Vegan Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo

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Need:

12 ounces eggless fettuccine
2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
4 ounces soy cream cheese
3 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped

Do:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Add the soy milk, soy cream cheese, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a blender & process until smooth.

Heat the oil & garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until the garlic just starts to sizzle & softens, about 1 minute. Add the soy milk mixture & 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, bring to a simmer & cook until thick & creamy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the fettuccini & parsley and toss to combine. Thin out with a little more pasta water if needed.

Divide the pasta among four bowls & sprinkle each with some nutritional yeast and a few grinds of pepper.

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Avocado Pasta

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Need:

12 ounces spaghetti
2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded & peeled
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained & rinsed

Do:

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

To make the avocado sauce, combine avocados, basil, garlic & lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt & pepper, to taste.

With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside

In a large bowl, combine pasta, avocado sauce, cherry tomatoes & corn.

Serve immediately.

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POBLANO & PORTOBELLO FAJITAS

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Need:

1 poblano pepper, seeds removed & thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 yellow or white onion, cut into thin rounds
2 large or 4 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean & thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, cumin & garlic powder
1 tsp A1 steak sauce (for mushrooms, optional)
6 small flour or corn tortillas
Optional: fresh red onion, hot sauce, cilantro, salsa

Do:

1. Heat a large skillet & a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add a dash of olive or coconut oil to the large skillet, then the onion & peppers. Season generously with salt, cumin & garlic powder.

2. Cook until softened & slightly caramelized, stirring often. Set aside & cover to keep warm.

3. At the same time, add a dash of oil to the medium pan, then add the mushrooms. Season with a bit of salt & once softened & brown (see photo), add a dash of A1 (vegan-friendly) for more flavor (optional). Remove from heat, set aside & cover.

4. Prepare guacamole by adding two avocados to a bowl then adding the juice of half a lime & a generous pinch of salt. Fresh cilantro & onion is optional.

5. Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven & you’re ready to go. Serve tortillas with peppers & onions, mushrooms, guacamole & any other toppings you desire such as salsa, hot sauce, & cheese or sour cream (for non-vegan).

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Massachusetts-Day Three

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Whomp, whomp, whomp

Not good.

We got up a little later this morning since we were out late enjoying the awesomeness of baseball!

We headed out to a little diner called, “Blue Moon.” It was alright… nothing like yesterday though. Because of my GI issues, I wanted to keep things simple this morning with a bagel.

I ended up back in my bed. It was loads of FUN running to the potty & then back to bed…not.

We spent the day just hanging out basically. Not what I had in mind!

I was able to go to dinner at “Oye’s.” It was a Japanese/Chinese/Asian combo type place. The food was top notch! The service was not.

We came back to recharge & I’m hoping tomorrow is way better!

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Chicken & Asparagus

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I like my cooking to be easy but delicious. One Pan meals are the absolute best! Chicken & asparagus…nom, nom!

Need:

Chicken (I used tenderloins)

Asparagus

Lemon juice

Garlic salt or powder

Parsley

Do:

Place chicken in 13×9 pan & place asparagus around the chicken. Try to keep everything as one layer. Lightly cover in lemon juice, sprinkle garlic & then flip. Lightly cover in lemon juice, & sprinkle with garlic. Dust chicken with parsley & bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.

Done & enjoy! 😉

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Sharing My Life

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Again, I’m asked why I share so much of my personal life & how I find the guts to do it.

Why? Because there are so many people who believe they’re alone in a struggle or in multiple struggles. I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I had nothing & no one to talk to, to listen to, to share advice with me about their journey, & much more.

I’ve been through so much & all of the things I’ve learned, seen, done…I can share that with others who don’t know. I can share that with others who are just starting to go through similar situations or those who are feeling they can finally open up & talk. I can share with those who are genuinely interested in learning like I was & still am.

Before I was sexually assaulted, I didn’t understand. Before I was in a domestically violent relationship, I had no idea. Before I got sick, I never knew what any of this madness was.

Now…I have all of this knowledge & if I can help someone else by sharing my experiences…why wouldn’t or shouldn’t I?

How do I find the guts to share? I’m a warrior. I’m a servant of God. I truly feel like me sharing my life with others is what I’m suppose to do. I’m following the path He has put before me.
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Reflection

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WARNING
“Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed standards of beauty.”

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

When looking back to the way my body was before I got sick, was on immune suppresants (oral and IV), LOADS of steroids, many procedures, a LOT of down time from multiple surgeries…I feel like the dumbest person on the planet.

I was weighing less than one hundred pounds and still rocking kid’s clothes when I was twenty years old for Pete’s sake!

I can’t believe I thought I was fat. I would look in the mirror and cry.

RIGHT? I thought I was fat. I hated my body.

Today, I look in the mirror and still cry, but for different reasons. I see a completely different person.

“If I knew then what I know now…”

I don’t cry because of my stretch marks and my double digit amount of scars because to me, they’re reminders of what I’ve been through, continue to go through and they remind me that I am stronger than I EVER thought was possible. In fact, I find them beautiful.

I cry because I see this body I never thought I’d have. I see fat. I see cellulite. I see a huge chest, stomach, arms, legs and butt and I would give almost ANYTHING to have the body I hated before back now.

All I want is to be able to look into the mirror and at least say out loud, “I look alright.” I will settle for “alright.”

My sense of self-image is terrible and one hundred percent unhealthy. It always has been, but again, in different ways now. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look at other women and get jealous. I am SO happy they’re gorgeous and rocking it! However, I wish I had a body I could be proud of as well.

Even though I had multiple surgeries that were “supposed to help,” they really haven’t. Actually, in a lot of ways, I’m worse off now. Because of my MANY medical ailments, working out and losing weight is damn near impossible. I DO NOT lack motivation! I lack the physical abilities to do what I once could.

So every time I look in the mirror, I see something that apparently is completely different than what other people see. Others tell me I’m beautiful and strong. They see happiness and positivity. I don’t see any of that.

I do compare myself to others at times and I hate it, because I know better. I know that what is good for someone else may not be what is good for me. We’re all different and I happen to be super different. I know that God made me the way He did for a reason and when I really stop to think about it…in a sense, I’m being disrespectful to God and to myself. My journey is my own. It was given to me by God and It is TREMENDOUSLY different from the average.

I keep these words regarding society and self-image close to remind myself that comparing myself to others only does harm. I need to focus on KERRY. No one else. I’m not beautiful like others. I am beautiful like me.

Remind yourself every-single-day that YOU are beautiful…no matter what circumstances you find yourself in and remember that comparison is a thief.

Don’t let your reflection become distorted.

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