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How to Roast Vegetables the Quick and Easy Way

How to Roast Vegetables the Quick and Easy Way

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I call this an “un-recipe” because really it’s a guide to roasting vegetables more than it’s a single recipe. If you get good at this technique, you can apply it to all kinds of vegetables. Keep reading for the easiest and most successful roasted vegetables you’ve ever made.

An Important Distinction Before We Begin

For our purposes we are going to break vegetables up into two groups:

  • Group 1 – With Skin: Winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, onions, garlic, etc.
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    10 Minutes of Meditation: Lifestyle Practice

    10 Minutes of Meditation: Lifestyle Practice

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    Practice 10 Minutes of Meditation Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Find a quiet place to sit, free of outside distractions.
    2. You may use any form of silent contemplation you are comfortable with. Some options: a meditation practice you already have; sitting quietly and observing your body, thoughts, and surroundings without judgment; silent prayer or contemplation; or simply observing yourself breathing in and out.
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    That's My Jam: Lifestyle Practice

    That’s My Jam: Lifestyle Practice

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    Get Your Jam On Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Find a song that makes you happy no matter what.
    2. Find a time to play that song for yourself every day this week.
    3. The song should make you want to embody it, e.g. dance, smile, shake, air guitar, sing out.
    4. This practice should change your mind and your body.

    Watch this video for an explanation of this Lifestyle Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.

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    The 10 Thought Habits of People with High Self-Worth

    The 10 Thought Habits of People with High Self-Worth

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    Self-worth is self-love. It means being on your own team. It means giving yourself the same respect, dignity, and understanding you want for your loved ones.

    Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

    The consequences of low self-worth can be huge. Depression, risky behaviors, the willingness to tolerate abusive treatment, and a nagging sense of failure to reach your own potential are all signs of it.…

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    Support Your Teammates: Lifestyle Practice

    Support Your Teammates: Lifestyle Practice

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    Support Your Teammates Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Each day, comment on the reflections of at least three team members.
    2. You may offer support, congratulations, tips, advice, or anything you think will contribute to their experience.
    3. If you aren’t playing on a team, you can use the World Reflection feed or even find a team to join — there are lots of open, virtual teams!
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    Citrus and Green Bean Salad

    Citrus and Green Bean Salad

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    Fresh vegetables are not only tasty, but incredibly nutritious. But few of us have the time to prepare complicated salads or side dishes.

    This dish is a simple solution to the no-time-for-cooking problem.

    Because, in truth, fresh foods barely need help to be delicious. Vegetables and fruits that show up during the summer and the fall harvest season need just the lightest touch to be ready to eat.…

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    Morning Gratitude: Lifestyle Practice

    Morning Gratitude: Lifestyle Practice

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    Express Morning Gratitude Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Upon waking, create a mental list of things for which you are grateful.
    2. The list can be as long or as short as you like. We recommend finding at least three things.
    3. You should give yourself credit for this only if you do it within an hour of waking.*
    *While gratitude at any point of the day is a good thing, this practice is designed to help you start your day in a particular way.…
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    Devices Down: Lifestyle Practice

    Devices Down: Lifestyle Practice

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    Put Your Devices Down Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Think about the places or times in your life where you use your phone or mobile devices just because you are bored. Some examples: sitting in the bathroom, waiting in line, walking down street, on the subway, or sitting in traffic.
    2. Pick the scenario that is most common in your life.
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    Well-Being Is a Universe

    How to Live Each Day in the Context of Well-Being

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    When you think about “getting healthy,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably picture some kind of gym, a workout, and a vegetable-laden meal. Maybe a printout from doctor with “acceptable” numbers.

    We see this vision because we’re conditioned to think that health and wellness occur in certain locations in our lives — the gym, the salad bar, the doctor’s office.…

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    People Who Matter: Lifestyle Practice

    People Who Matter: Lifestyle Practice

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    This Week, Think About the People Who Matter

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Each day, write down one person in your life who is important to you.
    2. Then write down why this is person important — what does this person mean to you, what is added to your life, and how does this person bring you joy or value?
    3. If you are so inspired, send your thoughts to this person, but it’s not required.
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    Get Rid of It: Lifestyle Practice

    Get Rid of It: Lifestyle Practice

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    Get Rid of 1 Thing Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Each day, identify one thing that is no longer useful, relevant, purposeful, or bringing you the enjoyment it once did – and get rid of it.
    2. The item might be buried in a closet or it might be sitting in plain sight.
    3. Consider not only the things you’ve forgotten about, but also the things that may have once meant something that no longer represent what they once did, even if they have material value.
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    Do Something You Love: Lifestyle Practice

    Do Something You Love: Lifestyle Practice

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    Do Something You Love Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Take at least 10 minutes each day to do something you love.
    2. It does not need to have any practical purpose. You can do it simply because you love it.
    3. You can choose something different each day.

    Watch this video for an explanation of this Lifestyle Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.

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