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Brown rice, White bean, & Spinach salad

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A lot of times I kind of “wing” my meals. I occasionally pull out recipes but sometimes I’m just not in the mood for instructions and moreover, the odds of me having all the listed ingredients on hand is not great. This was a spur-of-the-moment dish that turned out pretty well. I won’t list exact measurements because it’s not all that crucial.

I had cooked a pot (1 lb bag) of small white beans and was wondering what to do with them. I have a White Bean Tomato Soup that is super easy that I like a lot but as I sit here at the end of July, my tank top & shorts sticking to me in the steamy heat, well, the last thing I want is a big bowl of hot soup.

Instead, I cooked a bunch of Brown rice to mix in and added steam-in-the-bag frozen spinach that I had. Now, by itself I would find this trio of albeit healthy ingredients quite boring, so I added some unsalted peanuts, stuffed green olives halved, canola oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and curry powder. If you wanted to try it, I’d suggest just adding whatever of these ingredients you like or substituting your own. As described, this is a powerhouse, well-balanced dish including Fiber, Carbohydrates, Good fats, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iron, and Magnesium. Curry powder has a variety of health benefits (reduces inflammation, aids digestion, has anti-cancer properties, protects against Alzheimer’s).

Part of why I wanted to make the recipe a blog post is so I don’t forget it later! (As I am wont to do.)

Spinach Salad Deluxe

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I never had raw spinach until I was well into adulthood – like many, I used to cringe at the word “spinach” alone, courtesy memories of over-boiled, bitter clumps of green mush served at family dinners (Popeye cartoons not withstanding). Fresh, raw spinach, especially when it’s young & tender, is an entirely different vegetable as well as a nutrient powerhouse.
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I tend to plan my eating/meals around grocery sales. I had the excellent fortune to get an 8oz bag of spinach for $1.25 (the loosely sold spinach usually looks bad, old, or tough), an 8oz carton of mushrooms for $1.50, and vine-ripe tomatoes for .99/lb. (The ad said the tomatoes were $1.49/lb which was okay, but my heart actually jumped when I saw the price would be even better!) I immediately began to think of the scrumptious salad I would have…

Once home and prepping my salad, I decided to go for it and add lots of other delights:

Spinach
Tomato sliced up
Mushrooms sliced
Hard boiled egg
Dill pickle sliced
Raw, unsalted Sunflower Seeds
Half can tuna
A few rinsed capers
Provolone cheese
Red onion
Nutritional Yeast
Fresh ground Black Pepper
Canola oil
White Wine Vinegar

(If I’d some cooked beans on hand, like chickpeas, I’d have thrown those in too, but I didn’t.)

I love eating like this and especially the sustained energy it gives me. It was DELICIOUS.

Pizza post

I wanted to take photos of my food for a long time. Now I can. In part I just like to look at photos of food (so much the better if I might actually get to have it), but also pictures remind me of what I cook and inspire me to make dishes again in a way written recipes alone do not. Healthy, delicious pizza is a staple very week. I make the crusts from whole wheat and white flour combined with a small amount of canola oil. The whole wheat makes it healthier and more filling. I always add a drizzle of olive oil on top. The toppings shown are meatless since I’m a mostly-vegetarian (I don’t miss it on my pizzas at all). Here’s a few samples.

Crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, grated Parmesan/Romano, olive oil and fresh oregano.

Crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, grated Parmesan/Romano, olive oil and fresh oregano.


Whole wheat pastry flour crust, diced tomatoes, black olives, onion, and just a bit of mozzarella.

Whole wheat pastry flour crust, diced tomatoes, black olives, onion, and just a bit of mozzarella.


Mushrooms, canned spinach, black olives, capers, mozzarella, olive oil

Mushrooms, canned spinach, black olives, capers, mozzarella, olive oil


Chopped clams, onion, mozzarella, grated Parmesan/Romano, olive oil, oregano

Chopped clams, onion, mozzarella, grated Parmesan/Romano, olive oil, oregano


Diced tomatoes, mozzarella, diced jalapenos, olive oil, chili powder

Diced tomatoes, mozzarella, diced jalapenos, olive oil, chili powder


Fresh spinach, onion, garlic, mozzarella, fresh oregano, olive oil

Fresh spinach, onion, garlic, mozzarella, fresh oregano, olive oil


Red onion, black olives, mozzarella, olive oil, oregano and a smidge of hot pepper flakes

Red onion, black olives, mozzarella, olive oil, oregano and a smidge of hot pepper flakes


Petite diced tomatoes, onion, black olives, 4-cheese mix (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asadero, Queso Quesadilla), fresh oregano, chili powder, olive oil.

Petite diced tomatoes, onion, black olives, 4-cheese mix(Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asadero, Queso Quesadilla), fresh oregano, chili powder, olive oil.