(MOM BLOG)PEACE IN A PANDEMIC

Hey Everyone! How are you feeling right now? Most of us have experienced so much over the past few months and have heard so much NEWS! I remember back in March when the kids were out and I was teaching them from home and my husband’s job had and still has him working remotely, I really didn’t know what was going on, but I knew things were changing and we had to learn how to adjust, but also rely on God daily for strength and guidance. Fast forward months later, we are constantly bombarded with some type of news. We are busy in our homes cooking, cleaning, helping with virtual learning and the list goes on and on, but guess what you can still have PEACE in a Pandemic situation! The peace I want to talk a little about is not based on what is going on around you and how you feel or what he or she has said about you. This peace comes only from God.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. KJV

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Amplified

What is Peace? Peace can be described as freedom from some type of disturbance or state of tranquility. When you are living for God and have a relationship, it does not mean that you are not affected in any way by what is going on in the world, but it does mean that in the midst of it, you have hope and a foundation. The Bible talks about how we should cast our cares on God because He cares for us. It is a fact that things will happen in life, but we were never told to worry.

This peace cannot be understood by everyone. The scripture says that it pass understanding and that it will guard our hearts and minds. That’s the kind of peace I want. I am covered and protected. Doing the last few months, I have had those moments where I can almost feel the pressure of the times we are in, but at those moments the Word of God has to be my place of peace and rest. Once I begin to remind myself of what the Bible says, I can daily live in Peace!! It is not God’s will for you to have sleepless nights and you are pulling your hair out trying to figure out how you will make it. He desires for us to trust Him. Will there be moments? Yes. We all have them, but we cannot stay there. Some days for me seem kind of hectic at times (wife, mother, working a business from home, doing homework with kids,etc..). In the midst of all the hats we where, there still should be a PEACE that you possess and that can only come from God.

I encourage you today to take a moment and ask God for his peace. No matter how your family situation maybe or how crazy life may seems, there is peace that passeth understanding. Don’t let the things of this world rob you of your peach and rest that you can experience. Don’t forget to Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME and continue to understand that Peace can be your portion!

Monica

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OATMEAL FLAX SEED COOKIES

Hey Everyone! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip Day!!! That means I will give you another easy and budget friendly recipe that you and your family will love and enjoy! Every now and then you may get the taste for something “sweet”, but it doesn’t have to be all “unhealthy”. Remember taking foods you enjoy and making them healthier can be accomplished by substituting a few ingredients.

Cookies are a favorite for many. I have kids and I know how they love to eat and if you say “cookies”, they are coming. I try to offer healthier options and if it can be made from home, I am all for that. You don’t have to do away with cookies if you are watching your weight or taking steps to a healthier lifestyle. You do need to do things in moderation and just choose maybe better ingredients to start. Remember even small changes are good. Always remember that your road to better health will happen in steps you take on a daily basis. Check out Tasty Tuesday Tip for more on additional meals.

My husband was in the kitchen the other week and decided he had a taste for some oatmeal cookies and made some of course. These cookies has no eggs in them and has a good amount of wholesome ingredients. These cookies contain ground flax seed which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and other health benefits!!!

Side note: Don’t over do it (moderation) I am a huge fan of making your own instead of buying from the store. It is more budget friendly and you control what you put in it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp raw honey

1tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup water

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a medium bowl add ingredients one at at time and mix until blended. (place dough in freezer for a couple of minutes–optional) but helps to firm up a little. Use a spoon to scoop batter and place on baking sheet. After 10 minutes in oven, use back of fork and press cross pattern on each cookie and bake reminder time about 5 more minutes.

Once cookies are done, place on cookie rack and enjoy!

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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Quick tips to Improve Iron Absorption

Hey Everyone! Today on Tasty Tuesday Tip, I am discussing how to enhance absorption of iron. Many times people say they have low iron or are fatigue! How do a person increase his or her ability to absorb more iron from foods he or she eats. Check this video out, to see simple tips on how you can increase your iron absorption.

Iron Sources: Red Meat, Legumes, Dark Green Leafy veggies, Poultry, Fortified Cereal, Whole Grains

Vitamin C Sources: Red and Green Peppers, Broccoli, Oranges, Strawberries,

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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WHAT IS A CITRUS FUSION FLASK?

Hey Everyone! It is important to drink more water and many enjoy infusing their water with fruits! I came across this citrus fusion flask a few weeks ago and this fruit infuser water bottle provides a way to add flavor without using anything else. Infuse your favorite fruit.

I infused my water with lemon. Lemon water has some great benefits:

  1. Aids in Digestion.
  2. Decrease Inflammation.
  3. Nourish skin.
  4. Immune Booster.
  5. Removes toxins overtime.

Check out this awesome infuser. Use this CODE: Monica30 @checkout to grab your own Citrus Fusion Flask

Enjoy!!!

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HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

Hey Everyone!! Tasty Tuesday Tip Day. Today I will show you how I make may energy balls. My kids love these little snacks and so do I. They are a great snack to keep you going between meals. Great to make ahead of time, and enjoy when you are ready.

Snacking does not have to be hard especially if you are wanting to be healthier, just try simple and easy ways to eat better. When you are making your own snacks, it helps you to save money. It is very budget friendly. Why buy these from the store, when you can make your own. Be creative and add raisins, shaved almonds or whatever else you enjoy!

Remember small steps equals big change!

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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FIND HEALTHY SNACKS AT DOLLAR TREE

Hey Everyone! Eating healthier does not have to cost an arm and a leg as they say. If you like to snack, but prefer something healthier, there is hope. Dollar Tree has some great snack options. In this video, I shared a few of the snacks that I like to grab.

Remember to keep taking small steps that will lead to BIG change. Check out these tasty snacks.

