A meat-free twist on the traditional meatloaf recipe. Pick up a copy of the 15th Street News for the traditional recipe.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Note: Barbeque sauce or other glaze may be used.
Bagged beans may be used instead of canned beans for more servings, but be sure to thoroughly cook kidney beans as they can be toxic if undercooked.
Original recipe by Randy Hayes, modified by Payton Hayes.
Story by Mina Onar
Color and warmth are spread when spring comes around. It takes away the heaviness and the cold of the past months of winter and many cultures celebrate the upcoming spring with joy. The idea of spring cleaning is not limited to only one day of house cleaning in Iran; in fact, it is the basis of Persian New Year called Nowruz. Nowruz means “new day,” notifying that spring has come. This year the event began March 20.
“Every year, Nowruz coincides with the start of spring and traditionally celebrates the rebirth of nature. It also coincides with the spring equinox,” said Nick Bastani, who is an Iranian-American and Rose State academic adviser.
The celebration of nature’s rebirth lasts for two weeks. Nowruz is said to have started in Iran, which is why it is also known as the Persian New Year, or Iranian New Year. It is celebrated not just in Iran but in other Middle Eastern and Central Asian communities as well. While not acknowledged as a national holiday, there are other countries that celebrate Nowruz. Some countries that celebrate the Persian New Year include: Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Iraq and Turkey. Nowruz brings every Iranian together to celebrate the Persian New Year.
“It means rebirth of nature and start of another cycle of life, unifying of people and nations,” Bastani continued. “It helps my soul and brings me peace. I love to share this season with friends around the world.”
As Nowruz brings many people together, it is celebrated in Oklahoma City by many people as well.
Bastani added that the state of Oklahoma has recognized the Persian New Year when Gov. David Walters was a governor.
“Persian community along with our fellow Americans celebrate the Nowruz with music, food and fun.”
This national holiday of Iran is celebrated around the world by many people who often try to celebrate it as traditionally as possible.
“Children are dressed in traditional clothing for different shows across the world,” Bastani said.
Even though Nowruz, the Persian New Year, seems culturally different than the new year in the U.S., there are still similarities between the two. “From the spiritual standpoint, they both represent peace, tradition and family,” Bastani said.
One of the biggest differences between the New Year in the U.S. and the Persian New Year is that the Persian New Year celebration lasts for almost two weeks.
“On the 13th day around the world, we bring ends to our festivity,” Bastani added.
This year, the celebrations were held at Lake Arcadia for a full day of picnic.
By Danny Fritts
Fergie once sang, “I be up in the gym, just working on my fitness.” With summer around the corner, many will be looking for ways to become more fit. There are quite a few ways for people to increase their activity levels. Whether a person is an extreme athlete or someone who just wants to live an active and healthy lifestyle, there are fitness options available. Although it is challenging, fitness is choice that can be rewarding in many aspects of life.
Stephano Simmons, a personal trainer at Gerrity Fitness Center on Tinker Air Force Base, walked us through a few ways on how to implement and manage an active life.
Simmons noted that drinking plenty of water is a great start to living a healthy lifestyle. No amount of work can reduce the body’s need for water. According to Healthline, the Institute of Medicine recommends that men should drink 104 ounces of water per day while women should drink at least 72 ounces. Since every system in the human body needs water to function, drinking plenty of it is a great start.
Simmons also said that eating a big, healthy breakfast is vital to your body.
Like Adelle Davis once said, “Eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince and eat dinner like a pauper,” Simmons said.
Many people tend to do this backward. Due to the busy lifestyle many live, the majority does not allow enough time to eat breakfast. Once dinner rolls around, many people will eat an unhealthy meal that will sit in their system while they sleep, which can lead to unwanted fat.
When it came to exercising, Simmons made the case that eating properly is just as important when you have a certain goal in mind.
“You cannot out-train a bad diet,” Simmons explained.
For those that want to start working out, Simmons stated that full body workouts make a difference.
“Muscle balance is key. If you’re going to push, you have to pull. If you work the top, work the bottom. If you work the front, work the back,” Simmons added.
Beginners should start with full-body workouts because that is how our bodies operate. When we mix in different compound movements, that is where we tend to see results. As for bodybuilders, they tend to have split workout routines. For example, they will specifically work on chest and triceps one day, then back and biceps the next day.
A workout that Simmons uses for his beginners is known as Mindy’s 5x5. The five workouts are bench press, squat, deadlift, rows and overhead presses. A workout for people with a limited amount of time is working on pull-ups and squats one day, then dips and deadlift the next.
People live busy lives, but finding ways to be fit can potentially reduce stress levels and ultimately help people feel better.
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