I must admit, this recipe has been a long time coming. Not sure why it took me so long to post, but let’s just say it’s worth the wait.

It’s a new year, which means more people are trying to watch their waistlines than they were two months ago. For lots of people, this will mean cutting carbs and upping your foliage. Since rabbits and I have the same diet, I’ll try to be of service to you.

Over the last year, I became a fan of dehydrating things and making other stuff out of them. Like cauliflower and zucchini crust. Let me be frank here: I failed A LOT. So, rest assured that this recipe is the most fail-safe of them out there, and you can use the dehydration process to make not only tostadas but pizza crusts too. Now, they don’t taste like your normal tostada and pizza crust, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. In fact, they’re delicious! But I just want you to be prepared. Is there anything worse than thinking something tastes one way, and then it doesn’t?

So, here’s an easy, healthy, and pretty cheap meatless dinner option (but feel free to add some chicken, steak, etc.)

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What You Need:

1 cauliflower (I used two because I was making them Lakers-themed)

1 egg

3 tomatoes (diced)

1 can black beans (rinsed)

1 orange pepper (optional, the Anaheim Ducks were also playing… it was a festive night in my kitchen. It can really be any kind of pepper, or none)

1/2 red onion (diced, optional)

1/2 cup cilantro (optional)

1 avocado (chopped, optional)

Grated cheese (your choice, it’s for the toppings!)

Wax or parchment paper


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What You Do:

Okay, here’s the hardest part. Take the cauliflower and cut it up into pieces. Not small, but manageable. You can either put these in a food processor, or if you burnt yours out like I did, you can just use a grater. The gist is to get the cauliflower into tiny crumbles.

Put the cauliflower in a microwavable bowl, and micro it for 2 minutes, mix, 2 more minutes, mix, and 2 more minutes if you feel it’s necessary. Then, using a dishtowel or paper towels, get every remaining bit of water out of the cauliflower (this is crucial! If they’re wet you’ll have soggy tostadas and no one likes that).

Mix in the egg, and shape your tostadas on the wax paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through

While this is baking, you can heat up your beans in a pot. If you want to add even more flavor, mince a garlic clove, and add that along with chili powder. This isn’t a MUST DO though.

Then top with all of your goodies and you’re good to go!


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Messiness – Lawdy! This can get pretty messy, especially when you’re shaping the tostadas. BUT let me just say that it’s TOTALLY worth it! Mostly, the messiest part is all of the separate dishes for the toppings though. If you can manage that, you’re in business.

Simplicity – Once you get this down, it’s really simple. No harder than making hamburger patties. However, if you’re an anti-microwave person, this may prove a little bit more difficult. I personally like to nuke stuff as little as possible, but frankly, it’s necessary with this recipe to get the most amount of water out (my refusal to do so is why I failed my first few attempts). But if you’re feeling determined, you can definitely wring out the cauliflower on your own (I just hope you’ve been saving up your elbow grease all day!).

Budget – Each of these ingredients shouldn’t be more than $1-2 no matter where you shop! And one cauliflower head will make a good amount of tostadas, as long as you aim for the normal corn tortilla size.

Delicious Factor – I have to reiterate here: these don’t taste like your normal tostadas, but they’re still great! So, as long as you have that in mind, you’re going to be just fine! And as far as healthy substitutes go, these are one of my favorites.


In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m a BIG James Allen fan. While his diction is, shall we say ‘classic,’ what he has to say is right on.

Over the last year, I’ve grappled with my anxiety a lot, but this meditation guide has without a doubt helped me become mentally stronger and overall more loving, understanding, kind, and patient.

You can buy the book for 99 cents on Kindle, James Allen’s Book of Meditations. Or, I also found this link for you too http://james-allen.in1woord.nl/daily.php

Either way, if you are trying to be the best version of yourself, it’s worth the 2 minutes a day!

Every time I go home, my dad has some new kinds of alcohol that we’re going to rope someone into helping us have a taste test with. And every time, without fail, my dad picks the scotch, and I pick the whiskey. Well, this year at Christmas, I tried possibly the best whiskey I’ve ever had. Now, I haven’t had that many kinds of whiskey, but after trying this, I don’t really care to try any more.

Tullamore D.E.W. is the best whiskey I’ve tasted. It’s flavorful, but with zero burn. And no, they aren’t paying me for this, but if they want to pay in whiskey, my flasks are pretty dry ;)

Anyways, I realize that not everyone likes their liquor neat, so, here are some of the recipes on their website. If you like what you see, go HERE to find the full recipe, and enjoy!




