Not too long ago, my 5 year old grandson Luca, asked me what my favorite color is...and I answered "green." He immediately answered back, "no, you can't have that for your favorite color; that's my favorite color!"...well, I just laughed about that, which he did not think it was funny, and told him...then we must have the same "likes"...since he would translate "taste" if I would have said that, to FOOD!
"Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don't know what color to use anywhere use green.
Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eye shades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia."
green salad brighten up a dreary, or otherwise too rich of a dish, yearning for something fresh, and green? That's my kind of dish, anytime. a nice dish of fresh baby green spinach salad with red onions, sliced mushrooms and topped with a simple red wine vinaigrette...a side of fresh cucumber salad with cherry tomatoes, and a simple extra virgin olive oil, and fresh lime topping, or fresh green beans, steamed to perfection, still crunchy and to preserve the bright green color, just rinse it in cold water and throw some ice cubes on it!
The list goes on-and-on, and I'm not even mentioning the health benefits of the GREENS. We can probably all hear our mothers saying: "eat your vegetables!"...as boring as it seemed in our childhood days, we all benefited from that in our adulthood...so, may I remind you to EAT YOUR VEGETABLES?...It's so good for you...the fresher, the greener; the better!
I was so inspired by this healthy, simple, and totally delicious vegan open-face sandwich, and after a short trip to my local Whole Foods market I got some specialty items, and a few organic vegetables. I wanted to make a salad with avocado, and organic sprouts, organic tomatoes, but instead, I decided to try this sandwich from the fresh ingredients only because I bought a loaf of their amazing San Francisco Sourdough bread...get this; a whole entire beautiful round loaf of bread for only $3.99. I could not have baked a better loaf of sourdough bread myself. So here's the recipe!
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Vegan Avocado-Tomato Toasts
inspired, and adapted from: WholeLiving.com
4 slices Rustic bread toasted
2 avocados peeled and sliced
1 ripe tomato cut into slices
(I used 2 slices, saved the rest for salad)
a handful of organic sprouts
(I used organic clover sprouts)
1 lime cut into wedges
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzle
Top toasted bread with avocado slices, some sprouts
salt and pepper and squeeze with some lime, and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on it, lightly. Top with the tomato slice and some more salt and pepper, and drizzle some additional extra virgin olive oil on it, and top it with some extra sprouts. Have some extra slices, or wedges of lime!
This is a very satisfying sandwich, high in high in calories, carbs, protein, low in cholesterol, and and you get the "good" fats; also, I did the math with my WW calculator, and it came to a high point: 12
note: not to worry for the high point of a single slice of a very healthy and delicious sandwich, it is very filling, highly satisfying, and is a well accepted Weight Watchers choice, from my vegan choice addition!
...and now, click over to some more interesting facts, and #greenslove photos...and for the winner of the LENOX candy dish giveaway!
You may think I'm a "nerd" or a "geek"...not even a "hopeless romantic"...but I do like to buy myself flowers of a nice combination of choice! This two combination bouquet, I bought at Whole Foods...love, love, green and pink, especially for spring, and just LOVE, WHOLE FOODS MARKET!
My chocolate mousse, topped with kiwi slices from exactly one year ago...just check out the amazing dessert/martini glass, a "thrift find"...no doubt from the seventies, brown, and green! It's actually on my blog, just not linking it, didn't have enough "raves" about it!
Now, do you get the total picture how much I love green?...actually, I even have green eyes, but you can't see it cause I always "squint" when I smile!
Finally...for the winner of the LENOX candy dish giveaway...Jane, from Jane's Jewels is the winner!...which came out to # 15 on Random.Org. Could someone explain how to be able to copy and paste the actual widget showing the number...without having to register? I did have to widget on my side-bar, but it's useless, the number doesn't stay on, and frankly it does not do any favor, so I removed it!
Congratulations Jane, I know you will love this little gem of a candy dish. LENOX is such a beautiful and exquisite American made product, and has been for decades...maybe even longer!
I will contact you on your blog as well, to e-mail me your address to ship it to!