“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous
Spring is about new awakenings. Trees and flowers wake up from a long winter’s rest to bloom and grow, filling the landscape with rich hues and fragrant aromas. Animals and birds begin to show themselves to the world after a period of hiding or a long migration north. People who have spent their winter indoors are now outside enjoying the warm weather. They have turned off their TV sets and have taken their exercise routines out of the gym and onto the playing fields and streets.
Each day of this spring has been an awakening for me. My new healthy lifestyle has contributed to a fresh outlook and renewed confidence, but it is more than that. I realize that I have been holding back from making things happen out of fear of failing. I have started to look at my life differently and feel more confident that I can shape my future to what I want it to be.
I understand that if I can see my goals, I can reach them. Instead of just saying what I want to do with the rest of my life, I am going to stop talking; I am going to put my words into action. My close friend, coach and mentor tells me that a plan for a successful, meaningful life is:
”Say It, Mean It, Do It”.
I plan to use this motto to guide me.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to sound like a motivational speaker and I don’t expect the road to my goals to be smooth or easy. It is bound to be full of bumps, falls and possible road blocks. I have already fallen off of the bike once and will likely fall again before I am good at this. I also understand that you cannot be successful without first getting uncomfortable. That is why I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone in all aspects of my life, be it physical, emotional, creative or mental. I will report back on my progress when I have been on this journey a little longer and can provide evidence of the positive change that I am beginning to experience.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” Pablo Picasso
This Bocconcini, Quinoa and Oregano Salad is a good source of protein and vitamins. It makes a nice main course for lunch or dinner or a tasty side dish with grilled fish or meat. I am really enjoying the Quinoa 365 cookbook for its versatile and inspiring recipes.
Bocconcini, Quinoa and Oregano Salad
¾ cup quinoa
1½ cups water
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup diced red onion
½ frozen baby green peas, thawed
1 cup diced red bell pepper
½ cup diced yellow bell pepper
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
Pinch ground black pepper
1 cup mini bocconcini cheese pieces, halved
Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for another 4 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Set aside to completely cool.
Combine the zucchini, tomatoes, onion, peas and red and yellow pepper in a large bowl.
Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Add the quinoa and boccocini and mix until evenly combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Recipe from Quinoa 365 by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming