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I hope that you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to write a quick post on what I am doing this summer. I was reminded to write because I have been seeing everyone’s awesome & exciting travel blogs. Although I am not going anywhere exciting this summer, I am having a great time at home, enjoying my family.
One of the things that my family is really appreciating is my newfound interest in healthy cooking. I have been following food blogs, researching recipes, and shopping at health food stores. I hope that I have my own kitchen next year so that I may continue pursuing this hobby. Cooking really is an art. I love perfecting the presentation of the dish, and also producing a dish that tastes amazing and is highly nutritious for our bodies. I am not on any type of diet, but I stop eating when I feel full, cook foods with high nutritional values, avoid processed foods, and use natural and organic ingredients instead.
Here are some dishes that I have cooked:
Here is a list of some of my favorite dishes and recipes:
- variety of snacks
- Avocado sandwich (http://gwgswims.com/Tasty-Summer-Sammy.htm)
- Avocado chicken salad (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/avocado-chicken-salad.aspx)
- Chicken gyros (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/chicken-gyros-in-pitas-with-yogurt-and-cucumber-sauce.aspx)
- Egg drop soup with edamame and spinach (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/egg-drop-soup-with-edamame-and-spinach.aspx)
- Pita stuffed with hummus and veggies (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/pita-stuffed-with-hummus-and-veggies.aspx)
- The Lanya Salad - mixed greens, avocado, scallions, cherry tomatoes, feta, mandarin oranges, honey roasted almonds, grapes, pickles, dried pomegranates, grilled chicken/tempeh, etc.
- Salads copied from restaurants
- Dinner leftovers
- Cooked veggies and grilled chicken or other meat
- Deli sandwich
- Egg whites on toast
- Stuffed chicken breasts (feta instead) (http://gwgswims.com/Stuffed-Chicken.htm)
- Poached chicken breasts with Thyme (http://gwgswims.com/Thyme-Shallot-Chicken.htm)
- Salmon with sweet red onions (http://gwgswims.com/Salmon-and-Sweet-Red-Onions.htm)
- Grilled chicken with cucumber-melon salsa and peanut sauce (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/grilled-chicken-with-cucumber-melon-relish-and-peanut-sauce.aspx)
- Always have brown rice cooked
- Spinach chickpeas (http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/03/spinach-and-chickpeas/)
- My special italian pasta, with tofu sausage
- Ground protein tacos
- Pesto pasta
- Salmon with spinach and strawberry salsa (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2947)
- Ham and asparagus skillet (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3206)
- Braised chicken with mangoes (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3213)
- Mango mojo with grilled chicken (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/mango-mojo-with-grilled-chicken.aspx)
- Chicken gumbo (http://recipes.runnersworld.com/Recipe/quick-chicken-gumbo.aspx)
- Chicken breasts with grilled pineapple salsa (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/65)
- Turkey and balsamic onion quesedillas (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_balsamic_onion_quesadillas.html)
- Chicken and broccoli casserole (fitfood)
- Spinach and mushroom lasagna (fitfood)
- Grilled salmon and fresh spinach wraps (fitfood)
- Green beans with lemon-garlic dressing (fitfood)
- Chicken and asparagus with creamy dijon sauce (fitfood)
- Veggie quesadillas (fitfood)
- Mashed potatoes (fitfood)
- Healthy pizza (fitfood)
- Lemon, rosemary, and garlic roast chicken (fitfood)
- Apple and walnut chicken salad (fitfood)
- Chicken with caramelized apples and onions (fitfood)
- Grilled chicken with ginger-peach glaze (fitfood)
- Lemon-basil stuffed chicken breasts (fitfood)
- Salmon teriyaki with pineapple salsa (fitfood)
- Thai curries chicken with coconut and mango (fitfood)
- sauteed spinach with pine nuts (fitfood)
- Chicken parmesan (fitfood)
- Grilled chicken marinated in yogurt and herbs in a tomato chutney (fitfood)
- Roasted chicken with potatoes, spring greens, and pear vinaigrette (fitfood)
- Jambalaya (fitfood)
- Barley risotto (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/barley-risotto-with-ham-and-mushrooms-recipe/index.html)
- Sour cream apple muffins (fitfood)
- Apple-walnut cookies (fitfood)
- Strawberry shortcakes (fitfood)
- Blueberry-peach tart (fitfood)
- Fruit crepes (fitfood)
- Banana bran muffins (fitfood)
- Oatmeal raisin cookies (fitfood)
Other than food, I also have been working on praying. I am reading A Praying Life by Paul Miller and it is really challenging me to integrate prayer into my daily life, in all aspects. I strongly recommend this book.
- Forming partnerships with local schools to assist them in one time service events (like recruiting, celebrations, field days, academic competitions, etc). I have gotten great responses from many principals, including UP Academy, Community Charter School of Cambridge, Roxbury Prep, Orchard Gardens, Frederick Pilot School, and Codman Academy. It has been great meeting this awesome school leaders.
- Reaching out to find edu-internships for Summer 2013. I have been in contact with a lot of companies, such as National Council on Teacher Quality, Teach Plus, Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship, KIPP, etc.
- Looking into grants, now that SFER can be classified as a service organization.
- Contacting schools about starting a College 101 program at Harvard (showing middle or high school students what Harvard is like)
- I contacted Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, to have him hopefully come to be our keynote speaker for an edu-conference that we will be hosting in the Fall. My email has been forwarded to his scheduling aides, so fingers crossed!
- I am working with Kay from the Graduate School of Education to form a pre-professional mentorship with our students and their students. I have sent in a project proposal, and this is now in the works.
Those are some of the projects that I have been working on. I also have been preparing to teach at Breakthrough Cambridge! Chemistry! I am so excited. I am now in the process of developing my behavioral management system. I want to be strict, but still very warm and caring. I think that I will try out the “scholar dollar” system. I will definitely be blogging about this experience, so stay tuned! I also was named Science Department Chair for this internship!
In other education news, UNION COLLABORATION!
This is truly a step forward.
Well, I hope that you have enjoyed my summer update #1! Stay safe! Have a great summer! And please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. I love answering emails ;)