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Highlighting garden fresh parsley, seasonal vegetables, heart healthy walnuts and whole grain brown rice, this salad is a perfect balance of taste and nutrition.
And because it stores well in the fridge, double the recipe for an easy-to-pack lunch, a last minute dinner, or for a snack throughout the day.
- 1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cup zucchini or summer squash, chopped
- 1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
- 1/2 cup snow peas, destemmed and chopped
- 2 1/2 cups parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon walnut oil
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and set timer to simmer for 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, steam vegetables for 10 minutes separately.
- When rice and vegetables are finished, let rice cool to room temperature, then mix vegetables and rice together. Stir in parsley, walnuts, oil and vinegar, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill at least 2 hours before serving.(Optional)
- 1 cup white basmati rice, rinsed thoroughly (¼ cup veggie oil, ½ tsp salt and 1½ cups water for cooking).
- 1 cup red rice, rinsed thoroughly (¼ cup veggie oil, ½ tsp salt and 2½ cups water for cooking)
- 1 of yellow, green and orange bell pepper, sliced into ½ inch thick slices, 1-2 inch long
- 1 red onion, sliced into ½ inch thick slices, 1-2 inch long
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- ¼ tsp cayanne pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Heat veggie oil in a small pot, add white rice, salt and stir. Add water and stir. When boiling, cover pot immediately and cook on simmer heat for 15 minutes. Heat veggie oil in a small pot, add red rice, salt and stir. Add water and stir. When boiling, cover pot immediately and cook on low-simmer heat for 60 minutes. Add yellow, green and orange peppers into a large bowl. Add red onion, cilantro and set aside. Into a small bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, cayanne pepper, salt and black pepper. Whisk well. When white and red rice are cooked, transfer both into a large serving bowl. Add sauce into salad and mix well. Transfer salad onto rice, mix well and serve.
Note: Do not open lid while cooking rice
Top crispy breaded steak with a sauce of blended roasted red peppers and Romano cheese for a fast and delicious meal.
- 1/2 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1-1/2 lb. beef cubed steak
- Olive oil
- 1 12-oz. jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained
- 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves.
1. In a shallow dish combine crumbs and half the cheese. In another shallow dish, beat together egg and water. Cut meat in 8 equal-size portions; lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dip in egg mixture, then crumb mixture; press lightly to coat.
2. In a 12-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, cook steak, about 5 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed. Remove to a serving platter; cover to keep warm. Carefully wipe skillet clean.
3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in blender or processor combine drained peppers and remaining cheese. Process until nearly smooth. Finely chop 1/2 cup of the basil; set aside. Transfer pepper mixture to hot skillet and heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in finely chopped basil. Pour sauce over steaks. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Makes 4 servings.
- Total Fat (g)21
- Saturated Fat (g)8,
- Monounsaturated Fat (g)9,
- Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1,
- Cholesterol (mg)130,
- Sodium (mg)645,
- Carbohydrate (g)15,
- Total Sugar (g)1,
- Fiber (g)2,
- Protein (g)43,
- Vitamin C (DV%)2.58,
- Calcium (DV%)19,
- Iron (DV%)28,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
- 1 lb. skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions
- 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh dillweed
- 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh tarragon or lemon thyme
- 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley or bias-sliced chives
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
- Lemon peel and fresh herbs (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse fish; pat dry. Shred 1 teaspoon of peel from lemon; set aside. Juice half the lemon. In a small bowl combine lemon peel, snipped herbs, salt, pepper, and butter; stir to combine. Spread evenly on the salmon.
2. Heat a 12-inch nonstick oven-going skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, herb side down. Cook 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn salmon; pour lemon juice over. Place pan in oven and cook 3 to 7 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
3. Transfer to serving plates; drizzle with pan juices. Top with additional shredded lemon peel and snipped fresh herbs. Makes 4 servings.
