Wellness/Fitness thread 5/3/03

  1. Eek - really late with the thread today. I lost my connection before I could post the thread this morning and then it was off to work. Busy day, but I'm home now and looking forward to a cookout with friends (I'm bringing the veggie burgers - see below) and then we're off to the comedy show at a local bar. I get to be the designated driver . Try and take some time to laugh this weekend - it has to be good for the abs as well as the endorphins . We try to go hit the comedy club with friends every so often. It's always a good time. If you don't have one in your town, have friends over that you always enjoy being with. Spend some time just enjoying life.

    "Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations."

    - Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness

    We went out jogging last evening - one of those nights where I was just "on" - you know when you are just ready to push yourself and feel like you can go forever. Take advantage of those times to stretch yourself. Why waste a good motivation day (they don't come around often enough! )

    (Bonus recipe as I did not have a chance to post one yesterday!)

    Black bean burgers

    2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 sweet onion, minced
    2/3 cup breadcrumbs
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon sweet basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 eggs
    salt and pepper

    Place black beans in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Divide into 6-8 equal portions and shape into patties. Place patties on a medium-hot grill for several minutes per side.

    Serve with usual fixings.

    This is a great recipe for you herb gardeners, or you can adjust the amounts and use dried herbs.)

    Chick pea salad

    1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    2 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
    2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
    1 red onion, chopped finely
    1 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped
    2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
    1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass (if you have it - I've never seen it anywhere so I've guessed and substituted chives with good results.)

    1/4 cup lime juice or lemon juice
    2 teaspoons oil
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
    1 small red chili, sliced finely
    1 teaspoon sugar

    Combine salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. Chill for at least an hour.

    Have a great rest of your day!
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   nowplayingEDRN

    Your recipes sound YUMmmmmmm Thanks for sharing. If you have the time, I would be interested in getting more tastey veg recipes from you.....Thanks

  4. by   jnette
    Sooooooo.. THERE you ARE !!! Was LOOKING for this thread whn I got off work today... "hmmmmmm... where IS she" ???

    Well, even though I was up at 0300 and worked my tail off today, I came home and weed-eated the yard, then came inside and did my fullbody workout. It's so kool to see those muscles responding and growing... I love the idea of being able to sculpt your body into whatever shape you want ! A little more here, maybe less there... oh, shoulders need a bit more width and roundness... too kool ! I had really slacked off while I was in school... only had time to work and study... but now I'm back at it and muscle doesn't forget ! They respond so quickly, even if you have neglected them for a long while !

    Just had supper with hubby.. went out to eat.. had broiled salt and pepper catfish, salad and baked potato. Was yummy !

    In full agreement with the laughter...forget the "apple"... a good laugh a day keeps the doctor away !