Happy Firefighter Friday everyone!
One of these days I will have an actual logo for this…but for now, it’s fun to borrow various cartoons from the web!
Any time I go to create a firefighter recipe, I inevitably think ‘spicy’. It’s a cinch to add a bit of cayenne or red pepper flakes to just about any meal, so why not?!If you’re sensitive in some way, obviously you don’t want to overdo the heat, but here is a list of ailments aided by eating foods with a bit of a kick!
- Helps in Losing Weight: Hot peppers contain capsaicin which can speed up metabolism and help the body burn calories faster.
- Good for heart: Hot peppers may help to improve heart health by improving the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots.
- Improved circulation: Spicy foods also promote good circulation, and they appear to lower blood pressure.
- Anti cancer: Many studies have shown that regular consumption of chilies and curry decrease the risk of cancer.
- Improved digestion: Spices also improve your digestion because they increase the hydrochloric secretion of your stomach.
- Cold and Flu: Capasicin promotes sweating and eases the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms. It also helps to open up the nasal passages. It may also reduce sinusitis, and other flu symptoms.
- Improved Sleep Pattern: Australian researchers have found that people who regularly consumed spicy meals fell asleep more easily. They also woke up easier and had more energy throughout the day.
- Mood lifter: Chili peppers boost the level of endorphins and serotonin that dulls pain and give us a feeling of well being. It can act as a depression fighter and powerful stress reliever.
- Improves breathing: Hot peppers act as an expectorant, and can help people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis, and other respiratory conditions breathe easier. Hot peppers can help you to breathe better by opening up clogged nasal passages.
I knew a lot of this, but I didn’t realize it helps with mood! I’ve suffered with depression off and on since my teens, so I’m always interested in something to combat feelings of sadness. 🙂
Today’s recipe is a lunch recipe…or at least that’s what I had in mind when I wrote it. It’s easy enough for a firefighter to throw together at work, but complex enough to be seriously tasty and worthy of an at-home lunch or side.
It’s highly adaptable to suit your personal tastes and delicious in every way!
SPICY BLACK BEAN GUACAMOLE SALAD
1 avocado, mashed to a puree
1 lime (or about 2 T. lemon juice)
1 garlic clove, grated
1/4-1/2 t. salt
1/4-1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
1/4 c. cilantro (or parsley if you’re a cilantro hater)
1/3 c. frozen corn, rinsed and defrosted
1 small tomato
2 c. romaine lettuce
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pine nuts, optional
Mix the mashed avocado with the lime or lemon juice, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes to create the dressing. Toss the dressing with the beans, corn, tomato, and cilantro or parsley. Finally, toss it all with the lettuce. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top and add some toasted seeds or nuts to your liking (or not)!
Voila! Easy, delicious, and healthy!
Accompanied by some grilled tilapia, or stuffed into a whole wheat tortilla with cheese, this is a scrumptious and filling meal!
Fun question for the end of the week!
What’s your favorite scary movie (no, this is not a scene from Scream)?
I’m a big fan of the original Halloween. I tried watching Rob Zombie’s remake (against my better judgment) and walked out after about five minutes!