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Yesterday was one of those days where nothing seems to go smoothly. It was getting late and I needed to make something quick from the ingredients already in my cabinet. Since it’s near the end of the week, my fridge was on the empty side and I wanted to throw together a delicious, yet simple meal for Thursday night. This recipe requires almost no planning and delivers an effortless and healthy meal from ingredients already hiding in your kitchen. Next time I will add grilled chicken breast and a bottle of vino. This dish is worth celebrating!

What You Will Need:

  • Gluten Free Pasta (I used Fusilli but any type will do)

  • Sun Dried Tomatoes (half jar)

  • Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup)

  • Artichokes (canned)

  • Capers (1/4 cup or less)

  • Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano (as much as your heart desires)

Use any amount of ingredients you like, whether you are cooking for one, two or an entire group. Boil lightly salted water, add pasta and cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on type of pasta). Slice artichokes into quarters. Once pasta is al dente, strain pasta and mix additional ingredients in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano and that’s it!

Buon Appetito!

Think outside the box

Get creative with alternative methods of transportation. Whether its renting bicycles for an adventure through the city, kayaking to pristine beaches or skiing through alpine terrain, try something new and discover the culture outside tourist hot spots.

Use local public transportation

When traveling, utilize the city’s trademark public transportation. In New York take the subway. San Francisco use the MUNI, street and cable cars. Seattle hop on a ferry to the San Juan Islands. Every large city has a public transportation system, take advantage of it during your travels.

Here is an interesting fact:

“20 percent: Carbon monoxide emissions saved if one in five Americans rode public transportation daily; the savings would be greater than the combined emissions from all chemical manufacturing and metal processing industries.”

Do your homework

Before you go, do some research on hotel locations, attractions and events near by. Finding accommodations near attractions, museums and restaurants will allow you to walk or take a short transit ride. Smart location is an essential part of reducing CO2 emissions and will save time and money too.

Discover the world on your feet

You never realize how beautiful and interesting a place is before you use your feet and start walking. Traveling the world in a car or plane allows you to miss the true character of the places you go. Our dependence on cars reduces the time spent exploring the world.

For example, living in Seattle, I used to mostly drive from place to place and never realize what was in between. Recently, I decided to put my car keys away and walk through my city. Downtown Seattle has so much to offer to pedestrians, from boutiques to unique coffee shops to wine bars. There are an endless supply of museums, shops, restaurants, theaters and bars within walking distance in Seattle.

Just last week I took the bus to see “South Pacific” at the Fifth Avenue Theater. From the theater was a short walk to shopping at H&M and dinner at Pike Place. After dinner I ventured a few blocks down to the Seattle Art Museum to see some amazing installation art. Discovering the true essence of Seattle was only possible for me by walking through the city. Every street has its own story to tell and unique character. Walking is the most valuable way to explore a location and truly enjoy your vacation.

What would you add to the list? Do you have examples from your travels?

All of use want to save money, but how can you be ‘green’ at work too? Below are simple ways to save money at work with the environment in mind.

1. Pack your own meals

Making your own meals saves money and improves your health. Pack nutritious and budget friendly meals in reusable containers, bring utensils from home and cloth napkins. Whether its a sandwich, soup, salad or leftovers, making your own meals will become an easy habit to save money, eat healthy and reduce waste. Stop spending money on your daily morning latte, bring your own travel coffee mug and make coffee at work.

2. Carpool with co-workers

Ask around the office, create a carpool network. Carpooling not only saves money, but is an easy way to reduce CO2 emissions and combat climate change.

3. Bring your own water bottle

Now you no longer need to buy expensive bottled water, just bring your own. Choose one that is BPA free, preferably aluminum. Klean Kanteen makes BPA free, aluminum water bottles. If you are worried about the purity of your water, ask your employer to install a faucet water filter or put a Brita pitcher in the fridge at work.

4. Energy Saver Setting on Computer

Today, most computers provide an energy saving setting. By choosing this setting, computers will automatically ‘sleep’ when not in use. Also remember to turn your computer off when you leave work everyday. The EPA recommends, “Setting computers to enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. To save even more, set monitors to enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity. The lower the setting, the more energy you save.”

5. Switch light bulbs

LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last up to 10 times longer and use less energy. By doing this, your work will cut down on light bulb replacement costs, use less energy and save money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.”

6. Decrease paper margins and always print double-sided

By simply reducing paper margins from 1.25″ to 0.75″ will allow more words to fit on each sheet of paper, reducing the amount of paper and ink costs. Just simply adjust the document margins and save paper, ink and money. Also, remember to print double-sided. Western Washington University did this and significantly reduced printing costs.