Gluten Free & God Seeking

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Red Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Salad

I like quinoa.  Not only is it gluten free, but it's full of protein--in fact 6 grams in 1/4 cup!  One of our international students had a nutrition assignment--they needed to eat a grain they never ate before.   So we went to Trader Joe's and looked at all the grains, and we found this bag of red quinoa with a yummy sounding recipe on the back. 

 We were all looking forward to trying something new.  Instead of the cilantro dressing it called for I used my son-in-laws balsamic.  It was a great side salad to go along with the chimichangas I made for Cinco de Mayo .  This is a great recipe for  adding any of your own favorite summer vegetables. 

This salad was the perfect side!





Red Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Salad - for 6


1.  Prepare black beans - You can also make these the night before:   
(1)  Soak 1 cups of black beans.overnight. 
(2)   In the morning drain and add water to cover.  
(3)  Add 1 t of chili powder and 1 t of salt and cook until tender about 1 1/2 hours.  Watch them to make sure they have enough water. 
Note:   You can also just use a can of black beans, but I like to make my own beans. 

2.  Prepare red quinoa:  
(1)  Cook 1 cup of red quinoa in 2 cups of broth.  
(2)  First bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. 
(3)   Put in a small  bowl and let the quinoa cool.
(4)  Toss with a bit of olive oil, 1 t salt salt and 1/2 t of black pepper. 

3.  Prepare vegetables:
(1)  Cut 1 avocado in cubes.
(2)  Slice 1 cup of grape tomatoes (or I used cherry) in half.
(3)  Dice 1/2 cup of a red onion.
(4)  Chop 1/2 bunch of cilantro

4.  Combine vegetables - In a medium sized bowl put:
(1)   The drained black beans, 1 can of corn kernels, avocado, tomatoes, and onion.
(2)  Toss with enough balsamic vinaigrette to coat:   This is a recipe my son-in-law came up with (He's half Italian):  1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t black pepper, 1/2 t dried oregano, and 2 cloves of minced garlic.  

5.  Assemble salad before serving:  Put the red quinoa into a salad bowl and toss with the vegetables.  Then stir in the cilantro.  Taste and add any additional dressing.  

List of Other Salads on this Blog:

Greens/cabbage:
Make it Yourself Thai Peanut Dressing for Mandarin Salad  (My friend Judi's recipe)
KFC Copycat Cole Slaw   (A friend shared this with me)
Belizean Coleslaw    (From Internet search)
Antioxidant Rich Kale Super Salad  (A copycat from a deli, dressing from Syre School Cookbook)

Main Dish Salads
Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (A remake from something I ate at a restaurant)
Mexican Grilled Salmon & Mango Salad   (From a Betty Crocker summer cookbook)
Jackson Square Shrimp Salad   (From my Syre School cookbook)

Pasta & Quinoa:
Tasty Gluten Free Pasta Salad  (Something I picked up over 20 years ago!)
Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad Bowls   (From an Internet search)
Michelle's Greek Quinoa Salad   (My foodie daughter's own delicious creation!) Another Great Salad with Quinoa - Janah's  Original Quinoa, Cranberry & Feta Salad  (a recipe my daughter came up with)

Vegetable:
Jeremy D's Sensational Greek Salad   (My son-in-law's recipe)
Grandma's Perfect Potato Salad   (Family recipe)
Rose's Refreshing Cucumber Salad   (From a Chinese friend)
A Great BBQ side Salad - Curried Pea Salad  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Dot's Easy Bean Salad  (Recipe from an  83 yr old friend of my father's)

Fruit:
Grandma Marilyn's Frozen Fruit Salad  (My mother-in-law's recipe)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

From the Life-Study of Revelation - What are the Two Sides of Rapture Seen in Revelation 14:1?

   The Lord told us that He would return. But if we're not a careful student of the word, we may think that the rapture of the believers has nothing to do with our Christian life.    I learned from the Life-Study of Revelation that how we live actually matters a lot!   

