Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stand Up!

"This may sound obvious, but the main common denominator, the factor that cut across all participants, is that they decided to get involved. They decided to move from being worried, angry, disrespected, or fearful to action. Like Martin Luther King Jr., they made a decision and took that first step. " Annie Leonard The Story of Stuff Blog
Stand Up I say!  Stand Up and be heard--show the real you, show what you really stand for, show the world what you really want.
Martin Luther King Jr.  and many others from that era, stood up to world.  They took a stand against something that was clearly an injustice, and clearly needed to be recognized as such.  You cannot change what you don't acknowledge...

I know you all hear me loud and clear, standing up for the one thing I think doesn't garner enough attention, in enough homes, in enough ways.  The one thing that our culture and the "Western Diet" has allowed to fall very short.  Food--and the Food Industry's roll in changing (...not for the good might I add...) the way we eat, the way we stay healthy ( or not so healthy...).

One place in particular we can Stand Up to incite some change is at the Grocery Store.
 WHAT?  I know it sounds ridiculous...but we can incite change by the way we spend our money.

If we STOP BUYING the processed food "junk"  that lines the aisles at the store, and START BUYING more whole foods --they have to listen.  When enough people Stand Up to be heard, the food industry's pocket books scream nice and loud.  One small change in the way you shop and the foods you buy, can and will make a big difference.  Stand Up I say.  Stand up and be heard.

So, you are going to need some extra energy for all that is a goodie!

Southwest Black Bean "burgers"
1 small onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 egg
15 oz/ 425 g can black beans, drained and divided
1/2 C.  bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
2 tsp Chipotle Seasoning Blend (or 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder)
salt and pepper, to taste

In the Quick Chef chopper (or food processor), place the onion, garlic, egg, half the bean, bread crumbs, herbs and seasoning  and chop until smooth.  Remove the blade, and with spatula blend in remaining beans.  Form the mixture into four patties.
Cook burgers over medium high heat in a grill pan or skillet, 4 minutes each side.  Serve on warmed buns, withSalsa or chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri Sauce
3/4 C. flat leaf parsley
3 Tbsp. fresh oregano
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/3 C. olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
 Finely chop the herbs and garlic.  Set aside.  Whisk the vinegar, oil and lemon juice.   Add the herb mixture and blend well, and season to taste with salt, pepper and pepper flakes.  Makes 1 cup of delicious sauce.

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