Dalai Lama In D.C. (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)
“I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.” — His Holiness the Dali Lama
“Today is a very special day. Today we open our hearts to love again so that we can tell each other ‘I love you,’ without any fear, and really mean it.” — Don Miguel Ruiz [Source: Don Miguel Ruiz's Prayers for Freedom and Love ]
Let’s have a holiday potluck. We can’t share actual food, but we can share recipes for our favorite healthier holiday side dishes and healthy holiday eating tips.
Please leave a comment to share a link to your favorite healthier holiday side dish. You may leave you healthy holiday eating tips in the comment section or as a link. This is one time I will allow links in comments. This can be your recipe or a link to a recipe you love on someone else’s site, but please specify which you are doing.
I’ll start. Since this is my blog I am posting my recipe here. Even though I’m mostly a “from scratch” kind of cook, nobody wants to be trapped in the kitchen at the holidays. That’s why I like this easy way to serve sweet potatoes. These are pretty much mashed sweet potatoes with a little zip and zing added. I like to serve these in my Gram’s casserole dish.
Orange Spice Sweet Potatoes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
3 medium sweet potatoes
enough water to cover sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Cover with water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat.
Zest the orange. Then cut the orange in half and juice it.
When sweet potatoes are soft mash with a potato masher or in a blender or food processor. Add orange juice as needed to reach a soft but not runny consistency.
Stir in spices and half of orange zest.
Garnish with remaining orange zest. Serve.
Now, what are you bringing to the holiday potluck?
English: “John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. 29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” —
[Source: Letters (1915), Rule of Conduct]
English: Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“What are the key first steps to enter into Advent? We can all slow down. We can all breathe more deeply. We can all begin to trust that this will be a blessed time. Then, when we let ourselves be who we are, and hear the Scriptures, we can begin to quietly pray, ‘Come, Lord, Jesus.’” — [Source: What am I experiencing in my life, as Advent begins from Creighton Univ. online ministries. ]
President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ― Nelson Mandela [Source: Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela]