How to Grow Herbs in Your Kitchen Window?

5 Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Window

As part of the healthy lifestyle, growing fresh herbs in your own kitchen is the basic step to a new level of cooking. There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes you prepare. If you’re lucky enough to have an herb garden you can enjoy that great taste as often as you like, but what do you do if you don’t have space for a garden outdoors?


Luckily many herbs are easy to grow in small areas such as kitchen window sills. They need warmth, sunlight, and water. And if your kitchen doesn’t have enough natural sunlight during the day, you can also place them in rooms with better natural sunlight. Remember that it takes about three times as much fresh herb to get the flavor of a dried seasoning, but the taste is much better.

Look for herbs which will remain relatively small. Those who are too wide or too tall may not fit in the area you’ve chosen to grow them. You’ll also want to consider the type of cooking you do most often and choose herbs which will match that type of dish. Below are five herbs to grow in your kitchen window or another in your home.

Chives. This herb, which tastes like a combination of garlic and onions, can be added to homemade salad dressing, sour cream, soups or burgers. You may want to substitute chives for onions in some recipes to give your food a little different taste. These can be started from seed quite easily. Your recipe will also have a unique taste depending upon whether you use fresh or dried herbs.

Basil. Basil is used in many ethnic foods such as those from Italy, Mexico or Thailand. If you’re preparing a dish with tomatoes, basil is a natural herb to choose. There are several varieties to choose from, and you can either start them from seed or purchase seedlings.

Cilantro or Coriander. This is another herb which can be grown easily from seeds. Depending upon whether you’re using the leaves or allowing the herb to go to seed, you can use cilantro in Mexican or Indian cuisine.

Mint. Mint is a universal herb which is used in a myriad of cuisines. If you live in the South you know it can be added to iced tea. You can also use it as an ingredient in salads, jellies, and desserts. It can be started as seeds or seedlings.

Thyme. Thyme is often used when cooking meats and other savory dishes. It is best to start these out as seedlings so you can begin using the herb as quickly as possible.
Seeds and seedlings for the above herbs can be found at many discount stores as well as farmer’s co-ops. If you choose to grow your herbs from seeds, follow the instructions on the packet to plant them.

Before you know it, you’ll have fresh herbs to harvest and enjoy in your home cooked meals.

Try it, use it in your meals and you’ll have fresh herbs all year long:)

One of the most important factors is not giving up, experiment and find the one you really enjoy and use. There are countless variations and options available which can make your meal both appealing and fulfilling.

MAKE IT SIMPLE BUT DELICIOUS…AND ENJOY IT!

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With love and respect,

Tunde

Why Become a Vegetarian?

Invest in You

Invest in You

If you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.
You want to use some guidelines to help you which are as follows:

Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both.

There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be incorporated into your professional career. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.

Assess Your Current Situation

Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.


Set Goals

Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high-level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.

Consider Alternatives

There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals.

Evaluate How You Are Doing

When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.

Keep it Simple

If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your plan, you are likely setting yourself up for failure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself. It just means being realistic about your capabilities.

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Discover what your values are, what your passions are, what your deep desires of this life are. Then ask yourself if the choices you make today are getting you closer towards those things, or not.
You are in control of your own life! NO ONE else is responsible for your life, your health, your joy, your maturity, your happiness, or your success. That’s a beautiful place of responsibility you can own! Once you step into that space you ditch the victim mindset and truly have congruity internally as you accept the job of owning your life. Start now and INVEST in YOURSELF: in your health, in your relationships, in your family and in your wealth!
With love,
Tunde

Setting goals: WHY Goal Setting Is the Key to Success?

WHY Is Goal Setting the Key to Success?

Many a time you may have heard parents or elders in your house saying set a goal in your life if you want to achieve success. You may not have listened to them then, but have regretted later. Setting goals and accomplishing it is the only way to achieve success. There is no second way.

Setting a goal gives you all the emotional support to move forward in life to achieve success. Many factors play an essential role to achieve success. Motivation, optimism, pertinence, determinations, actions, confidence, faith, attitude and predicting capability all play a significant role when setting goals and in the process of achieving the goals. You can dream, and it is only you who can fulfill your dreams. Dreaming gives you the motivations to achieve success.

  • When you set a goal, you have some purpose in life. Further, you must update your goals constantly to keep pace with life. If you do not update your goals constantly as you progress, then you will lose track of your way and end up diverting from your road to success.

