TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Spiced Chickpea Wraps

A cafe near my place in Waterloo, called Seven Shores, serves these rice paper wraps that I’ve tried and that are delicious. The texture is something that many people have told me throws them off, but I personally love them!

Today I had my lovely friend Laura over and kind of finagled this recipe. I tried a few wraps with the rice paper and one with a regular Tostito flour wrap, and I preferred the rice paper! Give these things a try, I truly thought they were wonderful! I just kind of threw all the ingredients together but I guesstimated some measurements for you below.

Spiced Chickpea Wraps

Ingredients

1 tsp BBQ sauce

1 T grapeseed oil

1 T vinegar

1/4 c sunflower seed butter (or tahini, or peanut butter, or any nut butter really!)

2 T hot water

2 T lime juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 T grape seed oil

1 1/2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 T lime juice

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp BBQ sauce

2 tsp cumin seed

1 tsp cayenne

2 tsp garlic salt

1 T turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder

wraps of any kind

spinach

thinly sliced cucumber

thinly sliced carrot

  1. In small glass, mix 1 tsp BBQ sauce, 1 T grape seed oil, vinegar, sun butter, hot water, 2 T lime juice, and garlic powder until smooth. Set aside.

  2. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the chickpeas and stir. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas become more golden and pop around a little.

  3. In small glass, mix 2 T lime juice, the maple syrup, and 1 tsp BBQ sauce. Pour mixture over skillet with chickpeas. Stir for about a minute, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add all the spices, and stir to coat; remove from heat.

  4. Assemble the wraps by piling on chickpeas and veggies, drizzling with sun butter mixture, and folding. Enjoy!

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WHAT I “ATE” WEDNESDAY: Reminders from the Spirit

And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 2 PETER 1:13

I woke this morning with a similarly wonderful happiness, giddiness, as of the past few days– knowing that Johnny is here, near, and that I will be with him today is almost too good to be true.

I spend time in the Word (mostly Psalms this morning, I will declare Your love stands firm forever echoes through my mind), I read a little, I venture to the kitchen to make breakfast. Singing and dancing my way through cooking’ and brewing coffee, I snuggle up on the couch with Nashville and thank the Lord for this period of rest this week, and I do just rest in it. Johnny’s lovely momma gave me coconut flavoured coffee, and it goes so well with sweet foods! I clean the house and continue my dance party for one before hitting the very empty school gym for some stretching, technique work, and a bit of strength training.

Because I have a gift card, I stop by Starbucks on the way home and sit in for a bit, and I pray. I talk to God about some of the convictions I’ve pushed aside. I know the power of prayer and of simply going to Him, and the enemy will forever try to keep me from doing exactly that. My Lord is so faithful, and He answers my questions and leads me to some repentance and more time in the Word. I make and eat lunch whilst catching up on my emails. I talk to Jesus, who reveals more about this period of rest and what He intends for it. Johnny comes home from work in the afternoon, and we catch up, finish a movie, talk endlessly, listen to music, grateful and surrendered and giving our relationship to God in conversation and conviction and prayer.

We get around to making dinner late, and throw together food from the piddly remainder of groceries I have (neglected to grocery shop as I move back in with my parents this weekend). After dinner, we head to a board game cafe to meet some of my dearest friends from high school, who are all, of course, excited to see Johnny. It is so great being with everyone in the midst of Johnny being home– which still has not totally set in yet.

Our God is so faithful, always speaking to us and delighting in the will of our alignment with His Spirit, in the word, Your will be done, Lord, as His mercy endures forever and “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20

Lord, continue to be all in all in my relationship with Johnny. May You be all that is seen, honoured, and glorified in and through us.

TEN THINGS TUESDAY: Get to Know My Boyfriend Tag

In honour of my man being back home from Winnipeg, I thought I’d brag about the man he is, the character only Jesus Christ has in him, and some of the things I love about him.

He’s observant. Nothing flies over Johnny’s head. From quick humour in movies to picking up skills to catching on to hidden messages in literature and songs to noticing little things out of place, this quality means he is always alert and caring about his surroundings.

He’s so smart. He has such an intelligent mind, and learns new things so quickly. With an eagerness to learn simply in order to excel for Jesus’ sake alone, Johnny is often commended for his intelligence, which he simply prays Jesus be glorified by through and through.

