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FFTF (Food for Thought Friday) – Gluten-free Quesadillas & “Do you have a calling?”


FFTF – Food for the body and the spirit

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Happy Friday to you!  Who doesn’t love Fridays? I think almost everybody does? It’s the start of the weekend, which means it’s time to relax, have some fun, meet with friends, spend quality time with family, etc. Sooooo, why not start off the weekend with some yummy quesadillas? – but not the ones you may be used to.  Check out this gluten-free recipe.  Then check out the “Food for the Spirit” below.

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serves 4

Tortillas (adapted from http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/08/23/simple-paleo-tortillas/)

  • 2 eggs and 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tsp ground coconut
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • Some type of meat (shredded chicken, turkey breast, Canadian bacon, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • a little olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 20 spinach leaves

First make the tortillas.  Crack the eggs into a medium-size bowl and whisk.  Then add the butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, ground coconut (or coconut flour) and pinch of salt.  Spoon an 1/8th of the recipe (about 4 Tbsp) into an 8 inch round non-stick frying pan and swirl it so that it covers the surface.  it will be very thin, as if making crepes.  Cook through on one side (about 1-2 minutes) and then flip and cook the other side (1-2 minutes). This recipe is so easy peasy and delicious.

Now for mounting the quesadillas.  But first you need to sauté your tomato and onion.  Just pour a little olive oil into a frying pan and add the tomato and onion until it is nicely sautéed.  Then take one tortilla and place the meat on first (quantity is up to you). Follow with 1/4 of the cheese, 1/4 of the sauteed tomato and onion and 5 spinach leaves.  Place another tortilla on top and put in a pre-heated oven, just until the cheese is melted.  Or, you could nuke it in the microwave.

These were so good they’ve become a staple in our household now.  Arrowroot is a great option for those that don’t want gluten in their diet.  It is very low in calories and fat free.  It also has relatively more protein than other starchy food sources such as yam, potato, cassava and plantain and is easily digestible.

For the Spirit

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Do you have a calling?

Of course you do.  We all do.  We were made with a purpose.  You have a calling in life.

In the Bible – in the book of Genesis – God called Abraham to leave his country and go to a place that He was going to show him (Genesis 12).  He, essentially, was the first missionary recorded in history. Moses also had a calling – to deliver the people of Israel from the oppression they were suffering in Egypt (Exodus 3).  Then there was Gideon (Judges 6), the prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 3), the small boy, David, that became King (1 Samuel 16), and the list goes on throughout the entire Bible.

Then there was Staci. Huh?! Wait! There was no ‘Staci’ in the Bible. That’s right. I was born long after it was written. God doesn’t change though.  He’s still passionate about the human race.  He still wants to create, love, impact, inspire, and be known by those he made. He still works on establishing His kingdom here on Earth.  “How does he do that though?”, you may ask. He does it through us. He does it through people. He gives us, His creation, the amazing privilege to co-create with Him. And He gives us satisfaction in fulfilling the mandate he’s given us.

On ‘wiki.answers.com’ I found this definition on ‘What it means to have a calling in life’:

“It is based on the belief that each person is placed on Earth by God to do something.  For some people it may be something great, for others it may be a small and simple thing but it is something that only that one person can do.”

I received a calling from God to go into the nations of the world and minister to the deepest needs of people, which are not always the most obvious needs. Sounds pretty heavy, doesn’t it? I received my calling in such a personal and intimate way. My experience was very supernatural.  Not all people have a strong experience like mine. However, all people receive their calling through relationship with the Almighty Himself.

So, how then can one find their calling in life? The answer is RELATIONSHIP.  You need to first have a relationship with God. And how does one come into relationship with God? Check out this site: http://odb.org/personal-relationship-with-god/.

Please leave a comment and let me know about your calling.  How did you receive your calling?  What has God called you to do?

