Shirazi salad is fresh, packed with flavor and definitely refreshing on a hot day.
I have to be honest, I ate the whole entire recipe for breakfast this morning. But I don’t see that as a bad thing…
It’s all veggies, tons of nutrients, fiber, and good-for-my-tummy stuff. Can’t go wrong there!
You see, as I go along this clean eating road, I’m learning and changing (as it should be!). I’m learning that my overeating tendencies can actually work to my benefit if I manage them properly. I can indulge in a recipe like this, get the satisfying feeling of eating a lot, yet still be far from destroying my eating plan. It’s a win-win in my book.
The way I figure it, it’s in my nature to love food. It’s in my nature to eat food. It’s in my nature to enjoy the process of eating (maybe more than others at times). I’m also at a place in my life where I’m really working on being kind to myself. Trying not to beat myself up so much or be so hard on myself. I guess, I’m just finally learning to accept and love myself. So I’m just now beginning to be able to look at things that I previously considered bad or detrimental as blessings in some respects.
Because the truth is, if I didn’t love food, I wouldn’t have started this blog. And if I hadn’t started this blog, I wouldn’t be sitting here at this computer, in this apartment, sharing this recipe with you.
I firmly believe that all of our experiences in life, good AND bad, make us who we are in this moment. We can choose to let that be a good thing or a bad thing, but either way, I really think we are the sum of our experiences and our attitude towards those experiences. Maybe I’m way off here, but I’m starting to see all my food “issues” as blessings. And that in turn, is allowing me to accept them, deal with them, and turn them around to my benefit.
As a result, I’m slowly starting to see results. While I threw my scale out several weeks ago (can’t be a slave to that thing anymore!), my pants are fitting looser and I’m getting some energy back. It’s amazing what happens when you truly tend to yourself. When you take care of yourself as well as you would your own child. You just have so much more to give when you fill your own cup first.
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SHIRAZI SALAD RECIPE:
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup peeled, chopped cucumbers
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped mint
- salt and pepper to taste
- Stir all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store in the fridge for about 2 hours to allow flavors to meld. Serve.