Vegan Egg Rolls

Servings: 12 egg rolls
Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg Vegan egg roll wraps (I use Nasoya)
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 cups cabbage slaw
  • 2 Tbsp tamari sauce OR coconut amino acids
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Sweet chili sauce, for dipping
  • Chives OR green onions, for garnish
  • Cooking oil as needed (I stick with EVOO)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat skillet with enough EVOO to simmer ginger until fragrant
  2. Add cabbage slaw and cook 2-3 minutes, stir in tamari/amino acids, remove from heat
  3. Allow to cool before scooping about 2 Tbsp of filling onto 12 egg roll wraps
  4. Fold wraps: bottom corner over filling, then fold in side corners, and roll to wrap tight. Brush top flap/corner with water in order seal.
  5. Heat oven to 400°F. Place rolls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Lightly brush rolls’ tops with EVOO and bake until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes.)
  6. Serve with sweet chili sauce and chives/green onions.

Intentional Look Into My Emotions

With the abundance of time the world seems to be allowing me, I’ve been taking time in the mornings to meditate. This meditation has been crucial for my overall mental well-being during this challenging year. I’ve been searching my soul, talking with God, and reflecting on my well-being with deeper intention. I am a firm believer that my purpose on Earth is to share God’s grace and become the best reflection of His goodness as possible. My morning meditations have been eye-opening to areas I see a need for more effort and work to reach the ideal person I wish to become.

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#BlackLivesMatter

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

I don’t want to be silent, but I lack the words to express exactly how I feel. I have never woken and been in fear to go about my life due to the color of my skin. I have never thought twice before going for a jog, decorating for a party, or asking someone to put a leash on their dog in a public park. I don’t receive questioning looks as I walk through my neighborhood. I’m not watched step for step every time I enter a store. And I now realize this is not a luxury every individual throughout my country shares.

Over the past week, I have been doing my due diligence to listen to the outcry of my friends and neighbors. An outcry for justice. An outcry for peace. An outcry for equality. And throughout this time, I’ve come to four definitive conclusions:

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It Really Is This Simple: Calorie Deficits

It doesn’t take rocket science to understand when you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. This phenomenon is known as creating a calorie deficit. As you can see, every popular (and unpopular) diet actually works due to this key component: eat less + burn more = lose weight.

I covered the basic facts of calories last month, but since I spent yesterday talking about my nutritional goal to hit a calorie deficit in order to lose weight throughout the next few months, I thought it might be helpful to learn what exactly that means.

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Backyard Transformation: DIY Paver Patio

Our house continues to become a home, one project at a time. Since buying the Apple House in October 2018, we have demolished walls, refloored the entire upstairs, gutted the bathroom, changed windows, and painted every wall and ceiling. With warmer weather and COVID keeping us home, Spring 2020 was the perfect excuse to complete another project as well: designing and constructing our own backyard paver patio.

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