Darth Enjoyed the Eclipse

And so did we. I hope my little one remembers it (she’s 4 and 1/2). I know I will.

She spent most of the time decorating a shrub with sticks and leaves from other plants … the number of students and staff she convened to help or at least watch while she did it was pretty impressive, honestly.

But every few minutes she would get the glasses and look at the eclipse for a few seconds. then she’d go back to playing.

I alternated between watching it and passing the glasses around so the students could see it. Good times.

I got a few.shots, but nothing epic.

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Meat Free Monday: Lentil Burgers

We’ve been cooking with lentils a lot more lately, partly because I got a craving for meatless loaf, and partly because we only recently fully realized just how much sodium is in canned beans.

So my wife made some lentil burgers, and they were great!

  • Lentils mixed with oatmeal,
  • then cooked in a skillet without oil.
  • dusted with curry powder & red pepper,
  • then served with catsup and Just Mayo on toast.
  • Delicious!

    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.