Sunday, March 27, 2016

Weekly Planning: An Ideal Menu

This past week, I have been having conversations with my family about what a more biblically based diet would look like.  I'm not talking about ancient grains and things of that nature (I'm not even looking into that page yet.  LOL)  I'm talking about carbohydrate versus protein based meals.

Exodus 16:12 (ISR98) - “I have heard the grumblings of the children of Yisra’ĕl. Speak to them, saying, ‘Between the evenings you are to eat meat, and in the morning you are to be satisfied with bread. And you shall know that I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”

I'm also considering Genesis 1:29 (ISR98) - "And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food."

Eliminating the meats that are unclean from Leviticus 11, I'm just trying to get a greater picture of what that daily diet would look like.  As I have said on many occasions, I don't view biblical eating in any way restrictive.  It is only restrictive when you are addicted to eating what you shouldn't.  If you set your mind on eating what is right then your eyes are opened to all that is available.  Sin entered the the world through eating what was forbidden.  It was sin then, it's sin now.

Anyhoo.  Have you ever heard the saying, "Eat like a king in the morning, like a prince at lunch, and like a pauper in the evening"?  I'm thinking a high carbohydrate breakfast with a light protein and fruit.

We get a lot of use out of our waffle iron.  All Recipes has a list of Waffle Recipes.  Maybe I could top it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  I don't eat eggs at all either (yuk!) so that's not something I would look into.  

I like beans, but they don't always like me!  Lunch time would be a good time to have some beans, burritos, hummus, etc.  I also love soups so a soup heavy on vegetables and some raw vegetables as well.  Here are a few Pinterest lunch ideas.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas
Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Slow Cooker Bean and Barley Soup

I like my afternoon tea time.  Some traditional cucumber sandwiches would be good.  Also, I am not a big nut eater, but  I would eat nut butters with crackers.  I  also like sunflower seeds.  This might be a good time for a granola bar as well.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
50 Tea Sandwiches (Some of these I would never eat.  LOL)

I don't eat fish at all (yuk!).  So I would like to eat poultry in various forms (chicken, turkey, etc.)   I have at least 450 different poultry recipes on my Donalacasa's Chicken and Poultry Pinterest page.  My family eats fish, so if they want to pick a fish night, I will have something quick like a stir fry meal.  I am going to try to avoid having a carbohydrate for dinner, but that means I'm going to have to have some creative vegetable dishes prepared.  I have tried this in the past and before I got into a deep sleep, my stomach was rumbling.  It would probably help too if I went to bed at a decent hour.  I don't think our bodies were designed to be up for to long past sunset.  My Vegetable Pinterest page has 500 recipes.  Does anyone else pin and pin and then never make anything you pin?    

In the Bible, it seems that red meat was reserved for special occasions and house guests.  Because of that, I am going to reserve our red meat meals (beef, lamb, elk, etc) for the Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh (the head of the Hebrew month).  That is basically 5 times per month.  I think that's plenty!

This is just a brainstorming blog.  I won't be able to actually implement any of this until after the 1st of the month.  I'd love to hear some of your weekly meal plan ideas.