- Total Fat (g)21
- Saturated Fat (g)7,
- Monounsaturated Fat (g)6,
- Polyunsaturated Fat (g)5,
- Cholesterol (mg)78,
- Sodium (mg)401,
- Carbohydrate (g)3,
- Total Sugar (g)1,
- Fiber (g)1,
- Protein (g)24,
- Vitamin C (DV%)47,
- Calcium (DV%)3,
- Iron (DV%)4,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
In ancient Egypt, we find the earliest written records of the moon's influence in the lives of humans. Before Sun worship, the Egyptians worshipped the moon. Isis was not only a symbol of Moon, she was Goddess, too. In ceremonies and processions, her headdress was a moon with a pair of cow's horns symbolizing motherhood, since Isis was also the representative of Nature. The ancient Egyptians also portrayed the moon as a cat, not because of any physical resemblance, but because both were lights in the dark - the cat could see at night, and the moon shed light in the night sky.
The Assyrians held the moon to be the supreme deity, while Moon worship existed in Ancient Greece, Babylonia, India and China. The belief was based on the observation of how the moon's phases affected the growth and decline of crops, and of animal and human life. Little wonder then that the power of the Moon was seen as divine. Because the cycles and phases of the Moon are so predictable, the Moon played a prominent role in the earliest concepts of time and calendars, and the Lunar Calendar was used by many cultures to plan religious ceremonies around, and to time the planting and harvesting of crops.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Harvest Moon, is the full moon that occurs nearest the autumnal equinox on September 23, and usually takes place in late September or early October. This Full Moon was often closely associated with the fall harvest of grain and other crops, hence its name and many celebrations took place at this time of the year. During the period of the Harvest Moon, the retardation (later rising each night) of the moon is at a minimum, because of the relation of the moon's path to the horizon. On several nights in succession the moonrise is at nearly the same time, and there is full moonlight almost from sunset to sunrise if the sky is unclouded.
The Hunters Moon was the name given to the first full moon after the Harvest Moon. It often signaled the period when animals that migrated, either herd animals or birds, began to be hunted in earnest for food stores for the winter ahead. Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunters Moon is very bright and on cloudless nights it was said a good hunter could track his prey as if by daylight. Because the Hunters Moon was bright enough to hunt by, it was also occasionally referred to as the Blood Moon.
The expression "once in a Blue Moon", symbolizes rarity. A Blue Moon is the third full moon in a three-month calendar season that has four full moons, or the second of two full moons occurring in the same month. These are events that do not happen within a relatively long period of time.
To honor the moon, Greeks built temples dedicated to Diana, or Artemis, as she was known to the ancient Greeks. For the Celts, Morgana was the Moon goddess. The Mayan Moon goddess was the patroness of pregnant women. In aboriginal cultures, Grandmother Moon is seen holding her generous, round bowl. In Japan they do it differently -- the moon was associated with the male god, Susanowo, brother of the Amateratsu, the goddess associated with the sun.
Astrologers point to the moon as the ruler of the emotions, characterized by fickle changes and fluctuations. Both East and West associate the moon with the mother, nurturing, and the home. It is universally associated with water and tides and the female cycles of menstruation. The moon looks outwards, shining its light on others, which has become synonymous with the traditional feminine principles of care-giving and comforting others. Receptivity and melancholy are also seen as 'moon aspects' but in no way associated with any dwindling of power. In China, the moon is the Yin (feminine) principle, and in Indian astrology, the moon represents the mind. It is still customary among women in Central Africa to bathe their newborn infants in the light of a full moon.
The mythical werewolf knows better than anyone about the power of the moon. We are endlessly fascinated by terrifying tales of its transformation into a lupine creature under the influence of the full moon. In different parts of the world, the moon is the star of many tales of romance and lunacy. Kissing someone under a Full Moon is considered to be a lucky portent for the length and strength of the relationship. The Bushman of Africa has the story of the moon and the rabbit, with the rabbit as mischief maker and the moon representing Eternity. In the West, being 'moonstruck' refers to the belief that madmen have been stricken by the moon's power. The word Lunatic emerged from that association.
