Bible, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

“Train your mind to search the Scriptures. In this way you can gain a knowledge of God, and work out your own salvation. Fill it with divine truth. It will then be in perfect harmony with the heart, which, cleansed from all selfishness and moral defilement, rejoices to render homage to the law of God.”

The Signs of the Times,   April 1, 1897

Guest Bloggers, Guest post, Health, Home Life, Just For Fun

Guest Post: A Sneak Peek inside the new ‘No, We Don’t Only Eat Carrots!” Cookbook

Many thanks to homeschooling mom Leah Jones, for sharing with AHE!

About 10 years ago a thoughtful friend of ours, Ken, shared an amazing book with us: Jane A. Plant’s ‘Your Life In Your Hands’, a powerful and inspiring testimony about a woman’s victory over breast cancer. By eliminating dairy (even the hidden dairy ingredients in things like potato chips and wine) Jane overcome her cancer, and this turned our world upside down.

The following few months led us to read two other life-changing health books, Dr T.Colin Campbell’s ‘The China Study’ and Dr Joel Fuhrman’s ‘Eat To Live’. Motivated by Campbell’s extensive research and studies, and Fuhrman’s shocking health statistics and motivating recovery stories, we committed ourselves to eating a plant-based diet with eggs. Later we committed to a 100% plant-based diet (vegan) and we remain informed and motivated by Dr Greger’s health videos at http://www.nutritionfacts.org.

When we later learnt about the health message promoted by Ellen White we were amazed at the scientific accuracy of her statements even though they were written 150 years earlier.

I’d like to share a recipe with you from my new cookbook ‘No, We Don’t Only Eat Carrots! Plant-Based Food For Humans’ with the hope that it encourages you to begin (or continue) your health journey. For more recipes and information please visit my site www.notonlycarrots.com.

 

Tacos, Guacamole and Salsa

446 kilojoules (106 calories) per taco
Makes 24 tacos

INGREDIENTS

Guacamole
2 large ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes (nutritional yeast)

Salsa
1 tin diced tomatoes (400g) (14 oz)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mince
2 small onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 green capsicum (bell pepper), bite-sized chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ¼ teaspoons ground coriander (ground cilantro)
1 ¼ teaspoons ground paprika
1 ¼ teaspoons ground oregano
1 ¼ teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
1/2 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes (nutritional yeast)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tin brown lentils, drained (1 cup cooked)
1 tin champignons (mushrooms), drained and sliced (220g) (7 ½ oz)
1 tin red kidney beans, drained (1 cup cooked)
1 tablespoon cornflour (corn starch) + 1 tablespoon cool water, made into a paste
3/4 cup water (200ml) (200g)

Salad & Tacos

¼ head of lettuce, shredded
4 tomatoes, diced
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 large continental cucumber, diced
24 taco shells

SALSA PROCEDURE

Conventional
Cook all ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat until thick.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-proof bowl.

Thermomix
Put MC on an angle (this will reduce splatter) and add all ingredients to the TM bowl and stir for 3 seconds on Speed 3.
Cook for 10 minutes at 100°C (212°F) on Speed 1 and transfer to heat-proof bowl.

GUACAMOLE PROCEDURE

Conventional
Mash the avocados until creamy with a fork and stir in remaining ingredients.

Thermomix
Purée all ingredients for 10 seconds on Speed 4-5 until smooth. Scrape down the sides and repeat as necessary. The guacamole should be creamy.

 

MINCE PROCEDURE

Conventional
In a medium-sized frypan,  sauté onions, garlic and capsicum in oil over a medium-high heat until soft.
Add in the coriander (cilantro), paprika, oregano, cumin and yeast flakes. Keep stirring until you can smell the spices strongly.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat, cover and set aside.

