Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Brussel Sprouts Demonstrate Spiritual Truths

This is a picture of planning ahead. I have minor surgery today (no biggie; an in-office procedure to clean up some breast reconstruction details) and the doc told me to plan on resting for a couple of days. Knowing that, I made double the food (or so) needed for last night so that I would not have to cook tonight.

Since it is so delicious, so healthy, and EASY, today I take off my speaking-for-unborn-babies hat, and put on my chef hat. Welcome to Cooking on the Fly.

I made these dishes up, but I am confident you will like them. All food groups are contained in these two make-ahead dishes so that you can make them in the morning, go Christmas shopping all day, and then pop them in the oven at night when you are too exhausted and depressed over how broke you are to cook dinner.

I call the left side vegetable dish: Cancer Fighting Mushrooms and Brussel Sprouts.
Toss fresh brussel sprouts and Shitake mushrooms in olive oil. Add garlic salt, curry, ginger, and turmeric. I just guess on the amount. maybe a teaspoon each...maybe less. Use your own good judgment. Toss again in oven baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake along with the right hand dish (to be discussed momentarily) at 350 for an hour, or two hours if your husband doesn't tell you what time he will be home. These dishes are very forgiving. If you go the two hour route, better turn the heat down after the first hour. Personally, I like crispy cheese.

The right side main dish is: Cancer Fighting Chicken/cheese/spinach/salsa Burritos. (If I become a famous chef, I will streamline that name.)
Line up 4 large burrito wraps on the counter. (If you are picky, clean the counter first.)
Smear olive oil on bottom of 9x12 baking pan.
Chop up two cooked chicken breasts and divide between 4 burritos. Top with fresh spinach leaves, shredded cheddar cheese, and salsa.
TRY to roll them tightly and be sure to tuck ends under so all the insides don't become outsides.
Line up in pan. Pour more salsa on top, and then another layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
Cover with foil.
Bake at 350 for an hour, or two hours for the reason  previously noted.

Baking time could be less if you don't refrigerate the whole shebang while Christmas shopping and spending all your hard earned money.

And that's it. Easy peasy.

Now since my regular blog followers expect a spiritual lesson to be gleaned each and every day, I will try to squeeze one out of my brussel sprouts and chicken burritos.

Be prepared, in season and out of season. The sluggard is not lauded in the Bible. In fact, the Bible tells us the sluggard will come to ruin. But the ant that prepares for what he knows he must do to make it through the upcoming season has food aplenty. The Bible warns, don't be like the sluggard. Plan ahead! Do not be slack in your work! Prepare your food in advance, and it will be ready when you need it.

This can be applied easily to spiritual truths. If we diligently study God's word, and learn as much as we can about who He is and what He wants of us, we will be ready when we are called to action. If we are called into action and haven't been preparing, the chances of success are greatly diminished. How can we trust God in hard things if we haven't been prepared by trusting and following Him in smaller things?

Who knew a lowly brussel sprout could be so edifying?

Proverbs 20:4 

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

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