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Spinach Rice October 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Here’s another extremely versatile vegetarian recipe that allows you to swap ingredients easily and still end up with a crowd pleasing and filling meal.

Wikipedia ~ Spinach (in Public Domain)

Spinach Rice

1 onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, seeded and diced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups cooked brown rice

Sauté onions and peppers in olive oil until onion becomes translucent.  Add garlic and cook for a minute more.  Add spinach and brown rice to the mix.

Add salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese to taste.

Pour into a casserole dish and heat at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly.


1.  Substitute 4 oz. grated cheddar, jalapeno, or Monterey jack cheese for the parmesan.

2.  Add 1 large tomato, diced, or a can of diced tomatoes (with or without jalapenos) to the mix.

3.  Substitute broccoli, or sautéed greens (kale, collards, swiss chard, beet)  for the spinach.

4.  Substitute pasta, barley, couscous, quinoi, or other grain for the brown rice.

5.  Add a 15-oz. can of beans (kidney, pinto, cannelini), drained and rinsed.

6.  Add more vegetables to the mix with the onions and peppers:  chopped celery, diced carrot, corn, zucchini.

7.  Experiment with the seasonings:  1 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. oregano, or 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes.

Wonderful paired with salad, sliced fruit, bread or cornbread.  Enjoy!

Toughen Up! October 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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220px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_27Someone got annoyed at me for “no reason” this week. It’s not the first time it’s happened.  It won’t be the last.

I made a general statement,  a generic observation, an impersonal comment, a joke about the “Paris Hiltons” of the world.

Instead of laughing at my joke, or ignoring it, they CHOSE to take the generic comment personally . . . as an attack on them.

“Are you calling me a . . . ? 
Are you suggesting that I’m a . . . ?”

Nope.  Not even close.

I tried to explain what I had meant, to no avail.
The affronted individual  CHOSE not to believe me.

I tried again.  No luck.

Mad-Hatter-pacingInstead of shrugging off my remark, this “sensitive” person retaliated with (you guessed it) a direct personal assault . . . claiming  that everyone knows that I am insensitive to the feelings of others.

Perhaps I am.  Too bad.  Toughen up.

Every time we open our mouths to say something, we run the risk that someone we aren’t even talking about will CHOOSE to mis-interpret our comments by viewing our words as a direct personal attack on them.

Does that make their hurt feelings our fault?

Should we keep our mouths clamped shut to avoid hurting the feelings of overly sensitive paranoid narcissists who view everything as relating to and revolving around them?

Are they (and their thin-skins) our responsibility?


Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to live by:  Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Related post:  This, That, & The Other Thing * Political Correctness (WP Daily Prompt)

One Thing I Love October 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor.
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Kirk Weisler’s children created and write on four blogs.   Their favorite (and most active) is called “1 Thing I Love.”

Their most recent post,  We Have A Little Bit of A Sweet Tooth, is sure to put a smile on your face.  It did mine.

If you have a chance, swing by and leave a comment or two to encourage them in their efforts.

You’ll find links to the family’s other blogs on the main page:  Dad’s Speaker Blog (T4D), Dates with Dad, Human Becomings, Mom as Mrs. Georgia, Quotes My Kids Like, and Thoughts for Families.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!