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Mediterranean Summer Salad

Long time no see! The last few months since I started my new job I have been trying to play catchup in life and have not been very inspired to cook. This usually happens when I start a new employment until I start to get into a routine. But as of late I’ve been eating out a lot and finally am getting sick of it. So now I’m creating. 🙂
Last night I threw together an experiment and hoped for the best. Thankfully it was a winner! 😀 Thankfully it’s really easy to make as well. The flavors in this salad are perfect for summer as it’s very fresh and light. This dish was inspired by a conversation about the Mediterranean Diet someone at work has been on lately. I think I might look more into it!

I call for “cans of”, but if you want to put in the extra time to cook your garbanzo beans I made mine in a “beyond rice, cooker” crockpot so it could soak for 3-4 hours and then cook for a minimum of 3 hours. I cooked mine in water, pink hymilian salt, and dropped a vegetable bouillon cube in for added protein and flavor.
Give it a try and plan a picnic on a beautiful day. I paired this with red lentils and green beans. Rinse and cook red lentils in chicken broth for 10 minutes, adding onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and 1/2 – 1 tsp dried thyme. Once cooked, add in cooked and drained green beans, and a little olive oil and that’s it. It packs a lot of protein in these two dishes and no meat had to be thawed (which is the main reason I barely eat meat…lack of planning lol!)
So now on to the recipe! 🙂


Mediterranean Summer Salad

• 1 can Garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 can black olives, drained and sliced
• 1 can artichoke hearts, drained (I got the ones in water to cut the cost)
• 1/4 – 1/2 red onion, diced
• 1 green onion, diced
• Lemon zest of 1 lemon
• Juice of 1/2 a lemon
• Olive Oil to coat (3-5 Tbs)
• 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
• Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and marinate in the fridge overnight. It will taste good when freshly made, but even better if you marinate it.
Serves 4-6

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring and cooking fresh homemade meals. It really is an investment to your health to cook instead of eating out. I just feel better when I know what goes into my food instead of hoping I don’t get sick from an ingredient someone forgot to tell me, or cross contamination.
Also a recent change to my diet, I have been off corn for almost six months now if not longer, and cheating doesn’t even appeal to me anymore. It really made a difference in my digestion. When I ate corn it was organic as much as possible, and even that bothered me. Now I am starting to cut out nightshades too. I do notice when I eat potatoes on how much it effects my alertness and pain levels. Potatoes are my #1 comfort food too. But I do want to feel even better than I have been and hopefully one day the weather changes will not effect me as much as it does.
Look forward to more creations coming up and fresh meal ideas.
Thank you also for hanging in there while my life was put on hold.





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Spring Stroll in the Portland Japanese Gardens

Today was a rare spring day for Portland. It was sunny and 76°!!
I have been wanting to get over to the Japanese Gardens before the cherry blossoms had fallen. Today was my day! I had gotten there at 3:45, they stop letting people in at 4, and gates close at 5. So that’s enough time to get some sweet light shots before they close.
Although I had 2 backup batteries…I didn’t take into account that my memory card was about filled up…oops! Delete delete delete!!! (In 5 seconds or less…) Thankfully I learned on the fly how to delete batches by date. Yeah!
So here’s some of my shots just off my iPhone. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😀








It’s nice to top off a warm day with some salad rolls from Jade Tea House in Sellwood. I also got the mango chicken, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach!


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Groundhog Day

So today is Groundhog Day, and for some reason the Portland Zoo uses a hedgehog to see if spring is around the corner. Keep Portland Weird! Lol!
Jabari did see his shadow…who wouldn’t? It was a Beautiful Day!! (He’s only 38% accurate though) 😉

But Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow today. WOOHOO! He’s a lot more accurate, so lets go with that forecast.
Come on SPRING! 😀


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Did I ever mention I LOVE PDX?!?

This just in…Anchorage has hit record snowfall as of today of 134.5″!!!
I’m sooooo glad I moved to Portland.
I’ll take allergies over a snow shovel ANY DAY! 😛
Here’s the article:

Record-breaking Snowfall in Anchorage By Mitch Sego 04/07/2012 8:31 PM

Anchorage has surpassed a 57 year old record for snowfall in one season. The old record of 132.6 inches occured in 1954-1955. But with a total of 134.5 inches as of 4 p.m, Saturday, the winter of 2011-2012 is now the snowiest winter on record in Anchorage.

The city lacked 2.5″ going into Easter weekend. Snow began falling Friday morning with 0.8″ accumulating. A couple additional inches fell overnight Friday and throughout the day Saturday.

The season got off to a slow start. The first snow didn’t arrive until the 30th of October. But each month from November to February experienced above-normal snowfall. November saw the greatest snowfall with 32.4″, close to three-times the average for the month.

By March, Anchorge was on pace to shatter the record, but a slightly below normal month somewhat dimmed the chances of breaking the 1954-55 record. Going into April, 3.3″ were still needed to become the snowiest year ever recorded.

Records have been kept at or very near the current location near the Ted Stevens International Airport since 1953.

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