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A Beautiful Morning + Recipe

What is the most beautiful morning to you?

Do you know what I mean?  For me, it’s waking up without any alarms blasting in my ears, yet not in the middle of the day either.  Those mornings when you went to bed at a decent hour and just naturally woke up as the sun started shining into your bedroom window.  Yeaaa that starts it for me.

Having enough time to do what you’d like to before leaving.  Not rushing.  Cooking a warm and healthy breakfast matched with fresh made juice. Making yourself a homemade avocado facial.  Doing some yoga in the morning sun.  Taking a warm relaxing shower.  Then taking the time to curl your hair and pick out a cute outfit.

A beautiful morning. How often do you give yourself a beautiful morning? Can’t remember? Well, maybe it’s time. I realize not everyone can do this daily or regularly, but can you do it one morning a week? A Saturday or Sunday? Go in to work an hour later than usual.

Let me tell you, I haven’t done this in a while.  I sort of lost it.  I DID do it today! My oh my, what a difference I feel with my life right now.  Taking care of yourself is so important!  Not just eating right, but treating your self right, with care.

I’ll share all the wonderful things from my beautiful morning.

Sweet Potato Home Fries and Greens with Mashed Avocado

Cut a sweet potato into cubes, like home fries. Then dice up half of a medium onion of your choice. I used a white onion. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a heated saute pan. Throw in your sweet potatoes and onion. Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Cover it with a lid.

Meanwhile, mash up half an avocado with a fork.  (Save like a tablespoon of it though. You’ll see why ;))

Add some salt to your avocado.  I added a little bit of lime and cilantro too 🙂

When it’s almost cooked, about 20 minutes, sprinkle on some dried rosemary and add a handful of spinach or other green.  Stir. Cook until greens are wilted.

Looks Yummy!  And Healthy!

Cucumber, Apple, Orange Juice

Pretty simple. Just juice a cucumber, a green apple and an orange. YUM YUM!

Eat your breakfast in peace.   I like to dip my home fries in the avocado. It’s much healthier than my other favorite, BBQ sauce.

I had these beautiful flowers to admire while I ate.  I bought them for myself, but that doesn’t make a difference 😉  They’re still beautiful.

Avocado Facial 

I’ve shared this with you before, but take that left over avocado I had you save and mash it up really well.  Then smear it on your face! Leave it there for about 20 minutes and wash with warm water 🙂

It doesn’t look pretty but your skin will feel oh so good!

What do you like to do in the mornings to take care of yourself?

What gets your day started off right?

As always, be healthy, be happy, and wear it like a hot babe!

Coconut Rice Pilaf And a Mango Salsa To Die For

I often get stuck in what I call a flavor rut.  I can make so many things but everything seems to blend together after a while and start to have similar taste.  I love cilantro. I started putting cilantro in everything.  I fall in love with the acidity in pickles. I add pickles to every sandwich I eat. And so on and so on.

I was very very delightfully surprised by the wonderful new flavors in this recipe. New for me that is. And thus, very excited to share with you 🙂

I got the basis for this recipe from Emeril Lagasse. Not ever did I think I would find something even close to vegetarian from dear Emeril and to be honest the entire recipe was for a grouper dinner, but the rice and salsa were sooooo good. I can’t get over it. I think I dreamed about this rice and have been craving it ever since I made it last Wednesday!

Coconut Rice Pilaf

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

1/2 cup chopped orange bell pepper (you could use red or yellow)

3 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press

1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk

salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Cook while stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir so it’s coated in the oil and cook for just 1 minute.  Then add the vegetable stock, coconut milk and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook covered for 50 to 60 minutes.

Note: You want to soak the brown rice in some water before you cook it so that way it isn’t super chewy. Just a couple minutes makes a big difference. 

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Mango Salsa

1/2 a ripe mango, peeled, seeded and diced

1/4 cup poblano pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, minced

salt to taste

In a bowl, combine the mango, poblano, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Stir it up. Then add the vinegar, cilantro, and some salt. Stir again.  Add more salt to your taste if needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

To make this a meal, take an avocado and smash it up and add a little salt and lime juice to it.  Then plate the rice and top it with the avocado and mango salsa.  Oh man is it delightful!

Well ta ta for now!

Go enjoy this yummy healthy meal! You’ll be one happy and hot chick!

