Friday, January 21, 2011

A Vegetarian House Guest

Years ago we had a group of house guests, for about 3 weeks. We were working on the computer for an investment program we were all involved in. It turned out that the group of us had been lied to by the experts, but that was not discovered until years later. (However that would be another story.)

One of our house guests was a vegetarian. Another guest was Lorraine, a Mormon lady who had written two books about grains; one of the books was a recipe book. Lorraine helped me prepare meals that would please everyone at the table, and most were without meat.

Our vegetarian friend would eat dairy foods including cheese. Also she would eat eggs if the eggs were inside something such as a cake or a casserole, but her main protein was a handful of almonds each day. I believe she counted 19 almonds for her daily treat.

In the book of Genesis the Lord gave man all the trees and herbs of the field for their diet. It was when it became necessary to slay an animal to provide clothing for Adam and Eve that animals became a sacrifice. Then God gave meat in addition to their cultivated food, but they were instructed to make certain the meat was well roasted or boiled and fully cooked.

In the New Testament, Paul says in a letter to Timothy - -

1Timothy 4:1-4 Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; - -Forbidding to marry, and command to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.

So what to do? Be gracious as to what ever diets your friends choose.  A friend of mine says she is a sometimes vegetarian and other times not. This gives her a greater appreciation for all types of food and diet. Preparing food with love is likened unto a type of Worship to God. As we are thankful for our food we can worship the creator who gives to us all good things.

This post was entered at Ann Kroekers “Food on Fridays.” Please visit to collect other interesting recipes at: http://annkroeker.com/ The no meat recipe that follows is a keeper !!

WHEAT BERRIES CASA BLANCA (Lorraine Tyler)

2 ½ cups cooked whole wheat berries (alternate use Milo)
2 cups sour cream
One 7 oz can diced green chilies
½ pound Monterey Jack Cheese shredded
½ pound Cheddar cheese shredded

The night before, boil enough water in a kettle to cover the wheat berries. Put a lid on the pot and turn off the fire. Let this sit overnight. The wheat berries will just about double but fix plenty. (If you have too much, use it in salad, cereal, or filler in a meat dish.)

Next day, drain the water from the wheat berries. Combine the cooked wheat berries and the sour cream. Add the chilies and the liquid from the canned chilies. Stir in the cheddar cheese and half of the Jack cheese. Place into a 2 quart casserole and sprinkle the remaining Jack cheese on top. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 6

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