Taco Tuesday: Salmon Love Tacos

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By now, you have probably heard of Meatless Monday. I’m not a person who eats a lot of meat, so taking part is easy to do and coming up with new recipe ideas is a fun challenge! I eat a mostly plant-based diet, although I love salmon and I eat it maybe twice a month. Organic, wild salmon is one meat source that I feel good about eating because it is totally good for you.

Lucky for me I live in Seattle, where fresh salmon is readily available and dependably delicious. Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the cardiovascular system, neurotransmitter function, and just about every bodily process. Our internal organs (i.e., heart, kidneys, liver) as well as our external organs (skin, scalp, hair) work much better with adequate levels of Omega-3s. Researchers are still discovering the extensive health benefits of these guys, but I can tell you from my own “research” (eating it!) that it gives me mental clarity and sustainable energy.

So I decided after Meatless Monday, why not incorporate this fatty fish into Taco Tuesday?!

I don’t have exact measurements for the recipe as I threw this together on a whim, but you get the idea. Include some cervezas and make enough for you and some friends. Substitute as desired.

Ingredients:

Salmon rubbed with Tom Douglas ‘Rub with Love’ Salmon Rub and cooked by desired method

Blue corn taco shells warmed up in the oven

Sliced avocado

Chopped kale

Chopped cilantro

Lime

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Black beans

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Chocolate Chip Pancake!

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Here’s a recipe for you guys! If you’re craving pancakes but worried about the inflammatory effects of regular pancake mixes, this is a creation that happened when I wondered, “Hmm.. what would happen if I put some turmeric in this pancake.” The result? Deliciousness! When cooked, turmeric is basically flavorless, but it does turn your pancake(s) a lovely golden yellow color. Turmeric also lends immense anti-inflammatory benefits that when coupled with gluten free pancake mix makes for a pancake that is not only delicious but good on your digestive system. It may not look like much, but man, I’m telling you, it is SO GOOD!! You can also substitute bananas, blueberries, or whatever you like in place of – or in addition to – the chocolate, if you like.

Ingredients:

-Gluten Free Pancake Mix. I used The Cravings Place All Purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix.

- 1 egg (optional)

- 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil

- 1 tbsp. turmeric

- 1 tbsp. almond butter

- 1/4 cup water

- 1/4 cup dark chocolate (or carob) chips

- 1 tsp. cardamom

- 1 pinch of sea salt

- unrefined maple syrup

Directions:

1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add in egg (if using), coconut oil, almond butter, and to desired consistency.

2. Heat up pancake griddle or pan to medium heat. I use just a regular pan greased with soy free butter substitute or coconut oil. Pour pancake batter onto heated surface and watch for bubbling. Flip pancake over with spatula after seeing a good amount of bubbles surface and heat for another minute or two, to desired brownness.

3. Take off heat and let cool down. Top with maple syrup, fruit, and any other things your heart desires!

Enjoy! I personally love pancakes and could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They go well with tea or coconut milk, and make for an easy to make and filling meal. Yum! :)

Pushing a Boulder up a Mountain

Sometimes, when you don’t have a support system, you have to be your own support system. Listen to your own intuition, be your own guide. If you spend your life attempting to meet others’ expectations, you limit yourself and don’t get to live up to your own. I have spent a good portion of my life trying to fit in, my motivation being to be with others. To feel included, connected, loved. I realize now that it is not other people that I don’t fit in with. I just don’t fit in with society’s rules of what a life should look like. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone, except to myself.

I am able. I am deserving. This is my purpose and my calling.

About seven months ago, I went to a spiritual mentor for guidance on what to do. I was feeling lost and depressed. I was told: “Other people don’t always know how to be with your depth of understanding and insight – which might make you feel like you can’t trust yourself – but, really, I hear it in your writing and underlying wisdom, and tapping into that is going to be so powerful for you.”

I continually doubt myself while simultaneously holding everything in my hands. All of us have the power to break free. Some of us choose to follow paths forged by those before us. Taking a step outside the trail can be scary. It is unknown because no one has ever gone that way before. If you want to forge new paths and show new ways of doing something, however, then you have to take those first few steps.

Along the way, you will begin to see signs that point to the correct path for you. You must always be present to pay attention to the signs. That is why learning to trust one’s own intuition is so important. If it is a truly creative endeavor and a purpose meant for you and only you, no one else knows what your path is! How can they? What is meaningless to someone else may be a true sign to you. Pointing you in the right direction, in accordance with the universe, and there to help you achieve your goal.

The same mentor that told me I can trust myself also told me that sometimes, progress is like pushing a boulder up a mountain. When you look at how far you have to go, it may not seem like you are making progress. But then one day, you notice the boulder has gotten lighter, and maybe one day it turns into a pebble. You see how far you have come, and there is no going back.