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!

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Recipe: Cold Vegan Soba Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

As I’ve said several blog posts back, one of my goals in life is to encourage more people to eat healthier. What most people don’t like about eating healthy are: 1) they think healthy food just doesn’t taste good; and 2) they feel that there is lot of work involved in the prep.

You see, these days, healthy food is not anymore limited to just boiled or steamed (aka boring) protein and veggies. More and more people are starting to embrace living healthier so you’d be surprised at the amount of delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes you can find online if you only actually just googled it!✌😊

So let me share with you my super simple and tasty recipe for cold soba salad. This noodle salad bursts with flavor and is quite filling, but takes no time to make. Great for either pre or post workout and a perfect match for this unbelievable summer heat! ☀

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Recipe: Fried Caulirice

Happy 2017! My first post of the year is also going to be my first ever recipe post. One of the things I knew I wanted to do when I thought about starting this blog is sharing my own healthy recipes; grub guaranteed to have low to zero refined carbohydrates, sodium, fat, and sugar, yet nutritious and still delicious! I think encouraging people to eat healthier and to make healthier food choices  will be more effective if they found out for themselves, through my recipes, that it can be done and that eating healthy need not be boring. Most people have an aversion to healthy food and wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole because they’re under the impression that it’s bland and unpalatable. I want to change that.

Switching to healthier food choices may take some getting used to, especially if you have been accustomed to eating fatty, salty and/or starchy food for a long time. Healthy food might not be as appetizing as a juicy charbroiled cheeseburger or classic southern fried chicken at first, but if done right with lots of creativity, it won’t at all be as repulsive as some expect it to be (and it won’t leave you with with an icky and guilty feeling after!). It will take some time to retrain your palate, but hopefully, my recipes will help make healthy eating more exciting for you.

For my first recipe, I wouldn’t want to scare you away with anything too leafy and raw, so I will start with Fried Caulirice. Cauliflower “rice” or just “caulirice” is a low calorie and less starchy alternative to rice. It’s finely chopped/almost minced cauliflower prepared to look, feel, and taste like rice. It’s filling and neutral-tasting, just like rice, so it could carry seasoning or flavors well.

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