By Kelly White
Give your fave foods a health-filled overhaul! Lots of people vow to eat more healthfully at the beginning of the New Year. And that’s great, but don’t even think about giving up some of your favorite foods—instead give them a more nutritious (and extra-delicious) twist with these three recipes that scream, “Out with the old…In with the new!”
Oh, but there’s a hitch: To figure out the correct ingredients, you have to first play a little game of fill-in-the-blanks by looking up the listed Bible scriptures and then matching up to the recipes. Um…yum.
OUT WITH THE OLD…Peanut Butter & Jelly
IN WITH THE NEW! Hit the refresh button on your old-school PB&J by swapping out for another nut butter, adding some fruit, and making it super-sticky sweet to eat.
’Nuther Butter & Jammie Sammie
- 2 slices whole-grain John 6:35
- 2 T. Exodus 37:20 butter
- 2 T. Leviticus 26:5 jam
- 1 tsp. pure Psalm 119:103
- 1/4 tsp. ground Exodus 30:23
Lightly toast slices before assembling, if desired (or, even, better, wait and grill your completed sammie in a waffle iron). Slather one slice with the nut butter and the other slice with the jam. Add the fruit to the jam side, and onto the nut butter side drizzle and dust the last two ingredients. Sandwich the two goodie-slathered whole-grain slices together. Mmmmessy… Makes 1 sandwich.
OUT WITH THE OLD…Garden Salad
IN WITH THE NEW! Trade in the same-ol’ salad for our chopped-up concoction. It has some unexpected ingredients, but the fresh flavors combine well along with a tangy dressing.
- 1 baby Jeremiah 10:5
- 1 hardboiled Luke 11:12
- 5 seedless Deuteronomy 24:20
- 2 fresh Luke 11:42 leaves
- 1/2 tsp. canola Matthew 6:17
- 1/4 tsp. white Psalm 69:21
Carefully chop the first five ingredients and place in a small bowl. Add the remaining, and toss lightly to mix until coated with the dressing. Makes 1 serving.
OUT WITH THE OLD…Microwave Popcorn
IN WITH THE NEW! Plain-and-simple just doesn’t cut it anymore? Try this savory mixed-up version of a snack next time you have a mean case of the munchies.
Happy Trails Snack Mix
- Whole Psalm 147:14 pretzels
- Popped corn Luke 6:1
- Shelled Genesis 43:11 nuts
- Roasted soy Ezekiel 4:9
- Sunflower John 12:24
Toss handfuls of each of the above ingredients into a large bowl. Drizzle with melted Proverbs 30:33, then sprinkle with dry Mark 4:31 and Numbers 11:5 powder; mix well. Makes enough to share. 🙂
Foodie Fill-in-the-Blanks Answer Key
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Exodus 37:20 And on the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.
Leviticus 26:5 The grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Exodus 30:23 Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus.
Jeremiah 10:5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak.
Luke 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Deuteronomy 24:20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time.
Luke 11:42 You give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs.
Matthew 6:17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face.
Psalm 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
Psalm 147:14 He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
Luke 6:1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
Genesis 43:11 Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
Ezekiel 4:9 Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.
John 12:24 Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Proverbs 30:33 For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.
Mark 4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Scripture references are quoted from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. All photos courtesy of unsplash.com. Kelly White is author of The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts, which releases February 2016, available at acabookstore.org and other outlets.
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