Good morning you beautiful people! Have you ever wanted something so bad and you just couldn’t wait? Or have you ever known you were getting something but would try to rush the process. It is crazy how lately I been noticing how mindfulness goes hand in hand with patience and time. Those are words that seem to hold so much power and can positively affect your mind, body, and spirit. There was a weekend, I experienced so much frustration that I had no control over. But as I was talking with my mom she told me to not worry about things I have no control of. I had an event to attend and there was an issue with us getting inside the building, which really irritated me because I was so anxious to get the event going. I began to get flustered and impatient, when before my spirits were lifted. That quick experience led me to think about mindfulness after the fact. We must teach our mind and expose our mind, body, and spirit to positivity when we cannot control what is happening around us. In situations like this breathing would have helped, just breathing and counting helps overall. Breathe in the good and breathe out the bad. Get rid of toxic thoughts, negative feelings, and cruel energy. Yes, it is our natural state of mind to get furious and frustrated, but with mindfulness you will know when the mind needs calming. This will be those types of moments we don’t have control over, like I did with that event. Patience and time may have us anxious and wanting to know what the beginning and end will look like. But to be honest, we have no idea no matter how confident we are. Everything is unwritten, we don’t know what the next minute, hour, day, or year will look like. Cherish that moment about life, we cannot always predict what we want things to be. We must have patience and wait on it. Incorporate some mindfulness exercises in your daily routine when you feel the body needs it. I always find out I need it later in the evening, so that’s when I practice breathing. When I lay down I often meditate for about 5-10 minutes, that helps with sleeping too!
…..& we’re back! I made this recipe right before the holiday as a meal prep dinner! It was so healthy, simple, and very convenient. I enjoy ONE DISH MEALS because that is so much easier when it includes your protein, carbs, and fats. It literally did not take long at all for this meal. The best thing about it, you can be so versatile about what you put into because of the vegetable variety! Well lets get to it, you’ll find how easy it is! Remind you guys, I find all these recipes from Pinterest or Cafe Delites, so the credit goes to them! I just try to see if I can make it just how it they say make it according to the recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
2 large carrots or small baby carrots
2 red potatoes
1 small-medium zucchini
2 red peppers
1 head of fresh broccoli
6 Italian sausage links or Chicken sausage
1/2 tbsp of each: basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder
1/2 tsp of each: onion powder, thyme (optional, I did not use these ingredients)
1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese (optional, I did not use this ingredient either)
4 and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line up a pan with parchment paper.
- Prep the veggies (be sure to follow the directions so that all the veggies cook at the same time).
- Slice the carrots and red potatoes (you can leave the peel on the red potatoes), make sure these pieces look diced in small squares.
- Chop the zucchini in the shapes of circles, then chop that circle in half.
- Chop the broccoli into small florets, the stems aren’t needed.
- Chop the peppers up small, don’t forget to remove the seeds and stem. I believe I used only one red pepper.
- Chop the sausage into thick coins.
- Once all the chopping and prepping is done, add all of the vegetables and sausage to the pan.
- In a small bowl combine all the seasonings, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Stir to combine. I doubled this recipe mixture because it only covered half of the vegetables. Be sure NOT to add more olive oil the mixture will marinate while cooking, it will be more than enough!
- Place in the heated oven, toss around the veggies and sausage after 10 minutes, and then let it cook for another 15-20 minutes.
- Once it is done you can top it with grated parmesan cheese. It is also an option to put it over top of rice or quinoa! I ate it plain, still was very good!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it! Happy Healthy Cooking 🙂
Hey guys! Sorry its been a while, the holiday had me extremely busy! I’ve always wanted to try this recipe and I finally got the chance to do so except I made it my own which made it so fun. It didn’t take long except the part when I had to chop the cauliflower up in the food processor, otherwise piece of cake recipe! Here is how I all went. This recipe is perfect for friends over, Friday or Saturday night meal, or for me I used it as my Sunday meal :). Here is how it all went down, check out this video!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Total time: 35-38 minutes
1 head of cauliflower (small or medium)
1/2 teaspoon of Basil
1/2 teaspoon of Oregano
Organic marinara sauce
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of Mozzarella cheese
Few leaves of Spinach
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Garlic powder
Parchment paper or non-stick paper
1. First you want to thoroughly wash the cauliflower head and then dry it off with paper towel
2. Proceed with cutting the florets of the cauliflower, you do not need the stems just the tip of the cauliflower.
3. Place them little by little in the food processor (this depends on how big yours is). You want to make sure the cauliflower almost looks like snow when its done processing.
4. Then I placed the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes.
5. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, get a baking sheet and place the parchment paper on top. Spray it with a non stick cooking oil.
6. After that you want to let I cool for about 6-7 minutes. Proceed with placing the cauliflower in a tea towel or drying dish cloth (preferably microfiber cloth). Squeeze out any access water in the cauliflower. This will help with preventing a watery dough like formation.