He’s romantic. I could list a ton of little romantically sweet, compassionate things this man has done to show that he loves me and looks out for me, but ultimately, his romantic side hinges on his service to and through the Lord Jesus, which is why it is so genuine.

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He’s funny. Johnny has a quick and witty and also sometimes goofy sense of humour that I love. His laugh is also one of my favourite sounds. We see light and joy in situations together.

He’s driven. Johnny is always nothing but expectant of Jesus’ greatness, and we often marvel together at our God’s Truth in that we always can be, knowing that one day we will fully grasp that He has always been before and under and on top of everything. This as fuel, Johnny is driven by life tasks such as work and school, and hobbies such as sports, knowing that God favours his work and His “plans prepared beforehand” (Eph. 2:10) are so tangible even to mere humans by the Spirit when we are working hard for the sake of the Lord.

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He’s so compassionate. He cares so much about me, about his family, and about his friends, and all those around him, and he shows it every day in such sweet and endearing ways.

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He’s talented. Johnny is a gifted athlete, singer, artist, businessman, writer, speaker– you name it, he’s probably wonderful at it! 

He’s picky. In a good way. He has very specific taste in clothes, music, colours, animals, styles, etc., and I love feeling like I will be getting to know him forever.

He’s passionate. Johnny is so passionate about good and artistic music, about soccer and other sports, and ultimately about Jesus Christ, and the way He is manifest and present in such things.  

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He can be shy. I have always clicked with shy people, perhaps because I never have been, but ever since I met Johnny and picked up on his touches of shyness when he first meets people, I’ve been so endeared by the sincerity behind it.

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MEDITATION MONDAY: All For My Saviour

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” –JOHN 8

Sunday night, I saw my boyfriend again for the first time in nearly 4 months.

He surprised me, standing in my house when my parents dropped me off from a family Easter gathering, and seeing him, holding him again, time stood still for a few minutes. We have had so much to catch up on.

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To explain briefly, Johnny and I made a decision through the Holy Spirit to communicate only via letters this past semester. I haven’t texted or called him since January 1st.

We both agreed that this time has so allowed for JUST the Spirit’s way in us individually and as a couple, and being with him in all aspects of our relationship just these past few days, God has granted new doses of clarity and understanding, as the growth He’s established in each of us is working in our relationship for His glory.

And one of these things that we are so aligned on, a Truth that has made its way by the Spirit into both our hearts in a new way this past semester, has been about judgement, and how it’s not something God calls us to, ever.

The above story from John is an illustration of Jesus’ reaction when we lay up others’ sins and faults in anger before Him.

Jesus, my friend has lied about me behind my back. This is wrong; the law says so. What are you going to do about it? 

All Jesus instructed those harbouring such judgement and accusation was that they had no place to, no call to. Jesus calls us to “preach His name” and to “be His light.” Of course, the desired outcome of such things, the ONLY outcome– maybe not as we expect it or right away, but the ONLY outcome nonetheless– when we are truly in the Spirit is others; understanding, lifting of His name, and cause to praise Him and understand their freedom in Him.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” ~ Eph. 2:8-9

We live in this world as much as we are not of it. So, in each situation we are called not to judge or dominate, but to meet everyone where they are, recognizing that harsh judgement from a human “calling out” of another’s actions is never something that will reveal the Saviour. Rather, Paul defines prophecy as “revelation, not instruction” (1 Corinthians 14:26). This often looks like the exact opposite of speaking; often, Jesus’ revelations are of, My child, listen to this person. Open your ears and love. We cannot deny another’s experiences, or fully comprehend them, and valuing them and their life and their being made in God’s own image can all be done while simultaneously valuing and first putting Jesus’ Truth. In fact, these things go hand in hand. 

And still, within His Truth, Jesus tells us to “JUDGE with righteous judgement” (John 7:24). Paul reminds us in Romans that our righteousness is in the Spirit alone; therefore, righteous judgement will not be through me or with selfish motives or out of personal “opinion,” but rather a call of the Spirit; which is often spoanteous, and involves trusting and knowing that He can and will take control of any situation. Though sometimes only prompting, when encouraging our reliance on Him, again for His glory.

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” ~ Matt 22:37-40

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: BBQ Chickpea Pad Thai

Maybe I sound like a broken record.

