen.  More homemade goodies for you and I 🙂

Till next time, my loves,

yesenia

So This Blogging Thang….

Good Morning!

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Soooo… I took a small break from the whole blogging thang, and let me just say, I missed it.  So crazy how when you make something so prominent in your daily life, it’s hard to just let it go.  Which, at one point, I thought about doing.  Everyone knows the feeling when life starts to get crazy, or even when you are just in a funk.  Mine was more of a funk.  It’s a not such a great feeling when you feel almost stuck and/or insecure.

Yet, with a little bit of time to myself, with family, and friends, I realized that I should just keep on going.  Why not keep on doing the things I love?  Sharing my thoughts, life, and food adventures, is something that makes me happy.  There is so much food and days I wish I just wrote about!!!  Can we have a coffee date soon?  Maybe some ramblings? Lots of pictures?  I think in the past week and a half I took almost 200 pictures.  #lifeofafoodblogger…. habits die hard.  Especially, when your not ready to let it go.

So this is me, coming back, to say wassup 🙂  Short and sweet.  I can’t wait to start sharing my daily eats, ramblings, and recipes.  One thing I can say is I’ve been in the kitchen a lot more.  Testing some recipes out, so hopefully some will be on there way!

Till next time peeps!

 

yesenia

PS.  That would be some of the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had.  I don’t even remember the last time I had actually chicken… I want to say years?  Pasture-raised local meat, local veggies, and made with love from my mama.  Just what the doctor ordered.

Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Good Morning!!!

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So this morning seems kind of dreary.  The kind where you just want to stay in bed, with piles of blankets, and maybe sleep for a little bit longer.  Maybe, I’m saying that because that’s what I did.  Funny how even after my morning routines, if the weather permits, 20 minute morning naps are glorious.  You know what else this gloomy weather is good for?  Baking!

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In the fall, it does not have to be gloomy for me to bake.  It has to be cold!  Any excuse to warm up my house a little more, warm up my body with some good food.  And breakfast is just the same.  I’m not really a stand over the stove type of person.  I’m more of the set and forget it type, and watch the oven make your house smell amazing.  Is that horrible to let something else to all the work?  I swear I put in my share during clean up time!

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These Banana Walnut Muffins are simple and sweet enough for a breakfast treat.  And I swear they are healthy too!  With some fruit and yogurt, you are good to go!  This is perfect when you have those very spotty, pretty black, looking bananas hanging out on your counter.  I love to use those to bake or even my oatmeals, but since we had a lot, muffins were my Sunday morning baking treat 🙂

IMG_2417Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins adapted from Veganomicon

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs molasses
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • walnuts, chopped/crushed
  • coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease/line muffin tin.

In a big bowl, mash the banana until very smooth.  Add the coconut oil, sugar, and molasses, and mix well with a whisk or fork.  In a separate smaller bowl mix all of the dry ingredients except for walnuts and coconut sugar.  Fold in about one or two handfuls of walnuts to the batter.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet.  Fold in and just mix to combine.  No need for whisking or machinery.  Once combined, pour batter in the muffin tin.  Sprinkle very little coconut sugar upon each muffin, and if you like, more walnuts.  Place tin 20 minutes in the oven.  Enjoy!!!

*Can easily be made into banana bread, just increase cooking time by about 20 minutes.  If you enjoy a denser, held together muffin, I would add about a tablespoon of flax.

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I wouldn’t judge you if you want to spread some butter on this 😉

 

yesenia

 

 

Past Yummies

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Can I just throw a photobomb for a bit?  Like appetizing pictures?  Irrelevant pictures?  Pretty pictures?  I have so much leftover photos that I haven’t put up and I still have this habit of taking pictures of everything I eat (and want to eat).  So, I hope you enjoy!  We are taking it easy this Monday 😉

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IMG_2398Probably one of the best pizza of my life…. Drunken Pizza

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These are just some of my favorites from last week and weekend.  These get me excited and I just couldn’t help to see if it would do the same to you.  Living proof of the imperfect, picture-taking, wellness foodie that I am… 

Till next time, 

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Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast

 

 

 

Good morning ya’ll!

 

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Hope you guys are in the mood for something delicious this weekend (or this morning)!  Last weekend I stayed up till past 1 am to get this breakfast prepped for the morning.  I meant business, and it was so worth it.  I absolutely love breakfast, and my sweet tooth starts kicking in as soon as I wake up (unless it is brunch, I will enjoy my eggs).  Although, I am also the type who gets hungry fast after I wake up.  This is a problem when you want something different than the regular oats or toast concoctions.  This was perfect!  As soon as you wake up just pop in the oven, salivate as the fall smell fills your kitchen, and breakfast is served.  It’s my first pumpkin/fall recipe of the season, so I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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Pumpkin Spice  Baked French Toast adapted from minimalist baker

Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf whole grain sandwich bread (or baquette)
  • 7 eggs*
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin butter
  • 3 tbs coconut sugar
  • walnuts

Using a 9×13 baking sheet tear bread into about 1 inch cubes and place along the bottom of the pan. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin butter together in a separate bowl.  Pour the mixture over the bread.  If it seems too dry just add some more milk.  Cover the baking sheet and store in the fridge over night.

