The lazy chef’s cauliflower fried rice


20130917-142240.jpgAs you’ve seen by previous posts, I’m a fan of food porn as much as the next person. This hectic NY hustle can sometimes make cooking a bigger chore than usual but making my own meals makes me feel capable in much the same way physical activity does. Me Tarzjania, me can do for meself. I believe in mastering your own survival by using and enjoying what the earth gives you. Check out this SCRUMPTIOUS no-rice fried rice dish I just made. I refuse to call it paleo because I’m not sure if I want to label myself as a disciple of that team but I will say it was inspired by someone else’s recipe which follows that doctrine. Mine has far less ingredients,
1 small head of cauliflower florets, processed to rice size without stalks
2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced.
2 organic eggs
1 onion slice, chopped
1/2 cup peas
1/2 carrot, mandolin sliced
4 tsp coconut oil
1.5 tbsp fish sauce
Sea salt
Black pepper
Ground ginger
Garlic powder
Heat 1 tsp coco oil in small skillet. Whisk eggs in small bowl and scramble. Remove and Set aside.
Season chicken with salt, ginger, garlic and black pepper.
Heat another tsp coco oil and brown chicken slices 3-5 mins. Remove and set aside.
Heat another tsp of coco oil and sauté veggies and peas with fish sauce and lemon juice.
Add processed cauliflower to mixture and the mix further. Cover and cook for 3 mins.
Heat last tsp coco oil in larger skillet and transfer cauliflower mixture to larger skillet. Add chicken and egg and mix on high heat (3-5 mins). Serve hot and enjoy!



Starch-free Cauliflower rice anyone?


Starch-free Cauliflower rice anyone?

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about paleo rice so I won’t bore you but Isn’t it pretty? So fluffy and glowing in its little bowl. Other than that there isn’t much to say about cauliflower other than it has 12grams of dietary fiber, 29 total grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of protein per head. Scooore!!

1.5 cups of cauliflower florets, processed for 90 seconds.
Then microwaved for 1 minute.
Enjoy under something flavorful and lessen the guilt-load.

Hack Your Life: The Career Edition


Ack, it’s been HOW long since I’ve blogged for myself?? Jeez 😦 Sorry guys and gals I have been busy writing for other people here but haven’t had time for written content of my own. Well, if you don’t count what I post on the Facebook Fanpage every day. Ok, excuses extended, now back to regular programming. Let’s Hack Your Life, shall we?

So again: You’re entirely awesome as is s- no need to change unless you see and feel the need. Capiche?

Assess your current situation-  Are you happy? are you doing what you love or at least loving what you’re doing?  Before you answer no, you’d rather be somewhere in Italy making and selling your own ricotta consider this: work is work for a reason. It, like most relationships, will not always be sunshine and roses. It’s sometimes drudgery, sometimes frustrating and always required. However, if it is mostly  all of three of those then you have some things to think about: is it the job or is it you?

What activity would you do all day even if it was for free?  Are you the person everyone turns to when they have design and styling questions? Maybe a job in either is for you. Do you like to throw parties or give great advice? maybe you could be an event planner. Do you love languages and literature? then maybe a gig as a proofreader or translator is for you. The point is, there might be a niche you could fill that includes all of your passions. The thing is: do you REALLY want your hobby to be your job? Sometimes that isn’t a great idea. Still, research does show that doing a job you love can lead to personal contentment and earning power.

Can you afford to change jobs now? Times are tough out there on the job market so while it can be an escape to think about changing your circumstances, be realistic. Do you have enough money saved to make a full move or can you find a mentor in your to help guide you while you stay on the job? Better yet, is there another area of your current company that will fulfill the yearning you might have?

The moral of the Career story is that working is a part of maturity but there is no rule that says it has to be soul sucking to count as work. Make sure that it is a place you are at least proud to give most of your daily hours to. If not, then it’s time to consider the cost to your spirit.