   In chapters 27-30 Witness Lee presents a comprehensive study on the rapture by bringing together verses from Daniel 9, Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians 4, and Revelation 12 and 14.  The truths he presents in these chapters are both eye-opening and sobering.  Here's one of the verses on rapture  he covered that's in Revelation: 
   
 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand having His name and he name of His Father written on their foreheads…These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.    Revelation 14:1, 4B
    He says  that sometimes  people might think that in order to prepare for the Lord's coming all they need to do is just read the Bible and pray.  In these chapters he gives a very balanced view about the Lord's coming.  This section on pages 344-345 in chapter 29 of the Life-Study of Revelation touched me a lot:
As those who are waiting for the Lord's coming back, we must have a proper living without being snared by anything.  Our heart is on nothing but the Lord Jesus. However, this does not mean that we do not study, conduct business, and take care of daily chores, such as cleaning.  Do not say, why must I keep my clothes neat and clean?...I have the assurance that many young people have this attitude.  They do not even make their beds in the morning considering it to be a waste of time....Their sloppiness may delay the Lord's coming back.  The Lord may tell them, 'You must learn to make your bed early in the morning, comb your hair, and shine your shoes.  Then you must arrange all your books in good order'....We must learn to be diligent, keeping everything in good order....However, when the Lord says, 'Behold I come quickly,' we must be able to forget everything….We are normal people living a normal life, but nothing of this life can touch us….These two sides of the matter will force us to be one with the Lord (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Revelation. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1976, Print).
Not only are we those who love the Lord and seek Him, but we're also living a normal daily life in the light of the Lord's appearing.  This balancing fellowship in this chapter is very helpful.

You can listen to excerpts from the Life-Study of Revelation and some excellent commentary on Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. 

Other Posts on the Book of  Revelation:
What is the Focus of the Book of Revelation?
What Does the Book of Revelation Show Us About Loving the Lord?
What Does Revelation 4:11 Tell Us About the Purpose of God's Creation?
What are the Golden Bowls of Incense in Revelation 5:8?
What is the Controlling Vision of he Bible Seen in the Book of Revelation?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bebe's Gluten Free Whoopie Pies

 Yummy is the best way to describe these whoopee pies!   Sandwiched between two layers of rich chocolate is a delicious custard filling.  This recipe is from a friend's mother.   I made these on May 1 for a fun Friday night dessert.  They were a big hit! 



Bebe's Gluten Free Whoopie Pies
Makes 14 Large 


1.  Mix together 1/2 cup of cocoa with 1/2 cup of hot water and stir to combine. 

2.  Prepare dry ingredients - In a medium-sized mixing bowl put:
(1)  2 2/3 cup of gluten free flour-- I used 1 cup or rice flour, 1 cup of sorghum flour, and 2/3 cup of tapioca flour.
(2)  Stir in 1 t of baking powder, 1 t of baking soda, and 1/2 t of salt.

3.  Prepare sour milk:  Put 1 t of milk into 1/2 cup of milk and let it sit for at least  5 minutes.

4.  In a large mixing bowl put:
(1)  Cream together 1/2 cup butter with 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  
(2)  Then add  2 eggs ONE at a time and beat well after each.
(3)  Add the 1/2 cup of cocoa and beat in.

5.  Combine ingredients:  Add alternately to the creamed butter and cocoa mixture the flour and the 1/2 cup of sour milk.  

6.  Baking:  Drop these cookies by the tablespoon onto a greased baking sheet or parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.  


Whoopie Pie Filling

1.  In a small saucepan put:
(1)  3/4 cup of milk and whisk into it 3 T of rice flour.
(2)  Cook a few minutes until thickened and then take off the stove.

2.  Cream together: 1/2 cup of butter with 1/2 cup of sugar.  (The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup of butter and 3/4 cup of sugar, but I'm always reducing!)

3.  Combine:  Add the cooled milk mixture to the creamed butter/sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

4.  Make whoopie pies:  Put about a tablespoon on one side and spread it with a spatula.  Then add the top.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What is the Controlling Vision of the Bible Seen in the Book of Revelation?

   Although the Bible was written over a period of almost 1,600 years by more than 40 writers, it has one controlling vision.  Does this not amaze you?  It's pretty remarkable and proves that the Bible is the inspired Word of God because who else could have done that?  

   I was a college student when I heard that Genesis 1 and 2 mirror Revelation 21 and 22.  After God created man in Genesis 2:7, the biblical record turns in verses 10-14 to describe certain aspects of the area around the Garden of Eden. 

In verse 9 it mentions gold was there and in verse 10 that bdellium (a pearl-like material produced by tree resin), and onyx stone were also there.  At a first reading you may think what does that have to do with anything and then just keep reading. 

   It wasn't until I heard Witness Lee share this Life-Study of Revelation that I saw the connection here.  Flip to Revelation 21, in verse 18 it says the city was pure gold and in verse 21 that the street was pure gold.  Then also in verse 21 it says that each gate was a pearl, and in verse 19-20 it says that the walls of the city were precious stones (just like onyx is the precious stone mentioned in Genesis).

