Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

It’s the birthday of my three special dogs on this planet – my son’s dog, Eagle, is, in human terms, 98 this week! Pickle, Clare’s dog is 42. And Tiko is 21 in human years. (He’s going out partying on his own tonight.)

Recipe
the Day – Sweet Potsto Bean Burger 

Ingredients:
2 c.  mashed sweet potato about~2 large sweet potatoes
1 c,  cooked  black beans, rinsed and well drained (
11/2 c.cooked brown rice or quinoa
1/2 c. walnuts. ground
1/2 c. diced green onion
1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper (to taste)
optional: 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder, 1 tsp. panela or other sweetener

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cut sweet potatoes in half. Rub with olive oil and place face down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake sweet potatoes until soft and tender to the touch – about 30 minutes – set aside. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
While potatoes are baking, cook rice or quinoa.
Add black beans to a mixing bowl and mash half of them for texture. Then add sweet potato and lightly mash, then 1 cup rice, green onion, nut meal and spices. Mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add more rice or nut meal if the mixture feels too wet. It should be very moist but moldable.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and line a 1/4 cup measuring cup with plastic wrap.
Fill the lined measuring cup with sweet potato mixture. Scrape down to pack, then lift out and transfer to the baking sheet and gently press down to mash. The thinner you press them, the faster they’ll cook, but no need to go too far. Just a gentle press will do.
Bake burgers for 30-45 minutes, carefully flipping 20 minutes in to ensure even cooking. The longer you bake them the firmer and drier they will get.
Serve on a salad or with sliced avocado, red onion, greens, and ketchup or salsa on gluten-free buns.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a few days. Freeze for longer term storage.

Word of the Day – cumpleaños – birthday

Tip of the Day – Serve wirh guacomole, raw ketchuo and mistard, Sliced avocado
Sprouts, lettuce, Sliced onion
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Tofu Scramble Open-faced Sandwich

From my sister, “So we have been experimenting with a lot of new plant-based dishes. A new favorite is healthy toast smeared with guacamole and topped with tofu scramble full of diced veggies and cilantro. So good. M 

D-Yummy!
Hey, M,, I’ve gone vegtarian for a month now and feel good! i eat eggs though. And if chicken broth is in the town’s cooked rice, i may have had that.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Scamble Open-or Closed- faced Sandwich

Ingredients:

14 oz. firm tofu, pressed for at least 30 minutes then crumbled
1 T.nutritional yeast

1/2 c. cilantro
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Coconut oil
1 Green onion, chopped
1 c. mushrooms, stems removed & caps thinly sliced
1 c. guacomole
salt + pepper to taste
6 slices healthy bread

Directions: Press the tofu between two plates lined with paper towels, to squeeze out the water. Crumble and mix with the cilantro, nutritional yeast, turmeric, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5-6 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add tofu mixture and mushrooms and cook until warm, 2-3 minutes.. Spread guacomole on each piece of bread and top with the scramble.

Word of the Day – adivinar – to guess

Tip of the Day – Saute carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, spinach and/or peppers to add to the mix!

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DIY Massage Oil

Best chair reiki/masssage ever, with Americus, who’s here weekends in Vilcabamba. $5 for 12 minutes. He’s strong! Boy, I feel better.

Recipe of the Day – Diy Massage Oil

Ingredients:

1 ounce of a carrier oil : coconut, avocado, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel, sesame or grapeseed oil.
10-12 drops essential oils.

options :1 capsule vitamin E, 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
Dark glass container

Directions: Mix well and pour with a funnel into a dark-colored bottle.

Word of the Day – aceite – oil

Tip of the Day – Add peppermint oil for headaches and tummy aches. Add rose oil for love!

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C’s Gallo Pinto with Linzano Sauce

I came home from market with my neighbor, C, who gave me this great recipe to use with leftover beans, from Costa Rica.

Recipe of the Day – Gallo Pinto

Ingredients:

1 c. leftover black beans, with liquid

1 green onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped fine
1 red pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c. cooked brown rice
4 T. Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce)
Handful of cilantro, chopped
4 T.  Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce)
Salt and black pepper
Handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions: Pour the oil into a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. The onion should be translucent and the red pepper soft.
Pour in the beans and the Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce). Stir, and let it cook for about 3 minutes. .
Add the rice, and a little more bean liquid, if dry, and stir until well coated. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro.

Word of the Day – mercado – market

Tip of the Day – See my recipe on this blog, in the search engine for hime-made worcestershire saice, and on youtube!

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Mel’s Anniversary Orange Cake

It’s my anniversary of living here three years! Am I am vibrantly in the right place, and very grateful to be here. Time for cake!

