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Fruits & Veggies on the Cheap!! January 25, 2010

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If you live in the Kennesaw/Acworth area, this is a deal for you!  During the Daniel Fast this year, Mark and I discovered a great way to save lots of money on fresh produce!  Farmer’s Market Baskets!  You pay only $15 for a large basket full of fresh produce.  This is HUGE savings compared to grocery store prices!  This past week we got bananas, apples, oranges, tomatoes, green onions, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, baby carrots, potatoes, a butternut squash and a honeydew melon!  There are a variety of basket sizes and types (Organic, Fruit Only, Vegetable Only, etc.).  We LOVE this economical way of buying great, fresh fruits and veggies!

Check it out at!



Daniel Fast Snacks! January 11, 2010

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Here are a few snack ideas for the Daniel Fast!

Nuts – all kinds

Fruits – bananas, grapes, raisins, oranges…all kinds!

Corn tortilla chips and salsa

Corn tortilla chips and hummus

– Hummus is a dip that is made from chickpeas.  It is delicious and can be found at most grocery stores.  Go HERE for a recipe for hummus that you can make at home.

Veggies and hummus

“Salt Only” Popcorn – no butter!

100% natural fruit snacks – great for kids!

Peanut Butter Banana “Sandwich”


Peanut Butter Banana “Sandwich” January 8, 2010

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I love having this as a snack on the Daniel Fast!  This is also a great one for kids!

Peanut Butter Banana “Sandwich”

1 banana

natural peanut butter

brown rice cakes (They have really thin ones at Harry’s but the Quaker ones work too – just make sure that no sugar is added.  I found mine at Wal-Mart.)

Top the rice cake with peanut butter and a sliced banana!  Yum!


Vegetable Soup with Soy Crumbles January 7, 2010

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This recipe usually has ground turkey in it.  I altered it for the Daniel Fast and the result was great!  It is really easy and quick!

Vegetable Soup with Soy Crumbles

12 oz. soy crumbles (found in the “vegetarian” frozen section)

2 – 14 oz. cans of vegetable broth

14 oz. can of diced tomatoes

16 oz. of frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 tsp. of salt

1/2 tsp. of pepper

Spray a pot with cooking spray.  Heat soy crumbles over medium heat.  Pour broth over crumbles.  Add tomatoes, veggies, salt, & pepper.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Makes about 6 – 1 1/2 cup servings.  Yummy!


Texas Caviar Dip January 6, 2010

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Michelle Becker made this one famous!  It goes great with corn chips!

Texas Caviar Dip

1 can of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 can of whole kernal corn, drained

1 can of Rotel, Mexican style

3-4 ribs of celery, chopped

1 packet of Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing (prepared with 1/2 the oil called for in the recipe)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Let dip sit for at least an hour to blend.  You can also add a can of rinsed, drained black beans if desired.


Peanut Butter Balls January 5, 2010

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Craving a little something sweet on the Daniel Fast?  Try this recipe that Dre Fillmore discovered!

Peanut Butter Balls

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. vanilla

2 cups puffed brown rice or any “fast friendly” cereal  (See instructions below.)

Combine all ingredients.  Scoop balls of mixture by a tablespoon and place in a food storage container.  Enjoy!

For the cereal, you can find puffed brown rice at Harry’s.  I usually use Uncle Sam’s Toasted Whole-Wheat Flakes & Flaxseed because I can get it at Wal-Mart.  It is in a small red box with the healthier cereal options.  It looks like this…


Roasted Garlic Hummus January 4, 2010

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Hummus is so yummy and is great with corn chips and veggies on the Daniel Fast!  You can purchase hummus at most grocery stores but this recipe is also very easy to make!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

1 – 15 oz. can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  Process until dip is smooth and creamy.  If hummus is too thick, add extra olive oil 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.