I wasn't going to include leftover stir-fry in this post, but I just threw some leftovers together for lunch while I blog and it was SO good, I have to share it. Here is my informal recipe...maybe soon I will post a formal one with pictures, but I wanted to pass this on for my readers running out of ideas.
I happened to have leftover basmati rice made, and leftover Satay Sauce. I quickly chopped up 1 green zucchini, 1 yellow squash, and the rest of my collard leaves (about 5) and steam-fried them, threw in the rice just before they got tender, and loaded it up with the Satay Sauce, sprinkled on some red pepper flakes, and enjoyed a great lunch!
Here are the other recipes for this post:
Thai Tom Ka (my favorite Thai soup, whole food style, vegan, and delicious!)
Incredible Toothpaste (ever hear how great baking soda is for your teeth? How about coconut oil? Do you know some of the benefits of essential oils on the teeth? This recipe brings it all together in one glorious oral hygiene symphony!)
When I created this blog I wanted to venture off into something new (Alkaline Mom), but I just couldn't leave Alabaster out of it. That might sound strange, so I'll explain. When I first started my own business it was daunting to come up with a name. I wanted it to be so powerful and meaningful to me. I had no idea how many chapters would be part of my career, but I wanted this name to travel with them all. The name ended up being The Alabaster Box.
Then it came to me in a message about a portion of scripture: Luke 7:36-50. As an herbalist/aromatherapist/massage therapist, the inclusion of an essential oil was very appealing and appropriate, but the deeper meaning was something I knew I wanted to be part of every aspect of my life.
In this passage, a sinful woman is broken before God, worshipping Christ at His feet in humble adoration. Sobbing at His feet, she pours out a jar (some translations say box) of spikenard oil and anoints Him in an act of worship. This costly oil was a common years' wage, and she poured it at His feet. Jesus knew the thoughts of Simon and his unrighteous judgments toward this woman and Jesus illustrated for him that those who are forgiven much, love much. All who receive forgiveness are forgiven much, but we are not always aware of it. Another important thing to notice is that the jar had to be opened (some even say broken) in order to get the fine oil from it. I think that in the same way, we (those that want forgiveness through Jesus Christ) need to be broken over our sin and open up to allow Jesus to come in and take over our lives in order for the sweetness of repentance can be poured out and flow from us into a life that honors God with humbleness and service to Him...
The first chapter of my career I was a massage therapist and herbalist, the following chapters included massage instructor (school name was The Alabaster Box Institute of Massage Therapy), holistic product designer and producer, and now a mom and blogger, I want to pour my entire life out as an offering for Jesus. I don't always do this the way I want to...well, actually, I rarely do... but it is my heart's desire to live my life, every portion of it, as a life poured out for Christ. So, I had to remind myself what this is all about, and keeping Alabaster as part of my blog name reminds me that pouring it all out for Jesus everyday, no matter what I am doing - including striving to raise a healthy family and encouraging others along the way.
Here is the passage that has inspired the name:
A Sinful Woman Forgiven- Luke 7:36-50
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say amongfn themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”