Mango Red Lentils Stew

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

Mango Moong dal


Red lentils cooked in a very simple way with very limited spices. It is a staple food in India and main source of protein. Mango is added as a variation to this Stew adds a tangy taste and makes this a unique recipe.

Serves: 3
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes

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TIMEOUT FOR ART: Capturing Memories

Originally posted on Zeebra Designs & Destinations:

Pencil - 1993 -Hen with chicks beneath forsythia...

Pencil – 1993 -Hen with chicks beneath forsythia…

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. – William Faulkner

The above drawing hangs on a butterscotch-painted wall in my son’s kitchen. When I recently looked at it, memories of that long-ago 1993 pre-spring day came flooding back, and we were once again at No Mistake Plantation in Yazoo County. Charles had injured his ankle during a sports event, and we were sitting on the grounds of a daylily farm and soaking in the warm rays of sunshine. The hen ambled along with her chicks, fluffed out her feathers and settled into a comfortable pose not far from where we sat. The pencil drawing captured the moment much better than any…

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Campaign Against Campus Sex Assault – “It’s On Us” You Are Not Alone

Originally posted on Pro President Obama Blog:

Lone figure on campus

Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault
Fact Sheet

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1)  identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and…

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Steamed Spinach Rolls filled with Mashed potato

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

Spinach steamed filled with Potato


I’ll use just about any excuse to work more dark leafy greens like Spinach, Fenugreek and kale etc., into my diet. I blend them into smoothies, shred them for salads and add them to almost every soup I make.

My newest obsession is using the leaves in place of tortillas and wraps to enclose favourite filling.

Health benefits:

Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that’s been shown, among other things, to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. It fights heart disease and cancer as well. Spinach also possesses several important phytochemicals, including lutein, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant vitamins C and E regenerate. Because of its role in energy production, lipoic acid is being investigated for regulating blood sugar levels.

Yields:  10 rolls
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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And So There Must Come an End

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Charlotte Kitley has blogged on The Huffington Post UK since 2013 and sadly passed away on Tuesday 16 September from bowel cancer. She wrote one final post that she wished to share with all of her readers.

Everyone should read her beautiful words of wisdom.

Charlotte Kitley

I’ve always been a good planner. I like lists and tick sheets, to-do notes and objectives. I’m very good at starting things, but honestly, I am also easily bored and quickly lose interest once the original excitement passes.

I haven’t had the luxury of being allowed to be bored of having cancer. It isn’t something you can just give up if you don’t fancy doing it that day. There isn’t a switch you can chose to turn off one day from the next. At least not for me. From my first day as a cancer patient, I have attended every test, scan and appointment. I…

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