Old-Fashion Taco Night Goes Vegan

I can remember one of my favorite dinners when I was young being taco night. My mom would just put out an array of stuff; meat, chicken, refried beans, salsa, sour cream, cheese, tortillas, hard tortillas, lettuce, rice, and whatever else fit. Then we would make our own tacos and be merry.

Well taco night is still one of my favorite dinners.  It’s still just as easy as when my mom did it and don’t tell her this, but it tastes even better. That’s one thing about going vegetarian or vegan is you get really good at adding REAL flavors and spices to your food. (Not that chicken and cheese aren’t flavorful, but come on…)

How to make the switch

Quinoa instead of meat.

I use red quinoa, because it kind of looks like ground beef. Then just add taco seasoning while its cooking out the water. I also add some diced onions, but I don’t think its a must.  Just read your ingredient labels carefully when buying taco seasoning.  It should just list different spices like paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, etc. No artificial junk.  You can also make your own if you know how, but if not, this works easy-peazy, lemon-squeezy.

Veggies instead of chicken.

My mom used to always make fajita style chicken.  Instead I do fajita style veggies. Generally you can just use onions and bell peppers, but usually I add zucchini and mushrooms. Cut the zucchini in strips like you would the onions and peppers. Let them cook down in some EVOO. Then add sliced mushrooms. Add a little cayenne pepper, and sea salt. Done.

Guacamole  instead of sour cream and cheese.

Guacamole has that creamy texture that I sometimes miss about sour cream, but it’s loaded with good vitamins and minerals and fats unlike the sour cream. When guacamole is done right (I say this because I’ve had a lot of bad guacs) it has just as much flavor if not more.  All you need is fresh cilantro, fresh lime, sea salt and fresh pressed garlic. And avocado of course.

Ramp up your fixings

Instead of the old fashion iceberg lettuce use  a spring mix or baby spinach or whatever your favorite is.  Heat up some vegetarian refried beans (no lard people). Put out your favorite salsa. Cut up some fresh tomatoes.  Grab your corn or whole grain tortillas.  Sometimes I just do tostadas or hard shell tacos. And let’s have a Mexican Fiesta!

(I made a delicious corn salsa! I’d tell you about it but I just made it up and I wasn’t paying attention to what I did or how much I used… oops. The magic of cooking!)

For those of you doing the salad challenge. I’m using the leftover toppings for my salad this afternoon 🙂

Well it’s awfully nice out today. I think it’s time to put on the bikini, get some rays, and hula hoop!

I bid you a healthy, happy, and hot farewell!

Fantastic Skin

Hello Hello. I hope a lot is new and good in your life. I just want to take a quick couple of minutes to share with a couple of things that are new and good with me AND that you will also love.

First thing is first. Just this afternoon, I went ahead and did my second banana facial. Sounds dirty right? Ha, well it’s amazing. (Insert Joke) As Kim Barnouin says, author of Skinny Bitch, “Bananas are the fountain of youth.” They have anti-aging/anti-wrinkle properties.  Wrinkles are caused by free radicals, not purely age. Since bananas are full of antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, they’ll fight off the free radicals and repair damages.

All you have to do is take a chunk of banana, put it in a bowl, and mash it up. I use a fork, but I’m sure if you used a food processor it would be a better consistency. Then put it on your face like any other facial mask and let it set for 20 minutes. In the mean time you might as well eat the banana! (Get your skin from the inside and outside. Take that wrinkles) Now just rinse with warm water. Repeat a couple times a week and you’ll beat those lines off with a metaphorical stick.

Now on to my other favorite. Avacado facials. I’ve shared this with a few friends and have gotten raving reviews! This will make your skin so soft! I’ve been thinking lately, why the heck don’t I put this all over my body. I might just have to try that for next time 😀  The avacoda is chock full of vitamins A, D, E, and K. That right there means that it will get into the deepest layers of your skin, giving it elasticity! If your skin has been dry or peeling. This is definately for you!

Basically all you need to do is the same thing you did with the banana. Mash a little up and spread it on your face. Leave it there for a few and viola! You will not be disappointed.

The best part of these is that they cost only pennies to do!

Summertime is here and it’s time for you to get that beautiful glow!

Try it out and tell me how it went.  Do you have any other homemade beauty tips?