Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
- 4 cups cooked black beans.
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.
- 1 cup corn (frozen, or canned).
- 1 chopped red bell pepper.
- 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes.
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro.
- 2 tablespoons lime juice.
- 1/4 cup olive oil.
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss together. Cover and chill.
This isn’t my typical post. This isn’t going to be as light hearted as you’re used to. If you can deal with that, please keep reading. If you don’t think you can, please try to keep reading anyway. If you’ve been following me for a while you may remember that back in November for Veterans Day I introduced you to a non-profit that is near and dear to my heart. Lift for the 22 is doing wonderful things for our nations veterans, and is ran by a couple of amazing guys. If you’re not familiar with Lift for the 22, they’re a non-profit who purchases one year gym memberships for veterans across the country. 22 is the number of veterans who commit suicide each and every day. LFT22 is fighting to reduce that number. These gym memberships provide a sense of community and an outlet for service men and women transitioning from the military to civilian lifestyle.
Recently, LFT22 was the victim of an elaborate con. They were promised a rather large donation of $425,000. This donation would be enough to provide gym memberships for every single veteran who is currently on their wait list. It turned out the individual who promised this donation was not able to follow through on his promise, and had never planned to. You can read the full news story here.
I believe whole heartedly in their cause and have experienced first hand the impact their organization has had on veterans. My husband is heavily involved in the program and I’ve had the honor of meeting some incredible people because of this. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to me that this happened and it’s going virtually unpunished. I’m not the type of person to watch this kind of thing happen and not do anything. I’m going to do whatever is in my power to help them recover from this. So what can YOU do to help? It’s simple, really. You can visit Liftforthe22.org and make a one time cash donation, or set up a reoccurring monthly donation. You also have the option of purchasing Lift for the 22 apparel and all proceeds go straight back to helping our vets. If you don’t have the cash, no sweat. You can help spread the word. Share this post. Share the news article. Not only do we want to help LFT22, we want to ensure nobody else falls victim to this mans schemes.