1 head of red cabbage (shredding thinly)
1 jalapeño (minced)
1 tbsp pink salt
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
That is the question. :) Who cares. I LOVE IT. Well, actually only a specific way. And let me give credit where credit is due. This recipe definitely came from inspiration from the first place I ever had it & fell in love. Cafe Gratitude is a vegan restaurant which is pretty much one of the best in L.A. and their kim chi, or kim chee, is the BEST. I don't care what you say- sorry. It's the best. :D So this is my take on their kim chi. Not exactly the same, but it works and it's pretty good.
You'll need :
1 head of red cabbage (shredding thinly)
1 jalapeño (minced)
1 tbsp pink salt
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
After you've chopped everything. Mix the cabbage with the salt. This is to get the water to come out. I take a big mason jar and start banging the cabbage, to get the water to come out after massaging it becomes tiring. Then you can add in the jalapeño and garlic & stir it around. (Not with your hands- very bad idea :/ ) Then pack the mix into a big mason jar. Pressing it down each time very hard to make the water come up. Make sure by the end of putting it all in the jar that the water is above the cabbage. If not add in some water. I take the piece of the cabbage you cut off and usually throw away, as a weight. I place that at the top and then put the lid on it. This allows the cabbage to be pushed down very hard. Place this in a dark area that stays fairly cool and doesn't get warm. I put it far back in my kitchen cabinet. Check back in ten days and see if you like the taste! If it's not tangy enough yet for you, leave it a few more days and check again :) Ennnnnjoyyyyy.
I love Sunday mornings. I'm sitting here listening to peaceful music & listening to the wind come through the window and hit the blinds. This morning has been very nice. I don't always get to see the mornings, due to going to bed ridiculously late. (Not something I'm proud of :/) However, I did go to bed late last night. But ever since I got a camera this week, there has definitely been a pep in my step. It has made me realize that sometimes we go through life 'just because'. I have felt this way at times. Constantly confused as to what it is I'm meant to do here. I love art, as you know. All aspects of it. And now after getting a camera, I have a new found inspiration that has been calling me for a while. I'm very excited about this. It makes me happy to be so excited about something again. Sometimes we go through lulls, or dry spells if you will. Where there is just nothing. I tried to paint a few weeks ago, and nothing was coming to me. I just couldn't force it. It wasn't right. I always switch up my creative outlets. Sometimes I feel moved to sing, and make you tube video song covers. Sometimes I feel the urgency to act. And sometimes I don't. Just like I think sometimes we want to eat healthy, and sometimes we don't.
But after indulging basically all this week. I started to wonder, why is this? What is it that is making me want to participate in this lifestyle, and get stuck in it.
I think sometimes were scared of success. Well, I mean I don't think it- I kinda know thats the case for myself. It's scary to think about making it. Even when we know thats what we want. So what is it that holds us back? What is it that I'm afraid of. I'm clearly only speaking to myself- not saying your like this. It's my own opinion. But I hear a lot of successful people talking about 'the good times', meaning when they were struggling. Those were hard times & learning times. But theres something kinda great about it too. I have a lot of drive & determination. Don't get me wrong. I continuously try and try. And yes, the rejection does get a little tiring and kinda sets me back sometimes. Instead of banging on the doors instead of knocking. I have started to believe & realize, that things truly do happen when their meant to. I am not ready to be successful. I think I have a few things to learn. Mainly about myself. I have a lot of confidence issues that I need to overcome. But I know that the classes & experiences I'm taking & creating, are all building me for success. I may not see it now, through the rejection of not booking certain jobs. But there is a reason. Cause when the right one comes along, it's gonna be awesome. I know it. I hope you know it too.
I just recently got the cookbook, DeliciouslyElla. She is awesome. I actually met her, so I really do know. haha. Just kidding, you can totally tell on your own if you follow her on instagram/facebook etc. I love her outlook on life. I think it's so nice when you see someone doing exactly what their supposed to be doing. And had no idea that their life would be this way. What started out as not a good thing- she had a disease and decided to try a different lifestyle out, started eating healthy and started feeling better. Her positive outlook is inspiring. I've always loved following her food pictures on instagram, so glad she made a recipe book! - I've spoke before about this, but Gabby Bernstein is another one of those favorites. She is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing. It's so enticing to watch.
After all this talk about inspiration... I leave you with yummy photos of my recent recipe curried lentils. I still have some left overs in the fridge and can't wait to enjoy them for lunch :) I hope you follow your heart. Do whatever you know you feel calling you.
