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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash, Courgette, and Chickpea Hash

Happy Meatless Monday!  Today we are sharing a recipe that will be sure to make your mouth water!  Not only does it photograph well, but it will be impossible to resist running home and cooking after reading the ingredients. Just follow the four easy steps and in 45 minutes you will have a deliciously filling meal for two!

You can see the original the recipe Nomsies Kitchen!

Butternut Squash, Courgette, and Chickpea Hash





400gm (half of a medium butternut squash) Butternut Squash

3 Courgettes (cut into small cubes)

1 can chickpeas (400gm)

400ml Pasta Sauce

½ Onion (diced)

3 cloves Garlic (peeled and diced)

½ tsp Paprika

¼ tsp Chilli Flakes

1½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Fresh Coriander (small handful – chopped)




1. Roast the butternut squash with the skin on for 30 minutes at 170°C. Once roasted, remove from oven. When it has cooled, the skin should be easy to remove, cut into cubes. Set aside.


2. Pour the olive oil into a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the olive oil is hot enough, add in the diced onion. Sweat it out for about 3 minutes before adding in the diced garlic. Fry until aromatic, be careful not to burn the garlic.


3. Add in the butternut squash and courgettes. Fry evenly in the pan. I like to try to get the vegetables in a flat layer on the pan so that they can crisp up and colour instead of steaming up in a pile. Fry for about 8 minutes until vegetables are cooked and nicely coloured.


4. Next add in the pasta sauce, chickpeas and seasoning. Stir through until nicely combined and fry for another 3-4 minutes. Just before switching off the heat, add in the chopped fresh coriander and stir through. Remove from heat and serve.


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Live Peace with World Water Day

Happy Saturday everyone! Today is a very special Saturday, because this particular day is World Water Day.

This year’s World Water Day focuses on how Water and Energy are closely interlinked and interdependent.

Join the UN System and it’s member states and raise awareness on the links between Water and Energy. For more information, visit the official website here.

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3 Ways to Live Peace Every Day

Center for Living Peace is founded on the idea that we can all “live peace” in our everyday lives. But some days can be harder than others! Especially with the holidays and end of the year nearly upon us, we could probably all use a reminder of how we can be more peaceful.

1. Be kind to others.

Have you seen the quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle?” The quote’s origin is disputed; some aren’t sure if it originated with Plato, Ian Maclaren, or another.

But regardless of who said it first, the message holds true: everyone struggles and has bad days. Something even as small as holding the door or sharing a smile can help brighten someone’s day!

2. Be kind to yourself.

As the above quote says, all people are “fighting a hard battle.” And that includes you! People aren’t perfect, but we can all strive to be a little better.

Next time something goes wrong, admit it but don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. We’re sometimes harder on ourselves than we need to be, so keep it in mind the next time there’s a small mishap.

3. Remember the good things.

We get it: sh*t happens. But so does good! That’s where our motto “Good Happens” come from– the idea that we can all make Good Happen in our lives and the lives of those around us. Not every day is going to be perfect and bad things may happen, but good days and good things come around, too.

Do you have something you would add to the list? Tell us below!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Remember to say thank you.

Now that the Halloween month of October has come and gone, November and Thanksgiving is beginning to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Our focus is on where we are going to spend the holiday, the craziness of travel and seeing old relatives, or who will be cooking the turkey on the big day. But what is this “thankful” season all about? Sometimes we can forget how a simple few words like “I love you” or “thank you” can mean to another, especially those who are the closest to us.

Here is a  simple 3-minute talk, where speaker Laura Trice muses on the power of the words “thank you.” Dr. Laura Trice is a therapist and a coach, devoted to practices that help people find fulfillment in their lives. She has created a therapeutic program entitled “Writing in Recovery” that uses creativity such as journaling or music to help others develop a better sense of self and set goals for themselves.

Whether they are to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, or to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

“The father told everybody else that he was proud of him, but he never told the son. It’s because he didn’t know that his son needed to hear it. So my question is, why don’t we ask for the things that we need?”

If we are wanting this love and affection from those closest to us and feel like we are not getting that, why not ask? We like to be praised, but are afraid to ask, so chances are those family, friends, and others closest to you are craving the same thing. Take a step up, and say to them what you would want them to say to you.

