Pasta with Kale and Tomatoes and Onions

This one came out great the way I made it. I love modifying healthy recipes during my fast to adapt to the dudes too (who don’t fast).

Pasta with Kale

Whole wheat penne pasta

Kale

Olive oil

1 onion

Garlic

Can of tomatoes

1 TBsp wheat flour

2 cups soy milk

Red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper

Adobo seasoning

Beef Stew Meat

Cook pasta add kale last 3 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Sautee onion in oil with seasoning , 6-8 minutes. Add garlic. Dredge in flour cook stirring for 1 minute. Gradually add milk. Cook til slightly thick, 2-3 min. Add red pepper. Throw everything together. Add tomatoes and simmer while you cook the meat. In another skillet, brown the meat in a small bit of oil. Take out fasting portion, add meat simmer for a few minutes to mingle the meat flavor. Voila! Dinner for all

Vegan Polenta Pizza

This is awsome! I made the “crust” and put it in the fridge overnight. I will definitely be making this all the time. I got the recipe from http://withoutadornment.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/vegan-polenta-pizza/

Vegan Polenta Pizza

2 c. water
1 tsp. italian seasonings
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 scant tsp. kosher salt
fresh pepper
3/4 c. cornmeal

1 leek, chopped
4 crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 portabello mushroom, sliced
1 piece of kale, cut into strips
2 – 3 tbsp. pine nuts
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Tomato paste
Fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring the water up to a boil. Add in the seasonings and olive oil.

Whisking constantly, pour cornmeal into water in a steady stream. Continue whisking for 5 – 7 minutes or until the polenta is creamy and thick. Add water if needed – I ended up adding about 1/3 c. more water.

Evenly distribute polenta between two 9″ cake pans. Using a spatula, spread out to about an even thickness.

Let polenta cool slightly, then stick both pans in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the polenta to solidify.

Heat oven to 350F. Transfer polenta disks onto a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.

Cook in oven for about 40 minutes and remove. Set aside.

While there is about 15-20 minutes left in the baking of the pizza crusts, toast the pine nuts in a frying pan until fragrant.

Heat up olive oil in the same frying pan. Saute the leek in the olive oil for a few minutes.

Add the mushrooms and sauté until cooked.

Add the kale and sauté until bright green.

Spread tomato paste onto polenta crusts, leaving 1/2″ uncovered. Add any spices you want to.

Sprinkle the tomato paste with pine nuts.

Arrange the vegetables on the crust. Make sure you evenly distribute the mushrooms and kale!

Cook pizza in oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until the kale starts toasting.

Sprinkle with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Lebanese Navy Beans With Tomatoes & Onion

This stuff is THE BOMB!!!!! I added some seasoned stir-fry beef to it for the dudes (would be good with chicken too). They loved it. This recipe is from http://www.sanctuaryofocala.com/danielfastrecipes.html#40

Lebanese Navy Beans With Tomatoes & Onion

1 cup dried navy beans, soaked overnight

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 onions, diced

4 garlic cloves

14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tsp cumin

salt & freshly ground black pepper

 

Throw Navy Beans in crockpot with water (I put in enought to cover the beans and have a few inches over) before work (cook for 6-8 hours on high) reserve liquid. In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, sauté until golden for about 10 minutes. Add cumin, tomatoes, tomato paste, beans and enough of cooking liquid to cover beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes until beans are tender and sauce has thickened. Serve over brown rice.

Thoughts from a Morning Mug of Hot Water

IMG_7437Sugar is my major eating habit downfall. I have a sweet-tooth! I love non-chocolate candy and Oreos the best. I’m definitely a honey addict too (which is a healthier way to get sweets). If you’ve read previous “Thoughts by Me”, you know that I can’t have dairy products because my system can’t tolerate whey…..which is in all dairy, chocolate candies and a lot of foods. I am an avid label reader now (you get faster at it the more you do it. It’s second nature to me now).

I wasn’t always like this. When I was pregnant with my son, who is now 16, my whole third trimester I ate a large thin crust extra cheese pizza for dinner (it was an expensive pregnancy). Nearly every night I devoured all that cheesy goodness. I would snack on large hunks of cheese and MUCH chocolate as well. I think I overdosed myself along with the fact that sometimes pregnancy changes your body.

I was picked on about my weight my entire life and battled eating disorders (I got so bad that I wouldn’t eat in front of anyone unless I HAD to. If someone was around I had specific things I would let them see me eat and specific amounts) so when I got pregnant I thought, “Yay! This is my chance to eat anything I want, whenever I want, however much I want and no one can pick on me”.

