Thursday, March 31, 2011

Broken Bread Poverty Meal

Lately I have been feeling quite uninspired in the dinner category.  Well, pretty much in every meal category.  You were a first-hand witness to the Chocolate Pudding Oats that was served as breakfast for nearly a week straight!  While it was tasty, it didn't add variety and zest to my life! 

We have been so busy lately I actually can't remember the last time I made dinner.  You know, like an actual recipe, actual cooking, actual dinner!  There have been many nights of PB&B and cereal.  Or a dinner like the one above.  Honestly.  I love the occasional cereal dinner, but it is getting out of hand.  All that is about to change. 

Today's goal is meal planning, recipe creating and grocery shopping.  I fully plan to bust out of my rut, dust off the good ole Veganomicon and Skinny Bitch (which I don't think I have used at all yet!) and get to work in the kitchen. 

I already have too many eat-out meals planned over the next week, so I vow to cook a classy meal for every other night of the next week.  That means you will be getting 5 great dinner recipes over the next week!  Get excited!

To jump start my out-of-the-rut eating, I decided to do something crazy with breakfast.  Entirely out of the box, outside of my comfort zone and completely weird.  It was green, but not in the yummy Green Monster way...but in a savory "You really ate that for breakfast" way.
Ok, maybe loads of people eat breakfasts like this...but not me.  Yet it was satisfying and filling.  I could get used to this savory AM meal.

Grits n' Greens

1/4 cup grits
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup water
2 stalks kale

In small saucepan bring water and milk to a boil.  Slowly stir in grits and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer.  Remove kale from stalks, rinse and chop.  Place kale on top of grits in the saucepan and cover for 5 minutes. 

Once kale is wilted, stir together and serve.  I sprinkled a few golden raisins on top to add a little sweetness to the dish, but I also considered stirring in vegan cheese.  Then I remembered it was morning and added the raisins instead. 

This dish would be great as a side with lunch or dinner as well.  Double the recipe for 4 small sides.

Broken Bread Poverty Meal

In other news (since the food news hasn't been so stellar around here lately), I received my passport in the mail yesterday!  I am getting excited for Africa and that is just one more piece to the puzzle.  Each day I check the mail in anticipation of what might be in there: passport, support letters, and even packages of Corn/Soy blend. 

I ordered the Corn/Soy blend from World Vision for a Broken Bread Poverty Meal.  We are hosting this meal at my church on Sunday, April 10 at noon.  Anyone can attend and you are asked to fast breakfast that morning.  Then we will eat a typical meal that is served to those in need around the world.  The Corn/Soy blend is mixed with water to create a porridge.  We are hosting this poverty meal to raise awareness of poverty and starvation as well as our Mwandi Mission Trip. 

If you would like to participate, it is recommended that you donate the money you would have spent on breakfast and lunch that day to the mission.  Of course you could donate more!  All the money that is raised will be brought with us to Africa and given as a love offering to one or more organizations in Mwandi.  Usually the group decides who and where to give the money once they are in Mwandi and have fully witnessed the needs in that community. 

If you are local, I would love for you to join us for the Poverty Meal!

Lake Norman Fellowship
246 Blume Road
Mooresville, NC 28117

Sunday, April 10, 2011
12:00 noon

Following the poverty meal there will be a short presentation about the Mwandi Mission Trip!

And on that note: Mr. Kummerow and I have already received such overwhelming support and encouragement for our mission trip.  We were scared to go because it required total faith in God and his provisions.  We knew we could not make this happen on our own.  Each day God is blessing us in a radical way and we are so thankful for everyone who has prayerfully or financially committed to this mission with us!  We haven't reached our fundraising goal yet, but I had to shout out a little praise to our Lord and Savior.  He is Good!

1 comment:

  1. I am bored to tears with my diet lately. Shall we get together and do a vegan recipe swap? I look at your pictures and think.....oooh, that looks great.