Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. A terribly frightening day for American politics. I don’t want to go into specifics (my momma always said don’t talk politics at the dinner table) – but I think you all know what I mean. The state of our political atmosphere here in America truly is frightening. On one side, we have a candidate who is constantly spitting out racist, sexist, misogynistic, and just plain rude rhetoric, with all the other candidates falling to the wayside; on the other side, we have two career politicians, one of whom has big corporations in her back pocket, and the other who may not be mainstream enough to win. What is going on, America!! Is this the best we have?
Apparently “How To Move To Canada” started trending on Google after Super Tuesday, and even my patriotic heart has half a mind to move up to CA with my friends Gen and Emily and Sophie, the way things are going, eh? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!!!) I know this is about the future of our country and all, but I really just hate politics right now. I’ve been watching the debates (in an effort to keep myself informed) and it just seems like a yelling match. People are just getting nasty. Apparently some of the Republican candidates were bashing each other on how they were acting backstage in the debates – even comparing who was sweating more. First of all, ew. Second of all, COME ON!! THERE ARE SO MANY SERIOUS ISSUES FACING OUR WORLD AND THAT IS WHAT YOU’RE CHOOSING TO TALK ABOUT?? ASFKHAEIVNIWFEFOJAEWL.
Ahemm. *End Rant* I know this sounds so cliché, but I can’t help but think of what a better world we would have if we focused on our similarities and not our differences. In the Bible, we are taught that the second commandment – the highest commandment after loving the Lord – is to love thy neighbor as thyself. This is the second most important rule in the whole Bible. It seems like some of these self-purported Christian candidates have forgotten this. And even if you’re not Christian, it’s still the golden rule – treat others as you would yourself. It’s universal. And if you take this rule, the issues become a lot easier.
We may not be able to count on our politicians to live by this rule, but we the people can still abide by it. And that, honestly, is what gives me hope for America. Not the politicians; but the people.
- 1½ Cups Grated Carrots (About 2 cups whole carrots)
- 1 Cup Chickpea Flour
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- ½ Tsp Cumin
- ½ Tsp Turmeric
- Sesame Seeds for Coating (optional)
- Tahini for serving (recommended)
- Measure out two heaping cups chopped carrots. In a food processor, process carrots until a fine meal is formed.
- Add in garlic and spices, and pulse in food processor until everything is evenly mixed.
- In a bowl, combine carrot meal and chickpea flour, and mix until evenly combined.
- Either by hand or using an ice cream scoop, form little balls from the falafel mix. Flatten into little disks with the palm of your hand. If desired, coat falafel in a layer of white sesame seeds. This adds a nice crunch!
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, dehydrate the falafel at your oven's lowest temperature for two hours, or until desired texture is reached.
- Serve falafel on a bed of greens or in pitas, with tahini.
Quote of the Day:
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
– Mark 12:29-31