Vegetarian Recipe

Having our 18-year-old granddaughter living with us has exposed me to some new recipes since she has now recently gone to eating vegetarian. Being the “bestest” grandma that I can be, I began searching for recipes that would suit her new healthy eating program.

I am not against vegetarian; actually, I rather enjoy eating lighter meals with less meat and bread. The challenge is to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet and with ample information that is available on the Internet, it is not too difficult to find what you are looking for. My husband and I still eat meat in smaller portions along with lots of veggies and fewer carbs.

I came across a recipe for vegetarian burgers and was amazed how well they tasted and how nutritious they were. When I made them for the first time, I realized that it does take some time to make but isn’t that what cooking is all about. I enjoy making nutritious foods that satisfy my family’s needs and tastes good.

Cheesy Red Lentil Burgers

Cheesy Red Lentil Burgers

I hope you give this recipe a try and also let me know your thoughts. Tweak it to your own liking especially when adding your own favorite spices, etc.

Cast

Don’t let me hear you say that it was too difficult to make!! I This is me with a 3-week cast on my arm. Baggies work great!!

Psalm 118:14 – “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

He gives me strength every day to accomplish the things I enjoy doing like cooking for my family.

To your health and happy eating.

Shirley

 

 

 

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Garden Plot

While out for a stroll around Telford Lake yesterday, I came across a garden plot that is a part of the City of Leduc Community Gardens. It is a great way for people who don’t have a large yard to plant a garden and enjoy fresh produce that they have planted themselves.

Anyway, this particular garden plot caught my attention. At first glance, my eyes were drawn to the placement of the flowers at the end of each row as well as the two (2) chairs. This got me to thinking about who would take the time to add such detail to their garden. It had to be someone who not only enjoyed taking care of their garden but also liked to add some colour. I’ve heard that marigolds will keep mosquitoes away…could this be the reason they were planted?

Then, I noticed the two chairs and for those who know me well, my mind took off with lots of thoughts! Why are they there? What do they represent? Are they elderly and need to rest while they garden or do they just take a moment to sit and reflect about their garden and life in general. Could this be their “quiet place”?

I thought about this garden all evening and even woke this morning thinking about it and wondered how I could share my thoughts about it.

My Thoughts

I loved how they cared for their garden. The rows were straight and weeded.  The plants were well watered. They took great care to add flowers which added colour and would catch the eye of those walking by.

The chairs suggested to me to stop, sit awhile and spend time with my creator. I can get so caught up just doing life that I forget to stop and see the beauty around me. Taking time to be grateful for the blessings I have in my life, not worry about tomorrow or what path I should take.

A dear friend had given me a book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young – Devotions for every day of the year. A recent devotion:

“Keep walking with Me along the path I have chosen for you. Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart. I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you. Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain. The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak. Someday you will dance light-footed on the high peaks; but for now your walk is often plodding and heavy. All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction. Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend. Stay on the path I have selected for you. It is truly the path of Life.”

Psalm 16:11 says it so beautifully; taken from The Message – “Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.”

I am reminded to take my eyes of myself and focus on God. He is the one in control of my life and has His hand on the throttle (my life). When I try to take over and do it my way, I usually end up getting discouraged and then finally realize that when I have moments like these, I need to surrender my will to His and follow His leading.

What I have found is once I start each day with Him by reading a short devotion with some scripture and spending time in prayer, my day goes much smoother.  I then have better focus and a much more enjoyable day. The things of this world don’t weigh me down.

I came across a popular gospel song published in 1912 that a friend shared on Facebook and it brought back special memories from long ago and soothed my soul.

Here are the words and a video link In The Garden

In the Garden”

I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear,

falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

CHORUS:

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody

that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.  

I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

But He bids me go;

through the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling.

To your spiritual health,

Shirley

Tumeric

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Do you add turmeric (curcumin) to your food for flavor? Growing up on the smallest Island in Canada (PEI), we used this spice once a year when making mustard pickles. At that time, we never knew the health benefits of this spice; however, I am now overwhelmed as I read about the benefits of using this spice.

Health Benefits

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Who would have thought that a little spice like turmeric could have such great health benefits!  Wouldn’t you want to start using this spice just for its anti-inflammatory abilities! Look around you. Do you know people who are suffering from pain and are not able to do just the normal things in life like walking, getting out of bed in the morning pain-free, opening a lid, holding scissors or get this, holding a grandbaby because they don’t have any strength left in their hands because of pain? I was this person 4 ½ years ago.

At that time, I took a serious look at my health and began taking steps to try to improve my health so I could be pain free. It has been a remarkable journey with lots of ups and downs, medications as well as nutritional supplementation. My health has improved immensely where this past year I have chosen to stop taking my meds. I did this because I began to see an improvement in my health and thought why not give it a try if only for a month or so. Well, it has now been a year and I still see bits of improvement.

When I found out about this spice, I began taking it as a supplement for pain rather than taking my pain meds. I like the fact that it does not have any side effects and it is natural. Note: If taking meds, don’t stop taking them without a doctor’s advice.

Here is a link from The Truth About Cancer website, about further benefits of tumeric.

Benefits of Tumeric

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
  • Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color.
  • Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.
  • Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a creamy, flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try mixing some turmeric and dried onion with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets.
  • Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils.
  • Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.
  • For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Further research found that there are still more studies being done on turmeric and the health benefits contributing to digestion, heart health, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and brain health just to mention a few.

Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia.

Summary

Many of the health benefits of turmeric can be experienced by thinking of your food as a medicine, which was the advice of Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C. This bright yellow spice, traditionally used as food and medicine, contains potent antioxidants and benefits that studies have shown can fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

To get the most of what turmeric has to offer, use it to enhance many of the current ho-hum dishes on your table, such as fish dishes or any meat for that matter; turmeric can add delicious complexity to mashed dishes like potatoes or cauliflower, sautés with onions, broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers. It can be used as a base for creamy vegetable dips, sauces, and egg salad.

Be sure to choose the full, organic turmeric spice rather than a curry blend, which has a negligible amount of anything healthful.[1]

 

[1] http://www.mercola.com