3-Day Fresh: Bean Bliss

See my blog about how to cook beans. Cook your beans. You’ll have 3 cups of beans. With a slotted spoon scoop the beans from the broth. Reserve broth! You now have beans for three different meals.

Great Northern Bean & Potato Salad    (Great as a wrap filling, too)

  • 1.5 c cooked beans
  • 1/2 c cubed cooked potatoes
  • 1 T diced red pepper
  • 1/4 c diced yellow pepper
  • 1/2 c barely steamed broccoli pieces
  • 2 T minced leek
  • 1/2 c diced purple cabbage
  • 2 T diced celery
  • 2 T minced parsley
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T Braggs vinegar
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • 1 t herbes de provence
  • 1 t curry powder

Mix dressing ingredients above and toss with beans, veggies and parsley. Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Garnish with beets.

  • 1/2- 1 c cubed beets  Sauté in 1 T each water and olive oil; add 1/2 t herbes de provence and 1 t balsamic vinegar. Cook until all liquids evaporate and beets caramelize a bit. Serve on the side or as garnish. Beets can overpower the other flavors if mixed in.

Bean Green Soup

  • 4 c water or vegetable stock or add vegetable bullion to the water
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 c mixed cruciferous greens
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1/4 c chopped parsley
  • 2 t minced fresh rosemary
  • 4 medium potatoes cubed.
  • 1 c cooked great northern beans
  • 2 T ghee
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: 1/2 c yogurt mixed with 2t Maple syrup and 2T water

Place water or both in saucepan and add all ingredients. Cook for about twenty minutes. Puree with an immersion blender and swirl with yogurt.

Bean Stock Pot

Bean broth from cooking great northern beans – should be about 3 to 4 cups.

Vegetables of your choice, I like celery, carrots, onions, leeks, cabbage, zucchini, potatoes, a clove of garlic.  Fresh greens (kale, spinach, collards) to add right before serving along with the remaining beans – about 1/2 cup beans.

Herbs of your choice – parsley, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf & sea salt and black pepper.

Serve with crunchy pumpkin seeds and or a touch of Parmesan.

Voilà Bean Bliss!

 

 

 

 

Beauty – Skin Deep!

 

GARSHANA LYMPHATIC MASSAGE -Removes dead layers of skin which allows the body to excrete toxic material more efficiently. -Targets the lymphatic system which does not have a pump. It is located directly beneath the skin. Dry brushing the skin towards the heart and lymph nodes moves the lymph more vigorously so that the waste can be eliminated.-Moves toxins in the lymphatic system into the venous system where it can go to the liver and be cleaned.-Accumulation of lymph leads to inflammatory problems in the joints and cellulite.

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Here’s how…

-5 to 10 minutes, 5-6 times a week before showering.

-Start with dry, clean skin.

-Use medium to firm pressure.

-Using silk gloves or a brush, vigorously massage wrists and the tips of elbows in circles.

-Using long strokes, massage up from your fingers to the top of your upper arm, directing the lymph to the nodes in your armpits.

-Massage your stomach and buttocks in a circular motion.

-Massage your knees in a circular motion.

-Massage your thighs in long strokes up the leg, directing the lymph to the nodes in your groin area.

-Move on to your ankles and feet, massaging them in circles.

-Massage up your calf in long strokes.

-Exclude face, chest and heart area.

-Take your shower. At the end, alternate the water between very hot and very cold several times to enhance circulation.

Thanks to my daughter Reba for this post. (The sketch is mine.)

 

 

Beans – Perfectly Cooked

Perfect Pulses JPG“Mom, how do you cook beans?” She’d chuckle and tell me three different ways. I NEVER could get my beans to turn out like Mom’s. Since she died a few years ago I crave beans the way she made them. (I also long to eat them sitting across from her at her southern Carolina home.) So I began to experiment.

In my opinion, the perfect bean holds its shape on the outside but is tender on the inside. Oh, the occasional one might split but mostly they look like before they are cooked – only fatter. For me, beans must be soaked in a weak saline solution for eight hours. The rest is easy. A gentle simmer with seasonings of your choice.

Then the real fun begins as beans make great sandwich spreads, dips, side dishes, soups, fake potatoes, salads, sauces, bean loafs, bean breads, entire meals. Try cold white beans with olive oil, lemon juice and fresh parsley. The saline soak helps with the fartability and so does a bit of basil. Check out the next THREE-DAY FRESH! for more tasty pulse ideas.

 

Forgiveness – Hearts Heal

 

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Are you willing to trust your own heart – when it flutters in your body struggling to be free? Will you lift the cage or challenge the pain? Or perhaps you’ll live with it torturing your spirit. You can trust your heart. Let it lead your head. Give way for the split. How else could the seed vine to the sun? There, there my lovely one.

Kiss Me, Coconut Breath

 

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You’ll want to kiss and be kissed by an oil puller. Why? Because they are real caretakers of their kissers.

Oil pulling helps prevent gingivitis, plaque, and bad breath microorganisms. Maybe even helps whiten your teeth and keep them from decay. Most of the microbial culprits are one celled; the oil binds them and whisks them away.

Ayurveda, The Science of Life, holds that the tongue represents every organ in the body so oil pulling detoxes more than just your mouth.

Here’s my morning mouth ritual. I drink a cup of warm water upon rising. I  dip out one tablespoon of !!!!ORGANIC!!!! Coconut Oil. (I like the taste of Trader Joe’s.) I smell it. Now I am in a tropical paradise. (Hate coconuts? Use olive, palm, sesame, sunflower. All these oils have bacteria-fighting benefits but coconut also has lauric acid loaded with anti-microbial agents.)

I swish it and pull it through my teeth for about five minutes. (I usually make the bed and feed the dog while I am swishing.) Then I spit it into the garbage can – never in the sink. Then I rinse my mouth with warm water, flushing out the residue. Then I do my regular brushing, flossing, mini-brushing, tongue scraping, rinsing again with warm water. (More on tongue scraping  later – should be call sweeping not scraping by the way.)

Then I kiss myself. Because next I get to meditate with thousands of people around the world right from my cozy bedroom chair. Check out Insight Timer a great meditation app.

 

 

Your Spice of the Day

Inspired by Joanne…image

Here’s your spice of the day…

“Laughter” It comes in five different colors but the flavor is relatively consistent.


Yellow, Daffodil, Tweetie (as in Bird), Big (as in Bird), and Pee (as in I just wet my pants because you made me laugh so much). Oh, and do NOT forget — Sunshine. So there must be more than six flavors. Oh, but then there’s Duckling. And Lemon. And Curry.

You can see where this is going.

Hope you’re smiling because you have a heart that lights up the room.

Must be honey, yes?