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Get Wise Wednesday: Cheer Up!

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Meatless Monday: Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts

Though this Meatless Monday recipe is light, it packs a flavorful punch that will make you forget that there is no meat!

You can find the original recipe on Myrecipes.com.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
  2. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts to pan; cook 3 minutes or until butter and nuts are lightly browned, stirring constantly. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Note:Prepare a quick salad to accompany the gnocchi: Combine 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 6 cups gourmet salad mix to bowl; toss gently to coat. Sauvignon blanc will pair enticingly with this dish.Good Happens.

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Get Wise Wednesday: Bringing Yourself Peace

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The idea that every human being has the power to create peace within themselves is a very powerful one.  This denies any other person to have control over another’s inner peace!

What are some of the things that you do to bring yourself peace?

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Meatless Monday: Portobello Mushroom Burgers

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Do you smell those wood chips burning? Do you hear the kids playing outside? You should, because Summer is here once again! With another summer, comes another reason to fire up that grill and have a pleasant get together with your friends and family. Tantalize their taste buds with this delicious and easy grilling recipe the next time they come over!

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Portobello mushrooms are not only delicious and easy to grill, but they are also very high in Vitamin D (and when you expose them temporarily to the sun, the amount of Vitamin D actually increases!). Portobello Mushrooms have also been found to decrease the incidence of breast cancer in women, and bolster the immune system!

 

Ingredients (4 Servings)

  • 4 Portobello Mushroom Caps
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place the mushroom caps (smooth side up) in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the mushrooms and let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat
  3. Brush the grate with oil (so the mushrooms don’t stick!). Place the mushrooms on the grill, and save that delicious marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until they feel tender. Brush the mushrooms with the marinade frequently.
  4. Top with cheese and other burger toppings! Get creative!

 

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Meatless Monday: Black Bean Cakes

For today’s Meatless Monday recipe we are delivering you a full meal packed with protein and deliciousness!  You will be too preoccupied with black bean cakes, eggs, and a side salad to realize that you have eaten a completely vegetarian meal.  Celebrate Meatless Monday with this recipe!

 

This recipe was taken from my recipes!

 

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Ingredients:

Cakes:

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 5 large eggs, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup panko, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, mince

Salad:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups mixed baby lettuce

Directions:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 egg, and beans in a food processor. Pulse 20 times or until mixture becomes a coarsely chopped paste. Combine bean mixture, 5 tablespoons panko, onions, and next 5 ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Place 3 tablespoons panko in a dish. Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions. Shape each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty; dredge in panko. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 teaspoons canola oil. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Wipe pan clean. Add remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil. Crack 4 eggs into skillet. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. To prepare salad, combine olive oil and next 4 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lettuce; toss gently to coat. Arrange 1 1/2 cups salad, 1 black bean patty, and 1 egg on each of 4 plates. Serve immediately.

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Meatless Monday: Unsloppy Joes

Sometimes it is difficult to find a delicious and healthy vegetarian meal that will be enjoyable by people of all ages.  This recipe for Unsloppy Joes, which comes with a disclaimer that they are “not guaranteed to be a completely unsloppy experience,” will instantly become a household favorite! 

You may follow the original recipe at Allrecipes:

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Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
and rinsed
8 kaiser rolls
Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, green pepper, and garlic: saute until tender. Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, tomato paste, vinegar, and pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in kidney beans, and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Cut a 1/4 inch slice off the top of each kaiser roll; set aside. Hollow out the center of each roll, leaving about 1/2 inch thick shells; reserve the inside of rolls for other uses.
Spoon bean mixture evenly into rolls and replace tops. Serve immediately.
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Live Peace With PeaceJam

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization founded in 1996 whose mission statement reads: “to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.” Through this innovative and lofty mission statement, PeaceJam has paired youth around the world with 13 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who taught them about how to effectively spread peace.  The Foundation was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 by six nobel laureates.

Peace Jam’s Founders talk about peace and the idea behind their foundation in their TED talk that you can watch below:

To learn more about PeaceJam, visit their website: peacejam.com.

Donations to PeaceJam can be given on the website through their secure server.  They allow for donors to select the gift amount as well as the location and affiliate that will receive the money!

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Get Wise Wednesday – Holding on to Each other

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This Wise Wednesday quote was said by actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn.  The idea about togetherness that she presents within the quote assumes that building and maintaining positive relationships with others is a worthwhile cause.

Do you agree with this quote? How would things change if we placed more value on holding onto the ones we love?

Reply with any answers you may have!

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Meatless Monday Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Happy Meatless Monday!  Today we are sharing an easy and delicious casserole with you that will feed the whole family with leftovers to spare!

You can follow the recipe below at allrecipes:

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Ingredients:

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream
of mushroom soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped
broccoli
8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
2 pinches paprika

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together condensed cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, egg and onion.
  • Place frozen broccoli into a very large mixing bowl. (I like to use my large stainless steel bowl to mix this recipe thoroughly.) Break up the frozen broccoli. Using a rubber spatula, scrape soup-mayonnaise mixture on top of broccoli, and mix well. Sprinkle on cheese and mix well. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish, and smooth top of casserole. Season to taste with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the preheated oven.

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