What’s Cooking? Chickpea Curry

What's CookingHave you ever found a recipe that you really love? And that your roommates love? And that’s super filling and actually packed full of good nutrients?

Well hey, me too!

I’ve been making Chickpea Curry for a few months now because it’s just so easy! Which as a college student, is one of the criteria I strive to have my meals be. The other is cheap and this meal is also that!

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What You’re Going to Need

  1. 2 Cans of Chickpeas
  2. 2. 1 Can Coconut Milk
  3.   3. 1/2 Tomato
  4. 1/2 Bell Pepper
  5. 1-2 TBS Your Favorite Curry Paste
  6. 1/2 Onions
  7. 1-2 TBS Soy Sauce
  8. 1 Clove Garlic
  9. Some Spices
  10. Basmati Rice or Naan (optional but SUPER GREAT to have)

Start heating a pot on the stove, you want this pot to be big enough to hold all of these ingredients! After it’s nice and toasty, drizzle a bit of olive oil in the pot in throw in the Onions and Garlic so they can start cooking.

While the Garlic and Onions are cooking, start dicing the tomatoes (if they’re whole tomatoes) and the Bell Pepper, and then start opening up on the canned goods you’ve got. The 2 Cans of Chickpeas, and the Coconut Milk.

Once the Onions have gone clear, you can start adding other things to this dish! I start of by adding 2 TBS of Curry Paste. I like adding 2 because then the dish has more flavor and I know that Curry Paste doesn’t release its flavors until the oils inside of it get nice and toasty, so I want to make sure that happens! Then I add the Chickpeas, Coconut Milk, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper. I let that hang out for a few minutes on medium heat.

Then i start throwing in some spices! I add 2 TBS of Soy Sauce and, this is the awful part because I always just wing it, I add Cilantro and Basil. It’s best if you can have these fresh but I’m poor and I probably won’t use the fresh ones fast enough before they go bad. After you add these things. Yo should leave the Curry on medium heat until it starts to boil, if it starts to burn though reduce heat immediately!

After it boils, let it simmer for a few minutes and then serve it!

Like I said, Basmati Rice or Naan area  really good side for this because they soak up the Coconut Milk base and make it less like soup!

I hope you all enjoy this meal as much as I do. 1 pot of this typically makes 5-6 meals for me and my friends!

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Making a Change

GardenI told you guys that I’m trying to be more and more plant based in my diet to help the environment and my overall health. WELL, I’ve also decided to buy a plot at the community garden in order to grow my own vegetables! I’m very excited to start this project even though I know it won’t actually begin for a few more months.

I’ve been talking to Ryan about wanting to join a community garden for a few weeks now and when I went to the Winter Farmers Market there was a whole booth set up on the Menomonie Community Garden! The ladies that I spoke to talked about how the garden has it’s own water system, a compost site, and a few community plots that you can take care of and pick from. These community plots are made up of asparagus, rhubarb, and raspberries. Ryan doesn’t like asparagus but he loves raspberries.

I would just start a garden at my own house but our entire back yard is a parking lot. An unspecified parking lot. So I’ll buy a half of a plot for $15 and grow my own plants all summer!

I plan on planting onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and zucchini. I buy all of these vegetables on a weekly basis anyways so why not just grow my own while surrounded by experts! That’s why I love the idea of a community garden; if my garden is struggling, I know there are plenty of people that I can reach out to and they’d be willing to help!

I can’t wait to actually start this whole process and begin eating my fresh produce.

Have any of you ever done something like this? How did it go?

-kk

Did I mention?

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I can’t recall if I ever mentioned the fact that I joined a Sorority? I honestly have the worlds worst memory; if you tell me something, there’s a 78% chance I’ll forget everything you said.

You think I’m joking, but no. It’s real and it’s awful and that’s why I’m going to make, potentially, another post about my experience thus far!

Joining a Sorority is super outside my comfort zone. I have friends in them so I knew the basics but I never saw myself joining one! In fact, it’s the exact opposite of something I’d do. So, I did! I joined Sigma Sigma Sigma this fall and to be honest, I love it.

I love the fact that it’s motivating me to do more community service, I love that I have a group of people who will always have my back if I need them to, I love my big and my twin. I’ve never had a whole lot of female friends but it’s actually super nice! When you find the right people, you just know. You click and it’s easy and there’s not a whole lot of drama. My big, Katrina, and i sat on the couch and did arts and crafts for two hours last night and it was easy. We talked about our lives and our struggles and our upcoming semester!

Now, let’s be honest here. I don’t like every single person in my Sorority and I don’t have to. However, I do respect them and support them in their lives and I understand that we’re all in this organization together.

As a whole, I really am enjoying joining this organization and I would recommend it to anyone who’s ever thought about it. I would recommend it to anyone who’s never thought about it because I was that person. It was outside my comfort zone and I believe it helped me grow as a person.

I say, just go for it.

-kk

Donating

img_0347I️ first donated 4 years ago. I promptly fainted at the snack table after donating blood even though my iron levels were on the verge of too low…. I didn’t donate again for 3 years!

This past summer I decided to start donating blood again. I’m O+ so I can donate to anyone who’s a Positive Blood Type. Which makes me feel like I’m really helping people; I feel like I’m making a difference and it’s so easy to do! I spend around 5 minutes actually donating the blood and so the needle isn’t even in your arm for that long!

