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March 2018

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Eggless and milk free pasta carbonara that you will love

I have never thought I could make pasta carbonara that is eggless and milk free. If you have some tofu nearby, you will love that dish. It could not been simple to make. This recipe is so delish  and takes little time to prepare.

Are you ready to start the culinary adventure?

Did I hear YES?

Great. Let’s start.

Here is what you will need:

*as much as you like pasta of your choice ( I used gluten free brown rice pasta)

*500g of chestnut mushrooms

*handful of kale

*1 big onion

*300g of silken tofu

*3 gloves of garlic

*vegan yeast flakes

*juice of 1/2 lemon

*pepper and salt to season

*fresh parsely

How to make it:

  1. Wash and slice mushrooms. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Wash and tear kale.
  3. Throw mushrooms and chopped onion in them frying pan and let them dance together for few minutes.
  4. Throw torn kale. Optionally you can go for spinach here.
  5. Prepare the sauce by putting tofu, yeast flakes, chopped garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper and lemon juice into a bowl.
  6. Blend it with a blender until you reach smooth texture. Taste it and add more salt or pepper. Now I forgot to add nutmeg when I was making it and it still was amazing.
  7. Put the sauce into the pan with mushrooms, onion and kale and cook it for a short while
  8. Boil water in a pot and throw pasta of your choice
  9. Put boiled pasta in the frying pan and mix it with sauce.

When you are serving it, throw some fresh parsley on the top and serve it straight away. Ahh and add some love too.

Bon Appetite!

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika

in Inspiration

Tips that helped me shift my limiting beliefs and live more joyful life

Want some of my tips that helped me shift my limiting beliefs to live more joyful life ? So many of us walk around, carrying heavy baggage in the form of limiting beliefs forgetting that we could all live happier life  if we intended to.  I mean, how many times have you been in a situation that you kept going on the repetition mode and asking:

How the hell I ended up doing the same thing again? 

and saying:

I am not good enough. I quit. I can’t. what a mess!

I have been there for sure. Countless times questioning and doubting myself and it was not the lightest state of mind. It made me feel unworthy, unheard. It made me feel like I was failing.

I was spinning like a hamster in a wheel. It was a vicious circle.

Here is my shortcut tips to twist your mind so it encourages you to live in more joyful and mindful state of mind.

DECLUTERRING  Look around you, inspect your wardrobe and your bedside lockers for old clothes, check your cupboards for any expired products. I mean like give it a thorough check because whatever is piling up in those niches, is piling up in your life too. I remember having so many clothes yet every time I opened my wardrobe, I kept saying: I have nothing to wear.  I recall days when I would open my fridge or cupboard and said: What am I going to cook?  I felt disappointed and I was struggling with organising all of that mess. I felt discouraged. And then I discovered one book and the author encourged me warmly to get rid of unwanted and not needed clutter. I felt like she gave me a helping hand in arranging my life.  Check out  this  book. I think it is life changing.

Out of sight out of mind – they say.

And I agree.  Clear what is no longer serving you and  mean it. Be firm when you throw  worn out clothes. We tend to hold on a sentimental chain and that chain keeps us locked in the clutter.  My tips on clothes declutter:

Prepare three bags or cardboxes and label them:     YES            NO         I DON’T KNOW

Take each item and ask those questions:  Do I need it? and Do I feel good about it?

I would encourage you to spend no more than 30 seconds thinking about the answers. Why? Because during those 30 seconds you listen to you intuition. Afterwards, your brain steps in protecting you with suggestions: I will need it for sure. Oh that is my favourite cardigan I got from Ann etc. Do the above with all products in your kitchen, your bathroom and your books. I am telling you, your mind will be extremely thankful to you.

JOURNALLING  Say what? writing?  Yes, do yourself a favour and start writing a journal. My suggestion is to buy the one that makes you smile every time you look at it. It makes it easier to reach for items that evoke good feelings.

So many thoughts were written here:

Start with one page a day. Do not overhwelm yourself at the start and commit to three or more. I guarantee you there will be days when you do not feel like writing anything and having 3 or more pages in mind – the task  can be quite daunting at the beginning.  write about anything. whatever your mind whispers. I have been journaling now for years with breaks yet I feel it is one of the simplest ways to see our true thoughts, our beliefs about world, about ourselves. It allows us to look inside of our souls  and take a thorough inventory of stuff no longer serving our highest good.

MEDITATING Make it your daily routine. Be it a 1 minute or 5 minute meditation. Set aside time for being with yourself.  Close your eyes. Breathe slowly. At the beginning, I started with a five minute meditations where I would sit and repeat the two words:

LOVE and PEACE

I gradually moved to guided mediations and mantra meditations. Was it challenging? Yes, 100%. I felt so much resistance, I could find distarction easily.  I found many other things way more interesting than sitting still by myself. Yes practice makes perfect and within weeks it began to be easier. I made meditation my ally and we have had a wonderful relationship so far. Give it a go. You have nothing to loose!

FORGIVING  Now that was the hardest one I embarked on. I realised that  it was not that easy peasy task to perform. I hesitated. I struggled and to be honest I did not want to.

I was clinging to past experiences because I felt hurt by others.

And when I heard that forgivness was our key to  having more joyful and fulfilling life, that it really meant returning to love, I did not want to believe it. I was in a victim mode and forgiving the other person meant I was the one to be blamed.

It was my ego talking through me.

After listening to Louise Hay, I become more open to being forgiving. And the first person I granted that forgivness was myself.  I started to write small notes of forgiveness to myself and then longer letters to those who hurt me and who I hurt too. It was painful.

Many tears were shed.

