Cold Cous Cous Salad

Cous Cous is the national dish of Morocco and we love it in our house. We make it the traditional way a lot but I really like making cold salads from the plain cous cous… Here´s a recipe I made last night:

 

 

Cold Cous Cous Salad

2 cups cooked plain cous cous

1 cup kidney beans

1 tomatoe diced small

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

olive oil

vinegar

lemon juice

salt

Make the cous cous and let it cool. Add all ingredients to a bowl. Add vinegar, oil, and salt to taste.

Of course you can vary this for what you have in your kitchen. Any kind of bean, add other veggies such as cucumber or charred red pepper. I love using lots of parsley in salads. If I ever find I am out of lettuce I mix together any veggies, legumes, rice or cous cous and 1-2 cups of parsley and/or cilantro.

 

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Paleo

I heard about the Paleo diet a few months ago and started following it. (When I say diet I am referring to this definition: In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.) I feel like this has been the easiest way I have ever lost weight. I never would have said that I felt bloated but after cutting milk and breads out of my diet I realized that I felt so much better. I walk a lot in my daily routine and try to get 3 good morning walks in every week. Exercise is of course necessary for any weight-loss just as good eating habits are. I like how this info-graphic explains the Paleo way of eating – So I´ll let it do the talking.

Good reads

Earths Children series by Jean M. Auel- Here is a link to the first of the 6 book series. This book was amazing and I could not put it down. I laughed and cried and was so enthralled I felt sad and a little empty when it was over. Have you ever had that happen?

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly–she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

 

Fingerpainting in Psych Class– M. S. Jay Morgan. Take a look here.  A book about conscious parenting. I have really enjoyed it and feel like I get good useful information about how I can be a better mom.  The author is also active on FB. You can like his page here.

“Working with kids is challenging in the best of situations. Fingerpainting in Psych Class is a resource for parents, teachers, therapists and other adults who want to better meet this challenge and more effectively work with children of all ages. This book will help you:

Better understand children and teenagers.
Confidently work with children on a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.
Stop reacting to negative behavior and be more of a positive influence.
Better understand some important psychological and spiritual principles critical to every child’s healthy development.
Develop the ability to use intuition and creativity in your work with children.

An Everlasting Meal- Tamar Adler. This book was recommended by Joy the Baker.  I feel like it opened up my mind on how to approach cooking.  If you cook you should read this book. Take a look here.

Through the insightful essays in An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler issues a rallying cry to home cooks.

In chapters about boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summoning respectable meals from empty cupboards, Tamar weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on instinctive cooking. Tamar shows how to make the most of everything you buy, demonstrating what the world’s great chefs know: that great meals rely on the bones and peels and ends of meals before them.

She explains how to smarten up simple food and gives advice for fixing dishes gone awry. She recommends turning to neglected onions, celery, and potatoes for inexpensive meals that taste full of fresh vegetables, and cooking meat and fish resourcefully.

By wresting cooking from doctrine and doldrums, Tamar encourages readers to begin from wherever they are, with whatever they have. An Everlasting Meal is elegant testimony to the value of cooking and an empowering, indispensable tool for eaters today.

be HAPPIER in your HOME

I really loved this post. Small things we should actively do to make our lives happier.  Little things wear us down. I feel frustrated when the house is a mess and lonely when I haven’t talked to friends or family. It´s easy to get caught up in life´s frustrations and problems. Accepting things that we can´t change and somehow finding something we can appreciate in it, is something I’ve learned is so necessary to stay positive. I nodded in agreement for every one of these points.

Found this list on apartmenttherapy.com and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you t00!

1. Make your bed.

The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.

2. Bring every room back to “ready.”

I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Display sentimental items around your home.

One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire…

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Make a good thing even better

I recently found a few YouTube videos that have changed me. 🙂 Do you ever make mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs? Please… please watch these videos. Simple steps to make these dishes perfectly every time.

Mashed Potatoes

Scrambled Eggs

I love brown rice but never can make it just right. I tried out this recipe today and it was perfect! Take a look- Alton Brown´s perfect brown rice- Baked Brown Rice Recipe

Alkaline Vs Acid diet

This was a post that I did for our Natural Homeopathic Health blog and it has really stuck with me. Take a look at it here . I am trying to avoid processed, prepackaged foods. More vegetables and fruits. Less sugar. I try to keep this chart in mind when I am making food choices.

I try hard to make sure that the foods we eat every single day are alkaline such as onions, olive oil, garlic, green tea, stevia, lemons and apples. After understanding this concept and how acid causing foods are so bad for your body, I decided to give up artificial sweeteners.  I really loved saccharine or other artificial sweeteners because I thought it was a great way to have a sweetener but not the sugar to help to loose weight. Here is an article about Aspartame- Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma in new landmark study on humans. Now I use honey or stevia in teas, yogurt, and coffee. I make a point of buying plain natural yogurt. This way I know we are avoiding white sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Of the more acid causing foods, I have made a point of cutting out soft drinks, milk, and white flour as much as possible.