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FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM!

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Hi everyone,

I know I’ve been MIA for quite sometime now. Honestly just so busy with school and work. I don’t have time to take all the pictures, set everything up, and write on the blog as much as I’d like. Please follow me on Instagram if you have it! I am always posting my meals and recipes on there. It is much quicker for me to post since I always have my phone on me. I will occasionally post here whenever I have the time. Thank you so much for your support the past 6 months. =)

Keep on the healthy lifestyle.

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See you all there! =)

This blog will be on hiatus for a couple of days!

Morning everyone,

I’ve been so busy lately with school work. The semester is coming down to the end and being a child development and adolescent major, the amount of papers we have is unreal. I have about 20 pages to write for next week. =( Haven’t even had time to eat or exercise! I have a great tofu recipe for you guys that I will post over the weekend, along with a few other things. 😉 Hope everyone understands! Talk to you all soon!

– Jenn

Apple Pie + Winners from Giveaway!

Jeez, time escaped away from me again. For those who blog every single day, upload pictures, and the whole sha-bang. Props to you. I don’t think people realize how much time it takes to blog every single day…okay it’s not too bad but there are those days where you just wanna watch TV in your free time or are just lazy! =P

As promised…here’s my apple pie recipe. I adapted it from the Apple Pie By Grandma Ople’s recipe on Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
– Pillsbury Pie Crust
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 4 granny smith apples & 2 honey crisp apples
– 1/4 cup of water
– 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.

1. Core, peel, and slice all apples. Set aside.
2.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and then stir in the flour. After it becomes smooth and mixed, add in water, brown, and white sugar and bring to a boil. Then, simmer.
4. Layer the bottom pie crust in the baking pan.
5. Pile on the apples.
6. Pour the sauce over the apples.
7. Cover the pie with the remaining crust. Squeeze the two crusts together so the filling will not ooze out during baking. Make fork imprints for a pretty presentation.
8. Carefully slice the top layer of the crust into an X shape so that the pie doesn’t explode in the oven.
9. Bake the pie at 425 for 15 minutes and then lower temperature to 350. Bake for another 40 minutes.
10. Enjoy! If preparing for next day, you can leave it out at room temperature and then bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to reheat.


 

 

 

I wasn’t able to get a picture of it after it was done baking but it should become this beautiful golden brown. Serve hot with vanilla bean ice cream. MmmMMMmMmMmm! Yummy in my tummy…

The pie can be frozen as well! =)

Now as for the winners for the giveaway…
I randomly chose them and the winners are…..Jordan Dunne @j_mosh & Alli Cat!

Please e-mail me at Jjjjenn.le@gmail.com with your information. I’ll need your name & mailing address. Thanks for entering! I’ll have another contest soon. Keep a lookout!

Namaste,
Jenn

FOOD REVIEW – Which Wich? Tomato & Avocado Sandwich

Which Wich? is a very interesting eatery. I believe they have them all over California…I’ve seen some here in the Bay Area and in Socal as well. When you first walk in, you see a big menu along with 10 containers of paper bags depending on what type of sandwich you’d like. Some of these categories were chicken, seafood, vegetarian, beef, turkey, classics, breakfast, etc. They even had one category for milkshakes. Depending on what type of sandwich you’d like, you grab that paper bag and customize it how you want.

Boyfriend and I shared a large avocado and tomato sandwich. We added three types of cheese: provolone, cheddar, and american, mustard, crispy strings, grilled onions, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickles. The sandwich was toasted and STUFFED. The crispy onions were particularly yummy. It was like little baby onion rings. Our total only came to about 11 dollars so it was a good deal for the both of it.

This place isn’t about gourmet flavors or anything special but if you want a good classic sandwich, it’s a good place to go to. They also sell warm homemade cookies and shakes but we were good and didn’t try those. Haha.

I give this place a 7/10. I’d definitely come back for sandwich but it isn’t anything special.

Green Beans, Carrots, & Eggs

**ATTENTION!!!**LAST DAY TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT! ENTER NOW!

This is my current comfort food. My mom’s side of the family is from Germany and almost all of them are vegetarian. This last summer, my family was able to go over to Germany to visit family members without me. =( I was stuck at work and school but when my mom came back, she started making this green bean recipe that is now my comfort food. Her mother taught her and she just taught me! It’s a mixture of green beans, carrots, and eggs. Sounds super simple right? But it is so delicious. Served with a side of brown rice and you’ve got your protein, carbs, and vegetables.

Ingredients:
– 1 lb green beans
– 2 eggs
– 1 large carrot or 2 small carrots
– 1 tbsp canola oil
– 1 tbsp of sliced leeks
– 1/4 cup of water
– salt to taste

1. Wash green beans and carrots thoroughly.
2. Slice the green beans diagonally. (Picture below)
3. Slice carrots diagonally and then stack them and slice into thin slices. (Picture below)
4. Slice leeks.
5. Heat oil in a pan on high. Add leeks. (It should start to smell good right about now.)
6. Add in water and get it boiling.
7. Add in green beans and reduce heat to medium high. Cover and cook until they are half way done.
8. Toss in the carrots and cover until both are soft.
9. Whisk two eggs in a bowl and turn the heat up HIGH.
10. Pour eggs into pan and cook.
11. Transfer onto a plate and enjoy!

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Enjoy!

Namaste,
Jenn

Homemade Sushi — CA Rolls & Salmon Rolls

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Happy afternoon everyone!

Today for lunch, boyfriend and I decided to go to Japantown in San Jose, CA to visit the grocery store. We were able to get all the ingredients to make our own homemade sushi! Sushi is definitely my favorite food in the whole wide world and us sushi lovers know that it can be EXPENSIVE. Sushi rolls cost anywhere from 7-15 dollars a roll and I know I can’t stop at one! I’m going to post the recipe for the sushi I made today, also the cost of everything. I hope you guys try it out!

