I’ve been making sushi. No bamboo roll mat needed, no fish, just fresh rice, avocado, sesame seeds, wasabi, seaweed sheets and a lot of love!
These maki rolls are delicious, healthy, affordable, cruelty free and fun to make.
I bought a package of 10 roasted sushi sheets at my supermarket for about two bucks. I bought a bag of my favorite rice, some rice wine vinegar, wasabi, some sesame seeds and the rest is just your fillings.
Don’t put hot rice on your seaweed sheets, wait for it to be room temperature and then spread it on the seaweed sheet with a plastic spoon.
I added some rice wine vinegar to my rice and stirred it in. You leave the top inch with no rice so you can spread some water on it with fingers as you roll up.
You put your fillings in the middle and roll. I got it on my first try but they say it takes practice. So easy, delicious and super healthy!
It’s a great vegan lunch or dinner, and so fun to make! I’ve made these sushi rolls twice now and they were delicious until the last piece! I drink a cold homemade elderflower Italian soda with my vegan sushi.
It’s happened to all of us I think, whether work gets too busy so you decrease your workouts, maybe the birth of his child leads you to sleep less so work out less, or you put on those “I’m in love” pounds.
However we get there, all of a sudden we realize we’re suddenly five or 10 pounds overweight!
I think the real success is the realization that you did gain five or 10 pounds. Because at that point, it’s doable. It can be caught and tended to.
One thing I did was start eating one small salad, extra, a day. And what I did was a few things: regulated my taste buds, made me crave less sugar fat or salt, added fiber to my diet so I felt more full, and reminded me that I needed to watch what I was eating. The salad looked a little something like this:
I think the trick is to make it small, very easy to make, very minimal ingredients, so that you can make it fast and it’s not a huge thing.
All I did was chop up half a head of romaine and a quarter of a pepper.
And then I made the dressing: Half a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, dried Greek seasoning, a teaspoon of fresh salsa, and a quarter teaspoon of turmeric/salt.
I found a little container that keeps the dressing separate from the salad and keeps the salad cool. It’s good I like it for a small salad, but any container will do.
Would you add a small salad to your diet every day for a week? Have you before? Do you think it’s a good idea or not?
After a two of decadent vacations in NYC and Montreal, fiancé and I both felt we needed to give our digestive systems a break.
So we had our fill of black-and-white cookies, donuts, ice cream, poutine, Burgers and fries after midnight, donairs, chips, milkshakes, the odd salad here and there, bottles of wine in the park and desserts galore.
But after it was all said and done, summer officially wrapped up, the leaves started turning yellow, we both decided on a three day juice cleanse each.
Perfect way to start the fall season!
I decided to try the three day juice cleanse at Freshii, because I’m Canadian, and there was a convenient location on the way to work.
Here are some things that I had going for me before the juice cleanse that I recommend:
1. I had a partner to do it with. This helps with morale, motivation and understanding for both of you! It’s a great advantage.
2. I did some research about different juice cleanses in my area.
3. I researched what others had gone through on their cleanses.
So I called the Freshii located on the way to work the day before I wanted to pick up my juices. So exciting!
This cleanse is comprised of four juices, which you drink about 2 to 3 hours apart, water in between and then finally a metaboost salad.
I drank my juice is in the order that I was supposed to. She had each juice numbered. I didn’t like any of the juices so I drink them quickly, rinsed out the glass with filtered water, drink that quickly and just kept peeing the whole day!
After my third juice my head started throbbing, I was getting irritated, hungry, a little slow, and experienced a foggy brain.
I drank as much water as I could, went shopping with a supportive girlfriend, and ate my first metaboost salad while she ordered a delicious beef udon soup from the food court!
She felt bad, but I told her not to! I knew what I was getting into, and I agreed to do this!
I really enjoyed the salad. It had field greens, kale, edamame, mango, goat cheese, almonds, carrots and a balsamic vinegrette.
I went to sleep fully hydrated but kind of hungry, wondering what I had gotten myself into.
I didn’t wake up feeling hungry. That was odd I thought. I sipped some water and waited a little longer to drink my first juice.
I was peeing more today. A lot. Like every two hours for sure. Maybe every hour and a half.
I continue to supplement my juices with a cool filtered water immediately after.
And then the miracle happens. My eyes become clear. I feel happy. There is extra energy in my step. The words come easy. No more brain fog. No more headaches.
The juices are tasting better now. Not like day one, where they were gross.
I eat the salad that evening with vigor. I love it.
I was very impressed with the way my waist looked and felt this morning!
I’m dreaming about what I’m going to eat tomorrow. I’m imagining vegetables in a clear broth with rice noodles.
For the third night in a row, I’ve had very vivid dreams, complex storylines, a lot of color, vibrancy, and I wake up feeling refreshed. My dreams are interesting movies that I even remember after I wake up!
At night I dream about cheating. I dream about eating real food. But instead, I drink water.
Final conclusions and realizations:
Again? Yes, I would do this again. My body felt lighter, clean, better than before.
Vivid dreams? First, two days after, explained that one of the symptoms of a juice cleanse is a detoxification of the penial gland, deep inside the brain. This results in vivid clear dreams.
Weight loss? I lost five pounds, and so did my fiancée, on a different juice cleanse. But I don’t expect to keep that weight loss. What I loved though: I kept two pounds off a week later.
Cost? Was it worth it? This juice cleanse cost $80 for three days. Totally worth it. Convenient. Simple. Worked for me.
I love stuffed mushrooms. Mushrooms hold stuffing really well and to be honest I love stuffed fish, stuffed cabbage, stuffed pastry, the list goes on and on. I like something delicious inside something already delicious! Anyways I’ll stop the ramble before this gets off-topic. Back to my stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
This recipe makes two stuffed mushrooms. For a dinner of two you can serve this as the main course along with a side of salad, pasta or potatoes.
The more you know, the more you may change. While you may not be ready to transition into complete vegetarianism or veganism, cutting down the amount of meat to eat is healthy and good for the environment.
Here are some plant protein sources for you to browse through:
Do you take breaks from eating meat? Are you a vegetarian? What are some great simple food ideas that are plant-based but high in protein in your diet?
I will be trying to eat less meat, so I’d love ideas! Last week I made two work salads with veggie meatballs I found from IKea instead of my usual chicken breast or seafood.