Sloppy Joes is one of the staple American foods that everybody seems to love. The mix of sweetness alongside with some savory tomato flavor, Sloppy Joes are a popular summer food. However, it can be enjoyed year round.
I remember in college I loved the Sloppy Joes that we made at the vegan cafe called Squeakers. However, we used Dr. Oetker's Sloppy Joe mix and topped it with onion, pickles and sometimes vegan mozzarella cheese. This was one of my favorite sandwiches. Back in 2004-2007, vegans consumed too much soy-based products. Now, thanks to the sophistication of vegan cooking, vegans can enjoy a whole-food version of Sloppy Joes using lentils.
The only down fall to this sandwich is that it is well, sloppy. Be gentle and don't squeeze too hard as you'll end up having a mess all over your plate or table. That is the only downfall to a lentil Sloppy Joe, but the great news is for those who desire a low carbohydrate meal, this taste perfect without a bun!
Healthy, hearty and cheap, this is a meal for anyone to afford. It may seem like a peasant meal, but sometimes the most simple foods are the most nourishing for the mind, body and soul.
"The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, "If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils." Said Diogenes, "Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king."
I had fear. Fear is real. Fear is a legit feeling one has toward something. At points on the camino, I had meltdowns as I was the only soul on the trail. At times I felt alone. This triggered my wound on the fear of being alone. At times I have no fear of being on my own. I have my own peace, but I have found that going through life with another human being is one of the most precious gifts in life.
Love will always be the most powerful force on the planet.
My camino was a cathartic purge, a trail that led me to a new chapter.
The Camino de Santiago was a lifesaver. It initiated a new chapter in my book of life. A rebirth. A coming out as Christian. I found a new love with life, myself, the planet, Christ and God.
Even if it doesn't work out like I'd hope, my soul has been called to further the spread the light from a new lens. Before the camino, I had dreams of writing a book about my experience. I've had inklings about writing another book over the last year. But this time, the title would be, "Finding Home."
I don't know how many times I cried in 2018, definitely over one hundred. But, not all tears are tears of sadness. Some tears were tears of happiness. Other tears were emotional due to being touched by God.
Although most of my Jesus Year was rough, I am thankful for everything I learned because it's led me to a better place. Like a graduation, my "diploma" from divorce has led me to be wise like a serpent, and innocent like a dove. We'll see what God and life has in store for me. Que Sera Sera.
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It is no secret that the date tree has been an important part of human civilization in terms of Maslow's Hierarchy or needs. Originating in the Middle East, today, dates are still used in Middle Eastern and Israeli cuisine.
This was the fabled ‘promised land,’ also known as the ‘land of milk and honey.’ Jericho, along the Mediterranean coast was referred to as the ‘City of Palms.’ This region was also the land of the Canaanites and the Philistines, located where Lebanon and Beirut stand today. The region was also known for its olives, grapes, figs and pomegranates."
"And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days."
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Bake Time: 45-50 minutes
Makes one 9-inch cake
4 ripe bananas
1 2/3 cup nondairy milk
2 cups pastry flour
1/2 heaping cup chopped dates
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp flax meal or seed (optional)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
optional topping: one sliced banana
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and mix the sugar, coconut oil, milk and vanilla in the bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet into the dry. Fold the ingredients without over mixing. Once a "dough" forms, fold in the dates.
Spray or grease a nine inch pie pan. Pour the ingredients evenly. If needed, top the ingredients with a sliced banana with whatever pattern you desire.
This musical genius is still loved to this day. So, what do you think about this quote? Is it that a genius must love what he does? Or is love the true essence of our soul? And if we realize that, and a choose a life of soul + love, we are in fact, genius.
There are many ways to interpret this, but we must love ourselves, others and the planet we live on. If we choose to live a soulful life, and love what we do, and let love guide our life, are we a genius? Love is the way to God. Living a life through the heart center is not easy in a world of revenge.
I liked this quote I read on revelationsforlife.com, M. Scott Peck, MD, described love as "The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."
You have to love yourself enough to allow yourself to grow as well as others on whatever path they choose.
As always, inspired by the sun,
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So what better way to celebrate the sun than through the heart, soul and flavors of the Mediterranean. My soul has deep connections to the Mediterranean, and during my travels there, I never tasted such purity in the food. The freshness of the ingredients coupled with the methods of cooking is some of the best on the planet. I think it's safe to say that the Mediterranean attracts people due to its energy of the sun, land, ocean and food.
Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
Cook Time: 20-22 minutes
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 stems of fresh oregano, leaves removed
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
1 white skinned potato sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 small eggplant, sliced
3 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 heaping cup cherry tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and prep the vegetables. In a bowl mix together the first batch of ingredients (oil + herbs).
Grease a baking pan.
Dip or use a pastry brush to cover both sides of the potatoes. Roast for 10 minutes. Next, dip or brush the oil mixture on the remaining vegetables and add them with the potatoes. Once on the pan, pour any remaining herbs/oil on top of the vegetables. Roast for an additional 10-12 minutes. Serve Warm.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com
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