Red Pepper Dressing Vegan Dinner Bowl

I love this recipe! It is so delicious and good for you. I find garbanzo beans to be extremely delicious and filling. In my personal food choices, I have been moving towards more and more vegan dishes just because I always feel so energized and happy after a good vegan meal. ❤

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Ingredients:

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Garbanzo Beans

1 16 oz can Garbanzo Beans

1 tbsp Olive Oil

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Chili powder

1 tsp Paprika

Quinoa

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Cups Water

Dressing

1 tbsp Olive oil

1/4 Cup Cilantro

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 lemon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Tumeric

Toppings

Cilantro

Avocado

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Begin by setting the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl mix strained garbanzo beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and evenly disperse the beans on top. Place them into the oven for 8-10 minutes.

In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Once boiling, add rinsed quinoa to the pot, cover with a lid, and turn to medium heat.

Meanwhile, place diced bell pepper, Cilantro, Olive Oil, lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric into a blender. Blend until it becomes a saucy consistency. Add water if needed.

Once the quinoa is finished, you may want to drizzle some olive oil, salt, and pepper over it. Mix well.

In a bowl, add quinoa, garbanzo beans, sauce and toppings to make your vegan bowl!

 

Enjoy ❤

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3 Ways to Improve Mental Hygiene

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It feels like the thoughts in my brain become extraordinarily more vicious as soon as I become conscious of them.

Several days ago, someone told me how in Toltec philosophy, they believe that there are etherial beings that act as parasites to our beings. Similar to the story of the two wolves, the parasite feeds on certain negative emotions that are particular to each individual, and thus puts us in situations that will create more of this emotion on which it can feed.

Truthfully, if I had to guess what mine was feeding off of? It would be sadness. Now, regardless of whether or not the Toltec philosophy plays to your world views on this point doesn’t matter. This conversation of habitual patterns and self-talk comes up time and time again in pop psychology.

We, as humans, have a tendency to have extremely negative self-talk. Things we would never say to any one else, especially someone we care about. What causes this type of behavior? Perhaps it is the “parasite” or the ego or our culture or perhaps that is just how the mind works.

Interestingly enough, I have been playing with the idea that my negative emotions are parasitic. That they do, in fact, harm and degrade my mental hygiene and feelings of self worth. By choosing to actively listen to my thoughts, I have seen that it is practically second nature for my mind to start thinking about negative things. Or, in other words, my mind continuously vacillates between the judge and the victim. So I have begun an experiment: Every time I start to think negatively, I actively replace those thoughts with something positive, with something that I am truly in love with, happy with, or excited for.

The effects have been extraordinary. I feel as though I am witnessing myself choosing to place the bowl of food in front of the good and kind wolf, watching the negative and sad wolf angrily fight me for its regain of strength. Another way to look at it, is that I have changed brands: At first, I was feeding myself with thoughts that engendered more negativity and now I have replaced those thoughts (or, at least, I am trying to) with thoughts that engender positivity. ❤

So what are ways that we can all do this? To keep our mental hygiene in check so that our thoughts don’t go running with the wolves, so to speak.

3 Ways to Improve Hygiene:

Floss Your Thoughts:

Become aware of what you are saying to yourself, especially when you are experiencing a trying situation and especially when you are not “listeninyou are enoughg”. What I mean by this is that our minds seem to be chatting to us constantly. Try to observe what you are thinking when you are not thinking of anything in particular. Soon you may see that there are lies you have taken for granted as truth, simply because there wasn’t active focus on your thoughts.

Brush Up On Your Positive Affirmation:

Run of the mill hippy-chick tip? Yes. Very powerful? Yes. I have watched my life turn around, just by having nice things I routinely said to myself. I like to pick one or two phrases that are my go-to positive thoughts. Keep them in your back pocket to say to yourself whenever you need. This will take your mind away from the negative thinking and give you the keys to positivity. Similarly to when people say “fake it till you make it”, telling your mind positive thoughts, sends chemical signals and responses that can actually make you a happier person over time.

Wash your Thoughts of Negativity:

One step beyond the affirmations is actually getting into your brain and consciously replacing a negative thoughts with positive ones. An example of this would be: “Wow, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on that report, even though I prepared for it. I’m an idiot. I hate myself.” Catch yourself. Take a breath, rewind, cut, replace, repeat: “Wow, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on that report, even though I prepared for it. I bet there are ways I could improve next time. I know that I did my very best.”

 

So there you have it folks. Please feel free to comment or share bellow ❤ I would love to hear your thoughts, insights, and opinions on the matter.

Banana Bread: Sweetened by Nature

Here is a Banana bread we can get really excited about, it’s moist, delicious and sweetened with honey! ❤ Check it out!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Vegan Butter

1/2 Cup Honey

3 Eggs

4 ripened banana’s

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups gluten free flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 Cup Coconut or Flax milk

1/4-1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate chips sweetened with stevia

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Begin by taking out a large bowl, mixing butter, honey, eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Mix till smooth. Then add flour, baking soda, salt, milk, and the chocolate chips. Stir until dough is slightly soupy. Add more milk if needed.

Vegan butter an 8×9 pan. Pour in batter and place it in the oven. Allow the bread to cook for 40-45 minutes or until golden. To check and see if it is done, stick a toothpick or a fork in the center of the bread, if it’s doughy, let it cook longer.

Once finished, take out of the oven and let it cool. Serve with butter and honey, or eat as is!

❤ Enjoy