Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Whatty-what?!!

"You have options", I explained to Matt when he asked what's for supper.

"You can do your meal in a wrap or a power-plate. 
"A whatty-what?! he asked looking confused (justifiably) 
"Well, you know how some restaurants have power-bowls on the menu...
its like that but we're using plates!"

I chose the plate option, he chose the wraps.

Tonight's supper was inspired by a picture of a power-bowl 
and the sudden remembrance that it's Thursday and 4:00 
and I don't have anything planned for supper!
So with the help of some veggies in the fridge 
and the power-bowl ad from Red Lobster
this happened...
 Thinly sliced/chopped veggies (rutabagas, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, red onion)
light drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of kosher salt (optional) and freshly-ground black pepper...
steam till tender...
For the power plate I topped a huge serving of veggies with black beans,
 browned ground beef seasoned to taste (I used salt and taco seasoning)
 (instead of shrimp, like the Red Lobster picture;-)
and a light garnish of shredded old cheddar and goat cheese.
Some things I wished I had on hand to add; chick peas, red pepper and quinoa!
That would have made it perfect!

Sometimes summer almost seems to spill through winter’s whitewashed gates
Catch of August through October thrilling, filling supper plates
Making us feel like the gardens are not sleeping after all
While the chill wind shakes the ramparts from which star-shaped flowers fall

Sometimes we are humbly honoured because we have eyes to see
...see where beauty spills its colours in a world of artistry
And that we can smell and taste and hear, what marvels are these things
Suddenly a simple supper seems a favour fit for kings

…now the culinary artist dons a sort of sacred air
 Peeling, slicing, dicing, stirring turns into a tender prayer
Where the perfect words escape us so we praise Him while we cook
Thanking God for bount’ous blessings we too often overlook

Sometimes, when we lose sight of love's countless, somewhat common range
It is time to look longer at what is apt and bound to change
Then as we begin to ponder Mercy and wonder's buffet
Suddenly, something like supper feels like a fine holiday

© Janet Martin

Two gorgeous versions of the doxology...
a great blessing before a meal hymn
but also a great any time of day tune
to the One who, each day grants mercy renewed
behooving us to serve Him with a heart of gratitude!

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1

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