Prayer

Is There Anybody Out There?

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Today we’re going to read one verse.  That’s right…just one verse.  However, it’s a verse that will be individualized for both  you and I.  Before I share this scripture with you…let me give you some context behind the story.  For 29 verses in this chapter, God is pronouncing judgement on his people.  He’s condemning & telling them that he had tried to reach out to them time and time again…however they didn’t respond.  He had sent people to warn them but they failed to hear His warnings.  So here we go…verse after verse…God is reminding His people about what he had tried so hard to do…but they ignored him.  But all of a sudden…out of nowhere…the condemning & judging God that was speaking for 29 verses, cries out one more time.  Even though he had come to a point of enough is enough…he says, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

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I love the wording in this scripture because God is so detailed on the particular words he uses.  It says that, “I looked.” That word “look” (“sought” in other translations) refers to a person who is earnestly seeking something which or someone who exists or someone who is thought to exist. God was believing for just one.  Just one person that would rise up so the enemy wouldn’t be able to come in.  Just one that would be a prayer warrior and seek his face.  This verse shows that God is in pursuit of finding such a person.  The question for you and I today is…”are you that person?” Are you that man or woman who would take their place in that gap? Are you that young person who would answer the call of God on your life? Are you that single parent that would be a prayer warrior? Are you willing to build up that wall of intercession for your city, for your church, your life group and your family? God is seeking one church, one city and even one person that wants to make a difference.  Are you that person? Let it not be said, “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede…” (Isaiah 59:16).  God is calling both you and I to a deeper level of intimacy with him.  Remember those times when all you wanted to do was be in his presence? Remember those moments when nothing else mattered more than being at his feet? Remember when your heart cried out for more of him in your life? Let’ s get back to that kind of relationship with God.

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Before we end today, I want to leave you with a story…

There was a man named Dr. Alexander Duff. He was a great, long time missionary to India in the 1800’s. When he was an old man, after spending his whole life reaching people in India…he returned to his homeland in Scotland. He returned to die there. He was sick, very old and frail. He couldn’t preach anymore and he could barely walk. One day during the general assembly of a church in Scotland, Dr. Duff asked if he could address the young men and women that were there. He was given the opportunity and he made a strong appeal for young people to volunteer their lives for India…but no one responded.

Not one man or woman responded. So under this strain…he kept on making his appeal. The aged missionary fainted and fell to the floor and was carried off the platform.  The doctors that were there, rushed over to help the old veteran.  While they were examining his heart, all of a sudden Dr. Duff opened his eyes and said, “Where am I? Where am I now?” And the doctors said ‘Lay still. Your heart is very weak.’ Then the old warrior replied, “No, I can not lie still. Please help me to get back to the pulpit.” They said ‘that’s impossible. Lay still.’ He refused and he began to move. So the doctor and the other gentlemen that was there, helped him up. He gathered as much strength as he could and got back on his feet.  And the great white-haired prayer warrior & man of God was led back to the pulpit.

The whole congregration rose in honor of his courage.  He quickly ignored their applause and said, “No, no…listen to me.” And he said, “When Queen Victoria calls for volunteers, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of young men respond…but when King Jesus calls, not one of you is willing to stand and go.” And he began to weep. And he said, “Is it true that there’s not even one more son of Scotland that’s willing to go and give his life to preach the gospel in India?” Still no one responded. Then under the heavy burden of India’s unreached millions…he looked at the crowd and he said, “Ok. Very well then. If Scotland has no more young men or women that are willing to lay their lives down and go & preach the gospel to this dying country…then this old, worn out man…I will go back. And even though I don’t have the strength to preach anymore, I’ll go back and I’ll lie down on the shores of the Ganges River and I’ll die there in order to let the people of India know that there’s at least one man in Scotland who cares enough for the souls to give his life for them.”

And at this, he turned his back and began to walk away…weeping. And as he was walking away, from over his shoulder…it says, that young men and young women began to stand at their feet and cry with all their heart, “I’ll go.” Then another “I’ll go.” And then another “I’ll go.” And many more began to follow in saying, “I’ll go, send me.” He turned and looked…and smiled. There was a multitude of young men and young women who answered the call. The story goes on to say that a few days later he died and went on to be with the Lord. Many of those young men & women actually went to reach people in India.

