Sunday, April 28, 2013

More Adventures in Healthy Eating - Do I have spinach in my teeth?

If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you will remember the previous entry about cooking with and eating more garbanzo beansI still have a couple of containers in my freezer. 

As you may recall, I am trying to eat healthier as I age and introduce different meal ideas to the family.   


This time, my distraction is with baby spinach leaves.  I searched the 'net for healthy recipes.  I just didn't want one that required cooking or acquiring too many uncommon ingredients.  

One of the resident young people told me about an easy and healthy sandwich that requires bread (any whole wheat or multi-grain variety), red pepper hummus (contains chickpeas - yay!) and baby spinach leaves (organic and or washed).  How complicated can that get?  

Instructions and pictures:

Wash your hands.
Gather your ingredients onto a clean working surface.

Acquire a clean plate and butter knife.  
Spread the hummus onto two slices of bread. 

Apply a couple of layers of spinach leaves onto one slice.  
Stop. Go check on the cat who slipped out onto the balcony.

Whew.  He's okay.  Just enjoying the morning sun.  

Where was I?
Right... Close the sandwich.
 Cut into segments. 

I find that triangles look fancier than squares.
To each his own... 

Taste test.


You know how it goes from here.  

Yum, indeed!  This may become one of our regular, healthy lunch meals - especially in the summer when I do not want to cook.  

I do so enjoy cooking, checking and occasionally stirring a pot of soup, stew or pasta sauce.  I find cooking and the related preparation work to be therapeutic.  I also enjoy sharing the results with family and friends. 

In my novel, young Sera Fletcher is introduced to the smooth workings of the kitchen at the Red Hare Restaurant.  She soon forgets her loneliness and feels better as she immerses herself into the tasks. 
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Can you ever have too many garbanzo beans?

Over the past dozen years, I have been making healthier lifestyle and menu choices.  

I have been successful with avoiding collections of "stuff" that I don't need or don't have space to store.  I avoid noisy events and unhealthy, controlling relationships  

A recent attempt at a relaxing meditation session did not prove successful.  Oh, well... Two steps forward and one step back.  Believe it or not, I am also looking for more ways to move my body - without becoming sweatier than usual or severely hurting myself. Salsa, anyone?

Aside from a monthly allowance of bacon and potato chips (yum!), I also try to watch what I eat.

My latest attempt at healthy menu options was cooking an entire package of Ferma brand dried chickpeas - and ending up with A LOT of chickpeas.  Garbanzo Beans Galore! 

That's okay.  Did you know you can pack the beans and refridgerate them for three days? You can add them to rice dishes and salads. Did you also know that you can pack and freeze them for later use? 

A resident young person offered to make chickpea curry one day this week.  Yum again! 

So, what are the benefits of eating chickpeas?  According to the following links, they are high in protein and fibre, plus they help control hunger if you eat them as snacks (instead of those potato chips).  They will also help ladies of a certain stage in life control hot flashes.  Well, we will see about that.  Get back to me in a few months...

Benefits of garbanzo beans:

This still has me wondering though... Are there any recipes that include bacon? 

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Career choices - if we embraced childhood dreams

As a child, I enjoyed digging in the dirt and playing outdoors. 

Do you share memories of wearing rubber boots, digging channels and redirecting rivers around your muddy cities - all the while oblivious to the spring rain

Do you remember building sand castles on the beach only to see them topple minutes later into the approaching waves?

Do you share a fascination with King Tut treasures, burying  boxes of trinkets in a garden corner, dreaming that some future civilization would discover them?

Of the many possible career choices, I wonder if I could have made it as a city planner or an archeologist.  For the latter, I admire the persistence and physical endurance that the job requires.  You would get to travel around the world, be part of a team immersed in the local dirt.  You definitely wouldn't be sitting on your butt all day!

You get to share the excitement of discovering ancient graves ... under a parking lot.  Sorry - in Edinburgh they call it a "car park". 


This is exciting for someone who enjoys the history and mystery of the middle ages.  The only treasured discoveries for me lately have been due to visits from family bearing heirlooms. 

Since being an apartment dweller, I no longer have a small back yard garden where I can dig, grow or ... bury things. I have to satisfy my green thumb tendencies by puttering with the potted plants inside.  All we need are some colourful, flowering varieties  

In the meantime, I can make plans with family and friends to visit places around the Ottawa Valley where we can enjoy natural gardening sites and annual festivals of bloom All this without getting dirty!

If you are curious about things that turn up in the spring, visit the blog for The Year of the Rabbit where my nom de plume  invites people to dig a little deeper.  She has dabbled in the mysteries of creative writing.  

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