Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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I am so happy to close the door to 2016. This year has been one of the most difficult years of my life. Between my mom’s sudden passing and dealing with the emotions with that to my uncle’s passing after he had made so many milestones since the accident. Being with my ex who had brain surgery to us making the difficult decision to not be together anymore. I can’t forget the lessons I learned or how strong I realized I was.

There were happy things that happened too. My cousin got married and two more of my cousins got engaged. The love and bond of my family becoming closer that united us more than we could ever imagine. To the “fierce five” as my aunt calls us who have been through more tragedies than a person should have to endure in a lifetime. To my amazing friends and family who have supported me throughout this difficult year has shown me that I can get through anything. To all my lovegfreelife friends who have helped make my blog successful with their support.

There will always be challenges in life but it is how you react to them that either makes or breaks a person. I have learned this past year to love more, to not hold grudges because you don’t know when it will be the last time you speak to them. Life is precious. It is short and can be taken away at anytime. As I go into 2017, I am choosing love to guide me. “Love is love is love is love”. Happy New Years! Xoxo

 

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Meatless Monday Pasta

Happy Meatless Monday!

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Why should you decrease your meat consumption one day a week? It helps reduce our carbon footprint and saves resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. Meat production manufactures more greenhouse gases than growing vegetables do. Also livestock uses way more water than vegetables. Studies show that we use 1,850 gallons of water to make one pound of beef while only using 39 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables. Going meatless one day a week also has health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, help you live longer, and improve your overall health. Consuming vegetables that are protein rich help get the essential nutrients and vitamins such as iron, fiber, magnesium, and zinc which decrease your intake of saturated fats.

This recipe is simple to make and you can substitute or add in extra veggies. I usually look in my fridge and add in what I can find.

What You Need:

Cherry Tomatoes-One container

Garlic (2-3 cloves chopped)

1/2 Stick of Vegan Butter (Regular Butter if you prefer)

1/2 Cup of White Wine

Tofu-Diced and Seasoned with Salt and Pepper

Spinach-1 bag

Feta Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Italian Herb Grinder

Gluten Free Spaghetti

What To Do:

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In a saucepan, add the vegan butter, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and the Italian Herb Spices. Let it cook until the tomatoes start to blister a bit and get soft.

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Add in garlic and cook until the garlic is toasted. When the tomatoes are soft, take a fork and press into them. Be careful because it will splatter everywhere. I recommend wearing an apron!

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Add the spinach in the pan until it has cooked down and wilted. Pour in the wine and carefully place in the diced tofu. Cook until the sauce is simmering and the tofu is warm. Serve with spaghetti or pasta and top with feta cheese!

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