Pop Corners:
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Skinny Pop:
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Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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Easy Way to get Your Kids to Learn Scriptures (MOM TALK)

Hey Everyone! Today on MOM TALK, I wanted to share a quick, easy and budget friendly idea that I had thought about probably months ago to do with my kids, but hadn’t gotten around to it. I told my kids one day that we will have a color contest and color some pictures. This was just an activity to do with the kids, but also I thought it was a good idea to color printed scripture coloring sheets. Once colored, I would put in an inexpensive frame and put on the walls in their rooms. This is a great way to decorate, but also to keep the Word of God before them and for them to learn those scriptures.

The kids were excited about coloring their sheets. It was about 10:30 at night when we were coloring. You know how it is when you said you would do something and time gets away, but the kids still remain you about what you said you would do. Yea it was one of those times. However, it is still a time to slow down and do something and spend some moments with your kids.

Most days are very busy and I find myself here and there, but I will be printing more of these bible sheets and scriptures and coloring them and posting them up in my kids’ rooms. It doesn’t have to be something that very expensive, but just taking small steps and coloring can be a great opportunity with your kids but also be a teachable moment.

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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EASY WHITE BEAN BURGER PATTIES

Hey Everyone! Tasty Tuesday Tip!! Today I will share a very quick way to make your own white bean burger. If you are looking to eat more plant based meals weekly and need something quick and budget friendly, this is a great idea to try. My kids love bean burgers now and it is very cost efficient for me and my family.

Eating healthy has always had the stigma of being too expensive and you know what it can be more expensive, but if you can be creative, you will find a lot of ways to eat healthy on a budget. I have 4 kids and I have to find ways to include healthy options but also keep things not only kid friendly, but budget friendly.

Check out Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe book for more quick options.

Enjoy!

Monica

Equipment Used:

NutriBullet:
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Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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Simple Tips for Obesity Management

In this video I share simple tips to manage obesity. Obesity is a disorder of excessive fat that can lead to health issues if not put under controlled. It is important to get proper nutrition education, increase physical activity and adhere to a good diet.

Obesity has always been a huge issue especially in Mississippi. It is important that we understand that we can all take steps to help reduce obesity not only in adults, but also in children. If you want to start taking steps to fight obesity, start with these simple tips.

There is no magic trick to losing weight. It takes discipline and a made up mind. Just like anything you desire in life, take the necessary steps needed to see changes that you desire!

Small Steps Equals BIG Change!!!

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html

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Easy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Cookie Recipe

Hey Everyone! Today for Tasty Tuesday Tip I would like to share this delicious yet simple recipe. Every now and then, you may get a taste for something sweet. Who doesn’t love cookies? Why not do a easy cookie that takes only 5 ingredients to prepare. In my book, Tasty Tuesday Tip I have a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe included so I decided why not take the concept of that cookie but add a few ingredients and take an ingredient away. I love the fact of taking the traditional cookies, but making them maybe a little healthier by substituting some ingredients.

My husband said that these were the best cookies of the year!!! I laughed and said, “they are good”, but I agreed with him quickly. You probably have these ingredients in your pantry now.

1 medium banana(act as a binder), 1 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup of old fashion oats and 1/2 cup granulated sugar

As you can see these are very simple ingredients.

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips.

I decided to mix the other 4 ingredients before adding the chips. You can use non dairy chocolate chips as well to make this recipe vegan.

It should look something like this when mixed.
Next I added the chocolate chips and gave it a quick mix to blend.

I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the the dough onto my ready baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Before placing them in a 350 degree oven, I slightly pressed each dough ball down with the back of a spoon. Pictured here is before they were pressed. They will not automatically spread. Bake for 15 minutes and place on a cookie rack.

ENJOY THESE SOFT BATCHED COOKIES!!!

Don’t eat too many of these They are moist, soft and delicious. The bananas act as a binder instead of using eggs and it worked really well. That’s the great thing about baking, there is always ways to make traditional favorites just a little bit better. If you are a cookie fan, you will love these chewy cookies. They were actually still very soft the next day, no hard cookies here!!!!!

Try these and tell me what you think! What other favorites can you re create?

Enjoy!

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
Click link for book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html

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2 DAY PLANT BASED MEAL PLAN

Hey Everyone! I have a gift for you!! Who likes gifts? A few years ago I decided to do a 10-day challenge and did not eat meat, no cheese, no milk, etc… I had not done this before, but I did realize how creative I had become while doing the challenge. What started off as a 10 day challenge extended to 30 days and NO MEAT!!!

During that time, I put together a quick 2 day meatless meal plan, which includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks! I want to share that quick plan. I always say that small steps equals big change and just taking small steps each week can add great benefits to your health. Even with busy days, you can still find time to prepare quick, healthy meals. I am all about budget friendly ways go eat healthier! I am a “busy” mom of 4 and being time efficient is very important for me.

Click link to download your simple, budget friendly 2 day plan.

2 DAY MEATLESS MEALPLAN

Enjoy!

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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TOP 5 BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS

Hey Everyone! In this video I will talk about the top 5 benefits of Chia Seeds. These little seeds are awesome and a great way to add nutrients. Add these to smoothies or other recipes.

Chia Seeds are packed with super benefits. These tiny seeds adds so much to your diet.

Top 5 Benefits:
#1 Protein#2 Fiber#3 Antioxidants#4 Calcium#5 Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Monica

**********Books************
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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HOW TO MAKE BEANS & RICE—YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

Hey Everyone! Happy Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! I love to make this Beans & Rice dish for my family. Guess what?? The kids love it too! Like I always say, Small Steps equals BIG Change. My older kids literally ask for more and how can you deny them something that’s healthy for them. Well I can deny them if they eating too much, but you get what I am saying. Beans & Rice have always been a budget friendly meal for many, but I pretty much make it my own way.

Each week I incorporate meatless meals so this is definitely a go to for me. I think when I started eating this, I think it was something I would make for myself. School was in and I would be at home so I would have to find something quick to eat and this was a go to for me. You can use any beans you prefer. I just knew it was pretty much like a quick, easy healthy option for me. Eventually with everyone being at home more, the kids began to want to try it and they soon request beans and rice often…lol.

