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OVEN BAKED VEGGIE FRIES 3 WAYS (PLUS DIP!)

ZUCCHINI FRIES Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 c breadcrumbs, 1 egg, beaten Directions 1. First, slice the zucchini into long, thin wedges. Then combine the spices with your breadcrumbs. 2. Next dip each wedge in the beaten egg, then the breadcrumb mixture until it's fully coated. 3. Bake at 425°F on the top rack for 15 minutes until golden brown.

GREEN BEAN FRIES Ingredients: 1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed, 1 egg, beaten, 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp dried garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 c ground nuts (almonds, cashews or walnuts) Directions 1. Use a food processor to grind the nuts (or buy almond meal). 2. Combine egg, spices and parmesan. Coat beans in egg mixtue and then roll in ground nuts until evenly coated. 3. Move to a parchment lined baking sheet, allowing space between every bean. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes.

SWEET POTATO FRIES Ingredients: 2 medium-large sweet potatoes, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped Directions 1. Slice the sweet potatoes into fries and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use your hands to coat every fry with oil and spices. 2. Bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes until crisp.

YOGURT DIP Ingredients: 1 c whole Greek yogurt, 1/4 c fresh lime juice (about 1 to 2 limes), 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and serve with any of these fries.

Q U O T E “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” - Fredrich Nietzsche Fredrich Nietzsce was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24. He resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life, and he completed much of his core writing in the following decade.

WAYS TO GREEN YOUR HOME Greening your home can be as big as adding solar panels and as small as adding power bars that automatically switch off. It’s not all or nothing – making a difference is about everyone doing whatever they can. Appliances still drain energy even when turned off. Unplugging items such as televisions and stereo equipment can be a nuisance, but connecting them to power bars that automatically switch off at certain times is easy-peasy. And not all clothes need to be washed in hot water. In fact, some items do better on the cold setting. Got a small stain on an otherwise clean shirt? Save water and energy and try spot washing instead. Try buying more items secondhand, or better yet – fixing what you already have or making it yourself. If you are looking for a bigger job, consider investing in alternative energy or find ways to better insulate your home. This could include upgrading to triple glazed windows or simply putting out a few more rugs, wall hangings and blankets to keep things extra cozy.

Stories of animals behaving “kindly” can show kids they can also get along with anyone. Elephants that comfort friends, benevolent bonobos that share food, and dolphins that do favours show kids how animals of all kinds (including the human kind) can provide comfort, patience, camaraderie, and teamwork. Talk to your kids about how animals behave toward each other and why, then ask them for examples of how they’ve behaved – or could’ve behaved – in similar ways. Courtesy of www.nationalgeographic.com ANIMALS TEACH KIDS ABOUT KINDNESS

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