A lot has been going on in life lately and I thought in honour of some changes, I would make some vegan cupcakes (which are insanely delicious) and share what I have been thinking about recently with you, so here we go!
Isn’t life worth celebrating? It’s spring, the flowers are starting to bloom and perhaps it is this that has me looking up, but I am determined to focus on celebrating the little things. In life, it is all too easy to focus on the negative and dwell on what is going wrong, but when we do that, it is often that we end up looking over the little things that deserve a celebration. For me this week, it was moving to the next stage of interviewing for a job I am hoping to get (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I would never normally think of that as something to celebrate, rather just another average bit of news. BUT, I think that this is just the sort of thing we should be celebrating. Even the fact of getting an interview at all should be a small win that brings on a little victory dance, but these sorts of things just fly under the radar, for me at least.
So, as I was rummaging through the pantry looking for all of the ingredients Minimalist Baker (one of my faves, def check out her recipes) said I would need, I decided these are going to be celebratory cupcakes, and this little acknowledgement of success is something I need to do much more often! Shoot, I might start celebrating simply making it through the week if it means I get to treat myself to some mouth watering treats! And so the baking process began.
I measured, I beat, I poured and I taste tested, all the while thinking about all of positivity I should be focusing on. I tried to draw inspiration from the people around me since it is often easier to see their reasons for happiness and celebration. I’m not sure about you, but I noticed that it isn’t just me who is overlooking life’s little wins so often, I see it in my family and friends as well. So I encourage you to point out these little wins to loved ones when they might over look them, but more importantly, remember to congratulate yourself. Admittedly, there is more than enough negativity in the world right now to overwhelm us all 100 times over, but I think that means we should look even harder for a chance to do a little victory dance, tell yourself how amazing you are and (of course) celebrate with some cupcakes.
Remember to share a smile today and I’ll talk to you soon!
This is a fast, simple lunch or even snack. You can use basically anything you have in your fridge to stuff the avocado and you can top it off with any sauces you have handy if desired. That is why this treat is so good…there are no rules and it never goes wrong. I threw this together in less than 10 minutes and used whatever I could find in my fridge. What more can a girl ask for?
This is what I used:
1 Small Tomato
1 Small Red Onion
Handful of Kale
Handful of Mushrooms
Half of a Yellow Bell Pepper
Handful of Broccoli
1 cup Rice
1. Cook rice by following the directions on the bag.
2. Sautee the onion and mushrooms in olive oil. Add broccoli, kale, and pepper and leave for a about 3-5 minutes.
3. Slice avocado in half and remove the pit.
4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of hummus into avocado, followed by rice and top with veggie mixture.
Basically hummus is about as essencial as water and air in my book so it is a terrible day when I run out of it. Luckily, I discovered the art of making my own hummus and I can keep a constant supply in the house (you can even freeze it if you make too much, handy right?). By making it yourself you know exactly what is in it. You are able to regulate the amount of salt, for example, or other not as healthy things when you make food yourself and actually see what goes into it. The best thing about making hummus is that it is all to taste so there is really no need for a recipe or measuring but here are the basics:
Tahini (or peanut butter)
A little bit of water
Once you have all of this it is as simple as putting it all in a blender and blending it up. Some people say it is best to actually ‘shell’ the chic peas but I personally like a chunkier hummus so I say don’t waste the time. Start with the tahini and olive oil then add in the chic peas, garlic, lemon juice and cumin (all to taste so no measuring needed!) and blend it up. If it is a bit too thick then add a couple tablespoons of water and blend again until you get the right consistency.
Keep in mind that you can add things to the mix to create different flavors of hummus. Try roasting some red peppers and throwing them in the blender as well. It is delicious. My only word of caution is that it can sometimes go wrong but that is ok! You can almost always save a batch. Now go forth and be creative!
Let me know what are some of your favorite hummus flavors in the comments below