New Projects, Sleepless Nights, and a Vegan Kare-Kare Meal

I’m currently at the early/planning stages of a couple of projects, yet again. A new business venture is in the works and if things work out, I’m mostly likely taking on two more job opportunities! I guess it goes without saying that I’ve been extra anxious lately, what with all the planning sessions, meetings, interviews, and inevitable occasional episodes of debilitating self-doubt (😅). Consequently, I have not been getting much restful sleep the past few months. I can’t seem to stop thinking or worrying about almost every single thing and it keeps me up at night. When I do fall asleep, I wake up still feeling exhausted. I mean I do have my days off, in which I just stay in bed all day and Netflix. However the moment I shut everything off and try to go to bed, I start thinking and feeling anxious again. One time, I spent almost two hours just lying in bed, with my thoughts, in the dark. Does anybody have tips for me? How can I shut my brain off and truly relax? Sleeping pills? Some sort of healing, therapy, or cleansing?

Anyway, today, in the interest of taking my mind off of things for a bit, I decided to cook a nice meal for myself.

One of my recent awesome purchases is this vegan bagoong from Vegan Mom, which inspired me to cook something I’ve never cooked before: kare-kare from scratch!

As you all know, as much as possible, I try to healthy-fy the meals or dishes I prepare. Since the bagoong was already vegan, I thought the rest of the meal should be as well. To make the meal even healthier, I opted to pair it with quinoa, instead of rice.

I know that vegan/vegetarian kare-kare doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing as a traditional one made with pork (and eaten with lots of rice), but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! Especially when it’s paired with good bagoong, like this one I got from Vegan Mom! The first vegan bagoong I tasted (and loved) was from my favorite vegetarian restaurant, Corner Tree, and this comes so close to it. I’m so pleased! I love the flavor and it complements the kare-kare so well; tastes like the “real thing”! Great for vegans (duh 😂) and those with seafood allergies. Highly recommended!

Needless to say, I had a delicious lunch. Apparently, kare-kare is easy to make…? I thought it’d be more complicated since it’s sort of considered a special occasion dish by many. If you want to make some for yourself, there are a lot of good recipes available online. If you wish to know I cooked this particular kare-kare, feel free to message me or leave a comment!

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