   On page 269 in chapter 22 of the Life-Study of Revelation he explains this:
At the very beginning, in the book of Genesis, we have the tree of life and the flowing river producing gold, bdellium (pearl), and precious stones (Gen. 2:9-12).  At the end of the Bible, in Revelation, we have a city built with these precious materials, with gold, pearl, and precious stones (Rev. 21).  Hence, the whole Bible is for God's eternal purpose of securing His eternal dwelling place by dispensing Himself as life into His chosen ones.  This is the governing vision (Lee, Witness.  Life-Study of Revelation. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, Print 1976).  
In this chapter he mentioned on page 267 that the controlling view of the Bible is God's building.  And without seeing this, it's really hard to understand the Bible. I've learned through hearing and reading these Life-Studies that in order to understand this vision you have to connect it to what both Paul and Peter share in their epistles that  God is building a spiritual house  (Ephesians 2:22; 1 Peter 2:5). Like all the other books of the Bible, Revelation focuses mostly on how God finally gains His building.

You can listen to excerpts from the Life-Study of Revelation and some excellent commentary on Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. 

Other Posts on the Book of  Revelation:
What is the Focus of the Book of Revelation?
What Does the Book of Revelation Show Us About Loving the Lord?
What Does Revelation 4:11 Tell Us About the Purpose of God's Creation?
What are the Golden Bowls of Incense in Revelation 5:8?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jackson Square Shrimp Salad

  Sometimes when I scan my cookbooks, certain ones catch my eye.  Last summer I saw this recipe for Jackson Square Salad in my Syre School Cookbook. On Mondays I usually make a fish dish, and so on the beautiful 70 degree day we had last week, I decided to make this salad.


    I tweaked it a bit because I didn't have any crab, tomatoes, or roquefort cheese, so I made some comparable adjustments which you will see below.  This entire bowl of salad  was eaten by 5 people!  I think that's the biggest compliment I could have gotten!

     There was a dressing that went with this salad that I will list below, but I used a balsamic dressing that my son-in-law came up with, and it went perfectly and brought out all the flavors.


Jackson Square Shrimp Salad


1.  Prepare lettuce:  Wash 1 head of green leaf lettuce, spin, and then tear into bite-sized pieces.

2.  Prepare vegetables/fruit:
(1)  Cube 1 large avocado.
(2)  Recipe calls for  2 tomatoes cut into quarters, but I didn't have any so  I cubed 1 1/2-2 cups of papaya.
(3)  Dice up 1/2 cup of red onion.  I added this to the recipe.
(4)  Slice 12 olives (I didn't add, so you can decide if you want olives in it or not)

3.  Boil 2 hard cooked eggs.  Chop or slice according to your preference.

4.  Prepare salad:
(1)  Put the lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl.
(2)  Top with tomatoes or papaya.
(3)  Scatter red onion over the top.
(4)  Sprinkle 1/4 pound of baby shrimp over the top. (I used a bit more, so add what you like!)
(5)  Then add 2 oz of roquefort cheese or feta over the top.
(6)  Arrange sliced eggs around the edge.

List of Other Salads on this Blog:

Greens/cabbage:
Make it Yourself Thai Peanut Dressing for Mandarin Salad  (My friend Judi's recipe)
KFC Copycat Cole Slaw   (A friend shared this with me)
Belizean Coleslaw    (From Internet search)
Antioxidant Rich Kale Super Salad  (A copycat from a deli, dressing from Syre School Cookbook)

Main Dish Salads
Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (A remake from something I ate at a restaurant)
Mexican Grilled Salmon & Mango Salad   (From a Betty Crocker summer cookbook)
Jackson Square Shrimp Salad   (From my Syre School cookbook)

Pasta & Quinoa:
Tasty Gluten Free Pasta Salad  (Something I picked up over 20 years ago!)
Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad Bowls   (From an Internet search)
Michelle's Greek Quinoa Salad   (My foodie daughter's own delicious creation!) Another Great Salad with Quinoa - Janah's  Original Quinoa, Cranberry & Feta Salad  (a recipe my daughter came up with)

Vegetable:
Jeremy D's Sensational Greek Salad   (My son-in-law's recipe)
Grandma's Perfect Potato Salad   (Family recipe)
Rose's Refreshing Cucumber Salad   (From a Chinese friend)
A Great BBQ side Salad - Curried Pea Salad  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Dot's Easy Bean Salad  (Recipe from an  83 yr old friend of my father's)

Fruit:
Grandma Marilyn's Frozen Fruit Salad  (My mother-in-law's recipe)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What are the Golden Bowls of Incense in Revelation 5:8?

      C. S. Lewis and Tolkien must have learned how to write their allegories from the book of Revelation. To be honest I don't always understand the symbolism in the Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. I usually bug my boys to fill me in on what something means. 

