The Permission Slip

I was multi-tasking, as I often do these days…so while I was driving to work I was listening to “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown and she brought up an excellent idea that I wanted to share with you:

Write yourself a permission slip – give yourself permission to feel _________________(fill in the blank) or be _________________or do __________________.

Give yourself permission to be authentically, unapologetically YOU.

To Whom itMay Concern_

Do you ever find yourself saying: I wish I could….I wish I was more….If only I had….

Well, guess what???  You CAN give yourself permission to be those things, have those things and do those things.

Here’s an example of a permission slip I wrote for myself today:

To Whom it May Concern:

Today I give myself permission to believe that I am enough, that I am doing the best I can and to breathe when I feel like I’m getting overwhelmed.

Write it on a slip of paper, keep it in your pocket, and pull it out WHENEVER you need it.

This is a wonderful, easy and cheap way to give yourself a mental boost when needed.

And believe me, if you’re human, (and I assume you are if you’re reading this) than you will need a mental boost at least once in your lifetime.  We all do!  And that’s okay!

Instead of looking to get approval from someone else or looking to get a push from someone else or looking to drown your sorrows in a bottle of booze or a binge session of Blue Bell Ice Cream…try this instead.

We can’t always count on someone or something else to give us what we need.

Be your OWN cheerleader.  Be your OWN source of support.  Let the energy come from within, envision who you want to be, what you want to be and what you want to have and…give yourself permission to do it!!!

And, don’t forget, write it down and keep it in your pocket.

Weekly Recipe Round (Up) 23

Y’all, it is HOT out there!!!  And believe it or not, I don’t have air conditioning in my house.

Say what?!?

I know, crazy right?  I’m from Texas and that just isn’t an option there but here, in the Pacific Northwest, it is a rare thing to find air conditioning in someone’s house.

So, not only do we flock outside and try to find a hint of shade, we go to Target or to the movie theatre where there’s air conditioning because they aren’t insane.  Also, we don’t cook!  We avoid it as much as possible because, come on, have you ever cooked in a kitchen with NO air conditioning on a HOT summer day?

I have…I don’t recommend it.

So, with all that being said, here are four healthy AND tasty dinner recipes.

Green Goddess Salad

green goddess salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, sorrel and/or chives
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar, or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste, or minced anchovy fillet
  • 8 cups bite-size pieces green leaf lettuce
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, (21-25 per pound; see Ingredient note)
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup rinsed and chopped canned artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
Preparation
  1. Puree avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and anchovy in a blender until smooth.
  2. Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top with shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts and celery. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Source:  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/green_goddess_salad.html

Chicken Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

chicken summer rolls

INGREDIENTS
For the summer rolls:

12 8 ½-inch rice paper wrappers
1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled into ribbons about 3-inches long
2 large bell peppers, cored and thinly sliced
1 small head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 bunch scallions, sliced lengthwise into matchsticks about 3-inches long
1 small rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded
3 large plums, cored and thinly sliced
2 large, ripe avocados, cored and thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

For the dipping sauce:
3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

PREPARATION
For the summer rolls:

1.  Fill a large mixing bowl or flat-bottomed container with warm water.

2. Working with one wrapper at a time, soak the wrapper in the water until soft, about 30 seconds, then carefully lay the softened wrapper over a flat surface.
3. Lay a few pieces of each of the remaining ingredients (the vegetables and the chicken) in a row, roughly two inches above the bottom of the wrapper, leaving at least 2 inches on each side.
4. Form the roll by gently tucking the sides of the wrapper over the pile of chicken and vegetables and rolling everything up, from the bottom to the top.
5. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and ingredients.
Tip:  If you don’t want to use rice paper you can use a flat out wrap or a lettuce wrap.

 

Source:   https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/chicken-summer-rolls-peanut-butter?utm_term=.sfQBB6aD9#.vqrgg1D2e

Creamy Avocado Cucumber Noodles with Smoked Salmon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Creamy Avocado Cucumber Noodles with Smoked Salmon

Ingredients

    1. 1 • cucumber [noodled]
    2. 1 • avocado
    3. 1/4 • onion [thinly sliced]
    4. 3oz/8g • smoked salmon [thinly sliced ribbons]
    5. 1tbsp • capers
    6. 1/4 cup • cream cheese (I used plain non-fat Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Blend the avocado until smooth, add a little bit of lemon juice to keep it from going brown. Season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Coat the cucumber noodles with the avocado “sauce” and divide into plates.
  3. Top the noodles with cream cheese (you can soften the cheese with a bit of milk if needed), then the smoked salmon ribbons, onions and lastly sprinkle the capers.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Source: http://www.livingchirpy.com/2015/creamy-avocado-cucumber-noodles-with-smoked-salmon/

Avocado Caprese Wrap

Ingredients
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • ½ cup or so of fresh arugula leaves
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Layer slices of tomato, mozzarella cheese and avocado on ⅓ of the tortilla. Add a few torn pieces of basil leaves then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with kosher salt and pepper,
  2. Fold the tortilla in thirds and serve.

Tip:  You can use a flat out wrap for less carbs!

Source: http://www.foodiecrush.com/avocado-caprese-wrap/

 

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