Monday, March 3, 2014

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


 
I had been wanting some cabbage rolls forever! Finally I decided to make some for dinner. These were so yum that I had to share with you. Next time I'm going to add some shrimp, crab or maybe some vegan meat .

Ingredients

1 Medium Head of Cabbage

½ cup of Chopped Sweet Peppers
1 ½ cups Pasta Sauce
½ cup Cooked Quinoa
¼ cup Scallions
¼ cup Mushrooms
1tbsp Minced Garlic
¼ cup Sweet Onions
1tsp Italian Seasoning
1tsp Lemon Pepper
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook quinoa according to package.

Chop mushrooms, onions, scallions, and garlic (you can add any other veggies and ground meat you like) and add to a bowl. Add quinoa, ½ cup of pasta sauce and seasonings and mix.


Steam entire head of cabbage until tender; if you are unable to steam the cabbage you can boil it. Once cabbage is cooked submerge into a pot of cold water.
 

Peel off cabbage leaves one by one; cut the stem out of each leaf. Spoon mix onto each leaf and roll like you would a burrito (tuck in the sides). Place the end side down in a baking dish.

Pour the remainder of the pasta sauce on top. Cover and bake for an hour.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Note: You can use all fresh ingredients instead of canned/jar items if you choose. Also, if vegetarian isn’t for you, add meat.

And…It Is What It Is!

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Eating Habits...What I'm Doing Now


 
I’ve been on my journey for quite some time now and I’ve had many setbacks. The one thing I am happy about is that I haven’t given up. I feel like this has become my life over the past 2 ½ years and I am so much happier when I am on the right track and I truly feel like I will be able to stay focused this time. A lot of people have asked what my habits are and what I am eating. I developed a new eating plan for myself; my plan was based on the eating plans of both an ex-porn star and a psychologist…lol yes, a porn star. This is how I eat and this is what works for me. Since I decided to become a pescetarian instead of a full vegetarian you will see seafood but no poultry, you can add some white meat poultry.

If you would like to know what my new habits are check it out below.

Foods:

Yes Foods: (whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortilla, whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, etc.) vegetables, fruit, seafood, fresh and frozen vegetables, frozen yogurt, sorbet

No Foods: white foods (pasta, rice, flour, tortillas, bread, rolls etc.), processed foods (most canned goods, most frozen dinners, boxed foods, chips, microwave popcorn), sodas, ice cream, dairy cheese, fast food, fried food, junk food (chips, cupcakes, donuts).

Rules:

No eating starchy foods after 5pm
Eat vegetables with every meal
Eat 5-6 small meals a day
Lunch is my heaviest meal (protein, starch, veggies)

Sample Menu for one day:

Breakfast: Egg white veggie scramble or egg white sandwich on whole wheat sandwich thin
Morning Snack: 3 Boiled egg whites or one whole egg with roasted veggies or a banana
Lunch: Seafood, quinoa, vegetables or a salad with whole wheat croutons or whole wheat pita chips and balsamic vinegar or small whole wheat tortilla with veggies and shrimp or a turkey or salmon burger
Late Snack: Veggies or small salad, fruit or hummus w/whole wheat pita chips or air popped popcorn
Dinner: Seafood and steamed veggies or lettuce wraps
Late Snack: Roasted Veggies

I try to make a lot of things from scratch (i.e. salad dressings, hummus etc.) so I know what’s in it. I want to buy a dehydrator and grinder so I can make all my own seasonings and dried fruit, dried salmon etc. Most seasonings have sugar and other unnecessary things added and that makes no sense to me. Plus you save money when you start making your own. My grandma used to make preserves, jellies and jams and they were so good. I truly miss her and wish I would have learned more from her but I am teaching myself. Basically I'm eating clean.
 
That was a simple breakdown let me know if you have any questions. Remember it takes discipline, if you can stay disciplined and focused you can reach your goals.

And…It Is What It Is!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Allow Others to be Happy, be Happy for Them (Stop Hating)


I saw a post on Facebook a few days ago that inspired me to share my opinion. I’ve somewhat talked about haters before so this isn’t a new topic for me but it’s a different perspective. I can never truly understand wouldn’t just be happy and/or supportive of others decisions/accomplishments.

Instead of hating on the next person’s success, maybe you should humble yourself and ask them if they can help you get to where you would like to be. You’d be surprised at how many of the people you hate on would like actually like to see you succeed.

After you ask them, ask them what they had to sacrifice and how hard they had to work to get to that point; whether it is being a good parent, being in a good relationship, having a good job etc. Then ask yourself if you’re willing to do the same to get to where you want to be.
Are you hating on her hair? I’m sure she will tell you her stylist.
Are you hating on his muscles? I’m sure he will give you some workout tips.
Are you hating on their job? I’m sure they will tell you how they go to that point.
Are you hating on their beauty? I’m sure they will tell you their beauty secrets/routine.
Are you hating on their talent? I’m sure they can help you identify your own.
Are you hating on their weight loss? I’m sure they can share their eating habits.