The same call is going out today for you and I…will you respond? Are you that man? Are you that woman? I believe with all my heart… YOU ARE! Take some time today to respond to God’s cry for your city, your church, the hurting people that surround you day in and day out.  I can guarantee that you won’t regret it.

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This is How We Do it

This is How We Do it

Exodus 17:10-13, “Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.”

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I want to take the time today to paint a symbolic picture of a fight that you and I fight everyday from this portion of scripture.  It’s nothing new. As a matter of fact, this has been happening for thousands of years. It’s a fight that you and I are very familiar with.  And if we’re not careful, it’s a battle that could get the best of us.  It’s a battle that’s bigger than self. You won’t be able to have victory over this enemy with spears, swords or other man made weapons. Sadly, many have tried to battle this way and have left with the bitter taste of defeat. I want to challenge you today to be different.

The war I’m referring to is between the flesh and the spirit. The Amalekites were a warring people. They were even a brutal people. There have been stories where they had taken people hostage, mutilated their bodies and put them on display as a warning to others. We pick it up in this story for their third attack against the Nation of Israel. The battle in this portion of scripture took place at a city called, Rephidim, meaning, “self, natural or flesh.”

It’s a dangerous place when we begin to put trust in the flesh. It’s a place where we begin to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.  It’s a place where we begin to trust in talent, intellect, riches or charisma. It’s a place where the enemy will try to attack us time and time again because it’s easier for the flesh to come under attack when we’re here.

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You might find yourself at Rephidim today. Believe me…we have all been here.  It’s when we get to a place when we no longer spend that quality time with God in the morning before we go about our day.  It’s when we begin to spend more time watching tv or online. It’s when we begin to operate in the flesh…rather than operating in the spirit.  It’s when we begin to say “we’ll pray on the way to work,” but never really have that connection with God because we’re so busy with other things.

“It’s not about what happens in the valley of interaction, but it’s about what happens on the hilltop of intercession.”

We can be busy doing so many things, yet miss the one thing that matters most. There’s a call going out for you and I to begin to pray like never before.  I love the part that follows in verse 14 because God begins to tell Moses to write down what had happened as a reminder to Joshua.  Why? Because Joshua didn’t see that it was not by might, nor by power but by God’s spirit that the victory had come.  It wasn’t his amazing leadership, his great warfare strategy or his superb ability to swing a sword. Sometimes we don’t realize the power that we have when we begin to pray.  I don’t know what’s going on in your life right now, but you’re not going to overcome it by talking about it, staring at it, trying to figure things out or by responding on your own understanding.  We’re going to need the power of God. That’s the only thing that will bring about true victory in our lives.

Just recently in my own time with the Lord…I heard him speak so clearly to me saying, “Your spirituality has brought you to this point of fruitfulness…but it won’t take you to where I want you to go…I want more.” I believe God’s asking for a deeper level of intercession. I love how the apostle Paul said it, he said “I want to know him.” He didn’t say, “I want to know about him.”

In the next blog, we’ll dig deeper on this subject. There’s so much on the subject of intercession to cover. We’re going to see how even the disciples struggled with intercession…so we’re not alone. However, I believe today is a new day and God could turn every situation that you’re going through around. Take time today to go back to your first love with the Lord…don’t let your relationship with him grow cold.

The Most Important Lesson in Life

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening.  I pray that as you are taking the time to read this devotion…that you are blessed.  What I’m about to share with you is something so important that Jesus took the time to put this in scripture for you and I to read.  It’s something that will keep you and I in the days to come.  It’s something so simple that we sometimes take it for granted. Yet it’s so important that it could make the biggest difference in our lives.  Are you ready? It’s one word. You’ve probably figured it out by now because the word is pictured above.  That word is “ABIDE.” Let me ask you a question. Are you abiding in Christ today? Think about that for a second while you read the scripture below:

Go ahead and read it one more time. Let it sink in for a second.  I pray that you begin to examine your own life at this moment.  Let me ask that question one more time, “are you abiding in Christ?” Let me put it another way…is Jesus your lifeline? Is he the True Vine in your life? If he is, then praise God. If anything this devotion will just be a refreshing to you…because you my friend are someone that loves to soak in the presence of God.  But if this is not you, then this is a reminder to you.  Jesus took the last opportunity he had with his disciples to remind them about this very important principle that would keep them for the rest of their lives.

