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Zucchini Pasta

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Vegan $1 Menu | 6 comments

Zucchini Pasta

4 large shredded zucchini
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
1/2 cup cooked whole wheat spaghetti
15 oz tomato sauce
1 medium diced onion
1 tbs oregano 
1 tbs thyme
2 tbs garlic powder

Saute sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil over medium heat
Add dry spices and onion  – cook until translucent
Add tomato sauce and shredded zucchini
Cook zucchini until it begins to appear limp
Mix in cooked spaghetti

Hot Italian Chickpea Popcorn

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Vegan $1 Menu | 4 comments

Hot Italian Chickpea Popcorn

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program really resonates with me.  The eating style outlined in his books encourages simplicity, plant-based eating, and allowing your body to have the final say on what your “ideal” weight actually is.  He was a guest on the Dr. Oz show last week.  I managed to ignore the super lame framing of the eating plan (healthy crash diet- booooo) and I picked up a simple/tasty recipe idea.

I slightly modified the original recipe by reducing the amount of oil and adding cayenne pepper.   This is an excellent side to my Zucchini Pasta.  I’ll be posting that recipe soon.  

Hot Italian Chickpea Popcorn 

15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F
Mix all ingredients
Spread on baking sheet
Bake for 45 minutes

Radish Salad

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Raw | 0 comments

Radish Salad
Radish Salad

16 oz shredded radishes
1/2 cup sliced cilantro
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs sugar
juice of 1/2 orange
black pepper

Whisk apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, orange juice, and olive oil together.
Shred radishes in food processor or manual slicer.
Combine all ingredients with liquid dressing.
Toss and let sit in fridge for about 30 minutes. 
Mix again.
Season to taste.

This simple salad has a light and fresh summer feel.  It would work perfectly as a side or as a filling entree with the addition of beans. 

Arugula and Cannellini Beans

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Arugula and Cannellini Beans

It feels like summer is already in full effect here in Atlanta.  There are fresh markets with seasonal produce all over the city.  This weekend I visited the Green Market in Piedmont Park.  There was a lot of arugula available so I got several bags.  The raw arugula’s peppery taste is ridiculously delicious to me but I have so much I’m going beyond salads this week. 
Arugula and Cannellini Beans
2 cups cannellini beans (doesn’t matter if these are dry or canned)
3 cups arugula, ribbon sliced (with or without stems)
1 Tbs olive oil
Sauté beans in heated olive oil for 2-3 minutes. 
Add arugula and heat until lightly wilted.
Season to taste.


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Spirit | 0 comments

I dedicated the bulk of my holiday weekend to reading all the posts on mnmlist. There is so much to think about there.  Here is an except from a post, entitled “minimalism vs. the corporation”, that reasonated with me.

What part of our lives isn’t controlled by corporations? A tiny portion, one that’s shrinking rapidly.
Minimalism is a way to shake free of those shackles, slowly. It’s a way of saying, “I don’t need to buy more, to work more in order to get more of your products and services. In fact, I can be happy, content, joyful, creative without spending a single dime. All I need is the sun and the trees and the water and a good friend.”
Minimalism is finding ways to live that aren’t controlled by the corporations.
A human being is a living, feeling complex organism whose single goal is the perpetuation of its genes through survival and reproduction. A corporation is a non-living, non-feeling complex organization whose single goal is earning more profits for its shareholders. And while I’m not against making money, I do think that the pure profit motive isn’t always compatible with our survival interests as human beings.
Consider: a corporation wants to maximize profits, and to do so it will often cut corners, endangering our health and the environment. It will deceive us so that we will spend our money on its products. It will treat its employees horribly, to cut costs and drive up production. It will treat living, feeling animals like objects to be manufactured, cut up, processed, fried and packaged, ignoring the suffering of those animals because profits matter, not compassion. It will happily make us fat, because it knows that selling fried food devoid of nutrition is good for profits, while we die from heart disease and diabetes and cancer. Our earth is being devastated, which is good for profits but not for us as humans.
It’s time to stop this madness. The corporation is a hungry beast, and we keep feeding it. Let’s walk away, and let it die from hunger. Let’s free ourselves, and create a world where living things are more important than profits.

Since most of us eat upwards of three times a day, I think it’s a practice that should match our values/way of seeing the world.  If you don’t believe in heiracy, is that evident at your dinner table?  If you feel the centralization of wealth is responsible for the demise of the working class – do you pocket that belief at meal time?  I’m working on congruence. The end goal is for my meals to affirm things that I believe to be true, not to run counter to my ideals.

