Be Where You Are…

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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand – 2013

My nature is to really take advantage of places and things. When I travel I want to eat, see, do and explore all that I can. When I am in a new environment, I think to myself “You may not be back, take in as much as you can now!” Hence, the tendency to over order at restaurants :). But it is also important to realize the beauty and the opportunities of just being where you are. Not doing, just being. 

Even if you aren’t totally thrilled with where you are in a particular moment, it’s probably because you aren’t actually where you really are – you are thinking ahead or behind, trying to complete a task or check a box, focusing on something that is not actually happening in that moment…. 

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Vegan Corn and Roasted Poblano Chowder

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I’ve been seeing poblano’s everywhere lately and while I have never cooked with them before, something about them just drew me in! I made a stuffed poblano recipe that needs a little work before it goes on this site and then followed it up with this recipe.

It takes a little work but Scott and I ate this every night for about 4 nights because it makes enough to serve 8. So, on an evening or an afternoon where you have some time, whip this up and enjoy it for the week or freeze and reheat at a later time. We surely were not sick of it by night 4…… 

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Top TED Talks: Creativity

One of the things I like to do on my mornings walks is listen to TED talks. I find that they inspire me to think new thoughts and do new things… or they may simply just inspire me to be happier and healthier. Over the past few months, I have come up with a list of TED talks I love in different categories.

I’ve talked about the importance of creativity in the past, so I thought that would be a good place to start – below you’ll find a few of my favorite talks on the topic of getting creative…. 

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Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Hash

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As promised last week, here is what I served my Basil Tofu Scramble with.

When I made it the first time, I didn’t write out the exact spice quantities so I remade it for lunch today and enjoyed it along side a delicious salad. If someone claims to not like brussels sprouts, I encourage them to try out this dish. They are sliced so thinly and the way the combine with the sweet potato is bound to make any one a convert!

Enjoy this simple and healthy side dish :)… 

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10 Reasons to Love San Francisco

There are WAY more than 10 reasons to love San Francisco but here’s a list of just a few…

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View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Chrissy Field

1. You get the benefits of a big city in a small space (7X7 miles). I know there are some who think SF is too small, but I love that I literally live between 10 and 20 minutes, either walking or driving, from all of my friends or favorite restaurants. It allows for regular and spontaneous get togethers and ease in exploring new places and things.

2. Every direction you turn there is an amazing view. Whether it is a bridge view, a skyline view, a monument or a hilly street view, every single one of them is gorgeous… and you literally get a new perspective of the city from almost every corner…. 

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Basil Tofu Scramble

Basil Tofu Scramble

Hi everyone. What do you think of FLB’s new ‘do? It’s a work in progress but I am hoping this new layout will be more visual and more user friendly for you all.

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Yesterday was a holiday and I love nothing more than spending the day in the kitchen when there is no agenda :). So I whipped Scott and I up some brunch that was inspired by one of our favorite organic cafe’s, The Plant. We are just a little bit obsessed with the basil tofu scramble at this cafe so I decided to try it out for myself. It was super easy and super tasty – we had it for brunch, but it would be great for dinner as well! I served it with a side salad and a recipe to come – sweet potato and brussels sprouts hash. Let’s just say, we were both wishing I made made a bit more! Oh and you can find the homemade pesto recipe here.

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A Small 3 Minute Favor

Hi friends,

I’m cooking up some plans over here at FLB – no pun intended :). So, I have a small favor to ask that should take no more than 3 minutes of your time!

I have prepared a short survey to understand people’s cooking habits and motivators. Given that I only want to offer something that would be useful to YOU, I was hoping you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

I very much value your thoughts and opinions so your responses will make a big difference! The more input we have, the better, so please pass the link along to your friends as well. Click here to access the survey and you can click on the buttons below to share it on Facebook or email to your friends.

I appreciate all of you so much and look forward to what is to come!

Chelsea

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R4bi6HwzW2iPztpkXI3E4t5vONxXuTk9JJWm_FHmrWg/viewform

Raw Cacao Truffles

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Who doesn’t love a little dark chocolate indulgence??? A group of coworkers and I were getting together after the completion of the Conscious Cleanse (thanks CC for the recipe!), so I brought these as a celebratory treat. The recipe makes quite a few truffles so I ended up freezing the leftovers and I pull one out when I want a little chocolate fix. They are oh-so decadent and delicious!

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5 Simple Daily Habits That Will Make a Big Difference

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1. Be outside every single day. And this does not include looking out the window of your house or car! There is something incredibly refreshing about being outdoors and being able to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of nature. I try to do a short walk every morning or evening. It may only be 5 minutes but it gives me time outdoors. You can combine this with a workout or just simply go and sit in an outdoor space in your home or office. The fresh air and nature will do the rest of the work.

2. Give yourself some time to be quiet. Many people do this in the form of meditating. Personally, I like to give myself 10 minutes or so to ease into the day. If my day begins rushed, I feel like I am catching up the rest of the day, so I allow myself a few minutes to just wake up. If I need to set an alarm, I will set it a little earlier to give myself these few minutes. I know that may not be realistic for everyone (no kiddos are waking me up…) but you can find other times throughout the day as well – take a short walk, take a bath, or right when you get home from work take a few moments to sit on the couch with all electronics in the other room. Sometimes you just need this silence to reset and remind yourself of who you are.

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