Friday, April 23, 2010

Quinoa

Some whole quinoa grains. 
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Quinoa - a grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America.

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice, 9.9 percent for millet, and 14 percent for wheat.

Rich and Balanced Source of Nutrients
Besides its unique protein, quinoa also provides starch, sugars, oil(high in essential linoleic acid), fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

Easy on the Stomach, Quick and Simple to Prepare, Versatile...
by email from Blanca
Thanks for your tip, Blanca!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Top 10 Daniel Fast Anti-Aging Foods

This article about the Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods at WomenFitness.net is not specifically about the Daniel Fast, but will explain some of the benefits of the Daniel Diet foods.
"Keep your calorie consumption and saturated fat intake down; eat plenty of wholegrain, oily fish and fresh fruit and vegetables; and cut down on salt and sugar. In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific foods that have a roll in anti-aging and that you should regularly include in your diet."

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Garlic boiled peanuts


South Carolina Boiled Peanut in Shell. Image via Wikipedia
Not really a recipe, but today I knew we were going to the flea market, so I decided to get some garlic boiled peanuts... very satisfying and within the fast guidelines. Kim in Florida, USA
Thanks Kim. We might have to make some boiled peanuts at home! Used to get those on the highway south of Asheville, NC when we lived in South Carolina. Mike

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kristen's Antipasto Pizza Pie

Kristen's Antipasto Pizza Pie
Today, I made Antipasto Pizza Pie for lunch, and it may just be my new favorite main dish for the Daniel Fast. The regular recipe I use calls for one egg, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella.
That looks like a great Daniel Fast pizza recipe Kristen. Some folks will avoid the tofu, others will enjoy it.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Sally found Brown Rice Pasta


Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that there is pasta that is made from brown rice now. The brand is Tinkyada Pasta Joy Ready and it's very much like wheat pasta in texture and taste. The ingredients listed is: stone-ground brown rice, rice bran, and water. It is Kosher Certified also.

Just thought you might want to look into it.

Also, it says in Daniel 1 that he ate this way through out the king's reign.

Thanks for the site,
Sally
Thank You Sally. Folks will be looking for this product in their stores. The photo is from their website at www.tinkyada.com. Bon appetit.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Marion's Preparation Tips

As a Daniel Fast veteran, I prepare for the Fast by cutting down on foods that I will be eliminating during the fast. I know it will be hard during the holidays. But, if not now, then right after the Christmas holiday, start cutting back on sweets, dairy, meats, breads, etc. Once your body starts having less of these things in its system, it won't miss them so much.

I also start gathering foods that I know I will be eating (nuts, no sugar applesauce, cooking vegetables and freezing them, etc.)

Start planning your menu
plans of foods that you can have. This way your mind is not fixed on what you can't have because you already have things set up. I find that I stay more committed this way.

For spiritually preparation, you can go on a "denial" fast here and there (ie: don't eat until after 4pm or don't eat from 12noon one day til 12noon the next day). Start getting your mind and body disciplined. Increase your prayer time and studying the word.

I find once I start disciplining myself, praying and studying the word more, the more "in-tune" I am with God, and the more I can hear Him talking to me and leading me.

I hope this helps!!!

May you all be successful in your consecration to the Lord!

Be Blessed!!!
Thanks for your great tips Marion!


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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thanks for your wise words

Thank you so much for your Godly wisdom. On Thurs. night, God spoke to me about doing a 24- day Daniel fast. I have fasted a few times before, but knew I needed more information to do this well. Reading through your info and question/answer section has answered a lot for me. I know that dairy needs to be out for me. I was eating butter, and need to stop that. I also ate white rice today because it was in the fridge, and after two days of mostly fruit with veggies, I needed something more solid. I am glad to know I can eat some of my homemade bread and potatoes. I will also be glad to add some light dressing, or oil and lemon to my salads.
Thank you again for your wise words.
Your sister in Christ, Debbie
Thank you for your kind words Debbie. We appreciate hearing from you.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

What about whey?