Here is what I used:

1 drained can sweet corn

1 drained can pinto beans(I think I kept some of liquid)

1 cup thick & chunky salsa

1/4 cup green chilies

2 bags instant brown rice (cooked as directed)

2 cup raw spinach

While rice is being boiled, on medium heat in a skillet add beans, corn, chilies, salsa and mix together. When rice is done add to skillet and stir. Finally add spinach. Spinach will wilt. Remove from heat and enjoy!!! The kids sure did!!!!

Michael is eating..yummy!
Mariah is down to her last bite!!!

Keep taking steps to where you want to be and for more recipes like this, check out my Tasty Tuesday Tip Book!!!

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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BAMBA PEANUT PUFFS (PRODUCT REVIEW)

Hey Everyone! I tried these Bamba Peanut Puffs for the first time the other day. I had never heard of them before, but my husband saw them somewhere and decided to purchase them. Made with 4 simple ingredients, and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

If you like peanut butter and want to try a healthier snack option, you may like these. They are not very over peanut buttery, but still provides a nice puff texture and taste.

Bamba Peanut Puffs try them for yourself!

Monica

Book
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html

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MOM TALK — DAUGHTER TAG

Hey Everyone! I decided to do a quick Q & A with my 8 year old daughter. I wanted to just ask her some simple questions and she how she would respond. There has been a lot going on lately and just allowing her to share a little!!

My eight year old is very talkative and always wants to know something, let’s see what she says in front of the camera!!! She is the only girl and has three brothers so she is definitely out numbered, but I think she does pretty well.

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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TOP 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE HEALTHIER

Hey Everyone! In this video, I share my top 3 things you need to be healthier. Living a healthy lifestyle is possible and obtainable, but you must have these 3 things! Many people desire to lose weight and lead a healthier life, but are not following certain principles that would allow them to reach their goals.

Check that those 3 things are that can push you closer to your health goals!!! Don’t forget to get your recipe book for more mealtime tips!!

“Small Steps equals BIG Change”

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HOW TO MAKE COCONUT FLOUR COOKIES MADE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND PEANUT BUTTER

Hey Everyone! So this is Tasty Tuesday Tip and I have a new recipe for ya. Where my cookie fans at? I know y’all are out there. Anyhow, have you ever heard of coconut flour? I never bought it before, but my husband brought some home the other day. Of course we are also looking for new recipes and ideas to make some tasty treats.

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour is a soft, naturally grain and gluten free flour. It is gluten free and made from coconuts.

This recipe includes peanut butter and chocolate chips and you can also try almond butter or non dairy chocolate chips. This is a very simple recipe that offers a healthy alternative.

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter (can use almond butter)

1/2 cup regular sugar (light brown sugar or coconut sugar)

2 tbsp oil (I used vegetable oil because it was on hand, but use coconut oil)

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 chocolate chips (or use dairy free chips if you needed to)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place peanut butter, oil, sugar in a bowl to get ready to mix. I used my mixer to mix until smooth and add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined.
  3. Add baking soda,cinnamon, and salt. Then add coconut flour. Mix until becomes a dough(I used a spatula to mix).
  4. Use a small scoop or spoon and portion dough onto the prepared nonstick cookie sheet. Use fingers to slightly press dough down, will not spread when baked.
  5. Bake for about 7 minutes and let cool for about 3 minutes. Place on wire rack.

Enjoy!

Monica

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MY TOP FOOD STEAMER—3 TIER KALORIK STEAMER Review

Hey Everyone! I love quick, easy and simple meals. I have talked about this steamer before. This Kalorik 3 Tier Steamer is great for making healthier meals. It offers a rice bowl and 3 transparent, stackable basket which allows you to make several foods at once. I love the rice bowl and how easy it is without using three different pots/pans, I can use these steamer instead. Also includes a drip tray and extra water can be added during the steaming process easily. Healthy way to steam.

This steamer is very easy to clean with the removable parts. I like the fact the clean up is easy because if you cook, you must also clean, right?

Rice Bowl

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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT BEANS

Hey Everyone! Today here is one quick way to get your kids to eat beans. Well…it worked for me, so give it a try. My 2 year old is still at the picky stage with certain foods so my husband had an idea to try to get him to eat his beans. Check out video to see what did. Don’t forget to check out Tasty Tuesday Tip for more recipe ideas.

Monica

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HOW TO MAKE A TROPICAL MANGO SMOOTHIE

Hey Everybody! Tasty Tuesday Tip!!!! Who loves Smoothies? I love a good smoothie. Smoothies are a great healthy way to get your day started or whenever you like to drink them. If you are looking to increase your intake of fruits, smoothies can give you what you need. In addition the nutritional benefit.

Mango: Lowers Cholesterol, helps with skin, boost immune system, helps maintain healthy heart

Pineapples: Helps with sinus/common cold, aids in digestion, supports the immune systems

Almond Milk: Dairy Free, low in calories, good source of calcium

All you need is 1 cup 1/2 of pineapples, 1 cup almond milk and 1 mango. Check out how to cut a pineapple.

Of course I had to use my Nutribullet to do this smoothie. Added the pineapples first.

Next add mango.

Add milk.

Attach to your Nutribullet and blend!!

Enjoy!

Monica

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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars–4 Ingredient Oatmeal Bars

Hey Everyone! Who doesn’t love chocolate right? Well how about a healthier way to eat chocolate. This No Bake is really tasty and offers 4 simple ingredients that anyone can make. I always keep oats on hand because I know I can do a quick and simple recipe with it. Oats, Honey and Peanut Butter has always been my go to items to make a quick energy snack. In this particular recipe I added a little chocolate to the mix and the results are awesome.

