Gluten Free Vegan Falafel with a Garlic Dill Tahini Drizzle

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Falafel was a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a while and when I finally made it, it didn’t dissapoint. It’s crispy yet soft, packed with flavor and the garlic dill tahini drizzle is a perfect finish for this dish.

Ingredients for Falafel

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1 tbsp chopped white onion
  • 3 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp corn flour or any gluten free flour

Ingredients for Garlic Dill Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Tahini Sauce (I use the one from Trader Joes )
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dill
  • Water

Appliances 

  • Food Processor
  • Oven

Directions

  1. Set Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Empty chickpeas from the can, drain and rinse them. Pat dry.
  3. In a food processor, add in 1/2 cup of cilantro and 1 tbsp of chopped white onion, mix til they are both finely chopped together.
  4. Then add in 3 tsps garlic powder, 1 tbsp ground cumin, pinch of cayenne pepper,  1 1/2 tsp salt and pepper, 3 tbsp corn flour and slowly add in the chickpeas. When you mix, be patient, try not to add water; only add a pinch if you need to but you want a ground up texture and you want it to be mostly dry!
  5. Put in the fridge for an hour. You wantthe batter mix to harden a little. If you don’t have time for this step you can skip but I reccomend you do it, if you have time!
  6. After an hour take the falafel out of the fridge and roll them into small balls, I use the Tbsp scoop for this. Perfect size! This receipe makes about 12 medium size falafel balls.
  7. Put the balls on a non stick baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  8. Put them in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes until golden.
  9. (You also can pan fry them in a cast iron skillet with some oil after baking them for a crispier finish, I like to do this time from time.
  10. Take your falafel out of the oven and plate them, I chose to eat them with baby spinach wrapped around it and dip it in my Garlic Dill Tahini Sauce!
  11. Enjoy! They last up to 4 days in the fridge, well wrapped!

 

Garlic Dill Tahini Sauce

  1. In a bowl add 1/2 cup of Tahini Sauce, 1 tsp Dill and 1 tsp garlic powder.
  2. Slowly add in a little water to make a thinner consistency.
  3. Drizzle on top of your falafel or use as a dip!

 

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Mild Black Bean Salsa

Today I am sharing a family favorite!! A simple but oh so yummy black bean salsa. My mom has been making this recipe for years and I still crave it all the time! It’s very mild but you can always add some jalapeño juice or more chile if you want a spicier version! I can eat this salsa ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!  I promise you need this salsa in your life!! It also only takes 5 minutes to make! How can you beat that!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small can mild green chiles
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • A whole lemon
  • 1/4 onion
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt

APPLIANCES

  • Food Processer

Instructions

  1. In a food processer add 1/4 chopped onion, whole can of mild green chiles, whole can of diced tomatoes and a handful of cilantro. Now blend til everything is finely chopped.
  2.  In a large bowl add a whole can of rinsed black beans, the ingredients from the food processor, the juice of a whole lemon, a tbsp of garlic pepper and tbsp of salt and pepper.
  3. Mix ingredients, taste your salsa and make sure everything is to your liking add more salt or lemon at this time if needed.
  4. Now your done, any left over salsa is to be put in refridgeratorand it lasts up to a week.

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I love this salsa I can eat it all in one sitting! I love topping my tacos with this, tostadas, white rice and veggies and of course just eating it with tortilla chips!

 

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Hope you all enjoy this easy, yummy salsa!!

Girls weekend Tea Time

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A few weeks ago my grandma, mom, sister and I had a girls weekend. We headed up north and had a wonderful relaxing weekend! We went to a winery, tea house, old town and a indian casino (where I actually won something!) It was a perfect weekend with my favorite women!

I specifically want to acknowlege the Tea House we went to called Kate’s. I have been twice before and it is seriously one of my favorite places to eat. From the darling little barn it’s in, the amazing service and the to die for food and tea! I always have a amazing experience and always want to go back!

