Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
2He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
This is a very well known verse, but for good reason. How comforting is the Word of God! Thank you Jesus for restoring my soul and giving me the gift of life.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Over the past year I have met some wonderful women who are great cooks. I love using other peoples recipe, because it adds a new dimension to my cooking. I love trying new recipes (Kyle kind of hates this because he is the type of person who orders the same thing everywhere) and 90% of the time they turn out well and are thrown in the recipe roulette until I find another recipe. This recipe is from my friend Kate and it is really yummy! It's very hearty because of the red lentils. I realized later that I layered it completely different then the recipe calls, so I am going to include the original steps, but the nice thing to know about this recipe is it turns out great either way! Don't skip out on the sugar step and make sure to try the sauce after the lentils are done cooking. It needs a good amount of salt, as most bean dishes do. Please make sure to wash your lentils before cooking with them.
Red Lentil & Vegetable Lasagna
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, diced (I didn't have any zucchini and used a green pepper instead-yummy)
1/2 cup red lentils
2 15-oz cans chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cups low-fat ricotta (or sub with cottage cheese)
1/2 cup skim milk
whole wheat lasagna noodles (I wanted to make this gluten free, but my store was all out.)
3 handfuls basil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup low-fat grated cheddar
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the onion and garlic, and cook over low heat until softened. Stir in the celery, carrot, and zucchini and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the lentils, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, and oregano. Add 3 cups of water, stir, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked. Stir frequently, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the lentils are cooking, preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the ricotta and milk in a bowl. Spoon half the lentil sauce into a 9 x 13 ovenproof dish. Top with lasagna noodles, then half of the ricotta/milk mixture. Cover with the basil leaves.
Top with more lasagna noodles, then spread the remaining lentil mixture over the top. Top with the remaining lasagna noodles. Beat the egg into the remaining half of the ricotta/milk mixture. Spread the surface with the ricotta mixture and cover with the cheese. Bake for 40 minutes. If the top starts to dry out, sprinkle with water. Top with additional basil ribbons.
The pictures may not be great because I used my phone.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday: Beef stew
Thursday: Bean soup with cornbread
Saturday: Caprese panini and salad
Sunday: Veggie wraps, chickpeas with mint, and kale chips
Some of these recipes will be gluten free and meat free. We are trying to cut more flour out of our diet and add more veggies, so our recipes hopefully will reflect that.
I will be sharing my beef stew, bean soup, and kale chip recipe with you this coming week. Should be yummy!
1. I will be posting my weekly menu
2. I am going to make a soup or stew once a week and post pictures, recipe, and my family's opinion of the soup.
3. Listen to at least three podcast a week and post one to share with all of you.
4. Brookelyn moments
5. Nutritional discussions: vitamins, homeopathy, cleaning products, etc.
6. What God is showing me through his word.
It is going to be a little bit of work, but I think it will be really helpful for me to start writing my thoughts down; lately I have had a hard time sleeping, because my brain has been so active with way too many thoughts.
I hope you enjoy reading!!
Friday, October 7, 2011
This video is about 7 minutes long and it consist of clips from Brooke's first birthday to her second birthday. I think it turned out pretty cute. Sorry if it a little bumpy, I am not the best recorder.