One meal deal…

Are you a one meal deal type person like me? What does that mean? It means, you can be happily content with the same meal for lunch, dinner, and perhaps again the same thing the next day? This dish is one of those dishes for me. I make it, then eat it, for lunch and dinner for the next couple of days and I just cannot get tired of it. It is so good and so good for me. I am a person of particulars. I am particular about bathroom stalls, cereal bowls, dinner plates, and tea mugs. Every morning I have to eat my cereal out of a large coffee mug. I eat my dinner in a square bowl, and drink my Chai tea in a mighty grand size Starbucks mug. When I was pregnant with 3, I would eat President’s Choice chocolate crackle ice-cream faithfully every night in the same little white tea cup.
For some reason I felt it was not so bad to go for seconds or thirds with such a tiny cup…well, 54 pounds later, hello?! Ice cream + Me = DANGER.
Well, 3 is now one and I have only had ice cream once since the day of his birth. After his birth I went on a Panini kick and raspberries, too. This July, the panini cravings have returned, I did cave once to it and the raspberries, oh man, I just can’t get enough. However, back to what I was saying about this salad, I eat it in a cup that I used to eat the ice cream in. This recipe is from Oh She Glows, it is scrumptious and refreshing and makes every cell in my body rejoice with happiness, because they love healthy salads that taste like colors and music!

Back On Track Salad

Inspired by:  Oh She Glows

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup Bulgar wheat
2 cups/500 ml cooked chickpeas
1 English cucumber, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 large tomato, diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh parsley, diced with large stems removed
4 green onions, diced
Sea salt + pepper, to taste

Dressing Ingredients:
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to taste
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp spicy mustard
1 tbsp Tamari
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

How To Play:
Boil 1 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 tsp sea salt in a medium saucepan until it boils. Once it boils, pour into a heat proof bowl with the Bulgar wheat and place a plate on top of and let it sit for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together the diced vegetables (cucumber, red pepper, tomato, minced garlic, parsley, green onions). Add in chickpeas and stir.
In a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, Tamari, fresh lemon juice). Set aside.
When the Bulgar wheat is ready, fluff with a fork and make sure all the water has been soaked up then stir into the salad. Add the dressing just before serving and stir well. Now season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.


My Happy Meal

I had no intentions on writing tonight, for it has been an extremely draining day.  I had planned to finish a book I have been reading, but I cannot find it anywhere.  I was reading before 4pm and somewhere between 4 and 6 it has disappeared.  I looked in every place possible, including the pantry and the fridge. Like I said, it has been a draining day.  I rode in an ambulance for the first time in my life this morning.  3 had put something in his mouth and began to gag then scream.  The gagging and choking scared me, so I phoned 911 for help and prayed.  They attendants were amazing and Lizzie, too, for taking 1 and 2 to her house, but it was the 5 hour wait in emergency that aged me by a couple of decades.  So, since my book is missing and my baby is sleeping in the room next to me, I thought I would share a refreshing meal for a drainer day.  I made this in a blur this evening, but the taste nonetheless brought life to my taste-buds.  I am sure everyone, besides McDonald’s has a happy meal they can go to or make, well, this is mine.  I could eat red radish tabbouleh everyday, especially this one.

Red Radish Tabbouleh and Goddess Delight Chicken Thighs

(Tabbouleh, Inspired by the Kind Diet)
8-10 Chicken Thighs
1 1/2 cups Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing (or any marinade)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup bulgur wheat
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 scallions, white and green parts minced
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

How To Play:
Turn oven up to 350 degrees. Place chicken in a casserole dish. Pour dressing over top. Cover and cook for 45-50 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, uncover and  let the chicken brown a tiny bit more for about 5-10 minutes.. While the chicken is cooking, bring 1 1/2 cups of water and the salt to a boil in a saucepan. Place the bulgur wheat and boiling salted water in a heatproof bowl. Stir once, then cover the bowl with a plate and set aside until the grain has absorbed all the water, about 20-30 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, oil, parsley, scallions, and radishes and mix well. Add more lemon juice and salt to taste.