What about products that have whey? I didn't know what whey was when I went shopping for food for the Daniel Fast. When I purchased the foods for my Fast I made sure that it had no egg or milk and sugars. But I have noticed some of them had whey in it. So I decided to look up what it is and it is that watery clear liquid that separates itself from Milk. You will find it in yogarts, cottage cheese and other milk products. So after researching I found out that it is plasma separated from the milk itself when it curddles. So now I don't know if this is allowed since so many products include this. Should I consider this an animal product since it comes from milk which does come from animals. If you have any information about this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and G-d Bless!
Jasmine
You are right, Jasmine. We are avoiding all animal products, and whey is an animal dairy product.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Carrie's baked potato lunch recipe

This is a great lunch recipe for one or it can be doubled for two.
    Ingredients
  • 1 small to medium baked potato
  • 2 Tbl of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 stewed tomato sliced thin
  • 1 tsp diced scallions
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 stems of fresh asparagus
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 shake of chili powder
  • Spicy Pepper Organic Dressing
    Instructions
  • Sautee everything except the potato until desired consistency. 
  • Pour sauteed mixture over open potato.
  • Add dressing if desired.
Thanks for sharing your recipe Carrie! Remember not to get your olive oil too hot! It destroys the nutrients and burns easily.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Avoiding tea, salt and raw sugar

Greeting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am very suprised to see that a few of the recipes on your site have ingredidients that are not in complient with the daniel fast ie. The Daniel Fast did not have any types of sugar. No not even raw sugar. and I was also suprised to see salt and seasoning salt? A fast is not supposed to be pleasurable. It is to afflict our flesh and soul. Last but not least yes teas are herbs but they have caffeine in them and should not be used to replace another flesh driven habit. (coffee and sodas) I pray that the info benefits someone and can be passed on to others who truly desire to fast the way the scripture says to.

May God Bless You All
Cheryl
Thank you for sharing you opinion Cheryl. I'm sure there are many who feel the same as you do. Obviously, I don't agree with your interpretation of Daniel chapter one concerning the  reason for Daniel's Fast/Diet or the foods Daniel allowed and avoided.

However, Cheryl, we affirm and encourage your personal application of the Daniel Fast/Diet. You have the freedom to apply Daniel's Fast according to the grace God gives you through the leading of His Holy Spirit. We also affirm the authority of individuals, groups or churches to do the Daniel Diet/Fast according to their own guidelines. If you are a member of a group or church that requires no salt or raw sugar, then we encourage you to submit to that restriction.

Concerning tea, we encourage only drinking teas without caffeine, in keeping with Elmer Towns' version of the Daniel Fast/Diet in his book Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is Daniel's Fast only vegetables?

The updated USDA food pyramid, published in 2005...Image via Wikipedia

If you are on a diet or use the Food Guide Pyramid, legumes, nuts, and seeds are considered proteins and placed under the meat category. Why are they allowed on this Fast when meat is not allowed?

Why are whole grains allowed? Why are fruits allowed? I thought the Bible says Daniel ate only vegetables and drank water.

Carolyn
Thank you for your very important question Carolyn. I've avoided giving a long answer to this question for a number of years. I normally just give the short answer that the original language makes it clear that we can eat these foods. Today, I feel led to give you the long answer. As a seminary graduate and a pastor for more than 30 years, I will share my understanding of this issue.

Our problem is that we are tempted to interpret Scriptures according to our own culture and the English text in our particular version of the Bible. However, we need to interpret Scripture by the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the author, audience, context, and original language: Greek or Hebrew. In other words, we need to study the Scriptures to find the meaning of the text for the original author and audience in their language and historical setting.
Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611, s...Image via Wikipedia
The Daniel Fast is a non-animal product and non-alcohol diet. Scriptures are from the KJV. The Biblical context helps us to understand what Daniel refused to eat.
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Therefore, we know that Daniel refused to eat meat and drink wine.

Dan 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
The Bible says that Daniel ate only pulse, which is translated vegetables by some translators.

Let's take a look at Daniel's original words:
Strong's concordance tells us that the Hebrew word is
H2235
זרען זרע
zêrôa‛ zêrâ‛ôn
zay-ro'-ah, zay-raw-ohn'
From H2232; something sown (only in the plural), that is, a vegetable (as food): - pulse.

H2232
זרע
zâra‛
zaw-rah'
A primitive root; to sow; figuratively to disseminate, plant, fructify: - bear, conceive seed, set with, sow (-er), yield.
When we are careful to study these words, we find that Daniel's original Fast allowed all non-animal, non-fermented foods that are planted for harvest. He did this because he did not want to defile himself by disobeying God by eating non-kosher foods or meats that may have been offered to the king's idols.

