Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Savory Broccoli-Cauliflower Roast - Good Housekeeping

Citrus and green olives garnish this simple roasted cauliflower and broccoli side dish, a must-have on the holiday dinner table.

Serves: 12

Total Time: 45 min

Prep Time: 20 min

Oven Temp: 450


  • 4 head(s) (1 1/2 pounds each) broccoli, cut into medium florets
  • 5 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 head(s) (1 1/4 pounds each) cauliflower, cut into medium florets
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup(s) green olives, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnish


  1. Arrange 2 oven racks in bottom half of oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. On 18- by 12-inch jelly-roll pan, toss broccoli with 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. On another 18- by 12-inch jelly-roll pan, toss cauliflower with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Roast 30 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are browned and just tender, rotating pans between racks halfway through roasting.
  4. Meanwhile, from orange, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and squeeze 1/4 cup juice into medium bowl. Into same bowl, from lemon, grate 1/4 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Whisk in 2 tablespoons oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pinch freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Arrange broccoli and cauliflower on serving platter. Scatter olives over vegetables. Whisk dressing again and drizzle all over dish. Garnish with parsley.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How to handle your haters

At some point in our lives, we all have to deal with haters. Maybe someone is rude to you on the subway. Maybe you've got a negative person in your office. Or perhaps you receive negative messages on the Internet. Experiencing negativity from others can be a real drag, and it's very hard not to take this stuff personally. I often witness people get so caught up in the negativity of others that they get physically ill over it. Letting haters get you down is a huge waste of time and energy. To help you navigate these relationships, I've outlined three steps for handling the downers in your life.

Step 1: Understand that it's not about you
When people attack us, it's easy to assume that the attack has merit and means there's something wrong with us. I choose to have a different perspective -- I like to have compassion for these folks. Let's face it: A happy person won't waste time being mean to others. Therefore, we must have a tremendous amount of compassion for these people. Anyone who wastes time and energy spreading negativity clearly needs more light in his or her life. Begin by simply reminding yourself that a happy person doesn't harm others. Let this realization help you have compassion for the haters.

Step 2:?Drop the boxing gloves
Through my spiritual practice, I’ve come to understand that “insistence means investment.” When we invest in the illusions of others by defending ourselves or fighting back, we only invest deeper into the craziness. Engaging in negativity creates more of it. Therefore, instead of fighting back or becoming defensive choose to release defensiveness and steer far away from creating more drama. Fighting back is like yelling at a barking dog. There’s no good outcome. Instead, practice defenselessness and witness how much energy and time you save avoiding more drama.

Step 3: Forgive
Forgiveness helps us detach from the negative energy cord that ties us to our enemies. Energy is in everything. If we don't clean up our energy through forgiveness, we'll continue to carry negativity. In the case of handling these negative folks, it's imperative that you practice the F-word: Forgive. Steps one and two will prime you for forgiveness. Compassion will reconnect you to a sense of oneness and defenselessness, which will help you put down the boxing gloves and settle into a new perspective. The final step is to let go fully and forgive. In this step, you'll set the intention. Simply say, "I wish to forgive you and release you." Then let the forgiveness process take on a life of its own.

— Gabrielle Bernstein is the author of “Spirit Junkie.”

10 Great Vegetarian Protein Sources

The average sedentary adult should have 40 grams of protein per 100 pounds of body weight. This statistic also includes those that are vegetarian, and there are many foods that do not contain meat that are great protein sources for vegetarians. This list of 10 foods are rich in protein and contain anywhere between 4.6 - 16 grams of protein per serving.

1. Low-Carb Flat Breads

Low-carb flat breads, including mission tortillas, contain about 30 grams of protein each, making them a great source of protein for vegetarians to choose as part of their diet.


2. Chick Peas

Chick peas are a food that is full of protein. These beans have 16 grams of protein per 200 gram serving. This is by far one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians.


3. Kidney Beans

Coming in third, kidney beans provide 15 grams of protein per 200 gram serving. Kidney beans are rich in protein, and they are a hearty food as well.



4. Baked Beans

Like the other beans, baked beans are high in protein as well. With 12 grams of protein per 200 gram servings, baked beans are a great vegetarian protein source.

Basic Vegetarian Baked Beans Recipe


5. Tofu

Tofu is an alternative to meat. It can be used for cooking various kinds of dishes. A 140 gram serving of tofu contains 11 grams of protein. As well as having a high protein content, tofu is also rich in iron and magnesium.


6. Almonds

Almonds are a nut with a number of health benefits, including having a high amount of protein. A 1/4 cup serving of almonds contains 8 grams of protein. Almonds have a lower saturated fat content and are a great way for vegetarians to get protein.



7. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a high source of protein as well. 30 grams of peanut butter contain 7.5 grams of protein. Although peanut butter is a food that is higher in fat, when added to a vegetarian diet in moderation, it will help to meet the daily recommendation of protein.



8. Soy Milk

Soy milk is another vegetarian food choice that is high in protein. At about 7 grams of protein per 8 ounces of soy-milk, adding this drink to any diet will help reach the daily amount of protein needed by an individual.


9. Dried Apricots

Although at the bottom of the list, dried apricots are also an option that is high in protein. An 8 ounce serving of this dried fruit provides 5 grams of protein. Dried apricots are low in fat and cholesterol and are a great protein option for vegetarians.

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10. Avocado

Last but not least is a fruit that is high in protein. Avacado is a protein rich food that provides about 5 grams of protein per 8 ounces mashed. This fruit is great added to any vegetarian diet.

There are a number of foods that provide a  protein source for vegetarians. These choices include fruits, vegetables and nuts. When combined with other nutrient rich foods, these vegetarian options help to provide the daily recommended amount of protein.