Simple Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast

I’ve been eating this every morning and not sick of it yet! Oatmeal is full of fiber and tastes great (with some maple syrup), I love it y’all, hopefully you do too. Suuuper simple right here, cooks up quick and served with a side of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c water or milk of choice
  • 1/2 c oats
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Optional to enjoy on the side:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • grapes

Instructions:

  1. Boil water, add oats and cook stirring occasionally until the water has been absorbed, about 5-10 minutes. Add in a dash of cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup, and stir that sh*t up. Fin.

Sesame Ginger Stir Fry

I just whipped this bad boy up with what I had in the fridge. Turned out suuuuper yummy, and it’s like negative calories since it contains all veggies and CALORIE FREE DRESSING. Yeah… pretty f*cking exciting. It’s Sesame Ginger, by Walden Farms, I got mine from Smart & Final but it’s also available at Walmart and Sprouts… please give it a try!! No promo here, just super excited this stuff has no calories and it tastes amazeballs.

Get your ass in the kitchen and whip it up, serve it with tofu nuggets or something delicious like that.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 c brussel sprouts, chopped thin
  • 1 c carrots, shredded
  • 1 c cabbage, chopped thin
  • 1 c bell pepper, sliced thin (any color)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp sriracha
  • 3 tbsp liquid aminos (similar to soy sauce)
  • 1/4 c Walden Farms sesame ginger (CALORIE FREE) dressing
    (available at Smart & Final, Sprouts and Walmart)
  • 1 c spinach
    Topping
  • optional* sesame seeds
The tasty ass dressing I keep talking about

Instructions:

  1. On medium heat, heat the water and once boiling add the garlic for about 5 minutes. Once softened add the brussel sprouts, carrots, cabbage and bell pepper, cooking for another five minutes. Add in the garlic powder, sriracha, liquid aminos, and sesame ginger dressing, stirring and letting everything get cooked down a bit more, maybe another 5-10 minutes. Once the veggies are softened and your’re almost done, add the spinach for about 30 seconds to a minute. It should be ready to serve!! Top with sesame seeds if you have them on hand.
  2. Enjoy that sh*t

Split Pea & Lentil Soup

Still sick! Yay…
I’ve grown accustomed to living off soup and NyQuil, but I have a good feeling it’ll end soon considering it’s been over a week. Moving on, let’s talk about this bomb ass soup. I can’t complain, I know I say that a lot, but after having liquid-y food for a week, I think that means something. So get your butts in the kitchen and give it a try.

I love the density of this soup, it’s not a light one where you’re still looking for more afterwards. You’ll feel nice and full after. Reeeal satisfying.

There is a great blend of veggies in here, along with a good amount of spices. Also, I f*cking love lentils and split peas… when they get all soft… YUM.

Portions of this recipe were borrowed from Verna at The Cheeky Chickpea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c of split peas
  • 1 c lentils
  • 9 c water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp water or broth
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid aminos (optional)
    OR
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 3 c spinach

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the green split peas and lentils well and add them to your favorite soup pot (5 qt or bigger) with salt, bay leaves and water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While peas are simmering add onions, broth, pinch of salt & pepper to a med/lg skillet . Saute on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or so till onions are soft and slightly caramely, then add rest of veggies and cook for 5 minutes or so till slightly softened.
  3. After 15 minutes add rest of ingredients to the pot, cover and continue to simmer for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally , until peas are (fall apart) soft.
  4. Right before you take it off the heat, add in the spinach, let the leaves soften and cook for about a minute or so.
  5. Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper if desired. If the soup seems to thicken add more water if you like, or broth.
  6. Frying your veggies first is optional but adds extra flavor
  7. Enjoy that sh*t!

Deliciously Perfect Lentil Soup

I’ve been sick this week, and in need of some tasty-ass soup. I cooked this up and it hit the spot. The original recipe used red lentils, but the grocery store hid them all from me so green lentils were substituted. Still bomb. This recipe is from Dreena on Dreena Burton.