Now that we've studied the Scriptures and understand better the context of Daniel's Fast Diet, we can move to the final step in a practical Bible study, the application of the lesson to our lives. Most Scriptures have one main meaning or interpretation. We have the freedom to apply the lessons we learn in many ways.

You may decide that your application of this study is that you will drink only bottled spring water and eat only food classified by English speaking Americans as falling into the category of vegetables for a period of 10 days. And I would say that is wonderful and God will bless you with spiritual breakthrough. I would caution you not to continue that diet for an extended amount of time as it could be very dangerous to your health.

Another person may decide that for them their Daniel fast diet will include all the foods we list at our foods to eat page, but that they feel led to apply the fast to their lives and personal nutritional needs by adding fish and poultry products.

Our opinion is that the best solution, especially if you are doing a Daniel Fast Diet as a group, is to follow the advice that we and most other Daniel Fast books and websites give you. Eat the foods we list as allowed to eat and avoid the foods we list to avoid to eat.

Is that helpful Carolyn? If anyone has further comments or questions about this issue please feel free to send me your comments through this contact link or in the comments to this post. It would be good for us to make this issue clear for all.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hominy and garbonzo beans?

I am curious if hominy garbonzo beans are the same thing. If they are, shouldn't garbonzo beans be okay to eat on the Daniel Diet? Thank you for you time, Rachael
Thanks for your question Rachael. Garbanzo beans are also known as chick peas. They are on the foods to eat list. Hominy is a grain to be avoided, because it is processed and not whole grain. For more information about hominy see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominy

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Joyce's Basic Salad Dressing

Here is a recipe for a delicious salad dressing that doesn't have any sugar.

Basic Salad Dressing (2-3 servings)
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil (or 2 Tbsp. each flax seed and olive oils) I used extra
  • virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. vinegar (apple cider,tarragon, rice, red wine, balsamic ume plum)
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp. Dijon-type mustard (optional, but totally delicious) Whisked into liquid for easy mixing (I used a little more...)
  • Whole or minced garlic, oregano, basil or other herbs of choice (I used a
  • combination of several.)
Mix well in a shaker jar. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator. Increase recipe for multiple servings. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much I did!
Joyce

Thanks for sharing your recipe Joyce! One note, many people avoid vinegar, because it is made by fermentation. If you decide to avoid it vinegar, you can replace it with a juice like lemon, lime, orange, apple, etc.
Mike

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What about salad dressing?

What about salad dressing?
Frank
There are many good options Frank. Be creative! Sue likes to use plain old salt. I prefer simple lemon juice. You can also add a little extra virgin olive oil or colza after the lemon juice. If you like sweet dressing, use orange juice instead of lemon juice.

You could mix up your own dressing with approved sweeteners. Molasses, raw honey, stevia, and Maple syrup are possible sweeteners. http://www.stevia.net/ has more information about stevia, a natural herb. Stevia might be cheaper at Amazon.com. They also have raw honey.

If you come up with a good dressing, send us the recipe, we'll add it to our Daniel Fast recipes page. Check out our Daniel Fast recipes and look at the book Salad Dressings: For Life By Rhonda Malkmus. Amazon has many more cookbooks.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seafood and shellfish?

Is it ok to eat shellfish on the Dainiel Fast or any seafood it didn't state anything about either. Valencia
Thanks for your e-mail Valencia.  We really love the Daniel Fast.  It is
so thrilling to help people achieve spiritual breakthrough. It's best to avoid all animal, non-plant products. You can do it!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Olive Oil on the Daniel Fast?

Hello,
Can one eat Olive Oil on the Daniel Fast?
Thanks,
Cathy

Thanks for your e-mail Cathy.

Olives are on the foods to eat list. We prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza. Canola and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. Use as little oil as possible. French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or vegetable oil on your fries and bake them. We use olive oil in the place of butter. Add a little salt if you like salted butter. Don't use olive oil for high heat frying!

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

How do I start?

I have been wanting, as a fairly new Christian, to live a life of fasting and prayer, and now, I really feel like the LORD is pulling me in that direction. I am scared that I can't do it because of my relationship with food. I have often, in the past, tried fasting to "make God do something", and realized that is not the way to get God to move-FAITH IS, only to fall on my face at 3:00pm.

