Natural Hair Week In Review

Since my last post, I’ve run my first marathon, teamed up with my longtime friend/boss Yoga instructor for weekly inspiration and I’ve committed to making one meatless dish a week. Whew…..

 

My first marathon held in Lafayette, La back in March

 Recipe

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Crispy Black Bean Tacos:

Avocado Lime Sauce:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded if desired
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions:

For the tacos:

    1. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. Add two tortillas to the skillet and allow them to heat in the oil for about 10 seconds.
    3. Cover one side of each tortilla with 1/4 cup of beans, and top beans with 1 tablespoon Mexican Cheese Blend.
    4. Using a spatula, carefully fold the tortilla in half, on top of itself and press down with the spatula to shape the taco.
    5. Cook 3-4 minutes, then using a spatula flip the tacos and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned.
    6. Continue the process until all the tacos are done, adding additional oil as the pan dries out.
    7. Serve immediately.

For the sauce:

1. Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Yoga Inspiration

“You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you.”-Dodinsky

 

New Natural Hair Videos

My Natural Sistas shows us how to create a classy updo/

Juicesandberries uses avocado, an egg, honey, Jamaican Black Castor oil, Olive and Lavender oil to give her hair a shiny healthy finish.

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Natural Hair Week In Review: Baked Salmon and DIY Recipes, Summer Styles and Cocktails

On the night that I heard about Alton Sterling’s death, I cooked for my family like I hadn’t done in months….Steak, gravy with mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cabbage and rice.  I aimed to fill their bellies with warmth and love.

Natural Hair Vlogger, Honestly Chic shares her quick, go-to healthy recipe that she cooks at least once a week.  “I eat Salmon weekly because it has omega fatty acids which are great for the body and hair.”

Baked Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Wild Rice Recipe

Servings 2-4pple

2lbs of Salmon or Wild Sockeye Salmon

1 Bunch of Asparagus

1 Box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice

¼ of Sliced Red Onion

1 Tablespoon of Capers

Old Bay Seasoning

EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Rosemary seasoning

Wild Rice

2 Cooking glass dishes

1 Pot

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Slice red onions into 2in slices.
  • Place salmon in glass dish. Place red onions in salmon and in the dish.
  • Follow the same steps with capers. Place capers in the salmon and in the dish.
  • Season salmon with old bay season.
  • Pour ¼ cup of water in dish and place salmon in the oven for 25 minutes without a cover.
  • Cut the ends of asparagus in a diagonal manner.
  • Place asparagus in a glass dish and lightly drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Lightly season asparagus with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • Place asparagus in the oven for 20min.
  • Follow the instructions on the Uncle Bens rice box. Place 2 ¼ cups of water in a pot, 1 tablespoon of butter and rice in the pot. Cook rice on medium heat until water is absorbed.
  • Immediately remove the salmon from the oven after twenty-five minutes, place the salmon on a plate and serve with the asparagus and rice.

 

Melissa Denise shares her DIY  hot oil treatment recipe and the benefits of adding  h.o.t. to our hair regimen.

 

“Big Sis likes Big Hair.” DiscoveringNatural gives her take on how to create quick summer styles for kids.

 

Summer cocktails aren’t just for a Friday night out with the girls.  Mo Knows Hair shows us how to treat our hair to a budget-friendly cocktail.

 

Summertime and weddings go hand in hand.  BlakIzBeautyful demonstrates how to transform a twist-out into a cascading style that can be worn at a summer wedding or any formal event.

DIY Curling Gel #praiseonatural

I announced that it was Free Draw Day to an Art class full of eager International Kindergarten students.  They could draw whatever their five-year-old hearts desired.

They sat around the table chatting and filling blank papers with suspended rainbows, stick figured families and leprechauns.

Ten minutes before the end of class, volunteers presented their artwork.  They came up one by one……slanted eyes, short ponytails and jeweled hijabs.  As I listened to narrations of birthday parties and days of being back home in Africa,  I smiled at the thought of God’s diverse and creative expressions.

Praise Onaturals presents her DIY, multi-purpose creation using Aloe Vera gel as a base.  She’s completely unscripted and authentic. I look forward to watching and learning more from her.  I hope you enjoy and Happy Creating!

Fried Chicken And Hair Food

Food has a way of bringing out the best in us.

When I plopped down at my mama’s kitchen table after a long day at work, I wasn’t planning to have a sob session. It took just a few sips of her homemade chicken soup to make me spill out everything that I had on my mind.

I left her house a little later feeling somewhat relieved. When I returned from getting my car out of the shop and picking up the kids from school, Mama was in the same place .

The smell of her fried chicken drew me and the kids pass my Dad lying down on the sofa and into the kitchen.

I leaned against the microwave as I watched her drop battered chicken legs down into the new iron cast skillet that she got for Christmas.  She was appreciative that her grand babies were saving her the trouble of throwing out leftover neckbones and sweet potatoes. The food was healing and all was at peace.

Food can bring out the best in our hair, too.

Melissa Denise shares her first experience of putting food in her hair. She shows us how to mix and apply organic mayo, eggs, olive oil and avocado as a hair mask to strengthen, condition and grow our hair.   I hope this helps and Happy Feeding!

Inspired to Do It Myself #happykinksforever

I created my own version of a deep conditioner after watching Happy Kinks Forever and a few other tutorials. I’m not sure of the science behind the mayonnaise, Almond milk and Coconut oil, but it worked. Now I’m pumped about trying new recipes and thrilled to know that creative inspiration is just a click and a teaspoon away… Happy creating!

DIY Inspiration #elleetecreations

Yesterday I met a lady on Marta and we had a wonderful conversation. From the train station to my bus stop, we shared our natural hair stories and our fav products. Before I wrote the ingredients to her diy styling cream in my journal, she said something that made a lot of sense. “If your hair is natural, why not use natural products?” I am inspired! Kudos to elletecreations and all of the DIY creators. Happy mixing!