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Food For Thought Friday – Zucchini Crust Pizza and Intertwined in Intimacy


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For the Body: I am always interested in new, different and healthy ways to prepare food.  And, of course, how to incorporate more and more veggies into my and my family’s diet.  This week I made a pizza for my family, however, I made it with a zucchini crust.  It was so yummy and it’s a great way to get your veggies, not to mention, get veggies into your kids.  It is also a lot lighter than your traditional pizza and is gluten/wheat/simple carb- free.  The following recipe has been tweaked from here: http://www.foodandnewyorkcity.com/2013/09/skinny-zucchini-pizza-crust.html

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Crust: 2-3 small zucchinis, 1 egg, 1 egg white, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, 1 tsp garlic powder, black pepper to taste, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp cumin, any other seasoning you like

Toppings: 1 cup ground chicken or turkey seasoned, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, 4 Tbsp tomato or pizza sauce, 1/2 onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1Tbsp olive oil, 1/8 – 1/4 cup thinly sliced olives

Directions: First make the pizza crust.  Shred the zucchinis and extract the maximum amount of water possible.  You can either put in a cheese cloth and wring it until you just can’t wring anymore, or you can place in a strainer and press with a bowl to allow the excess liquid to come out.  Place in a medium sized bowl and add the shredded cheese, egg, egg white, garlic powder, pepper, salt, cumin and other seasonings.  Then line a pizza pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into it to form the crust.  Bake in a preheated oven at 230C (450F) for 20-40 minutes (depending on your oven – here, in Brazil we use a gas oven and it took a good 40-45 minutes).

Cook up the ground meat and season it as desired.  Cut up the onion, bell pepper and tomato and saute in the olive oil over low heat.  I also add a little salt, but you don’t have to if you don’t like.

Once the crust is done, place the toppings in the following order.  First the tomato or pizza sauce, then the cheese, onion/peppers/tomato mixture, ground meat, olives, and cilantro.  I also put a bit of spinach, but it’s up to you.

Check out my facebook page for the nutritional benefits of Zucchini-good and healthy. Please leave a comment and the bottom and let me know what you think.  Or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for other uses with zucchini.

 

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For the Spirit: I love my morning quiet times.  I also love my late afternoon prayer walks.  Oh my goodness, they’re so refreshing.  They’re a time for me to be renewed, to get centered and to be strengthened in my spirit.  Most importantly though, it’s the time I come to meet with my creator.  He lives in me, and without Him I am nothing.  He and I are intertwined in an intimacy involving every fibre of my being (quoted by: Jesus Calling – Sarah Young).  I used to struggle with my morning quiet times.  I am not an early morning person.  Just ask my mom and brother.  They can tell you the horror stories of my morning attitudes and of me coming out of my bedroom, looking like a ghost.  I have recently, however, found a system that really works for me.  And not just for me, but for my whole family as well.  I love my morning coffee.  However, I don’t get around to having it until everyone has had their breakfast, made their beds, had their shower and gotten dressed.  By that time I am wide awake and alert.  I put on Youtube educational videos for Caue (my son) in my room and a short dvd for Hannah (my daughter) in her room.  I then sit down with my tablet (which has my devotional book and Bible) and hot cup of coffee, close my eyes and enter into that place of peace, tranquility, stillness of spirit, soul and being. I lift my thoughts and prayers up to the Almighty and He sits with me in that time and strengthens me.  I read His word and my devotional and am fully fed.  And once again, I can sense that I am not my own.  That He’s with me.  That He’s in me.  That He knows be better than I know myself.  And life just becomes so simple, stress-less and free.  I wouldn’t change that for anything.

How about you?  Do you have a special place or a special time that you come away to be with your maker?  How does God touch your heart and meet with you?  I would love to hear your experience.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

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FFTF – Eggplant and “Where does your confidence reside?


Food For Thought Friday – YEAH!

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I have found a new yummy dish, inspired by my wanderings around the internet on different foodie sites.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am passionate about being healthy, eating well and staying fit.  It does wonders for me, not just physically, but for my spirit as well.  God made me and caused yummy delicacies to grow on this earth so that we humans could be creative and inventive with the resources He has provided.  And so, here you have it: my fun little experiment with eggplant.  It was soooooo delish, and even my hubby liked it.  There will be no problem in making this savory dish again, because I know he will appreciate it and we both will eat it all up with no problem at all.

Eggplants are loaded with good, healthy stuff.  Not only are they an excellent source of soluble fibre, manganese and potassium, they are also very low in calories and fat.  They are also high in antioxidants and are great for cardiovascular health.

So here you have it:

Stacked Eggplant Pizza Rings – Serves 2

-8 1/4 inch eggplant rounds

-1 egg plus 1 egg white

-panko or bread crumbs (enough to bread the eggplant)

-Canadian bacon or turkey breast (or meat of choice or omit)

-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

-1/2 cup tomato or pizza sauce

-1 red or yellow pepper sliced (can use green if you want)

-1 small onion sliced

-2 cloves garlic chopped

-1 Tbsp olive oil

-2 tsp salt

-1 tsp demarara (raw) sugar

1. Chop the garlic and slice the peppers and onion.  Caramelize along with the garlic on low heat with the olive oil, salt and sugar.  Put aside.

