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Chilled Cucumber Soup and Chickpea Sandwiches

Todays recipe is another one to keep you cool and it is perfect when your appetite is a little smaller because of the hot weather. I grew up eating this with a nice egg salad sandwich but sometimes change it up to chickpeas for protein.

I love the fact that I can make this first thing in the morning and let set in the refrigerator all day waiting for me to come home and just set it out then eat.

Based on your family size you may need to add or decrease the amounts but for a nice summer meal it’s great.

Chilled Cucumber Soup:

1 quart of buttermilk

1-2 medium cucumbers ( depends on size and how chunky you would like your soup)

Hand full of Green onions or 1 small purple onion

Fresh ground pepper to taste (I like to add “garlic pepper seasoning grinder” by McCormick)

Peel cucumber, chop green onions, grate cucumber and if using purple onion grate this as well. In container add grated cucumber and onion, pour in buttermilk add seasoning. Chill for the entire day. Best if served in chilled bowls.

Chickpea Sandwiches:

1 Can of chickpeas washed and drained

Mustard, olive oil mayo ( vegan mayo)

Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Bread of your choice

Pour chickpeas into dish, mash with a fork then add the mustard and mayo enough to make a tasty paste ( think consistency of egg salad ) now season to taste. Refrigerate the when ready make into sandwiches. This will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

 

 

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We need each other

The day my daughter met her new little brother it was love at first sight. In her mind I had given her a live baby doll to take care of. This love affair continues with them but its more a love/hate relationship now.

The rose color glasses came of for my daughter when her precious little brother decided to have a mind of his own at such a young tender age of only one.  The fights started and never really ended. Even today when we have dinners together as supposed adults the teasing and verbal insults laced with love can and do fly.

I had tried everything from setting timers and letting them hash it out then when the timer stops they had to say at least five nice things about each other. To if fighting continued we would get in a talking circle and pass a talking” oven mitt around ( because if we used a talking stick, why that’s just asking for it) but that would end with them turning and laughing at my expense. I could go on with the creative ways to deal with the arguing and at family dinners we laugh at some of them but one in particular stands out and actually worked more often than not.

I would have them sit on the floor with their backs to each other, lock arms then try to stand. I have to admit that at times I enjoyed watching the struggle and how they learned to work together. Sometimes it took longer for each to cooperate and stand but other times they stood together no problem.

I thought of this and how it parallels with life. I have been so busy with getting my blanket business off and running and my eBooks written plus mix all other normal life activities into my day-to-day that I started feeling stressed. As I had my quite time this morning I remembered I have a God with me always, willing to help, in fact would love to take the pressure of if I only allow him to take it.  Plus I have some awesome people in my life that I could work with and help me to stop struggling.

In todays electronic driven world we can become an island. With becoming an island it bring so many health problems that can be avoided if we just remember to reach out to other. Even just a smile can go such a long way.

We as people were never meant to be alone. Things go smother and happier when accomplished together.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  (NIV)
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Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
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If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
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Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
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Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Bean Taco Salad

Growing up in Phoenix I was used to my mom trying out easy cool dinners for our family. I carry on this tradition by using part of her bean taco salad she would make then added a few things.

This recipe is served as a taco salad bar making it a great way to serve people of various appetites who like to help them selves and socialize.

1 bag of corn chips (low salt)

1 can of black beans

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of pinto beans

Grated cheese

1 small onion ( any will do but I like green or purple onions best in this)

Lettuce chopped (any type works, I enjoy a mix of greens in this)

Tomatoes chopped

Black olives

Cilantro diced

Avocado chopped into bite sized pieces

Light Catalina dressing

To assemble salad:

Place desired amount of corn chips in your bowl, place rest of ingredients on corn chips including Catalina dressing, mix together and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Vegetarian Pierogie Lasagna

Winter has come back for a quick hello, it made me think of a warm comfort food dish for today.

I didn’t grow up eating pierogies but found out how good they are when I had them home-made as an adult. I love lasagna and enjoy a good pierogie so this a great marriage of the two.

Vegetarian bacon ( made from tofu or  store bought)

6-8 medium Potatoes

9 Lasagna noodles

2 cups of Cheddar Cheese or per your taste

1 small onion or 5 green onions

2-3 cloves of garlic

Milk, Greek yogurt, chives for making the mashed potatoes

 

Wash, peel and cut potatoes, cook them until done. Drain and return potatoes to the pot mash them adding the milk, Greek yogurt, chives and butter. You want them nice and creamy.

While the potatoes are cooking dice onion and garlic, crumble vegetarian bacon in pan. Cook until onion is clear and bacon is done.

In another pot cook lasagna noodles per package directions

To assemble you will need a 13×9 lightly greased pan.

Spread the mashed potatoes on the bottom of pan place cooked lasagna noodles on top of mashed potatoes, spread onion, garlic bacon mixture on the noodle then sprinkle with cheese. Continue layering until last noodle then spread the remainder of the mashed potato on top and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Chickpea and Beet Pita Pockets

I can’t believe it is June! I enjoy this month so much. All the fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets make it a great time to try new fresh and so very easy recipes, plus it is nice enough to enjoy the summer weather, unlike the dog days of summer.

I have found  I really enjoy roasted beets. I never thought I would like them as much until I tried a fellow bloggers (Cooking with a Wallflower) Roasted Beet and pasta dish.

I combined my new love of roasted beets with roasted chickpea and that is how todays recipe came together.

 

To Roast Beets:

Beets

Coconut oil

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Wash and slice beets, Place clean beets on a cookie sheet that is lined with foil or parchment, this will save your cookie sheet from becoming a beautiful color. Pour coconut oil on them (just enough to coat) then sea salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes

Roasted Chickpea:

1 12oz can of chickpea ( washed and drained)

Turmeric, Curry, Sea salt, pepper and garlic powder per your taste

Coconut or Olive Oil

Place chickpeas on cookie sheet coat with oil add seasoning.

Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes

I roast both together but checking about half way through incase you need to stire the chickpea or flip the beets. While roasting the veggies I make a quick dressing from some hummus.

Hummus dressing:

1/2 cup Hummus

1-2 Tablespoon of diced garlic in oil

1-2 Teaspoon of lemon juice

1 Tablespoon of soy, almond or cashew milk

Mix all together keep refrigerated

I know this might sound like a lot of prep work but its worth it. I like to do it all ahead of time so when I come home and need a fast dinner I just get it all out then assemble the pita pocket, top with hummus dressing and nuts.

Pita bread ( I use flax, oat bran and whole wheat )

Roasted Beets and Chickpeas

Shredded Lettuce ( I like a nice assorted spring mix )

Jicama ( pealed and diced)

Tomato (diced)

Mixed nuts

Hummus dressing