I am “likkle but tallawah,” as my Caribbean brethren from Jamaica say.

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I’m a 4'9, 90 lb storyteller whose stories and experiences are taller, heavier, and more far reaching than I might have ever imagined.

As a teenager growing up in Brooklyn NY, I thought I’d die at twenty-one. I had a dream in which I watched myself die. I lived with reckless abandon. By the time I was twenty-five , I’d accomplished every goal I’d written down from zero to sixteen. I got a degree in painting, opened an arts nonprofit, exhibited internationally, wrote stories, and sold my art.

I spent my late twenties trying to figure out what a life without striving for those goals would look like. That meant finding love and finding myself in my cultural home of Trinidad and Tobago. …


This quick or on-the-go lunch will have you wishing you packed extra.

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Quick or on-the-go lunches make life much easier, even when you’re working from home. My partner and I both work from home and I’ll often see him whip up a quick sandwich to save time. I’m usually envious because I simply do not eat bread and therefore, sandwiches are usually not on my radar. However, as we’ve decided to focus on healthy whole food options this week AND I have tons of nori sheets sitting around, I figured it might be interesting to use them to make a bread-less sandwich.

You ever notice that when you think about something for awhile, you start to see it popping up all around you — almost like you’re summoning it to yourself? Well, that’s sort of what started happening to me with this sandwich. I started contemplating options and then my Instagram feed was inundated with different versions of seaweed wraps and sandwiches; twas like kismet — meant to be. …


Sometimes, you’ve got to give some things up to get what where you want to go.

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Earlier this week, my six-year-old asked me to make her a peanut butter and guava jam (PB & GJ) sandwich. She’s probably had one of these sandwiches every day for the last four years of her life. Personally, I’ve never been a PB & J person far less for PB & GJ. Her dad and I have spent the entire time trying to entice her to try new foods. On occasion, we’re successful but never been able to sway her away from the frequent PB & GJ sandwiches.

So, as she sat at the kitchen counter — supervising me making her sandwich — I asked: “When will you give up these peanut butter and guava jam sandwiches?” …


A guilt-free weekend breakfast treat.

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As we ease into the new year, I’m making a deliberate effort to focus on eating whole foods; nuts, seeds, grains, non-GMO veggies, etc. I’m not always 100% successful, the struggle to give up Coca Cola is real, but other than that, I’ve literally been cooking with gas. I’ve been documenting breakfast, lunch, and dinner whole food options for my food newsletter, RECIPE’D and this is my favorite recipe so far.

I love a good sausage, but I had too many Beyond Meat sausages over the holiday and quite frankly, it’s been too long since I took the time to make my own vegan sausages. Therefore, I decided to use the peas I had on hand because I ALWAYS — no matter what — boil far too many lentils for one meal. I still currently have a few cups in the freezer. If you’re not a lentil fan, feel free to swap for your favorite legume. …


A lip-smacking, soul-stirring, hearty dish for a cold day.

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New Year’s Day has been synonymous with black eyed peas for as long as I’ve been alive. My mom and granny always made black eyed peas and rice cooked up like a pelau. It’d been a few years since I had intentionally eaten black eyed peas on New Year’s Day because I’m not superstitious. I was simply not in the mood to cook on New Year’s Day this year and my twin sister graciously offered to bring lunch.

She had been itching to make a black eyed pea soup recipe from our fave local food blogger, Badaiwi Assing at Eat Ah Food. As I’m the only vegan in our family at present — my partner is openly flexitarian — she even made me a separate pot of soup for myself. While her soup was delicious, it was slightly salty due to a mishap. …


These pecan meat stuffed cabbage rolls make a delightful lunch or dinner.

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This recipe was born out of simply trying to integrate more veg into some leftovers. On Monday, I made burrito bowls for dinner with pecan meat, corn, quinoa, sweet potato, sauteed peppers and onions. Today, I wanted more veg packed into the meal because I’m eating whole foods and variety is the spice of life. Usually, I would just stir fry the cabbage into my mince, but I had a Tex-Mex thing going and stir fry just didn’t fit.

Right about now, you might be asking how do stuffed cabbage leaves fit? Or simply saying “make it make sense.” And to you, I say, “I wanted stuffed cabbage leaves, so it made sense to me and I made a Mexican inspired sauce to go with it, so there [insert sticking tongue out emoji]! …


Here’s a good one to help you start 2021 off right.

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I — like many of you — am prioritizing peace and rest in all of their many forms. I’ve set measurable goals attached to peace in each area of my life including food and health.

For me, that means eating more whole foods. I don’t eat an overwhelming amount of processed foods, but the holidays tested my limits. Not to mention, in my mind, it’s counterproductive to be vegan/plant-based and eating a lot of junk food.

Thus, during this first month of the year, I’m jump starting my health goals by avoiding processed meat replacements, weaning myself off of sweet drinks, intentionally intermittent fasting and consuming more water. I’ll be sticking to five 16 oz. bottles of water and “tea” — boiled unsweetened ginger, fruit, or other spice — of choice. Now, I’ve said all that to say that part of my journey is finding different types of food that I’m willing to try. I am NOT by any means a smoothie lover, but this year I’m trying. So, my partner helped me with a vegan smoothie bowl recipe. This is bar none one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever shared. So if you love a good smoothie or like me, you want to give something new a try. …


Pastelles are a Trinidadian and South American holiday staple that you don’t want to miss out on.

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“This is the mistletoe jam, I like to party all night…” my daughter has been singing Luther Vandross’ Mistletoe Jam all weekend long. Although it’s not Parang or Soca Parang — my preferred holiday genre, there is something about it that makes you “want to kiss somebody” almost as much as your family and friends will want to kiss the cook when you make any version of the holiday staple recipe, I’m about to share with you.

When prepared properly, the sweet, savory notes of — raisin, olives, and the “meat” of your choice packed into a perfectly portioned cornmeal shell and wrapped in a fig leaf — a Trini pastelle simply cannot be beat. …


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Make it as easy as possible to give yourself a win.

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I seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, yesterday. Instead of my usual 1 or 2 am rising, I popped up at 4:30 am — I overslept. I grumbled through completing my newsletter and it’s accompanying podcast. I usually finish and schedule those at around 3 am to hit my subscribers inboxes between 9:59 and 10:05 am. Everything took longer than it should. All manner of technoblight ensued and I was pretty much over the day before it started, but I did complete the issue. So, that was something, right?

Determined not to succumb to my basest instinct, which would have had me crawl back into bed. I worked out — hoping for my world domination energy to appear. Spoiler alert! it didn’t. My meh attitude saw me mumble, stumble, and grumble through a day filled with self-imposed, self-sabotaging micro-aggressions. …

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