Kate’s is located in Colombia, CA. Colombia is a old town in Northern California that you can visited and learn about the town and the history there! They pretty much have kept it the same and its fun to walk around and go in the stores! So if you are heading up north or traveling through or by Colombia stop by Kate’s! Even go just for a scone or a cup of tea its’s worth the journey!

Anyways I just wanted to share a few pictures of the weekend with you and one of my favorite little places to go and eat! I always get the Kale Tumeric salad, it has brussels sprouts, nuts, carrots, cabbage and the tumeric dressing has just enough flavor and zing to compliment the bitterness of the kale! One of the best salads I’ve had. I also love swiching up the tea I have each time because they have so many! The scones there are seriously amazing they even have a gluten free option there which is awesome especially because you dont find a good gluten free desert or baked good at most places!! The menu has a few daily specials, so they have limited quantity of somethings but all the food me and my family have had there is so good, a lot of soup, salad and sandwich options!!

5 Minute Easy Pesto

Hey Everyone! The recipe I’m sharing with you today is my 5 minute easy pesto! I love making my own sauces! Pesto is one of my all time favorites, because it can go on so many things your pasta, your pizza, a sandwitch  and even your potatoes!  It’s so great to make a big batch and  have it in your fridge to add it to a meal! It’s fast, easy and full of flavor!! If I ever mention a pesto sauce in a recipe, please refer here because this is what I will be using!!

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INGREDIENTS

ELECTRONICS NEEDED 

  • food processor or blender

Instructions

  1. In a food processor add 2 heaping cups of freshly washed basil leaves ( no long stems), 3 tbsp unsalted almonds, 1 tbsp garlic powder OR 2 garlic cloves, juice of  a whole lemon, 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper. Begin to mix
  2. Slowly add in 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and make sure all of the basil is being finely diced!
  3. Taste your pesto, make sure it tastes good, at this point add any thing until it’s to your satisfaction.
  4. For more of a sauce texture rather than a thicker paste, add more olive oil and maybe a little water.
  5. Your pesto is now done and ready to be used in your dish.
  6. If you have any left over pesto, be sure to refrigerate and cover it. I recommend putting it in a small mason jar!
  7. Good in the fridge for up to a week!
  8. Enjoy

Making your own sauce at home is so satisfying and always tastes better than store bought!! It takes 5 minutes out of your day and it can be used in so many things! I’ve been wanting to make more recipes with pesto in them,  so I wanted to have this recipe that you guys can all reference back to !

Today I used the pesto for GF Vegan pesto cheesy breadsticks and you bet this is gonna be one of my next recipes because it is to die for!!!

If you make my pesto, let me know! Leave a comment on how you liked it and what you used the pesto for! #sabrinaleablog

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The BEST Vegan Gluten Free Tofu Sandwich

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Hey Everyone!! I’ve been going through a seriously Tofu obsession lately and I’m not even mad about it!!I got this idea after watching a Bonny Rebecca video and I decided  I had to try it and I’m so glad I did! It’s fast, easy, under 10 minutes. The tofu is juicy with flavor, you have creaminess from the avocado and a wonderful crunch from the cucumber and spinach! This sandwhich leaves you wanting more!!

IMG_0735IMG_3761IMG_0737IMG_3767IMG_0734IMG_0732Ingredients

  • Tofu
  • Tamari ( gluten-free soy sauce)
  • Gluten Free Bread ( my favorite brand is little bakehouse gluten free bread 100% plant based)
  • tomato
  • baby green spinach
  • cucumber
  • avocado
  • vegan mayo
  • mushrooms
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika powder
  • cumin powder
  • nutritional yeast

 

 

