Tri-Color String Bean Garlic Fries- A Fry Lovers Fantasy

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Again, Mother Nature you are awesome. period. Look at these string beans; I mean up until a few days ago I didn’t even know that string beans came in multiple colors. Did you? I found the organic beans at my local farmers market this weekend and had to have them even though I wasn’t sure how I was going to use them. I thought about it and settled on fries. I am a french fry lover (anything fried really) but lets be honest, one can’t keep her girlish figure in check if she is constantly eating fried potatoes. Insert baked string bean garlic fries! Nom, Nom, Nom!

I decided to play around with food styling a little and use the natural evening light that was coming through my kitchen window to photograph the beans. Kinda cool, eh? (pats self on the back). What do you think?

Benefits of String Beans

What You Need:

2 cups string beans, washed and ends trimmed (green is just fine, but tri-color is better, obviously)!

1 Tbls EVOO

1 tsp garlic powder

2 cloves garlic- one thinly sliced, the other chopped into small pieces

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly grated black pepper

2 Tbls almond meal

Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and lay the garlic glove that you thinly sliced over it. Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl except the string beans and almond meal. Stir to mix. Put the almond meal on a plate. Toss beans in the bowl with oil mixture and mix until well coated. Then roll the beans in the almond meal. Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 10 minuets and then broil for 3-5 minuets until brown and toasty. Then enjoy these garlicy strings of goodness and remember to thank me later!! 😉

xoxo,

SSP

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Selfie!

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It is easy to attribute your self worth to the person you are dating/married to/ with; we think “so and so loves me so I must be special.” When we have that mindset we end up making all kinds of sacrifices to stay in a relationship that might be more work then play. We will just date anyone because it appears to give us value, meaning, purpose. That is a good indicator that the relationship that needs the most work is the one you have with yourself. You need to stop chasing after mediocre relationships with less then worthy of your love partners and start chasing after your own hearts. You need to win yourself over. Fall in love with yourself first, and trust me, the rest will just fall into place.

xoxo,

SSP

Selfie!

Self Love

Coming to a place of self-love can be a long journey (I should know, I am walking it), but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Finding a way to embrace all that you are right now despite your past is the first step in self acceptance. This doesn’t mean you won’t want to make some changes but it does mean you have allowed yourself the space to be you. Self acceptance is not the same as approval, but go ahead, forgive yourself anyways and decide you want to be better; make those changes. Say sorry if you have to but not until you really mean it and then please forgive yourself (actually, forgive yourself first :)). Wake up each day with clear intentions and an open heart. I have learned that knowing your not perfect but that you will stay true blue no matter what life brings does result in magic. To quote Buddah “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”  So go ahead girl spread your wild wings, wrap them around your lovely self and say “I love you.”

There is nothing arrogant or self-centered about this. This is only beautiful.