Still freaked out about the needle though? Here’s some tips and tricks to make the donation process go smoother!

1. Drink a boat load of water the day of. The more you drink, the faster the process, and the better you’ll feel.

2. Eat something with carbs before you go and donate! You’ll feel better if there’s food in your stomach.

3. Let them know that you’re nervous and they’ll do their best to make you feel better!

4. If you think you’re going to faint, tell someone. They don’t want you to faint anymore than you do.

5. Eat the snacks they offer. The sugar and the food will rejuvenate you.

I think those are all the tips I have for you! I hope this helps motivate or prompt someone to try donating for the first time because hospitals are always short on blood and you could save a life!

-kk

My Protein Does “It” Again

Myprotein_logo_logotypeI don’t like to wear real pants; you could say it’s because I’m lazy or because I don’t like the way that cold jeans feel when you put them on your body in the dead of winter. You could say it’s because my thighs and butt are too large to comfortably fit into most jeans. It’s probably a good combo of all of these things! This is why my wardrobe is made up of leggings. That and sometimes the leggings are basically pajamas (I’m looking at you Seamless Leggings.)

Alas, I am poor, like every other college student in America. I bargain shop and I try to keep my purchases on the lower end of the cost spectrum while trying to keep the quality high. That’s when I turn to MyProtein!

I’ve been buying supplements from MyProtein for a year or two, I don’t recall. They have high quality, yet cheaper whey protein (now that I’m trying to live that plant based lifestyle I just ordered the unflavored Soy Protein, I’ll let ya know how that goes.) They also have a pretty good line of High Protein foods and BCCA’s and Preworkout. I haven’t tried any of these but you’ll found countless reviews on them.

I recently turned to trying MyProtein’s workout clothing when Hope Scope did a review on them. She’s got some NICE clothes so I figured if she liked them, then I would too! So i bought a pair. Or two.

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Seamless Leggings in Navy

My first Black Friday Sale purchase was the Seamless Leggings in Navy in a size Medium. They fit so well! I’ve heard other reviews of Seamless Leggings where you get a camel toe from wearing them but that hasn’t happened to me while wearing these! They’re also so soft and the waist band doesn’t dig into my sides at all, it’s beautiful.

I also bought the Air Shorts. They’re layered shorts that have a snug, spandex layer and then a loser short layer. I got them in Black in a size Medium. I really like how these shorts fit me, I find it difficult to find shorts that I like that I’m able to workout in! I however don’t exactly like how the top layer of the shorts is so much higher up than the spandex layer. They cost like $16 though, so I’m gonna keep on wearing these bad boys!

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Air Shorts in Black

That’s my latest experience with MyProtein. I’ll of course keep you updated on the Soy Protein Situation.

If you want to use my referral code for any purchases you make, that’d be awesome! I’d appreciate it a whole lot. You’ll receive a 25% discount by using it! 

https://us.myprotein.com/referrals.list?applyCode=KAITLIN-R1Q&li

See ya next time,

-kk

Plant Based Macros

plantbased-dietI’ve been trying to implement a healthier lifestyle lately. Cutting out excess garbage and only eating whole, plant based foods. I just have a really hard time holding myself accountable for this….

So I’ve decided to go back to Macro Counting. I always found that writing down what I eat is a great way to make sure I stick to my plan! I had to do a bit of research on what is considered a good Plant Based Macro Split (the breakdown of carbs, protein, and fats in grams). I already knew the amount of protein I used to eat was unnecessary and that I’d have to up how many carbs I ate in a day!

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Luckily a found a really good My Fitness Pal Forum on this exact topic. They said that it’s best to have a 55%/30%/15% split of Carbs, Fats, and Protein. It didn’t take me very long to calculate these, I knew that I wanted to eat around 1,800 calories a day so I just divided that up into percentages using the My Fitness Pal website! This is just a rough estimate of what I’d like to eat every day and I’m going to use this app to hold myself accountable. I let myself go over Thanksgiving break and I would like my self control to be a little bit stronger from here on out!

I plan on filling these macros with many scrumptious foods! In fact, I’m making Chickpea Curry today and I fully intend on sharing that recipe. Unless, I already have. Which is a distinct possibility.

That’s all I have for today! I hope you’re enjoying watching my journey to becoming completely Plant Based. Have any tips for me? Share them down below!

-kk

 

 

Thanksgiving Retreat

24139860_1948266535187916_1326878648_oHi again friends,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I know that I did! Ryan took me to his family cabin up in Amberg, Wisconsin. It’s basically in the U.P. It was beautiful and I loved exploring the area; I would probably move to a town that far north if there were any larger cities. I love the scenery but I also love being near a city.

We made the four hour journey up there on Wednesday morning and then we spent the

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The rest of the trip was me just wandering around trying to find more things to explore. I get bored easily if I sit still for too long, unfortunately Ryan has no issue with this.

24115227_1948266841854552_24904556_o (1).jpgI also had to try to navigate my new found attempt at being plant based, which I mostly succeeded at! There was only one day where I went out of my way and ate a piece of cheese or we had brats for dinner so I had to have a brat. Obviously there was things that were already pre-made so I couldn’t exactly figure out what was in them but I did my very best! I’m slowly working through this whole process and I want to be successful but I also won’t be mad at myself if I slip up every now and then. But I’ll keep working on it!

 

I think that’s all for now! How was your Turkey Day? Tell me about it below!

-kk