Smoothies.

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smoothies

About a week about I started a new chapter in my life – the smoothie chapter. I’ve always enjoyed a good smoothie but these smoothies are different. These are healthy.

I know I know, this is a big step for me.

Ever since I was a little human I’ve had this extreme hatred of vegetables. Fruit I can eat until the day I die, but veggies? Veggies make me want to scrape off my taste buds. All of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, whatever. I’ve never been a fan and at this point in my life I don’t think my taste buds are readily accepting new food groups. I have the taste buds of a 7 year old.

These smoothies are the only way I can eat my veggies. And the best part? I can do it in the morning for my breakfast so I don’t even have to deal with force feeding myself asparagus at dinner. My recipe’s vary but are all simple (and please note I’ve never been one to be good with measuring things out.) Depending on what kind of mood I’m in, in the mornings decides what goes in my smoothie. But typically it’s 3/4 blender cup full of¬†spinach, a handful of oats or sliced almonds, little bit of chia seeds (even though I have no idea what they’re for), 1/4 blender cup of frozen fruit and almond milk. Spin it in the blender and boom done, breakfast ready to go and I feel like Popeye for eating my spinach. I had a smoothie every morning last week and went through an entire tub of spinach from Ralphs which I have never done in my life.¬†Everyone keeps saying ginger is a good thing to throw in there too so as I get a little more brave I may try that.

Not even joking or trying to sound like a healthy person (because trust me it’s a daily struggle to make myself eat healthy things) but I do feel better having these smoothies in the morning. I have more energy and just feel like I kick my day off with the right start. We’ll see how long I can last, I’m going to have to get pretty creative in order to not get bored with them.

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Domestic Girl: Avocado Lemon Quinoa Salad

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ALQ Salad

I’ve been trying to do this eating healthy thing but I have one rule. I’ll eat healthy things as long as they don’t taste disgusting. Yesterday I really tested my domestic skills by making an avocado lemon quinoa salad. And let me tell you IT WAS SO DELICIOUS IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.

I found the recipe on Pinterest a while ago and decided to give it a go. It only took me about half an hour (and most of that time was just the quinoa cooking).

Things you need for the actual salad: quinoa, vegetable broth, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, spinach, cilantro, onion, and garlic cloves.

Things you need for the dressing: juice from 2 lemons, lemon zest, dijon mustard, olive oil, sugar (which I used instead of the agave nectar because really who the hell knows what that is), cumin, salt and pepper.

Check the recipe I used for all of the proper amounts of everything. Or just free ball it. Your call.

ingredients

In a nutshell, you basically dice up all the veggies and put them in a bowl. Cook your quinoa, let it cool and then put that in the bowl too. Then whisk up all the ingredients for the dressing and mix it all together. Done and enjoy!

You won’t be able to stop eating it. I’m serious. It’s that good.

Domestic Girl 397: Tamales

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I know the post title is usually Domestic Girl 101 but today’s lesson is a little more complex than what the average (or below average, there is no shame) 20-something can do on their own. In simpler terms, my mama did 78% of the work while I just helped when everything was finally ready to go. Props to you mama.

Tamales are a holiday traditions for those with a Latino heritage. Ever since I can remember, my family has made tamales when Christmas rolls around. I bet some of you out there have had tamales at restaurants or from a store and let me tell you, they are nothing compared to home made tamales. Especially ours.

Ojas

So you have your masa (the glue that keeps everything together), the ojas (corn leaves to keep it all in) and the meat (we do some with pork and a chile sauce and some with chicken and a green sauce).

Meat/Ojas

I was once purely a “masa girl” which means I was only allowed to spread the masa on the ojas, not allowed to put the meat in. I eventually graduated to being allowed to do everything but let me tell you, it took a long time. Now mama and I are so good that we can make about 4 dozen in about an hour, hour and a half tops. Talk about champs.

I’ve already promised some of you out there a few tamales when I head back down to La-la land and I intend to keep that promise. You are in a for a real treat.

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