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Taco Stuffed Avocados

Published May 18th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ teaspoon Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 avocados halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • ¼ cup lettuce shredded

Additional toppings:

  • cilantro
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Add the ground beef to a medium size sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until browned.
  2. Drain the grease and add the seasonings and the tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Remove the pit from the halved avocados. Load the crater left from the pit with the taco meat. Top with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro and sour cream.
  4. If you want to make a larger area in the avocado for the toppings, spoon out some of the avocado and set aside to make guacamole! Then fill with toppings.

Facing Adversity

Published May 18th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Even though we are set apart as Christians we still live in a world filled with sin. We go through various trials in our lives and hit different lows. During these trials we might look at ourselves and condemn ourselves for feeling defeated.  You may be going through a season where you feel lost, your loved ones are against you or you’ve caused harm on someone else. It is okay to be in this season. Pain is part of a Christians journey. God never wastes a hurt or a dark season. He uses that time to strengthen you, give you wisdom, and to draw you closer to Him. If you call out to the Lord, this may be the one of the most intimate time you’ll have with him. Your greatest ministry may arise from this dark time. Your strongest testimony may be formed during this season. It is okay to feel the pain, to be honest to God and tell him I am struggling and I need you Lord. God can do more in our lives when we come to him broken instead of trying to run away or pretend we are fine. The only way out through a difficult season is to walk through it. Like I said earlier, as christians we are set apart, not from pains or trials, but we are set apart to find joy through our trials. 

Peter says in 1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials. That the genuine of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, thought it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 

Our joy comes from the eternal perspective. The verses before this tells us that we are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation. When Peter says “in this you greatly rejoice” he is talking about our salvation. Our glory is in Jesus. We find peace in trials through Jesus and in knowing that this trial is not going to last a lifetime and it’s not the end of us, instead it is going to define us and grow us and prepare us for what the Lord has planned for us. The only thing that is going to last a lifetime is our salvation in Jesus Christ. Through trials turn your perspective off of you and onto Him. Remember that this is just a short time compared to the plans that Jesus has on your life. Keep your eyes on the eternal prize. 

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Published May 11th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (use any nut butter you prefer)
  • 1 cup oats (old-fashioned, not quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground (substitute wheat germ if you prefer)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Chill in refrigerator for 15–30 minutes. Roll into 12 bite-sized balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Giving Thanks to the Father

Published May 11th, 2018 by Ccwestside

As I was reading the book of Colossians, these verses spoke to my heart.

Colossians 1:12-14

"giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption though His blood, the forgiveness of sins."

I find it so humbling to look back and remember how God saved and delivered me. God drew me out of darkness and brought me into His kingdom of Light. Jesus because of His great Love redeemed me by His Blood. What an awesome inheritance He has given us! He has a home prepared for us in HIs Kingdom! We need to take some time daily to give thanks to our Father for all He has done, through His Son to make us His daughters of Light!

Instant Peach Ice Cream (Dairy-free)

Published April 27th, 2018 by Ccwestside

A quick and easy way to satisfy an ice cream craving.

Ingredients

  •  1 (16 ounce) bag frozen peaches
  •  ½ cup coconut milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
  •  3 tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
  •  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

    •  Combine the frozen peaches, milk, honey, and lemon juice in a large food processor fitted with an S blade, and process until creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides, if necessary. Taste the ice cream, and add more sweetener, if desired.
    •  Note: For a neutral sweet flavor, I sometimes like to use a mix of honey and pure maple syrup, so that the resulting recipe doesnt taste too much like one sweetener or another. If you choose to add more sweetener than this recipe calls for, you may want to use half maple syrup and half honey to avoid an overpowering flavor from either ingredient.
    •  This ice cream can be served directly from the food processor, with a soft-serve type consistency, or you can freeze it for a few hours for a more firm result. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one month. Once frozen, youll need to let the ice cream thaw for 10 minutes or so at room temperature, until its scoop-able again.

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