Although I've never been a big fan of oatmeal, I have learned to enjoy it - mainly because of its health benefits which I will share below.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal is by making Crockpot Apple Oatmeal. Check out an easy recipe, HERE. The good thing about making Crockpot Oatmeal is that different fresh fruit (of your choice) can be added to make this a wholesome meal. Leftover Crockpot Oatmeal can also be rewarmed or eaten cold. I have made oatmeal this way several times - each time tweaking it to my preferences.
This time, I cooked the oatmeal with 1 diced , medium-sized apple.
I topped this oatmeal with cinnamon, ground flaxseed, and raisins.
According to research, oatmeal is considered one of the super foods. Among its many benefits, the fiber in oatmeal may :
You read it correctly - rattlesnake beans! They are so called because of their rattlesnake appearance - green and purple streaks. They can be cooked just as you would any other snap bean. I was surprised to find the taste the same as other fresh snap or pole beans.
To cook the beans, chop celery, orange bell peppers and onion. Sauté them, and add to boiling water. Season to taste, and allow them to cook until they're done.
To make this, I sautéed chopped Bell Pepper, Celery and Onion in about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Then, I added the chopped Brussels Sprouts and carrots to the saucepan. I added in about a half cup of water, seasoned it to taste, and allowed it to cook for about 25 minutes on medium heat with the lid on.
I steamed some rice to serve with the vegetables.
When I bought the Brussels Sprouts, I really didn't know what to expect as far as preparing them. In the past, I had only eaten a few at a restaurant. I have decided to gradually add in different ( the ones that I would not normally buy ) fruit and vegetables to my diet. After cooking them, I decided that I like them much better in a salad! Maybe, I should try cooking them a different way. Any suggestions?
Today, I assure you that God, who is our Alpha and Omega, has been with you and has seen your situation from the beginning. Because of this, according to HIS WORD, you have already come out on top. Your mission has already been completed. You have already reached the finish line - by faith. Therefore, as you are going through, understand that where you are right now is temporary. The Psalmist said, "yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." Notice the phrase, "walk through".
Not stuck in -
Not abiding -
Not dwelling -
"Walk through" assures us that we are moving. How are we moving? We are moving and walking by faith and not by sight.
For, it is in HIM that we live, we move and we have our being! (Acts 17:28)
I am reminded of the three Hebrew boys in the firey furnace. They had been bound and thrown into an overheated furnace . God chose to bless them in spite of this. The plan of the enemy was aborted. It did not come to pass! When the morning came, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were found walking around in the firey furnace - loosed and alive!
They didn't smell like smoke.
They didn't have any burn marks.
They had no ashes on their countenance. Remember, God told us in Isaiah that He would turn our ashes into beauty.
My victorious friends, I encourage you to keep living and moving by faith. Although the blows may be coming at you - from the left and from the right, DO NOT give up! Remember, God has great plans for you! (Jeremiah 29:11)
The kale was prepared in a crockpot, also. To prepare them, I diced bell pepper, celery, and onion (about a half cup of each). I sautéed the pepper, the celery, and the onion which was placed in the crockpot with about 2 1/2 cups of water and a half tsp. of olive oil. I seasoned the water with vegetable bouillon and garlic powder. Then, I allowed the water to cook for several hours before placing the kale into the crockpot. After the seasoned water had cooked in the crockpot, I added in the kale and allowed it to cook on low for several hours until it was done.
By the way, these were fresh kale greens.
To complete the meal, I served it with cornbread and sliced tomatoes.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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