Pasta with Zucchini and Sausage and Do You Think I’m a Hippie?

Hi everyone. Am I a hippie? Look at my week and you be the judge:

Organizing and attending a raw food workshop with Hyacinth Mills: www.newlifejourneys.com

Visiting my neighbor’s environmental stand at an Earth Day fest: http://yourgreenerfuture.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-heart-earth-day-at-montclair.html

Purchasing stainless steel cups and plates for my kids while tossing out all my plastic ones from my drawers: www.yellowmargosa.com

Bringing myself and my kids to a Fair Trade Teddy Bear tea party with a Fair Trade expert to expose all of us to the concept of fair Trade commerce: http://www.terramontclair.com/

Tending to my compost bin, trying to remedy the horrible fruit fly problem I have in there

Helping organize to get our street’s community garden off the ground

Sending a friend out to pick up organic milk and organic broccoli for my family

Attending a Health and Wellness meeting benefiting the schools in my town: http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/WebPage.aspx?Id=809

It is hard to be earth friendly and on top of all the different studies regarding what foods are bad for you this week that were fine for you last week. Keeping up with staying informed, living healthfully and teaching your kids how to be responsible for themselves, others and the earth is a lot of pressure. No wonder so many of us want to throw in the towel, not think about it and just order in. Just a few more obstacles to cooking from home.

Well, call me a hippie but, for me, it’s worth it to stay on top of all of the above. It is a lot of work but I am inspired by my incentive to keep my family and the people around me strong, safe and healthy.

So,am I a hippie? Cast your vote. If I get over 15 comments casting a vote, I will post a picture of me totally hippied out. Oh, you think I’m kidding?

For now, enjoy my latest way to eat zucchini:

Egg Noodles with Zucchini and Chicken Sausage:
2 tsp olive oil
2 zucchinis, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 fat Aidell Chicken sausages or any kind of sausage, diced
1 lb cooked pasta-egg noodles but any kind will do
salt, pepper and crushed red pepper

In a frying pan, heat up oil over medium heat. Add diced zucchini and garlic. Stir over low-medium heat until zucchini starts to get a little brown and breaks down a little, about 10 minutes. Add the sausages and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Pour over cooked pasta and salt and pepper to taste.
Serves 4

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10 Responses

  1. I think today's Hippies are different than those sixties free love and dope types. Hippies now have style, create great homes and communities, and are active;y making the world a better place. You're a fabulous Hippie in my opinion.

  2. You are a BoBo.(bourgeoise bohemian)

    "Combining the free-spirited, artistic rebelliousness of the bohemian beatnik or hippie with the worldly ambitions of their bourgeois corporate forefathers, the Bobo is a comfortable contortion of caring capitalism. 'It's not about making money,' writes Brooks, 'it's about doing something you love. Life should be an extended hobby. It's all about working for a company as cool as you are.'

    It is a world inhabited by dotcom millionaires, management consultants, 'culture industry' entrepreneurs and all manner of media folk, most earning upwards of $100,000 a year – their money, claims Brooks, an incidental byproduct of their maverick mores, 'the kind of money you happen to earn while you are pursuing your creative vision'. Often sporting such unconventional job titles as 'creative paradox', 'corporate jester' or 'learning person', Bobos work with a monk-like self-discipline because they view their jobs as intellectual, even spiritual. 'It is a reverse Midas touch: everything a Bobo touches turns to spirituality, everything has to be about enlightenment. Even their jobs are a mission to improve the world,' says Brooks, himself a political columnist for the conservative Weekly Standard.

    Clearly the Bobo is not entirely new – think Virgin's Richard Branson, the Body Shop's Anita Roddick and Apple Computer's Steve Jobs. But suddenly Bobos are everywhere, or so it struck Brooks after four years abroad in the 1990s. His wealthy white-bread Pennsylvania hometown was now firmly focaccia, with half a dozen new gourmet coffee shops, independent booksellers and countless purveyors of 'fat smelly candles' and 'hand-painted TV armoires'.

    'It was now impossible to tell an espresso-sipping artist from a cappuccino-gulping banker,' observed Brooks – but it wasn't just a matter of style. 'I found that if you investigated people's attitudes towards sex, morality, leisure time and work, it was getting harder and harder to separate the anti-establishment renegade from the pro-establishment company man. Most people seemed to have rebel attitudes and social-climbing attitudes all scrambled together.'

  3. I made this tonight for my crew. It was awesome. My family, all of whom said at first they did not like zucchini, devoured it. My suggested would be to add still more zucchini to the recipe. I could not find chicken sausage at my local market so substituted turkey sausage. A keeper!

  4. total hippie, bobo or not. Not bad to leave a thumbprint like Anita Roddick.

    A tip for all those plastic forks and spons–carry one in your bag so when you're out and about, you don't have to take one from wherever you're eating.

  5. Absolute Hippie – do you know how dedicated to education hippies are? In San Francisco and Davis, the hippies can wear you down with their factoids about the government, the environment, history-repeating-itself…they are the ones to go to find out what's organic and safe to eat this week. Oh, and you!

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