Therefore, the point is that even if you have a huge goal to achieve in life, you have to break it up into several small steps. These small steps are your everyday goals, which only if you achieve can bring you the huge achievement that you set in your life. Thus, it is all about strategic planning and management.

  • Accomplish small goals every day. To begin with, note down these small goals on a notepad, look, and visualize it every day, Think of innovative ways on how you can achieve these small goals. Take the necessary action and focus on the work you are doing. Be optimistic of the results. If you do these, they are on the right path.

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    Setting goals

It is also necessary to set deadlines as it helps you to achieve the goal within a certain time. Otherwise, you leave it for long and divert midway. Some people set goals that are not achievable. Avoid such mistakes as trying to achieve these types of goals are only a waste of time and confidence. You must know your strengths and weaknesses before you set a goal. Knowing your potential is very important when trying to achieve the desired goal.

Thus, goal setting and following it strictly is an important step to achieve success in your life. Without a goal, your life is a waste.

How to Set a Goal Successfully

Goal setting and planning are the two essential factors to get the results you desire. Making up your mind is the primary step when you want to achieve something. You may work hard throughout the day, but if you do not have the focus, that end goal, all your hard work goes to waste. Even though you can find many resources over the Internet on how to set a goal, but it is a personal experience that teaches you better than any books or resources. However, still, here are some tips on how to set a goal that will help you to some extent.

  • First, you have to be an optimistic person to achieve your goal. You have to hop for the positive and keep faith in you. If you have any doubts, write them down in a piece of paper and try to come to a solution. If you cannot find the solution yourself, then take help of close ones or those who have expertise in the niche.
  • Second, you have to visualize your wanting. Visualizations can instill confidence in you and only then you will have the “Go and Get it” attitude. Visualizations bring you closer to your wanting. You also need to visualize your steps to get the desired results. Analyze the risks involved in the tasks as well as the benefits involved. You must know the ratio between the benefit and risk.
  • Third, jot down your goals on a piece of paper. You must write both your short-term goals as well as long-term goals. For example, if you want to complete a certain task tomorrow, write that down and write the goal you have set after a year. Write everything in a proper table format. Haphazard writing will make you more obfuscated in your daily life and you will end up diverted from your goal. Therefore, write down everything neatly so that anyone can understand by just looking at it.
  • Finally, take action. Only if you set the goal without taking any action, it leads nowhere. Hence, take the actions that will make you reach closer towards your goal. Think positively and take positive steps. However, before taking any step, analyze the situation once again as to whether that step is appropriate or not.

To top it all, enjoy the work you do while reaching towards your goal. That way you will not feel the pressure and even reach your goal happily.

Reasons for Not Achieving Desired Results

All of us have some goal in our lives or the other. It varies from one individual to the other. Earning money, losing weight, getting a contract, getting back with ex-boyfriend are some common goals set by people in their daily lives. Some people achieve their targets easily while others do not achieve their goals even if they try for many years. There may be some reasons for not achieving the desired results. Listed below are some reasons as to why people do not get success.

  • Procrastinating is one of the major reasons why people do not achieve their desired goals. It often happens that you dream of something, but never set into action to achieve your dreams. Alternatively, even if you chalk out a plan, you constantly push it back day after day giving some excuses. Moreover, when you start the action, you find it is too late. Thus, you end up losing to achieve your dream forever.

You do not achieve the goals set, as you do not have a foolproof plan. Even though it may seem perfect to you, but in reality, it is not. This is because when you chalk out the plan, you make it standing from your plan. You do not think of what is going to happen when you reach the goal. Thus, the plan is one-sided. Therefore, when you work on the plan and move ahead, you have to update your plan continually as your progress towards your goal.

  • You spend most of your time thinking about the problem and fearing the problem. Instead of spending this time wondering, work out for a solution to the problem. Seek the help of others, if needed. However, do not let others pacify you in this time rather seek solutions from them.

When the slightest of things do not work in your favor, you obfuscate everything. Obfuscations lead to complicated situations and do no good. Therefore, be calm during these times, only then things will start working in your favor again.

  • Do not set for something less deserving. Once you do that, you tend to divert from your goal and take wrong decisions further ahead in life. You start feeling that you are not capable of achieving any higher dreams.

A majority of people does these mistakes and do not achieve the results they desire. Therefore, do everything keeping a calm and optimistic mind.