Many times it is easy to grab something from the store when you need something between meals or for someone to grab a chocolate candy bar, but we know there are lots of additional calories and sugar that you may not need. When you make it yourself, you control what you add and in most cases it will be healthier ingredients. These bars can be made very quick for your kids and stored for later.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter(melted), 1/4 cup chocolate chips(melted)

You can definitely do more. You may want to add more or less based on your liking as you mix these together. Melting the peanut butter and chips makes this recipe pop!!! It coats the oats quite well and you can taste it in every bite. After you mix well, add to a container and press down with a rubber spatula and place a lid on and pop in the freezer. Cut into squares and enjoy!!!

So simple right?

Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change!

Monica

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PURPOSE-MOM TALK

Hey Everyone! Today on MOM Talk Thursdays, I want to talk briefly about Purpose! This is a word we hear all the time and many don’t even know why they are here. Being a mom, you are probably like me. As mothers, we wear many hats and at times we can find ourselves getting lost in the shuffle of things. We do for everyone, but have you ever stopped to think about what is it that you are passionate about or what is it that you really what or are called to do. Being busy with “stuff” does not necessarily mean you are moving in purpose.

Let’s look at this example: If you had a comb in your hand, what would you do with it? What was it made for? Was it made to hit? Was it made to scratch your back? The answer to these questions are “NO”. What is the purpose of that comb? The purpose of that comb is to use on “hair”. Now you may do many things with it, but it is most effective when it is used to do what it was created for. You may be reading this and you do many things, but you are most effective doing what God created you to do.

I remember some years ago when I was working at a community health center as a Nutritionist. Many days I was feeling so drained and heavy not from the job so much but what I saw from being at the job. God began to open my eyes and I had a burden for so many young ladies in my community. There are times when God will show you things that others may not see. This burden or passion that may be in you to act is not for someone else, it is for YOU! I soon realized that it was not for me to put it on someone else or complain because others were not acting, but it was for me to take steps and make a change one step at a time. Soon God dropped something in my spirit to write a book which was not something I thought I would do, but I knew I had to put something out that would be a help to ladies who may have never heard the Gospel of Jesus or wasn’t even raised like me, in a Christian home. Writing my 1st book was the beginning of me moving in my purpose. This 10 Day Devotional was written for young women to know who they are in Christ and to lead them to a relationship with Jesus. Honestly that’s the first step in understanding and walking in Purpose.

You are not just a mom, but you are a Woman of Purpose & Destiny. God created you with greatest in you. Grab the my e-book and be encouraged and share with others who need to know they were created for more!

Blessings to you! Share with someone who needs just a little motivation and encouragement. Remember, You are not JUST a MOM, but a Woman of Purpose & Destiny!!

Monica

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Amazing Benefits of Eating More Fiber

Hey Everyone! This is Your Nutrition 90 Second Video on benefits of fiber. Do you eat foods that are good fiber sources? Do you know what fiber is? Do you know if you are getting enough? It is important to maintain a colorful diet full of fruits and vegetables, beans other healthy sources.

So don’t skip on the fiber. Check out this quick video & Enjoy!!

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AWESOME 2 INGREDIENT PIZZA DOUGH (SUPER EASY)

Hey Everyone! Happy Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! Before I get started if you are into quick and simple recipes don’t forget to check out my recipe book, Tasty Tuesday Tip . Quick, easy and healthy is the name of the game right now for me! I am always looking for a way where I can be budget friendly in the kitchen and also save. This crust recipe only requires two ingredients and when I tell you it is delicious, it is. Pizza is one of those foods that everyone loves, but why not make your own? We eat homemade pizza once a week, but we were always buying crust from the store. I said I wanted to make my own crust cause of course that would save money and it can be done anytime. My husband came across a way to make this simple crust and I was all in!

The other day, when I first made it, I did a vegetable pizza and I was I so shocked how good the pizza was and it literally took minutes to prepare. These days I don’t do much cheese so I only sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on it and it was awesome. You can be as creative as you want to be. Are you ready to see what ingredients it takes to make this awesome pizza crust?? Guess what?? This pizza is a stove top pizza. You don’t NEED to put in the oven.

Here is what you need to make this crust: 1 cup self rising flour & 5 ounces of yogurt(any kind is fine). I mixed the flour and yogurt together first until it started to form a dough that you will knead for a few minutes.

After kneading dough, use a classic wooden rolling pin and flatten out until you get size and thinness you desire to fit into your skillet. I used the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet which I love for making this.

Once dough is placed in skillet and brown on one size, flip over and place sauce on the brown size. The other size will now have a chance to brown while you add toppings. I love this idea. It prevents dough from being doughy, but it will be crispy! Top how you desire.

I added sauce, raw spinach, left over chicken and dash of parmesan cheese. Once you add toppings of your choice, place a top on top of skillet so heat can melt cheese if you added cheese etc.. Turn off heat on stove. Remove onto a plate and enjoy! So super easy and good. No soggy crust here.

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3 Key Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

Hey Everyone! If your desire is to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet, a smoothie is a great way to go! I love smoothies and it’s a quick and easy way to get nutrients in–drink up. I love to take my NutriBullet and put all my colorful ingredients in and let it do the work. Don’t forget grab you this blender if you don’t have one, to make your own tasty smoothies.

WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF DRINKING SMOOTHIES?

#1 Fiber: Many people do not get the recommended amount of fiber daily which is around 25-35g per day depending on male or female. Have adequate amount of fiber in your diet helps with you feeling fuller. In addition to feeling more satisfied more fiber aids in softer stools and normalizes bowel movements. Have you ever been constipated? You may want to check your water intake and also how much fiber you are consuming. Drinking smoothies gives you lot of additional fiber.

#2 Antioxidants: Protect against cell damage that Free Radicals cause. Free Radicals can damage cells and cause stress and lead to different medical issues. Foods that are good sources are those that you can put in a healthy smoothie including strawberries, blueberries,kale, pecans and spinach just to name a few.