Before we end our heart to heart today, I want to leave you with 4 ways that you can tell if someone is abiding in Christ:

  1. They’re going to produce fruit. [Is there fruit in your life?]
  2. They’re going to experience the Father’s pruning in order to bear more fruit. [Sometimes it would take 3 years to produce sweeter fruit.  That might even be the case in your life today.]
  3. They’re going to have their prayers answered. [Some prayers might be under ‘wait’ status…but you’ll be able to look back and see a track record of answered prayer.]
  4. They’re going to experience a deepening love for Christ and for others. [Our relationship with God will connect us to others and we’ll have a deeper desire to do more for Him.]
If that’s you today, then I just want to continue you cheer you on in the race that you’re running today. And if you’re lacking in an area, then it is my prayer that you shake of the dust, get back up and continue on the race that God has for you as well.  Take the challenge to abide in Christ today. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to take the next few moments to ask God where you can grow in your walk with him. I believe that not only will God answer you, but he will guide you as well.  Remember, “People that are broken know that everything we do is about and for God.”

Jesus Loves the Church

“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.”Hebrews 10: 22-25 (The Message)

If you’ve ever stepped foot into a church service, you know it can be a battle! For every reason you can think of to go to church, you’ll probably think of just as many to keep you home or even go somewhere else.  It could be you’re sick, you’re not feeling well, maybe a relative needs your support, or you need to do something for work, not to mention the possibility that you have a hectic week ahead of you and you could use the extra rest…you following?  Hey, I feel like that sometimes…and I’m the pastor! I’ll tell you right now and listen carefully, there will ALWAYS be something in the way of you coming to church! It’s those who come to God in the good, bad and ugly that continue to find strength, discover their gifts and learn to trust in God’s promises.

The same was true for a young man by the name of Simon.  He was just a fisherman in the eyes of man but he was a rock in the eyes of God! And you know what, he sees you the same way! You can be someone who was emotionally shattered…God wants to make you into a rock! You can be someone who didn’t make all the right decisions..God wants to make you into a whole person.  You might just be a fisherman…but God will use you to be a fisher of men!

I have a question for you though…Are you using the keys that God has given to you? This is what Jesus is telling you and I today: “Why are you asking me for the keys? I’ve already given them to you. Speak to your mountain and yes it will be done.  You have to do something about it.  You have the power and the authority. I gave you the keys.  Open the door and walk through it.  You’re MY church. You’re MY prized possession.  The battle’s not yours, it’s MINE!”

Before I go, I just want to share a few things with you:

  1. Jesus intimately loves His Church – He sees your Potential, He sees you Prophetically and He sees you Positionally!
  2. Jesus wins over the kingdom of darkness through His church
  3. We provide protection by His church

If you’re taking the time to read this, I just want you to know that you’re apart of His church and that He loves you very much! He is going to make you into that rock that’s going to help build His kingdom! Keep going forward!

Push Away the Plate

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. 
You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? 
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? 
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: 
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, 
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— 
when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; 
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. – Isaiah 58: 1-8

If you’ve read some of my earlier blogs, then you know that our church just came out of 21 days of prayer and fasting.  I have to tell you that it has been a blessing! Now, fasting doesn’t come easy to me (if it does for you…then praise God) but I know what the results of fasting brings.  That’s one of the main reasons why every year we take the time to do this.  And not only now but throughout the year we’ll be fasting as well.  Why? Because like the scripture says above…it humbles us! Now why do we need to be humbled? Because when we’re humbled…it brings us into the presence of God. And that’s what fasting is.  It’s a time where you can just get alone with God.  It’s time where you can block everything else out and just focus on Him.