The Moon is also closely associated with the many animals that come out at night, particularly to hunt. Wolves, coyotes, panthers, jaguars, leopards, owls, bats and many other creatures that go bump in the night have all been associated with the Moon. In some Native American cultures it is thought that wolves and coyotes are 'howling' at the Moon when they make their familiar cries that are actual territorial boundaries.
The plains and craters of the moon, their various shapes and shades, have been interpreted by different cultures as either 'the man in the moon', or in some cases, the 'rabbit' or 'buffalo', etc. With the advent of scientific investigation, man's view of the moon began to change. Some of the first philosophers and astronomers to challenge the old beliefs were imprisoned, or worse, for their new theories. After the invention of the telescope around 1608, the moon acquired a different image and shed some of its supernatural mystique. Interest in its more material and physical aspects - cheese, anyone? -- grew rapidly over the centuries, until the day the moon had a visit from the Man on the Earth, Neil Armstrong, in 1969.
The most common symbol of the sun is a circle with the sun's rays emanating from the perimeter. A dot or point in the center of a circle symbolizes the blending of male and female forces. The sun is usually seen as a masculine symbol and the moon and the earth as feminine symbols, hence you will often the Sun symbolically paired with the Moon or the Earth. For many millennia the Sun was believed to be at the center of the Universe, around which all other heavenly bodies radiated. The Sun was a symbol of both royal and divine powers, adopted by both secular and religious authorities.
As a tattoo design and symbol, a Sun represents fertility, vitality, passion, courage and eternally renewed youth, light and knowledge. When looking at some of the popular tattoo designs, note the following, in various cultures in the history of man, the Sun was represented by the following; an Eagle, an Eagle with a Serpent, a Winged Serpent (Dragon), a Falcon (Egyptian God Horus), Phoenix, Swan, Lion, Ram, Cock or Bull. The Sun could be further represented by the Heart symbol, A Rosette or Rose, the Lotus, the Sunflower and the Chrysanthemum.
Some Business Ideas for Kids
Lawn Cleaning and Outdoor Services
Outdoor jobs are a great option for kids who do not like monotonous work. During the spring season, this job normally includes pulling weeds, tilling, sowing, and planting. In the autumn season, this work comprises of gathering leaves and putting down mulch, whereas during winter, it may include shoveling snow. With some number stencils, a can of bright-colored paint, and a brush, kids may provide door-to-door services in painting house numbers on drives. Read more on jobs for teenagers.
Errand and Assisting Services
Kids can opt for providing a general errand service such as picking up groceries or posting letters in the post office. They can also choose to work as party assistants or garage-sale assistants, or any similar profile. The services which are expected from such small jobs are needed largely in event planning. Kids can certainly get a lot of experience regarding talking to people, and organizing things properly.
This is the best alternative for children with a lot of energy and willingness to earn money, but with no desire for planning. The things they would require is access to a parking lot, sufficient water, car soap, sponges, etc. For attracting customers, they can distribute handbills in their locality. This is a great way for making some good pocket money.
The loving behavior of children with pets can be used for starting a pet sitting business. This is a great business, especially in summer time when people are away from home on a vacation and do not prefer to take their pets along or put them in a kennel. Kids have the option of starting this business which includes feeding, walking, washing, and grooming dogs and similar pets, or feeding and taking care of fish. Read more on summer jobs.
Arts and Crafts
If your kids are good at arts and craft, they can opt for selling their work. They can arrange for a stand in a busy area or ask around at smaller craft shops to determine if there is any possibility to sell their finished crafts on consignment. If kids are experts in making crafts, they can make products that are more likely to sell, like beaded jewelry, handmade greeting cards, candles, soap, etc.
If you stay near a well-used golf course, and your kids are interested in learning golf, they can get in touch with the club administration department to check if they can work as caddies. This work involves a lot of physical stress, so ensure that your kids are capable enough to handle it.
