Thanksgiving is over, and the wonder of the Christmas season is here! I love it!
But the wonder of the Christmas season also includes a wonderful To Do list that has gotten much longer since before Thanksgiving. In addition to all my regular activities, it now includes:
We do all these things during the Christmas season because we want to honor and express our thankfulness to God for sending His Son and we want to bless others and enjoy our family.
But all this wonder often makes it more difficult for me to maintain my normal health routines that I depend on to keep me on track with good health habits. As I am working through my wonderful To Do list, I’m finding it harder to cook healthy meals, get regular exercise and get enough sleep.
Have you ever considered that one way that we
can honor God and express our thankfulness to
Him during the Christmas season is to do what is
necessary to take care of this beautiful
body, mind and spirit that He has given us?
And one way that we can bless others and our family
is to take care of ourselves so that we
are available and have the energy to
give to them and enjoy them?
To help us do that during this wonderful season, I want to share my current favorite One Pot Wonder that I have cooked many times when I want to prepare a healthy meal in the midst of a busy schedule.
This One Pot Wonder has many positive attributes:
This One Pot Wonder is called Shakshuka (recipe below) and I must thank my daughter for introducing me to this wonderful meal!
My family enjoys this meal with a high fiber crusty homemade whole grain bread that contains oats and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and chia) – another One Pot Wonder recipe that I will share at a later time.
I hope you try out this wonderful One Pot Wonder so that you can enjoy a wonderful and healthy Christmas season!
(adapted from https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/245362/chef-johns-shakshuka/)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can diced or crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
1/2 cup water, or more as needed
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons crumbled goat or feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat olive oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir until mushrooms release all of their liquid and start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in bell peppers. Stir in jalapeno pepper (optional). Cook and stir until peppers begin to soften up, about 5 minutes. Season with cumin, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir and cook to "wake up" the flavors, about 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and water. Adjust heat to medium and simmer uncovered until veggies are softened and sweet, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Add more water if sauce becomes too thick.
Make a depression in the sauce for each egg with a large spoon. Crack egg into a small ramekin and slide gently into each indentation; repeat with the rest of the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until eggs are to your desired doneness.
Top with goat or feta cheese and parsley.
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About the author:
Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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