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Lunch with Peta my mom’s cousin from Australia

It’s been an amazing summer so far, lots of family events trail running and time with Tom on his motorcycle. I have tried some great new recipes and some horrible ones. What has made this summer so special is living the little things; here are a few moments I want to share with you.

 
• Yoga on the dock with Tom, and then a morning swim
• Feeling my grandson kick inside my daughters belly : )
• A hike with my grandkids
• Early morning yoga practice at Lakeview park
• Volunteering at the YMCA
• Long motorcycles rides with Tom
• A walk on the beach

• Sitting in my car watching some geese cross Phillip Murray Avenue
• A text from my stepdaughter with pictures of my grandson

Yesterday we held a baby shower for my daughter Margaux and it was a great example of love in action. We (dad, step mom, step sister, best male friend, Tom and I) worked together to create an amazing family time.
balloonLove is an action word, like gratitude. It can only be shown through selfless acts of service to others. Love is not jealousy or lust, it’s not possessiveness. It’s not an emotion. People often speak of love and then act as if it didn’t exist. Love seems to fade and change, it can deepen and evolve, but it is always about giving unconditionally to others. Can you give without expectations? That is tough. We give a gift and expect the person to love it or even use it and they don’t. We have children, look after all their needs then expect them to act a certain way. We say I love you and expect to hear it from others. If an expectation is a pre-meditated resentment, then we set ourselves up time and time again for anger or at the very least disappointment.
Yesterday was a mirror of the love Margaux my daughter gives as she is one of the most generous people I know.
I made this Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh for Margaux’s shower and it was a huge hit I was asked for the recipe a few times. Its very light tasting and fresh. I skipped the mint (not fond of mint) and also skipped the microwaving of the cauliflower rice, it seemed like an unnecessary step and it was. I just mixed the cauliflower rice with the oil and salt.

 

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Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Ingredients
1/2 medium head of cauliflower (about 1 pound), coarsely chopped
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon (or more) kosher salt, divided
2 cups (packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
1 cup (packed) mint leaves
2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, sliced
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 medium cucumber (about 8 1/2″ long), cut into 1/4″ pieces
6 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered

Preparation
Grate cauliflower with the coarse grater disk on a food processor or the largest holes on a box grater until rice-like in texture. Transfer to a large, microwave-safe bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp. oil and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high 3 minutes. Carefully remove plastic wrap, spread cauliflower “rice” on a rimmed baking sheet, and let cool.
Wipe out food processor, if necessary, and fit with chopping blade. Pulse parsley, mint, scallions, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 3/4 tsp. salt, and remaining 1/4 cup oil until herbs are coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in red pepper flakes. Add cauliflower, cucumber, and tomatoes and gently toss to coat. Season with additional salt, if necessary.

Do Ahead
Cauliflower “rice” can be made 3 days ahead. Chill in a resealable container.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cauliflower-rice-tabbouleh

 

GINGER PEANUT DRESSING

This recipe is a “go-to” recipe, use it on baked tofu, brown rice, noodles or whatever needs a pick me up. It’s super tasty and easy. I love the Minimalist Baker’s blog, it’s full of great recipes.

Author: Minimalist Baker
PEANUT DRESSING:
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 heaping Tbsp natural salted peanut butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar (or honey if not vegan)
1/2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
Splash of lime juice
Scant 1/4 tsp chili garlic sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
splash of very hot water (only if too thick)
Instructions
Prepare dressing by whisking together peanut butter, honey, lime juice, ginger, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and sesame oil. If too thick add a splash of hot water and whisk once more.

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