Thank you for everyone’s really nice comments on my Thanksgiving post. Once again, I gained comfort and insight from our great blog community. If there is one lesson that I’ve learned from working on my mental and emotional health, it has been to experience my emotions and think about how I’m feeling instead of covering them up with unhealthy behaviors like overeating or whatever the compulsive behavior of choice is. I know it sounds hard, and it often is, but the freedom gained is worth it.
I had some leftover lentils from my Baked Lentil Collard Wraps so I made them into a salad. I also had extra brown rice from another dish so I used that, too. I’ve made this salad before, but not without an oil-based dressing. This type of salad is so easy to prepare yet tastes so gourmet! I honestly didn’t miss the oil and the avocado and nuts give it a boost of healthy fat.
After mixing the lentils and rice together, I just added “the goodies” including: chopped onions, bell pepper, cucumber, garlic, ground black pepper and mint. I topped the salad with avocado, dried cranberries, mint and pistachios. The dressing was lemon juice…that’s it!
Lemony Brown Rice & Lentil Salad – Makes 4 Servings
2 cups each cooked lentils and brown rice
1/2 large onion, minced
1 medium cucumber, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped finely
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced very finely or pushed through a garlic press
juice of 2 lemons
ground pepper, to taste
1 avocado, divided into 4 servings
1/2 cup apple-juice sweetened dried cranberries (Eden Organics makes a version), divided into 4 servings
1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, divided into 4 servings
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Pour lemon juice on top and stir again. Top with avocado, cranberries and pistachios. Enjoy at room temperature or cold.
I keep forgetting to announce the winner of my Lollihop giveaway! It was Amanda from Hungry Vegan Traveler. Congrats Amanda! If you didn’t win and want to order a box, the kind folks at Lollihop created a coupon code for the first 50 readers. The code is CARRIEONVEGAN20 and it will get you 20% off any gift subscriptions.
Also, remember when I revealed my new secret ingredient in my Anti-Cancer Green Breakfast Smoothie? Hint: it was frozen broccoli. I have another one!
I’m nearing the end of the semester and my LAST SCIENCE CLASS EVER (1.5 years left of nutrition and public health classes only)!!! My last lab for Microbiology is to swab surfaces around the house to test for microbes. I’m thinking about including my yoga mat, iPhone, water bottle, steering wheel and placemat. Any other suggestions? I’ll post my results!