Yet it was liberating of all the pain and resentment I was holding to. It became my daily habit to forgive myself by simply saying: I forgive you –  to myself in mirror.  Yes, it sucks at the beginning, it feels uncomfortable and yes you do not want to look into your eyes. Once you become your best friend it changes. Forgiveness is returing to loving yourself.

 

I must say it is still a journey for me, I catch myself from  holding back from time to time. I sometimes will throw stuff  in one corner of the  room and do not  organise it for a week. I may skip my morning meditation and journaling because I am running late. However, thanks to the above tips I once learnt about, my self awareness has grown. Now I have tools that help me embrace my negative feelings knowing that those low energies will pass. Now I hold the keys to decluttering my physical and mental space.

And it feels lighter. It feels like joy.

What about you? Are you living your life to your most joyful capacity? Have you practiced any of the above or perhaps you developed your own habits that make you wake up in joy? I would love to hear them.

 

Light and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Buckwheat and beetroot – leading stars


Two days ago I made buckwheat and beetroot to be the leading stars of my dish.  Have you ever made a recipe with whatever you had available at home in a given moment?  I have. Countless times and buckwheat was the main ingredient quite frquently.

   I have always loved buckwheat even as a child.

The recipe is simple and super fast to make. That is the way I have liked my food to be prepared, fast and healthy. Buckwheat and beetroot are perfect combo to me and the dish is just what I needed on that day: blissfully tasty and colourful.
What will you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of buckwheat ( I used pretoasted one) 
  • 2x medium size beetroots with leaves – f you do not find beetroots with leaves, you can add spinach. Anything green really will be good. I would recommend to add kale as well.
  • 1 bigger onion
  • 2x tsp of coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
        oh and the most vital ingredient: some LOVE 🙂 

 

Directions:
In the medium size pan, combine 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to simmer and then put lid on and allow the buckwheat to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash and chop two beetroots and boil them.
Chop the onion and put two teaspoons of coconut oil and fry it slightly in a separate frying pan. Once the onion is translucent, add chopped beetroot leaves and stir it with onion for 3 minutes. Add boiled beetroots and then add buckwheat. Throw some sea salt and pepper to season and Voila 🙂 Oh and remember to sprinkle with love.

I think buckwheat has been underappreciated for a long time.

And it really should not be as your dose of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6 and iron is served with it. Not to mention that it facilitates your immune system with zinc and magnesium.  What is your cooking experience with buckwheat? Are you a fan or not? Comment below if you have your recipe to share . Bon appetite!

Enjoy!

 

Light and hugs from me

Monika

in Inspiration

Four reasons why unwinding by the sea is good for your mental health

Unwinding By The Sea By Zesty-Life.com

When I was a little girl I used to spend my summer holidays either on summer camps in the mountains or at my grandparents’ house in the country. I loved the smell of freshly cut grass, ripe fruit easily picked from the trees and the taste of the fresh veggies straight from the garden. I felt such freedom while running around the house or climbing the trees (I loved that part mostly). Unwinding there was my little haven.

Sea was hardly ever my option.

 

From the age of fifteen, I began to enjoy almost every summer at my mum’s parents place near the sea. When I look back, I recall sitting on the beach in the evening, watching the sunset meeting the horizon to eventually melt with the sea surface.

I loved that view. And I loved the sound of waves.

 

It always made me feel serene and safe. (Check this beautiful sound here ) The love for the sea remained and I am very grateful that I have been living in Galway as I always have a chance to go to the beach and bask in the view and sound of the sea. Seaside has been my happy place for a long time and these are my four reasons why I reckon it is great for our mental health:

Humans tend to connect more often
I think being near water has made me more joyful and more connected to people as whenever I go for a swim I always attract amazing conversations with strangers and they have been very interesting ones as I always learn something new.  For instance, this week I got to hear about life in Ireland in 1947. Sea prompts me to be more open with people and share some stories with them too. It is a great way to either take whatever a person is telling you about or leave it at the ocean doorstep. You never know the impact a person may have on you.
 

Ocean makes our worries lessen and clearer decisions emerge
I realised that staring at the vast surface of the ocean allowed me to put whatever was on my mind, into a different perspective. I actually could look at my issues with a kinder eye and a lighter heart.  Grasping the abundance of water in front of me makes me surrender and give all my worries and doubt away and the funny thing is that it does not ask you for anything in exchange.
So many of small and big decisions were made here…:  

Sea evokes the urge to  embrace your physical condition
Dipping my toes or swimming in the sea (I try to swim as often as I can all year round – check my post about All year round swimming)  makes happy hormones – endorphins appear and I always feel like a brand new human and the smile does not leave my face.  I can no stress enough how much swimming impacted my physicality, I feel like I can climb the mountains.

Thus my the feeling in my body always changes for better.

Being at the sea vents our emotions
Stress level decreased. Every time I was experiencing some unpleasant circumstances I would try to be as close as possible to the sea. Not only has it been facilitating my breathing in those moments, it was gently rubbing the sadness and anger off my mind and soul as well. Imagine the sea as your best buddy whom you met for cuppa and give all your doubts, worries and cries. What a great place to leave all that no longer serves you. Each of us needs a downtime place – our bliss place where worries fade, mind quietens and soul gets nourished.

I found it at the seaside.
I found it in the warmth or coldness of the sand.
I found it in the depth of blue water.
I found it in the ocean breeze.

And you? What is your bliss place? Do you find the above at the sea or would you rather find it in the mountains or forest? What is your WHY when you decide? Is a matter of having thus internal guide telling you exactly where to go or do you have  its proximity in mind? Perhaps it is a situation or person  that brings back the memories.

Comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts. As always,