Black Bean and Red Lentil Pita

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Afternoon!  I have been nothing but a busy bee today.  Mondays just got a whole lot crazier at work!  I hope you’re having a productive day as well.


I keep that quote taped to my computer screen and read it whenever I am feeling down-in-the-dumps.  It helps a lot!


Around 11 AM, I had a little snack.  I reviewed the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut last week.  Although I’m still not crazy about the ingredient list, it is a really yummy bar!


And lunch — lunch was DIVINE!


The star of my lunch was a Black Bean and Red Lentil WW pita.  This combination is superb!  It was warm, it was spicy, it was soft and gooey — and this pita is PACKED with healthy vegetarian protein.


I just boiled 1 serving of red lentils, added some taco seasonings, and mixed in 1 serving of black beans.  Tada!


On the side….  celery and carrots.


And peas.


The Husband is playing hooky today, so we are working side-by-side at our desks.  I made us a snack platter around 2:00 to share!


The platter included dates, pecans, apricots, and a sliced oranges.  It’s like nature’s candy on a dish!


Back to the grind!

Random question:  If you won $1,000, but you had to give it away, who would you give the money to and why?



  • VeggieGirl February 2, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Great quote; and I LOOOOOOVE your lunch and snack platter – beyond divine!!

  • brandi February 2, 2009, 1:23 pm

    ah…you have no idea how much I needed that quote today.

    I would give the money to my little sister. She is married (just over 2 years) and she is finishing her undergrad degree. He finished last year, but has had a lot of trouble finding a job in the small town where she is finishing school. They could do a lot with $1,000.

  • Kath February 2, 2009, 1:26 pm

    I just read that quote to my Foodservice class!! Love it.

  • Colleen February 2, 2009, 1:34 pm

    I would give it to the Humane Society!

    Your lunch looks fabulous!

  • Emily February 2, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing the quote – quite apt for me to read it today 🙂

    I’d give the money to Save the Manatee in Florida, b/c they do some great work!

  • Julie February 2, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I would give the money to the Second Harvest Foodbank – they take food from grocers and food manufacturers and distribute it to the food pantries…they are now called Feeding America, apparently.
    A person from our local chapter came to speak at our United Way meeting – it is a great organization!

  • Mica February 2, 2009, 2:01 pm

    I think it’s so cute that you and the husband share a working day snack platter. I live with a total non-snacker, which always makes me feel like a hungry-hungry hippo by comparison!

    I have a giant jar of lentils in my pantry, so after this post, I am totally inspired to make some for lunch! Thanks, Caitlin!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 2, 2009, 2:15 pm

    Excellent and simple idea with the lentil+blackbean combo! It’s especially great for my college budget 🙂
    If I had $1000 to give away I’d give it to my parents for supporting my dance, modeling, acting aspirations!

  • Running Through Life February 2, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I love the quote, just what I needed today!

  • Erin of Care to Eat February 2, 2009, 2:19 pm

    I like your quote! I think it’s sweet to share your platter. I don’t share with Rob – ever. MINE!
    Hmm…I really love UNICEF. They’re such an amazing organization. I might give it to them so they can keep doing the amazing work that they do.

  • Meg February 2, 2009, 2:23 pm

    I would give the money to my sister and her family to help with medical bills for my nephew.

  • Rose February 2, 2009, 2:25 pm

    That lunch looks right up my alley. I love black beans in just about any form!

    I would give the $$ to my mom so she could go back to school and get her degree in counseling.

  • brandy February 2, 2009, 2:33 pm

    Well I recently found out that the humane society in the county where i live is low on food that they give to low income families so that they do not have surrender their animals. So i would buy them 1000 worth of food and cat litter.

  • mytastytravels February 2, 2009, 2:36 pm

    I would give it to my mom and step dad, who have supported me throughout my life and college and have been hit by the troubling economy with job loss.


  • just me February 2, 2009, 2:48 pm

    what a great snack platter!

    i would give my money to rain forest connection or world wildlife foundation…or the Audubon society!

  • livelaughlyss February 2, 2009, 3:06 pm

    i would bring the money with me on my volunteer trip to ecuador this summer to help buy clothes and food for all the children in the village who have virtually nothing.

    that snack platter looks scrumptious!

  • Laura February 2, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Love the quote!

    Off the top of my head, I’d probably donate the money to my local food bank or homeless shelter.

  • sloank February 2, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I love that quote, Caitlin! It’s so inspiring, thanks for sharing! That’s definitely something I’m going to keep in mind!!!

    Your lunch looks fantastic, I will definitely be trying that out!!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK February 2, 2009, 3:30 pm

    I would give it to my 20 year old brother so he could buy a car, he so desperately needs one!!!

  • talieworld February 2, 2009, 3:39 pm

    LOVE that quote, so true!! It really does apply to everything.

    Awesome lunch combo, the pita sounds divine!

  • luckytastebuds February 2, 2009, 3:42 pm

    wow, please post a recipe for that lovely lunch! I heart black beans but am kinda dull when it comes to making it into creative things to eat.

    And I would not want to be given a $1000 because I wouldn’t know who to give it to. 🙁

  • ksgoodeats February 2, 2009, 4:02 pm

    Love that quote AND pita sandwich!

    I’d have to give the money to a local animal shelter – I always just want to adopt all the animals but since I can’t they should get the money.

  • haya (living and learning) February 2, 2009, 4:36 pm

    that pita looks amazing! but i’d be afraid of the fallout afterwards 😛 i’ll try it out on a weekend that we’re staying in for.

    that’s a tough question!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog February 2, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I love dates! so so good!

    and that’s such a good idea…lentils + black beans…I’m definitely trying that.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 2, 2009, 5:36 pm

    That is a really great quote!
    If I had $1,000, I would give it to the UN to help feed Zimbabwe’s starving millions. I’m not sure if you heard, but because of lack of funds, 70% of Zimbabweans (the number receiving food aid) will find their food rations cut in half, down to 600kcal a day 🙁

  • Amy February 2, 2009, 5:43 pm

    Hey there. Your blog popped up in my Google Reader recommendations today… so I stopped by to check it out.

    What a gorgeous bride you were! 🙂

    I’ll be stopping by on a daily basis from now on.

  • Trust, Hope, Believe February 2, 2009, 5:49 pm

    That’s such a great quote! You are so positive and upbeat! And thannks so much for the youtube! THat’s great 🙂

  • HangryPants February 2, 2009, 5:50 pm

    You and Mark have a lot in common as far as your attitudes about life and tough situations. You’re both much more positive and into accepting or changing your sitation than me. I just mope, which is never good!

    I would give the money to my brother. He is getting married in March and they need the money for all the things that come with that life!

  • Olga February 2, 2009, 6:07 pm

    I would give the money to my parents because they’re putting me through school!

    And I love the shared snack plate =]

  • Kelly February 2, 2009, 6:14 pm

    I’d give 1,000 dollars to Meghann because she needs to reach her goal of raising 3,900 by May! Love the pita and the quote.

  • Elina February 2, 2009, 6:25 pm

    That little “candy” platter looks absolutely amazing!!! Mmm

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