Instructions

  1. Cut open your tofu drain the water, cut your tofu into thin slices.
  2. Set your cut tofu on a plate and pour Tamari making sure all the tofu is covered in soy sauce.
  3. Mixed 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp onion powder in a small bowl and sprinkle it over both sides of the tofu.
  4. Now set the plate of tofu to the side and let it marinate.
  5. In the mean time cut your vegetables; mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber and avocado.
  6. Once you are done cutting your vegetables, go to the stove put a non stick pan on medium heat.
  7. Put your marinated tofu and the rest of the sauce from the plate into the pan and let it cook until the edges of the tofu are crispy. About 3 minutes contionouslt flipping the tofu.
  8. While the tofu is cooking toast your gluten-free bread. ( I use a toaster until the bread is lightly brown on the edges.)
  9. Once the tofu is crispy on the edges, take it off the pan and set it to the side.
  10. In the same pan you cooked the tofu, put in the cut mushrooms, add a little water and  a dash of nutritional yeast to the pan and let it cook until the water has dissolved. It will cook in the left over flavor of the tofu.
  11. Once the mushrooms are cooked put them to the side
  12. Mash your avocado in a bowl with salt and pepper.
  13. Now that your avocado is mashed, tofu and mushrooms are cooked and your bread is toasted it’s time to make your sandwich.
  14. First spread the vegan mayo on the bread, the mashed avocado (easier to spread when mashed), and then the tofu and mushrooms.
  15. On the other side of the bread add a generous about of baby green spinach, tomato and cucumber, as many as you like.
  16. Then your done!
  17. Enjoy your amazing sandwich!

If you are more a visual learner like me go check out my youtube video on this recipe and go show some love and a comment if you try this recipe out!!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe before going gluten free and vegan I rarely liked eating sandwiches. Now I find mysef eating them all the time!!

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Let’s get real about acne

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Acne… the one thing no one in this world wants, but is something most of us have to deal with. Let’s get real…We all want that perfect, blemish free skin and will do just about anything to achieve it! There are hundreds of products, remedies, and medicines people will try or take to achieve great skin. The pressure to always look perfect is on and I’m here to tell you having acne is okay.

In High School, I had perfect skin.  I would have a blemish here and there but all in all if I walked out with just concealer under my eyes, I would be good to go. It was not until a couple months ago that I started having bad acne, it seemed like everything I was trying was not and still is not working. I have never had this much acne in my life. On top of that, I also have the worst habit of picking at my face, which makes my skin even worse! But it is safe to say that I have been feeling very insecure about my skin.

Acne can really effect the way someone feels about them self, it can take the most secure  and confident person down with it. I will not go outside without spot concealing my acne because I’m embarrassed.

Why do I feel this way? Acne is normal but the pressure to have perfect skin is all around us. The natural beauty hype is shoved in everyone’s face, so even wearing a lot of makeup to cover it up is frowned upon. The media is telling us that if you don’t have perfect skin, you are not beautiful. We see celebrities with flawless skin but don’t realize the amount of money that is put into it. They are probably having facials every weekand using an $800 moisturizer at night.  When asked their beauty secret most of them just say some generic response like “oh I drink a lot of water.” That’s just not real.

I’ve tried so many things to clear up my skin to see what works for me. The range of products I’ve tried go from really harsh chemicals to all natural and gentle products. I’m trying to find the right balance for me. Having really bad skin has made me be more dilegent about having better habits in my life. I’m starting to work out more often. I was very stagnant for months and not doing much physically so not having that blood circulation could be causing some of my acne. Also being better about taking my probiotics and drinking WATER. Keep a consistent skin care routine and NOT PICK MY SKIN.

When I was filming my everyday makeup routine the other day, I was embaressed that I had to wear a little more makeup than I usually would to feel confident in myself and thought maybe I shoudn’t film it. But then I realized why shouldn’ t I, I want to be as real as I can and me having a lot of acne is what is real. You can see in the video that I don’t feel my best with acne but I keep on reminding myself that it’s temporary.

I shouldn’t feel bad about having acne and I shouldn’t feel bad about wearing a lot of makeup. Either way I should feel confident in myself and I’m working on that.  I’m tired of feeling like I should be ashamed of showing my scars or my acne because  of what others might think.

I want my blog to be a place where I can be real and share everything that I am going through. Right now is the journey to better skin. I want to share my struggle and have a open conversation about the stigma on acne and wearing more makeup to cover it up.