7. Once that is done, place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl. Add your salt, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix it all together preferably you’re your hands.
8. After you’ve mixed it all together, use your hands to form the shape of the dough on the baking sheet. Don’t make it too think or too thin. Make it just right!
9. Once that’s done put it in the oven for 8-11 minutes until it turns a golden brown then remove from oven.
10. Add your sauce, cheese, and toppings! I chose to add organic marinara sauce, more mozzarella and parmesan cheese, along with, spinach, mushrooms, red and green pepper, and onions. I then placed it back in the oven until the cheese was fully melted which was 8-10 minutes. Allow it to cool so you can enjoy your pizza!!
I am always looking for new recipes to try, only because sometimes you get tired of the same meals and the same seasonings. So I check out many recipes on different social media accounts and the Internet. I would like to give special recognition to Cafe Delites. They have some of the best recipes and it is a social media account that I look up to. I enjoy quick healthy main recipes! Here is something I made that was really really good!
BROWNED BUTTER HONEY GARLIC SALMON
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Wild-caught salmon (4 pieces)
1/4 cup of organic raw honey
2 tbsp of minced garlic
1/4 of butter
2 tbsp of lemon juice
Salt & Pepper
- Preheat the oven to broil on High.
- Let the butter melt on the skillet on medium high heat.
- Pour the honey into the pan and let it mix with the butter.
- Drop the garlic into the skillet and let it sauté for at least 1 minute.
- Add the salmon fillets to the skillet and let cook for about 3-4 minutes
- Season the fillets with salt and pepper.
- Place the lemon wedges around the salmon fillets
- Pour the juices from the skillet on top of the salmon with a spoon
- Place the skillet in the broiler for about 6-7 minutes depending on how brown you’d like the salmon
- Be sure to watch the salmon because of how fast the salmon can cook in the broiler.
- Take the salmon from broiler and then drizzle the salmon again with the leftover sauce from the skillet. You can also top it with parsley.
I served this with green beans, but any vegetable or salad will work with this meal. This healthy main recipe will cause you to feel full but not stuffed, but satisfied! I loved this meal because the steps were super easy but it also led up to a really good satisfying meal, and most of all. Quickness is very essential for me when making recipes. Salmon has many health benefits such as omega-3 fatty acids, great source of protein, and high in essential vitamins and minerals. I hope you all make this recipe and please fix or add any other steps you think would be beneficial for you! I would love to hear about your cooking experience.
Hey, you beautiful people, I recently switched over to 6am workouts instead of working out in the evening. I kept looking for another strategy to have much more evening time. I remember when people would say they workout in the morning, and I used to say, “Omg I could never, I love sleeping in too much.” Well obviously, that has changed and I feel good about it! It is crazy how your growth and your goals can change you in such a positive way. I’ve learned that to reach your goals or accomplish the things you want out of life, you must do some things that make you uncomfortable. But I know I made a great decision with choosing to exercise in the morning rather than the afternoon. I think the hardest thing is waking up in the morning, which is usually an hour and 30 minutes earlier than what I’m used to. But once I am up, I am up. I go to the gym that is closest to my job, and I just shower there and get ready for work. It’s much easier in the morning to get ready, especially if you have all your things set out and organized at night. This way in the morning, all you must do is grab your things and go to the car. But overall, it’s been a great experience although I am still breaking into the new routine. I am still learning and estimating the time I need in the morning. There are many benefits engaging in physical activity in the morning versus in the evening. Check it out below:
1. The gym is not as crowded compared to after hours. The less people the more equipment available for you to use. This is motivating in a sense because you have options for your workout routine.
2. Your energy levels are higher. I noticed that when I grab a piece of fruit in the morning and then head to the gym, I have way more energy than I do in the morning. After waking up I am using that energy to exercise, rather than waiting after work where I feel lazy and ready to rest.
3. I have much more time to do what I want in the evening. I am preventing traffic to get to the gym and leaving from the gym. I could run errands or just simply go home after work. It feels good to not have to rush in the evenings anymore! Thanks to this new routine.
4. Exercising in the morning motivates me for the rest of my day and for my next morning workout too. I think it’s the momentum I have in the morning versus the evening time, which also may affect my energy levels.
5. I still have time to eat breakfast in the morning whether I eat it in my car, the locker room, or the break room at work, but always remember to still eat something after the workout even if you ate before the workout. You can eat something like a protein shake, cottage cheese, granola or grains, banana, yogurt, or any lean protein. This helps with soothing the muscle after physical activity.
There, I shared with you all what makes exercising in the morning a better fit for me. This will not work for everyone but if you would like to try something new in your routine, I highly recommend this! If you are looking for more time, then this may work for you too. If you are looking to kickstart your day early, then go for it! Physical activity should be a part of your routine every day for at least 30-40 minutes. It is possible, just adjust your time if it is a priority to you! Which I really hope it is 😊