Meat Free Monday: Quick and Fresh-ish Salsa Bean Dip

This is an easy, quick, and fresh tasting dip, great for a party when you want something vegan that doesn’t seem too out of place.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can corn kernels
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 cans fat free refried beans (make sure they don’t have any lard or pork fat).

Directions: 

  • Dice the bell pepper and onion 
  • Mix the corn, 1 1/2 cups salsa, and onions into the refried beans.
  • Microwave the whole thing on 70% power for 8 minutes, rotating at least once.
  • Then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa onto the top of the dip to give it a pretty red top. 

Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy.

What Superhero Team Would you Want to Be On?

Forget the Avengers or the X-Men. I want to be on Team Umizoomi.  

They live in a bright, friendly city solving kids’ problems and teaching kids about math. 

And their powers are actually useful for something besides beating people up (and reinforcing the destructive myth of redemptive violence).


And if you couldn’t tell from the video clips, my being half tone deaf wouldn’t even exclude me from the musical numbers. 

Seriously, it beats dealing with Frank Miller and those thugs from Arkham Asylum.šŸ˜Ž

On the other hand …

Meat Free Monday: Pink Salt is Tofu’s Best Friend

I recently bought a grinder of Himalayan Pink Salt, and it’s really taken my breakfast tofu sandwiches to a new level.

I also bought some “Meyer Lemon & Blood Orange Pepper Jelly.” It’s sweet, spicy, and citrus-y. I generally like pepper jelly, unless it leans too heavily on green bell peppers … but this is just a whole new level of yummy. The only better pepper jelly I’ve had recently was Mississippi State University’s own five pepper jelly.

Yum!

A Day for Net Neutrality

75% of Americans favor Net Neutrality, which prevents internet service providers from censoring, throttling, or putting up content-specific paywalls (fees) over content they don’t like. 

For example, Comcast can’t forbid it’s internet customers from using Netflix, can’t charge extra to access Netflix, and can’t throttle Netflix down to such slow speeds that it becomes unusable.  Why would Comcast want to do that?  Sho more  people would pay for Comcast cable service,  which is several times as expensive as Netflix.

Verizon and AT&T are also forbidden from doing this, as are smaller ISPs.

The commercial aspects are bad enough, but do we also want to give corporations the right to censor what we see online? 

The proposed changes could even endanger internet access for rural Americans, as explained here.

So if 75% of Americans support Net Neutrality, why is the new FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, working so hard to destroy it?  

Because the big telecommunications companies all want Net Neutrality gone. I’m not advising Pai of corruption, but he does have a very corporate mindset. Those are the interests her seems to care about, the “public” he serves. 

Hey, remember Citizens United: corporations are people, too.

Studio what can we do? We still have a little time to register comments with the FCC. Youcan do that here:

Also, call your congress people and let them kmow you dupport Net Neutrality. They can put pressure where it needs to go.