I weighed 299 after he was born….go figure! I spent the next year in a gym losing the weight and paying for my mistake of being a glutton. One of the trainers suggested I try Whey Potein powder. So I went to the local nutrition store and bought a huge container.

I had never been so sick in my life. I kept going to the doctor with complaints of ridiculous nausea and much time hugging the toilet bowl. At first I thought it was psychological because of my past with bulimia (I would throw up everything I ate in my younger years. Not just binge and purge). After many dollars and doctor visits, we figured out it was the whey. I now had to read the ingredients of everything I consumed.

I learned to read every label of the food I put in my body and in the process started noticing all the preservatives and junk the manufacturers put in foods. Stuff that god never intended for us to ingest. Over the years I’ve learned so much about eating healthier. I personally think people are causing a lot of their own health problems because of all the garbage we put into our systems and believe it or not…..watch out here it comes……..

Our love of chocolates and sweets and junk food is a learned behavior…an acquired taste. People tell me all the time, “I could NOT live without chocolates or dairy. I feel so sorry for you. I would do it anyway”. I have NO desire to eat those foods anymore. I unlearned the behavior.

Americans are obese because of our “addictions” to foods that are bad for us. Don’t get me wrong, I know calcium is a very important nutrient and dairy is the best way to get it. But anything in excess is bad. We can literally cause our bodies to reject what we are overusing (ie: certain types of Diabetes, high cholesterol. The list could go on). Especially when we aren’t really getting pure foods anymore with the hormones, preservatives and other ingredients that we can’t pronounce. Moderation is the key to healthier living.

The Daniel Fast is not a diet!

Fasting is done throughout the bible in order to get closer to God and deny ourselves certain things that are fleshly. It is a refocus on the Almighty, which is one reason Daniel Fast is observed at the beginning of the year. There are many reasons for fasting all which are personal and between the individual and God. The bible states there are some things can only be accomplished through fasting AND prayer. It is a setting aside of wants….a denial of self.

The guidelines are from the book of Daniel:
In Chapter 1, Daniel who was in royal training says to the king “12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.”
Then in Daniel 10 as he had just received a disturbing vision of the desolation of Jerusalem, “2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”
As well as focusing on God, we can learn healthy eating habits. We can learn to eat more of what God originally supplied us with and intended us to consume, before the fall of mankind.
I have some crazy dreams while I’m fasting and I always learn so much more about what He has in store for me and the path He wants me to take. It’s a way for me to lay it all at the foot of the cross and focus on how amazing my Lord really is.
If you want more information about the Daniel Fast go to http://www.daniel-fast.com/about.html
They have great information, recipes and bible study plan ideas to go along with the fast. I’ve gotten a lot of my recipe ideas from them.

Hummus and Baked Chickpeas- healthy snacks

I’ve been making hummus for years. It’s healthy, great for snacking on with some Triscuits or some veggies to dip in it, and it’s easy.

Hummus

1/2 bag of Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans)

lemon juice

minced garlic

2 Tbsp tahini (found in your local grocery store: it’s sesame paste)

seasonings to taste (try different ones)

Soak chickpeas overnight, throw in the crock pot on high for 8 hours. Throw all ingredients in a blender. Add enough lemon juice to liquify it.

Also try it with spinach, roasted red peppers or artichoke hearts.

 

I got this idea from Pinterest

Oven roasted Chickpeas

If you want a good crunchy snack, soak and cook the other half of the bag of chickpeas as well. Toss in 2 Tbsp olive oil and any seasonings. Put the oven on 400, bake for 30 minutes.

Daniel Fast Cucumber Soup

This is super easy, super cheap and SUPER tasty!!!

Ingredients:

5 Cucumbers (you can peel it if you want, but I don’t)

1 sliced onion

1 Tsp olive oil

1 Tsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp Wheat Flour

Adobo sesoning (to taste)

Celery Salt (to taste)

Dill (to taste)

4 cups veggie broth (homemade of course)

1/2 carton of soy milk

 

Sautee cucumbers and onions with seasonings and garlic in the oil. Dredge with wheat flour. Add veggie broth and soy milk. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes.

 

Daniel Fast Cilantro Soup

George’s Homemade Cilantro Soup Daniel Fast Recipe
http://www.christ-web.com/missions/farho/daniel-fast-recipes

This is the sight that I got the base recipe from. The following is slightly modified from the original.

Ingredients
1 bunch of fresh chopped cilantro
4 carrots chopped
the juice of 1/2 squeezed lemon
15 brussel spouts quartered
1 large onion chopped
2 cups homemade veggie broth
A few good dashes garlic salt
Tsp. minced garlic
1 large can tomato sauce
Green chile
Bunch of radishes

Bring almost to a boil and simmer for 1 hour