To Start Anew ~ by Sam

2017 finds us all poised at the breaking dawn of a fresh, new year.  A year full of hope, and promise and possibilities.  The problems, the struggles, the tears, the regrets, the trials, the toils of 2016 and before lay behind us, and what lies ahead is infinite and unknown.  People encourage us to move only forward, to cast off the negative, never looking back; but, like Lot’s wife, we find ourselves compelled to cast that glance aft, and then…

Then what?

Isn’t it our history that informs us?  Isn’t it our past that makes us what we are today?

And so, I offer this advice for the New Year: Don’t attempt to make a brand new start, as people suggest.  That is far too tall an order for anyone, and destined for failure.  Sure, go ahead, move forward.  But don’t just put one foot in front of the other and trudge blindly on.  Move forward informed by the past, strengthened by your experience, hardened in your resolve ~ battle-scarred and imperfectly-perfect, as are we all ~ ready to conquer whatever life happens to throw your way.

In that spirit, I give you my Resolutions for the New Year, in no particular order:

In 2017, I resolve to:

Be Kind.
Listen.
Visit Places.
Make Things.
Plant Things.
Play Music.
Take Care of Myself.
Cook.
Write.
Read.
Dance.
Laugh.
Sing.

I might clean some stuff, too.
Maybe.

I think I can handle that.

Wishing you and yours Peace, Love, Health & Happiness in the New Year and beyond.  With all of those things, how can we possibly go wrong?

Advertisements

A good, quick meal ~ by Sam

I saw this recipe recently for “eggroll in a bowl,” and I thought it sounded like an interesting idea, but it called for 1/2 cup of soy sauce, which seemed like a lot to me, and sausage, which is meat (which we don’t eat).  Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the idea, so I decided to see what I could do with it.  It helped that I happened to have a package of Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef, a package of shredded cabbage, and a package of broccoli slaw mix.  At first, I debated using shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw.  Ultimately, I decided it would be even better (and probably better for us) if I used both.  I made miso broth (with baked tofu cubes and thinly sliced scallions) and jasmine white rice to go with it.  I happen to think it’s delicious, so I thought I would share it here.

You will need:

1 TBS vegetable oil
1 package Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef (or equivalent meat or meat substitute)
1-2 large garlic cloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
3-4 scallions, thinly sliced (both green & white parts)
1-3 TBS Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1 tsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 package shredded cabbage*
1 package broccoli slaw*

*Both of these ingredients were found in the produce section at Trader Joe’s, so they are whatever size package is sold there.  Wait.  I’ll look it up.  It looks like the broccoli slaw is 12 oz (and it’s organic, so I guess that’s good), and the shredded cabbage is 10 oz (and washed & ready…and high in Vitamin C).

In a large skillet, heat the oil.  Add the Beef-less Ground beef, garlic, ginger, and scallions.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.  Add soy sauce (or Bragg’s) and rice vinegar, and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in cabbage and slaw.  Cook, stirring until vegetables have reached desired tenderness.  We like our soft, so, toward the end of the cooking time, I added about 1/4 water and covered it with a lid for a few minutes to steam the veggies.  Then, I removed the lid and turned up the heat, to cook off the excess water.

Like I said, I think it’s very good.  Justice liked it, but the other kids haven’t tried it yet.  I guess it does look a little strange.  I will definitely make it again, even if I am the only one eating it, and I guess, if we wanted to make eggrolls, we could use this as the filling.  Give it a shot, and see what you think.  I haven’t run it through a nutrition calculator or anything, but it would have to be high protein and low carb, right?

EggrollinABowl