Ladies Cook Night

My friend and amazing sister in Christ, Dani thought about a creative way to get us all involved in cook night. My sisters and I all decided to each cook something, the choice of food was up to us. Our names were shuffled and picked to go with either breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and deserts. When asked why she thought of this idea, she said:

“Being spiritually fit is just as important as being physically fit. They both cannot be without each other. Both require discipline. Just like how people say it’s easy to go to McDonald’s, it’s quicker to say so is sin or going to bed to read our bibles. But, sometimes you have to put the extra effort in. Your spiritual life feeds onto that.”

I whole heartedly agree on that. After my Daniel fast earlier this year, I found that what we feed ourselves really affect our bodies not only physically but spiritually. I was able to think clearer and I learned to chase the Lord more whenever I wanted to eat a certain food item. It was a fight and I was weak, but He was and will always be my strength. In the book of Daniel, everyone noticed a good change in him after his fast.

When you feed yourself junk, it corrupts your body and your spiritual life. That includes feeding yourself that TV show you know you’re not supposed to watch, that song that have all those curse words talking about sex, girls, and materialistic things. Also, toxic friendship/relationships that you need to cut off.

Ladies cook night was a success! The goal was to cook a healthy meal within 20 minutes or under. Also, it had to be a $7 or under budget. How exciting! Let’s get started!

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First up, was breakfast. As I am always on the go, I find myself making quick breakfasts to start my day. I started off with making this Orange/Strawberry Julius.

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Next up, was my instant oats. You can make this in just 5 minutes in total. However, because the serving size was larger this time I made it in 11 minutes.

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Glazed with honey as a replacement for sugar. The fruits also add sweetness.

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Next, was lunch: Black bean flautas. If you know me, I absolutely love Mexican food. When you’re able to be creative and incorporating it into a vegetarian meal, it is even better!

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Once they were out of the oven, she sprinkled more cheese on top as it melts. Hello guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce!

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Up next, snack time!!! This is a raspberry pop and….

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Raw vegan apple cookies!!! Praise the Lord!

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So delicious! I absolutely love creative ways to substitute food as a vegetarian/vegan.

Next up, is dinner. It just gets better and better.

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This was so fun to watch. Grilled veggies and pineapples. I usually cook my vegetables and pineapples, but I never thought about grilling them!

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Making yellow rice
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Seasoning tofu with all kinds of spices including jerk and curry powder.

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Home made salsa

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This hit home. The West Indian in me was definitely pleased!

Now time for deserts!!! Drumroll….

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Source: allrecipes.com

Apple crisp with low-fat ice cream! Vegans, substitute with nice cream. I only had a tiny bit of the apple crisp and I am sad about my nuts allergy because this is delicious and I would have taken half of this home!

Everyone did such an amazing job with going above & beyond. I am keeping these recipes in my mental cookbook. I appreciate everyone for thinking of me and had a vegetarian/vegan option. We were also considerate about any allergens. If anyone is interested in the recipes, I will definitely share!

Pinterest is an amazing place for creative cooking. You can follow me on there, Crys120. I also recommend yummly.com. Thank you, Dani for recommending that site, for opening up your home, and giving us an opportunity to do this.

– Crystal

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