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. Say a simple kind few words to those you love. Even if it is a simple “I’m proud of you”, “I love you” or “Thank you.”

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Happy Halloween!

Have a peaceful, spooky holiday!

We thought we’d share a video of a peace sign pumpkin! What beautiful carvings.

Are you carving a pumpkin? Share your designs with us!

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Live Peace with Impatient Optimists

When it comes to doing good in the world, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a massive force. As an organization, it funds projects ranging from the eradication of polio to increasing access to information through public libraries.

And you can follow all of The Gates Foundation’s projects on their blog, Impatient Optimists! As we celebrate October Outreach in honor of International Day of the Girl,  we wanted to share a post by Charlotte Beall on Impatient Optimists, called “Seven Ways You Can Support Youth In Your Community.”

In the post, Beall speaks to the importance of recognizing the power of youth to do good and make change. As an organization that strives to offer a multitude of programs for children, we fully support the idea that youth are the future!

CLP-1207Listening to kids’ voices at our 3rd Birthday!

Check out Beall’s recommendations on how to support kids, both boys and girls, making Good Happen:

  • Listen: Listen to their ideas and help them create an action plan to make their idea a reality.
  • Collaborate: Encourage them to talk to others who can help them with their idea.
  • Remove Barriers: Help them trouble shoot and find ways to remove barriers that prevent them from making their idea a reality.
  • Spread the Word: Tell your friends about your child’s idea.
  • Help them share their ideas: Use a variety of communication resources to get the word out about their idea. Some to consider: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, e-mail, creating a website, posting a YouTube video, creating a poster, and speaking at a community center or a school.
  • Help Others: Have conversations about the unique skills of your individual family members and talk about ways to apply these skills for others in need. The Volunteer Match website is a great place to start.
  • Lead by Example: Be a positive role model and take action on an idea you have to help make positive change in your community.

Want to learn more and find great resources? Check out Beall’s original post!

How are you empowering the youth around you to do good?

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Empowering Books for Girls

As part of our October Outreach, we’re celebrating International Day of the Girl by highlighting the importance and potential of girls around the world. But how can we also empower girls here at home? Next time your daughter is looking for a great book, suggest some of these gems!

Danielle Steinberg at PBS has compiled great lists of empowering books for girls in preschool, grade school, and middle school ranges. With a total of 53 selections, these lists are sure to be a great springboard for your child’s reading list!

empowering girls book collage

Books in Steinberg’s lists include (clockwise from top left in above photo):

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl

Check out Steinberg’s full lists!

Have you read any of these books? Have any to add? Tell us in the comments below or by using #OctoberOutreach!

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Meatless Monday: National School Lunch Week

Last week was National School Lunch Week! It highlights the nutrition that kids are getting in their school lunches, as well as how we can make improvements.

As we celebrate our October Outreach in honor of International Day of the Girl, we wanted to share recipe ideas from Chelsey at C it Nutritionally. With lunches like these, girls and boys alike will have the fuel they need to succeed in their classes! Plus, the recipes are meatless, making it the perfect choice for Meatless Monday!

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Whether you’d like to try Chelsey’s recipe for “The Hummado,” or enjoy some “Burrito Heaven,” there’s a recipe for you! Sandwiches are great lunches for kids and adults since they’re quick to make and easy to eat.

Check out all of the recipe ideas at C it Nutritionally! Tell us which recipes you try and join the conversation using #OctoberOutreach!

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Live Peace with Chime for Change and Catapult

As part of our October Outreach centered around International Day of the Girl, we are highlighting Chime for Change!

You may have heard about the large concert in June, but Chime for Change is “a community of people working to promote education, health and justice for every girl, every woman, everywhere.”

Chime for Change is partnered with Catapult, an online crowdfunding platform focused on supporting girls and women around the world. By donating to specific projects, donors can see the impact and follow how the funds are being used. Projects range from expanding education for girls to expanding life-saving technology. Explore the projects that are currently funding here!

How are you doing good for International Day of the Girl? Tell us about other organizations doing good using #OctoberOutreach!

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