Hello my sweet, simple and delicious friends!
Oh this journey that is life! I am riding this beautiful (although sometimes scary and frustrating) wave of life and my blog, my beloved blog has been suffering!!
I have been trying to keep it alive with recipes still coming to you! Hopefully inspiring recipes that will get you in your kitchens and cooking for yourselves, the ones you love, guests… whom ever you please! But I want it to be more than just alive, I want it to be thriving!
First, before I get into my story, let me say that the link above is to the segment from Good Morning Ct at 9 Meatless Monday with who else but… ME!! Just in case you would like to skip my story! The recipe will be at the end of this post but it is also attached to the link above. I will NOT judge you for skipping to the recipe!
I started my blog and wellness business about 3 years ago, my son was 2 and my daughter was 5. I was married and living in Bermuda. Not too shabby right?!? I was living a very different lifestyle than the one I am living now, that’s for sure! Not better… just different.
Fast forward 3 years and I am in the process of a divorce and living in the states with my amazing, sweet, clever, kind and extremely loving (sometimes exasperating, because this IS real life) 5 and 8 year old children. There are different demands on me now that there were not before needless to say!
It has been an extremely humbling couple years… and a HUGE learning curve. Especially in making time for myself to take care of myself. I have always been an advocate of people making sure they take care of themselves! I preach it to my clients! Then suddenly I found myself… not taking as much care with myself as I needed! I was getting sick, not having my normal (very high) amount of energy, my patience was not what it once was. I could not be teaching people balance if I was not finding it for myself! So I set to work! Thank goodness, because having been quite balanced and then finding myself so unbalanced was horrible!? It affected every aspect of my life. So with my changing life, I changed too… gratefully for the better.
The foods that you eat, no matter the budget that you are on, are extremely important! Moving your body, no matter how busy you are is extremely important! Taking time to meditate… I have learned… is nothing short of a game changer!
We thrive from the inside out. The last couple years have made me so much more aware of how important it is and how challenging it can be. This is what I work on with my clients. Finding balance. I find the clients that are drawn to me now are different than the clients that were drawn to me 3 years ago. As I grow and learn and change so is my attracting energy! I am so grateful and honored to be working with each and every one of them! The more I am working with people the more I learn about myself. Finding balance with food, movement and spirituality whilst working, raising a family, making meals, doing laundry, taking care of pets… the list seems endless… can be exhausting. Finding that balance is key to enjoying this beautiful (sometimes scary and frustrating) journey! And that is what we are here for my friends! To ENJOY the journey.
Strength is in how calmly and peacefully you deal with life.
I have also learned gratitude on a whole new level. My children have taught me gratitude to a whole new degree and my situation, although at the moment not ideal, has taught me to appreciate so much more than I have appreciated in the past! Through adverse situations I have come to truly believe in miracles!
So all of this having been said, I am going to be here more and my blog stories are changing with me… this is real life! I am in the thick of the most difficult thing I have gone through to date and so grateful for my friends, family and my followers on my sweetsimpledelicious.com site! I am so honored that you read my work and try my recipes! Thank you!??
Because life IS Sweet, Simple and Delicious!
And now… drum roll please…
Today’s Meatless Monday Dish…
Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
8-12 Ouncesof very firm tofu, cubed
1-2 Cloves of garlic, pressed
One carrot shredded
2 Tsp olive oil
3 Tbsp Tamari sauce
3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 Tsp chili sauce
1 Tsp freshly grated ginger
I can water chestnuts chopped
Optional: Chopped peanuts
One head of butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce
-Rinse lettuce very well and set to the side.
-In a skillet over medium heat, add oil and garlic and sauté for one minute. Add freshly grated ginger and sauté for a minute or two more.
-Add chopped very firm tofu and Sauté for 4-5 minutes.
-Add Tamari, Hoisin and chili sauces. Mix well.
-Add shredded carrots and water chestnuts, sauté for an additional 3 minutes
-Scoop into lettuce shell and top with chopped scallions and chopped peanuts.
Things are exactly as they are supposed to be right now. As they are!
And you are here now reading this so, you should totally make this dish! And tell me what you think please!
With love and gratitude,