Set a Goal to Get the Desired Results

Many people want to achieve success without putting in any effort. However, they may appear to succeed for a short time, but in the long run, they are bound to fail. One can only achieve success through sheer hard work.

Setting a goal in life is essential for a person who wants to be successful in life. To be successful in life, first, you have to do is set your priorities straight. You need to know exactly what tasks you want to give more importance. After you set your priorities, chalk out a time table where you can write down the daily work you have done. This will make you more systematic in setting your goals.

  • Next, focus on the task you are doing. Generally, it happens that you end up losing focus on a task if you work on it for long hours. It is not your fault, it is a habit of human beings or we can say that it is a state of the human brain. Therefore, it is advisable to take short breaks in between the tasks to keep your brain focused on the task. Also, do not keep tasks pending, as when they pile up, you tend to divert from the goal.
Setting goals

Setting goals

Take actions when obligatory. Imbibe decision-making capabilities in yourself. This is a very important factor to get the desired results or achieve success in life. If you fear to take any risks or actions when it calls for, then possibilities are you may divert from the goal that you set. To achieve success, you have to undertake certain risks at times. If you undertake the risk and do not succeed, then many people lose all hope and sets into a depression state. However, you must always have faith in yourself to do better next time. Also, when undertaking a risk, keep a second back up a plan to enforce that can help you to come out of the situation if you do not succeed.

  • Thus, reaching your goal is all about your planning and actions are taken. It is easy to get the desired results if you have a proper plan to execute. Set your eyes and heart for something to get it. The craving from the heart that can give you the thing you want. Therefore, it is imperative to listen to your inner voice while out to achieve the desired results.

 

Tips on Goal Setting

Are you frustrated when nothing works out in your favor? Do you get depressed when you do not achieve the desired success? When you do not get the results you desire, then you tend to look for tips everywhere that can help you to achieve your goals.

Here are some strategies that you can apply to set your goals and get the desired results.

  1. To achieve your goals, visualize your dreams and goals. Dreaming your goals will give you the willingness to fetch the goal. Generally, a person who does not dream has no goals in their life. Therefore, dreaming is the start of your realization of your goal.
  2. Think of the steps you can take to achieve your goal. Consulting others might help you a little, but ultimately you have to take the decision yourself. This is because you know yourself the best. Others can just guide you on which are the right ways, but you have to know the best way suitable to you to achieve goals.
  3. Next, do not promise anyone but yourself to achieve the goals when you have found the right way to start. Promising others often leads to breaking of promises, but if you promise yourself, then your inner voice constantly reminds you of the promise.
  4. After promising, sketch out a timetable that you wish to follow. However, it is advisable to change the routine when boredom sets in. Changing timetables will give you more energy and a new outlook to start afresh with a positive mind. Moreover, changing timetables also lets you find your previous faults and shows you a better and right way. The timetable should also reflect the time you are taking in doing certain work. Say, if the timetable says that you have to complete a unit of any subject in 30 days, then you must do so. Time is an important factor when desiring results.

Think of innovative ideas to make your goal achievement process easier. Innovative methods will also give you the energy to complete tasks.

Keep optimistic about your dreams. Optimism plays an important role in getting results. The more optimistic you are, the faster you are likely to reach your goals. An optimistic attitude motivates you to get the desired results and shows you the right way to success.

Finally, be dedicated to the work you do. Dedication can bring a lot of accuracy to your work and make it perfect.

Thus, follow these tips firmly to set your goals and reach the point of success.

Always believe in yourself, even if nobody does anymore and don’t give up the fight for your dreams!

 

With love and respect,

Tunde

Healthy Lifestyle:How To Start ?

How To Start A Healthy Lifestyle?+ FREE Minestrone Soup Recipe

Healthy Lifestyle Journey Start: If you think that you don’t know how to eat healthier and you feel that you don’t understand nutrition regarding healthy eating in order to start to live a healthier lifestyle, in this post, you will find some basic guideline for your journey.

With a little knowledge, anyone can start on the road to good health. You can also find other blog posts related to healthy eating on my website

Healthy eating is essential for maintaining proper body function, having energy and vitality and for living a disease-free life. For those who have trouble with healthy eating, breaking unhealthy habits could be the most challenging aspect of the process. But, for those who want to live the best lifestyle possible, it is essential to adhere to a proper diet and stick with it for the long term.