So for the curried lentils. You'll need :
1/2 red onion (chopped)
2-4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 cup lentils (I used green)
2 cups vegetable broth & 2 cups water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pink salt
1 tsp chili flakes ;) (optional, but c'mon)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp (spicy) curry powder
1/2 tsp coriander
Optional: Serve with-
+ Green onion for topping
+ roasted sweet potato (no oil, baked in the oven plain)
+ 1/2 cup brown rice
Saute the garlic & onion first. Add in spices and cook on a very low heat. Add in the lentils and toss around to coat them with the mix already in the pan. Then add in the water & broth. Bring to a boil. Then cover and bring to a simmer for about 45 minutes. Then pulse the lentil mixture a few times in the blender. Serve with whatever you'd like! Enjoy :)
Howdy ! I know, I know. It's been quite a bit of time since my last post- I am sorry.
You know, it's kinda interesting. I go through weird phases each day/week/month. Where I can't figure out, creatively, what I need/want to do. I even sat down yesterday in front of all my paint and an empty canvas & just couldn't do it. You just can't force things. Timing is everything. And listening to your life is important.
I am currently reading 'Spirit Junkie' by Gabrielle Bernstein & loving it. I wish I could say more about it- but I'm only in the first part of it. I can already tell this book was the perfect choice for me, with where I am in my life right now. I know we all go through different phases of being lost & confused. And I've been there for quite a bit of time it feels like. As most of you know, my main career focus is acting. I also paint & sing and sometimes model for fun. My focus currently is with commercials. My agent sends me out for commercial auditions a lot. I fight with my mind a lot, because I usually have not the best script and have to be enjoying some sort of ridiculous fast food in the scene. Or going crazy over some sort of materialistic item. If you know me personally, you know this is not my personality. If I were making fun of the commercial, sure- I'd be great. What really bothers me, is knowing if I just bit the bullet, and did the lines well, and booked the commercial, then bam! I'd have tons of money & most of my current money worries would be over. But the biggest problem is the whole giving in to it. I know I hold myself back sometimes, cause my mind is telling me to not do this to my full potential, because I don't want to be representing this brand, etc. And then I go to acting class every week, and have amazing scenes from movies, and that is surely what I want to be doing. Dialogue in the movies that motivates people to get up & do something, or see something in a new light. That is my calling.
Yesterday I watched the movie, 'You're Not You'. Look, I highly recommend it, but it comes with a warning. If you don't want to cry like a baby, then don't watch. But oh my goodness. That was a great movie. It put so many different things in prospective for me. Including the fact that I have such a hard time with these commercial auditions that are silly to me. I know Hillary Swank & Emmy Rossum both had to go through that to be where they are in this movie- but thats not it. The movie is so touching. This lady had everything you think you want, and then her ability to do things on her own was suddenly gone. Just picking up your own toothbrush. Just going to use the bathroom. Things we all take for granted. People with this disease cannot do. And to see someone as helpful as Emmy's character, helping this person, was so awesome. Sometimes I write and I don't even know why- I just feel the urge to share my experience of watching this yesterday & also my current so called life issues. And how little those issues become when you see your life in a new light.
Yesterday was my Day 4 of the detox I had created for myself. I was okay up until yesterday for some reason. My mind won the battle. Usually I'd be like, oh well, thats a wrap then. And go crazy and go back to eating everything I said I wouldn't for 30 days. But today is just a new day. Today- again is Day 4. The thing I need to learn is that the path is not some easy smooth road with no hiccups. There are gonna be stops. Things I don't want to have to do- to get to where I want. But you get stronger from overcoming them. Life is very short. Love while we can, hug while we can, embrace. It can all be taken away from us in a second, and the worst part is we don't even know when. So the time is NOW. Be fearless. Go out there & do what you know your meant to do.
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Hey ya'll! Happy Meatless Monday to ya.
