Meals with a Message

Monday, November 27, 2006

Family-Style Turkey Meal

Suggested Family-Style Menu:
Corn Bread Dressing-Giblet Gravy
Relish plate with cranberry sauce, peach and cucumber pickles
Fruit Salad
Sweet Potato Casserole
Rolls-Honey Butter
Pecan Pie a la mode
Tip: Use holiday dÃcorer. May make menus for each guest. Place a nut cut by each plate with holiday candies. Make individual pecan pies to take home. Make plates of foods for shut-ins. Make gourmet gift food baskets for each guest or shut-ins and insert the gift food items. Deliver food immediately after placing on plates.
Food for Thought: I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Family Meal Planning
From the Nutritionist: This meal is designed to serve family style. Make dough for rolls and allow to rise while food is prepared. Make the pies first. While pies are baking, make corn bread dressing and place in refrigerator. May cook turkey in a slower cooker. It takes longer, but the meat is so tender and delicious. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. When the turkey and pies are done, cook the dressing. Boil the giblets for gravy. Save the broth and use to make gravy. Cook sweet potatoes for casserole and mash. Mix other ingredients and top with marshmallows if desired. If a family member is on a diabetic food diet, omit the extra sugar products. Prepare salad. Dip fruit for salad in ascorbic acid to prevent oxidation. Prepare relish plate and cover with plastic wrap until time to serve. Make honey butter for rolls by mixing honey and butter. Baked rolls just before serving food. The turkey and pecans provides protein. Potatoes and fruit and relish supply vitamins and minerals. Dressing and rolls are carbohydrates. If ice cream is served with the pie, calcium is provided.

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Tortellini with Hamburger Meat

Suggested Menu:
Spinach Tortellini with hamburger meat
Sliced tomatoes
Spanish Cornbread
Fruit Cup

Tip: Tortellini and cornbread may be made ahead of time. Tortellini can be frozen and reheated when needed. May prepare gift/gourmet food basket on colorful paper plates and take to a shut-in or elderly neighbor. Food delivery during the holiday season brings cheer and delight to recipient and joy to the giver. If you select organic raw foods, wash in fruit wash or salt water and peel when possible.
· Food for Thought: Keep trusting God for something that hasn't happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. Romans 8:25
Family Meal Planning
From the Nutritionist
: This menu adds to a healthy food diet because it supplies needed nutrientsts without extra preparation at serving time. This is desirable during the busy holiday season.The tortellini dish is made with hamburger meat that provides protein. The cooked spinach, raw tomatoes and fruit cup provide valuable vitamins. In addition to carbohydrates, the cornbread can have corn and red peppers that will provide more vitamins. Both the tortellini and cornbread are sources of carbohydrates. If cheese sauces are added, calcium will be provided. Diet food meal planners will appreciate the sliced tomatoes and fruit cup that give nutrients without high calories.

Tortellini Casserole
Cook spinach tortellini in boiling water about 17-20 minutes. Scramble hamburger meat and drain off grease. Make Alfredo sauce. Chop ½ cup tomatoes. Layer tortellini, meat, raw tomatoes and sauce. Top with buttered cracker crumbs and bake for 20 minutes at 350°. Cool slightly, cut into squares and serve on a bed of cooked spinach.

Spanish Cornbread
Mix 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix in a food processor on low with 1 egg and ¼ cup of oil and liquid from cooked corn. Mix well. Add 1 cup of corn and ¼ cup of chopped red peppers. Add more milk if needed. Mix. Pour into a well-greased black skillet and bake 30 minutes at 350°.
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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Homemade Yogurt

Suggested Yogurt Menu

Yogurt Dipped chicken
Pineapple Casserole with yogurt
Green Peas
Muffins with yogurt
Banana Pudding with Yogurt

Tip: Make extra yogurt and use as a food gift to friends as a starter batch.
Food for Thought: You have poured me…and curdled me…Job 10:10 LB
Family Meal Planning
From the Nutritionist: Diet food plans should include ample calcium. As way to obtain calcium is from yogurt. Yogurt is also rich in protein and Vitamin B. Yogurt has a variety of uses. It is a digestive add. Rub yogurt on sunburned skin. You can use yogurt in any recipe that calls for sour cream or buttermilk. Use in place of butter on baked potatoes. Fruits salads are delicious with yogurt dressing. A milkshake can be made with fruit juice and yogurt, milk and raw fruit and yogurt and soymilk and yogurt. To make a delicious snack just chop your favorite fruit or nuts. Add honey for sweetener. Yogurt is often considered a comfort food because of its calming affect. Even the family dog likes homemade yogurt, which is also nutritious for him, too.
Preparation of Home Made Yogurt
1 quart of skim milk
5 tablespoons of powdered milk
1 container of active yeast yogurt
Heat milk to boiling temperature. Milk should cool to room temperature. May test on forearm for coolness. Add the powdered milk and yogurt. Blend in the food processor. Pour into jars and place into a yogurt maker or 110-degree warm water. Maintain constant temperature for 6-8 hours. Do not move or shake the jars. Do not place any lids on the jars, but cover the cooking container. In a water bath, water should come to neck of jar. Place lids on jars. Cool. Keep refrigerated. May use one jar for the next batch starter. This is a calcium and protein food that is tasty as well. If liquid collects on top of yogurt, pour off and use in breads with milk.

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