Creating Presentations on the Internet
The Internet technology is the best way to make easy and fast money. Creating online presentations is one of the most considered online business ideas for kids. There are many children nowadays who create online presentations which can be used by other school students and even small businesses. Kids can become virtual assistants by offering such facilities.
Most of the online marketing professionals do not have time to research new content for their websites. If children are knowledgeable enough and well-versed in using the web, they can use their free time to conduct such online research and get paid on an hourly basis. It is a very good idea for parents to set up a website which offers all types of services that are provided by their children. These are just a few ideas, but the list of business ideas for kids goes on. There are may other alternatives such as starting a lunch delivery service and gift box service, or arranging puppet shows, clown acts and face painting, or looking for sponsorship. It is suggested to encourage kids to search for jobs at an early age, so that they get a good exposure to the business world and can use their experience in future endeavors.
I'd immediately picture a huge venture with sprawling offices. Everything smelling of newly opened plastic and cupboards and cabinets in teak wood. That's what the word business made me think of. And then I realized - that's not what a business is about at all. Business is something that does not depend on the size of the office or the kind of copier machine one has. It is a venture, no matter how big or small that leads to earning profits through the offering of goods or services. And a business, it does not really depend on the venue from where it takes off, but rather on the kind of things that you do with it to earn that profit.
Getting to the factor at hand - A business is not something that can be looked into by adults alone, but can be taken up with the same ease by kids as well. In fact, with kids starting their own businesses, it gives them an opportunity to learn certain valuable traits in life like learning how to be independent, taking decisions, thinking creatively, developing the ability to think of ideas for growth, studying the market and learning to deal with problems and more. With the factor of profit making playing an important role as well, learning how to start a business for kids takes up the prime role. In the following sections, we will look through the varied factors that have to be considered when it comes to learning how to start a business for kids.
How to Start a Small Business for Kids - Things to Consider
While starting a business might seem all exciting and challenging, one can't just get up and about and start a business. Here are some of the factors that need to be considered so that you can be assured that the business will be a profit making venture that the kid will enjoy working it rather than be forced at it.
List of Skills
Unless you have a product that you have invented and now only need to sell, you'll have to think of the kind of business that you can start out with. And how will ideas simply make way out of thin air? They won't. So what we do instead is help garner certain ideas by introspecting about what can be done. Sit down and write out a list of things that you're good at. Let it seem silly while you do the exercise. Just make sure that you've gotten all the ideas that you can think of down on paper. This draft is necessary so that the ideas that will not get you anywhere can be discarded after careful consideration.
The Demand and Supply
So you might have great skills that you can put to use to earn that extra money, but all this is futile if it cannot be given the shape of a business that is going to earn you profits. For example, you might be great with kids and you might think of starting your own babysitting services, but there might not be any kids to babysit in the area that you will work in. Thus the business has to correspond with what can and cannot be done.
Usually, most businesses will require some form of financial backing. Does the idea that you want to convert into a business require major finances, and if it does - do you have them? Or can you arrange for them? Without an answer to this, there can be no going ahead.
Test Driving the Business
The idea makes way and everything seems to fall in place, but there has to still be that factor wherein one has to check whether the idea can work when out there. Start out the business and check whether it is getting you the required profits. Whether the time, energy and money required to carry the business through is bringing about the required profits and satisfaction. Sometimes a business just does not take off. In which case, there has to be newer ideas to improve the business or the ability to take up a completely different business altogether.
Advertising is another important factor that needs to be factored in where a business is concerned. Unless there is proper advertising done, people will not be aware of your business and there can be no scope of profit. The simplest ways of doing this is through word of mouth, and/or flyers, pamphlets and advertisements in papers.
Even though one may take all the necessary steps to come up with a great business plan, it is to be understood that there will be certain elements that might not be accounted for. In that direction, one has to be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. Similarly, there has to always be a thought process running of how best one can improve the business and bring in more innovative ideas.