In the morning preheat oven to 350.  Take out the baking sheet and top with coconut sugar and walnuts.  Place in oven for about 40 minutes.  The top should be have a nice crust.

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Happy Friday, loves!

 

yesenia

 

PS.  I will have to stop being a baby eventually, because pumpkin pancakes are just too good not have this season.

 

Good Morning Routines Part 2

Good morning everyone!

I feel as if this week is going by fast!  Can’t lie, I am actually really happy about that.  After a rocky start to the week, I am hoping to get more on track the next couple of days.

A couple day’s ago I talked about morning routines.  Being that the morning is my me-time, I noticed that some structure in even that helps me focus throughout the rest of the day.  I’m going to share the second half with you.  This half is more active on a physical and spiritual level.  Also, a bit more time consuming, but the great thing is that it depends on the person themselves 🙂

4.  Give gratitude.  Waking up and thinking about what you are grateful for really puts things into perspective for someone.  It’s a great way to start your day on a positive note, even when the day before could have been a bit crazy.  Try to write three to ten things you are grateful for every morning, while having that lemon water.   Honestly, they don’t have to be the amazing things, that really only happen once in a while.  It’s the little things too from your blankets on a chilly night or even your job, that even though you can’t stand sometimes, allows you to pay for your bills and food.

5.  Time for a little yoga.  Now, of course I’m not talking about no sweaty, hour and a half power flow (although I wouldn’t stop you!)  On days where I don’t go to my early morning yoga class, I do a quick twenty minute flow.  Although, when I first started, I started with a five minute yoga stretch routine!  And that’s really all you need to get started!  With a few gentle stretches, you can awaken your spine, digestion, and breath to start your day with a little more energy.  In time, you may just start adding some sun salutations, to even, (gasp) headstands 😉

6.  Meditation.  What one really needs to center themselves in the early morning.  I love beginning my meditation as the sun is starting to rise.  When that early morning sky is starting to brighten up.  You can do a two minute breathing meditation, which is when you focus on the inhales and exhales of your breath.  You can do a five to ten minute meditation if you are focusing on some kind of mantra or chakra alignment.  It’s whatever you are feeling to whatever you have time for.  A two minute meditation can really do wonders though.

So that is the Good Morning Routine.  This is the Good Morning Routine that works for me.  This 60 minutes in the morning, has really helped me start my day off right for a while now, and is still evolving and changing.  It awakens me so that when it’s over, I am ready to go to work or do some work with a more energy and positive start.

Of course, there are plenty of other times and ways to do something like this.  Maybe you are more of a night owl.  Do you have a more of a routine before bed?  Sometimes, when I’m not working nights, I can squeeze in some tea time and yoga before bed.  And by yoga, I simply mean just hanging my head in rag doll.

Till next time!

 

yesenia

Good Morning Routines Part 1

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a good weekend.  Mine was both busy and relaxing.  Even though I can go for another day off, I’ll take what I can get and make myself mentally prepared for another work week.  Although, this morning proved that to be very difficult.

Anyways, I want to talk about a few simple ways to detox…. every morning.  I’ve been doing these different things for a couple of years, to a couple of months.  From the time I wake up and the hour following are the most crucial part of my days.  It gets me centered, prepared, and open to what the day will bring.

1.  Wake up before the sunrise.  This is a more difficult concept for people to grasp.  Mostly because their is no “scientific proof” but more beliefs.  Before the sunrise there is a certain energy on the earth.  The energy of awakening mixed with tranquility.  It is the most quiet of the day, so when you wake up, you as well want to do it gently.  With nature, you start your day peacefully, slowly, and in a more meditative state.

2.  Oil pulling.  This one I just started practicing for myself, but I have been reading about it for a while now.  The point of oil pulling is to get rid of all the bacteria that has accumulated in your mouth during the night, and day before.  With one tablespoon of coconut (or sesame) oil, you swish the oil in your mouth for 5 to 20 minute in your mouth.  This pulls out all the bacteria from in between your teeth, gums, and tongue.  Afterwards, you just spit out in the toilet, rinse your mouth, and then brush your teeth as regular.  This method of oil pulling has been shown to reduce plaque and whiten your teeth with a few weeks time. I’ve been doing it for about two weeks now and my teeth definitely feel cleaner, but I’m still waiting for some whitening effects.  Here’s a fun video going more in depth of this detoxifying step.

3.  Warm water with lemon.  This is something I wish I could scream about on the top of my lungs.  It’s amazing.  It’s something I tried a long time ago to try and help me with my constipation issues back in the day (sorry if that was tmi).  Now, I see all the other benefits from this morning ritual.  With a cup of just boiled water and a half a lemon, I sit down in silence and enjoy this tea.  Our body’s become very acidic from the food and digestion process that is going through our body’s every day.  Lemon is more of an alkaline which consuming first thing in the morning brings out balance with the acidity.  It’s a natural body detoxifier.  The warm water gets your lymphatic system moving and hydrated while the lemon detoxifies.

And so we stop here my friends.  It’s Monday, and I know I can handle only so much.  Today proved to be those mornings when you just wanted to stay in bed and pretend for one more hour that the weekend was still upon us….

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Till next time,

 

yesenia