And maybe I shouldn’t keep reiterating the excitement in the Lord’s victory in my “just cooking.” 

But cooking is just so much fun, it’s such a simple and not stressful ordeal, it’s one other facet of life that I happen to be quite good at when I don’t have meaningless things to do with food in my head but rather just Hmm, what do I wanna cook/eat? 

And today, I was inspired to roast and spice chickpeas😍 and use up my vermicelli noodles.


The result was a dinner that was out of this world delicious!

And if you know anything about me, yes, it involves peanut sauce, and it involves spicy. And also water chestnuts. I bought them for one reason only, and he knows who he is.

BBQ Chickpea Pad Thai

I made and ate this all myself, so double the recipe for more! The measurements are guesses tho😜

Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas

1/2 T grapeseed oil

1 T turmeric

1 T garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons chilli powder

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts

1/2 cup green beans, cooked

spoonful of peanut butter

rice noodles, cooked and drained

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain and rinse chickpeas; pat dry. Coat with oil. 

2. In small bowl, whisk together all spices. Combine about half the spice mixture with the chickpeas; toss to coat.

3. Spread chickpeas on a non-stick baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes; toss and stir well with a spatula. Roast about 10 minutes more. Allow to cool on baking tray.

4. Meanwhile, make sure you’re rice noodles are cooked and rinsed according to package. In a medium skillet, heat a bit of oil over medium heat. Add carrots, water chestnuts, and green beans. Sauté veggies, stirring occasionally, until tender. 

5. In small dish, heat about half of the remaining spice mixture with the peanut butter and a spoonful of hot water; stir well. 

6. Add rice noodles, roasted chickpeas, and peanut butter sauce to the skillet with the veggies and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring mixture together. Serve sprinkled with remaining spice mixture. Enjoy!

WHAT I “ATE” WEDNESDAY: Year Two is Complete

What a beautiful day.

*I just want to reiterate that this category is no longer about all of the foods I put on my body on a given day, but rather the way the Lord worked and was glorified in my days. This may involve mentions of food, but, as a child of God, I often snack, have drinks, etc. that I don’t remember nor are worth blogging about. 🙂

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story. PSALM 107:2

I have been redeemed by the Lord, and this reality is manifesting in new ways in my life for His glory each and every day. He is so faithful.

This morning I woke up and read some Psalms and praised and thanked my Father for a new day before getting out of bed or studying for my exam. I am grateful He put this on my heart immediately, as He set the pace for my day so lovingly. I greeted Maddie, made and ate a yummy, filling breakfast, and reviewed a few things for my final exam of second year uni. I organized my things and headed off to campus.

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post year two!!!

I think the exam went really well! It was for poetry, and I actually feel like it’s the strongest exam I’ve written in university thus far. DONE and happy, and I headed to meet my sister for lunch at Thrive, a cafe she wanted to go to in uptown Waterloo. I asked her to pick a place to celebrate her birthday, as it was on February 27 and she had been in France, and I had a long overdue gift for her.

When a place has either ten dollar amazing smoothies and smoothie bowls and sweet things, or ten dollar savoury things, I want both, but pick one, and 9 times out of 10 my sweet tooth wins out. I stole a couple bites of Krystal’s pad Thai though 😉 this parfait had sooo much peanut butter as per my request.

Krystal and I had a meeting with the new program coordinator at the community centre we teach dance at, so we headed there next. “What a gift from God,” I said after our meeting. I’ve been praying for some time over the leadership and direction of this dance program, and this beautiful, caring woman helped us to get a legitimate plan and budget in the place for the regrowth of this studio. We currently have four young teachers, all in school, and very little budget for things like costumes and recitals. But we have goals and direction now, and I’m excited to put my time and energy into them this summer, and have a clear provision from the Lord in my position there for this time.

I was so excited for my plans all day with Beth, my beautiful friend who I get to live with next year. We both finished our plans earlier than expected, and decided to make dinner together. “I have tons of food to use up before the move,” Beth had told me, as she is moving into our place in less than two weeks, while I am moving back in with my parents for the summer. So we headed to her place, catching up on endless happenings and what God is doing in our lives while we cooked, deciding on fried rice bowls with scrambled egg and chicken and soy sauce and stir fried veggies. It was so yum and hit the spot while we chatted endlessly, somehow ending up talking about the mind-boggling reality of pregnancy and childbirth, among other things. I love love love this down-to-earth and Jesus-praising human. I endlessly gushed for and listened to Beth’s relationship with her fiancee, and told her about what the Spirit has been teaching me in this season with Johnny. I tried, but failed, to explain how excited I am to see him. There aren’t really words to explain it, or how much I love and care for him.