2.  Place eggs in a bowl and the bread/panko crumbs in another bowl.  Take the eggplant rounds and dip in the egg wash, then cover with the cumbs.  Line a square pan with tin foil, place 4 eggplant rounds on the bottom.  Then place the meat, followed by the cheese, half the mixture of peppers and onion, and tomato/pizza sauce.  Then place the other 4 rounds of breaded eggplant and top with the rest of the sauce, cheese and peppers/onions.

Preheat your over for 5 minutes at 205C (400F), then bake for 1/2 hours.

And there you have it, 2 stacked eggplant pizza rounds each.  You can have together with a nice side salad of mixed greens and a light dressing and you’re set.

Ok, I always like to post a recipe together with some “Food for Thought”, because just as our physical bodies need food for life, our spirit also needs to be fed.  I absolutely love the devotional book by Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence” (http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Calling-Enjoying-Peace-Presence/dp/1591451884).  I try to read it everyday in the morning.  God has really used it to bring his word to life in such an intimate and personal way.

Have you learnt to appreciate difficult days?  Do you believe that, together with God you can handle anything?  We, as humans may change like shifting shadows, but God is always the same – today, yesterday, tomorrow, forever.  Our confidence resides in this.  In Him we live and move and have our being.  Our very breath depends on Him.  Do you believe this?  Please leave a comment and let me know.  Or go into my facebook page (button on the right side) and press like and let’s discuss this topic a bit.

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Green Smoothies – Ummmmmmm Who Wants One?


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Ok, as you may already know, I have been doing a project called, “40 to 40”.  I’m down to my last two weeks of it, however I’m thinking of extending it until my actual 40th birthday on November 27th. Anyhow, I’ve been whipping up green smoothies in the morning for breakfast and they are deeeelish.  I thought I’d just share some of my experiments with you.  I’m telling you, they’ll do your body good. How can they not? They’re full of natural, healthy ingredients that God made for us to enjoy (And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food).  So give them a try and you’ll reap the benefits.

1.  Kiwi, Banana and Chocolate Smoothy

3/4 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup skim yogurt, 1/2 small banana, 1 kiwi, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp whey protein powder, 1/2 Tbsp ground flax seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 10 drops liquid stevia.

2. Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothy

1 small banana, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup skim yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 3 Tbsp coconut milk, 1 Tbsp protein powder, 1 Tbsp oats, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 10 drops liquid stevia.

3. Apple Pie Smoothy – This one is so seriously good I had to name it ‘Apple Pie’.

1 apple cut up, 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup skim yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 Tbsp oats, 1 Tbsp sliced almonds, 1 Tbsp protein powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 10 drops liquid stevia.

You just throw all the ingredients into the blender and you’re good to go.  I used a magic bullet because of the single cup and all, but any blender will do.

*If you don’t drink milk, you can substitute with some other type of plant-based milk (almond, rice, soya, etc.)  Unfortunately I can’t get almond milk here (north-east Brazil), but I so wish I could.

*I also can’t get a decent greek yogurt here as well that isn’t loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners.  Ultimately, it would be better to use Greek yogurt for its high protein value.

*Of course, you don’t have to use kale if you don’t like.  You can use spinach, mixed greens, or whatever your heart desires.  Go ahead and be inventive.

Ok, now for some spiritual food:  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

What does this spiritual food mean to you?  Leave a comment and let me know; I’m very interested.  Also, do you have any special smoothies that you enjoy?  I would love to know about them and try them out. Let me know in the comment section here below.  And if you like this, why not hop on over to my Facebook page and press the ‘like’ button.  And if you found this pinteresting, go ahead and pin it. Thank you and BIG smile.

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Ummmmmm Superfoods Do a Body Goooooood


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I looooovvve eating healthy.  It makes me feel so good, and energetic, and happy, and healthy, and….. You get the point.  Anyhow, good food and nutrition are a passion of mine, and that’s why I want to make part of this blog about food, nutrition, exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I know that when I eat crap, I feel like crap.  Not that I don’t ever eat crap, but it’s all about balance, self control and not being an extremist.

I believe that God gave us good, natural, healthy foods to do our body good.  Hence, if you eat the good that God gave, you reap the benefits.  YEAH!  Ok, I have two recipes for you today.  Below you will find the instructions.