Thermomix
Chop onion, garlic and capsicum for 2 seconds on Speed 7.
Add in the oil and sauté at 100°C (212°F) on Speed 1 for 5 minutes.
Add in the coriander (cilantro), paprika, oregano, cumin and yeast flakes and cook for 2 minutes at Varoma temperature on Speed 1.
Add in remaining ingredients and stir for 5 seconds on reverse Speed 3.
Put MC on an angle (reduces splatter) and cook for 15 minutes at 100°C (212°F) on reverse Speed soft. Transfer to the Thermoserver.

SALAD AND TACOS PROCEDURE

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
Separate the taco shells and heat upside down on a large baking tray for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare each of the salad ingredients. Keep each salad in its own bowl.
Each person makes his/her own tacos, so place the bowls of mince, salsa, guacamole, salads and heated taco shells in the middle of the table. Layer each taco in this way: a large spoonful of mince, a small spoonful each of guacamole and salsa and a small amount of each of the salads. Guaranteed to be a messy, but oh so yummy, event!

Alternatives

In place of the brown lentils, dice a tin of Nutmeat into bite-sized chunks or use Casserole Mince (both Vegie Delights Brand).
Sprinkle some grated vegan Bio Cheese (My Life brand) on top of each Taco.
Add more of each spice if needed.

Serving Suggestions
In place of taco shells, use corn chips or wraps.
Serve with Raw Cashew Mayonnaise (p.23) as an alternative to guacamole.

Encouragement, Growing in the Garden

Growing In the Garden – Zucchini Squash Blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

I was feeling a bit down this morning, as I considered some challenges that have recently come into my life.   Determined not to start a pity party, I decided to count my blessings instead.   As I started to count, my eyes lit on my pile of gifted squash and I was reminded that the blessings of God are as endless as my current supply of zucchini.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!

Despite making eight loaves of zucchini bread so far this week, I still haven’t made a dent in this pile of homegrown squash!   None of these beauties came from my garden.  I did not plant a single squash.   You guessed it- these came from my gardening friends and neighbors who are currently drowning in an abundance of zucchini and the like.  It seems like every time I use a zucchini,  more gets dropped off at our house.    As a matter of fact, my husband met a local farmer this week who practically begged him to come take some excess squash out of his field!

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.*

Be encouraged, friends.  When you stop and think about it, we’ve been gifted with more blessings than we know what to do with!  My challenges are nothing that God can’t handle.   God is good!

PS- Can I offer you some peppers or onions from my garden?  I seem to have an abundance of both….

 

*Lyrics from the hymn, Count Your Blessings by J. Oatman Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

“There is something for everyone to do in this world of ours. The Lord is coming, and our waiting is to be not a time of idle expectation, but of vigilant work. We are not to spend our time wholly in prayerful meditation, neither are we to drive and hurry and work as if this were required in order that we should gain heaven, while neglecting to devote time to the cultivation of personal piety. There must be a combination of meditation and diligent work. As God has expressed it in His Word, we are to be “not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” Worldly activities are not to crowd out the service of the Lord. The soul needs the riches of the grace of God, and the body needs physical exercise, in order to accomplish the work that must be done for the promulgation of the gospel of Christ….”

Our High Calling, pg 221

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

The seed dies to spring forth into new life, and in this we are taught the lesson of the resurrection. All who love God will live again in the Eden above. Of the human body laid away to molder in the grave God has said, “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” 1 Corinthians 15:42, 43.

Such are a few of the many lessons taught by nature’s living parable of the sower and the seed. As parents and teachers try to teach these lessons, the work should be made practical. Let the children themselves prepare the soil and sow the seed. As they work, the parent or teacher can explain the garden of the heart with the good or bad seed sown there, and that as the garden must be prepared for the natural seed, so the heart must be prepared for the seed of truth. As the seed is cast into the ground, they can teach the lesson of Christ’s death; and as the blade springs up, they can teach the lesson of the truth of the resurrection. As the plants grow, the correspondence between the natural and the spiritual sowing may be continued.

Christ’s Object Lessons, pg 87