Recipes: Savor the Flavor of Well-Being

by | Dec 2023

AS WE step into the new year, explore the tastes of hometown healing through recipes built around healthy ingredients. A soup loaded with healthy vegetables flavored with your favorite herbs hits the spot on the coldest of days. How about adding something to your morning oatmeal to mix things up a bit? Trying one new dish a week from a low-carb cookbook or experimenting with an ingredient exchange in your favorite recipes are options that aren’t overwhelming. Facebook groups offer tips. 

Whether you want to maintain a healthier lifestyle or simply enjoy delicious, wholesome meals, these recipes offer a delightful blend of tradition and well-being. Enjoy dishes that celebrate the flavors of home while supporting your goals for a healthier you in 2024. GN 

Vegetable Soup: Submitted by Annie Mills 

1 whole chicken, cooked, deboned 

3 carrots, chopped, cooked 

1 pt. lima beans 

1 can garden peas, drained 

1 pt. corn, cooked 

1 red pimento, chopped 

1 onion, diced 

several potatoes, cut up, boiled 

black pepper to taste 

crackers for serving 

In a large pot, combine meat from chicken, carrots, lima beans, garden peas, corn, and pimentos. Cook together slowly. When thickened, you can freeze this, if desired. Then, add onions, potatoes, and black pepper. Serve with crackers. 

Whole Wheat Bread: Submitted by Lula Parker 

3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 

1 pkg. yeast 

1/4 c. sugar 

2 t. oil 

1 1/4 c. whole milk, heated 

Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and stir in milk. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm, dark place until it has doubled in size. Add remaining flour as you knead. Roll in a jelly roll style. Seal each end and turn under to fit loaf pan. Cover loaf pan with a towel, check the dough and let rise to near the top of the loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350° and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Cheesy Roast Beef Sandwiches: Submitted by Lawayn Mitchell 

1 c. blue cheese crumbles, mashed 

1/2 c. sour cream 

1/2 c. mayonnaise 

1 t. salt 

1/4 t. black pepper 

6 onion rolls, halved 

1 bunch arugula 

1 lb. deli roast beef 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine blue cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Divide half of the mixture evenly among the onion rolls. Top each with arugula leaves and roast beef. Spread top halves of rolls with the remaining blue cheese mixture and place on sandwich.

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