Delightful Summer Salad

To look at me, you wouldn’t think I enjoy food, but I do!  Today I tried a new Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad recipe.  It was delightful!! My mouth is watering again, just thinking about it.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, which brings me to the main point of this post.  If you are serious (not just giving lip service) about getting on track to eating better, there is no magic formula.

Allow yourself to be free to try to acquire a taste for new foods. I perfectly understand being squeamish about eating delicacies of foreign origin.  But how can you turn your nose up to natural foods that grow from God’s soil?

Many of the foods I eat today, I was not exposed to as a child.  Some I more recently started eating and did so only out of a want to appreciate and to make healthier food choices, such as eating avocados.

I thought avocados were the ugliest foods. Even the shade of green is ugly! With a nickname, “Alligator Pear,” who would want to eat that?   That is until it’ sliced open. Then the beauty is exposed by the vibrant lime green and odd round wood like seed.

The first time I ate an avocado, it was blah… eh… okay, but nothing to brag about. After reading about all the benefits of Avocados, I was determined to find a way to include them in my diet and I did!!!

Okay so enough rambling.  The recipe is courtesy of skinnytaste.com  You have to try it!

Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad Skinnytaste.com Servings: 4 • Size: 1 1/4 cups  • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts Calories: 248 • Fat: 7 g • Carb: 41 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 403 mg (without salt)

Ingredients

tomatoe

It was hard not to eat the tomatoes and not put them in the recipe. Lol!!

beans

Quinoa

I did cook the Quinoa. I just wanted you (if you’ve never brought it) to see what it looks like packaged.

onion

The recipe called for red onion, but I had a bunch of Vidalia onions, so I substituted. They are sweet onions and tasted just fine.

cilantro lime]

How could anyone like “green” foods?  The Cilantro’s scent is as strong as its flavor. Mmm..

cucumber

I know I should have sliced the cucumber, but I was in a hurry. 🙂

salt

I don’t usually cook with salt, but I did use a little of this good stuff.

avocado

Gorgeous! Lol!

Directions: Combine all the ingredients except for avocado and cucumber, season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Just before serving, add cucumber and avocado. Makes 5 cups.

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The finished product!  OMG!! You gotta try this!  Scrumptious!! Thank you sknnytaste.com!

Give it a try!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Enjoy your weekend!  🙂

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A First Of The Season

We eat leftovers in my home.  From September to December, leftovers are a necessity.   A stark contrast to my childhood dinners.

Though daddy worked at Wheaton Plastics, a thriving, noisy, dusty, and hot factory that kept the residents of the little town of Mays Landing bustling, his pay wasn’t much.  Some years mom worked, but I still qualified for Head Start, a federal program for low-income families that prepares children for school.

Regardless, both of my parents were not fond of left overs. Hence, fresh meals everyday. LOL! Imagine that. Baked potatoes, fresh veggies, pasta, steak, but rarely seafood.  The notions may sound nice, but it is unrealistic for my family…  At least until I can afford a private chef.   LOL!

Fatigue set in after grocery shopping for the upcoming week, so I needed something simple, at least for the next two days.  Since the temps are hitting the 60’s and 70’s, it’s starting to feel like fall has arrived, so I’m cooking my first pot of chili of the season.  No beef! Turkey.

I was also tired because I walked the lovely Ocean City bridge again today.  Yesterday I ran the bridge.  Today my bestie from high school conquered her fear.  Just like me, she was terrified.  I reassured her that  would walk it and she did.  Occasionally I would stop her and turn her around.  I pointed out to her the height and distance we walked. She was amazed.

DB, I am so PROUD of you; you are walking all over your fears!!

Once again, ideal temps this morning made for any perfect outdoor activity. I am sad to see the summer go, but I am also enjoying the fall temperatures– they are refreshing.  Almost like a cool shower after a long distance run on a hot summer day.

I must go now and finish preparing for my work week.

TTY

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Turkey chili

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Me and hubby enjoy fresh pineapples in our smoothies. Mother also likes pineapples. I need to buy at least two per week.

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I filled the fruit basket with Gala apples, bananas, and avocados.

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These dark grapes from Sam’s Club are very sweet. Yes, they contain sugar, but at least it’s natural sugar. Tailor enjoys the grapes as snacks for lunch and I love them sliced in yogurt.

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Tailor and I eat these plain by the handful. They’re great in salads and even better in egg omelets.

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Add this freshly made salsa to any salad and it is guaranteed to spice things up!

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Yes, I eat lots of fresh fruit! To squeeze more nutrients into your diet, add strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries to a smoothie, yogurt, frozen yogurt, or ice-cream. Yummy!

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I go through 2-3 of these a week. For added protein, I add yogurt to my breakfast smoothies, or I’ll make up a yogurt parfait of my own for a healthy morning or afternoon snack.

 


This Is Why I Love Road Side Markets

What we put into our bodies is equally as important as our fitness routine. What I love most about Jersey is fresh produce. The summer is the perfect time of year to load up on fresh home grown South Jersey produce.

Yesterday I picked up these beauties at a road size market.

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Dark delicious plums!!!

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Zucchini… again! LOL! I think I’m going to make zucchini cakes with a few of these.