I have been home alone with a child (4 years old) most of his life, as my husband was in Bible College, and then deployed for a little over 2 years. My husband now gets back on 6/17/2008 and I want to get part of this done before he gets home. How do I start? My mind is boggled thinking about it. Whatever helps and hints will not be taken for granted. Thanks, Sandra
Since you are concerned about your ability to follow through with the Daniel Fast Diet, I'd advise you to do a short Daniel fast the first time. Remember, Daniel's first fast was only for ten days (Daniel 1:12). The hardest days for most people are the first 14, because of withdrawals from sugar and caffeine. So you might try doing the fast for a few days the first time, then a week the second time, then two weeks the third time, etc. That will encourage you and show that it is possible. It helps to think about all the good things you can eat and stock your pantry with them before your fast starts. Remember you can eat the allowed foods at any time. You won't be going without food! The Daniel Fast Diet is a partial fast.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sources of protein

Here are some examples of vegetarian food sources of plant protein:
  • PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas
  • PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice
  • VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
  • PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon
  • PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black)
Sources:
http://www.happycow.net/vegetarian_protein.html
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

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Friday, March 7, 2008

White Flour and Fruit Juices

Hello....

I appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions.

I want to understand why white flour products are not allowable...ie bread,
pasta..etc...

Also, is 100% fruit juice allowable?

Can you give me an understanding about that?

Thanks so much...and be blessed
Ramona


Rev. Elmer Towns is the author of the Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough Daniel Fast Diet. His idea here is to avoid animal products and processed foods. It is a partial fast with a lot of healthy food to eat. It is very much like a Vegan diet.

The three hardest things for most people to give up are meats, breads and favorite drinks. For me the hardest thing is coffee, because the headache is terrible from the lack of caffeine. Rev. Towns advises us to follow his fast for spiritual breakthrough and give up these few processed/party foods. We are to focus on communion with God when we desire the foods from which we are abstaining.

There are a lot of whole grain foods and breads you can enjoy. So you don't have to go without breads. Read more about whole grains.

Yes, all unsweetened juices are allowed in the foods to eat list.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Recipes for Desserts?

Hi, Do you have any recipes for desserts? My children are having a hard time giving up sweets. Thanks so much. Also a prayer request: My daughter has Osteogenesis Imperfecta. (brittle bone disease) Please pray for God's healing.
Michelle
Thanks for taking the time to write Michelle. One yummy dessert is smoothies. Some folks allow brown sugar and raw honey. Stevia is a good low calorie natural sweetener. You can buy Stevia, raw honey and raw sugar at Amazon.com.

Click here to search for Vegan dessert recipes. Avoid the recipes that call for items from the Daniel Fast Foods to avoid list.

Let's pray: Heavenly Father we are grateful that You know our bodies inside and out. We fast because we want to honor You with our bodies. We boldly trust You to heal Michelle's daughter. Make her bones strong and healthy. We give You all the glory! In Jesus Name!

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mushrooms Stuffed With Rice and Greens

Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mikeby Denise Austin
Makes 4 servings

Although nearly half the calories of hummus come from fat, virtually none of it is saturated. Add olive oil and walnuts and you have a delectable dose of monounsaturated fats to keep you hunger free for hours. Try to use mushrooms that are about 4 1/2" to 5" in diameter. Note: To prevent the mushrooms from becoming waterlogged, remove any sand or dirt with a brush and wipe with damp paper towels instead of rinsing with water.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cups sliced escarole (a form of endive that is both versatile and tasty) or Swiss chard (a delicious leafy green vegetable)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red peppers, rinsed and chopped
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup prepared hummus, preferably basil-flavored
  • 3 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
To Make:
  • Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the escarole or Swiss chard and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the rice and peppers.
  • Place the mushrooms, gill side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread with the hummus and spoon on the rice mixture, spreading it to the edges. Arrange the tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the walnuts. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Books and DVDs by Denise Austin

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Can you eat anytime of the day?

Can you eat the foods required anytime of the day or is the fasting period from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day?
Kim
Hi Kim. Good to hear from you. Fasting during the Daniel Fast Diet allows you to eat any of the allowed food 24 hours a day. You or your church could decide not to eat anything from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., but that is not required for the Daniel Fast Diet.

Blessings to you as you do the Daniel Fast Diet! Happy Daniel fasting.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Can I Drink Flavored Water?

I just came off of a 4 day Daniel Fast and I have decided to continue to fast 1 day a week. I drink a lot of flavored water, can I drink this on my 1 day fast.
Charlotte


Good to hear from you Charlotte. God bless you as you creatively practice the Daniel Fast Diet.

