This special series on the Fruits of the Spirit is continuing on with a focus on peace and patience! I'll be quick to admit that patience is not my strong suit, and that's probably become more obvious since becoming a mama. My peaceful moments have also become fewer and farther between, but I'm learning to have peace about less peace.. if that makes any sense (insert monkey emoji that's covering their face here). This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to practice being patient and to resolve to find peace even in the hustle and bustle.
Below you will find some amazing recipes that embody peace and patience. Peaceful recipes are soothing beverages or anything with calming ingredients, like lavender. Patience recipes are ones that require a little patience, such as slower cookers or overnight oats/bakes. Thank you so much to all the amazing dietitian bloggers who kindly submitted their recipes for this special series. Make sure to check out the love and joy recipes if you haven't already!
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." -Galatians 5:22-23
Thank y'all so much for checking out this special recipe series! Since I do this Fruits of the Spirit Recipe Series every December, you can find all the previous year's posts here. Wishing you and your family a Christmas season full of peace and blessings!
I've been eagerly anticipating this series the past few months! I started it in 2016 when I was in a particularly tumultuous season of life and was doing all I could to focus on the good, even during the particularly hard times. Life will always be a stretch of valleys and mountaintops and without one, we couldn't fully appreciate the other. Making an intentional decision, especially during the holidays, to focus on positive qualities can make a world of difference. I can't think of better qualities than the Fruits of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
First up in the series is love and joy! Below you will find recipes that embody love and joy, specifically heart shaped-recipes or heart healthy recipes and some of the brightest recipes you can find that are sure to bring some joy to your plate! And a huge thank you to the dietitian friends of mine who were so kind to let me feature their recipes!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
The below recipes are sure to make your heart happy for more reasons than one!
"...in Your presence there is fullness of joy..." Psalm 16:11.
"...In Your presence, there is fullness of JOY..." Psalm 16:11
This particular fruit of the spirit is especially meaningful since we named our daughter Joy earlier this year. If you'd like to know more about how we chose her name, make sure to check out her birth story! The below recipes are bright, cheery and guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Thank you again to all those who have supported this series the past couple years. Whether you shared a recipe, shared this post or just scrolled through the recipes, I appreciate your involvement on such a meaningful collection of posts! Wishing you all an incredibly blessed December and stay tuned for peace and patience recipes coming your way soon. <3 Shannon
Charcuterie boards have become super popular in the past couple years. Some of my favorite local restaurants have the best boards and it's so fun to order exactly what you want from a wide variety of meats, cheeses, spreads, etc. BUT what's even more fun is making your own board at home! Not only are your options completely endless, but you can incorporate a lot more fruits, veggies and fun things to dip in your different spreads!
Charcuterie boards are also THE BEST thing to serve at a party or holiday gathering. What's better than serving up a huge tray of food that will feed a crowd, but you don't actually have to have a recipe to follow? I'm excited to share some "tips" on building a board, but just know that there isn't a right or wrong way with charcuterie!
There also isn't a right or wrong chip to serve with your beautiful board, but I want to tell y'all all about Simply 7 Snacks. They quickly became my favorite chip brand a couple years ago after learning about their 7 Simple Standards. Their gluten free chips only have clean ingredients you can actually pronounce, have zero grams trans fat, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and are simply delicious. Did y'all catch all that? Clean chips that actually taste good and don't have a bunch of wonky things you're worried about your kids or yourself eating! That's what you call WINNING and Simply 7 snacks are my go-to chip to include when serving charcuterie for friends and family!
So let's talk about 5 easy steps to building the perfect charcuterie board!
1.) Select at least 5 different protein sources, including a variety of animal and plant protein sources (unless of course you or your guests are vegetarian/vegan). Some options include prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, ham, turkey, dried sausage, hard or soft cooked eggs, assorted cheese cubes (muenster cheese is my fav!), hummus and nuts.
2.) Select at least 5 different fruits and veggies, including ones ideal for dipping! Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, assorted berries, grapes, peach and pear slices. Pickled vegetables and roasted fruit also make for an especially nice touch!
3.) Include some healthy fats. Olives, a variety of nuts (pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, just to name a few), hummus and avocado (sliced or mashed) are excellent healthy fats to make your board extra hearty!
4.) Include a variety of fun and flavorful dippers, like Simply 7 chips. With 24 different chip options, they have everything from lentil to quinoa to kale to hummus to veggie chips! There are numerous flavor options, but my three favorites are the Quinoa Sea Salt, Quinoa Barbeque and Lentil Jalapeno. I love having a balance of mildly flavored dippers and some bold options. I'm not usually a huge fan of jalapeno, but they nailed the flavor!
5.) Serve more than you need and serve with wine. Okay, maybe you don't have to have wine, but I would highly recommend it ;). Definitely serve extra though because it's hard to predict how much people will eat AND the leftovers are seriously perfect for bento box lunches for both kiddos and adults!
If serving charcuterie for a large gathering, you may want to consider having multiple boards based on food preferences or allergies. For the most part, your guests will probably just pick and choose what they want, but if you know someone has a nut, dairy or egg allergy, I would suggest having a separate board or bowl for those ingredients. And if you're looking for better-for-you dippers that are allergy-friendly, you can rest assured that all of Simply 7 Snacks are free of the top 8 allergens! None of their chips have GMO ingredients, they have many vegan-friendly options AND their snacks have up to 18% less calories, 30-50% less fat and more vitamins than standard potato chips. Like I said earlier, WINNING.
I hope y'all are more excited than ever to build your next charcuterie board! Happy eating, happy entertaining and happy Fall! Follow me on Instagram for more charcuterie inspiration! <3 Shannon
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