Incredibly Simple And Creamy Mac And Cheese

Happy Resurrection weekend. I am busy loving on my family, and honoring the Lord. However, I wanted to stop by the blog to share something with my extended family here at JnF. It’s a recipe for what is possibly a Easter dinner staple: Mac and Cheese. Well, I am all about simplifying a dish without sacrificing it’s taste quality. Less time in the kitchen means more time with our loved ones and with the Lord. While, I usually make my Mac and Cheese in 3 parts; which includes boiling the pasta elbows, making the creamy sauce in a separate pot, and bring all ingredients together in the oven; well this recipe takes place all in one pot, and there is no baking involved!!! 🙂

First I boiled some water, then added the pasta. The pasta began to get sort of soft, and the water all but disappeared. At that point I added about 1 cup evaporated milk, a dash of salt and pepper, garlic powder, a dab of olive oil, and I stirred in a egg.

Now that I had my base of creaminess on the pasta, I let it come to a slow boil. I began to add about 3 cups of Extra Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese.  Add the cheese slowly, stirring at the same time. The results will be this, creamy, flavorful mac and cheese:

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I’d like to leave you with this:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.  (Romans 5:8)

He is risen!!!

 

Breakfast: Cheesy Veggie Egg Muffins

Having a morning ritual is key to having an effective day.  When I rise, my first thought is thankfulness! I lay for a moment and just thank God for waking me up, and ask Him to give me the fuel I need to face my day, and overcome any barriers that the day and the devil may throw my way. If I have time and the spirit hits me, I’ll even get in the word a little bit and do some meditation.

One morning ritual I have tried very hard to keep, is eating breakfast. We’ve all heard it before; the warning that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, it’s also one of the easiest meals to forgo; either because we’re rushing out the door, or if your anything like me, you’re just not hungry so early in the morning.

We can compare breakfast to the word of God. It’s very easy to forget to dwell in the word, until our spiritual selves become so starved that we begin to consume any and everything that we think may fulfill the spiritual void.When we skip breakfast, how often do we find ourselves so hungry by noon that we are make very bad choices in our food intake for the entire day!

The next time you choose to forgo breakfast, just remember Jesus ate the first meal of the day, therefore so should we!

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.- John 21:12

Since my issue for breakfast is usual time, I choose to make some yummy breakfast options ahead of time and freeze them away. This go round, I went for something I never made before, but always wanted to try. I call it Cheesy Veggie Egg Muffins. 

Disclaimer: While writing this post, I am actually practicing a vegan diet (as best as I can), however I made and ate this recipe days before beginning my vegan venture 🙂

You Need:

Cheesy Veggie Egg Muffins

-A non-stick muffin tin
-However many Eggs you’d like to make (I made four)
-Shredded Parmesan Cheese
-Scallions
-Red Peppers, Yellow Peppers, and any other veggies you’d like to use
-Salt and Pepper

Start by chopping your selected veggies.

 

Then crack your eggs and pour one egg per muffin tin. Cheesy Veggie Egg Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

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From there layer your veggies. Cheesy Veggie Egg Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

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Then top off with the shredded parm cheese.

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Place it in the pre heated 385 degrees oven. After about 20 minutes remove from oven. The top should be slightly golden brown.

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Remove from muffin tin, and serve or freeze for another morning.

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I added a little corn beef hash to ours, and cut multi grain bread into tapas triangles and served hot while the cheese was still gooey!!! With breakfast like this, you won’t want to skip breakfast ever again.

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Enjoy and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

Spicy Shrimp and Plenty Green Sautee

I love shrimp. Honestly. I really enjoy most shell fish, especially in warmer months. In my unprofessional opinion shrimp really is great when it comes to taking on flavor. A simple marinade for a short period of time goes a really long way.  My go to flavor for shrimp is butter garlic. Yum, at just the thought. However, I thought this time I would try a spicy garlic flavor, and opt to leave the butter out.