Read the label. If they contain artificial sweeteners, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, you should avoid them. In addition, you may decide to avoid them to make your one day fast more of a sacrifice. Then when you desire the foods that you are avoiding, like flavored water, use that as a reminder to pray about the specific reason you are fasting. We prefer to drink lots of filtered water during the Daniel Fast.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fry Potatoes in Olive Oil?

Hello... great site here... me and my mother are doing a daniel fast... we are going a bit longer than a month... i was wondering... is it okay to eat fried foods?... I'm not doing this as a diet... im doing this as spiritual war kinda... ^_^ but i ate a potatoe today and i fried it in olive oil... I was just wondering if thats okay... my mom said we shouldnt fry anything, but I've prayed about it and im not sure i have a problem with it. What do you think?
Stephanie
Good to hear from you Stephanie. Thanks for your kind words. May God bless your Daniel Fast with much spiritual fruit.

We prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza. Canola and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. Use as little oil as possible. French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or Colza oil on your fries and bake them. We use olive oil in the place of butter. Add a little salt if you like salted butter. Don't use olive oil for frying, it cannot handle the heat.

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Garbonzo Stir-Fry Recipe

This garbanzo bean and veggie stir-fry is great because you can add as many or as few ingredients as you like.
  • Prep Time: approx. 15 min.
  • Cook Time: approx. 30 min.
  • Ready in: approx. 45 min.
  • Yields 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans,
  • drained and rinsed
  • 1 large zucchini, halved and sliced
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tomato, chopped
Directions:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in oregano, basil, garlic, and pepper. Add the garbanzo beans and zucchini, stirring well to coat with oil and herbs. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms and cilantro, and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Place the chopped tomato on top of the mixture. Cover, and let the tomatoes steam for a few minutes, but don't let them get mushy. Serve immediately.

Source: http://www.saintjohn.net/

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Monday, February 25, 2008

What types of soups can be eaten?

I have been on my first Daniel Fast and it has been an exciting experience. I have one little question. What types of soups, if possible, can be eaten? I was just curious. Thank you!!
Annette
Thanks for your e-mail Annette.

Soups are a great food for the Daniel Fast. There are some soup recipes listed here at our website. check out.
http://www.Farho.net/daniel-fast-recipes
http://www.christ-web.com/daniel-fast/labels/recipes

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thanks and Veggie Burgers

Hi, many thanks....guess I was reading too fast and missed it. BUT I am glad I did email you cuz I just learned that the veggie burger is ok to eat. Wow, did not know that. Many thanks for a wonderful site.

Smiles
Anne


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Substitute for ice cream?

Thank you so much for your support. I have one last question....is their any substitute for ice cream? LaQuenda
You're making me hungry LaQuenda! I have to admit that my first thought to your question is when you want ice cream to go for a walk, bike ride or some other form of exercise you enjoy. On the other hand, if you want to make some non-dairy ice cream, you can probably make a delicious frozen fruit smoothie. Freeze your favorite fruits (papaya, orange, strawberries, etc.), then liquefy them in your blender.

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Mint, A Healing Herb

Mint and sweet-scented plants are mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the passages where Jesus scolded the Pharisees for gladly giving a tenth of their garden herb harvest to God while failing to honor Him in far more important matters. The Jewish people enjoyed mint with their spring Passover feasts and placed mint on the floors of their synagogues. Lamb with mint, of course, is the star attraction on many tables during the Passover and Easter holidays. Some species of mint are used to treat Alzheimer's disease and to flavor candies, gum, toothpaste, and liqueurs. They are also used as digestive aids. Peppermint oil is antiallergenic and is used in aromatherapy to stimulate brain activity.

Source: Rex Russell, What the Bible Says About Healthy Living (Regal Books, 1996)

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Nancy's Black Bean Soup

BLACK BEAN SOUP
1 can black beans
1 can vegetable broth
1/2 c brown rice
1/4-1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c water
Cook on medium heat until rice is done.

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Nancy's Garden Casserole

GARDEN CASSEROLE
2 c cooked brown rice (1/2 c raw)
1/4 c frech chopped parsley
2T soy sauce
2 c broccoli
3/4 c carrots (julienne strips)
1 diced zucchini
1 c fresh green beans
1 jar spaghetti sauce without sugar

Steam vegtables and combine with other ingredients. Bake 30 min.at 350 F

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