I’ve been receiving so many reports of what God has been doing in the lives of so many people.  I have heard reports of healings, promotions, open doors, marriages that are being restored, we’re about to get into our new building and that is just the beginning!  Fasting pleases God and it gives you strength.  Fasting brings you into a realm that you can’t see, touch or feel…but you can sense it.  Fasting will make you sensitive to the Holy Spirit. If you can learn to push away the plate…you’ll be able to push away sin.  Let me say that again…if you can learn to push away the plate…you’ll be able to push away sin. Those little secret bondages will no longer be an issue and you’ll have true victory.  There are some things that will only go away through prayer and fasting.

If you want 2011 to be different than 2010…then it’s time to fast and pray! “When you have a time of prayer and fasting, you’ll be an intercessor. You’ll stand in the gap.  You’ll come into a place of warfare. You’ll have power over the enemy.  You’re a child of God.  You’re a son or daughter of God. There’s power in your words when you say ‘Satan you’re a liar, I bind you in Jesus’ name, you take your hands off my unsaved loved ones, get your hands off my money, get your hands off my body.  There’s power! Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.  God is looking for people to rise up and take their place.”

When you’re praying and fasting…you’re at your best! The armor protects the front of you but the Lord protects behind you.  The enemy can’t sneak up behind you because you are covered. And that’s exactly what will happen for all those who choose to step out and trust God this year.  I pray that as you’re reading this right now that the Lord will begin to touch your heart to accept the challenge to fast this year.  Believe me…it will change your life and bring you into a realm where God will really move in your life.  If you want change this year…I encourage you to fast.

Daniel Fast Recipes: Part 2

I’m so excited for everything God is already doing.  For those of you that are taking the time to read these blogs I want you to know that this is only the beginning.  God has great things in store for us this year.  And as we take the time to make Him priority in our lives, I believe He is going to take the time to make us priority in His.  He will speak to us, he will open up doors that no one can shut, he will open up the windows of heaven and so much more that only He can do.  I hope you’re as encouraged as I am this year to really seek the face of God like never before.  I pray that these blogs are a blessing and a continued motivation for you to go forward in all that God has for you, your family and your city this year!

Black Bean & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers Recipe

1 qt 100% Vegetable or Tomato Juice

2 cups cooked black beans

1 cup cooked brown rice

2 med green onions (chopped)

¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp lime juice

1 clove garlic (finely chopped)

2-3 large bell peppers (cut in half lengthwise and deseeded)

Combine all ingredients except juice and bell peppers in bowl and mix well. Place peppers in glass dish and stuff with mixture. Pour juice over peppers and plenty of excess in the dish. Cover and bake in oven on 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Leek and Potato Soup

1 tsp crushed fennel seeds

1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
1 tsp ground pepper
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
4 pints vegetable stock (you can use just water as long as everything is seasoned well)
2 lbs leeks (trimmed, cleaned, sliced)
2 lbs potatoes (cleaned, cut into cubes)

Heat olive oil on a medium heat in a large pan. Add garlic – heat for a few min. until golden. Add fennel seeds and pepper and stir in with garlic. Add leeks and potatoes and mix well with other ingredients. Cover and cook for 5 min. stir quickly. Cover and cook for further 5 min. Add stock. Bring to boil, then cover, turn heat down and simmer for 40 min

Stir Fry Brown Rice w/Vegetables Daniel Fast Recipe

1 box of instant brown rice

Vegetables to stir fry (either fresh or frozen)

Canola Oil

Olive Oil

Soy Sauce (Many avoid soy sauce because it is fermented and may contain MSG. Substitute salt to taste)

Peanuts

Cook your rice according to package (I season my rice as well when I cook).

Heat Wok on Med. High heat add 1/4 cup of Canola Oil (more or less) Give a minute for oil to get hot.

Place raw onions in now, if you are adding to recipe, also garlic for taste. Pour the cooked rice into Wok and stir for 4 mins add Soy Sauce or salt to taste.

Pour rice back into container it was cooked in and set aside.

Now add 1/4 cup Olive Oil to hot Wok again. Then add the vegetables and lots of whatever seasonings you like. Stir until done add peanuts right before serving.

