Happy Friday!! Yesterday was a day where I remembered why I do love my job. We got to go to the Queens Botanical Gardens. It is one of my favorite trips we take all year and the weather made it even more fun. My class was very well behaved as we walked around the grounds and looked at plants that the early Americans used to survive. The grounds here are gorgeous, but unfortunately they are in danger of closing because of budget cuts in NYC. My class is writing letters to different people to try and get them to stop the budget cuts.
Two of my students nervously tasting a plant.
The gardens are beautifully manicured and kept up so well.
You can imagine I was salivating at all of the fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of the crops were not ready for harvest but it was so fun looking at all they have growing. Maybe the reason why I love this trip so much is because we pick crops and make a salad the early Americans would have made and then we eat it. I do love food…especially salads, so this is probably why. I also love that my students learn about farming and get to taste and view different crops. It’s so great to hear them make the connection between a crop and food, you actually hear/see the lightbulb go off.
Most of my students were good sports and tried and even liked it. Of course there were the few that didn’t care for it, but they all did try it.
Couldn’t not have a group photo…they weren’t all pleased, but hey I’m the teacher…
When I got home I went for a run outside. The day was just beautiful and I was looking forward to hitting the pavement all day. I donned my healthy kidney 10k top and was off.
I had a great run, there were lots of people out mostly with kids. Everyone just seemed to be enjoying the day. I am happy to report I didn’t see one person with a cell phone OR smoking a cigarette the entire time I was out. I think these people are steering clear of my after my last rant post.
I had some leftover beans from my bean burgers so I decided to make some more. This time I switched up the recipe.
I used the same base, but made a few changes. I used:
2 cups beans (I had them mixed together, red kidney, lentil and cannelloni)2/3 cup spelt flour
2 T flax seeds (soaked in 1/4 cup water to make flax eggs)
4 large leaves of beet greens
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 red onion (medium sized)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard1/4 cup black pepper
2 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp sea salt
I followed the same process of putting beans, greens, garlic, onion and parsley in the food processor. I removed the mixture and put it in a large bowl. I added the remainder of the ingredients, adding the flour last. This makes 6 delicious burgers.
Next week I promise to get more creative. I’ve been inspired to break out some cookbooks and take a gander in them over the weekend for some new ideas. I’m about to take my first smoothie for breakfast, I’m nervous! I hope it keeps me full…but not to worry I’ll be stocked with extra fruit just in case!
Happy Friday! Any plans for the weekend?