southwest bowl

Breakfast before another full day of studying 🤓👊📚 omelette stuffed with spinach, broccoli, onion, and bell pepper; English muffin with peanut butter, then clementine & pear on the side.

For the omelette🍳: sauté a small handful of spinach in a pan sprayed with coconut oil on medium low. While the spinach is cooking whisk 1 egg + 2 egg whites and Mrs. Dash chipotle southwest seasoning in a bowl, and to the pan once the spinach is wilted. Dice up some red onion, bell pepper and broccoli florets and add to the pan once the bottom of the omelette has started cooking. Let cook on medium-low until most of the egg is cooked and there’s almost no liquid left on the top. Then flip in half into an omelette and cook another minute or so on each side. While the omelette is cooking cut up a pear, peel clementine, toast an English muffin and spread with peanut butter. Enjoy!

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The Eight Countries of China

China alone is very vast, diverse and full of languages and cultures. Despite claiming that 90% of the people in China are “Han Chinese”, not all of that 90% alone even speak the same languages or dialect.

In the history of China, it all began in the Yellow River, close to now Beijing, the central homeland of the Han Chinese. Throughout thousands of years, they would begin to expand, conquer and annex other countries, cultures and people to extinction, and thus becoming, “Chinese”. So, how did each regions in China, become “China” today?

  • Xinjiang or East Turkestan

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Large Uighur (Turkish related speaking people) and Muslim population. Annexation.

  • Tibet

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Large Tibetan & Burman speaking people. Once the former country of Tibet. Annexation.

  • North & Inner Mongolia

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A large mix of Mongolian, Muslim and Chinese. Inner Mongolia was once a region belonging to Mongolia. Inner Mongolia; Annexation. Northern China; Conquer & Assimilation.

  • Northeast (Manchuria)

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Once known as Manchuria, the area inhabits not only just the Manchu, but Koreans as well. Many Altaic speaking groups live in this region. The Manchurians were the last dynasty to control and shape China it is today. Ceded to China after the end of the Qing Dynasty.

  • Beijing

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The capital city of China and the central homeland of the Han Chinese. They would expand out, annexing countries and assimilating nations and cultures to become “Chinese” through militarization. Original Homeland.

  • Yangtze Basin and Sichuan Basin

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The Yangtze river and the Sichuan Basin created many ethnic and ancient unique cultures. Many would assimilate into Chinese culture during Ancient China. Conquer & Assimilation.

  • Coastal Strip (Southeast)

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Very similar to the history of the Yangtze Basin,  the Coastal Strip is the homeland of many Southern Chinese people, like the Cantonese, Minnan, Hakka, Wu, Teocheow, etc. etc. Conquer & Assimilation.

  • Rice Bowl (Southwest China)

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A very culturally isolated location in China, southwest China does make up parts of eastern Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and parts of Hunan. There are many Southwest ethnic cultures that are not related to the Han Chinese. The three main ethnic groups are the Miao-Yao, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai speaking people. Conquered.

  • Others: China at it’s largest extent & influences

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China at one point would had controlled and colonized parts of Indochina, Vietnam, Mongolia, Korea and Taiwan. Parts of a long ago Thai kingdom is now in the southern parts of Yunnan, China known as Sisongbanna. Vietnam would be under the rule of China for a combined 1,100 years, thus resulting in a loss of culture, and assimilating into Chinese. The same was done too to the Koreans. Mongolia at one point conquered China, but now only parts of Mongolia are now in China. Taiwan was once a Polynesian speaking culture, but would later be taken over by the Chinese.

China for thousands of years had tried to take over Japan, but would have never succeeded.


Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend (and Monday’s not treating you too badly!) I spent most of my weekend finishing up recipes to enter into Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelation Challenge! Each recipe is judged based on taste, appeal, use of lentils, simplicity, and social media popularity. Social media popularity (in this case, how many pins the entry receives) counts for 20% of the judging criteria.

We’d be so grateful if you could help us out by ‘pinning’ our recipes from the Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge Pinterest board.  Our recipe entries:

Mashed Chickpea & Lentil Salad Sandwiches

Sweet Pumpkin Seed Protein Granola

Roasted Garlic Red Lentils Hummus

The Big Southwest Lentil Salad Bowl

Thank you SO much, I truly appreciate your support. If you pinned any of the entries, feel free to let me know, I’d love the opportunity to thank you personally!