Ssam Bap for dinner tonight

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I’m not sure how this will turn out since I’m making a really abbreviated version but here goes. My thinly sliced beef is marinating in diluted teriyaki sauce for the next 20 minutes and I’m skipping the brown rice. Basically only the lettuce will be holding the meat with some hot sauce and I think it will be just fine!
4 TBSP Teriyaki sauce
1/4 lb thinly slice beef
Romaine lettuce
Brown rice optional

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Cherry-Banana “ice-cream”

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ImageIt’s already getting to scorching temps here in the BK! So much so that I found myself making my annual trip to Momofuku Milk bar earlier than usual. Like a lot of you, dairy is not my friend BUT I do sometimes miss the texture of ice-cream. Luckily, I won’t hav eto miss much with this yummy recipe.

Serves 1 (High speed blender or processor required)

1 large frozen banana

1/4 cup pitted cherries ( can be frozen or fresh)

Place in processor and blend until creamy

Serve immediately and enjoy!

* Many fruit and especially bananas have a great creamy consistency when frozen. This makes them a great base for all “ice-creams”. I give this recipe 2 thumbs up but will experiment more. Maybe almonds and dessert flavorings for a new twist?

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Sony speaker :Review

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20130522-160439.jpgThis review will be short and sweet just like this teeny Sony bluetooth wireless speaker 🙂 it is so cute!! I got mine in black and have been using it in various rooms to link to the Tune-in  radio app on my phone. It also makes a decent phone speaker which I did accidentally. I plug into my phone with a connector cord so haven’t used it on BlueTooth yet in but it is enabled for that. Can’t wait to take it to the park!

Let Go: Anxiety Not Included.

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ImageDreary rainy days, bright sunny days, tornado news, sad stories, happy doggie reunions, UGHHHH I am so emotionally topsy turvy right now that I don’t know if I’m coming or going. Life is extremely hectic for a lot of people right now with so many unemployed, so many stressed out, so many trying to make the best of their situations. How do we NOT get anxious in these tumultuous times? Well, we don’t…or, we DO….you know what I mean. I think a wee bit of anxiety is like anger: just a tiny bit needed to change things up. Anxiety can help you identify what isn’t working in your life : which door do you keep knocking on that won’t open? which wall keeps smacking you in the face? Step away from them!! Unless you’re a masochist, beating yourself up trying something that just is not working is a bummer. Stop doing it. SO what do you do instead ? Nothing. Not forever, but for now. Do nothing. Don’t try to change courses until you have allowed this moment to sink in and to given yourself the chance to simply. Let. Go….. Scary, right? especially if you’re a control freak like me.  But guess what? The world’s not going to end today ( still waiting on verification for that) and none of this will matter on your death bed. I promise it will feel good to take a deep breath all the way to your toes and let it Go…..( might take a few tries).

Mental Health Break: Try this trick of highly successful people

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ImageIt’s Sunday evening and the M Word looms before us: MONDAY. Are you ready for it and the week that follows? And I’m not just referring to making meals  and snacks to carry you through to at least the middle of the week, although that would be wise too. I also mean, have you wrapped your head around all that you need to get done this week? Before I stress you out, deep breath,  calm down. I’m talking about visualization, people. Almost all successful athletes do it before a game and some uber successful business people too before speeches and events. Visualization not only centers you, it also allows you to envision all possible outcomes and to get comfortable with the one you want to happen. In short, it sets the intention for what you really want to happen. It’s useful for almost all situations that can cause anxiety and can reduce the dread you feel about them. So find somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and get calm through deep breathing. Then picture how you want this week and its accompanying projects to go.  Be as detailed as possible in your scenarios and the reactions you intend to have. Skim past the things that might go wrong, no need to dwell on the negative. Instead, focus on what you DO want to happen. Got it? ready set: VISUALIZE. 

Rainy Sunday chicken soup

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20130519-122727.jpgIt’s nice and wet here in Brooklyn which means warm weather is on its way and plant life will flourish. It also means I’m hungry for some comfort food and don’t want to leave my house to find it. Luckily, I have the remains of a whole rotisserie chicken to form the base for one of my favorite recipes:
Left over cooked chicken with bones
1 large sweet potato, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
8-12 cups water
Season as preferred

Sauté the onion for a couple mins with a touch of oil, add water and all vegetables. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 mins. Add chicken and let simmer for another 10-13 mins. Serve and enjoy!