#3 Immunity: A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps in building one’s immune system. The immune system helps our body defends against viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies. Therefore, adding fruit and veggies that aid in helping immune system are great to add to your smoothies. (Ginger, Kale, Orange, Apples, Peppers, Mango, etc…)

Not only are smoothies great in taste, but that are packed with nutritional benefits that you need to keep you going strong! If you didn’t drink smoothies before, now is a good time to build your immune system and take steps toward a healthier you. Remember I always say, “Small Steps equal BIG Change”.

Monica

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Top 3 Kitchen Appliances

Hey Everyone!!! Today I want to share with you some of the appliances I use in my kitchen. I am a big fan of saving time in the kitchen. Therefore, I make use of appliances that will help me do just that. Being a mom of 4 kids, I don’t want to be in a hot kitchen in the heat of the summer too long, so I need a way to get a good meal on the table in a good amount of time. These are three of the products I love to use for not only saving time, but also healthier meals as well.

Kalorik Steamer

This Steamer is very simple to use and a time saver. Not to mention, I can get a whole meal in it. Also what I love about it is that instead of using different pots for steaming certain veggies, I can put them in the 3 level tiers. It is literally ready in minutes and easy to clean. If you what something that will allow you to eat healthier, easy cooking, easy clean up, I recommend this steamer to you.

Bella Air Fryer

This air fryer was given to us as a gift and I think we use it everyday. Another great appliance that saves time and energy in the kitchen. Cooks food well, but without having to add every fat from a lot of extra oil (such as deep frying). If you don’t have an air fryer, you have to get one. I always make homemade fries with my air fryer. Also you can use it to just reheat food instead of using the microwave. This fryer is my best “kitchen” friend…lol… It’s hot out and the oven always will produce extra heat!!! Get you an air fryer.

Nutribullet

I bought a Nutri bullet probably about 4 years and I love it! Makes making smoothies a breeze. Another great appliance to have for healthier options in the kitchen. If you want to do a smoothie use this blender. I even make my oat flour using my Nutri bullet. I have not had any issues with it and it is still going strong. This is a great appliance to add and does not take up much space either.

Monica

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MOM TALK(Establishing a Routine for your kids)

Hey Everyone! If you are a mom of especially smaller aged kids, it can really be difficult to establish an early morning routine for your kids. I have four kids(including a 1 month old and my mornings can get a bit hectic. Most mornings my kids are up around 7:30 am and guess where they go? That’s right, my bedroom. They are literally sitting up in my husband and I bed looking us in the face talking about how hungry they are. Does anyone else morning start off this way? Come to think of it, my day ends almost this way, but my kids ask what will they eat in the morning.

What I come to realize is that making an effort to establish a routine for my kids is at least a good start in getting them to do the things I would like for them to do. One day recently I decided to print out a morning routine check list to see how the kids would respond. I noticed that when they had to check off what they needed to do before that ate breakfast, they were more willing to just do it(with minimal compliant, I didn’t say no complaint… lol). They even made it out of a competition to see who will finish first. I told them that they will not eat breakfast until they had their check off sheet complete.

What this will teach them is to be more responsible and to have some type of responsibility. Does it still get hectic at times? YES, but you still establish some type of guide for them to go by. So, I am still working on this myself, but like I always say, “take small steps”.

Monica

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Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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Quick Budget Friendly Tips for Meal planning

In this video, I will share simple tips for eating on a budget. In this pandemic, many are eating and cooking more and saving money is at top of many people’s list. Just using a few practical tips you can save money and still prepare meals each day for your family. I am a mom of 4 children, so there are 6 of us in the house so I definitely have to have a plan as it relates to meals and snacks. It can be a challenge at times, but it is possible. If you are in need of some quick meals grab Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book.

Small Steps Equals BIG Chang

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (How to get kids to eat plant based burgers)

Hamburger, Burger, Sweet, Bread

Hey Everyone!

Quick Tasty Tuesday Tip: Make your own plant based burgers! You will save more money and its budget and kid friendly. When we do burgers, I normally do ground chicken burgers but last few times I’ve done white bean burgers and used a 50 cent can of beans(made 6 patties). So today was burger night and I used pinto beans instead..it wasn’t the choice but something happened to the white beans. Anyhow the kids have eaten them before but not with pinto but hey beans are beans to them😄. Oh yea I didn’t have bread crumbs , so I had some cheese garlic croutons that we weren’t or hadn’t eaten and my husband had the idea to just crumble them up to add to bean mixture and it worked!! So the verdict is in…. Small Steps equals Big Change!! Keep taking steps. Kids can be very picky but when you are consistent..their taste will slowly change.💖😉😊 #tastytuesdaytip

Monica

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MOM TALK (When things don’t go as plan)

Hey Everyone! Today on Mom Talk I want to briefly discuss, What do you do when things don’t go as plan? Yes we all know that we do our best to plan ahead and especially having a family and kids everyday is different. There are days I feel like, okay it was a smooth day and then there are others and I tell myself, “let’s just start over tomorrow.”

As you can see in the pictures below, we are on our way to a doctor’s appointment and decided to take a few pictures. Now, if you have small kids, you already know that it may not go as plan. Each picture shows probably some different type of emotion or one child wanting to corporate while the other one is not. However, my husband snapped some shots and we went back into the house (it was really hot out).

Being a mom of small kids can be very hectic and quite unpredictable at times, but understand that in the midst of it, this is life!! You can’t throw life away or how I have heard people joke about “throwing 2020” away because there has been so many uncertainties. God is in control of it all and even on our so called “hectic” days, God has still given us a grace to make it.

Baby is sleep, Mariah is ready, Micheal is playing and Matthias is not even having it..lol I’m probably thinking,”boy what are you doing?”
I’m smiling because all 4 are at least in the picture!!!
Let’s just hurry up and snap before Mike get away.
Got a okay picture minus one child!

