Seedy Surprise

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I hope everyone is off to a fantastic week so far!

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After my fabulous oatmeal breakfast, I re-heated some of the veggie lentil soup I made in a big batch on Sunday for lunch.

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I know a lot of people don’t like to do soups for meals, but I adore them. My only stipulation is that I must have some sort of carb with it, preferably in the form of whole grain toast with a dab of real butter. Crackers are ok, but not nearly as satisfying to me. I need something I can really chew on. For this particular meal, I re-baked a frozen Twisted Sista bagel and it was perfection!

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Yum!

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I went to a fabulous Zumba class Monday night. I didn’t teach, but I really love going to classes of fellow instructors. I always learn a lot and have a great time.

My favorite songs of the class were:

  • Forget You
  • Party People
  • El Truco

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Hubby had dinner ready when I got home – kosher, all-natural hot dogs on whole wheat buns, steamed broccoli, corn, and vegetarian baked beans.

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And remember those seedlings I planted on Earth Day? I decided to try my hand at planting some seeds, too….lazy-gardener style. ;) Most of these packets said to start the seeds indoors, but I stuck them straight in the ground. We’ll see how that strategy works.

Veggie seeds planted:

  • jewel-toned beets
  • tri-color green beans
  • pattypan squash
  • tri-color squash/zucchini

I planted the beets and beans in my square foot garden, along with the seedlings. I actually planted these same beets last year and though they sprouted ok, they soon disappeared after. I think some critters in the yard got to them. I also planted these green beans last year, although late in the season, and actually managed to get a few to eat. This year, I’m starting the beans earlier, and I’m going to try watering them more. I don’t think I watered the garden enough last year, which led to lower yields.

The squash…sigh. The squash. If you know anything about square foot gardens, then you know that they’re not exactly conducive to growing squash. Most plants in a square foot garden grown in 1 square foot. I believe most squash plants grow to 2-3 feet in diameter. Now, I’ve seen diagrams for squash grown up a netting fixed to the back of the Square foot garden, but I already have tomatoes for my “tall plants,” and I don’t have another box for more. So…I actually don’t have a place for squash. I do however have this odd circle area in the middle of the yard that blooms with daffodils and tulips in the spring. Since those have already bloomed, I planted a couple squash seeds in that circle area to see if anything comes up. Did I mention the circle area consisted mostly of red, Carolina clay? Yea…should be interesting.

It will be a real surprise to see anything actually growing outside of the square foot garden, but I’m hopeful.

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I also planted a couple herb seeds (Italian parsley and tarragon) and some spreading petunias. Just like the other seeds, I didn’t start them indoors. I stuck them straight into a couple pots and other areas outside of the house.

*crossing fingers, but not holding breath*

So what do you think? Will any of the seeds grow? Perhaps I should take bets. Over or under? lol :P

Eat Like a Rastafarian

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Here’s to the start of a new week friends! Let’s make this one count!

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I haven’t been eating nearly as much oatmeal lately as I used to and I’ve started missing it.

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Thusly, I made some chocolate oats with rolled oats, unsweetened cocoa powder, sliced almonds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. I used a drizzle of real maple syrup for a sweetener.

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I topped the bowl with a Not So Sweet Amaranth cookie for good measure. ;)

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If you’ve read my twitter or Facebook page, you probably know about my semi-obsession with the TV show No Reservations / Anthony Bourdain. Anthony’s show opens my eyes to the eating cultures around the world. Well, it opens me up to culture overall, not just eating, but specifically focused around food.

One interesting thing I learned recently is that the Rastafarian diet sounds like it’s somewhat similar to what I strive for. Actually, their diet is very close to a vegan/whole food diet. On Anthony’s show for a visit to Jamaica, I learned that the Rastafarians follow a diet called Ital. An Ital diet is one that consists of clean and unprocessed foods. Apparently, they avoid salt, chemicals, meats, and oils…among other things. Source – Click here to read more about the Rastafarian diet. So fascinating!

Have a great week everyone! :)

Who have you been surprised to learn eats like you? Or visa versa?

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