Today’s Devotional: “Complete & Perfect Peace -- Isa.26:3 ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.’ We have arrived at the 7th day & are completing our first week of our fast. You are 1/3 of the way there & in case you haven’t realized it yet, the earth is moving & shaking because of your faithfulness to fast & pray. Strongholds are falling to the side & real Kingdom Living is being released in you & the ones you are praying for. 2014 is having a course dug out as a trench that will allow the water of the word of God to freely flow into the purpose of the Lord for your life, & the most powerful thing about this is that He is able to keep you in Perfect Peace throughout the whole process. Seven is the number of Completion & Perfection & this is the day you are living in.”
Hooray—we’ve made it through the first week! Not without some trials & tribulations, but so far it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve spent more time doing devotions with my husband, and learning to pray in a less superficial and more eternal way.
Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancakes! I took my pumpkin pancake recipe and tweaked it a bit, leaving out the leaveners, replacing the egg with applesauce, and adding a bit more cinnamon & pie spice to help compensate for not putting in the brown sugar. I also toasted the pecans to help boost their flavor. Since we can’t have syrup, I spread about a teaspoon of Polaner AllFruit seedless blackberry jam between the two cakes to help give a little boost of sweetness.
Calories: 204, Protein: 5g, Carbs: 34g (for two pancakes) NOTE: if you wanted to start your day with a little more protein, you could mix some some protein powder into the batter as well.
Lunch: Spinach salad with…well, a little bit of everything, plus some homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
And in the afternoon, I went to a bridal shower for my friend Amy! Luckily, the snacks were very Fast-friendly: fresh fruit, veggie tray, Triscuits (with cream cheese & pepper jelly; unfortunately I didn’t get to have any of that but it looked delicious as always!)… Alas, I couldn’t have any of the delicious looking punch (vanilla ice cream + iced mocha coffee, it looked SOOOOO good), or any of Amy’s cupcakes! Because yes, it’s THAT friend Amy! *sigh* Sooooooo hard to not nom!!!
So… I brought a couple home & froze them for the Hubs & I to enjoy after the Fast! XD
DINNER: Isn’t this a Cajun blog? Well of COURSE it is! And what better dish to make while on a Daniel Fast than some Red Beans & Rice! I started this in the Crockpot in the morning so that it would be ready for dinner.
- 15 oz kidney beans
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cups vegetable stock (sugar free)
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 cup portobella mushrooms, chopped (this helps make up for the lack of meat)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (if you like a kick)
- 1 cup instant brown rice, dry
Add all ingredients except the rice to the Crockpot & set to High for 4 hours or Low for 8.
With 1/2 hour left, add the rice. It will help to absorb the remaining liquid. Season to taste & garnish with green onions.
NutriFacts (Makes 6 servings):
Fat: 1.1 g
Potassium: 421 mg
Carbs: 41 g
Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 6.8 g