Be encouraged knowing that in the midst of all that has happened this year, there is still a God that is with you and is able to see you through. Even in the moments when the kids are all over the place, can’t seem to get that picture together, seem that they are not listening or you may just need a moment to breathe….. you are not alone. Smile anyhow and enjoy all those moments!! Honestly I was thinking, “I can’t use these pictures because they weren’t how I wanted them”, but then I began to think to myself, this is how life is, this is reality.

Put your mask on and smile anyhow!! You got this!!!

Monica

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (How to Make Oatmeal Cake)

Hey Everyone! I have never heard of “Oatmeal Cake” before until my husband says that he came across a tasty recipe. My initial thoughts were, “there he goes trying to make something again”, but this right here is really good and does not taste very sweet, but it is really moist. It gives you the feel of a carrot cake but without the carrots!!

If you follow my blog post and recipes, you will know that I love to keep oats on hand because it can be added to recipes and also makes a great base for many snacks! So if I run out, I have to get more quick. Not to mention its healthy and adds a great fiber source as well. So if you going to eat cake, why not add some healthy benefits, right???

My 2 year old ate a piece and he was saying, “I want some cake!”. It was funny, but I know he loves to eat and if you say its cake, then that’s a no brainer. Let’s get to how to make this awesome cake!!

Ingredients:

*1 1/4 cups boiling water

*1 cup quick cooking oats

*1/2 cup butter3/4 cup packed brown sugar

*3/4 cup white sugar

*2 eggs

*1tsp vanilla extract

*1 tsp baking soda

*1/2 tsp salt

*1tsp ground cinnamon

*1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

*1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

1. Pour boiling water over the quick oats and let stand for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking pan.(see pan I use)

3. Cream the butter with sugar until light. Beat in eggs. Then add oats and vanilla and mix well.

4. Combine baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour. Mix until combined. Add raisins to flour mixture and coat well.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until tester inserted is clean.

Enjoy!!

Monica

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How to Make Easy Breakfast Cookies

Hey Everyone! Who doesn’t love a cookie right? How about a healthy cookie? Better yet, a cookie you can eat for breakfast. I am a big fan of simple and easy. I always keep oats, peanut butter and honey on hand because I can always create some kind of snack with these 3 ingredients as a base. Whether you eat them as a cookie or just make it up in a bowl and eat as is, it’s good!

I have four kids so I have to make sure I am making meals and snacks that does not take a long time to prepare. Who has time to be in the kitchen ALL day? None of us, but that does not mean, you cannot add healthy options to your family’s diet. Oats are a good, healthy option anyhow so eating them will add nutritionally benefit as well.

What do you need?

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

**2 cups of oats

** 1/2 chunky or smooth peanut butter

** 1/3 cup raw honey

Note–you can add more or less based on your desired taste and/or texture you desire. I added a few chocolate chips in this recipe, but that is optional.

1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Form mixture into ball and use hand to flatten mixture into round cookie shape and place on baking sheet.

3. Once done with forming cookies, place in oven for 8 minutes. Let stand about 5 minutes and then remove onto a cookie rack.

Enjoy

Monica

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How to make Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette

Hey Everyone! If you are looking for healthy and simple ways to lose weight, why not make your own salad dressing, right? Well, my husband was in the kitchen preparing a salad and had the idea and making a vinaigrette dressing! These were three ingredients that we had in our kitchen. Remember I always talk about budget friendly ideas and making it yourself. This is another simple recipe you can try and of course you can always be creative and make it your own based on your palate.

What you will need?

Mixer/Blender. I used my NutriBullet.

***Note: You can make this based on your taste. If you want more, multiply the recipe. This makes about 1/2-3/4 cup of vinaigrette!

Ingredients

3 Fresh Strawberries

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1-2 Tbsp Raw Honey

Blend all ingredients together and pour in a bowl. Pour over your salad(feel free to add strawberries to your salad a well, great vitamin C source and helps body absorb iron from dark leafy greens) and Enjoy!!

Monica

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MOM Talk (Tips for losing weight after pregnancy)

Hey Everyone! Watch this short clip on easy tips to help with losing weight after having a baby. Remember small steps equals big change. Be consistent and don’t get frustrated, just take it one day at a time. Enjoy!!

Monica

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Easy Smoothie Recipe!

Hey Everyone! This is a quick and easy smoothie recipe. If you aim to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet, try whipping up a quick smoothie. Very easy to do and takes minutes to prepare. I usually try do a fruit and vegetable smoothie most days of the week. In this particular smoothie I used Raw Spinach, Almond Milk, Banana Frozen Blueberries and Fresh Strawberries. I used my Nutribullet and blended less than a minute and that was it.

Remember small steps equals big change. Keep taking small steps to where you want to be. Choose a colorful diet and make small changes each week!

Quick way to help in weight loss and an overall healthier diet. Enjoy!!

Monica

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How to make homemade Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Hey Everyone! Last week my husband made some homemade “no churn” ice cream and I said that I would do a “non dairy” (vegan) version. I decided to make some strawberry vanilla ice cream. Of course this literally takes minutes to prepare and the longest time is waiting for it to freeze so you can eat it!! It’s hot, so ice cream is one of those treats that most love, but don’t eat too much. If you have a sweet tooth every now and then, whip you up a quick batch of homemade ice cream.

One thing I do like about making it yourself, you can be very creative with the “add ins” and create any flavor you want. Making your own ice cream sounds like it will be a hard task, but it is very simple. The flavor possibilities are endless!!!

What I used: 2 cups non dairy whipping cream, 1 cup non dairy sweetened coconut condensed milk and 1-2 tbsp. of vanilla extract

Monica

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How to Make Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (3 ingredients)

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Hey Everyone! This is another super easy recipe that you can try in this summer heat! My husband had the idea the other day to make some “homemade ice cream”. Initially, I was thinking, ” what is he doing now”, but it was actually pretty good. This is a quick recipe that requires no ice cream maker. You only need 3 ingredients…pretty simple right. You can still be very creative with this recipe and add other flavors as well. If you watching your waist line, don’t eat too much as with any ice cream, but this is simple enough for your kids to even help make and enjoy!