You are beautiful either way, don’t let society or any one tell you other wise.

I would love to hear anything or products you use that clear up your acne. SHARE YOUR SECRETS, HELP OTHERS OUT.

I will definitely keep you updated on my skin journey!!

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Brain Injury & Passions in Paint

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I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. My brain injury was definitely something that was supposed to happen, the universe was taking me in a different direction.

A little story behind my brain injury.

I was having a lot of head pain the summer of 2016, but never thought much of it. I told my mom that I was having this head pain, but we didn’t think it was anything serious, just some bad migraines. We tried to link it to different things, such as my new prescriptions in my glasses, or that fact that I just started school again after a year of being off. This was around the time I started school again at my local community college, in August of 2016. I was excited to move forward with my life after being sick with my internal issues for the past year. Two weeks into school, on a weekend while doing homework, my normal migraine was hurting more than usual, and it was absolutely unbearable. I started having blurred vision and was blacking out, I couldn’t even sleep that weekend because of how much my head hurt.

I went to emergency the next day. I was scared, but after a CAT scan, they said I had no internal bleeding, thank God. Despite the good news, they said that I did have a brain injury, a severe concussion. They said that it looks like I’ve had it for a long time as well. (I played competitive soccer for 12 years and have had about 5 concussions, so safe to say my brain is very sensitive.) They asked me how I could have gotten this injury and the only blow to the head I could recall is hitting my head on the wall one night while sleeping. I had a massive bump on my head the next day. For awhile after, I had some head pain and was quite sensitive, but I didn’t make the connection until my doctor visit. My brain has gone through so many blows that a small hit can cause major damage. They told me I had to drop out of school and rest so my brain could heal. I couldn’t believe I was hearing those words. I’ve never cried so much.A girl crying because she can’t go to school, you don’t hear that a lot. At the moment it felt I was taking one step forward just to get knocked three steps back.

I was on heavy pain killers and anti depression medication to help with the headaches. I felt weird most days and slept a lot. I couldn’t watch tv or listen to music because most noise made me feel like my head was going to explode. I just couldn’t deal with the pain. I also  couldn’t excercise or do much at all, I was stuck in bed most days. I became an angrier person even though I was still trying to remain positive. The brain injury took its toll on me…I was having a hard time dealing with it all. A lot of emotional, and physical up-and-downs those past several months.

What saved me was drawing and painting, or just art in general. There wasn’t much  I could  do without getting a headache, so I just started taking some printer paper and a sharpie and I would look at pictures on the internet to copy them. It was fun, and I actually wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed it a lot and felt like I was finally doing something for myself. I’m a very creative person, so doing this made me incredibly happy. Pencil turned into sharpie, then water-color and paint. I just continued putting my time into creating art. It was nice to finally be excited about something after such a long time of not being excited about anything.

Art was an escape. Something I can put my energy towards and feel fulfilled after. My brain injury led me to art, just as my internal issues led me to veganism and a healthier lifestyle.

My brain injury also gave me a major push into finally creating my blog. I felt like the universe was telling me that school wasn’t for me. At least it wasn’t meant to be at this time. SO, once I no longer had headaches, I bought a camera, and had no more excuses not to start the blog. Now I am here. Past the pain, and the struggle, and am better for it.

Creating is everything for me. It’s when I’m my happiest, and feel most accomplished. I have found a new passion in painting, and I look forward to keep on working at it and getting better. I even find myself getting excited about buying canvases and paint brushes.

If you ever have something you’ve ever wanted to try, DO IT! Life is too short not to put yourself out there and do something new. If you ever wanted to try to play an instrument etc., start now, it’s never to late to do something that makes you happy.

So even in the hardest of time some light can come out of it.

A more personal post, little more into my world these past couple months. I’m very thankful that I feel much better these days. The brain is very unpredictable so I hope I continue to do great and no longer have to deal with the effects of the brain injury.

 

PS. The picture I was painting in this is Brad Pitt from Fight Club!!! I love painting people!

 

XOXO Sabrina Lea