The concept of choice has been showing up a lot for me lately. Since I am one who wants to always be in control and have all of the power over things in my life, it becomes so tough when I feel that I have no control over situations. It is in these times that I feel powerless, hopeless and slowly let myself fall into a deep downward spiral.
Recently, though I have found that in fact the power is actually all mine. I do have control and I do have the power. I just have been looking at my life from the wrong point of view. This magical power that I possess is none other than choice. It’s been sitting there this whole time and yet I have failed to realize it.
So bad things happen in life, we all know that. And it’s very easy in tough times to feel broken, defeated and even victimized in a way. We settle for the Why me? or Nothing ever goes right in my life. This sort of mindset diminishes our power and only makes us feel weaker. It allows us to use our situations as reason to pity ourselves and feel alone and separated. We sometimes even act as though this is just the way it is, this is the deck of cards we have been dealt and there is nothing we can do about it.
But that’s not true. We actually do have power. We actually do have control. Our power is in our own hands. In every situation no matter how powerless we feel, we always have a choice.
We can choose to take the next step. We can choose not to let our tough times define us. We can choose to respond to the tough times with the thought that we will come out stronger. Our choice lies in how we respond to bad times. Throwing in the towel is just as much our own choice as pulling ourselves up after the fall. Think of that person you know who has been through the rockiest of roads in life and yet they always come up with a smile. Not once do you see them let their bad luck get the best of them. Sure, they have it tough, but they choose to have the power by not letting circumstances get the best of them. We all know someone like this. That person battling cancer for the second or maybe third time, the person who doesn’t let a disability stand in the way of their dreams, and so on. What separates these people from the rest? Their choices.
So the next time your dealt a bad hand, before you let it get the best of you, take the power, take control, and choose choice.
Lately, I have been quite fascinated by the power of cashews. They are more than just a great snack. Cashews are quite versatile and they actually make a killer cream sauce. After soaking these nuts for a few hours and tossing them in a food processor with some water and seasonings, you can have a rich creamy, sauce without the dairy!
While I am not vegan or even a vegetarian, I can appreciate some of the amazing things we can make unexpectedly from certain foods. Cashews are one of these foods.
These Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Garlic “Cream” Sauce can be ready in minutes. You can add grilled chicken or maybe some salmon if you are interested. You don’t really have to use the zucchini noodles, and can use regular pasta, but these take only minutes to make so a big time saver while adding veggies to your meal.
- 1 cup raw cashews Soaked in water for 2-4 hours
- 2/3 cup water more for thinner sauce
- 1 -2 garlic cloves or more to taste
- Juice of half lemon
- Sea Salt
- Cracked Pepper
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 4 medium or 2 large zucchini
- crushed red pepper optional
Using a spiralizer, make 'noodles' out of all the zucchini and set aside.
In a food processor, combine soaked cashews (drained of water that were soaking in), water, garlic clove, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Process until a smooth creamy sauce.
In a skillet, heat 2 tsp olive oil on medium-high heat.
Saute zucchini noodles for about 3 minutes.
Add in spinach and stir to wilt.
After spinach has wilted, add about half of the cream sauce and turn heat to low.
Stir to coat adding more sauce as desired.
Once sauce is heated, remove from heat and serve.
Add fresh basil or pine nuts to garnish if desired.
Also, crushed red pepper adds a little kick to this recipe!