A few weeks ago I woke up with the intense need to write. Nothing obvious was coming to mind so grocery shop took priority. As fate would happen, this trip provided the answer. I bumped into a former classmate who I’d not seen since for quite some time due to the fact that she had relocated to another city. Not only did she look amazing, she looked refreshed. She told me that she had lost over 100 pounds and made a lot of lifestyle changes.
She and I hardly know each other but Facebook makes it easy to keep track of what people are up to. While living in our town, her posts were mostly ‘gray’, now they are like the colors in a rainbow. She has taken up painting again and appears to be getting ‘back to self’. Positive proof that when something isn’t working – change it.
This morning got me thinking about my own life and all the positive changes I have made. Having cancer isn’t easy by any means. There are things I really want to do but know they would have a negative effect on my health. For the past week I’ve been experimenting with new recipes, some successes – epic fails. Never know until you try though. I am working on compiling a post consisting of nothing but smoothies. So far, all of them have been winners. One recipe I did try was roasted chickpeas. I had purchased a can with the intention of making hummus, but then decided to cook them from dry beans. I will say that the house smelled wonderful while they were roasting.
1 can chickpeas (used organic)
Salt, black pepper, Korean red pepper and garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Toss with spices and transfer to cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Spread evenly on sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes stirring once. Let cool.
The chickpeas develop a smoky, nutty flavor. They will really compliment a salad or wrap.
Sending everyone good vibes.
Eliminating red meat, pork and chicken was easy; eggs, dairy and fish are staying. My reason for keeping certain foods is to ensure that I get enough protein which has always been a challenge. This past year has been crazy confusing with my breast cancer recurrence and all. Luckily I am enrolled in college working toward my Associated in Applied Science. This keeps me busy and for that I am thankful. Last semester I elected to take a nutrition course which was an in-depth study of how the body processes food and how the different systems actually work. It’s all pretty amazing – they should REALLY be teaching this to children.
Yesterday it rained ALL DAY and I was stuck indoors so I made a big POT-O-BEANS (mung beans-my favorite) and cuddled up with a book. When I announced, ‘bean burgers’ for dinner my husband was not thrilled and declined my offering. He missed out.
- 2 cups cooked mung beans
- 2 packages instant oatmeal (plain of course)
- 1 egg
- Spices (I used a little salt, pepper and cumin)
- Small amount of olive oil for frying
Have a great day 🙂
Lately, I’ve been thinking about eliminating meat from my diet with the exception of fish. If it’s possible to be semi-vegetarian then that’s what I am at this point. It is going to take some creative experimentation to prepare flavorful foods. We live in a small town where selections are very limited. Last week, while in Houston, I took full advantage of resources and stocked up on specialty items and new products to try. One of the items I purchased was Field Roast Grain and Vegetable Sausage – Apple and Sage. The appearance of these links is not great but they are packed with 20 grams of protein. They are also available in Italian and Chipotle (I bought Italian too). The texture is a bit different than regular meat sausage but the flavor is good considering it’s vegetarian. I did notice they smelled oddly familiar and eventually it came to me – Apple Flavored Horse Treats. Fortunately I like the way they smell. I would definitely recommend giving them a whirl.
Looking for an idea? Make a mini quiche.
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup frozen spinach, chopped
- 1/2 Field Roast sausage link, chopped
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tablespoon shredded mozzarella
Spray dish with cooking spray. Mix first four ingredients, pour into dish, top with cheese and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Voila!!!!
Have a wonderful day 🙂