Before, we get into the recipe details, let’s talk a little Jesus! As I mentioned shrimp is delicious and it takes on flavor and seasoning with very little effort. For all intents and purposes, I’d say that that makes shrimp very useful. I can’t help but to wonder how easily, we (God’s children) take on the things of this world by which we are exposed to. Are we easily flavored by the world?

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

It’s important to remember the purpose and intent by which we were created. While shrimp was created to be an enjoyable dish to tickle our pallets and satisfy our taste buds, humans were created I’m sure with a far greater purpose. Which is why we have the ability to choose what flavor we take on. Will we choose to walk in the loving, kind ways of Jesus, or be influenced and colored by this cold world. The next time you face adversity, keep that in mind.

To go along with our flavorful spicy shrimp, we’ll go with what I call “Plenty Green Sautee”. And when I say plenty of greens, I mean plenty! Packed with all sorts of vitamins and mineral, this sauté is a perfect side dish.

Start by de-shelling and cleaning about 2 lbs of Shrimp

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Now grab a few plugs of fresh garlic. Peel them and chop them. Grab a medium yellow onion and do the same.
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Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Onions Chopped

And now, my favorite part of cooking: Creating a spice. I love this part because this pretty much determines the taste of the dish. I went with some salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning.

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Now add that generous amount of spice to your Shrimp.

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Also, add some of that garlic that we chopped earlier and also a chopped Jalapeño for heat!

Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Jalenpenos ChoppedNow cover and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile…..

Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Onions Chopped CookedIn a medium to large skillet add a few drops of olive oil over medium heat. Then, add the previously chopped garlic and onions.

Now pile on the greens. Asparagus, Green beans, Spinach, and kale. Yum!!!

Jesus x Food :: Plenty Green SauteJesus x Food :: Plenty Green SauteBring to a tender sauté. Be sure to season with a little salt and pepper while this green goodness is still cooking, so it can take on the seasoned taste.

Once the greens are tender, add a little homemade Italian dressing:

Jesus x Food :: Italian Dressing

Now it’s time to grab those Shrimps and heat another skillet with a few drops of olive oil, and add the Shrimp.

Jesus x Food :: Cooked ShrimpCook through for about 20 minutes on med heat. Add a little water about 5 minutes into cooking.

And now,

Jesus x Food :: Finished ShrimpEnjoy! A simple, yet flavorful, healthy dish.

Easy Christmas Meal: Stuffed Turkey Rolls and Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Every year the holiday season comes along, and I kind of get anxiety. There is so much pressure, especially on parents to create magical and wonder-filled Christmas memories and traditions, packed with perfect gifts, beautiful décor, and delicious elaborate meals.  Well just as the anxiety kicks in, I kick it’s butt by reminding myself that Jesus is the reason for the season!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.(Luke 2:4-7)

A delicious meal is expected on a day like Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be one that is labor intensive. That’s why this recipe of Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Fresh Cranberry Sauce on the side is so perfect. You still get to experience all the flavors of the holidays we all know and love, but without all the hours poured into it.

Stuffed Turkey Rolls:

Boil about 4 cups or so of water.

While the water is boiling:

Chop red and yellow bell peppers (green too if you’d like), medium white onion, and about a cup of baby bella mushrooms.

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Sautee over medium heat, until veggies are soft and wilted.

Jesus + Food: Stuffed Turkey Rolls

In a medium size bowl, add the stuffings and pour the boiled water over it (not all, use discretion) until it is a soft but firm texture. Add the wilted veggies.

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Now lay 2-3 pieces of turkey slices next to eachother, and a spoonful of the stuffing’s. Roll the turkey slices up. Repeat until all turkey slices are finished. ( Whatever left over stuffing you have can be served on the side)

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Homemade gravy:

In the same pan that the veggies were sautéed in add a cup or two of chicken broth. Bring to a slow simmer. Add a few spoons of flour while stirring rapidly to avoid lumps. Let gravy thicken some (adding more flour will yield a thicker consistency) and finish with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Jesus + Food: Homemade Gravy

Before placing the rolls in the oven, pour the gravy on top of each roll.

