Cucumber, Feta, and Chickpea Salad…Plus an Apology

Hey guys!

So you know when you can’t figure out how to make an about me page and you go on a pretty long rant on one of your posts and then your followers think that you’re kind of crazy?

Yeah, me neither.

Anywho…

The other day I got the brilliant idea in my mind that I really love chickpeas.  So I rinsed them, drained them, and paired them with a tangy red wine vinegar dressing.

And then decided it needed more.

So I amped it up.

I added cucumber to add some crunch and cool off the salad a bit.  And I added feta to add a more tangy flavor to match with the dressing.

It was wonderful.

I also had ideas later that you could add tomato and red onion, or bell peppers, or chicken or tuna to make it a meal.  But I just love the simplicity it has already.

Here’s the recipe:

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/3 cucumber, peeled and cut into little quarters

3 Tbs. feta

Dressing:

4 Tbs. olive oil

2 1/2-3 Tbs. red wine vinegar (I love my salad dressings to be tangy, so I put in 3)

A squirt of lemon juice

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 pinches thyme

1/4 tsp. parsley

1/4 tsp. sugar

Salt and pepper, to taste

Rinse and drain chickpeas and place in a medium sized salad bowl.

Layer cucumber and feta cheese.

Mix all of the dressing ingredients.

Pour dressing on salad and top with some more parsley.  The dressing doesn’t stick well to chickpeas like it does to lettuce, so a lot of the dressing will pool to the bottom.

I would eat this everyday.  Plus it refrigerates well!  Hope you guys enjoy.

Stay Serendipitous!

XOXO Sara

All I Want is an About Me Page

I didn’t think it would be so hard to put a link on my homepage that says “About Me” that would take someone to another page to see all about me.

It’s all I want.
I’ve spent years months hours trying to figure it out with absolutely no success.  Widgets hate me.  Pages don’t work.

Ugh.

I may have even had a panic attack about it.

So, until I finally figure this stupid thing out, here’s a little about me that you might want to know:

My name is Sara.  I love baking, writing music, playing piano, singing, working out, crafting, sewing, cooking, etc.  I am here to share my senior year with you and my journey into college.

And if you have questions, you know what to do: sh.1995@yahoo.com

Also, anybody who would like to give me a detailed description on how to add a link to my About Me page on my homepage is majorly welcome in my life.

Please.

Stay serendipitous.

XOXO Sara

Healthy Macaroni Tomato Soup

Hi guys!  Today was a cloudy day in Las Vegas which meant that I was making comfort food.  Because that’s the best kind of food.

The title may confuse you a bit.  But yeah, that says healthy.  I love healthy foods and eat the healthiest foods I can!  Except on the weekends.  When I bake.

But back to the subject.  It was cloudy and I wanted grilled cheese and tomato soup.  So that’s what I made.

This is almost like a semi-home cooking sort of a deal.  I mean, I do used canned soup.  I’m sorry.  I’ll try harder next time.

Yep.  That’s quinoa macaroni in some low sodium tomato soup with a whole wheat grilled cheese sandwich.  Say that five times fast.

It’s probably just about as simple as you think.

Ingredients

1 can low-sodium or “heart healthy” tomato soup

1 can of skim milk

1 cup quinoa pasta (found in the organic section but you could always use whole wheat or regular pasta)

1/2 Tbs. butter

Boil the macaroni a minute less than the package says to.  You don’t want soggy noodles!  I think I boiled mine for about 8-9 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate pot, mix the milk and the tomato soup and cook it on medium heat until it is heated through.

Drain the noodles and add it to the soup.

Add the butter and mix well.  If you want, you can add some salt, pepper, and garlic powder like I did.  But it isn’t necessary.  Nor traditional, I’m sure.

Lastly, I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top to get melty.  It was a good thing.  I recommend it.

And like I said, I had it with a whole wheat grilled cheese sandwich.

I also always use 2% cheese, which I know a lot of people say doesn’t melt, but it does.

See?!  Proof!  You can see the string of cheese, even if the picture isn’t great.

I hope you like this simple, easy-to-put-together lunch!

Stay Serendipitous!

XOXO Sara