The recipe only took a half hour to cook, and it got eaten just as quickly. Packed with protein, and all the best spices to get you feeling right. Sick or not. Soooo mf good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plus 3 1/2-4 cups water divided
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (see note)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Instructions:

In a large pot over medium heat, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the water, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, paprika, curry powder, sea salt, thyme, and black pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse the lentils. Add the lentils, the remaining 3 1/2 cups of the water, and stock and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Add rosemary and simmer for another 8-10 minutes or more, until lentils are completely softened. Stir in vinegar, and add more water to thin the soup if desired. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Rosemary Note: Fresh rosemary is quite exquisite in this soup, but if you don’t have it, you can use dried. However, if you’re using dried, add it at the beginning of the cooking process, along with the other dried spices, and use less, 1/2-1 teaspoon.

I graduated college, earning a bachelor’s degree and intermittent depression

I graduated from college a little bit over a year ago and I thought it was this great thing that would lead to success! Make that money, have a gazillion opportunities, and more.

“All you need to do is graduate with your BA Marti, everything will be fine!” -Me to me.

Boy, was I wrong. I mean sure, it has its benefits: I can apply to jobs that require a BA, I can make more money (a whopping $3 more on average), and it’s earned a tiny bit of respect from my grandpa… who doesn’t acknowledge much. BUT all of the noise about going to college, getting your career started, and working a 9-5 job Monday-Friday is just not what I’m interested in.

For my particular degree, psychology, my options are also pretty limited. Throughout college I was into sports and basically just glided through class earning average grades with no particular direction. This also allowed me to dismiss all opportunity for internships, which I later found out are extremely important for when you graduate with psychology. Why? Let me tell you, everything requires experience… I kid you not I spent hours on end looking for jobs, applying to the ones that maybe would let me learn on the job, and  never once received a phone call back. It could be due to a terrible resume as well, but in the end I just didn’t feel interested.

I was trying for these specific jobs, with little to no actual interest in them because I had just spend four years studying psych, of course I needed to work in that field. And if I don’t, then what a waste of time… and right here ladies and gentlemen was and still sometimes is my dilemma. Nobody wants to feel like they wasted their time, I sure as hell don’t. I struggled with this hard the first six months after graduating. I would even say I dabbled with a little bit of depression, feeling like I no longer had direction or purpose. I just completed 16 years of school, and all 16 years I had purpose, “go to school”. But, what a lot of people don’t tell you is when this direction is gone, the school life, and you don’t have all your shit together right after, it really sucks.

What really upsets me though is how we are all funneled into this path. And, it all starts from when we are children, always having in the back of our minds that we need to find out what we want to do with our lives. How do we find out? Through school! So, lucky for me, I was in the funnel and I went from high school straight to college. Thinking at 18 I had an idea of what I wanted to study for the next four years and that it would ultimately lead to my great future.

Here I am on the other side, 1 year post graduation, and have been on and off struggling with the fact that I “wasted” my time. I think it’s about perspective though… yes, I am mad I rushed into college, yes, I don’t particularly see myself doing anything with my degree, BUT I have learned so much. For one, I learned I don’t want to be a psychologist, I know I don’t want to work an office job, and I know when I have kids I want them to take their time and not be funneled if they don’t want to be funneled. And for some, I know it’s a good path, particularly for those who know they want a career that requires education. That’s just not the case for me. The waves of sadness are almost completely gone, thanks to a change in perspective and appreciation for the positives, but the struggle to find out what I want to do is still there.

Overall, college has taken me the long route to learn that school isn’t for me. Luckily I’m figuring that out now, before any graduate school and all the money that goes along with that (don’t get me started). And I know I’m not the only one struggling withe this. What’s helped me most is trying to see the positives, and knowing that there is still so much time to learn and find out what I can do. So, for now I will blog, make bomb vegan food, read, travel, and who knows what else. Hopefully I can find something that I am passionate about on the way because a piece of paper ultimately won’t.