This recipe is very good reheated for lunch the next day.

Homemade Cilantro Soup

2 bunches fresh chopped cilantro

10 carrots chopped and the juice of 1/2 squeezed lemon

15 brussel spouts quartered

1 large sweet onion chopped

8 vegetable bullion cubes with 8 cups water

4 tsp garlic salt

1 large can tomato sauce

10 chopped garlics or a chopped jalpeno

Bring almost to a boil and simmer for 1 hour

Taco or Burrito Filling

(also good over rice)

½ large onion

½ large bell pepper

4 cloves garlic minced

1 link Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 can corn drained

1 can garbanzo or black beans (optional)

2 fresh tomatoes diced

1 small can diced green chillis

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper

In a sauce pan add oil and soy chorizo cook stirring until chorizo is cook, add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, add remaining ingredients and cook for 7 to 10 minutes

Zesty Pasta Salad

2 cups whole grain bite size pasta

1 onion chopped

1 bell pepper chopped

1 (6 ounce) can black olives

3 diced tomatoes

¼ cup fresh cilantro

1 can baby corn

1 teaspoon chilli powder

Salt and pepper

Dressing

¼ cup olive oil,

¼ cup vinegar

the juice from 2 lg lemons

Cook pasta as directed in the package. In the meant time chopped all the ingredients.  Drain the pasta and run cold water through until pasta is completely cold. Add the vegetables to the pasta and set aside.  With the whisk mix oil, vinegar and lemon juice.  Pour it over pasta mix and serve.

Tortilla Soup

2 cartons vegetable broth

1.2 onion

2 carrots diced

3 celery stalks diced

1 bay leaf

3 cloves garlic

½ bell pepper diced

2 cloves garlic

2 zuchinis diced

2 large very ripped tomatoes

1 small can corn

2 teaspoon chilli powder

Salt and pepper

1./4 cups cilantro

1 or 2 diced avocados

In a large pot pour oil and add garlic let it get golden brown stirring occasionally.  Add onions an the rest of the ingredients, let them cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add the vegetable broth and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve hot and add cilantro and diced avocados on top of he soup.

Fast and Easy Potato Corn Chowder

5 lag potato cubed

½ onion chopped 2 leeks thinly sliced

1 clove garlic minced

1 ½  carton vegetable broth

1 cup soy milk

1 lg can corn

2 tbps fresh Italian parsley

Salt and pepper

Cook potatoes on vegetable broth with garlic, onions salt and pepper until potatoes are tender (15 minutes) In the blender mix about 2 cups cooked potatoes and 1 cup soy milk.  Add the mixture back to the pot.  Add corn, parsley and simmer for 5 minutes and serve.

Empanadas

1 package whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s

1 large potato cubed small

2 tablespoons grape seed or olive oil

1 medium onion

½ Bell pepper

2 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon any dried herbs (oregano, basil thyme, rosemary etc.)

1 large tomato diced

Salt and pepper

You could also add 1 link of soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s for more flavor.

Heat oil in a large frying pan and cook potatoes until ender (15 minutes) stirring often so potatoes don’t stick (on used a non stick pan)  Add bell pepper, onion, garlic dried herbs, tomatoes and salt and pepper and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven at 450 degrees

Prepare dough according to package instruction. Prepare a flour surface to roll the dough. Divide the dough into 10 balls. Roll the dough to the size of a saucer plate, add the mixture to have of the dough and fold it over into the shape of a taco.  With a fork press the edges of the empanada in both sides. Spray pam or lightly oiled a cookie sheet and place the empanadas on it. Brush olive oil to the top of the empanadas and bake them for 10 minutes.  You can serve them with beans and fresh salsa (recipe included).

Daniel Fast Recipes (Lunch or Dinner)

We’re almost a week into this time of Prayer & Fasting! I pray that all of you who have decided to take this time to really seek God (for all he has for you) have been stepping into new territory in your spiritual life.  This year is not going to be like last year…I really believe that.  I’ve taken the time to write these short blogs as a constant reminder of what our focus should be over the next few weeks and to give some helpful tips to becoming successful in your fast.