So I've been kinda having a rough time the past few years or so. Not realizing it's been all internal conversations that have totally been ruining my own mood. Yeesh! Talk about self sabotage. This may sound strange to some. But I am a thinker. Well, I mean over thinker. I over think things so ridiculously much. So I finally came out with it the other day to my boyfriend, how confused I have been in my own mind. My own battles without even saying a word. The main focus of the internal negative conversations were involving, yep you guessed it, FOOD. Oh my goodness. How ridiculous.I know. There are a million problems in the world (Believe me, I've thought about them too-) and here I am over thinking food. I am obsessed with healthy food in a good way. Like I will never eat fast food, it's been about 4 years I haven't. Thats just an obvious no, as is diet sodas & regular soda and any white carb. I have a lot of great regular food rules I've had for the past 4 years that are great, and I wish everyone had the same. But being a sometimes vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian, I've had a lot of issues in my mind. Of feeling unsure about what it is I feel on the matter. And now ya'll before you go and get all crazy on me - THIS IS NOT saying that whatever your eating is awful & I hate you. No, you do what you want. But I'm sure if your reading this ,your someone I care about, so all I ask of you is that you take care of yourself, for me, cause I love you.
But besides you- ahem, hello this is about me . Lol. Jk. No but seriously. I have decided that I am vegan. Until further notice. Eating fish, eating eggs, does not make me feel good about myself. The awesome thing is we all get to choose what we eat. No one is forcing us to eat anything. (well anymore anyway, sorry Mom ;). I know some of you may disapprove, and some of you may approve, whatever. We all get to decide what is best for us. And personally I have now learned that when I'm not eating a vegan diet, it does not serve me. I don't feel my best. I am limited with creativity. I absolutely love the amazing colors of veggies & fruits. I love making the craziest things that you couldn't imagine with veggies. And then enjoying the benefits from all the vitamins, and how your skin glows from eating this way.
I think no matter which way you eat, veggies & fruits are so important, as well as not eating dairy. Besides coconut oil, I feel like my skin is good because of those things (Oh and water, lots of water).
I feel like this is my spring cleaning . Sometimes you just need a fresh start. I am so thankful to be able to have another opportunity everyday when I wake up and continue to be learning new things about myself & this life. I hope that you'll try your very own spring cleaning on yourself. The time has changed, the days are longer, the weather will warm up (I promise, east coast friends! Hang in there ). It's time for a fresh start, new prospective. Wake up tomorrow and do something different. Smile & look up at the sky. It's crazy that we are even alive. I'm so thankful for us all to still be here. I know fast life can leave you. Enjoy you moments, whatever makes you happy.
Hello & Happy Friday~
For some of you this means the weekend, whoo hop! For me, not so much. Haha. I'm a server, most of you know this. So my work schedule is basically opposite of the the normal. But it works for me so I am able to pursue my career in acting! Now anyway, need to focus on what this post is really about. And thats about the challenge I'm launching for all of you & myself. Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut, and feel like something needs to change. At least for me thats currently how I feel, and I think it always goes back to nutrition and exercise. Which there has kinda been a big lack there of in both departments for me, not gonna lie. I always keep it 'healthy'. But Not really in the tip top shape I'd like to be in. I would love to invite you to join me in my green eating adventure. #TheDailyKale challenge does not mean you have to eat kale everyday. Although I don't find that a problem ;) haha. I just feel like sometimes I don't get enough veggies in. If your still hungry after eating a meal, and realize you didn't really have any veggies or clean food, then thats probably why your still hungry and not satisfied, or not feeling that great. I feel awesome when I eat my quinoa bowls. It's pretty much a great balanced meal. And having green smoothies, and my cacao truffles. All of that yummy clean food. You can't feel bad about it, because it's not bad. So I would LOVE FOR YOU to join me in my attempt of becoming even greener. I will give you an example of what you could possibly eat in a day. I understand some of you are not vegan, and thats fine, so whatever I write, just opt for your particular (hopefully organic and clean) protein of choice instead. And on instagram if you post a photo of your beautiful clean meal & or of you & your favorite veggie, please #thedailykale so I can see it :)
*In addition to this green clean eating , I am upping my exercise also. I think we all have different goals & like to do different things for workout. And thats awesome. I do like to write down my workout plan for the week and check it off like a to do list once I've completed it. I feel really happy when I wrote a goal down and get to check it off. It could be just as simple as writing down: Tuesday, walk 3 miles. And then checking it off after :) You should try it. Get outside or in the gym, do something fun, just get out there and be active. Keep yourself healthy!
Sample Plan for #TheDailyKale Challenge
Quinoa Bowl : Could consist of Black beans, quinoa, kale, topped with purple cabbage, and cashew cheese or pesto
Snacks: Nuts, fruit, Green Smoothie
Oh and drink tons of water! Like for real, a bunch :) Have a great weekend!