Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Feeding the Hungry {the gift of food}

Last week's menu was focused on vegetables as my children and I did a 7 day cleanse. We started on Monday. Monday and Tuesday were filled with a lot of "what can I make??" By Wednesday I was savoring the the vegetables. Sauteed, raw, combinations that I've never tried. I loved getting creative with my food. 

In photo collage:
Top left ~ smashing up an avocado for a concoction that I used as dressing (pictured in the middle).
1 avocado, juice of half a lime, a sprinkling of ACV, a few grinds of pepper, and a bit of Wildtree Garlic Grapeseed Oil. Next time I may leave out the lime...the dressing was a little "mouth puckering".  Photo in top right shows me mixing my homemade dressing with the veggies that I added to a salad (organic spring mix).

Top Middle ~ making Tabouli in one bowl and in the other bowl is the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado to add to a lettuce salad. I decided I liked topping my salad with tabouli (pictured in bottom right). YUM!

1 cup of bulgar covered with one cup of boiling water. Cover. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves (I didn't have fresh so I used 1/4 cup of dried mint leaves - I added this to the bulgar and hot water so that the leaves could "re-hydrate")
1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
1 bunch flat leaf parsley (also didn't have so I used regular dried parsley)
1 cucumber - peeled and diced
4 roma tomatoes - diced

Stir. Eat. EASY!

Bottom left ~ Breakfast! I sauteed leftover sweet potatoes and beets to accompany my two fried eggs. YUM!

I love when I'm forced to get creative in the kitchen. And the chickens loved our mainly vegetable/fruit diet last week as it meant they got LOTS of scraps (pictured in bottom middle)!

Thankful for food which gives our body nourishment. Let me never take for granted that we always have enough food to eat. Many do not..........

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans face hunger?

Hunger-Free MN, a statewide campaign to end hunger, states that 
"60,000 Minnesotans are missing 100 million meals annually".

I think I've mentioned before that I haven't the faintest idea of what it means to go hungry. Yet there are people most likely in my small community that know what hunger, true hunger, feels like. 

So what can we I do about those in my city and surrounding communities who are facing hunger? 

Second Harvest provides this list of ideas:

In my neighboring "big city" of Rochester, MN there are many ways to help. 

The Salvation Army provides many meals to the community. One year my husband, my son and I skipped our traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family so that we could serve a Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army. This year we'll be ringing the bells for the Red Kettle.

Channel One food bank ~ donate food and/or donate your time. Channel One even has special events in which the whole family, regardless of age, can help sort, pack and label food. 

What can you do to fight hunger in your part of the world?

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