A great starting step when you wish to begin a healthy eating plan is to rid your home of bad foods. What are bad foods? A good place to start is with anything that is processed, this includes, cookies and soda. Processed, packaged foods typically have little in the way of the nutrients the body needs.

Keeping junk food and drinks out of your kitchen can help to prevent temptation. Instead, stock your kitchen with healthy snacks, such as carrot sticks, fruit, cheese, yogurts, and various whole wheat products, like crackers and rice cakes.

For those who have a sweet tooth many nutrition bars are available that have much less sugar than candy and cookies, these include, Atkins Bars in a variety of flavors, including, Brownies, they taste great and have zero sugar.

Healthy Meals

What is healthy lifestyle? What do healthy meals include? Lean proteins, and healthy carb sides, including whole grain starches and vegetables. Also, fruit is an excellent choice for dessert. Overall, a healthy eating plan includes the recommended daily allowances from all the food groups, and when you look at that chart, please notice that sugar is nowhere on the chart.

One more step in learning to eat a more nutritious diet is to take the time to learn which foods are the healthiest and how they work in the body. It’s common knowledge that fruits, vegetables, low-fat and skim dairy products are healthy, but, few individuals fully grasp why. The secret is understanding nutrients.

Once you appreciate how specific nutrients work in the body, you’ll be more prone to make these healthy choices at meal and snack times. Knowledge is power!

Cook At Home

Control the ingredients and the cooking methods, and you control your health. Don’t leave it to chance and make sure that you prepare the best meals for you and your family.

Changing how you eat is always a great step towards healthy eating, and it will affect how your body performs. The healthier you eat, you better you’ll feel.

Schedule

When beginning a new healthy diet, it’s also wise to consider a consistent meal schedule. If you frequently eat in a rush or at odd times of day, it is likely you aren’t eating healthy foods. Many people have very busy lives, and eating junk and fast food on the go is typical. It’s important to plan. Rather than grabbing a fast food lunch on the run, take a bagged lunch to work, possibly a tuna salad sandwich on whole wheat or a fresh salad. The weekend is an excellent time to plan for the week, and prep food that can be used easily throughout the week.

Plan for healthy dinners as well, by cooking ahead of time and using the freezer to its fullest advantage. There are many healthy frozen meals available at the market as well, and be a good alternative for those who really cannot cook. These include Healthy Choice among others.

Shop The Periphery Of The Market

Did you know that the periphery of any supermarket has all the healthy foods, while the inside aisles carry all the processed and unhealthy ones? Think about it, the produce aisle, the fresh meats, and the dairy products are all on the periphery. Next time you are at the market take a stroll and look around the periphery to see what is there.

Final Thoughts

Begin with small steps. Even if you merely substitute one soda a day with a glass of water or one candy bar with an apple, it counts. If you usually eat fast food each day for lunch, try eating a healthy meal instead of half of the time. When you begin with tiny steps, it won’t feel too drastic and you can take your time to find out about healthy foods which you can learn to love in the long run.

Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula

This satisfying minestrone features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available.

Tip: For best results, cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 50-55 minutes
  • Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

    • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
    • 3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
    • 1 28-oz. can petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    • 4 c. organic vegetable broth*
2 whole bay leaves
    • 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped (or 1 t. dried)
    • 1 T. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 t. dried)

 

  • 
1 T. fresh oregano leaves (or 1 t. dried)

 

  • 
½ T. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 
Optional: 3” Parmesan cheese rind
  • 2 c. Fusilli pasta
  • 2 c. fresh green beans, cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 c. fresh arugula
  • Optional Garnish: 
¼ c. fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
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* Use additional vegetable broth to reach desired consistency if needed

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté garlic, occasionally stirring, for 2-3 minutes or just until garlic starts to turn golden brown.
  3. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are soft and tender.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, 4 cups vegetable broth, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to a pot and stir to combine.
  5. Add Parmesan cheese rind, if desired, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  • While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining pasta.
  • Rinse pasta and transfer to a medium bowl and toss with remaining olive oil. Cover and set aside.
    Remove cover from the pot or Dutch oven and add green beans and the reserved pasta cooking liquid.
  • Stir to combine and continue cooking, uncovered, another 20-25 minutes or until green beans are crisp-tender.
  • Add arugula and additional vegetable broth, if needed, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until arugula begins to wilt.

To serve, divide cooked pasta among individual serving bowls and top with hot soup. Top with chopped parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with crusty bread and/or a crisp, green side salad for a hearty meal.

Enjoy!