Creamy Avocado Dressing

A cool and creamy avocado dressing with tangy buttermilk, fresh cilantro and lime juice along with some spicy jalapeno pepper.

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 small jalapeno*
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk**
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (completely optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Puree everything in a blender until smooth. Store in fridge and finish within a few days.

* Leave the seeds in for more heat or remove them for less.
** Use more buttermilk to make it thinner or less to make it thicker.

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Summer Salad 1: corn and chickpea fiesta salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette

corn & chickpea fiesta salad - ateaspoonofhappiness.com

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups corn (fresh, frozen, canned….whatever you prefer, but if you’re using canned corn make sure to drain and rinse it)

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered (about a 1 pound container)

1 green pepper, diced

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 English cucumber, chopped

Dressing:

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

4 tbsp lime juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and stir until everything is mixed well.
  2. Refrigerate until serving or at least for a half an hour to let the flavors blend.

Manage Your Time Like a Budget

 

Manage Your Time Like a Budget

We all have a limited amount of time to work with, just like our money is finite. If you think in terms of a “time budget,” you may be able to use your time better and enjoy your life more.

Dave Lavinsky gives an excellent example on the Growthink blog: You’re at the grocery, it’s the last week of the month, and the food in your cart will bring you right up to your $400 a month budget. But then you see something on the way to the checkout that you might want, that might taste good or be on sale. Should you go for it? No! Stay within your budget or trade something in your cart for the other item. Lavinsky says:

Your time budget is the same way. When it’s 4:55 and you’ve committed to stop working and go home at 5:00 but there’s some nagging task you really want to knock out but would take 30 minutes — DON’T BUY IT. Don’t do it today. Do it tomorrow or some other day.

Go home and enjoy your life. Do something fun or relaxing and stay within your time budget. It can probably wait until later, just like that last-minute item at the store.

Similarly, the next time something’s calling out to distract you or waste your time, just remember that you’re on a budget.

How to Manage Time Like You’d Manage a Budget | Growthink