I don’t know about you, but my Sunday afternoons almost always involve some sort of planning and preparation for the week ahead, and this typically involves preparing food in some shape or form. My husband and I have found that a bit of meal planning on the weekend goes a long way in terms of cutting down on preparation time and what’s-for-dinner stress during the week. So, in an effort to share ideas and things that have been helpful for us, A Joyful Surrender is launching a Sunday Recipe Series! For the foreseeable future, we’ll be sharing a tasty new recipe with you every Sunday. Whether you like to plan your family’s meals ahead of time or you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of gal, I hope you’ll enjoy the ideas we share here and I pray that they are a blessing to you and those you may be enjoying them with!
While it may not seem at first thought that sharing recipes is an important part of this Joyful Surrender we’re living, I have been thoroughly convinced otherwise. Being a Christ-follower and working as a registered dietitian, I’ve spent the past couple of years asking God to teach me about how these two areas of my life intersect. I still have a lot to learn, but the Lord has taught me a great deal. God has created our bodies with a need to be fed and nourished, but beyond that, He blessed us by giving us taste buds that allow us to enjoy food and experience what He created. We can use food and our ability to prepare it in a delicious way as a means to bless others. It can be lovingly preparing food for those God put under the same roof as us, or thoughtfully creating a nourishing meal for a new mom in your church. It may be delivering a comforting meal to the elderly widow who lives nearby, or inviting others into your home and feeding them the best you can offer. It seems we all love to eat, and providing good food for others can be a wonderful way to bless people!
Living joyfully surrendered means also taking into account stewardship of our bodies. You’ll notice in the coming weeks that most of the recipes I choose to share are filled with foods that God originally created and has said numerous times throughout His word are nourishing for our bodies. Now, I’m not promoting a certain “diet” or saying all Christ-followers should eat a specific way, but I think God has made it pretty clear in His word that certain foods are better for these bodies He created than others. Within the means He has given you, choosing more of the incredibly nutritious foods He created is a way we can be good stewards of our bodies.
Here is a new recipe that is super quick to make, works well as a snack or with a meal, and kids enjoy making and eating. I’m looking forward to trying this with lunch this week!
Crunchy Apple Wedges
Wash an apple and cut into 4-6 wedges. Spread nut butter, such as peanut butter or almond butter, on each wedge. Sprinkle a crunchy topping on the peanut butter. Fun toppings to try include granola, any sort of crunchy cereal, or chia seeds!
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