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Monday, January 30, 2006

South African Cookie Recipe

South Africans have delicious cookie recipes.

I have included one that was taught to me by a marvelous Afrikaner lady when i lived in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is called: Koesksisters. The pastry and syrup are easy. However, what is tricky is the right temperature to dip the pastry into the sauce. For this recipe and others, refer to page 34 of the cookbook. The pastry is made by blending the butter, sugar and eggs. Alternately add this sugar mixture to the plain flour which has baking powder and salt sifted into it. Form a ball and place between two layers of wax papers. Roll out. Remove top layer of paper. Cut pastry into strips. Use three strips to make a braid. Stretch and form a figure 8 with the braids. Fry in hot corn oil. Drain and dip Koesksister in the syrup which is cold. Place on a wire rack to remove excess syrup. The syrup is made with water, sugar and cream of tartar. Boil and remove from heat. Be careful not to splatter on you because the syrup is HOT! Cool and dip pastry. Happy South African eating.

Food for thought: Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Meals-to-go for Professionals Menu

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Family Meal Planning
+Lesson plan

Meals-to-go for busy professionals menu

Turkey stuffed pita bread
Coconut crème cookie on peach half
Lemon Zest green tea

Tip: Make turkey favors/gift baskets by inserting toothpicks inside the large end of an apple. Tip with sugar-free gumdrops. Make turkey legs with 2 toothpicks inserted in sugar-free orange slices. You can quickly place these in small storage containers and give as food gift baskets to co-workers or fellow employees who are shut-ins with flu or other ailments. Remind them of the old adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Food for Thought:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of hands to rest means that poverty will break in upon you suddenly like a robber, and violently like a bandit.
Proverbs 24:32-34 LB

Eating Well for Wellness
Since you want to avoid sleeping on the job, busy professionals need adequate sleep and rest at night. A meal-to-go for a busy professional is the answer. Pack a meal-to-go lunch that contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is found in protein. (Although tryptophan supplements are available, natural foods are always better than pills.) Tryptophan relieves tension, increases sleep and rest and promotes relaxation. People who eat foods containing tryptophan for lunch are more productive because they are less stressed. They become less agitated when things do not go their way and they feel less tired. Foods high in tryptophan are chocolate, oats, bananas, dates, milk, cottage cheese, meat, fish turkey, chicken and peanuts. Studies have shown that tryptophan in foods will not cause you to nap all afternoon, however, when sleep time comes at the normal time, the person who has eaten foods with this nutrient will be more likely to get a good night’s sleep and will awaken ready to function normally the next day. With a meal-to-go lunch for the a busy professional, he/she will have more time to exercise during lunch hour or do Christian Bible study or take a nature walk to enjoy God’s creations.

Meals-to-go preparation
Lesson plan
This menu has very little cooking. Assemble the following ingredients: left over turkey or purchased, cooked turkey leg, apple, tomato, lettuce, salt, pepper, pickle relish or sweet pickles, Italian dressing and pita bread. Chop cooked turkey. Chop apple and dip in a fruit fresh mixture to prevent oxidation. Add pickle relish, chopped apple, chopped tomato and small pieces of lettuce to turkey. Toss with a small amount of Italian dressing. The turkey filling is ready to stuff inside a pita bread pocket. Pack the turkey filling in a storage container that keeps it chilled or store in a refrigerator until time to eat. Wrap the pita bread in a plastic wrap or bag to keep fresh. If a microwave is available, warm turkey-filled pita bread for 20-30 seconds or eat cold. For dessert eat a ready prepared coconut crème cookie with a peach half. If microwave is available, place the cookie inside the peach and warm for 20 seconds. Eat with a fork. Diabetics or those with obesity concerns should eat a sugar-free cookie with the peach half.

From the Nutritionist: People often ask: just why is it important to have good nutrition? Protein is one of the body’s main building blocks. It is found in the turkey of our menu. Protein is needed for rebuilding of cells and health maintenance. Protein is broken into other elements that the body needs to function properly. Tryptophan is needed for adequate rest. Vitamins and minerals supplement bodily functions. Vitamin C and A that are found in the peach, apples, tomatoes and lettuce of our menu help. Vitamin C helps prevent colds and diseases. The numerous vitamins and minerals aid the body in reproduction and elimination processes. Pita Bread provides carbohydrates that are needed for energy and strength. Meals should contain a nutritional and balanced diet, especially for people on the go.