Ingredients:
– Sushi nori (seaweed sheets)
– Bamboo roll
– Imitation crab
– Japanese mayonnaise (I used earth balance)
– Brown rice
– Rice vinegar
– Sriracha hot sauce
– Toasted sesame seeds
– Japanese cucumbers
– Sushi shoga (pickled ginger)
– Sesame sauce
– Soy sauce (I used Kikkoman’s low sodium)
– Avocado
– Salmon sashimi

Directions:
1. Cook your brown rice and wait for it to cool. After it has cooled, put 1 tsp of rice vinegar and fluff to incorporate it into the rice. Set aside. The rice vinegar gives the rice its sweet and sour component.
2. Get your food processor and put imitation crab sticks in there along with 1 tsp of mayonnaise. Process it until its incorporated. Transfer it into a bowl.
3. Slice the cucumber, avocado, and salmon sashimi into slices. Leave all the ingredients out in front of you so it is easy to access when make your sushi rolls.
4. Lay down your bamboo mat.
5. Lay down your nori on top of the mat, spread the rice on it with a spoon or your fingers. If the rice is too sticky, take a bowl of water and wet your fingers. You can either flip it over and put the ingredients on the nori side or just place it directly onto the rice. This is the difference between having the rice on the outside or the nori. Having the nori on the outside is much easier, trust me.
5. Lay the ingredients towards one end. CA roll has cucumbers, avocado, and imitation crab. I sometimes will add Sriracha, sesame seeds, or sesame sauce. Add whatever sauces or spices you like. Salmon roll has cucumber, avocado, and salmon sashimi. Sometimes I will make a bigger roll and add the imitation crab in there as well.
6. Use the bamboo mat to help roll up the sushi roll. The bamboo mat help you roll tightly so the roll doesn’t fall apart. Squeeze the bamboo mat at the end to secure its shape. Use a knife to cut the roll into pieces. To make cutting easier, either wet the knife or take a piece of saran wrap, place it on top of the roll, squeeze it onto the roll, and then cut the roll through the sarah wrap.
7. Enjoy with your ginger and soy sauce.

Hope the pictures below will help. Let me know if you have any questions =)

Ingredients.

Sliced salmon sashimi, avocado, and cucumber. Ready for assembling!

Yumm. Ready to eat!

All the ingredient I bought (aside from brown rice, sriracha, sesame seeds) cost $20.17.
I was able to make 6 rolls with all the ingredients and I still have 5 nori sheets, 2 cucumbers, 1/2 a jar of pickled ginger, almost all the soy sauce and sesame sauce! The next time I decide to make sushi rolls, it would definitely cost less since I have these ingredients already so I think $2-3/roll are a good deal!

The sushi rolls were so delicious. My boyfriend kept raving about them. They tasted fresh, clean, and light. I like these a lot better than the American sushi rolls with cream cheese and creamy sauce. Give them a try everyone!

Namaste,
Jenn

DETOX YOGA RETREAT

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Hi there!

On Oct 6-7, I was fortunate to attend a yoga retreat hosted by JennField Yoga located in Woodside, CA. It was located at the Stillheart Institute. While driving up there, I had no idea what to expect. We were literally in the boonies. When we got there, it was absolutely beautiful! It was located in the middle of nature and the retreat center was pretty luxurious. My boyfriend and I were able to stay in a “treehouse”. (Pictures will be below) Our treehouse was super roomy. The bathroom was beautiful and it even had a nice sized tub in it! (I brought all the Lush goodies to take a hot bath in :D) From the bed, all you could see were windows outlooking the forest. To be quite honest, I was a little nervous about the retreat. We were only given two juices for breakfast and lunch. Then we were given a healthy vegetarian meal for dinner. Our wonderful meals were prepared by the one and only YummiYogini. We were to do two yoga classes a day. The morning one were 2 hours long and very challenging. The class is designed to twist your intestines around so that you literally need to go to the bathroom. There were also about 3 lectures a day about healthy eating which I really enjoyed. I will talk about the topics in another blog. On Saturday evening, there was a Kirtan concert that we could attend with lead singer Prajna Vieira from the band Mukti. On Sunday evening, there was a sound immersion class.

My experience: The morning class was so challenging that I couldn’t even make it to my evening class which was a yin class (super relaxing I hear) for both days! I learned so much from the lectures by Jenn Field & Amber Henzi. The people who attended the retreat could not have been more supportive and friendly. I loved meeting everyone. It was my first Kirtan concert and it was so fun! Prajna has such a BEAUTIFUL voice; you guys should really check her out! Sound immersion class was quite interesting…the man (I forgot his name) played these beautiful crystal bowls and gongs while everyone laid on the floor with their heads facing towards the instrument. You could feel the vibrations going through your body. Everyone fell asleep and woke up feeling different. I personally felt fine, although I kind of freaked out a little bit because at one point, it had a stereo effect and I could hear the sound coming from one ear to the other. Overall, I had a wonderful time. It was expensive but money well spent. My love for yoga is just growing and I can’t wait to share all the other adventures I have with you.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Namaste,

Jenn

Our comfy beds.

The awesome view from our beds.

Delicious smoothie: goji berries, raw cacao, bee pollen

Spring rolls for dinner =) The thai sauce was raw: tahini sauce, agave nectar, cashews…

Delicious split pea soup with raw cashew sour cream + avocado citrus salad

^^ Will post recipes once I get them

On our balcony

Dancer pose.

Found a yoga platform on our hike. Not the best form but working on it!

My boyfriend side planking =)

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