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Spicy Rice & Beans with Fresh Salata

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One of my favorite lunch spots serves healthy Lebanese-American food. I love that they offer healthy and nutritious options on their menu like quinoa, kale, brown rice and fresh veggies. A dish I usually crave is made with well seasoned brown rice, beans, cooked vegetables, and topped with fresh Lebanese Salata. I had a serious craving for it and decided to recreate a version of my own. If you like food with a spicy kick, the mix of flavors is amazing!

Ingredients

Rice & Beans

  • 1 Cup Della Basmati Light Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 “Chicken” Bouillon Cube (I used Celifibr Gluten Free Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, dried
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Carton of Simply Balanced Organic Low Sodium Three Bean Blend (at Target), rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Peas

Salata:

  • 1 Organic cucumber, chopped
  • Campari Tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

  1. Add bouillon cube to 2 cups hot water, mix well, and set aside to dissolve.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in spices and rice and mix well, cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add bouillon water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until water has absorbed.
  6. While Rice is cooking, chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Add to a medium bowl, and add lemon juice, parsley, granulated garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When rice is done cooking, add frozen peas, and beans, and stir well. Let cook 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add rice & beans to your bowl and top with fresh salata. Enjoy!

*You can easily add grilled chicken to this dish, as well!

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Gluten Free, Vegan Pizza

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Happy National Pizza Day! Pizza is one of my biggest weaknesses and (& biggest cravings!) So I try to make it as guilt-free as possible whenever I make it myself. Gluten free/vegan crust isn’t exactly the most cooperative recipe to make most of the time. I found this recipe, which if rolled out thinly, and added flour, it has been the most successful crust recipe I’ve made thus far.

Vegan Pizza Toppings

San Marzano Tomatoes, blended in blender

Granulated Garlic

Daiya Vegan Mozzarella

Mushrooms, sliced

Fresh Basil, chopped

After following the crust recipe, and baking accordingly, I evenly spread the pureed San Marzano tomatoes to the crust by the spoonful. Next I sprinkle granulated garlic. I cover with vegan cheese shreds, then top with sliced mushrooms and fresh basil. The ingredients marry together so well for a subtle burst of flavor.

Morning Links

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  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Friday Finds

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Having a major mint moment.

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Weekend mornings.

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Notes of optimism.
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A contemporary vase, and some ribbon is only needed to make grocery store flowers look chic.
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It may feel like Fall in Western Pennsylvania, but fresh cherries mean Summer isn’t far away.

Promptly Pampered

  1. Nordstrom ‘Butter’ Low Cut Socks – So cozy & locks in moisture after product is applied.
  2. Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair Stick – The stick version is so quick & simple
  3. Mr. Pumice Pumi Stone – This hybrid pumice/foot file is super convenient
  4. Philosophy Soul Owner Foot Cream – This foot cream is super-charged with salicylic and glycolic acids to help reduce rough soles.

Last week, I shared my Fall beauty buys. As the weather gets colder, my beauty routine changes to keep my skin well moisturized. To keep your pedicure fresh in between visits,  follow this simple routine, to avoid rough soles, and cracked heels.

  1. Before showering, use a foot file to file the bottoms of feet and heels.
  2. While in the shower, use a pumice stone on your heels and on any calluses.
  3. After getting out of the shower, apply a repair stick for cracked heels.
  4. Lather on a softening foot cream.
  5. Immediately put on a pair of moisturizing socks and wear around until you’re finished getting ready.