My friend Petra and I have had several discussions about how, when we come up with new recipes, we’d rather not try and make our fab new healthy foods sound like a spin-off of conventional foods.
Some things, like Veganaise, make sense—it’s mayonnaise turned vegan.
But, when I first made Chickpea Surprise (named by Petra), I was calling it Mock Tuna. We decided, however, that we didn’t want to make it look like we’d rather be eating tuna but we’re settling for chickpeas.
Because I don’t want tuna—-I want chickpeas!
So, I’m making an effort to not make mock foods…let them be what they are. I’m working on that for myself too 🙂
Alternately, sometimes you need a good sub. My Mom has been trying to cut back on her coffee consumption (but she really likes it!), so she found Dandy Blend, which is made of the extracts of three roasted herb roots: dandelion, chicory and sugar beet- and two roasted grains – barley and rye.
Why eat/drink dandelion root?
It promotes digestive health, soothes the stomach, can help prevent heartburn, contributes to liver detox, and enhances kidney function! (But don’t munch on the ones in your yard).
She says it is not exactly like coffee, and the first sip did not knock-her-socks-off…but she likes it, and subs it in for coffee when it fits for her.
Other dandy pictures from this week:
Did you ever have a desk like this in school?
Do you challenge yourself in order to achieve things?
Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. I’ve found if I challenge myself to do something I’m not ready for, it just plain doesn’t work.
Here are the things I did to be kind this week:
Sat: Visited my grandparents
Sun: Talked on the phone with a friend (and by talked I mean that I listened for hours about her problems!)
Mon: Returned a stray cart to the corral in the grocery store parking lot
Tues: Donated money to a charity online
Wed: Called a student who was confused about an assignment to see if she had figured it out
Thurs: Had a discussion about avocados with a woman at the store, and let her know that conventional avocados have been shown not to have any pesticide residue (so she could save a few cents!)
Fri: Cleaned the entire apartment
What do I feel like after writing this list? Well, it isn’t very impressive! I tried to list things I don’t normally do (I think I’m already kinda nice!).
Do you do kind things everyday? What could you do today?
What do you remember from your elementary school days?