It’s Monday, January 5, 2015, and do you know what? I have broken some of my resolutions (but my resolution to floss is still holding strong! Mom should be proud). I didn’t work out on the 1st; in fact, I barely even left my bed. So, that whole, “Attack the day” resolution: not happening. Also, I ate four gobstoppers, two Twizzlers, and a handful of potato chips, so, that whole “strict diet” thing is done with.


I’m here to tell you that even if you’ve broken one or all of your resolutions, it’s okay! The idea that we can suddenly wake up one morning as a superior version of the person we were at 11:59pm 12/31/14 is silly! Give yourself some grace, and understand it’s a process. The point is to learn the process, and eventually it will become ingrained in your life.

And to show you real numbers about how NOT alone you are in achieving your goal, here’s a study done last January by University of Scranton, and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology:



As you can see, you are FAR from alone in breaking your resolutions! But as the chart says, people who at least made them are more likely to achieve their goals than people who didn’t. So, you’re already getting a head start, even if you did just eat an entire tub of peppermint ice cream because it’s seasonal and I can’t have it until next year!

You still have 360 days to make this the best year of your life!



I have been fortunate enough to call Los Angeles my home since 2010, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I don’t care about the smog (maybe that’s because I grew up in Riverside county), or the traffic. I just love everything this city has to offer.

So, this year, I’m trying to do some things I haven’t done, and really didn’t even know existed. Like, did you know you can kayak in the LA River (did you even know there was a non-disgusting part of the LA River?!)? And who knew that all of those days I was driving home, I was passing the largest section of the Berlin Wall on the west coast. Oh, and West Hollywood’s park has a rooftop tennis court (because everything is more fabulous in WeHo than anywhere else, and that’s a fact).

This made me think about how everyone has different opinions on what the best parts of this city are, so I put together a list of what different people think you should see in LA, so you can make your own decision. For example, you may not be interested in visiting Escondido Falls (treacherous, but worth it. Just bring the right shoes), but maybe you’re interested in trying a Mai Tai from the place it was invented (Tiki Ti’s, in case you’re wondering, and I highly recommend it!).

And if you’re not from LA, I encourage you to see what your own city has to offer! People constantly seem to think that another city has more to offer them than their own, but have they really explored it? I know I haven’t.

Your LA bucket list


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I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a happy new year! I know, this is cliché, but so what! I truly wish you the happiest of new years!

Imagine if with each passing 365 days, we were happier than the ones before that. We’d all continually be the happiest versions of ourselves!

Sure, life throws us all curve balls, and we often have to wake up every day and choose to be happy, but that’s my wish for you. I wish you the strength to choose happiness in 2015, no matter the circumstances. It is possible, and I know that you can do it. Believe in yourself and the strength you have.

I know my big resolution for 2015 is to have more self-discipline, whether that means not eating a cupcake, making it to the gym no matter how tired I am, or finishing everything on my to-do list before going to bed.

I wish you luck with all of your resolutions and goals as we all bravely enter a new year!


I love apples! Not just during the fall and winter, but all year long, apples are my favorite fruit. So, naturally, I love applesauce, but I do not love what applesauce does to my waistline, thanks to all of the sugar.

Well, one day I was looking around some blogs and found a great recipe for skinny-ish applesauce!

I made it while staying with my parents, and I had my dad try it. His first question was, “how much sugar did you add?” I was happy to report NONE… sort of.

All of the sugar comes from the honey and the dried fruits. This also makes it extremely affordable to make, and it’s easy too!

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(adapted recipe from HERE)

What You Need:

3 apples (peeled, chopped)



raisins, or whatever dried fruit you have

What You Do:

Preheat the over to 350 degrees

Add chopped apples to a glass baking pan

Lightly coat them in a sprinkling of cinnamon (use your judgement based on how much you like cinnamon)

Add your dried fruit

Drizzle honey all over it

Cover with foil, and bake for 35-45 minutes, or longer if you like your apples softer. Mix them up every 15 minutes or so while they’re cooking.

Mush with a fork and enjoy!

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Messiness – Surprisingly, this isn’t that messy. I made it on my lunch break while I was working and the cook time gives you the opportunity to clean off all of the tools you used.

Simplicity – This may be the easiest recipe for applesauce I’ve found, in addition to being one of the healthiest.

Budget – All of these ingredients can be found at the 99cent store, and if not, they’re still pretty cheap. In fact, my parents happened to have everything I needed, which was why this was a perfect chance to try it.

Delicious Factor – 5/5. Easy! And while I’m not a big fan of ice cream, I can see that making this even better. Who doesn’t want a warm dessert fresh out of the over to go with some ice cream?!


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