Slow Down Sunday

"Come near to God
and He will come near to you..."
(James 4:8)

Today has been a really slow and relaxing day.  I am super thankful for that because my allergies are KILLING me!!! 

Days like to day remind of how I am *thankful for* sloooow cookers.  You can toss food in it, turn it on, & come back later and BAM! your meal is ready.

Meditterranean Legume Casserole

5 servings

3 medium carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (28 oz can) diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 (15 oz can) garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
1 (16 oz can) tomato paste (Italian style)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups cut green beans
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup Parmesan

1. Mix all ingredients except green beans, macaroni, and Parmesan into the slow cooker.

2. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

3. Add green beans and macaroni.  Increase heat to high.  Cook until beans and macaroni is tender (abotu 20 minutes).  Sprinkle with cheese.

4. YUM!


Mo' meat mo' probs!

Today was Day ONE of "No Meat for 30 Days". 

I grew up on an all Angus cattle ranch in Kansas.  We basically had steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I have never had a great relationship with meat though.  Everytime I would eat any form of meat I would feel completely tired and heavy.  I'm also not a fan of the taste (beef, pork, lamb or chicken) of most meats.  So, I finally decided to take a month off and say "NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" to meat.

I am hoping to shape new habits and uncover exciting vegeatarian recipes.  More than anything else, I am looking forward to healthy digestion and sounder sleep.  All of my hopes and dreams might not be answered within this time frame...but hey! Letta girl dream. ;) 

Tonight I drooled over Pesto Pita Pizza.

Pesto Pita Pizza

Serves 3 (HUNGRAAY people)

3 whole wheat pitas
1 jar of Basil Pesto
1 onion, sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
cheese of your choice

1.  Preheat oven to 450°.

2.  Evenly spread pesto onto pita.  Top with veggies and cheese.

3. Bake 12-15 minutes.

Today I completely organized all of the holiday decorations into color coded tubs so I needed something quick and easy to fix for dinner.  This was defintely it.  
Pesto ALWAYS rules, but when you mix in fresh veggies it is super YUM!

Q:  What is your *favorite* vegetarian dish?
Q #2: If you are a vegetarian, what led you to give up meat?
I am interested in hearing why most vegetarians give up meat!


Who Am I???

Hi, I'm The Health Goddess!!!

Okay, I must admit, I am not really the definition of a HealthGoddess.  Well, not yet.

The point of this blog is to become healthy in the way that I define healthy.  It's not about wearing a size 4, waking up at 4am to run 10 miles, or counting carbs...calories...fat...or whatever else there is to count.

In fact, it is not about limiting myself AT ALL!  It is about expanding my horizons to see the world in a new light.

A healthy light!

A HealthGoddess focuses on cooking healthy, eating healthy, living healthy, and thinking healthy.

So, in order to become this HealthGoddess that I speak of, I must first accomplish a number of goals that I have set for myself.  I am going to work through each of these goals and blog about the up's and down's until I have accomplished them all.  I have not set a time limit in which they are to be accomplished.  I'm goin' to take it one bloggy day at a time!

Ready to hear those goals??

   Daaaa Goals:

*Develop the knowledge to "transform" UNhealthy recipes into healthy recipes

*Become a Juicer

*Complete one quilt

*Complete a 5k

*Take a (or many) French speaking class(es)

*No meat for 30 (consecutive) days

*Try something Xtreme (out of my comfort zone) at least once a month

*Complete a 10k

*Eat Vegan for 30 (consecutive) days

*Complete a Half Marathon

*Have a Daily Quiet Time (30 minutes or more) for 30 (consecutive) days

*Complete a duathlon

*Become a Sprouter

*Incorporate super foods into my meals, regularly

*Develop a personalized (& do-able) exercise routine for myself

*Eat raw for 30 (you guessed it...consecutive) days

*Eat all natural foods with all natural ingredients

*Complete a triathlon

*Start or work closely with a charity

*Follow my Fly Lady schedule for 30 (consecutive) days

Like I said, I haven't limited my health to just looking good.  A Health Goddess feels good about her body, mind, and soul...clique sounding, I know!  But, those are the three areas that I will target.  I am going to work on eating the healthiest and freshest food, exercising my body in new and exciting ways, and sloooowing down to enjoy and accomplish those little things that I have always wanted to do, just so I can say "I did it!".

In other words, at the end of my project, this HealthGoddess...will have it goin' on!! (in more ways than one! ;)

Q: What do you do to make sure that you will accomplish your goals? Any and all advice is appreciated!!