Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Talk #30: Sweet Nothings and a Recipe

It's hard to believe two weeks ago we had several inches of snow on the ground!! Now we're enjoying sunshine and warm breezes and everything in bloom! It was wonderful to get prayer time on the porch this morning with a cup of tea while the birds chattered (probably because the squirrel was eating their food!).

My days are still hit or miss with how I feel physically, but I'm learning to adjust to that and it's probably good practice for when we'll have a newborn in the house and schedules are out the window. Slowing down in life has never been a bad thing for me, so I'm enjoying the lighter schedule and hopefully will see some spiritual growth as well.

Last week I sat down with a pile of cookbooks and browsed through them. While I'll always be a Pinterest fan, some days I get tired of scrolling through all my recipes on there and just want to flip through a good, old-fashioned cookbook! So I did! And I flagged all sorts of oldie but goodie recipes to make in the coming month. What's your favorite way to plan meals or find recipes?

And as a bonus for visiting me today, here's a healthy and easy salad recipe I've been enjoying for lunches lately. It's packed with protein and tasty, tangy crunch.

Simple Bean Salad

1 bell pepper (any color)
2 cans of garbanzo beans
1 package of grape tomatoes
1 cucumber
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Chop the veggies, rinse the beans, and mix all together in a bowl. Mix the oil and vinegar in a separate bowl then pour over veggies and beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill in fridge and allow those tasty flavors to marinate together! So simple and very modifiable. I like to add extra tomatoes and extra red wine vinegar. :)

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  1. I'm glad that you're able to enjoy springtime weather now! Thanks for sharing the recipe-I love garbanzo beans, and this looks so tasty! I love using the internet to conveniently find recipes, but I also really, really enjoy flipping through cookbooks. I've been trying out a couple recipes a month that I've never made before from different cookbooks, which has been really fun!

    1. Oh that's a cool goal! When I look through cookbooks or magazines, I try to flag recipes I like with a sticky note so I can easily go back when I'm looking for a recipe. I have one cookbook that I actually mark in it if I've made the recipe and also write any comments of substitutions, rating, etc. :)

  2. So glad you're able to enjoy spring and some normal days! I don't meal plan yet, but look forward to getting in a rhythm once I'm in my own place :-) Here's a new recipe I tried recently, though. Soooo yummy! I added corn and suggest chopping it smallish and eating it with chips: http://natashaskitchen.com/2015/06/01/cucumber-tomato-avocado-salad/

    1. Excited for you to get your own place! I still look back on my five years at my little duplex with so much sentiment and joy! It's just really fun learning your homemaking rhythm.

      Thank you for the recipe!! I made it last week and loved it as a salad! It sounds really good as a 'salsa' with chips too!!