This week has felt like a profound shift for me. After sorting out a variety of life choices, I have finally concluded on a professional pathway that I am happy with, for now.
For well over a decade, I have worked tirelessly towards my professional goals. I was/am a straight-A student with multiple scholarships, and without tooting my own horn, I am an innovative thinker and have been from quite a young age. In fact, work has been the center of my whole life.
After getting married and looking inward, something changed. I noticed that my professional achievements were not leading me to perceived happiness that I thought I would one day “earn”. Instead, while I accomplished one goal, it always felt like a larger one was already in line for me to tackle with its own substantial and unique challenges to navigate. The number of times I used the phrase “someday” led me closer to the age of 30 all while feeling like a hamster on a wheel.
See, here is the real truth – after saying “someday” for 11 to 12 years, I am not sure how much I believe it anymore. While lost in my profession, I lost touch with my friends; I lost touch with my personal and more intimate goals; I lost touch with my creativity and laughter; and … at the height of my stress … I lost touch with love – not only the type of love I give to my husband, my family and my friends but any shred of love I ever had for myself. Self-love was usually the first to be abandoned.
So this week, I set a clear goal and said “no”. And it was scary as hell.
But if nothing else, I know aside from the hubby who gets all the raw emotion, “Behind every strong and successful woman is a tribe of other strong and successful women who have her back.” I am indebted to them. Overall, I am excited about where my refined focus will take me and how the next year is going to play out as I try to achieve a professional and life balance.
On that note, something else I say “no” to on occasion is cooking dinner. I know! How could that be? But, sometimes I have no desire to cook anything. These days are usually on Friday; however, tomorrow, Maciej and I are headed to Chicago on a road trip so technically today is our Friday. Also, given the stresses from the past ten days, I am wiped. On these days, one of my go-to quick and easy recipes is something I coined as “Drunk Nachos.” While most of my recipes have these exceptionally healthy, plant-based, nutrient-dense profiles, this recipe does not. It’s delicious, easy to throw together from regular ingredients at the grocery store and quick to assemble.
- 1 bag corn chips
- 1/2 bag Daiya Cheez Shreds Vegetarian: grated mozzarella
- 1 onion diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small container button mushrooms quartered
- 1 jar roasted red peppers
- 1 pkg vegan ground I use Tofurky chorizo flavour ground
- 1 batch 5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso*
- 1/4 C salsa
- 1/4 C hot banana peppers
- 2 Tbsp plain coconut yogurt
- 1 avocado diced
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- On a sheet pan, spread out the corn chips and top with Daiya cheez. When preheated, bake the tortilla chips with the cheez until melted (approximately 5 minutes).
- While the oven is preheating, add olive oil to a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- add onion and mushrooms to the frying pan with a pinch of salt and let saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the roasted red pepper and the vegan ground to the frying pan and saute for another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Whip up a batch of the Minimalist Baker 5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso.
- To assemble: on the sheet pan with the tortilla chips and cheez, add the sauteed vegan ground mixture. On top, pour queso, salsa, hot banana peppers, coconut yogurt and avocado.
- To serve: I place the entire sheet pan in the middle of the table with small plates and a fork to scoop up the ingredients.
*The 5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso is from Minimalist Baker and is quick and easy to top the nachos with.
This recipe is super versatile. I love to check the international Mexican aisle and find creative add-ins (e.g., cactus, olives etc.)
How about you? Have you ever had to say a scary “no”? What is your easy go-to “lazy” recipe? Share below!