March 14, 2013

Cilantro Guacamole

I heard from a bird somewhere that eating cilantro is mega amazing for your body, eating is is 100% a good idea, and apparently it does the following:
  • Contains immune-boosting and antioxidant properties.
  • A good source of dietary fiber, iron and magnesium.
  • Rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids.
  • A powerful detoxifying agent that has been used to help remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
  • Aids digestion and settles the stomach; drink a cup of tea made from the leaves when you experience any form of stomach discomfort.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory properties may help alleviate arthritis symptoms and reduce minor swelling.
  • Protects against bacterial infection from Salmonella.
  • Can help increase (good) HDL cholesterol and reduce (bad) LDL cholesterol
  • Helps reduce feelings of nausea, eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation and reduces menstrual cramping.
  • Helps promote healthy liver function and stimulates the endocrine glands.
  • Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar.
  • Acts as a natural antiseptic and antifungal for skin disorders such as eczema and fungal infections.
  • Wards off urinary tract infections.
  • Helps ease conjunctivitis, eye-aging, macular degeneration and other eye stressors.
Yes, I copied and pasted that directly from a website, enjoy visiting the writer at Happy Mothering.  She just said bullet-pointed it so well! After hearing about all of cilantro's health benefits, I decided to buy a bunch of it each week. I tried smoothies (no luck, too much tastes-like-taco, not enough tastes-like-a-regular-green-smoothie) and making a salsa (no luck again, too much salsa not enough uses and it went bad after 6 days - I probably could have been more consistent with adding it to my meals, but alas... I failed) but it simply wasn't working out.

Until I found Carrie's recipe. Ah Ma Gosh. We have a keeper, and it meets us for lunch and/or dinner every week. Thank you, Carrie. Thank you, cilantro. Thank You, giving God who created such a delicious green leaf!

Ah-Ma-Gosh Cilantro Guacamole
serves 4
  1. 1 avocado, peeled and pitted *save pit
  2. the juice of 1 medium lime
  3. 1 roma tomato, cut in half
  4. 2 serrano chilis, stems removed
  5. 1 splash of vinegar (Carrie calls for coconut, but I just used white distilled)
  6. 1-2 splashes of water, or more lime juice to help the blender
  7. 1 bunch of cilantro, washed, including stems (you can cut off the tips if they're ugly!)
BLEND! I used a high-speed blender, but a regular blender ought to do the trick. Just make sure you put the liquids & tomato in first, followed by the avocado, chili peppers, then the cilantro.

TIP: if you don't get through it in one sitting, leave the pit inside the bowl. This helps the whipped avocado mix to stay fresh. It will change in color by the next time you use it, but the flavor will remain loud and incredibleeee!

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9 ESV)

Not faking it... That the love we demonstrate not only be in the exchanging of polite words, but in deed. That our actions, our thoughts, our words, out life would be a testimony of sincere love. To want it, not to love simply because we "have to" but to enjoy it! Recently I have been trying to genuinely show love to people I hardly know (and well-known friends, too!) and it only causes a positive domino effect. Everyone smiles in return, you feel great inside, it's easier to share your faith, and they are more open to listening to you. They are also more open to sharing a little bit of what is on their heart. Christ's love saturating on believer's heart and pouring out onto someone else really has a powerful effect! It's beautiful, fun, and exciting, to -really- love the people God has allowed to be part of your life.

Turn away from evil, from everything that doesn't come out of a rich love. Turn away from characteristics that don't represent Christ, from lying, cheating, stealing, hurting, boasting. Cling to all that is good. Hold tight, don't let go. Dig your thought deep into God's word daily and be strong in the Lord. Then, when temptation greets you and the idea of "turning from evil" isn't so appealing anymore, you have the full armor of God protecting you, guiding you to look to all good things.

Since God has placed it on my heart to read the bible more, it has been so much easier for me to see evil before it greets me face-to-face and I have no where to turn. Sometimes it's only one or two verses in the morning, that I reflect on and try to remember throughout the day. But even half a verse can guide me, even 5 minutes can bring all my attention back to my Creator, off of me, and onto His many blessings in my life. This is how it is easier to turn from evil. When you are filled with God's promises, and believe them fully, you can't help but see all the good in life and abandon evil.

Thank You, Father, for Your powerful Word! Help us to apply it to our lives, and open our eyes to any changes we can make to draw closer to You and further from our old sinful ways.

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