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July 7, 2014 by Leave a Comment
Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and it wasn’t too difficult returning to reality, today. We had some quality beach time, our first 4th of July in 14 years without the bigredguy trying to find a place to hide, good food (lots of mangoes) and much rest and relaxation. It was nice to see our kids celebrating the holiday with their other families out west and out in western Florida, where Nicole went for her final dress fitting with her parents. Emotions are running high for all of us as the big day is now less than 4 weeks away!!!!
I did want to share the simple mango salsa/salad I made this weekend. With mangoes in abundance this is the time to make this.
1 mango cut and diced into cubes
2 ears of cooked corn (ours were grilled and leftover from the night before) You could use a can of corn if you had to
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
juice of a lime (or 2)
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.
Delicious as a side dish, or on chips– or good all by itself!
Great to bring to a picnic as it has no dairy to worry about spoiling
Our home land phone line was out for the holiday weekend and then some. There were some really nice aspects of that. Today AT&T came out to fix it, so our internet was off for a good part of the day. No landline, no internet. Still between Mitch and I that left 3 cell phones and a landline in Mitch’s office. It’s really kind of crazy when you think about it. I know that we never want to go backwards in life. Technology has in many ways plunged us forward and I can appreciate that, but I admit to often wishing we were all a little less plugged in. We have our main house phone working again, and are back on line, but of all the things I saw as I caught back up on what I “missed” I loved this and had to share. Thanks, Andrew. And thanks to all that make me forget to look at my phone. You are all way more important. I will try to be the kind of person that makes you forget to look at yours……….Namaste
June 23, 2014 by Leave a Comment
Q. What’s the NUMBER ONE question vegans are asked?
A. “Where do you get your protein from?”
I believe, after about 5 or so years of getting my nutrition from foods other than animals, that I get enough of most all my nutrients, pretty easily. The past few weeks, I have been revisiting some bean salads that I make on Sunday and have for most of the week. There truly is NO recipe for this. Since I always keep canned beans in the house, I just open a few different kinds, rinse them well and throw them in a big bowl with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I generally use a combination of northern beans, garbanzos, black beans and whatever else I might have handy. I usually add some diced red onions and a little salt and pepper. Yesterday, I added some diced hot and sweet peppers out of a jar. It can be eaten right away, but gets better as it sits in the fridge. It can be eaten alone or thrown on top of a garden salad. While just 1/2 cup of beans are a nice bang of protein (about 8 grams) the even better part is that same half cup gives you about 8 grams of fiber!! Where else can you find that much fiber in small serving? It helps keep your digestive system healthy, and definitely helps keep you full, a big bonus if you are looking to lose some weight. Since canned beans are so inexpensive you can whip up a salad like this for about 5 bucks and it will make enough for many servings! If I happen to have a ripe mango, I like to dice it up and throw it on top of this salad for some sweetness. Be creative and let me know what you come up with.
If you are still in the ab challenge….100/150/58/90seconds and tomorrow we rest. PHEW!
I will be at the gym for my 2 regularly scheduled classes and will be subbing for Ellen at 10. She will be back to work tomorrow. What a beautiful job her family did memorializing Ellen’s dad. I will keep in mind the quote that the oldest grandchild, Justin, opened and closed his speech with and pass it on to you:
June 5, 2014 by Leave a Comment