Sundays are suppose to be a day of rest, but in this day in age, most people are out running errands, doing house work, running long, racing, and practically doing anything but resting. I’m okay with that, as long as part of the day is simple and somewhat restful.
Since we go to the evening service at our church, our dinners are pretty simple. I adore it! We usually hit up the downtown Wholefoods after service or we come back and I throw something together in 20 minutes. Just the way God intended it, yes?
So here’s my not from scratch Sunday stew, which I originally called a soup, but then googled the difference because I am dork like that. Click on the imagine to get the full article. Come on you know you want to.
- 1 cup chopped roasted chicken or chicken sausage (pre cooked)
- 2 or so cups of the cabbage/slaw salad mix (i like to get the ones with cilantro and seeds added)
- 1 sweet potato or squash
- 1 chopped jalapeno
- spit pea soup (the gluten free kind)
- chili mix or mexican spice mix (1tsp)
- gluten free chicken broth
- lentil chips, corn chips, or other for topping/scooping
- optional: feta or other cheese
- Note: to make vegan just use tofu, tempeh, or meatless chicken cutlets instead of chicken. Also use vegetable broth.
- First heat your sweet potato in the microwave for 3 minutes. Peel back skin and chop into pieces. Then add the broth, a little extra water (maybe 2/3 cup), canned or boxed split pea soup, cabbage salad mix (about 2 cups worth), chicken, and the potato. Mix well. Stir in some chili mix or other fun flavors, cover, and place on medium to medium low for about 10-15 minutes or until everything is heated and the cabbage salad mix in cooked through. Serve up in bowl, add a little cheese and jalapeno on top. Serve with a side of lentil chips or other gluten free chips of choice!
- Note: to make lower in sodium, add more water or use the low sodium broth.
Sundays for us are pretty relaxed these days. We may do a little work here or there, walk the dog, and start some laundry, but that’s about it. Boring to others, but beautiful to us. Well, for the time being. There will be a time or a season when our Sundays will be filled again. Most likely with travel, with training, with racing (God willing). But I’ve learned that when God gives you boring, make it beautiful. When there’s not much on the agenda, don’t fill it. Just go with it. When your to do list is a DONE list, don’t add to it. And when you feel the urge to skip a rest day or power through another weekend, just get outside and walk, enjoy. Be boring, I promise that in the end…….. it feels BEAUTIFUL!
My favorite quote from my devotional this week sums things up quite nicely.
“Rein in your impulses to plunge into the days activities…….. Relax with Me (God) while I ready you for action.”
What’s boring but beautiful to you these days? Did you know the difference between a stew and soup? I’m sure you did.
Good luck to all those racing the Marine Corps Marathon! And be safe all those who taking on hurricane Sandy. Saying a prayer now!