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Bake rolls for about 20-25 minutes on about 350 degrees.

Jesus + Food: Stuffed Turkey Rolls

Fresh Cranberry Sauce:

Jesus + Food: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

In a quart pan, add a pack of fresh cranberry, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup white or raw sugar. Bring to a slow simmer, stirring often until the cranberries are jellied. Cool before serving.

Jesus + Food: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Serve with a dinner roll, like this one, and there you have it a simple, but delicious Christmas dinner. And the best part is after you prepare this meal, you still have time to reflect on this glorious day, and the true purpose behind it.

Jesus + Food: Stuffed Turkey Rolls

Ingredients:

Stuffed Turkey Rolls:

1-2 lbs of honey roasted turkey, sliced thin

2-3 boxes of stove top stuffing’s

1 Onion, 1 Red Pepper, 1 Yellow Pepper, and 1 cup babybella mushrooms

Homemade Gravy:

Chicken Broth

A few tablespoons of All Purpose flour

A pinch of salt and pepper

Cranberry Sauce:

A bag of fresh cranberries

1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup sugar of choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple But Delicious: Spicy Jalapeño Tuna Melt

Some nights you just want a simple, but delicious non labor intensive meal.  Cooking a full meal every night can be overwhelming, and just impossible, when you are completely depleted.

However, we don’t have to throw caution all the way to the wind, on those lazy/tiring nights. Sandwiches are perfect solution to dinner options for these sort of nights.

Who doesn’t love a warm, and tasty tuna melt. Especially one peppered with jalapenos!!! The key to a good tuna melt for me is perfectly toasted bread.

Jesus + Food :: Tuna Melt

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
(Matthew 17:20)

For the Tuna:

o 4 Cans of your favorite brand tuna (preferably in water, not oil)
o ½ Mayo (with Olive Oil for healthier option)
o A dash of salt and pepper
o 1 onion diced very small
o 1 jalapeno (half diced, the other roughly chopped)
o A squeeze of lemon

Combine all these ingredients in a bowl.

Grab a couple slices of your favorite bread, and add a little butter to the outter sides.
Spread about 2 generous scoops of your tuna, then add a slice of American cheese, and a few pieces of the roughly chopped jalapenos.
On a small portable grill (like the Foreman Grill), place the sandwich, and grill until cheese is well melted, and bread is toasted golden brown.

Serve warm, with a side of chips or salad.
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Enjoy, and be blessed!!

Simple but Delicious: Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

I love oatmeal.

Not the bland, gooey stuff that most of us hated as children. No, I am talking about well spiced, properly sweetened and thoroughly cooked through oatmeal. The kind that almost makes you forget you’re even eating oatmeal.

Jesus + Food :: Cinnamon Raisin OatmealOn a cold winter morning before taking on a below zero icy freeze, loading up on a nice warm bowl of oatmeal is just what the doctor ordered. And speaking of doctors orders, oats, which are chuck filled of dietary fibers, have been known to lower high blood pressure, and reduce risk of heart attack. After all, the bible tells us of our bodies:

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

And it is a blessing to start our daily glorification with a wholesome and delicious breakfast, like this Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal:

Jesus + Food :: Cinnamon Raisin OatmealIngredients:
• 2-4 cups fresh steel cut oats
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ cup whole milk
• 1/3 cup evaporated milk
• 1 tablespoon cinnamon (or more if you like)
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ -1 cup water
• Raw Brown Sugar (Amount based on your sweetness preference)
• ½ cup raisins

Instructions:

o In a quart pan, add all liquid ingredients (except evaporated milk)
o Add spices, and vanilla, then stir
o Add Steel Cut oatmeal
o Place over low-medium heat, stirring often
o After the Oats are softened and thickened lower heat
o Add evaporated milk
o Add sugar and raisins
o Allow to thicken a bit more
o Remove from heat
o Serve immediately, while warm.

Enjoy, and be blessed!

Jesus + Food :: Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal