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Healthy Recipe: Norwegian Orzo Salad with Shrimp & Spring Vegetables2 min read

Norwegian Salad

TNorwegian Saladhis fresh and springy salad celebrates the brightest Nordic flavors, with fresh dill and lemon taking center stage. Known for its seafood, Norwegian cuisine often features freshly caught shrimp in the spring and summer months. If you’re lucky enough to be there, look for the smaller cold water prawns, sometimes cooked right in boiling sea water for a salty kick. You can also substitute crawfish for a delicious twist. Orzo provides the perfect foundation for lightly roasted spring vegetables and shrimp, but feel free to swap in quinoa, faro, or another grain here.

Serves: 6

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 small box orzo pasta (about 1 ½ cups uncooked)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough root ends trimmed
  • 2 zucchini, ends trimmed, and cut into small bite size pieces
  • 1 pound peeled & deveined raw shrimp, tails removed
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Lemon juice and zest, to taste
  • Fresh dill, chopped, to taste
  • Feta cheese, crumbled, to taste (optional- feel free to swap in any semi-firm sheep’s milk cheese)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss together the zucchini, asparagus, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast until just tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. On another baking sheet, toss the shrimp with a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast until firm and pink, about 10 minutes.
  3. Cook the orzo per package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the frozen peas to the orzo while it’s still warm. The residual heat will cook them perfectly.
  5. Slice the asparagus on an angle into 3-4 pieces. Add them to the orzo, along with the zucchini and shrimp. Drizzle over about ¼ cup olive oil, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Add the juice and zest of at least 2 lemons, more to taste. Add a handful of chopped dill, and feta cheese to taste. Toss everything well to combine, and add more olive oil, lemon juice, salt or pepper as needed.
  6. The salad will taste delicious right away, but the flavors improve over a few hours. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - May 3, 2017 at 18:39

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Alternative Spring Break: Giving Back and Gaining Inspiration

Alternative Spring Break

With spring break upon us, many college students are looking forward to a week of relaxation, sunshine, and partying. But that isn’t always the case. Many others have chosen to dedicate their vacation time to a more meaningful cause, and are instead preparing to embark on a life-changing alternative spring break trip.

What is an alternative spring break trip?

An alternative spring break is a weeklong service immersion trip designed to give college students the opportunity to give back to those in need. Students who go on these trips do so for many different reasons, whether it be to help others, become more active citizens, add to their resumes, gain leadership skills, or simply meet new people and share new experiences.

Regardless of the reason for going, alternative spring break trips can have a lasting impact on both the communities in need and the student volunteers.

Where can you go on an alternative spring break trip?

Alternative spring break programs run throughout the United States as well as internationally. Popular U.S. destinations include New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and New Orleans. Internationally, students can volunteer in countries throughout South America and in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.

What types of service projects do you do?

During the trip, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of different service projects depending on the needs of the community. Some examples include:

  • Providing educational support in kindergartens and care centers
  • Building houses or shelters
  • Teaching basic literacy and math skills to children
  • Contributing to environmental conservation activities
  • Helping the elderly or those with special needs
  • Promoting youth and community development

How is this different from voluntourism?

Voluntourism is a form of tourism where visitors both volunteer and take part in traditional tourist activities. Unfortunately, voluntourism is not always as helpful to the community in need as it may seem.

Alternative spring break trips are often considered a much more effective way to help. Unlike voluntourists, alternative break students prepare for up to six months prior to their departure. They become very familiar with the community they’ll be serving, the team they’ll be working with, the mission and values of the trip, and the skills that will be necessary to help.  Some students even participate in local volunteer activities as further preparation for their trip.

How can I get started?

If you’re looking for a meaningful and memorable way to spend your spring break, an alternative spring break trip could be perfect for you. There are many different organizations that lead these trips, and the cost is minimal. Here are some great programs to look into:

In addition to these services, many universities lead their own alternative spring break trips. Be sure to look into opportunities

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 20, 2017 at 19:19

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Alternative Spring Break: Giving Back and Gaining Inspiration

Alternative Spring Break

With spring break upon us, many college students are looking forward to a week of relaxation, sunshine, and partying. But that isn’t always the case. Many others have chosen to dedicate their vacation time to a more meaningful cause, and are instead preparing to embark on a life-changing alternative spring break trip.

What is an alternative spring break trip?

An alternative spring break is a weeklong service immersion trip designed to give college students the opportunity to give back to those in need. Students who go on these trips do so for many different reasons, whether it be to help others, become more active citizens, add to their resumes, gain leadership skills, or simply meet new people and share new experiences.

Regardless of the reason for going, alternative spring break trips can have a lasting impact on both the communities in need and the student volunteers.

Where can you go on an alternative spring break trip?

Alternative spring break programs run throughout the United States as well as internationally. Popular U.S. destinations include New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and New Orleans. Internationally, students can volunteer in countries throughout South America and in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.

What types of service projects do you do?

During the trip, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of different service projects depending on the needs of the community. Some examples include:

  • Providing educational support in kindergartens and care centers
  • Building houses or shelters
  • Teaching basic literacy and math skills to children
  • Contributing to environmental conservation activities
  • Helping the elderly or those with special needs
  • Promoting youth and community development

How is this different from voluntourism?

Voluntourism is a form of tourism where visitors both volunteer and take part in traditional tourist activities. Unfortunately, voluntourism is not always as helpful to the community in need as it may seem.

Alternative spring break trips are often considered a much more effective way to help. Unlike voluntourists, alternative break students prepare for up to six months prior to their departure. They become very familiar with the community they’ll be serving, the team they’ll be working with, the mission and values of the trip, and the skills that will be necessary to help.  Some students even participate in local volunteer activities as further preparation for their trip.

How can I get started?

If you’re looking for a meaningful and memorable way to spend your spring break, an alternative spring break trip could be perfect for you. There are many different organizations that lead these trips, and the cost is minimal. Here are some great programs to look into:

In addition to these services, many universities lead their own alternative spring break trips. Be sure to look into opportunities

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 10, 2017 at 21:28

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Some cool funny images:

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 8, 2013 at 05:28

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