Potato Tacos

Oregano

1 large onion*

Sweet basil

1 large bell pepper*

Cayenne pepper

2 large tomatoes

Garlic powder

1 bag frozen corn

Olive oil

Curry

100% whole wheat tortillas or corn tortillas

Sea salt

frozen hash brown potatoes

Chop onion, garlic, bell pepper and tomatoes
Sautee onion, garlic, bell pepper, corn and tomatoes and frozen hash brown potatoes in large sauce pan(in olive oil). Add seasonings: pinch of cayenne pepper, pinch of sea salt, garlic powder, and curry powder (optional). Cook for about 10 -15 minutes on medium heat. Remove mixture from heat, place
mixture in tortilla with lettuce or cabbage and tomatoes and  Enjoy!

Salsa

1 large can diced tomatoes or fresh
2 large onions
4 serrano peppers
garlic powder
sea salt
cayenne pepper

Dice onion, Serrano pepper (remove seeds). Combine onion, Serrano peppers, diced tomatoes, garlic
powder, sea salt (to taste), cayenne pepper (a pinch) in a large

sauce pan (pot) and bring to a roaring boil for 15-20 minutes. Let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Cuban Black Beans & Rice

1 package dried black beans
Vegetable broth (1- 32oz. box)
Chili powder
Chipotle powder
2 cloves garlic

Soak beans overnight in water (cover w/2 inches above beans). Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in sauce pan and add vegetable broth. Add water to cover if needed. Add spices and boil for 1 hour and then simmer until tender (follow package direction if available). Prepare brown rice according to package directions. Place rice on individual dishes and top with beans and salsa.

Tomato Sauce

This is an easy recipe for homemade tomato sauce that you can use as a base for vegetable casseroles, soups or to put over 100% whole wheat pasta, or over brown rice.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 oz) (or fresh)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

Saute onions in heated oil over medium heat, cooking until soft. Add tomatoes (including juice) and salt.
Simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Add cilantro and simmer for 5 or 10 more minutes.
Serve over pasta, rice or cooked vegetables.

Spicy Green Beans

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Heat oil in frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add trimmed green beans and salt. Cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking for 1 more minute.

Herb-Roasted Potato Fries (Daniel Fast Fries)

1 pound small baking potatoes
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat a heavy baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each potato in half
crosswise. Place the halves cut side down on the cutting board and cut each into 4 wedges. Place the
potatoes in a mound on the prepared baking sheet. In a cup, mix the oil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and
pepper. Pour over the potato wedges and toss to mix well. Spread the potatoes out on the sheet. Bake,
stirring 2 or 3 times, until tender and lightly browned, about 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Veggie Spaghetti (very delicious recipe)

½ box wheat spaghetti

½ cup sliced mushrooms

2tbsp. olive oil

1 cup broccoli flowers

½ cup chopped onion

1 tsp. sea salt (or to taste

1 lg. can diced tomatoes

3 garlic cloves minced or chopped very fine

1 med. bell pepper

In a medium size sauce can heat the oil, add garlic and cook until it starts getting golden brown, add the onions and cook until translucent, add the mushrooms, bell pepper, broccoli flowers and diced tomatoes and simmer for 15-20 on a low flame.  Serve over pasta.

Cantaloupe Tonight Melon Smoothie

1/2 medium-size cantaloupe, seeded and cut from the rind.

1/2 cup orange juice

Juice of 2 limes (taste before you add all the juice at once)

1 medium-size, banana, peeled and cut into chunks

Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

our addition: 2 cups of ice cubes – makes it like a frozen ice drink.

Mix all in a blender, and serve. Serves 2

Brown Rice Dinner

1 cup of Brown Rice

2.5 cups water

Bring to rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer/steam for 45 minutes.

Half way through the cooking time, add:

1/2 cup of fresh salsa

1 cup of frozen corn

1/2 of a chopped red bell pepper

3/4 cup of cooked black beans

a pinch of pepper to taste

Stir and replace cover for remainder of cooking time. Serve with fresh sliced avocado.