Weekend mornings are great for sipping coffee and enjoying a little quiet time in the office with this guy catching up on news and stuff from the week.
After 5 days of rushing to get out of the house in the morning, slow mornings is one of the things I look forward to most about the weekends. And cuddling and taking sweet dogs for leisurely walks.
It’s been a very productive weekend here so far, hubby moved a small mountain in yard work and I took advantage of our fridge being so empty and sterilized it and the kitchen. Hours of spring cleaning work isn’t always fun, but it feels amazing afterwards!
In cleaning the pantry, I found a package of heirloom beans to use up from the Farm-to-Fork festival and slow cooked them on low for about 8 hours with a little salt and a bay leaf.
My first time slow cooking just a bunch of plain dried beans and it actually worked out great because now we have a ton of beans ready to go in the fridge for a week of salads, soups, sautes, etc. The first dish I used them in was a simple kale and carrot stew seasoned with miso paste, garlic, a Trader Joe’s seasoning blend, and nutritional yeast.
It was great and very filling.
Of course there has been salad too, there is always salad! And with a new avocado dressing I whipped up packing a tangy ginger kick and a beautiful color.
Miso Ginger Dressing
- 1 avocado, seeded and scooped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 tbsp. white miso paste
- 1″ chunk of fresh ginger
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 cup water
- pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 2-4 servings.
The flavor is a lot like a traditional Japanese ginger dressing, but it gets the creamy texture from avocado instead of oil and a hint of sweetness from carrot instead of sugar.
And has the perfect balance of sweet and savory with a tangy kick.
I broke down and finally bought a yoga mat towel to for more hot yoga classes.
I’m still working through new classes using ClassPass, but enjoyed hot yoga the most and plan to go back regularly since I really need to work on flexibility and breathing.
NPR has a pretty awesome article on vegan cheese becoming more popular due to health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns.
The Hill also posted an intense article on a vegan diet for the planet with hot discussions following.
Time has an article about vegans who go vegan for ethical reasons over health reasons are more likely to stick to it.
Here, again, is the link to Jon Stewart talking with Gene Baur on his new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. I love that Gene comes across as such a positive inspiration and looking forward to checking out the book.
This is a great bit on Rich Roll and his family and now I want that book too. 5 Ironman Triathlons in under a week!?!?
Finally an interesting article on factory animal farming and why it’s horrible all around for health and environment.