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Give Your Avocado a Little Crunch!

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Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw  
8 Tacos

Ingredients:
2 cups shredded red cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup cilantro (plus more for garnish)

2-3 tablespoons plant-based mayo, such as Just Mayo
Juice from 1 lime, and 
1/4 teaspoon agave nectar
 Salt and pepper to taste

2-3 avocados

1/4 cup panko crumbs

1/8 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

8 tortillas
Jalapeño (optional, for garnish)

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


2. To prepare the slaw, combine the shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions and cilantro in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate dish, mix the plant-based mayo, lime juice, agave, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix well. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the tacos.


3. Mix the panko crumbs, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper together in a shallow dish.


4. Slice the avocados in half. Using a spoon, go along the edge of the avocado, separating the avocado meat from the skin. Then, slice each avocado half into 4 pieces. Dredge the avocado slices in the panko crumb mixture and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until breading turns golden.


5. Warm up the tortillas in the oven by placing shells directly on an oven rack for 3-4 minutes (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn). Place 2 avocado slices on each tortilla and top with the cilantro-lime slaw, extra cilantro and jalapeños.
This recipe comes courtesy of Sam Willey(the Pixel Sprout blog) and Peta.org. Check-out their sites for more great recipes.

When Sir Paul McCartney Speaks, I listen

What a wonderful idea! One day a week everyone goes meat free.

Just one day a week.

Imagine the difference we can make.

 

Hip-Hop and Waka r Goin’ Vegan…Yes!

Waka Flocka Flame is both enlightening and hysterical when he talks about being a vegan as he and friend Raury make blueberry muffins” Peta.org

 

The Search for Happiness

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”    Mahatma Gandhi 

The Search For Happiness
by Beach T. Weston
“Just Beachie Column”
September 2015

Ahhh…the search for happiness. Most of us spend our entire lives pursuing happiness. To have our cups runneth over with jubilation.

Some succeed.

Some find moments of happiness.

And for some, happiness is always elusive.

The Buddhist call this state of perfect happiness and peace, Nirvana. Where one transcends into bliss. There is no suffering. No desire or ego. It is as if the Angels open the golden gates of Heaven and gift complete joy, and enlightenment.

I believe in Nirvana because I have personally experienced paradise in this dimension. For me, Nirvana is a transformation from the chaos of the world to a place so perfect that I am truly at peace with everything and everyone—if only for brief moments. All is good. All is right.

My first remembrance of pure bliss was on a gorgeous summer afternoon—late August—Nevada’s West Walker River. I had comfortably plunked my derrière in the center of an inner tube, delighting in the river’s cool water. My dog, Snoopy, an ever so gentle Cocker Spaniel was my companion, and being true to his name was skillfully investigating the landscape. Snoopy used his fantastic sense of smell as did Sherlock Holmes when he used his astute abilities to solve difficult cases. And again true to his nature, Snoopy was always cracking the case of the mysterious smell.

There was vacant land for miles surrounding my afternoon joy. Not a soul in site. Across the river was a grove of Oak trees, which gave shade and sanctuary to many a critter. This particular group of trees were residents long before I was born and never failed to offer me a sense of tranquility.

This would have been a normal afternoon had it not been for the deer that casually walked out of the grove. It was a buck in velvet, its horns covered in a fur-like coat. At first, I thought he would see me and run, but instead he sauntered down to the river’s bank and began to nibble on the wild grass.

I purposely moved about in my inner tube to make sure the deer knew I was watching. The movement did not disturb him. I called Snoopy to my side and this did not disturb him. Snoopy and I continued to watch the deer’s every move. Our presence made no difference to his calm, carefree demeanor.

Being the animal lover I am, I began to talk to him. I told him how beautiful he was and how honored I was to be in his presence. And I explained that like himself, I was also a vegetarian. Now, I know when I tell this story one might consider my deer conversation to be, well, let’s say…odd. But in truth it was a delightful exchange.

 Our harmonious interaction went on for about five minutes before a Monarch Butterfly fluttered from the grove of old Oaks and began to dance around the deer’s antlers. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was like being part of a Disney animation. The only thing missing was Bambi, Thumb…Thumb…Thumber and sweet smelling Flower the Skunk.

Snoopy was an exceptional canine, but he was a dog and I expected him to bark or growl or make some notice, but it seemed as if even he was awed by our new friends.

