March 29, 2020

fitness, workout, mobility

Simple Pizza Dough

March 18, 2020

Stuck in Quarantine? Need a simple recipe that will allow you to take advantage of the random ingredients you might have in your cabinets? Homemade pizza might be the perfect solution for you! :)

I still know many people who are intimidated by anything dough related. But I promise you, it is much easier than people think. The most difficult part is the kneading, and given enough time of messing with the ingredients you really can not go wrong.


Makes 4 personal pizzas


  1. Add yeast to warm water, stir and set aside to activate
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Add EVOO to dry ingredients
  4. Add activated yeast to dry ingredients
  5. Mix initially with a large spoon until the dough begins to bond
  6. Begin to mix by hand. Once dough has somewhat joined together, knead for a minimum of 10 minutes
  7. Form the dough into a smooth ball and apply a small amounth of EVOO to the dough ball and the bowl
  8. Set aside and cover (towel or plastic wrap) to rise anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours
  9. Remove dough from bowl onto a floured surface and knead gently for 5 minutes
  10. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and form 4 smaller balls
  11. Dust with flour to keep the pieces from sticking together and add them back to the bowl to sit for another 10 minutes for additional growth
  12. Preheat your oven to the hottest setting it has
  13. Form the dough into any shape you desire. A rolling pin is not required as you can just flatten the dough first with the palm of your hands and then by pressing your fingertips into the dough to spread it out.
  14. Then add your desired toppings
  15. Bake the pizza for anywhere from 10-20 minutes while monitoring. Once the cheese it melted and the crust is golden brown remove from the oven
  16. Let the pizza sit for a few minutes to cool off then bon appetit! :)

recipe, pizza, dough

One Pot Penne Pasta

February 17, 2020

As with most of the meals I make, this is one that changes slightly each time due to whatever ingredients I have in the fridge. It is a simple and flavorful meal that I do not get tired of making.

This round includes bell pepers, mushrooms, a dash of tumeric and sliced green olives! Other common choices of mine include split cherry tomatoes, spinach and sometimes even sunflower seeds! (Weird? Not sure, but I love the texture it adds! smile)


Time: Approximately 30 minutes



  1. In a bowl add the soy cream and soy milk and mix well
  2. Then add chopped onion, salt, and pepper (the original recipe says to set the cream/onion mix in the firdge for 45 minutes, but if you do not have the time it still comes out tasting great.)
  3. To a pot add butter, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Sautee for 4-5 minutes until mushrooms are "charred" a bit
  4. Add cream/onion mix to pot and water
  5. Add seasonings, olives, and penne
  6. Cover pot and cook on medium/low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. Enjoy! :)

recipe, penne, pasta, vegan, mushrooms

Gyoza (Japanese Pot Stickers)

February 17, 2020

Gyoza is one of my favorite things to eat when I am back home in the USA. I have always wanted to give it a try myself, from scratch. Before attempting I watched at least 10 videos on YouTube, and picked out the common steps. I highly encourage others to give it a try if you love gyoza as much as me! The possibilities are endless when it comes to the filling. My first time I made a traditional vegan filling, and the second time I used whatever I had.

Recipe - Homemade Gyoza Wrappers



Here is the video that I feel is the simplest explanation on how to make these beautiful little wrappers :) It is easier to see it than to read about it.

Recipe - Vegan Gyoza Filling



Here is another beautiful video that explains the process of making the filling.

Recipe - Pork Gyoza Filling



How to cook?

As you can see in the videos above, there are 2 main ways to cook the gyoza. Boiling, and pan frying/steaming. I prefer pan frying them!

Enjoy! :)

recipe, vegan, gyoza, japanese

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

February 12, 2020

For my first recipe on my newly redesigned website, I submit a homemade experiment done right :)

Last week, I baked a butternut squash for the first time in my life in an attempt to make squash "spaghetti". I overcooked it so it came out more like mashed potatoes, but was still very tasty! That day, I only ate half of the squash and I saved the other half for an attempt at butternut squash soup.

I had been looking at a few recipes so had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I also did not want to go to the store and get any new ingredients. Plus, I am a big fan of using what I have in the fridge. I had half a head of cauliflower left over from when I made buffalo cauliflower poppers and califlower steaks.

So I threw it all together with the following rough measurements, and it turned out decent enough for me to eat it all :) 





  1. To a pot, add ~2 TBSP EVOO
  2. Add minced onions and garlic, sautee for 2-3 mins
  3. Add milk and water, bring to boil
  4. Add cubed squash and cauliflower
  5. Add seasonings and nutritional yeast
  6. Cook over medium for 20 minutes
  7. Use a hand blender or standard blender to blend all ingredients until smooth
  8. Enjoy! :)


recipe, butternut, squash, cauliflower, vegan

Home Workout

February 08, 2020

For the first addition to the workouts category, I would like to share one of my old videos of an at home workout I did while living and training in Serbia. Enjoy! :)

fitness, workout, bodyweight

February @BeastChallenge

February 07, 2020

So for those who have been following along for a while, I have occasionally been doing monthly fitness challenges on my personal instagram account. Well, last year I decided to make a dedicated account just for them!

Check it out -> @beastchallenge 

We are a few days into our February Abs Challenge, but I highly encourage you to join in! :)

fitness, beastchallenge, abs