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We could all use a little or a lot of inspiration in our lives, in any way it can come to us. Sometimes it comes to us through things that we watch, people we meet, words we read, challenges we are given, something we hear or listen to. Anything that is inspiring can gi

ve us that extra boost or motivation we need too help us get to where we want to be, or the inspiration can help to keep doing what we are doing when we feel stagnant, stuck or bored. Inspiration doesn't always have to come to us, it is also something we can look for or seek on our own. It is always nice when inspiration can come as a surprise, at a time you aren't expecting it, but don't be afraid to seek out the things or people that inspire you.

As much as I love to cook, there are many days I need more inspiration in the kitchen. When this happens I look for things to inspire me, challenging myself to be more creative, scrolling through other recipes on Pinterest, magazines (yes, I still buy magazines), walking through Sur La Tables and looking at all the kitchen gadgets... There are many ways to get inspired! If inspiration has eluded you for a while, find it!! Figure out what it is that does inspire you, words, people, places, moments. It is difficult to be self inspired all the time, we all hit that time and space that we just keep doing the same thing, bored with where we are at and what we are doing.

One of the things we can never stop doing is searching for inspiration anywhere and anyway we can, because in that inspiration you will find yourself growing and evolving. Inspiration helps us find our own connections, learning who we are and what motivates us, moves us, keeps us going and makes us happy. The other part of inspiration is being creative, we can never stop being creative, however that looks to you. Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, what a great feeling to be, INSPIRED!!! Find inspiration wherever you can, feel it, do it and BE inspired. Or, find someone or something that can help inspire you, you owe it to yourself to find out what or who that is.

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

3 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce

2 tbsp mirin

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1/2 tsp sriracha

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

2 medium carrots sliced

1 cup snow peas

4 green onions, sliced diagonally

2 heads baby bok choy, chopped

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined


In a medium bowl whisk together first 6 ingredients, set aside.

Heat 1tbsp oil in skillet, once heated add the mushrooms to the skillet, stir fry until the mushrooms start to release their liquid about 5-8 minutes. Next add the belle peppers, carrots, snow peas and scallions, continue to cook. Stir in the bok choy and cook for another minute or so.

Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant.

Remove vegetables from skillet. Add the other tbsp olive oil and heat, then add the shrimp to the skillet, cooking until opaque, add another tbsp olive oil or water if needed.

Put the vegetables back in the skillet with the shrimp, stir fry mixing all the shrimp and vegetables together.

Reduce heat to medium and whisk the sauce a little more and add to the skillet, stirring just until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat.

To serve, pour over cooked rice or rice noodles.

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

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