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Another Quick Treat

If you love banana bread like I do… you’ll love these banana bread energy balls.

Core Energy

Banana Nut Bread

 

 

It tastes just like real thing!!!

Ingredients:

Dates

Bananas

Hemp Protein

Ground Flaxseeds

Quinoa

Buckwheat Flour

Walnuts

Cocoa Nibs

Vanilla

Cinnamon

 

Procedure:

Place all ingredients into a food processor.  Leave some of the walnuts for later.  Form into balls.  Chop the walnuts you set aside and place in a bowl.  Roll the balls in the walnuts.  Serve immediately, or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for later.  Energy balls will last 3 months in the freezer.


Satisfy Your Peanut Butter Craving!

Core Energy

Satisfy your Peanut Butter cravings with this Peanut Butter Energy Bar.

Ingredients:

Dates

Hemp Protein

Ground Flaxseeds

Quinoa

Peanut Butter

Buckwheat Flour

Vanilla

 

Procedure: 

Process everything in a blender.  Then form into balls.  And Enjoy!

 

 

 

 


New York City Trip 2018

I just got back from a 2 week “business trip” in New York City.  I went to audition, take class, explore the city, and visit friends.  And boy, did I learn a lot:

  1. A lot of actors live in Washington Heights, Astoria/Long Island City, and Brooklyn.
  2. Most actors don’t like Time Square, which is a little ironic given that that’s where the theatre district is and where auditions are held at Pearl Studios, Ripley Grier, or at the New York Actor’s Equity Building.
  3. Pack light…
  4. The classes offered in New York City (at Steps and Broadway Dance Center in particular) are all so amazing.  And so many of these teachers are industry professionals who are still working and involved in projects regionally and on Broadway.  Taking class is such a great way to network.
  5. Networking is key.
  6. Building a relationship with casting directors is so important.
  7. Having a peaceful, calm, and nice place to come back to after a long day of auditioning is so important for your personal well-being.
  8. I loved Jersey City!  The view of Manhattan from the Hudson River is such a spectacle.
  9. It was my first time going to 54 Below… had no idea 54 below was a small cabaret underground.  It looks like such a bigger venue from pictures and videos online.
  10. Not all of the trains in New York City are reliable.  I ended up using the 1, 2, 3, A, N, Q, R trains most frequently.
  11. I didn’t realize I had an incredibly large NYC family until I went on this trip.  It made NYC feel like home… and I’m so grateful for that.
  12. Auditions in NYC are like any other audition.
  13. The accompanists for auditions in New York are all so brilliant!
  14. The food in New York is AMAZING!  So many incredible vegan places.
  15. You spend a lot of money on food/eating out.
  16. The most popular side jobs for actors are: waitering, catering, teaching, and personal training.

If you are an actor and you have never been to New York.  Go!  Coming from someone who was scared of New York for the longest time and felt safe and comfortable in Chicago.  I’m telling you to go!  Taking this two week trip, truly opened my eyes to the opportunity there.  For someone who loves Chicago and loves my Chicago theatre family, it’s weird for me to say… but I’m so excited, nervous, and eager to move to New York in the spring.

 


Quick and Easy (esp. Regionally)

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of regional work and living out of hotels on contracts.  As some of you may know, there’s only so much you can do with a refrigerator and a microwave to create a delicious vegan meal.  I recently completed a contract up at The Fireside Theater doing “The Little Mermaid.”  While I don’t like to eat a large meal before a show, I would usually have a macro bar before an hour before our half hour call, I would have a larger meal after my show.  My go-to/post show meal was simple veggie burger tacos.

Ingredients: 

  1. Gluten-free Tortillas (corn, chickpea, brown rice, etc)
  2. Veggie Burger (I love Trader Joe’s Hi-Protein Veggie Burgers or Dr. Pregger’s Veggie Burgers)
  3. Hummus (I used Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus)
  4. Optional: you can add vegan cheese on top (I love daiya cheese)

Procedure:

  1. Warm tortillas in microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Cook veggie burger in microwave until soft and warm (1-2 minutes)
  3. Assemble taco with half a burger in 2 tortillas.  Add hummus
  4. Add a side of carrots or any type of veggies.

This is a very simple recipe… but it’s great on a budget and living in a hotel room.  Quick & Easy.


BBQ Jackfruit Veggie Bowls

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 cup steamed broccoli

1 cup steamed eggplant

1 cup steamed asparagus

1 cup caramelized onion

1/2 package of BBQ Jackfruit (I get the one from Whole Foods)

Procedure:

  1. Cook brown rice
  2. Steam Broccoli, eggplant, and asparagus
  3. In a pan, cook onion until translucent/caramelized
  4. In another pan, cook BBQ Jackfruit until warm.
  5. In a bowl, combine 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup eggplant, 1 cup asparagus, 1 cup onion, and 1/2 package of BBQ Jackfruit.
  6. Enjoy!