Recipe of the Day – Amaranth Orange Cake

This Paleo Orange Cake recipe is made with 6
Ingredients:
2 small oranges
4 large eggs
¾ c. honey
2 c. amaranth or other gluten-free flour
½ tsp.  salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:
Wash the oranges and simmer whole (peel and all) for 1 ½ hours, or until soft. Place whole oranges (peel and all) in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse in eggs, honey,  flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined.
Pour batter into a greased 9 inch round cake pan.
Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 2 hours.

Word of the Day – anniversario – anniversary

Tip of the Day – Do it with lemons, yum!

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Asian Vegetable Soup

So, the eclipse, huh? Tell me if you felt any unusual change of energies in your body, before, during and/or after the eclipse,. Everything affecting our planet affects our bodies, as well. But you have to be still and look inwards to see what’s going on in your body. I’ve felt tons of energy, almost too much at times, plus short periods of great emotion, for instance.


Recipe of the Day
– Asian Veggie Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 banana

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 pinch nutmeg

1 T. cinnamon

2 c.  pumpkin

2 c. vegetable stock

1/2 c.  orange juice

2 T. olive oil

2 T. roasted pumpkin seeds

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Directions:  Peel, de-seed and cube the pumpkin. Mash the banana, finely chop the onion and crush the clove of garlic. Add all three into a large saucepan with 1 T. olive oil and saute gently 4-5 minutes, until soft. Stir in spices and pumpkin and cook over medium heat for 4-6minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and orange juice. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin is soft. Pour half the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pan and continue stirring. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add 1 T. olive oil and pumpkin seeds to a small pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with the seeds over top, or chill 20 minutes and then serve.

Word of the Day – eclipse – eclipse

Tio of the Day – This makes a good summer soup, chilled on a hot day!

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Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

At the Juice Factory here in Vilcabamba, they have a sign holding the three types of maca and their uses. Isn’t that a nice thing to do? Yellow maca is for hormone balance and mood-enhancing. I’ve been taking that one, five days a week for many years, and recommend it to my daughters and their friends for emotional support                                                                                                                                  Red maca is for prostrate problems and bone support. Black maca is for stress, fatigue and adrenal stress. I could probably use all three!

Recipe of the Day –  Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 large frozen bananas
1 c. oat coconut or nut milk
2 T. peanut or other nut butter
1 T. maca powder
1  pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

Word of the Day – signo sign

Tip of the Day – If you want to cut the richness you can substitute water for some of the nut milk.

4 Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

 If you’re having a Hard day… make pancakes. Pancakes + coCao = Comfort.  Yes ,definitely make pancakes. These ones are so good for you!

Recipe of the Day – 4 -Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 large green/ yellow plantain (7oz or 200g after peeled)

3 whole eggs or 3 T. flax seed in 9 T. water

1 T.  coconut oil, liquid

3 T. cacao or carob powder

optional–few drops stevia if you want sweetness Directions

Peel plantain. Place peeled plantain into food processor or blender. Add in eggs and raw cacao powder. Mix together. Next add in coconut oil. Continue to blend together. Heat up skillet or griddle on medium-low heat. Scoop about 3-4 tablespoons of batter and cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings.

Word of the Day –dificil – hard

Tip of the Day – Serve with the cherry syrup from yesterday!

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Sugar-free Cherry Syrup

Geeez, the goodness of some people. My gardener, W. in gratefulness for work, came by just to say hi. I had to go teach, so, since it was raining, he gave me a ride into town. Then, while I was gone, tightened the mirror on my bike, fixed the brakes and the wobbly kickstand. Then, did something I mentioned at least a year ago. He brought his dad over and together they started training the beautiful magenta flower vine to climb over my entrance sign. Wow! When I came home and he showed me everything, he wouldn’t take one centavo! All in gratefuleness for his new job.

Recipe of the Day – Cherry Syrup

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. fresh cherries (pitted and sliced in half)
1 c. water or coconut water
1/4 c. coconut sugar or other sweetener

DIRECTIONS: Blend all ingredients.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Word of the Day – gratitud – gratitude

Tip of the Day – Sometimes you’re so grateful that goodness just spills out of you. Let it spill! And let others spill as well,

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Rose Petal Chia Jam

Someone in town told me you can just cut off the thick part of a rose bush, stick it in the ground and it will grow, with a little comfort food for the soil. I’m doing it!

Recipe of the Day – Rose Petal Jam

Ingredients:

1 c. fresh rose petals, white base trimmed off

1/2 c. coconut sugar, divided, or other sweetener of choice

juice of 2 lemons

3 c. water

1T. chia seeds, soaked in water

Directions:

Toss the rose petals, lemon juice, seeds and sugar together in a bowl until the petals are evenly coated. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Blend until creamy or a little chunky, as desiredadding water while blending, if needed. Chill.

Word of the Day – rosas – roses

Tip of the Day – Taste a little of the rose petals to make sure they’re not bitter, before mixing with the other ingredients. Make sure that little white base is cut off!

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