Dangerous* Mac Salad

Dangerous* Mac Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 1lb box of pasta, cooked according to package

1/2 sweet pepper minced
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
5 sweet pickle slices, minced
1/3 cup sweet peas
1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 C reduced fat Vegenaise
3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 tsp organic sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

1. Cook pasta, rinse with cold water and drain
2. Chop veggies
3. Pulse chickpeas in a food processor – keep it chunky!
4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together Vegenaise, ACV, sugar, paprika, celery seed, black pepper, and salt
5. Add veggies and pulsed chickpeas, mixing thoroughly; fold in pasta
6. Enjoy!

Notes: I prefer shells, but any small macaroni works well. Other additions to jazz this up are grated carrots, shredded and chopped red cabbage, green onion, and (finely minced) radish. Any plant based mayo will work for this recipe, too (including whipped avocado)!

* say goodbye to your willpower, this mac salad is dangerously yummy!

Shalom

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I attended a worship event tonight. The speaker’s theme was shalom: peace, rhythm, rest. It is so easy to lose ourselves in the anxiety of the constant.

We get caught up in the whirlwind of daily life, only to look back and feel overwhelmed by the ratio of work and rest. We all have meetings, work, and activities to manage. On top of that there’s friends, family, significant others. The important thing to remember is that rest is necessary for each of us. It should be scheduled into each day. None of us can go, go, go without crashing.

Take the time to recharge, friends. Make time for hobbies that fuel you. Journal, listen to or make music, read, take a nap. Turn your phone off for this time. It isn’t selfish to recuperate.

So, whether you’re a student or a working adult (or both): rest, reflect, recoup. In the face of many struggles it isn’t easy to keep going, but in order to keep going you need to make stops. The things that need to get done will get done. I’ll leave you with this verse:

“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” (Ps. 72:12)

Shalom.

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