Business Ideas You Can Use
Here are a few business ideas for kids that one can look into when it comes to starting ones own business. You'll find that certain ideas provide for an answer on how to start a business for kids with no money:
- Buying notebooks, mobiles or any other stationery item at the wholesale rate and selling them for a profit.
- Selling water, caps and other refreshments at parks or outdoor places. Especially during the summer.
- Tutoring kids in subjects that you're good at. This is one of the best businesses that you can start out on.
- Selling homemade greeting cards.
- Making items from shells and other natural materials and selling them at stores.
One should think of starting a sole proprietorship business if an individual is looking at having a small business and wants to have the entire control of the business. The start-up costs would be less, and the owner can retain all the profit but he has to bear the losses too. A sole proprietor's business and personal assets are liable to the creditors in case if he defaults. A sole proprietorship will cease to exist when the owner retires or dies.
Starting a sole proprietorship is most suitable for a simple business structure, where the market for the goods or services offered by the sole proprietor is local and small. Risk involved in this business is not very high and some manual skill would be required. For e.g.: Jewelery making, hair-cutting, tailoring and repair shops. They are creative and personalized jobs where a customer's needs are paid close attention. Look at different business legal structures like a limited liability company and partnerships to determine which business legal structure suits you the best.
You can choose to start your sole proprietorship by either buying an existing business or taking up a franchise or starting a new business all together. Let's see how -
Decide which business do you want to run, once you have decided what you are going to be best at, research on your future competitors, market growth, marketing strategies and insurance you would need.
• Get Training
If you think you need some amount of training before you start off your business, then there are many small business counseling, mentoring and training programs through out the country. Get a short training or seek counseling to gain clarity about your business.
• Make a business plan
After you have decided what business you want to set up, your first step is to make a business plan. This is going to act as a check list for you. Start with describing your business type, future scope of business, loans applied to or needed, capital equipments required, etc.
• Business Location
Find a good location for your business place. For ex: If you want to start up a food joint, take a location where more number people hang out and where there will be more demand for your services. Also analyze the parking space and delivery access in your business location.
• Finance - Loans, Grants and Funding
The Federal, State and the Local Government's offer various finance programs with low rate of interest and scientific and economic development grants to help the small business start and grow. You can study the Micro-loan program, 7(a) Loan Program, and the CDC/504 Loan Program and choose any of these programs to finance your business.
• Register Your Business Name
When you are registering your business name for a sole proprietorship, your full name will be the legal name of your business. The legal name of your business will be required while filling all the official documents.
• Get Your Identification Numbers
You will need to apply for an EIN i.e. Employer Identification Number. This is used to identify your entity and it is a Federal identification number. Similarly, you will also need to obtain permits required by the State. For e.g.: You will need to obtain a Sales Tax Permit if you are going to be involved in selling products.
• Register your State and Local Taxes
You will need to file in taxes depending on what you are liable for. Income Tax, Self-employment Tax, Estimated Tax, Social Security and Medicare Taxes, Income Tax Withholding and, Federal Unemployment (FUTA) tax, are taxes that you could be liable to. You will also have to register for the following taxes.
- Business Tax Registration
- General Tax Information and Forms
- Workers' Compensation Insurance
- Unemployment Insurance Tax
• Get Business License and Permits
You need to obtain business licenses and permits depending upon your business type. For e.g.: You will need the following licenses and permits if you are located in California.
- Tax Registration
- Business Licenses
- Local Permits
- Incorporation Filing
- Doing Business As
- Employer Requirements
- Withholding Taxes
- I-9 Form
- New Hire Reporting
- Insurance Requirements
- Workplace Posters
This article will help you in decision making and planning out your business model. It will work as a checklist for you when you are about to put your business plan in action. To take your business a long way you need to do some prior market research to forecast the scope of your business. Maintaining a reserve for unforeseen business shocks will make your business shock proof and stable. It is also important to understand the economic and market conditions to understand how changes in these factors will affect your business and industry. However, the key for a successful business of any form lies in being open to changes, being creative and innovative, adapting to the needs of this fast pacing generation.
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