I am always looking for ways to take foods that most people enjoy and make them a little bit more healthy friendly, so of course I will be coming back soon with a (non dairy) vegan option as well. I am a big fan of making foods myself if I can. This is another way to make something myself at home. Of course my kids enjoyed this. What child you know doesn’t enjoy a bowl of ice cream?

Here is what you need:

**1 cup & 1/4 cup Whipping Cream

**2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

**1 tbsp vanilla extract

Direction:

Before starting prepare a meat loaf pan with parchment paper and set to the side. If you don’t have a meatloaf pan, you can use a container with a sealed top. (the parchment paper is optional as well)

In a bowl, add whipping cream and with a standing mixer, mix until cream forms a stiff peak. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (vanilla extract and condensed milk) together and fold into the cream. Pour cream into the pan or container cover tightly and place in freezer for about 4-5 hours. Remove from freezer and enjoy.

You should have a soft, creamy ice cream to enjoy!

Make your own ice cream and post some pics!!!!!!!

Monica

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Should I breastfeed, bottle feed or both? (MOM TALK)

Hey Everyone! I had my baby about 2 weeks ago and for many new moms or moms who have had children losing the baby weight is a big issue and also whether to breastfeed, bottle feed or just do both. I would like to share a little of my experience with breastfeeding and some advantages and disadvantages. Whether you breast, bottle or both, it is a personal decision and you should do what works or is best for you. I usually try to exclusively breastfeed and may add a little formula if needed. So if there is a time that I needed to offer formula for whatever reason, I will do that!

I remember working as a WIC Nutritionist and before having kids I use to think, “I will not breastfeed”. I thought that mainly because I felt that it would “hurt”. I knew breast milk was a very healthy option. Think about it, it is all natural so I knew it was the perfect option for my kids whenever I would have them, but heard so much about it at the time. Eventually knew I needed to have my own experience and not just go with what I heard rather negative or positive.

When my first child was born I decided to give it a try. Guess what??? I was not good at it…lol.. I was like “no way, this hurts.” I literally was about to give it up, but I talked to a lactation specialist who kind of coached my along and encouraged me and I realized once I got the hang of it and was relaxed it was not a bad experience at all.

RELAX.

The baby can tell when you are tense or frustrated with he or she latching on so you have to relax and get a proper latch.

PROPER LATCHING.

This is extremely important to avoid sore nipples, but even if you are experienced with breastfeeding, it can still happen.

What are some Disadvantages of Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is time consuming: When you are breastfeeding, there is not a lot of freedom at times and it can become exhausting, but at the same time you are creating a bond with your baby. Offering a bottle can be done by anyone and takes less time(note this still can be a bottle of formula or pumped milk).

Soreness. Even being an experienced mom who breastfeeds, you still can experience soreness, it happens. It not something that will always be, but you may experience every now and then.

What are some Advantages of Breastfeeding?

Breastmilk is all natural, easy to digest, helps mom to burn more calories, no equipment required(no bottles to make at nighttime)

I personally believe that some breast milk is better than none. Do what you feel works for you and your baby nutritionally. I would also tell any mom to have your own experience and don’t just go off of what others say. Breastfeeding is an awesome experience and amazing how as mothers we can provide for our babies!

Be the best MOM you can be for your baby!

My Breastfeeding Must Haves:

Breastfeeding Boppy

Lansinoh Smart Pump Double Electric Breast Pump

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

What are your thoughts?

Monica

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How to Make a Quick Oat & Apple Breakfast Smoothie (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everyone! Here is another quick and easy recipe to try especially if you are looking to add healthier options. I enjoy doing smoothies, but this is one in which you can drink this as your breakfast. It has everything you in need for a healthy start.The only equipment needed for this quick smoothie is a blender or as I like to use my Nutribullet and that is it.

I recently just had my 4th child and of course losing a few extra pounds in always in order, but this a great way to do it no matter what your goals are. I never stressed over weight loss after pregnancy and never had an issue losing it. I believe that if you continue to take small steps in your everyday dietary behavior, you will see the changes you desire.

For this smoothie you will need:

*1 Apple

*3 tbsp Oats

*1 cup milk(I used plant based milk)

*3-4 dates or 1 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon

This is how it looks before blending in the NutriBullet.

After blending all ingredients… Enjoy!!

Monica

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How to Make Breaded Yellow Squash

Hey Everyone! The other week I decided to take my yellow squash and add some Italian bread crumbs. Nothing very fancy, but it does add a nice taste. I enjoy eating squash and finding different ways to present it is always a great idea. I am all for quick and easy so having something tasty and quick is a must!

So is what you will need. One yellow squash, 1/4 c Italian breadcrumbs, 1/4 c melted butter, 1/4 tsp of black pepper, garlic powder and lemon pepper.

I cut squash up and seasoned them and placed in a glass baking dish.

Next I added some melted butter.

I topped with breadcrumbs right before placing in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes!

There you have a quick and very easy breaded yellow squash. This is really good. My husband said that he enjoyed the taste. If you are a person having trouble eating more veggies, maybe just adding a little something to it will give you what you need to at least eat more!! Don’t forget to keep making small steps in your health and watch BIG changes happen.

Enjoy!

Monica

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How to make Homemade Plant Based Burger Patties

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Hey Everyone! So I am always working to add plant based foods to my diet and weekly work toward doing meatless meals. I am the type of person where I rather make it myself than purchase(packaged) from store if I can help it. Mainly because it will be more budget friendly. This is a great example, it cost more to buy plant based burger patties from the store so I rather just whip up some myself. I made these the other day and I literally did not measure.. lol…  These came out great!!

