Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mean Green "Musgo" unPasta (& video)

Wow... that's quite the title... but it must be...

So back in December, I wrote about making "Musgo Stew" HERE. Dave and I were getting ready to go on vacation and had lots of extra food in the fridge that we didn't want to go bad... it was food that "MUST GO".. hence the name. So we put it all together and hoped for the best. We tend to do this every once in a while and most of the time, we get great results!

The other day, our random veggies were really adding up in the fridge, so I made us some "Musgo unPasta". I am calling this "unPasta" because it's not made with noodles! It's gluten-free and the "noodles" are made from raw zucchini! The sauce is SO SIMILAR to Alfredo sauce, but without all the cholesterol and fat! It's REALLY amazing!

This has probably been my BEST Musgo creation to date AND I managed to get some great pics too! :) Enjoy the process and the beautiful colors down below.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Cup of Parsley (tightly packed)
  • 2 Avocados*
  • 1 Cup of Spinach (tightly packed)
  • 1 bunch of fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Cup of Sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4- 1/2 Cup of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Dill
  • 1 Teaspoon of Powered Mustard

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  • 4 Steamed Carrots
  • 1 Steamed head of Broccoli
  • 1/2 Medium Onion 
  • 1 Teaspoon of garlic
  • 2 Large Zucchini

TO MAKE THE SAUCE

  •  Lightly steam carrots and broccoli. It takes about 2 minutes. Then reserve the water in the bottom of the pot.
  • Put ingredients 1-9 (above) in a blender. Blend until combined. You may need to add water to get the blender going, so slowly add the reserved veggie water from the steamer.
  • Cook chopped onion and garlic until onions are soft. No need for cooking oil while sautéing. Just put a little water in the skillet until the onions start releasing their own water. :) Cutting down on unnecessary fat is easy!
  • Combine all above ingredients in the skillet you cooked the onions in. Mix and heat if you wish. This would an almost raw vegan dish if you don't heat the sauce.
Steaming broccoli: LOVE that you can almost FEEL the steam rising from this pic

The ripe avocado in all its glory
Scooped out avocado

Everything in the blender
LOVE this pic featuring some of the stars in this meal.
Clockwise: Broccoli, Parsley, Spinach, Fresh Basil, Sun-dried Tomatoes
Adding the steamed broccoli and carrots to the onion


TO MAKE THE NOODLES 
- Peel 2 zucchini. Slide them along this vegetable slicer, trying to keep them as long as possible. When finished, throw some lemon juice in the bowl and let them sit, marinating in the juice for 10 minutes or so.




SERVE & EAT (chopsticks optional)
Thanks to Dave for being a beautiful hand model
We ate the pasta with steamed "musgo" Brussels Sprouts lightly drizzled in Balsamic Vinegar


*A WORD ON AVOCADOS
Maybe some of you are not familiar with avocados. I know where I lived growing up, they were not that common. I just put together a video about how to cut them, and I also give tips on how to select ripe ones and some interesting facts on the FRUIT. Check out the video here:





THE BEAUTY OF MUSGO
You don't need to add the exact ingredients that I have in this recipe. Just use anything in your fridge that "MUST GO".  I would suggest, however, to keep the taste of the recipe similar, keep the avocado and nutritional yeast at least. :)

Make the term "Musgo" a staple in your family's vocabulary! I think it would be super fun to do a "Musgo Monday"! Your kids will love coming up with ideas of what to make with leftover veggies! Get them excited about the creative process that makes cooking so enjoyable!

To all of you in Korea, enjoy the long 3 day weekend for Buddha's Birthday!!! Dave and I plan on exploring a few other mountains in Busan and getting some much needed study/writing/portfolio time in!

Don't throw away- find a way
To put those old veggies to good use.
Get creative!
Get inspired!
Live empowered!

Meg


PS: Need ideas for your left over greens and herbs that are less than fresh? Check out this awesome tip to revitalize to be as good as new!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Don't Throw Out Your Greens... just yet!

Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to make a quick post about renewing greens leafy veggies and herbs that perhaps have overstayed their welcome in your refrigerator.

Did you know that you can "bring back" wilted lettuces, greens, and herbs, simply by placing them in a glass of water for about 30 minutes? It works like a charm! You won't even believe it!!!
Here are some herbs and greens that I rejuvenated before dinner tonight.


Parsley and Spinach

Basil




*If the greens are slimy and extremely limp, you won't be able to resuscitate them. :( If it's questionable, just give it a try!

The more you know, the more you grow and the less you THROW
away :)

Empower Your Life!

Meg

Be on the lookout for an AMAZING new Spring recipe coming out in a few days ALONG with a new video. I've been a busy bee....


PS- Yes, I did take these pics! It's amazing what the right light does to add quality to your photos!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

VIDEO: How To Cut a Mango

It's been quite a long time since I've done a YouTube video. I haven't really been inspired to get in front of the camera all winter. But since Spring decided to show up, I have been finding myself rather inspired for multiple projects. I find inspiration everywhere it seems... So why not make a video.

