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Summer Salad!


By Neelam Pai

This summer, transform a boring salad into a spectacular one! By adding a few key ingredients, you can have not only a hit dish at a barbecue or the dinner table but also a healthy, guilt-free meal that will keep your beach body looking good.

Mix and match the following ingredients in a bowl of fresh baby spinach or arugula and enjoy either a delicious side salad or gigantic entrée:

🌼Avocados promote good health and fat burning. In addition, this fruit has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and is low in saturated fat. Add a few slices of avocado to your salad for a bit of creaminess.

🌼Adding a tablespoonful of nuts, such as walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds, to your salad will give it more crunchiness while giving you essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Nuts are also a great source of protein. And walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

🌼Fresh broccoli and cauliflower can also add some crunch as well as fiber and vitamin C.

🌼Tofu is a healthy, versatile, and cruelty-free source of protein.

🌼Rich in vitamin C and a simple sugar called d-mannose, delicious dried cranberries can protect you from urinary tract infections. In addition, the beautiful dark-red fruit adds color to your salad. If you’re not a fan of cranberries, you can add raisins, currants, or other types of dried fruit instead.

🌼Apple slices make a great addition to a summer salad because they’re juicy, crunchy, and refreshing. They’re also a great source of fiber and can add a hint of sweetness.

🌼Beans are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants while also being cholesterol-free. Plus, you can choose from many varieties of beans, allowing you to keep things interesting.

So when making your Independence Day salad – or prepping for your next vegan outdoor dinner – remember that mixing and matching these cruelty-free ingredients will contribute not just health benefits but also loads of flavor!


Did you know there’s a bunch of tasty non-dairy ice cream just waitin’ for you in the Trader Joe’s freezer section/aisle? There’s even some at your local Price Chopper. Great for picnic bring-alongs! And cruelty-free!:


Summer thoughts …

By Rose T.

Lilac and I chilling after today’s neighborhood walk. (Jett’s in the entryway). pics: Rose T.

When walking my mutts …
… we’ve got to contend with a lot. Worcester is built up these days – and BUILDING even more… More Woo residents, more visitors, more attractions, more businesses = WAY MORE VEHICLES/AIR POLLUTION in our city. Many of our main roads – like Grafton Street – were designed years ago. They seem, at best, suited for our city’s 1970s traffic and traffic patterns!

So biking, walking your dogs in the heart of Worcester is challenging! But you love the urban action, so you keep up your adventure.

This Quinsig Village property owner is the pits! – all the weeds cascading onto the sidewalk leave little room for pedestrians/pets. His/her? Blackstone River Road property runs the length of three or so three-deckers! and is a neighborhood eyesore:
What is wrong with these people? They have no respect for their urban environment, city people or their pets! Would this be allowed in the mayor’s neighborhood?

Good news! Our school is one of the several WPSs open for biz this summer …
One of the “vintage” entrances to the Quinsig Community Elementary School – the old city branch library. But everyone uses the big, beautiful main entrance.

Let’s hope the hogs don’t hog our street’s bike lane, and the school kids’ path to school and home:


No summer slide for the Worcester Public School students walking to the Quinsig School this morning outside my big big yard! Plus exercise/fun and healthy meals/snacks for them! Our public schools: a godsend for so many of our city kids!! I agree with Worcester School Committee member John Monfredo – PRE-K FOR ALL OUR CITY KIDS! AND to stop the summer (learning) slide: SOME FUN FORM OF SUMMER SCHOOL – especially for our underprivileged kids. Better than staying at home – 4 walls, no stimulation, possibly no food … I was one of those city kids decades ago but my mom was gifted. She knew how to parent – wanted her 3 little girls to have books, fun, exercise, enrichment during the summer. It wasn’t gonna happen on Lafayette Street. So she signed us up for the Winthrop House GIRLS CLUB on Vernon Hill. Every day – five days a week my sisters and I made the trek – with Ma – to the Girls Club. 9ish a.m. to past 3 p.m. Swimming, gym, library, cooking class, arts and crafts, roller skating, sewing class, singing and dancing. A blast! Our summer community♥️! Our summer family♥️!

So much of life is simply showing up, opening yourself up to new experiences! You find your loves and dislikes this way. Our city kids need to be exploratory! Middle and upper-middle class parents are already filling their Sally and Biff’s dance cards: museum trips, swim meets, Red Sox games, computer workshops, vacations in Europe. Many of our kids’ bellies aren’t even filled! Their parents are lousy parents because THEIR parents were lousy parents! And down it goes – from generation to generation. It’s tough to break the cycle of poverty! Summer school, Girls Inc, Friendly House … these Worcester gems make a real difference in city kids’ lives.


Peta recipe:

Oven Roasted Cilantro-Lime Corn on the Cob!

6 ears fresh corn

1/2 cup margarine

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

•Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the corn husks directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes, or until soft.

•In a mixing bowl, use a rubber spatula to blend the soy margarine with the cilantro, lime zest and juice, salt, and cayenne.

Refrigerate if not using immediately.

•When the corn is cool enough to handle, peel down the husks without removing—they can be used as a handle when eating. Apply 1 to 2 Tbsp. of the cilantro-lime mixture to each cob and enjoy.

Makes 6 servings





From Team Beto!:
Beto for America!

At the Clint Border Facility in Clint, Texas — just outside of El Paso — more than 100 children are being detained in conditions so unsafe and inhumane that it’s being called “a public health crisis.” Children caring for other children, sleeping on concrete floors, and lacking the most basic care and supplies like toothbrushes, soap, or beds. This is happening, right now, in our nation’s name and under our government’s watch.

Conventional wisdom tells us that today we should be hosting big fundraising events and making phone calls to donors. But this is a human rights crisis that demands immediate action. These children deserve respect, dignity, and humane living conditions. Moving them out of these facilities quickly, providing them adequate shelter and support, and uniting them with family members should be this administration’s immediate priority.

That’s why Beto just held a rally outside of the facility with political leaders and activists from all over the country to demand that this mistreatment of children — as well as the separating of families and indefinite detainment of immigrants — immediately end.

We’re asking you to make a donation — not to our campaign, but to the Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services of El Paso. They’re an incredible organization that provides legal services for adults and unaccompanied immigrant children in the local immigration detention centers and shelters. 100% of your contribution will go to them. You can chip in here:

Last year, on Father’s Day, Beto led a march to raise awareness about the mistreatment and detention of children at the Tornillo facility in El Paso, where thousands of migrants were being detained. He continued to return to the camp until all of the children were successfully released and the facility was shut down.

This crisis in Clint, Texas, demands our attention now. And as the current administration launches cruel attack after cruel attack upon immigrants, asylum seekers, and children, we must continue to fight.

Thank you,

Team Beto