Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts

Even people who “hate” brussels sprouts love this dish! So get ready… Roasting is a wonderful way to cook veggies, and brussels sprouts are no exception. They taste like spicy potato chips, and they’re so good for you that your mother will approve!

It takes some time, but these sprouts are well-worth it. They will fill you up and make you say “wow” with every bite.

finished bang bang brussels sprouts

This dish has become one of my staples. You’re going to love it! Continue reading “Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts”

Using White Noise for Concentration

noiseWhen I really need to concentrate I listen to brown noise. I find that it boosts my productivity and keeps me from getting distracted by sounds around me. This is most useful in coffee shops or noisy offices, but I even do this when it’s quiet.

Brown noise is similar to white noise; it sounds like random static. However, brown noise is at a slightly lower pitch so it’s easier to listen to. That means that I can work for hours without hurting my ears!

You can download some free random noise MP3s to play on your computer or iPod, or listen to some right from your browser. Both work great.

This works better than my previous method (using ear plugs) because the sounds aren’t just blocked, they’re all scrambled up by the static. I get so much input from my ears that my brain ignores sound all together and focuses on work!

Anybody else tried this? How else do you keep focused?

Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini

I love zucchini, and I usually just slice it up and stir-fry it with some soy sauce and red pepper flakes (which is delicious!). Yesterday, I decided to get fancy and make something worth showing off… zucchini-stuffed-zucchini. It turned out great! The filling is rich and hearty, and when it is paired with the roasted zucchini shell the taste is savory and refreshing.

Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini

Best of all, it was super-easy! Read on to find out how to make it. Continue reading “Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini”

6 Tricks for Healthy Eating

This was a guest post for my uncle’s site, Healthy Eating Healthy World. Enjoy!

I’ve been eating a mostly plant-based diet since 2006. When I first got started, I faced personal and social barriers. However, by taking a few conscious steps, I was able to break them down and really improve my eating habits! Knowing the truth about nutrition, understanding the benefits of a plant-based diet, and committing to a change are all important, but actually revamping my lifestyle was a daunting task. Here are 6 tricks that I used.

  • Think Long-term
  • Add Some Extra Steps
  • Keep the Good Stuff Nearby
  • Surround Yourself
  • Embrace Frugality
  • Get Accountable

By thinking long-term about rewards and taking steps to preempt myself from falling into old eating habits I was able to leap feet-first into a new way of eating that has improved my life immeasurably. Continue reading “6 Tricks for Healthy Eating”

We Were Born to Run

I run frequently and had heard some buzz about this book. I’m keenly interested in the amazing results that often come from ancient wisdom and using our incredible human body as correctly as possible. These are the exact ideas that author, Christopher McDougall touches on in his book, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.”

The book has two main parts. First, it follows the story of the author as he investigates solutions to his own problems with running. Along the way he, meets, befriends, and races with members of a mysterious southwestern tribe known as the Tarahumara Indians and several other interesting characters. The second part of the book (which is mixed in with the story) contains various accounts of scientific study, an evolutionary history of running, and the modern history of the running industry. Here are some key points I found very interesting: Continue reading “We Were Born to Run”

Tasty Tofu Spread

A tasty spread is great to have on hand. I use it on sandwiches and wraps or as a dip for veggies and chips. It has a great creamy consistency, but its all vegan and low fat! This is my favorite way to use tofu. Here is a picture of the spread in action on a tasty wrap (instructions for the wrap are included!).

I show one version of this spread, but it’s very versatile and can seasoned any way you like. Read on for the full recipe! Continue reading “Tasty Tofu Spread”

Posting to WordPress from emacs

Most things I do on the computer, I do within emacs. I use it for email, writing programs, compiling programs, running programs, typeseting papers, running shell commands, etc.

So how did I make this post from within emacs? Google led me to this post detailing how to set up weblogger. Here’s the quick and dirty setup:

bash$ cd ~/.emacs.d/
bash$ cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.savannah.nongnu.org:
/sources/emacsweblogs \co -d weblogger weblogger/lisp

Put this in your .emacs and execute it (highlight and C-x C-e):
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/weblogger")
(require 'weblogger)

You’re now ready to start a session: M-x weblogger-setup-weblog. It will prompt you for your XML-RPC server/path. For example, I log into http://www.shawnlankton.com/wp-admin to post, so my XML-RPC path is http://www.shawnlankton.com/xmlrpc.xml.

One final touch is to turn off auto-fill when in weblogger-mode because carriage returns get interpreted literally as <br>. A quick fix:
(add-hook 'weblogger-entry-mode-hook
'(lambda () (auto-fill-mode nil)))