Jackfruit Bowl


BYU Vocal Point feat. The All American Boys Chorus

If you haven’t had the joy of attending a BYU Vocal Point, you need to go. Their concerts are amazing. I had a chance to catch them in concert back home in California a few months back. There were doing a concert and featuring The All American Boys Chorus. I am an alumni of the chorus. I graduated in 2006. Since I graduated and over the past couple of years, The All American Boys Chorus has been able collaborate with some incredible people such as, Josh Groan, BYU Vocal Point and David Benoit. Check out some of the music videos the chorus has done with BYU Vocal Point.


Zucchini Meatballs

Ingredients:

3 large zucchini (grated)

1 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1 flax egg (2 tbsp ground flaxseed & 2 tbsp water)

1 cup daiya cheese (mozzarella)

1 tbsp dried oregano

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a sauté skillet over medium heat.  Add grated zucchini and cook until most of the water and moisture from the zucchini has evaporated (about 10 minutes).
  3. Strain zucchini in a strainer.  Try to get all of the excess water out.
  4. Add zucchini to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add gluten free oats, quinoa flour, flax egg, diaya cheese, and oregano to the bowl.
  6. Mix until well combined and the mixture become doughy.  The dough can be as finely mixed or as you’d like.  If you want it finely mixed, try adding the mixture to a food processor and processing it for a minute.
  7. Coat a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
  8. Scoop a large tablespoon of zucchini mixture and form into a ball and place on the baking sheet.  Repeat this step several times until you have used all of the zucchini mixture.
  9. Place the zucchini balls into the oven for 20 minutes or until they become golden brown.
  10. Once golden brown, remove from the oven and let cool.
  11. Enjoy with tomato sauce, zucchini pasta, regular pasta, etc.

    Zucchini Meatballs


Persimmon Apple Salad

 

 

Ingredients:

1 large handful of spinach

1/4 cup dulse

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup chopped roasted brussels sprouts

1/2 apple, chopped

4 dried persimmon pieces, chopped

2 tbsp raw cashews

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl add spinach, pulse, bell pepper, brussel sprouts, apple, and persimmons and cashews in a bowl.
  2. Mix with dressing of your choosing (I used something light.  I recommend a balsamic vinaigrette or apple vinaigrette).
  3. Serve.  Enjoy!

Persimmon Salad


Enjoy the Journey

I don’t usually post very vulnerable posts on my blog, but I feel like my experience this past week and a half could be inspiring to those who read this.  Since closing a fantastic run of “Elf the Musical” at The Marriott Theatre on January 3, 2016, doubt, fear and questions began to bounce around in my head.  And the ever bearing “What am I going to do next?” question was ever present.  For the past 7 months, I have been fortunate enough (through the grace of God) to have had employment in my major field of study (musical theatre) since I graduated college.  But I was never able to line something up for after “Elf.”  Ever since, I was a kid and I knew that my dream was to be an actor, singer, dancer, doubt, fear, questions about how I would support myself as an adult never phased me.  I didn’t care about all of those questions that people asked me about how I was going to make a living.  I was purely focused on refining my craft and getting better every single day.  But now that I don’t have the foundation and the support of school, these questions began to filter in as the reality of being an actor began to sink in this past month.  As someone who gets stressed very easily, who likes stability, routine, and knowing, it’s rather ironic that I chose the performing arts as my career path.  But as I relayed these fears and doubts to my father over the holidays, he reminded me about a very simple saying: “It’s not about the destination . . . it’s about enjoying the journey.”  This quote has been playing over in my head since “Elf” closed.  Life is a journey filled with achievements, incredible moments of time, but it’s also filled with hardship and trials.  But it’s the journey, how we overcome the hardships and celebrate the achievements and joyous moments in our lives that make us who we are.  I know God has a plan for me.  He has a plan for everyone and He walks with us every step of the way.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6).  In other words, don’t overwhelm and consume yourself in the thoughts and ideas of how YOU think your life should be, but TRUST in the ever-loving God with all your might.  Give all your cares and worries to him.  He will lead you on the right path.  For those of you who aren’t believers in organized religion:  Be at peace with where you are right now.  Enjoy where you are in this very moment.  Each day is a new adventure and will lead you to a new destination.

If you have a dream and a goal, and if you have the passion and determination for that goal to come true, I have no doubt that you WILL achieve that goal.  So for those of you working as a performing artists out there and have been feeling doubt, I say to you: Enjoy the Journey and Believe in Yourself.  Stay Positive.  Stay Focused.  And Be YOU.  For one day, there is going to be a person who will see the talent, light, and passion within you and that one opportunity will lead you to your dream.


Persimmon Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup Trader Joe’s Broccoli Carrot Slaw Mix

1/2 cup diced persimmon

1/2 cup yellow bell pepper

1 /4 cup daiya cheese (mozzarella)

3 huge tbsp organic Thompson raisins

2 tbsp apple vinegarette

 

Dressing Ingredients:

1 /2 cup apple juice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

 

Procedure:

  1. In a jar, combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake well to combine.  Set aside.
  2. In a serving bowl, combine quinoa, broccoli carrot slaw mix, persimmons, yellow bell pepper, daiya cheese, and raisins.
  3. Add two tablespoons of dressing to quinoa bowl.  Mix well and serve.  Enjoy!

Persimmon Broccoli Quinoa Bowl