WARNING! Now Exiting the Comfort Zone!

Hey there, I’m sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve reached out to you. If you’re following me on social media particularly my business page, you know how kooky life these days is.

As you may recall, I’ve ventured out to bring awareness to healthy eating since I became a vegan last year. Well, God is really nudging me toward success and I’d like to say I succeed most days, but sadly chocolate is still my nemesis. He continues to challenge me to get out of my comfort zone by trying new things, sharing my personal story and His plan for obtaining a healthy body and lifestyle.

Just this past weekend, I participated in my church’s cook-off where the proceeds generated went to our Children’s Ministry. What?! Yes, Miss Lack of Self Confidence, entered a cooking contest. It was kind of like a food truck invasion for those who have some semblance of a culinary background or a gift of putting varying food products together and making them taste great without the help of ketchup.

Being the ignored centered child that I am, let me tell you that I did not take this challenge lightly. To start, my outdoor station on that beautiful afternoon consisted of a brand-new canopy tent, which I felt was important to keep us out of the sun. Then to instill a sense of confidence (or competitive fear) in my food entry, I ordered a banner with our Vegan Chic logo on it (Yes, I had a logo designed and am I going to use this again when?) and had t-shirts made. I opted to enter my mother’s Garbanzo Bean Soup recipe, veganized.

OMG! This is not work for the faint at heart. The pots were gargantuan.


My kind of tasting spoon. Too bad it’s not chocolate. Oops.

So, 12 gallons of soup later (which by the way was total overkill), a blister on the inside of my forefinger from cutting 60+ potatoes, sore feet from standing 2.5 hours and my cheeks hurting from smiling and so much positive feedback from vegan and non-vegans alike, I walked away without the coveted Golden Spatula Award, but a winner. I had stepped out of what was me for so long and that it felt wonderful. God had placed a dream in my heart and I acted upon it.

If God has given you a dream albeit to paint, go back to college, sing in a choir, start your own fruit and vegetable business, adopt a child, make scented candles, go on a mission trip, whatever…He is faithful to help you fulfill that dream. It’s His gift to you. What comes from that gift is a new purpose, an open door, renewed confidence, a passion for more Jesus!

I’m not sure where my culinary capers will lead, but I’m open. As the word caper implies “skip or dance about in a lively or playful way”. Isn’t that an awesome picture of God wants us to do in His presence and with the gifts He gives? All I can say is, I’m doing a jig with a huge smile on my face for stepping out of self-consciousness and into the dream He’s placed in my heart.

Oh boy! Can you see the confidence? Feel the tremor of the competition? Nah, me either.

So how about you? What dream has God put in your heart? (Psalm 37:4) How can I help you? Let me know.

Until next time, stay chic and dream BIG!


Psalm 37:4 NIV “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Matthew 6:21 ESV “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Psalm 20:4 ESV “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!”

Mom’s Garbanzo Bean Recipe (if you’re interested)

1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 Tb Sazón (see below)
1 Tb extra-virgin olive oil
½ c water
2 c vegetable broth
2 c peeled and cubed red potatoes
1 large sweet red or yellow pepper, seeded and chopped (I like using ½ of each)
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
14 ounces vegan sausage, sliced (I like to cut the links into quarters lengthwise, then cut into ½” pcs so there’s a piece in almost every bite)
20-25 green olives with pimentos (use less if you’re not an olive fan)
1 can (28 ounces no salt added) diced tomatoes with juice
Sea salt, to taste
Put the onion, 1 tsp sazón, 1 Tb olive oil and ½ cup water in a large skillet or soup pot. Cook 7-10 minutes, until tender and stir occasionally. Add 1 cup vegetable broth, potatoes, sweet peppers, bell pepper, garlic, 1 tsp sazón. Cover and let cook 15 minutes, stir occasionally. Stir in the garbanzo beans, vegan sausage, olives, diced tomatoes, 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 tsp sazón and stir to combine. Cover and cook 35 to 45 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Season with salt, to taste (which I don’t think needs it).

* Sazón is a blend of coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, oregano and cayenne pepper.

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