Morrocan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Morrocan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

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Dressing:

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
10 ounces carrots, shredded on a box grater or sliced whisper thin on a mandolin
2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15- ounce can, drained and rinsed)
2/3 cup / 100 g  dried pluots, plums, or dates cut into chickpea-sized pieces
1/3 cup / 30 g fresh mint, torn

For serving: lots of toasted almond slices, dried or fresh rose petals – all optional (but great additions!)

To make the dressing, first toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and lightly browned, a minute or two. Let cool, and grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle.

In a bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, ground cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, chickpeas, dried pluots, mint, and almonds, and rose petals (if you’re including those as well.) Gently toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (You can toss this salad, minus the almonds, hours in advance. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.)

Serves 6.

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Spinning Top

As some of you know I have gained some weight over the last few years…..close to 30 pounds to be exact!!
I’ve always been one of the lucky ones and have never struggled with my weight always eating what I want never watching calories.
I have always gotten exercise in some shape or form and I’ve never been one for going to the gym or joining classes.
I became ill a few years ago and my activities have been limited since.   I get discouraged to quickly and just give up thinking “oh you can’t do this and you can’t do that” so you may as well sit on your butt and eat and drink yourself into oblivion!
The weight seems to have settled in my middle section making me look much like a spinning top!
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Each day I wake up I think “ok today is the day!”  Do your yoga, go for a walk and watch what you eat!!!
I spend more time thinking about how I’m going to lose the weight and the exercises I will do than I actually doing anything at all!
If I spent the amount of time I do thinking about it I’d be in great shape! 😀
When I turned on the computer this morning it opened up to MSN I scrolled through looking at all the latest news and Hollywood gossip, and came upon the horoscopes.
There were different categories to choose from so I chose “wellness” and this is what it said:
Elvis Presley died of heart failure. Got your attention? If you don’t understand “fat,” it is time to go on the internet and do fifteen minutes worth of research. You need to protect your heart against high cholesterol. Saturated fat (animal products and dairy) stimulates the liver to make LDL cholesterol, and there is overwhelming evidence proving its adverse affect on the arteries. Unsaturated fat is better: avocado, peanut and olive oil. Live and learn!
Enough said!
Time for Ang to get a grip, it’s not so much about looking good, it’s about getting rid of this fat I’m hauling around…heart disease is the #1 killer in my family and I’m carrying the worst type of fat “BELLY FAT” ,  I’m already at a high risk for stroke or heart attack I’ve been given a heck of a warning sign and still…
So once again wish me luck in saying Bye Bye to my constant companion,  Visceral fat !!
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