This magical moment continued for quite some time until the deer raised his head as if to say goodbye, turned and walked in a leisurely pace back into the grove, all the while the Monarch kept on dancing around his velvet.

It has been over thirty years since I experience that moment of magical bliss, but the memory, the emotion is as if it happened yesterday. I have experienced exquisite moments of Nirvana since then, but they are fleeting and I quickly return to the challenges of life.

I wonder if it is possible to live in a state of Nirvana 24/7. To experience every day of life as if it were Heaven on Earth. I wish I could tell you I know for sure it is possible, and everyone who pursues happiness will eventually find it and become the enlighten beings as is believed in Buddhism.

 Perhaps (Is it possible?) is a question all of us should ask ourselves. Perhaps we should never stop asking, and never stop pursuing happiness no matter the end result. For happiness gives hope and hope gives happiness.

In Peace and Love
Beach

 © Beach T. Weston 2019

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Bi-tarian? or Vegetarian?

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Vegetarian:  One who eats no critters…of any kind. Vegetarians never eat anything that once had eyeballs, could wiggle, walk or swim.

Vegan: No critters. No dairy. No land or sea creature products. (Famous Vegan, Bugs Bunny)

Bi-tarian: People who eat 80% veggie, but nosh on a few chickens and pigs from time to time.

Carnivore: flesh eating (Famous carnivore, the Tyrannosaurus Rex)

Flexitarian: The not uptight about it eater. Eats vegetables, fish, eggs, sometimes eats meat and farts a lot.

Need a reason to go Vegan?

Tens of billions

That’s how many animals are killed each year in the U.S.



 

The easiest way to help these animals is to go vegan! You will not only save more than a hundred animals each year, you'll also be a lot healthier and you'll help to reduce climate change and world hunger. Plain and simple: Going vegan is the right thing to do! Make the decision to help animals by going vegan.

It’s never been easier to eat better, feel better, and stop supporting cruelty to chickens, cows, pigs, fish, and other animals raised for food.

Log onto http://features.peta.org/govegan/ and go vegan

Miracle Foods

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Pomegranate

“A large, seeded red fruit grown around the world, originally native to Iran and the Himalayas in northern India.

Miracle Nutrient: Polyphenols. Theses antioxidants lower cholesterol, and studies indicate, they can reduce the risk of heart disease. A 2010 study found polyphenols may also guard against age-associated mental decline.

Aside from simply eating a pomegranate, you can also get polyphenols from widely available sources such as Concord grapes, red wine, artichokes, parsley.”

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“A type of blue algae that grows in warm, alkaline water; cultivated species are grown in warm regions worldwide.

Miracle Nutrient: Protein. Spirulina is composed of up to 70 percent protein, which helps your body repair damaged tissues and build bones, skin, and muscle. FYI: because spirulina is highly absorbent, there's a potential risk of contamination from heavy metals and other toxins.

Good protein sources include nuts (almonds have 21 grams of protein per 100-gram serving) and soybeans (which offer 12 grams of protein per 100-gram serving).”

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“The pigment betacyanin, which gives beets their distinctive hue, is just one of several disease-fighting phytonutrients found in this root vegetable. Beets are also a good source of folate, which guards against birth defects, colon cancer, and osteoporosis, and are high in fiber and beta-carotene. ”

Oprah.com

Herbivore or Carnivore?

Which one are you?

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Which one would you like to be?

 

Vegetarian: Never eats critters…of any kind. Vegetarians never eat anything that once had eyeballs, could wiggle, walk or swim.

 

Vegan:  These people are the strictest eaters of all. They never eats critters. No dairy. No land or sea creature products.

Famous Vegan: Bugs Bunny

 

Bi-tarian: People who eat 80% veggie, but nosh on a few chickens and pigs from time to time.

 

Carnivore: Flesh-eating. These people will eat anything!

Well know carnivore: Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

Flexitarian: The not-uptight-about-it-eater. Eats vegetables, fish, eggs, some times eats meat and farts a lot. Close Cousin to the Carnivore.

 

Alcoholiday:  Holidays that end up being more about parties and getting drunk with or without the meat or salad.

Well known Alcoholiday celebrators: Just about everybody! Carnivores and Herbivores.

 

 

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