How is your summer going? Mine is crazy busy! How are we so close to it ending? I made a quick video to update you on what I’ve been up to. Leave a comment on the video letting me know what new thing you’re doing this summer.
My latest story is a tale of three thieves who come to steal from a young army of men and women who have everything to lose. They are on the brink of conquering a beautiful land that once belonged to their ancestors. Much like the young army, we too have a lot to lose as well, and there are things that come along to talk us out of our hope, peace and confidence. Listen to this episode to find out more about the three thieves and how the story plays out in the end. Click the link below, or visit iTunes if you are using an Apple product.
Pay close attention to the times when you are told things are impossible. Is it really impossible, or is the person who is telling you, no longer curious or out of options themselves? Sometimes people can be SO SURE of themselves, we think they must be right. If you keep going, and keep discovering– it just might be possible for you.
I have a confession– I have a really wasteful habit when it comes to groceries. What usually happens is I purchase things with lots of ambition and I have all these ideas of dishes I will make with the grains, vegetables, fruit and herbs I buy. In reality, I usually made 2 big meals and the rest of the time I default to salads and smoothies. I know this about myself. With what is left, I feel bored and uninspired. Some things spoil, and others sit around in my pantry till they call to me again.
Can you relate, or am I alone on this?
This past Sunday I was looking online at my grocery list to have them delivered, and realized, there was nothing I had to have– I just wanted new food. Instead of clicking purchase and having my groceries delivered, I challenged myself. What was already in my fridge that I could make and enjoy? I needed to find a way to repurpose what I had and turn it into an all new meal to keep my attention.
I needed something with protein, fiber and a good balance of color and variety. I remembered I had veggies leftover from a stir fry I made, half a bag of noodles, an opened jar of tomato sauce, a can of kidney beans and yogurt cheese.
I grabbed an oven safe container and got to work on what turned out to be an effortlessly delicious meal. I’ll buy groceries later when I’ve actually run low on food. In the long run this will save me loads of money and help me be more disciplined about my consumption.
1.5 cups dry pasta
1.5 cups cooked veggies. I used lightly steamed broccoli and frozen peas
1/2 can or 8 oz of cooked beans (use more if you like)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil ribbons
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste if desired
Set pasta to boil and cook to al dente. Noodles should be firm.
Mix cooked pasta with veggies, beans tomato sauce, oregano, basil, and 1/2 cup cheese
Add casserole mixture to baking dish and cover with 1/2 cup cheese.
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes till cheese has melted.