22.4.11

earthday party!

As most of you environmentally-conscience readers know :), today is the day we show our appreciation for planet Earth. I anticipate celebrating holidays way before it's okay to start and I mostly blame my creative anxiety for that, but I truly believe April 22nd should be a huge deal. A bigger deal than what it is at least. In truth, just like Valentines Day it's not about the 24 hours of saying 'I love you' or 'Save the Planet' it's the recognition and inspiration it gives us. Every single day we should be aware of nature and make our best effort to minimize our harmful impact on it, and help others do the same. Not everyone cares. That is one short, painful sentence but it is everybody's obligation to inform those who aren't helping the cause. 
Promote a sustainable lifestyle to everyone you know! I will have an Earth Day resolution this year, I want to grow as much of my food as possible (provided I live in a small apartment with no yard) and I will compost for my "garden." This should be exciting! Happy Earth Day everyone, go plant a tree... or just hug one. 
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I was insanely productive today: Did plenty of homework, made an awesome lunch, made applesauce, planted seeds for my herb garden, had a great workout, and babysat adorable little kids. For lunch I made some quinoa but added curry powder and raisins. Let that cool and got two rice wrappers ready in some hot water. Kind of just made do with what I had so I came up with:
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Curried Quinoa Spring Rolls with 
Alfalfa Sprouts and Peas with Peanut dipping sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa 
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup frozen peas
salt & pepper to taste
alfalfa sprouts
peanuts
peanut sauce

Rinse the quinoa 
thoroughly and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water, add the curry powder. 
Bring the water to a boil and then lower it to a simmer, putting the lid on. 
Quinoa should be done in 10-15 minutes, check with a fork until its fluffy. 
Add the peas, salt and pepper. Let it chill. I like quinoa so much better when it's cold.
Have fun putting these spring rolls together. I always just place the wrappers in hot 
water and see what I can find to fill them up with. If I had carrots I would have 
definitely used them. I put peanuts instead for the crunch factor, cashews would
have been perfect with the curry & raisins. Place your filling a little to the right or left of
the middle, fold the small sides in, and then carefully seal one side and roll the other. 
This step-by-step will help too. Enjoy!

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