March 15, 2011

Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
and lean not to your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes I easily find myself worrying about my future, or struggles that have come to the surface that I can't figure out how to handle, or how things could, might, maybe be. But when I worry or let myself feel overwhelmed and anxious, it's because of one reason: I am not trusting in God with all my heart.

We're only humans, we can't fall back on our mere understanding of life and the hundreds of trials that come our way. It is impossible for us to fathom why there is pain, why lonliness, why hurt, why loss in this world. The only constant, consistent, never-ending and always-flowing source of knowledge and true wisdom comes from our Father in Heaven, Christ Jesus. I'm never going to find the answer to why there is cancer in my family, why my good friend's body is failing on her and tearing her life apart, or why society accepts the fact that everyone's dying of heart failure, incurable diseases, or falling into depression so dark that they rip their own life away. The only One with all the answers is God, Creator of every human on this earth, Creator of every living thing.

We're never going to be satisfied if we ask, "why?" when natural disasters hit us unexpectingly or thousands of lives are taken. Our only option is to give every hurting heart to God, through prayer, and to trust in His plan, for the world He formed and the people He placed in it, whole-heartedly. All He asks is that we "shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:37) so let's try to acknowledge Him. He has given us His Son's life, His unconditional love every minute of every day, and a promise land in Heaven if we let Him into our heart, what else do we need?

God is good :) Today was amazin' ~ here's a rundown: 4.5 miles - 44:42 on Mr. Elliptical with some leg weight lifting, a 10 minute ab workout, and push ups.


  • steel cut oats
  • rice milk/water
  • cinnamon
  • almonds/raisins
  • sunflower seeds
  • puffed millet
  • banana
  • carob chips
  • blueberries
  • almond butter
  • microwave and dig into ooey, gooey, chocolate banana almond butter love

snackz


chapati bread, toasted, with avocado and pinto beans (drip, drip...)
broccoli, sweet potato, iceberg lettuce (from yest. meal) and more pintos!

*insert work here*


coconut lime square before dinner! dessert first, right?!


tempeh "breading" t'was:
  • paprika
  • salt
  • curry
  • ground flaxseed
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes


sprayed with olive oil and coated nicely, baked with butternut squash fries (seasoned with paprika and cinnamon!) on 400* for 8 minutes, flipped, 7 minutes more!


oh heavens me, that was soooo goood! But I need to be creative and make some sauces to go with these meals, a homemade ketchup would have been unbelievably good.


spicy bbq bites of gold.


dessert was frozen blues, coconut and raw pumpkin seeds!

then... cooking for 3 hours...


my choice!


yes, please.


homemade tomato sauce
  • 4 medium tomatoes, 3 small tomatoes, diced
  • garlic
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes

gnocchi!!
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour + a few tablespoons for non-sticky rolling
  • 1 flaxseed egg (1 part ground flaxseed, 3 parts water, let it sit!)
  • combine, roll, cut into little gnocchis!
  • boil for a few minutes, in small batches, 'till they float, remove with strainer and...

  1. preheat oven to 400* and find yourself a baking dish
  2. blend cooked tomatoes in food processor
  3. add half a large zucchini, diced, to blended tomatoes
  4. strain gnocchis and place in baking dish, an even layer
  5. pour zucchini tomato sauce atop
  6. top with rest of gnocchi, wheat germ, italian seasoning
  7. bake, uncovered, for about 15 minutes
then... sushi and spicy tofu!

for tomorrow's lunch, one dish for hubby and one for the cookin' wife.


lunches, dinners, lots of tupperware and Ziploc baggies, man.


anxiety attack?


deep sigh of relief.

Time to finally sit down with my love bug, now that it's 10pm and I should probably be sleeping. Shoot son, I'd love for the day to last 26 hours long. Just once a week? Happy almost Wednesday!!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this post. The Japan disaster has really brought me to my knees in prayer. There has been so many natural disasters, people keep talking about "end times" Im not sure why you would want to predict something like that, but either way, all these disasters give me more fire to go out and spread His word. There are so many in my family who havent excepted Him. I can't imagine living life on earth without my daddy, I can't even begin to fathom life in Heaven without him.

    Great post, as always girl. You always make me think :)

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