Last weekend I was shopping at our local grocery store, and I found some mangoes on clearance! Yes! In Korea, we have clearance sections in the produce section!!! It's pretty great, I must say.


Needless to say, that shopping trip inspired me to do a "how to" video on cutting mangoes.


I remember being a picky eater once and how I gave every excuse as to why I couldn't try something new. I have also talked to several people who have told me that they could never eat "x" vegetable or "y" fruit because they didn't know how to cut or cook it!!! That was all that was keeping them from enjoying some pretty great health benefits AND great tastes and textures!

If you often find yourself giving this excuse, I hope you find some inspiration in this video to try something new.

Enjoy:




Let me know if there is a topic you would like me to do a video on and I will be glad to do it! I'd love to hear what you're thinking!!


Go Eat Your Mangoes, NOW!!!

Meg :)

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I'm slowly moving away from my old channel (megrushbrk).
I'll be posting my future videos to "The Empowered Way Channel".

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Excuses... EXCUSES!

Sometimes I make excuses...

Today I just realized that I get most of my internet WORK done while I'm at school (working).
I do it on breaks, or at lunch. Today during lunch, I updated my Linked In and Instagram pages.
Why don't I think to do these things AT HOME?

After racking my brain, I came to 2 conclusions:

ONE: I HATE my desk chair in my home office. Terrible excuse, right? Well- it's tiny and NOT COMFORTABLE and I can't sit "Indian Style" in it. I seem to always be sitting "Indian Style" in chairs lately- it makes me feel more comfortable.

What was I thinking buying that puny chair on the left!? The new one is on the right is PERFECT for me!

TWO: My desk ALWAYS has a "to do" pile on it, and although it appears "neat", I have random stuff thrown in boxes under my desk. Since I know the stuff is there- it haunts me and makes me unable to concentrate on my tasks at hand.

For these 2 reasons, I avoid my office. Avoiding my office= avoiding work. Work= studying, blogging, writing, painting, etc.

So what happens? I end up writing or attempting to do "work" on the couch or in my bed. I usually end up falling asleep before my work is done or getting distracted by something else.

It's Spring and I'm tired of making these lame excuses! So when I left school today, I bought a new chair and a 3 drawer organizer. Things like this are expensive in Korea (we don't have WalMart or Target), but the investment is worth it! YES, I said investment! Anything that makes you feel better, healthier, more productive or more successful is an investment in yourself and IS worth it!

I spent about an hour cleaning the "Winter" out of my office and it feels great! I feel totally prepared to take on all the amazing things I have coming up!

My clutter free desk!

I got so carried away with cleaning- I even mopped the office. Of all the chores in the house, mopping is my least favorite... by far. But I am always so happy when it's finished and the house has that smell.

I haven't used chemicals to clean my house for years, and people usually comment on how great it smells. Here is my recipe for a mopping solution.

Tea Tree Essential Oil and Lavender Dr Bronner's Soap. 
Both are super concentrated, so you only need a little bit and your house will smell amazing! Believe it or not, Tea Tree and Lavender make a stellar combination! You can buy the tea tree oil and Dr Bronner's soap at my favorite shop, HERE. It will arrive straight to your door in less than a week no matter where you are in the world!

Why is my Office So Special?
This is my living room. It seems to represent ME on the outside. It's pretty simple- and that's the way I like it.

My 16th floor Apartment . Busan, South Korea.

 But my office is a total reflection of myself on the inside.  I need this space in my home. It's where I draw my inspiration from. I need to make sure I maintain this office. I find that if it's messy, I am feeling a bit frazzled on the inside as well. If it's clean and organized, so am I! I think it's important to keep your home clean and de-cluttered. To me, it just makes all the difference in the world.

Here are a few snippets of my rarely seen (even to my friends) office.

An amazing mobile that my wonderful friends made for me on my birthday. It's complete with paper cranes holding birthday wishes, paper flowers made from the pages of a Paulo Coelho book, and some wooden angels from Ubud, Bali.
A Balinese sea angel



A Balinese air angel.
An owl pillow made for me by my lovely sister-in-law,  a blanket bought for me by my great friend Meghan at Mayan ruins in Mexico, a medicinal herb pillow, a leaf pillow, a purple and red sarong that I bought in Koh Samui, Thailand. The ingredients for a perfect Saturday afternoon nap!
Some postcards that sing to my heart, a self-portrait magnet I made in "Art Class" at school,
 and a lovely note from my husband.
My collection of rocks and seashells that I picked up from all over the world and the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
 I'm so happy I have a tiny space in the world where I can be ME. If you don't have an extra room, you could always carve out a small corner somewhere. If you need it, you can make it happen.

Sometimes we let small things interfere with our joy or with our path in life. When we STOP giving excuses, we START living. Living can be scary and that is why so many people will give you excuse after excuse as to why they cannot do something. Most of these excuses seem "lame" for lack of a better word. But they are very real to the person giving them.

When will you stop letting small excuses keep you from the life you want?

INVEST in YOU. You will reap multiple returns on investment- whatever that may mean to you.

Come on in- the water's fine~

Meg

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