Roasted Asparagus

2 lbs asparagus spears, washed and trimmed
2-3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 425F. Toss asparagus with remaining ingredients until spears are well-coated. Lay asparagus on a baking sheet or in a baking pan in a single layer. Roast in oven for 18-20 minutes – until tips are crispy. Serve hot.

Lentil Crunchies

1 14oz can lentils
Cooking spray of your choice (I used olive oil)
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
Drain lentils. Spray a cookie sheet well with cooking spray. Spread out lentils on sheet and give them a light coating of cooking spray. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until crisp, stirring often. Combine seasonings and toss with hot lentils. Cool and store in a airtight container.

These *just* came out of the oven, and damn, are they tasty. And really good for you too. I’m going to make up another batch and take them to work to keep in my desk for a healthy snack.

Stolen from 28 Cooks

Chipotle Black bean cakes

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 c minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 c breadcrumbs
2 canned chipolte chilies, plus 2 tbsp adobo sauce
1 egg, beaten

In small skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion, saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic, saute for 2 minutes, until both are tender. Cool slightly.

In a large bowl, mash beans lightly with potato masher or fork. In food processor, blend chilies and adobo sauce well, and add to beans. Add onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, and egg white. Stir well. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Shape mixture into 4 patties, and place on waxed paper. Refrigerate patties for a few hours to give flavors a chance to meet.

These patties can be grilled or pan fried. If grilling, spray rack with oil. If pan frying, heat a small amount of oil in skillet. Cook 3 minutes each side, until crispy and browned.

Excellent for breakfast, as a snack, or with dinner.

Taking applications

Life is complicated enough without throwing in the dynamics that multiple women bring to the table. With my anxiety driven life, I need simplicity. This is why I want a Harem of One.

As my harem, she needs to be a whore, a goddess, a naughty student, a diva, a secretary, a buddy, a flirt, a nerd, a dancer, a wise woman, an exhibitionist, a pain slut, a loyal samurai, a succubus and a saint. A hundred different roles she would fill, becoming whatever I desired and when my anxiety strikes, she switches to what I need her to be. That’s the kind of woman I am looking for.

Things to think about

Which historical event would you like to witness?
Which is more important, intelligence or common sense?
What do you enjoy or miss most about being single?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
What do you think is the ideal age?
What’s your favorite joke?
What kind of business would you love to start?
If you move out of the country, where would you move to?
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Is science or art more essential to humanity?
In what era would you most like to have grown up?
If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk, what would you do?
What one goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
What celebrity do people say you resemble?
If you could have any view from your home what would it be?
Do you possess any of the qualities of your astrological sign?
If you got a tattoo what would you get and where would you put it?
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
If you could own any car which would you chose?
Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?
Which language would you like to speak fluently?
Which vice would you indulge in if it had no negative side effects?
What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?
What fashion trend you followed was very cool then, but now looks ridiculous?
What one question would you ask a psychic about the future?