As I sit here writing this post, I take a few minutes to think about all of the things that I have to be grateful for at this moment in my life. I am very happy and thankful for the love and mercy of God. Without that many of you would be visiting me in the cemetery and leaving some nice flowers on the spot that would mark me and my life. When I take that into consideration, I wonder what I need to be doing to make my legacy known to the world. If I was to leave this place tomorrow, how many people would even know that I existed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be famous or extremely admired or known worldwide. I am just wondering if I am doing anything to make the world a better place??? Have I been the best father, husband, friend, employee, mentor, helper, that I can be. Am I using the talent(s) that God has given me to multiply them so that I can return to Him more than He has given to me? Am I being a good stewart with all that the Lord has given me? My wife, my children, my family? Matthew 25:14 tells the story of a man who gave his servants talents, one got five, another got two and the last got one…. Continue reading Just a thought
Make one of your days a meatless one with this incredible recipe for a black bean burger topped with a smoky, delicious chipotle slaw. Give it a chance and make a day a week a meatless one with the OrganicBabyDaddy.
PREP: 25 MIN. + CHILLING
COOK: 10 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
6 Tbsp. panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. plus 4 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 tbsp. minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 ½ cups coleslaw mix
2 green onions, chopped
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
- In large bowl, mash beans. Add panko, onion, red pepper, cilantro, egg whites, garlic and salt; mix well. Shape bean mixture into four patties; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, 1 Tbsp. oil, chipotle pepper and sugar; stir in coleslaw mix and onions. Chill until serving.
- In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers in remaining oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. Serve on buns with slaw
1 burger equals 327 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 12g protein.
3 starch, 1 ½ fat, 1 lean meat.
While experimenting with various recipes for use on the food truck, I came across this one for a side dish that can go well with burgers, sandwiches and as a small meal all to itself. Check it out, cook em and give me your feedback.
PREP: 15 MIN. BAKE: 30 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. cornstarch
¾ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 large sweet potatoes (about 2 ¼ lbs.), peeled and cut into ¼-in. julienned strips
In a large resalable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Add sweet potatoes; shake to coat
- Arrange in a single layer in two 15-in. x 10-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered, at 425 for 30 – 35 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, turning ovvassionally
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 256 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 459mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 3g protein.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of entering a store that was right up my alley – 100% Pure. Located in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL, is a small store that hit me in a big way.
All of the products in the store are 100% pure and natural. It is not very often that I come across products that are 100% natural and consist of ingredients that are pure. However, this place contained products for face, hair, skin, body, babies and nails, as well as fruit dyed makeup.
Stop by one of their locations in California, Washington, and Maryland.
A direct quote from their website, http://www.100percentpure.com/
“100% Pure creates healthy products for our body and also for the environment. Our corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy, our company is 100% electric and our pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. 100% Pure loves animals – we are completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare.”
Check out the site and if they are close by, stop in and see what they have to offer.
It is GREAT to be back. If you know me for real, you know that the last year since March, 2014 has been incredioble with many health issues. However, I am working towards rebuilding the blog and reaching out to you guys with my regular style of posting that will include recipes, travel, parenting, shopping and sustainable living hints and tips.
Looking forward to being back with all of you and I appreciate all of the support that you have given me in this past year.
God bless and Organic Thoughts to You All!!!!!