Egg Cups – Steam the spinach. Saute the tomato, onion, green pepper and mushrooms in olive oil. Separate the eggs into a bowl (don’t worry if you get some yolk in there too. I did). Grease or spray your muffin tins (a 12 muffin making pan is good).  Put a little bit of egg white in each one.  Then divide the spinach and sauteed veggies and top them off with the rest of the egg white.  Sprinkle in a little salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like (I put a splash of pimenta sauce in each one too).  Bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 20 minutes or until done.

Ok, the benefits of egg whites, our first superfood – Each egg white has only about 16 calories, 0 g of fat and a whole whopping 5 grams of protein.  They also contain potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and iron.  No wonder they’re called a ‘superfood’.

Guacamole – Chop up the onion, tomato, cilantro.  Scoop the avocado meat into a bowl a mush it up, leaving chunks.  Add the onion, tomato and cilantro.  Squeeze 1/2 of a lime (to avoid oxidization of the avocado) and add the salt, pepper, and if desired, a splash of tabasco or pimenta (for the brazilians). Mix it all up and Voila.

Avocados are awesome.  In Brazil, avocados are eaten sweet (it is strange for a Brazilian to think of avocados as a salty or savory food). They have the highest protein content of all fruits and contain no sodium or cholesterol.  75% of their fat is unsaturated (mono & poly) and supply us with necessary fatty acids that our bodies need.  Research has shown that they are good for those that have problems with cholesterol, diabetes and they contain an antioxidant that could help prevent certain types of cancer.  They’re excellent for the eyes and yes, for weightloss.  They are a source of fibre, vitamin E, potassium and B vitamins.

Suggestion for using the two together: Take 3-5 of the egg cups and 1/4 cup of guacamole and enjoy.  I’m telling you, it will satisfy your hunger, stave off cravings and keep you full for a good amount of time.

EAT UP – YUM!

Ok, I would absolutely love to hear what you think.  Also, if you have any suggestions or other special egg and/or avocado recipes, please share them.

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1/2 Way Mark on Project “40 to 40”


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This is not just a post about food and health.  Read on for the deeper meaning.

For those that may not know yet, I am carrying out a project right now called, ’40 to 40′.  I’m turning 40 at the end of November and I wanted to get my self into tip top shape for the big day.  I started on September 30th, so I have just passed the half way mark.  I’m already a pretty healthy individual, but I wanted to step it up a notch.  I started a fairly rigid diet and have been following ‘BodyRock TVs’ 30 day challenge (which will not end after 30 days).  I haven’t been eating any grains generally throughout the week except for oats sometimes in the morning. And on the weekends I’ve been more lenient, with Saturdays being my cheat day (however I kind of fell off the wagon this last weekend).  I have been feeling great – I mean GREAT!  I don’t feel like I’ve been depriving myself at all.  I have tons of energy, never feel heavy or too full, and I don’t have yucky morning breath anymore – YEAH!  Pluuuussss, I’ve been losing weight and toning up.  My jeans are lose, my elasticized belt is lose, things that used to fit snug or were just right are baggy now.  And so I’m happy.  (–to see some of the food I’ve been eating – recipes, check out and like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/godcolouredgirl.  

Or you could just click on the link to it on the side bar.) So this is all very well and good, however life isn’t all about being physically healthy and feeling good.  It’s definitely a plus, but it’s not the be all, end all of life.  Even the most fit and athletic person in the world will not be able to outlast the effects of gravity and aging.  Sooner or later, parts will start to sag, muscles will start to atrophy, strength will start to wane, physical health will deteriorate.  Nobody can overcome the final earthly destiny of all mankind and living entities.  Death is a reality for all.

The one thing that doesn’t change though is our creator.  He is always the same.  He doesn’t change.  He is always strong; His strength never falters.  He is always there.  Stable and unshaken.  He is always permeating with peace.  And He lives in me. You see, physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next (1 Timothy 4:8). Or lets look at it another way, “Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. (the message)” So yes, I may feel awesome eating super healthy and getting regular, hardcore exercise, but what really brings health to my bones, life to my body, energy to go about my days and overall well being is the indwelling peace that I feed upon when I’m alone with the lover of my soul.  He sustains me.  He strengthens me.  He feeds me food that will never rot.  And as I drink from his water supply, my thirst is quenched.

So tell me, what do you think?  Are you striving to maintain your youth, vigor and beauty alone? Or are you investing in maintaining and strengthening that which far exceeds physical vitality – your spirit? Leave a comment and let me know.