Hating is nothing more than being envious/jealous of the next person and/or their success. But when you get to a point where you are happy with yourself you don’t need to hate on the next person because you feel equal and/or better. Therefore creating a mutual respect for what that person has accomplished and worked for.

If you can’t be genuinely happy for them find how their success has helped you. For example, If they got a new job think about how that’s one less person on welfare you have to pay for, or if you’re the one on welfare think of it as one more person contributing to your monthly check.

Whatever you need to do to get yourself in a better place where you can be at peace with what someone else has accomplished, do it. But remember we can accomplish a lot more united than we can apart. Allow others to be happy, be happy for them. 


And…It Is What It Is!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stuffed Mushrooms


 
I still had some of the mix left over from the Stuffed Peppers I made the other day and decided I would use the remaining mix to make some stuffed mushrooms. Even though I posted the ingredients on my stuffed peppers post I am going to post them here. I will cut the ingredients in half.

Ingredients

20 Whole White Mushrooms
¼ cup Spaghetti Sauce
¼ cup Cooked Quinoa
½ cup Fresh Spinach
1 ½ diced Tomatoes or ½ 14oz can
1/8 cup Scallions
½ tbsp Minced Garlic
1/8 cup Red Onions
½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
½ tsp Italian Seasoning
½ tsp Lemon Pepper
½ tsp Paprika
½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook quinoa according to package.

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and scoop out the middle using a spoon and set aside.

Chop onions and mushroom stems in a food processor. On medium heat, sauté chopped mushroom stems and onions until tender.

Mix spaghetti sauce, quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, sea salt and pepper and mozzarella cheese in a large bowl.

Spoon the mix into each mushroom and place in a backing dish (stem side up). Bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle pepper jack cheese on top and cook and additional 10 minutes
 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20

Note: You can use all fresh ingredients instead of canned/jar items if you choose. Also, if vegetarian isn’t for you, add meat.

And…It Is What It Is!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BH Cosmetics Haul/Review


I have been debating whether or not I was going to post this review. After writing it, I had signed up to become an affiliate for the company but they rejected me. They did not feel my blog would bring them enough business. Honestly that is the first time I have ever heard of such a thing considering you only get paid when people purchase items so in my opinion it shouldn’t matter.

I decided that I would post this blog anyway since my reason for writing it was to provide my honest opinion of their products and to allow my readers the opportunity to save a little money. So please enjoy.

I was on Facebook a few weeks ago and Evelyn Lozada had mentioned a tutorial by makeup artist Missy Lynn featuring Evelyn’s Vida Luxe cosmetics line; I checked out the tutorial and liked it so I decided to check out more videos. There was a video where Missy Lynn talked about some of her favorite cosmetics; two of the items were a liquid foundation and a 36-piece brush set by BH Cosmetics. I don’t really wear foundation; as a matter of fact I had owned only one bottle that I bought from M.A.C. almost four years ago. As I explore makeup a little more I find myself trying out new things so I decided to go online and purchase a few items.

I usually use only M.A.C. and E.L.F makeup products so I typically don’t do makeup reviews, but I think it is something I will begin to do from time to time. I actually have a few things that I will be discussing on my blog that I don’t usually share so be on the lookout for what’s to come next.
I decided to order the 66 Color Lip Gloss Palette, the 36 pcs Ultimate Brush Set, and the BH Liquid Foundation in Golden Beige. Everything was super cheap, at the time the brush set was on sale for like $32.95 or something like that and the foundation was $3.95. I don’t remember how much the lip palette was but I will say it was not very much and now it’s on sale for $10.95.
I originally intended to only purchase the brush set and the foundation but if I spent so much I got free shipping by the time I plugged in the lip palette I pretty much got it for free since at the time it was about the same price as the shipping fee; I received my order within a week.
66 Color Lip Gloss Palette: This palette has some interesting colors, some I will never wear a day in my life. I played around with a few of them but nothing serious. I will need to really go through them to get an idea of how long they last and how they cover my lips.
36 pcs Ultimate Brush Set: This set is so friggin awesome! It is the perfect addition to my M.A.C. 14-piece brush set and all of the new E.L.F. brushes I bought over the holidays. The BH Cosmetics Brush Set Includes the following: Eyebrow Brush, Spoolie Brush, Small Fan Brush, Shadow Sponge Brush, Eyeliner Brush, Angled Liner Brush, Rounded Liner Brush, Bent Eyeliner, Brush, Small Smudger Brush, Small Angled Liner Brush, Small Rounded Liner Brush, Flat Liner Brush, Eyeliner Smudger, Round Angled Smudge Brush, Lip Brush, Concealer Brush,  Short Smudger Brush, Small Concealer Brush, Smudge Brush, Small Smudge Brush, Crease Brush, Flat Shadow Brush, Round Flat Shader Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Angled Shadow, Brush, Blending Brush, Short Shadow Brush, Angled Blending Brush, Large Shadow Brush,  Foundation Brush, Small Blush Brush, Large Angled Blush Brush, Highlight & Contour Brush, Duo Fiber Stippling Brush, Powder Brush, and Large Fan Brush.

