“Cheesy” Kale Chips

If you are unfamiliar with nutritional yeast, it’s a powder or flake – yellowish in color- that is grown from beets and then dehydrated. Despite the word ‘yeast’, it contains no gluten, but is high in protein (18 amino acids) and B-12 (just 2 teaspoons gives you your RDA). The nutty/cheesy flavor lends itself to the perfect topping for a salad, pasta, popcorn, potatoes, or just about anything! I love it on my kale chips, eggs, and on my sauteed or roasted veggies. You can find it at your local health food store.

 
 Kale Chips

  • 4-5 large kale leaves

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

  • Pepper

  • Nutritional Yeast

Wash and pat dry leaves. Tear kale into 2-3″ pieces and lay on a baking sheet in a single layer. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with the seasonings. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 min. Turn off oven and keep the kale in for another 10 min. Remove from oven and enjoy. If you do not finish all the kale chips, they can be crisped back up simply by placing them in a warm oven for about 3-4 min.

And then there’s always Chocolate Kale Chips!

Homemade Pizza with Hand-Shredded Cheese

Homemade Pizza with Hand-Shredded Cheese 

I try to stay home on Tuesdays in order to keep our house in order. :) Today, I did just that and was able to make homemade pizza crust for our dinner tonight along with an awesome (if I do say so myself) Greek salad (Use Ina Garten’s recipe for the dressing– yum!). I love Wolfgang Puck’s pizza crust recipe. It makes two pizzas so I often double the recipe and freeze the 3rd and 4th ball of dough. I also use the dough to make pigs in a blanket (I use Applegate hot dogs) or empanadas/calzones. Besides the homemade crust (NO preservatives – yay!), I also use nitrite-free ham and pepperoni. I add sweet potato puree and chia or ground flax seed to the sauce, and I GRATE MY OWN CHEESE. I freeze the mozzarella cheese for about 15-30 minutes and then grate it with the food processor. Why do I grate my own cheese? I don’t like cellulose added to the shredded cheese to keep it from caking together. Here is a great article from the WSJ about the use of cellulose (aka wood pulp – blah! ). I get enough fiber from my veggies.

Sweet Potato Panzanella

  •   This past weekend, I made the herbed oil blend in this recipe and took freshly chopped veggies to our Saturday event at Lake Eola – Project Dance Orlando. It was a warm day, and so I knew hydration was important. Once I dipped the sweet potato slices into the oil and placed this wonderful combination into my mouth, I was immediately taken! While this dip is excellent with cukes or celery or tomatoes, it is by far truly made for sweet potatoes. Since sweet potatoes are high in carbs like bread, and by allowing this anti-oxidant-rich veggie to soak in the dressing, it reminded me of the classic Italian bread dish – panzanella. Who needs bread when you’ve got sweet potatoes?! Much tastier and much more nutritious and soooooo easy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sweet Potato Panzanella

  • 4 cups peeled and sliced raw sweet potatoes

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 

I like to cut my sweet potatoes into coin slices – about 1/4″ thick – and then quarter them. Place the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Mix reminding ingredients in another bowl. Pour over the sweet potatoes, cover, and chill several hours to allow oil and herbs to infuse and slightly soften the potatoes. Eat and savor! 

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 7

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Day 7 Prophecy:

Jesus himself prophesied about His death and resurrection:

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

Fulfimllent: 

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” Luke 24:19-24

 

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 6

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Day 6 Prophecy:

Yet another prophecy of King David:

Into your hands I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Psalm 31:5

Fulfilled: 

“And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ And when He had said these things, He expired”. Luke 23:46

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 5

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Day 5 Prophecy:

Psalm 22 is an incredible foretelling of Jesus’ death. King David was granted, by God, an insight into what was to come for the One that was promised to the people of Israel. The Jewish people were hoping for the Messiah to come and save them from Roman oppression, but Jesus came to suffer so He could save us from the oppression of sin and death. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

Psalm 22:1

Fulfilled: 

“And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ That is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ ” Matt. 27:46

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 4

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Day 4 Prophecy:

Just as we will experience in our own lives, Jesus was abandoned – even by those who loved Him.

‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man who is My companion,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd [Jesus], and the sheep shall be scattered’

Zech. 13:7

Fulfilled: 

“Then they all forsook Him and fled” Mark 14:50

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 3

images (19)Day 3 Prophecy:

Jesus was betrayed by one of the disciples, Judas. This was a man Jesus chose at the beginning of His ministry, knowing that the end would result in a sellout for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus’ heart is one that is filled with compassion. He longs to see His children repent and run into His arms. So come to the foot of the cross for forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

 Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.

Zech. 11:12-13

 

Fulfilled:

And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Mathhew 27:5-7

7 Days of Fulfillment ~ Day 1

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We often hear about the Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled in Jesus at Christmas time – those that center around His birth. But, there are many that are also fulfilled through His death. Beginning today, and throughout the rest of Passion Week, we will look at just how some of those Old Testament prophesies were indeed fulfilled completely in Christ.

Day 1 Prophecy:

“And I (God) will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed (Jesus) ; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15).

Fulfilled: “ ‘Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world (Satan) be cast out. And if I (Jesus) be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.’ But He said this to signify by what death He was about to die” (John 12:31-33).

Mocha Smoothie Bowl (Like having ice cream for breakfast!)

I’m moving my morning smoothie from the glass to the bowl! And since I use frozen banana, this has a thick and creamy texture similar to ice cream. You can top your smoothie bowl with your favorite toppings, sit a spell, and indulge while knowing you’re feeding your body so many good things!

Mocha Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 large handful greens

  • 4 oz coffee

  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder

  • Plant-based protein powder (amount used is up to you – I use a combo of brown rice protein and yellow pea protein)

  • Dash of cinnamon

  • Toppings of your choice (I used strawberries and chopped cashews)

Place all ingredients (except toppings) into a blender, and mix on high until banana and greens are completely blended. Pour into a bowl, garnish with toppings, and enjoy!

Other awesome smoothie recipes:

DIY McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Black Forest Smoothie

Purple Rain Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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