Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Meatless Monday! First One This Year!

And this one is vegan! I found a recipe for Carribean Red Beans and Rice that sounded a lot like my favorite restaurant's (Wildflour). It wasn't, but it was still very good. I'm not quite sure what it is that goes in their recipe that is so wonderful, but I'll keep on trying...
That's soy cheese on top. I altered the recipe just a bit, but using dried beans soaked overnight, a can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted tomatoes, about 1/2 a can of water, and cooking everything in the slow cooker. I ended up finishing the beans off on top of the stove, because the water was just enough to make it soupy, and I didn't want that. I also cooked the rice separately.

I started the meal with a spinach and mandarin orange salad with walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. Normally I toss in Feta and the fake bacon bits, but I decided I was good with this as was, because I was having the Red Beans & Rice.

What are YOU doing to reduce the amount of animal products in your diet? You did hear that eating too much red meat brings on all the rotten stuff: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure? The evidence is mounting.

And it saves money, too! With gas prices going up and up, we can all do more of that.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project 333

Yes, I'm still around! And I've decided I'm going to do this Project 333 beginning April 1 (No, not April Fool's Day - the first day of April!)

I think the hardest part for me will be deciding what I want to bring with me on this journey. I'm making two decisions right off:

1. My Handknits & my daughter's handcrafted jewelry are exempt.
2. My shoes are exempt: I have problem feet, so the fact that I have many shoes in two brands that I can wear year-round (including sandals and boots) is non-negotiable. The day might come that I ditch a few, but I'm not holding my breath. They're expensive shoes, because they are my "medicine" of sorts.

That said, I hope to spend a little bit of time here this coming weekend to work thru the closet in advance of April 1. I love the explanation here about How to Make Space.

And I'm not aiming for an unpleasant experience. When I lost the ton of weight I was carrying around (2 years ago), I decided the closet would be kept in a minimal way, that I wouldn't load it down with too much stuff, and I'd only buy what I loved.

Well...you can imagine how that turned out, can't you? Not so much. I know I bought things that were, well, convenient. And since I tend to be a uniform dresser, when I found something that worked, I bought every color.

So I hope this will help me return to my original intention about clothing. We'll see!