Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Snap 2 - New Recipe Successes

In my quest to make healthier choices this year, I am trying out some new-to-me recipes that incorporate more vegetables. So far, the three I've tried have been excellent!


For our New Year's Day dinner, I created my own version of Hoppin' John using spinach, brussels sprouts, black-eyed peas, and leftover Christmas ham. Here in the southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's is supposed to bring a prosperous and luck-filled year. I don't place much stock in this belief, but I do love the tradition of having them on New Year's Day (as I have for pretty much all my life). Robbie, however, is not a fan of the black-eyed pea, so I was pleasantly surprised when he declared this an excellent recipe that he enjoyed!


As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this Breakfast Flatbread Pizza, inspired by this recipe from the My Fitness Pal blog, tweaking it a bit to fit our tastes and the ingredients we had on hand.


And finally, I modified this recipe to create my own Flank Steak Salad. I am not a big fan of weeds lettuce and greens, but I really enjoyed mixing the corn and beans and steak in to make this a delicious salad. (And Robbie declared it another huge success.)


The best things about these recipes are that they are nutritionally well-balanced and are perfect to help me add more vegetables into our meals!

Joining in today with Helena's meme - Snap - a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images.  The set can be based on colour or shape or subject.

14 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

My dd would agree with you on the lettuce, her salad plate looks similar to yours. We like our veggies around here - glad you've found ways to add them to your routine.

Karen said...

I got quite a chuckle from your description of lettuce! It's a favorite of mine; I keep a variety of different kinds in the fridge all the time. Recently, arugula has been a favorite. I don't believe my son has ever eaten a salad, but his oldest daughter wants one every time she comes for dinner.

Sandra said...

It's good to get out of the usual rut that we get into with recipes and try something new

Barbara Eads said...

All three of your new dishes looks delicious, but the salad is my favorite. It made my mouth water!

helena said...

I'm reading novel based in Charleston in the 1800s at the moment and they mention eating blackeyed peas on New Year day so interesting to see this is still a thing and what it looks like

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Healthier eating/including more veg seems to be a running theme in blogland this month. I've gone the whole hog and cut meat from my diet completely. I was interested to discover when I blogged about it that many of my readers are also meat-free/vegetarian.
Good luck with your aim. I think tempting reluctant husbands to eat meat-free a couple of times a week is the trickiest part, in my case anyway!

alexa said...

Isn't is great when we try a recipe and it turns out well? Your vegetable-rich meals look delicious ... Cheering you on!

Sian said...

I'm another one cheering you on your quest for more vegetables! I'm intrigued by the dish you name as "Hoppin John": I wonder what the story behind that is?

marshaleith said...

thanks for the recipes! My hubby will like them...

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the close up, etc.
Food is such a important part of overall health. I know that should be obvious, but it still feels like a revelation.
Rinda

Miriam said...

Well done for a great start on the veggie front. We are so lucky that we all love vegetables of every kind but your post made me smile, as my son says, about lettuce "I just don't get it mum!"

Patio Postcards said...

Thanks for including the recipe sources. Colourful Snap photos. I am sure we could all use more beans in our diets ... let food be our medicine & our medicine our food.

Alison said...

Well done for finding ways to get more veggies into your diet......my 'go to' is roasted veg! Xx

Maggie said...

They look tasty and colourful too. I also smiled at your mention of weeds. A local lady who grows a lot of salad leaves and veg asked if she could pick wild garlic leaves from our woods to put in her veg boxes. I would not be a very happy recipient of a veg box like that!