We started September with some conversation around statistics (The Number “One Million“). Today I’d like to talk about food. Or, more accurately, diet. But I don’t intend to write exclusively about what we eat… so much as what we consume, what nourishes us.
Rebekah and I are seriously committed to taking care of ourselves. It’s been a couple of years since we literally recalibrated our entire approach to meals, and one year since we both decided to reach and sustain a particular and healthy target weight – which we have.
We discovered that preparing really good foods (featuring reasonable portion sizes and amazing flavors), is not only more enjoyable but so better for us. So I’m going to share a couple of this week’s recipe’s while at the same time commenting on the wider idea of diet, or consumption.
Jesus was all about balance and nourishment:
Part of this post comes out of the good conversation I had with my friend David this Tuesday morning. David is a serious Bible scholar and our chats over coffee always tend to go deep in a hurry. We were talking about what we know about heaven, and if we will have the opportunity to invest ourselves in meaningful work in “the life to come”. I pointed out that Jesus said his food was doing God’s work (John 4). He lived in this human body but he was nourished by his relationship to the Father.
I like the idea that our diet, how we get nourishment, necessarily involves our life of faith. It is part of the complete picture. We are not simply flesh and blood machines that are fueled with appropriate foods; we are complete beings that include light and life and love.
Jesus implied this when he said we should, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12) The Lord considered obeying God to involve mind, soul, and body.
In God’s Image:
Early in her ministry, back in Pensacola, Rebekah was a popular speaker at a huge annual regional conference put on by the local hospital. They brought in nationally known authors and speakers to address medical issues, fitness, diet, and psychology. They asked Rebekah to talk about balance, and the spiritual threads that tie it all together. She always hit a home run and I believe it is because we are beings created in the image of God and we absolutely must receive nourishment from the source of all light, energy, love, grace, peace, and mercy.
Oh, yes, let’s not forget the recipes I was talking about.
Amazing Spaghetti, with small salad: The key here is how you start the sauce. Sauté chopped onion, celery, carrot, and garlic – then build the sauce up from there. Ground beef, stewed tomato, mushrooms, then hopefully you have fresh basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme growing in your kitchen garden. I mix a little parmesan into the sauce before it finishes.
I also believe a great salad is important here. This time I chose a bed of organic baby Romain lettuce – and sprinkled with feta cheese, walnuts, tomatoes, and a light Caesar dressing.
The Halibut is wonderful! Simply salt and pepper fillets then pan fry at medium high in a little olive oil for 4-mins each side. Serve with a light white sauce (butter, flour, milk, sour cream, parmesan, dill, sea-salt) then pair with this amazing mixture: leftover yellow rice mixed with leftover black beans mixed with leftover mixed vegetables mixed with a combination of sautéed onions, garlic and mushrooms.
So this idea of “real nourishment” may be an emerging theme for me. Stay tuned – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.