Penne With Color

Penne With Color

Americans eat quite a bit of food without color.  There is beige food everywhere.  White or light bread, pasta with cheese, iceberg lettuce, and french fries.  It’s comfort food.  (Well, not the iceberg lettuce exactly…. ) If you’re looking for small steps in a brighter direction, you’ve come to the right place.

Lacinato Kale

Here’s an easy philosophy to navigate the world of blah looking food.  You can jolly well eat beige food once in a while,  just put some redeemable color with it.  Put spinach leaves or ripe tomato slices or grated carrots on that meat sandwich.  Add chopped deep green Lacinato Kale to your lettuce salad. Besides, if you eat bright color that grows in the ground — we’re talking red, green, yellow, orange and purple — nutrition is pretty much guaranteed. So let’s take pasta, beige for sure, but an all American standard.  You can make a fabulously beautiful and healthy version in under 30 minutes.

Penne With Color

4 Servings Start by preparing enough pasta (your favorite kind) for 4 people.  Set a timer so you notice when to check to see if it is done.   If you want leftovers, double it or use more generous amounts of everything. YOU NEED:

Yellow Squash

Red onion, yellow squash, collard greens (or chard, spinach or kale) and fresh garlic.  Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade from Trader Joe’s. (If this is not available, use chopped red tomatoes). Feta cheese (can substitute Parmesan or Asiago or Goat). While the pasta is cooking, saute the color: 1. A medium red onion, cut in chunky-ish pieces. 2.  Diced yellow squash or two, depending on the size of the squash.

Collard Greens

3. When the above two are almost done, add a small handful of chopped collard greens per person.  Also, add a clove of garlic per person — and one extra for the heck of it.  Take the clove of garlic and lay it on its side, and smash it.  Then cut it in about four pieces.  In other words, DON’T mince it.   This flavors the dish well, but allows eaters to avoid chunks of garlic, should they choose. Turn off the burner, toss all together, and let the greens wilt into the vegetables. This will steam the garlic a little bit, but don’t burn or brown the garlic.  Cover with a lid for just a minute. By now the pasta should be done.  Drain and add to the vegetables.  Toss well.  Add a jar of Trader Joe’s Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade.  Stir it into the pasta and vegetables.  Serve Feta Cheese on the side and let each person top their serving with Feta, or the cheese of your choice. And there you have it!  Beige Food with all of it’s colorful and nutritious friends!  You can also skip the Feta and add another protein of your choice — chicken, salmon, shrimp and so on.  Be creative.  Be flamboyant!  Your tummy will be happy about the colors of the rainbow — to your body all that color is like the warm sun on a cold and dreary day!

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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