Hot Tomato Pops

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Raw | 0 comments

Hot Tomato Pops

I’ve started using my vintage Juiceman II again.  I’m focusing on using what I already have in the house to meet my wellness goals without blowing up the budget. I recently realized that I have no interest in sacrificing my youth to rotting away in a cubicle. While I don’t enjoy stacking paper and pushing pencils all that much, I do love writing, eating, and traveling.  I have decided my life would be much better spent committing full-time to doing things that I love, no later than 2020. That means I have 8 years to get my affairs in order for early quasi-retirement.  One part of fulfilling the early retirement mission involves shutting down the nonstop consumerism that was going on at the house.  I think I kinda have the Hubs on board.  I was able to convince him to read Miss Minimalist and I’ve been blasting him with relevant Dave Ramsey links.  Slowly I think he is starting to realize that simplicity tends to breed happiness more than aimlessly accumulating clutter.  I’m finding simplicity appealing in areas of life that I previously made overly complicated, particularly in the kitchen.  Juicing to make homemade frozen pops is a fast and inexpensive snack idea.

Step 2
Hot Tomato Pops

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2″ ginger root
  • 1 apple 
  1. Follow manufacturers instructions to juice ingredients
  2. Pour into pop molds and allow to freeze
  3. Remove from freezer.  Enjoy!
Step 3 – Enjoy your snack


Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 1 comment


This morning I woke up in an amazing mood.  In fact, every day for the last four weeks I’ve woken up giddy.  I could be imagining things, but I’m pretty sure the sun has been shining a little brighter, Misha has gotten less mischievous, midtown traffic has lightened, and the bugaboos at work have gotten less annoying.  Either that or studying and working full-time was making me more of a grump bucket than I’d realized.  The important thing is that my glass half empty days are all behind me now.  Powered with 8 hours a sleep a day and recognizable food, that was not purchased on campus, I’m officially a ray of sunshine.  While completing this degree was not tons of fun, I learned a lot in the process.  The biggest lesson has lead me to the decision to avoid taking on projects that I’m not passionate about from start to finish.  Dragging yourself to complete a project you have lost interest in is an energy sucker.  That said, I am looking forward to finding ways to make use of my shiny new Nutrition degree. 

Now that I’ve got more flexibility in my schedule I’m spending hours on Pinterst, catching up on Drag Race, and experimenting in the kitchen.  I’ll be posting about the fabulousness that has been going on in the kitchen soon.

In other important news, I’m in the process of adopting a new kitty.  His name is Gary; and, he is super cute. 

Tomato and Onion Salad $3.67

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Raw | 0 comments

Tomato and Onion Salad $3.67

1/3 C Tahini Paste ($1.16)
1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin (10¢)
2 Tbs Lemon Juice (2¢)
2 Tbs Garlic Wine Vinegar (10¢)
1/2 Diced Red Onion (22¢)
1/2 Garlic Clover (13¢)
2 Large Chopped Tomatoes (95¢)
1/2 Cup Chopped Parsley Leaves (69¢)
10 Sliced Olives (25¢)
Salt and Pepper  (5¢)

Blend ingredients in order listed. Enjoy.

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 2 comments

Roasted Eggplant Dip
 1 Eggplant
 4 Sweet Mini Peppers
 1 Onion
 3 Cloves of Garlic
 2 Tbs Olive Oil
 1 Tsp Salt
 1 Tbs Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop all the veggies into large chunks.  Combine ingredients and toss with olive oil.  Bake 45 minutes.  Use food processor or blender to combine the roasted vegetables. 

My only issue with the dip is that it looks an awful lot like poo.  Aside from that, it’s great.  The recipe is super quick and easy.  Try it with tomato slices or peppers. 

Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Revolution

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Raw | 2 comments

Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Revolution
One cantaloupe + Organic Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

I just fell in love with this book, concise and extremely useful.  I incorporated green smoothies into my diet over a year ago, but my choices had become redundant. I knew I wanted to broaden out and try to mix it up a little more but I was concerned I would end up wasting the grocery budget on gross recipes. When I saw Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health available as a download for less than 10 bucks I figured I’d start there.  I was really pleased with my purchase.  The highlight for me was its sections on the importance of rotating your greens and the long list of recipe ideas.   I was skeptical about some of the smoothie recipes but so far they have all been delicious.  I really appreciate that Vitoria acknowledges that most people probably need to work up to the super green smoothie level and has a designated section for beginner recipes.  I am determined to try every recipe in the book at least once.  The first recipe I tried was the Cantaloupe and Parsley Smoothie.   I loved it.  It tasted light and fresh, a smooth combination of sweet and green.

Plenty of leftovers for breakfast