A Few Side Dishes and More

For those of you in the U.S., have fun eating tomorrow! And eat how YOU want to eat. It’s important to eat how you want to eat, not how anyone else pressures you into eating. However you define eating well, however you define taking care of your well-being through eating, have the integrity to be true to yourself. This is probably not news to you—a lot of people do not eat very well! A lot of people continually eat stuff that is leading them down the slow, but inevitable road to type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. A lot of people who don’t eat well try to get others to not eat well (misery loves company, I suppose). Some people might call you “no fun” for eating well. Ignore them. (Is eventual type-2 diabetes fun? Just saying.) Stick to your values. Some people will equate your not eating their special cookies as not loving them. Um, can you see how twisted this is? You get the idea. Whatever your personal commitment to eating well is, hold true to it. You are so worth it.

For those looking for something fun to make tomorrow, here are a few ideas. Enjoy!

Sautéed Spinach with Black Beans and Sunflower Seeds

• 8 cups spinach, chopped
• 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
• 1 cup sunflower seeds
• 2 Tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
• 1 clove garlic, diced (optional)
• Black pepper to taste
• Salt to taste

1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan or fry pan.
2. Add the garlic (optional) and cook it over medium heat until it’s tender.
3. Add the spinach and cook it until it’s wilted.
4. Add the beans and sunflower seeds, mix the spinach, black beans, and sunflower seeds together, and cook the mixture until it’s hot.
5. Add black pepper and salt to taste (optional).

Becky’s Kid-Friendly Roasted Vegetables

• 2 cups Brussels sprouts, chopped
• 2 cups carrots, chopped
• 2 cups eggplant, chopped
• 2 cups okra
• 1 onion, chopped
• 3 Tbsp. olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, diced
• 1 tsp. rosemary leaves or thyme leaves, diced (or dried herbs)
• Black pepper to taste
• Salt to taste

1. Choose one vegetable from the first four ingredients listed above.
2. Mix your chosen vegetable and all of the other ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
3. Roast the vegetables in a roasting pan for 40 minutes or until they’re tender. Stir the vegetables after 20 minutes of cooking.

Roasted Carrots with Apples and Pears

• 3 cups carrots, chopped
• 1 apple (any kind), chopped
• 1 pear (any kind), chopped
• 3 Tbsp. honey
• Salt to taste

1. Pre-heat an oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
3. Roast carrots and apples in a roasting pan for 40 minutes or until they’re tender. Stir the carrots and apples after 20 minutes of cooking.

Photo 75--Happy Thanksgiving

Remember your mantra for today: NOURISHING MOVEMENT, NOURISHING FOOD, NOURISHING LIFE.

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