Who stayed up last night to watch President Obama’s farewell speech? It was good! I fell asleep in parts because the UK is 4 – 11 hours ahead of the US, (depending on where you are and what time of the year it is see this map for further details). However, from what I did see it was totally emotional!
Anyway, I have fallen in love with cooking again! I’ve totally taken to eating healthily. I’m eating more protein (I didn’t actually eat a lot of protein before), more vegetables, drinking more water, taking more vitamins and eating less carbs and sugar. I already don’t eat gluten, wheat or dairy due to intolerance.
This has been inspired by the story of Daniel and his three friends Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah (more commanly known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego)
[Daniel 1:5-20 NLT]  The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.  Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah.  The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego.  But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.  Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel.  But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.”  Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.  “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.  “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.”  The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.  At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.  So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others.  God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.  When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar.  The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service.  Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.
I know that they didn’t eat meat by I personally needed to inject more protein (helps regulate blood sugar) so I added that.
I feel really great and I wanted to just share a few things that I have been eating so far! I included some recipes that I found in books/internet as well!
Sliced beef tomato, spinach (full of iron), scrambled eggs (made with dairy free butter and sea salt), spinach, sea salt and avocado:
This is just an example of what I have been eating. I also eat a cereal that contains quinoa as well.
Ok I know I hit the avocado train late buuut, it’s really great for breakfast! I totally can’t get enough of it actually, it’s nice with some sea salt sprinkled on top!
The biggest change to my diet has been my lunches. They were not substantial enough. As I work from home and I have the opportunity to make something really nice. Moreover, cooking a larger lunch stops me from over working and forces me to take a break (which is something that I am sometimes not that good at…).
This was green pea pasta (high in protein and roughage!) with chopped tomatoes (which are good for you when cooked) and veggie burgers (I’m not a vegetarian it’s just a low fat alternative to gluten free burgers, which will also do)
Smoked salmon, courgettes, tomato, pak choi, bell peppers, thyme, sea salt, garlic:
This was a lovely light lunch!
Beef slices, gnocchi, sea salt (you have to have flavour), asparagus (yum!) and spinach:
This was soo easy to prepare I just got pre-cooked beef slices and boiled up the gnocchi, asparagus in the same pot. The spinach was frozen and I just put it in the microwave for 6 mins with a cover over the bowl and it steamed itself!
I didn’t take any pictures of my dinner’s actually but I did take a picture of the gluten free toad in a hole I made the other day hehe!
Recipe: by Victoria Glass
- 6 sausages, gluten-free
- oil, or dripping
- 300g of self-raising flour, gluten-free
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200ml of milk
- 200ml of water
- 1 pinch of salt
- black pepper
- 2 eggs
Carrot, banana, half an orange, spinach and soya milk:
This was lovely, the great thing about this was that it was sweet without adding any extra sugar that is not really that good for you.
Persimmon, banana, soya yoghurt (you get do it with natural yoghurt or a flavoured yoghurt)
Another idea that Jesus gave me was getting soya yoghurt and blending it with fruit but not leaving it on too long so it retains some of the chunks. I then put it in a small glass and had a chunky healthy yoghurt which was lovely!
Banana & peanut butter muffins:
This was great, no added sugar, only sweetened with what I put in it and I shall give you the recipe. FYI I halved everything, apart from the egg, I got a double yoke the first time and it didn’t seem to make much difference lol
Recipe: From Eating Well Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
Makes 12, for 2 large cupcakes I halved everything
This gives a lot of protein. The cinnamon and peanut butter are good at helping regulate and control blood sugar
300 g peanut butter
200ml dairy free milk ie almond/soya/rice/coconut/hazelnut milk (or normal milk
100g gluten free oats (normal oats will work as well, I just used cereal that was oaty like Readybrek)
75g gluten free flour2 large ripe banana’s (peeled obviously)
6 Medjool dates (remove the seeds)
1 free range egg
1 tea spoon baking powder
1 tea spoon ground cinnamon (cinnamon seasoning basically) put in a little or a lot to taste!
Spoon (to scoop out the dregs)
Muffin tray or some kind of oven safe small dish or ramekin
Muffin Cases or some kind of oven safe small dish or ramekin
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)
Line muffin tin with muffin cases if you are not using ramkins or whatever oven safe small pots/vessels.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor until well combined
Divide the mixture evenly among your muffin cases or other oven safe pots/ramekins
Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until a knife inserted into a centre of one of the muffins comes out clean (if using gluten free flour double check it before the end of the 30 mins because that will get dryer quicker)
Once cooked remove from the oven let it cool a bitand eat! (I quite like to eat it warm so I don’t let it cool too much, it tastes nice with cream or ice cream or dairy free ice cream yum!)
A Christian Response To Healthy Eating
Well we all know what it says in the Bible in 1 Corinthians:
[1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT]  Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,  for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Personally, I take that as instruction that we should look after ourselves, for Jesus, it’s what Jesus would want you to do. He gave you a beautiful body and it is precious and we should not waste or mistreat them. If someone gave you a very valuable car you would do your uttermost to not scratch it right? So it’s the same thing!
I am thankful to Jesus for helping me to fall in love with cooking again! 🙂
Let me know if you cook any of the recipes?
Pascale, L., 2015, Eating Well Made Easy. London: HarperCollinsPublishers
“1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT) – Dont you realize that your.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 11 Jan, 2017. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/1co/6/19/s_1068019>.
“Daniel 1:12 (NLT) – Please test us for ten.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 11 Jan, 2017. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/dan/1/12/s_851012>.
“Gluten-free toad in the hole.” Great British Chefs. Web 11Jan 2017. <http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/gluten-free-toad-in-the-hole-recipe>.