for this we give thanks: week one

Yesterday at the library I found a terrific book to accompany this month:  What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.  Talk about fascinating.  It's a snapshot of individual people around the world and the food they ate on one particular day.  It's arranged in order of calorie consumption, ranging from the HIV-positive woman in Botswana at 800 calories to a binge-eater in Great Britain at over 12,000 calories.   You can see a few examples at the website:  A Taste of What I Eat

(I was particularly fascinated by the woman in Yemen who spends 85-90% of her household budget on food, the standard in her country, according to the book.)

My first check-in:

Goal for the month of November:  $900

Week one shopping:  $149.24

Amount remaining:  $750.76

And a basic menu for this week:

 Next week I'm going to show you my take on roasting the chickens and getting the most out of them, but this week I want to share the Avocado Sauce recipe I use on our chicken and bean bowls.  (Before we went on GAPS, this would have been rice and bean bowls.  Now I omit the rice and use the leftover chicken from our meal the night before.)   We didn't eat any dairy for a long time, so avocados added a welcome creaminess to our bowls of beans in place of sour cream or cheese.  (Vegans will appreciate this!)  Sadly, avocados can be very expensive if you live outside of California.  And guacamole is not something you can keep for leftovers, so I've started making this delicious sauce instead.  It only takes two avocados for a pint jar of the sauce, which will easily feed my family of 6.  You can make it as mild or hot as you prefer and it will keep for a day or two, tightly covered.   Did I say it's crazy good?

The recipe is from Whole Life Nutrition and can be found here.  (Scroll down to the bottom of the post.)  Enjoy!

~ This week I had the opportunity to search through my kitchen for items to give to an African woman and her family who have just arrived in the U.S.  They have nothing with which to start their new lives.  I had extra of many, many things.  I wrapped a few simple items up in a tablecloth and thanked God for this abundance too - the opportunity to join the great Giver and share. 

Doodah left this prayer in the comments yesterday.  I'm printing it off and posting it where we can say it daily.

Creator God, for daily bread
and all who work
to bring your harvest home
we bring our thanks today.
Forgive our ingratitude
we who have so much
yet waste what you have given.

For those whose harvest is poor,
whose crops have withered,
water tainted, children starve,
help those who bring relief
and bestow on us
an unaccustomed generosity,
that all might share from your garden
and all might sing your praise.

Creator God, provider of all
we bring our thanks today.



In gratitude and full of joy,