Dear Six Year Old Me

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I was totally inspired today by this post on the lovely and awesome Katie Blogs.  She wrote a letter to a special friend who’s turning six.  A letter that she wish she had gotten at that age.  It was filled with such loving and heart felt sentiments.  It got me thinking about what I would have liked to hear at age six, and there probably is a lot.  I had a happy go lucky childhood, but growing up was hard.  So here are the things I wish someone had told my six-year-old self.

Dear 6 year old me

Dear Me,

There’s so much to say, but I don’t want to spill all the beans so let me offer you a few points of advice.  Things I want you to know and take to heart to help you on the way ahead.

  • First, life is not fair.  I’m sure you’ve experienced this from having to share when you don’t want to or having to wait in line when someone else cuts.  Just know that even when it’s not fair you can’t look at what everyone else is doing.  You have to make sure that you’re ok with yourself at the end of the day, that’s what matters.
  • When in doubt, take a deep breath and look at things from a different point of view.  You will learn, way later, how to be empathetic and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, but in the mean time put your pride aside.  The best thing to do when you want to lose your cool is to take a breath, really think about what’s important, and the consequences of over reacting.  More often than not, you’re upset over something that is so not worth it!
  • You can’t really be anything you want to be when you grow up, but if you have your heart set on being something, and it seems very far away, make it your job to get there.  It won’t be easy and you have to REALLY want it, but if you’re willing to sacrifice and work HARD, then your dreams can come true.  Don’t give up!
  • Do what you love.  Whether it’s building a Lego house now (do I owe Ed Sheeran royalties?) or being a ballet dancer next week, do it!  Continue this when you grow up.  You may not be paid to do what you love, but do it anyway.
  • Most importantly, do not grow up too fast.  You may wish and hope and dream of being older, but you’ll get there when it’s time.  Believe it or not, you will be a grown up wishing to be your age again!  Live for the moments that life gives you and enjoy them.  Being a child, young adult, teen, and all that has it’s benefits.  Don’t try and handle grown up problems, or even worry about them.  It will all work out, the adults can handle it.

Wait till you see what’s in store for you in the future!  It’s a doozy sometimes but you’ll look back and realize you don’t regret a thing because your present is that great.  Love you!

Sincerely,

Your 30-year-old self

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Veggie Tacos to Taco Scramble

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One of my favorite ways to be repurposeful is with food.  I, as many of you I’m sure, hate to throw out food!  I am ashamed to say that I felt like I did it a lot.  It was more often than not leftovers of another meal that ended up in the garbage or occasionally composted (which I feel way better about).

I’m not a picky eater, but for some reason I have an aversion to eating left over meals.  Maybe it’s because of how I was eating at the time.  Or it could have been the foul way microwaves warp our food (and containers).  Still, hated it and felt like it tasted bad so I knew I had to do something to change my bad habit.

In my cooking journey, that I’m still very much on, I have learned a lot of different recipes and ways to prepare foods.  I feel bold enough to experiment and so I’ve successfully turned many dinners into tomorrow’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I want to share one of my easiest transitions, veggie taco dinner into taco scramble.  That’s twice the recipe!

Taco night is a pretty easy go to meal in our house and we’ve recently switched from veggie wraps to romaine lettuce.  I’ve listed the fillings I used, however feel free to substitute for any veggie you choose.  Just remember cooking times vary and you may have to steam or roast some veggies before sautéing with the seasoning (i.e., potatoes, carrots).

Veggie Tacos (serves 2)

My boyfriend eats his with chicken. Womp

My boyfriend eats his with chicken. Womp

  • 1 Zucchini chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash chopped
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 leaves of romaine washed (or swiss chard, collards etc)
  • 1 recipe homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

For taco seasoning

  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Mix all taco seasoning ingredients in small bowl until combined, set aside.
  2. Warm olive oil in pan over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until tender and slightly transulcent.
  3. Add zucchini, squash, and mushrooms, stirring occasionally until cooked tender, about 10 minutes
  4. Add taco seasoning and water to veggies. Bring to boil, then lower heat to low and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Serve veggies with romaine as taco shells.  I like mine with home made salsa and guacamole plus plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream.  Enjoy!

For any seasoned veggies you did not eat try this taco scramble the next morning.

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  1. Beat 2 eggs in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. Spray frying pan with cooking spray and add 1/4-1/2 cup of leftover seasoned veggies.  Warm for 1-2 min over med-high heat.
  3. Add beaten eggs and once they are starting to set scramble with spatula.
  4. Serve with toast.  Optional: Add leftover salsa, greek yogurt, or guacamole to finished eggs.

These recipes are super simple and fully customizable.  With these options, who would want to throw leftovers away?

 

 

 

Thank Goodness For Substitutions

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It’s Friday!  And while I am currently harboring in my office and enjoying the central air conditioning, I’m also warming my hands on a cup of coffee.  It’s my first cup of coffee in probably a month.  Now, I’m not noble, I was never that into coffee.  However, I was totally craving a hot cup from Dunkin Donuts (shameless plug?) and ordered a small black to customize myself at home.

My biggest gripe with ordering coffee is that there is no dairy free options at a lot of places nor are there other sweeteners besides artificial.  So I added some coconut milk and maple syrup to a mug at home, stirred in my DD coffee, and voila dairy and sugar free.  That got me thinking about all my substitutions and how I’d love to share my most used ones with you, below.  If you use some that I don’t have, please let me know!

Use this:                                                               For this:

Coconut Oil                                                         Any cooking oil

Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt                             Mayo or Sour Cream

100% Pure Maple Syrup                                 Sugar

(RAW) Honey                                                    Sugar

Coconut/Rice/Almond Milk                            Cow’s Milk

Quinoa                                                               Rice

This list is not all encompassing, but good options for common foods.  An infographic below as well.

Substitute Infographic 2

Have a happy and healthy weekend!