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Elvis Presley's Birthday Supper

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Elvis’ Birthday Theme Supper
Tupelo Chicken Wings
Elvis’ Toasted Peanut Butter-
Banana Sandwich
Blue Hawaii Fruit Salad
Memphis Shake

Tip: Theme suppers are fun! Celebrate Elvis’ birthday with cardboard records suspended from the ceiling. Make musical notes from black construction paper and scatter on white tablecloth. Make napkin rings from paper towel holders, cover with adhesive white paper and glue a musical note onto the side. Glue musical notes onto corner of white napkins. Display any other Elvis memorabilia that you can find. Set the mood with Elvis’ music. Encourage family members or guests to converse about Elvis’ career and life. Christians make discuss his Christian background and love for Gospel songs.

Food for Thought:
Jesus said: You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32 LB

Family Meal Planning

Eating Well for Wellness

As you start 2006, continue being health conscious. Plan daily meals and balance nutrients throughout the day by making healthy choices. Avoid fad diets. Seek nutritional facts about foods from labels and other sources. Exercise for 20-30 minutes every day. As you walk or use the treadmill, think of 10 people for whom you can pray. Recall 10 verses of poems, famous sayings or scriptures. Sing 10 choruses. Eat slowly during meals and establish a pleasant atmosphere. Breathe deeply for 10 times in and 10 times out when you feel yourself becoming tense. Plan daily meals and balance nutrients throughout the day by making healthy choices. Set a goal to develop spiritually a little each day. Take the challenge to know the truth about eating well for wellness.

Making Elvis’ Favorite Foods

We have modified Elvis’ favorite foods with more nutritious ingredients. Tupelo Wings are named for the city where Elvis was born. Chicken wings are cooked in a slow cooker in sauce. Sauce is made from grape jelly, barbeque sauce and catsup. Blue Hawaii fruit salad is named for one of his movies. If fresh pineapple is available, slice in half and remove most of pineapple. Reserve shells in refrigerator. Cube apples, pears and bananas; mix with chunked pineapple. Half maraschino cherries and toss with fruit. Fill pineapple shells and keep cool until served. Elvis often had his favorite sandwich flown to his locations. Spread low sodium peanut butter on one slice of whole wheat bread; layer sliced banana, top with another slice of bread and toast lightly. Serve warm. The Memphis shake reminds of us of Elvis’ ability to shake, rattle and roll. Blend skim milk and sugar-free strawberries. Serve chilled.

From the Nutritionist: Protein is found in the chicken and peanut butter. All the fruit and milk supplies vitamins and minerals. Bread provides carbohydrates. Remember nutrients are needed each day to maintain weight and health.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

ML King Holiday Meal

Jan. 17:
Martin Luther King

Suggested Menu:
Baked Chicken
Turnips greens
Sweet Potatoes
Corn Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Tip: Sweet potatoes will not turn dark if placed in 5 t. salt to 1 qt. water as peeled.
Food for Thought: Get in the habit of inviting guests to dinner.
Romans 12:13 LB

Family Meal Planning
Since diabetics are always looking for diabetic recipes with out sugar, try preparing desserts with unsweetened applesauce. Substitute the sugar in a recipe for sugar alternatives. For example use Sweet N Lo
or Splendra or whey Diabetics should eat 2 cups of fruit a day.
Soul Food

Historically, Soul Food is the diet foods of African Americans. The southern tradition was collard greens, legumes like dried beans or peas, dried fruits and root vegetables like white and sweet potatoes. Their cooking consisted of lots of salt. Modern African Americans watch their diets because of high blood pressure and diabetes. People need to eat 4 1/2 cups of vegetables daily.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of our nutrients. A sweet potato has magnesium, potassium, vitamins B and C and provides fiber. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a food storage container in a cool place, but not refrigerator; will keep a month.
Sweet Potatoes

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What's for dinner?

Does this question fill you with fear, make your hands sweat and make the muscles tighten in the back of your neck?
Family meal time should be a pleasant experience fill with positive emotions. See this article as an example of the power of the family meal. You are probably familiar with the old ad campaign "You are what you eat!" but even more importantly, you are what you think! Therefore during the most important time of the day - meal time - you need to release your stress and think positive loving thoughts. Let the food feed your body and your soul. That is what meals with a message is all about.
‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:28

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Here you will find: Family Meal planning ideas, sample menus, cooking ideas, food recipes, and other ideas to make meal time less stressful and more positive for everyone.
Food has been associated with spiritual health since Adam and Eve. God's first instruction was about what food was good and what food was forbidden. Genesis 2:16-17.The Bible contains instructions on recommended diet plans, cooking instructions, food storage, and maybe not specific recipes, but at least of what was good food and what was not.