 BH Liquid Foundation in Golden Beige: I really liked the way this covered my face. I used my brand new E.L.F. Kabuki Brush and my M.A.C. powder foundation for a flawless finish. The only issue is that I felt like I looked darker for some reason; I feel the same way with my M.A.C. foundation during this time of year. I wasn’t sure until I went out with a friend and they saw me a couple days later without any makeup and told me I looked darker the other day. I blended my makeup into my neck area fairly well so it wasn’t noticeable but I knew I had to make a change.
Both the BH Cosmetics and the M.A.C. foundation are matched for my summer complexion. In the winter through spring I am kind of pale. So, I decided to go back onto the BH Cosmetics website and purchase a lighter shade of foundation.
The order arrived this past Monday, one week from the date I ordered it. This time I ordered BH Liquid Foundation: Medium Rose, BH Liquid Foundation: Mocha, BH Lip Gloss: Studious, Crème Luxe Lipstick: Forever Nude, Crème Luxe Lipstick: Naked Peach and Crème Luxe Lipstick: Tea Time.
BH Liquid Foundation in Medium Rose: Medium Rose is a shade lighter than the Golden Beige I decided to try it out this past weekend and it was a perfect match so I now have a winter foundation if I so happen to need it.
BH Lip Gloss: Studious: This lip gloss surprised me, it wasn’t thick and goopy it was actually thinner than I am used to, it went on well. I wore it this past Saturday and liked it a lot.
 
 
When it comes to lipstick I am very picky, as you can see from the colors I have here I prefer more natural colors. I am also more of a lip gloss girl but I have been increasing my lipstick collection a lot lately and I have a few dark pinks and some reds. I feel the same about all of the lip colors I purchased so I will just share a photo for each color. I applied M.A.C. lip gloss on top of two of them. 
Crème Luxe Lipstick: Forever Nude:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crème Luxe Lipstick: Naked Peach:

Crème Luxe Lipstick: Tea Time:
The BH Liquid Foundation in Mocha was for my daughter who is a tad bit darker than I am. Even though she does not wear makeup at this time, she does enjoy practicing and will wear makeup for special school functions like the homecoming dance and things like that. She tried on the foundation and loved it, it looked really natural.
I haven’t purchased any of their eyeshadows at this time because I have so many already.
Once I build my new makeup storage system I will buy more eyeshadow palettes because at this time I have nowhere to put them.
I recommend BH Cosmetics for your makeup needs, especially for anyone who loves makeup or anyone starting out with makeup but doesn’t want to spend a ton of money. I have a really hard time matching drugstore foundation to my skin so I am really happy to be able to find something inexpensive that covers well and matches my skin tone.
And…It Is What It Is!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stuffed Red Peppers



 
Friday night I planned on making some good ol vegetarian chili but my daughter wasn’t really feeling the chili idea so I suggested some stuffed peppers and she was all in. First I had to make sure her friend, who was staying the night, ate peppers. As I walked through the store I made up the recipe in my head then I made it up some more as I began to prepare it. I hope you enjoy, I know we all did.

Ingredients

4 Red Bell Peppers
½ cup Spaghetti Sauce
½ cup Cooked Quinoa
1 cup Fresh Spinach
3 diced Tomatoes or 1 14oz can
¼ cup Scallions
¼ cup Mushrooms
1tbsp Minced Garlic
¼ cup Red Onions
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (divided)
1tsp Italian Seasoning
1tsp Lemon Pepper
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
¼ cup Vegetable Broth
1tsp Herbed Parmesan Cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook quinoa according to package.

Chop mushrooms and onions in a food processor. On medium heat, sauté mushrooms and onions until tender.

Mix spaghetti sauce, quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, sea salt and pepper and only 1 cup of mozzarella cheese in a large bowl.

Cut the tops off the red peppers and set the tops to the side, remove the inside and seeds. Stuff the peppers with the mix, place in a 9x9 glass baking dish, pour vegetable broth in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Remove the peppers from the oven and uncover, sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the peppers and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges are golden brown.

Remove the peppers from the oven and sprinkle herbed parmesan cheese on top.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Note: You can use all fresh ingredients instead of canned/jar items if you choose. Also, if vegetarian isn’t for you, add meat.

And…It Is What It Is!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Penne Alfredo w/Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach


Monday I created a yummy vegetarian pasta dish that I shared with you all in my last post. Well, Wednesday night I decided to do a little spin on the same recipe. My children are still poultry eaters so they had theirs with a pan-seared boneless chicken thigh. I used whole grain penne pasta, if you do not like whole grain pasta substitute it for what you do like.

Ingredients
2 cups Whole Grain Penne (you can use regular)
1 jar of Alfredo Sauce
¼ cup Sun Dried tomatoes
2 cups fresh Spinach

1 14oz can of Artichokes
1tsp Italian Seasoning

1tsp Lemon Pepper
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste


Directions
Cook penne according to package.

Once your Penne is done rinse and add to a large pot; on medium-low heat; add your remaining ingredients, using your Alfredo jar, add 1 jar of water. Mix all ingredients and cook 15-20 minutes stirring periodically.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


Note: You can use all fresh ingredients instead of canned/jar items if you choose.

And…It Is What It Is!