Friday, May 15, 2009

Thankful...for hand-dryers

It has been pouring rain all day and all night.
I was dreading my walk to work.
30 minutes in the rain...gross.

But hand-dryers make all the difference! I got to work with jeans that were soaking wet and spent 10 minutes in the bathroom drying myself with the hand-dryers! I got some weird looks, but I was dry by the end of it!

So, whoever invented hand-dryers...I thank you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Who needs falafel when you've got this?

This is my new summer favorite! It's light but filling and sometimes we have new potaoes on the side too. I've made it 2 weeks in a row and it will probably stay in my weekly line up for a while.

Mediterranean salad with chickpea patties: serves 2 - 4

1 15-ounce can chickpeas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp cumin
kosher salt and pepper
2 TBSP floor
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt
3 TBSP lemon juice
mixed greens
grape tomatoes
small red onion thinly sliced
pita chips

> In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt & pepper just until coarsely chopped and the mixture comes together when gently squeezed. Form into eight 1/2 inch-thick patties and coat with flour, tapping off access.
> Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties, turning carefully, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
> In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Divide the greens, tomatoes, onions, and chickpea patties among the plates. Drizzle with dressing and serve with pita chips.