At the bay  yesterday with two of my grandkids.
  In the same way, the symbolism in Revelation can be baffling at times.  And I'd be totally lost understanding the book of Revelation without the enlightening chapters of this Life-Study!

   Last week I read chapter 18 that covered Revelation 5 which portrays the heavenly scene after the Lord's ascension.  As the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God, Christ is presented here as the One who is worthy to open the scroll, which contains the mysteries of the universe.   When the Lord receives this scroll, we see a scene rich in symbolism:

And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and at the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb; each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which bowls are the prayers of the saints.  Revelation 5:8 

   I like this excerpt on the bowls and incense given on page 228:  The bowls are "the prayers of the saints" brought to God by the angelic elders (cf. 8:3-4), whereas the incense is Christ added to the saints' prayers. That these worshippers are holding the bowls means that they, as priests, are ministering to God by bringing the saints' prayers to Him. This reveals that before the Christians become priests in the millennial kingdom, the twenty-four elders are priests today (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Revelation. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1976, Print). 

    In this heavenly scene we see how important our prayers are for the fulfillment of God's purpose.  And in the cross reference in Revelation 8  that verse says:  And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the Angel before God.   The footnote in my Recovery Version of the New Testament (You can order your free study Bible that has over 13,000 helpful footnotes). says that the incense is Christ with all of His merit added to the believers' prayers so that they would be acceptable to God. Without Christ added to our prayers, they're worthless.  And in another footnote I learned that only the prayers that cause the incense to rise are effective.  

You can listen to excerpts from the Life-Study of Revelation and some excellent commentary on Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.   Today I enjoyed listening to Program #18 called the Worthy Lion-Lamb, and it covers this chapter.  

Other Posts on the Book of  Revelation:
What is the Focus of the Book of Revelation?
What Does the Book of Revelation Show Us About Loving the Lord?
What Does Revelation 4:11 Tell Us About the Purpose of God's Creation?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dot's Easy Bean Salad

In April I visited my father in Arizona, and one of his friends let me go through her recipe box.  I took pictures of the recipes that I wanted to try out.  Last weekend I made some hamburgers, and for the sideI made her 4 bean salad.


In my mother-in-law's recipe for bean salad, I noticed she uses just  2/3 cup of sugar, so I adjusted that amount.  I  also added 2 t of salt and 1/2 t of black pepper.  You can taste it and adjust it to your own liking after shaking he bottle.






Dot's Easy Bean Salad

1.  Prepare vegetables:
(1)  Chop up 1/2 of a red onion.
(2)  Chop 1 green pepper. 

2.  Prepare dressing -   In a glass jar put the following: 
(1)  1/3 cup of olive oil and 2/3 cup of white vinegar
(2)  2/3 cup of sugar, 2 t salt, and 1/2 t black pepper.

3.  In a large salad bowl add the following: 
(1)  Drain the following beans:  kidney, green beans, garbanzo, and wax beans (if you want to).
(2)  Add the chopped vegetables
(3)  Pour the dressing evenly over the salad and mix gently together.  
(4)  Chill a few hours.

List of Other Salads on this Blog:

Greens/cabbage:
Make it Yourself Thai Peanut Dressing for Mandarin Salad  (My friend Judi's recipe)
KFC Copycat Cole Slaw   (A friend shared this with me)
Belizean Coleslaw    (From Internet search)
Antioxidant Rich Kale Super Salad  (A copycat from a deli, dressing from Syre School Cookbook)

Main Dish Salads
Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (A remake from something I ate at a restaurant)
Mexican Grilled Salmon & Mango Salad   (From a Betty Crocker summer cookbook)
Jackson Square Shrimp Salad   (From my Syre School cookbook)

Pasta & Quinoa:
Tasty Gluten Free Pasta Salad  (Something I picked up over 20 years ago!)
Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad Bowls   (From an Internet search)
Michelle's Greek Quinoa Salad   (My foodie daughter's own delicious creation!) Another Great Salad with Quinoa - Janah's  Original Quinoa, Cranberry & Feta Salad  (a recipe my daughter came up with)

Vegetable:
Jeremy D's Sensational Greek Salad   (My son-in-law's recipe)
Grandma's Perfect Potato Salad   (Family recipe)
Rose's Refreshing Cucumber Salad   (From a Chinese friend)
A Great BBQ side Salad - Curried Pea Salad  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Dot's Easy Bean Salad  (Recipe from an  83 yr old friend of my father's)

Fruit:
Grandma Marilyn's Frozen Fruit Salad  (My mother-in-law's recipe)