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One Pot Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus season is just around the corner (end of February to June) so you could say I’m getting ahead start. I was at the store looking for different vegetables but couldn’t help getting a little asparagus. I wasn’t sure how I would use it but I knew figuring out how I’d eat it would be easy.

Asparagus health benefits are amazing, like fiber, folate and vitamins A,C, K, E the benefits go on. Plus since its low carb paring up with carbs balances it out in a way. I also added nutritional yeast to this recipe adding a nice amount of B12 to this dish plus some studies show B12 not only gives energy but helps break down fats and protein helping aid in weight loss.

Not only is it a one pot dish (Yay clean up and dishes) but the health benefits are amazing plus when time is not your friend this is very fast and easy. You may also look for all the different types of pasta to add even more nutritional goodness to this recipe.

One Pot Asparagus Posta:

Cook and prep time about 30 minutes, Serves 4

8 ounce spaghetti

2 1/2 – 3 Cups of water

6 Teaspoons Vegan Chicken Bouillon

1/4 Cup of Nutritional Yeast ( you can add more per taste)

6 Cloves of Garlic diced

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Handful of Asparagus washed then cut per your desired size

Salt, Black Pepper, Fresh Parsley, Basil and Oregano per taste

Fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese for on top if so desired

Use a large pot with a lid. Add olive oil, over medium/high heat add diced garlic, asparagus, parsley, basil and oregano. Sauté for a few minutes Then add water, bouillon, Spaghetti and nutritional yeast stirring until most of ingredients are blended . Turn heat to low ,place lid on then cook for about 8 minutes. After 8 minutes check to see if pasta and asparagus are done or if you need to add more vegan broth Cook a few more minutes if needed. This dish is done when the asparagus is tender but still crisp and pasta is al dente.

Serve if you would like top with parmision and enjoy

Posted in Uplifting

“The Terrible No Good Very Bad Day”

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As a child I read Judith Viorst book “Alexander and The Terrible No Good Very Bad Day” and thought I could identify with the character at times, even feeling as if that book somehow was written just for me. Don’t get me wrong I was usually very happy go lucky and full of energy but it was that energy that seemed to add to my days not going as smooth as one would like.

Have you ever had one of those days, weeks or years (hello 2020) when it just left you let down and annoyed? Maybe even further discouraged and needing a lifeline thrown? I know we all have probably been there this past year. From walking into stores at half the compacity to walking down the isle in hopes of finding toilet paper for once. We might have moved on from the isles being picked over but we still are walking around with masks and keeping our distance from each other.

I have always found such solus in being alone. I find such peace when I am at my wits end just getting away, taking a walk by my self so I am alone with my thoughts always helps set things right in my mind. I still feel that way but for once I long for people going about their life, being able to see the worn out looks or smiles. I got so used to not making eye contact and giving half polite smiles when needed that I would give anything to really see people again all exposed and giving off subtle clues to how they really are.

Maybe the reason we are having such a hard time is the very thought of being alone with our own thought for once is just to much to handle. Maybe we are seeing parts of our selves that are to hard to look at and then there is no one to share those new found thoughts because we are shut off from each other. In a world that has such an amazing ability to connect we are so disconnected.

Maybe instead of staying disconnected we could use all the other was to connect. We all have had those days, weeks and years that leave us upset and thinking the world is against us but that’s just it we all have those times and we all have those sweet moments when all is right with the world.

And

If you have ever read the book you get to see that at the end Alexander still had all his “problems” but he did remember his mom saying there will be days like these.

This past year has been one for the books but I have a passage that has helped me so much. Notice it says you will have trouble not if.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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White Bean Verde Soup

Yes, I am still on my soup kick but most places in the northern hemisphere a warm meal is needed and if it is easy plus nice on the budget I can’t help but share.

I decided that with my two cans of white beans and yes they are different ones I would make a quick dinner. I love tortilla soup, since I don’t eat meat I do get creative with trying to make it. Todays recipe is very loosely based from my love of tortilla soup.

You may not know this but white beans are awesome in providing zinc, copper and look out they even have proteins in them that can help with wrinkling of the skin! (I may take up eating them daily.) You can even have help with your bowel habits when eating the white kidney bean because they are very high in fiber. I could go on with all the great benefits of white beans but I will leave you with this great tip to maybe talk with you healthcare provider about. It has been shown that the extract in white beans help with glycemic control which help with pre or diabetes.

Not only is the star of this soup packed with good stuff for you but the salsa verde helps clear those sinuses. You know we all could use that help too.

This soup takes less than 30 minutes if you buy the beans in a can plus you only have six ingredients.

White Bean Verde Soup:

2 15 ounce cans of white beans not drained (your choice, I used a white kidney and navy)

1/2 to 2/3 Cup of Salsa Verde (green salsa)

4 -5 Cups of water

8 – 10 Teaspoons of Vegan Chicken Bouillon

1 Carrot in bite sized pices

1/2 White onion diced

4 Cloves of Garlic diced

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

In a large pot add olive oil, diced onion, garlic and carrots. Sauté over medium high heat until onions are almost translucent. Add can beans not drained, water, bouillon and salsa. Turn down heat to low, let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve with Corn Tortilla chips and enjoy. Makes about 4 servings