At home, I cleaned some, I read some, I drank some, I ate some, I prayed some, I Netflixed some. And now I’m writing some. And as I type, I pray that you, reader, are enlightened by and feel the warmth of your Father’s hug as the last thing before you close your eyes and sleep. The sovereignty of His provision, and the plans He is always under for His glory, and therefore your benefit.

 

TEN THINGS TUESDAY: Lessons from Children

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been teaching dance for three years now, and I am always amazed by how much I learn from the kids I teach.

And said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” MATTHEW 18:3

Faith. These students are faithful in humanity and in their peers. They expect goodness and kindness, and give it in return. They have wild imaginations, and like to hear about positive things in others.

Memory. The kids, at the end of their class, vote on what game they’d like to play, between Freeze Dance and Dance Cross Canada, and, often, some of the kids end up quite disappointed when their choice of game is not the majority, and I will quip, “We’ll play that game next week!” Sometimes, surely, a student will walk in the studio and say, “YAY, we’re playing Freeze Dance at the end of class today! I’ve been excited all day!” It’s the little things that mean so much to them, and they hold on to these positive things rather than worries or negativity (If anything is excellent or good, think about such things –Philippians 4:8).

Praise. When someone nails a turn in ballet or a coffee grinder in hip hop, their fellow dance mates are so often just as excited for the student as the kid her/himself. I delight at watching these kids lift each other up.

Energy. The kids’ energy and effort does not run out– they are always just excited to be in class and ready and grateful to learn. When we play games at the end of class, I am always playing with them, and the games remind me of laughing and the sort of excitement a simple game would give me when I was their age.

Free Spirit. The kids certainly have a tough time with rules, and, while many rules are important in class, such as keeping their hands to themselves, not hanging from the ballet bar (a personal pet peeve, and one of their favourite ways to annoy me 😉 ), not running in socks if they forget dance shoes one day, etc., today, for instance, one of the girls in a ballet class asked if we could play music and “just dance” at the end of class and I of course said Why not. We had so much fun together.

“Guess What?” The commonality of this question never fails to delight me. And the answer to my curious “WHAT?” is always something like, “I had pizza day at school!” or, “My mom’s birthday is in May!” Everything is exciting, and anything can delight.

“Did you know Jesus lives in hearts?” I have bonded so exceptionally beautifully with one of the students who takes both my ballet and hip hop class, Mirwet. She has signed up for every session this year, and never ceases to want to talk about our Lord Jesus. She saw my cross necklace once and was delighted to find out I was a Christian. Today, a new student in one of my ballet classes asked if I knew that the music we were listening to was “About God,” and I said yes, and she said, “Jesus is risen, Alleluia!” Mirwet heard this new girl speaking with me, and we exchanged a smile. The Spirit within these beautiful sisters has paved such a righteous atmosphere.

There is always time to hear about someone’s day. The kids love when I do “attendance question” at the beginning of class, and so often I just say, “Tell me one thing about your day.” Sometimes it can take up ten minutes of class, but it often is enough for me to learn something about the students and have my perspective changed and lightened– the “one exciting thing” is so often so generic from a world standpoint, but miraculous and praiseworthy from a Kingdom standpoint

It’s about having fun and knowing you’re praising. I preach this and enforce it in the kids that I am sure if you asked any of my students, “What’s the most important thing about dance?” They would respond that “It’s about having fun and knowing you’re praising not yourself, but something higher than yourself.” I repeat that if any of them have questions, or ever feel stressed about dance, to talk to me– but they really embody and embrace this.

Talking to strangers and assuming the good in others. “Do you wanna be my friend?” say the 4-year-old ballet kids as they fearlessly hold each others’ hands. And as the girls get older, I begin to see the changes– the fear, the learned, It’s weird to ask someone to be friends. The more judging or wondering stances, the fear of judgement, etc. I don’t want these untruths to be the atmosphere of my classes, or these kids’ lives. And they have taught me a lot about the untruth of such an atmosphere in any world or life, period.