Meditations on Jesus' Word..."And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them," 1 Nephi 3:7. I'll go, do, and say what my Lord wants.
Dr. Ginger Medicine Woman...experience allows me to stress the importance of wearing helmets for skating and cycling, but it's equally important to fill our diets with plant foods to guard our loved ones from preventable, degenerative, food-induced illnesses.
Cucina Fresca...our tastiest meal this week was tostadas, which I've given a plant perfect makeover. It can be made easily with fresh or canned ingredients plus homemade or store bought tortillas. Canned pintos can also be used with inferior results.
1 c. dried pinto beans, soaked for 12-48 hours, drained and rinsed
1 c. salsa verde (3 tomatillos, roasted and mashed; 1 anaheim chili, roasted and mashed; 1/2 onion, roasted and mashed; 1/2 c. cilantro, minced)
1/2 c. roasted green chilies (3 roasted and diced anaheim chilies)
1/4 t. smoked paprika
1 T. dehydrated vegetable powder
2 T. dehydrated spinach leaves
1-2 c. bean broth
1/2 c. salsa rojo (chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos, and cilantro)
6 corn tortillas
thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 large tomato, chopped
Cover pinto beans in a slow cooker and cook for 8-12 hours until very soft. Drain but save bean broth. Put in pan. Mash with salsa verde, green chilies, paprika, cayenne, veggie powder, spinach, and enough bean broth to make mixture sort of soupy. Simmer until thick but spreadable. Meanwhile, bake tortillas on a cookie sheet at 425F for 10-20 minutes or until crispy. Spread beans on tortillas, top with salsa, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Movement...looking forward to much more Shinrin-yoku, Japanese for "forest bath." According to research, walking in the forest lowers stress levels compared to a similar amount of time walking in a noisy city. Who knew the sounds, sights, and smells of the forest could be more than just fun; it's medicine.
Pen and Brush...I sent this card to Cole; it's far from perfect but very fun to create special cards for loved ones.