  • 1 drained can of northern beans(or any white beans)
  • 1/4 c diced onions
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/4 c diced red/yellow sweet peppers
  • 3/4 c breadcrumb (maybe more or less depending on your desired texture
  •  1 egg (optional)  ***I actually made some with and without egg***
  •  1/4 tsp lite salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder

Sautee onions, peppers and garlic. Pulse 1 can beans (I used my Nutri Bullet), literally took seconds. In a bowl, add beans, vegetable mixture, seasonings and breadcrumbs. Thoroughly mix. (If adding an egg, mix in as well).

Prepare skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil and form mixture into patties. If egg is added you will notice they will probably be a little more firmer but either way you can make a patty. Cook few minutes on each side. Once done-place on a bun and add your choice of tomato, lettuce,etc..

Enjoy!

Monica♥♥♥

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How to Make Barbeque Glazed Cauliflower Wings (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everyone! I was excited to make something that I had never made before. The other day my husband brought home some fresh cauliflower and of course I began to think of what I could do a little different with it. So BBQ Wings came to mind. All these years I’ve seen BBQ cauliflower wings but never made any myself. Of course I am always lookin out for a good way to add new ideas for me and my family. We do lots of broccoli but cauliflower was not eaten often so this was very exciting for me and to see how kids respond.

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So here is what I used: I used cauliflower cut, 1 c 1/2 Italian Bread Crumbs, 1 tbsp. butter, 1/2 c barbeque sauce, canola oil spray, 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp lite, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp pepper

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In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, seasonings, water  together for your batter.

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Coat cauliflower in batter. Prepare baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

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Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, them flip with spatula then additional 10 minutes or more. ( I actually took some of these out after about 15 minutes and put in my air fryer to go ahead and dry out.)

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While cauliflower is baking, in a sauce pan melt butter and add barbeque sauce. Once butter is melted..remove from heat. Once take cauliflower out, spread barbeque sauce over cauliflower and bake for an additional 10 minutes until crispy.

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Enjoy

Monica♥♥♥

 

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Equipment Used: (air fryer)

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Nuggets for Kids

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Hey Everybody!

So yesterday I needed to whip up something for kids for lunch..of course what child doesn’t like chicken nuggets, but not fast food… homemade!!!
Budget Friendly??👇👇👇👇
Go to a fast food place and order 4pc nugget meal for 3 kids, so what’s your total? Probably around $12 plus tax👀
I used 1 chicken breast and made a 4 pc nugget meal for my kids, baked in the oven!! Added broccoli & air fried fries..my daughter said to my son..”mom made us a happy meal” 🤣🤣
Too funny but it was good and quick.

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book Now Available

 

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So I am so excited to be releasing my 2nd book!!! Full of easy, simple and quick recipes that anyone can do!!! About 4 years ago God laid it own my heart to write a small devotional for ladies and of course in my mind I began to think, “I know nothing about writing a book”, but I did. I understood that when God has placed something in you, he has also equipped you with what you need.

During that time I started to talk about “taking steps” and how Small Steps equals BIG Change! For me, it wasn’t just words to say but it was what I began to live by, whether those steps are in your health, marriage, finances etc.. you know additional steps that you need to take. The funny thing is, the name STEPS came when I was in college YEARS ago and it stuck with me and I never let it go. Doing this 2nd book, Tasty Tuesday Tip–which stems from my blog(www.steps4change.net) and posting recipes on Tuesdays, was something I felt would help encourage and motivate people to just take small steps even in their eating habits.

My motto, Small Steps equals BIG Change is not something that causes you to feel as if you have to be perfect, but you can always keep moving toward where you want to be. This is another small step for me. Yes I have had tired days and long days, but when you are a Woman of Purpose & Destiny, you understand what God has created you for and you move in it.

It is not about people or whether they support you or not, but it’s about being obedient to whatever God has placed in your hand and taking those necessary steps to make it happen. So I encourage you to start somewhere.

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How to Make Zucchini Boats

Hey Everyone! I like to eat zucchini and I came across a picture one day of what looked to be a stuffed zucchini so I decided to make my own stuffed zucchini boat, as I call it! This is very simple and easy and a great way to add more veggies in your diet. Because not only can you eat what’s in the zucchini but you can eat the boat as well!!!!

In this short video, I show you how you can eat this in a bowl or with the zucchini boat. Remember small steps equals BIG change so make take steps to being creative in the kitchen and watch what happens.

Check it out below.

 

 

 

Monica♥♥♥

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How to Make Cabbage Egg Rolls

Hey Everybody!! So I made some egg rolls the other day. I have never made eggs rolls before and really never thought to do so  until my husband bought some wraps. He kept asking about me making something so I decided to whip up something quick. Egg Rolls are a great idea and quick. I decided to do cabbage, peppers and ground chicken the other day but in this video I used only vegetables.

Remember eating healthier doesn’t have to be a hard task, just get creative in the kitchen and you can come up with something very good for you and your family!

 

 

Equipment Used: (air fryer)

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Quick & Easy Vegan Brown Rice Recipe

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Hey Everyone! This is a quick & easy meatless meal options that I go to quite often! Very budget friendly recipe that your family will love!!!! During this time, creating quick meals are very necessary. Why not do something tasty and time friendly.

I literally will make this at least once a week! Includes only about 5-6 ingredients!

  • 2 package of instant brown rice (boil in bag)
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 c diced tomatoes
  •  1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 2 cup raw spinach

Once rice is done, mix all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes. That’s it. Enjoy with tortilla chips or alone! You will definitely be satisfied with this one!

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How to Make Delicious Breaded Zucchini & Potatoes

Hey Everyone! So my husband came across a recipe the other day and I thought I would give it a try and make my own dish. If you are trying to get more veggies in and at times what to spice them up, this is a good way to do so. Pretty much, just throw some breadcrumbs on them and pop in the oven and that’s it. Has a really good taste and flavor.

Zucchini is a very budget friendly vegetable and so are potatoes so you can always find ways to add them to your meals but in a different way.

 

Monica♥♥

 
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