Maximizing My Moments | Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Contrary to popular belief, there is always time...

— Life is a Recipe

As a working mother it can be difficult to fit all of my “to-do’s” in one day. I have never met a parent that doesn’t struggle with the juggling act that is life. Sometimes good habits slip away in busy seasons but I think it’s important to aim to maintain high standards for oneself. For me, I set the bar high when it comes to my health. No matter how busy I am, I make sure to get my workout in. I know that might sound impossible (cue the eye rolls), but it’s true.

I fight for this because, as a mother, the reasoning is bigger than fitness. As I get older I want to make sure that I am around for every milestone in my children’s life. I want to be around for my grandchildren. I think 30 minutes of my day is a small price to pay for that opportunity. I know this is easier said than done. That’s why I try to make my workouts as convenient as possible.

With the rise of fashion made with versatile fabrics, less time is needed for wardrobe changes throughout the day, freeing up the necessary time for a workout. And “athleisure” wear (workout clothes that are pretty enough to wear casually), definitely makes workouts easier to fit in our busy schedules. I can throw on my Aella activewear inspired pants, handle the business tasks of the day, run errands, grab coffee with a friend, and more – without having to go home to change first.

With how cute and comfortable Aella slim fit pants are I don’t have to compromise my look while being active during the day. Whenever I run errands I park the furthest away from my destination to get in some extra steps or I try to sneak in lunges between answering emails. That’s not as doable in jeans.

Contrary to popular belief, there is always time for a workout. Time-savers like these help us to find and free up those extra moments.


Life Recipe:
Maximizing My Moments

  1. I always take a few minutes to look at how your time is spent in a normal day and a normal week.
  2. I look at my “TCB Time” (Taking Care of Business) and think about how I can make the tasks in that time more efficient. Are there tasks that could be eliminated with just a little prep or adding a certain productivity tool?

Lunch Recipe:
Cauliflower Tikka Masala

  • 1 whole cauliflower (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of Life is a Recipe® Tikka Masala Part 1
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
  • 1-3 serrano (finely chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of Life is a Recipe® Tikka Masala Part 2
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • *add more salt to taste.


  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 tablespoons of Tikka Masala Part 1.

  2. Stir in cauliflower, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil the pan. Bake for about 15 minutes.

  4. Melt ghee in a large skillet on medium heat. Sauté garlic, ginger, and serrano chili for 1 minute then add chopped tomatoes.

  5. Cover with lid and allow tomatoes to cook.

  6. Add 2 teaspoons of Tikka Masala Part 2 and ½ teaspoon of salt.

  7. Add the cauliflower to the mixture and stir.

  8. Next, add ¾ cup of coconut milk.

  9. Add more salt to taste.

  10. Reduce to simmer for 10 minutes for juice to vaporize and garnish with cilantro.

  11. Serve on a bed of rice.