Welcome Today I’m talking about miracles and bringing you a different recipe experience-“cloud bread” and a super-foods breakfast sandwich. I do thank you for stopping by my blog today. If today is your first visit, welcome! If you have become a frequent visitor to my site, I especially thank you.
Food for Thought The definition of miracle is “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, and therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” I find it sad how few people still believe that miracles happen in our world. If you have seen the movie “Miracles from Heaven, ” you saw an account of a miracle in modern times, and how the family was criticized, even by fellow church members, for the belief that it could be a miracle. I do believe that miracles still occur in the modern world and were not reserved for when Jesus walked the earth. I believe that God is still performing miracles, but we must ASK and we must BELIEVE. Miracles require FAITH, but one must ask, where does my faith lie? Does my faith lie in man…the doctors treating my friend’s cancer, my employer, the bank that handles my finances, the readers of this blog? God may use certain people and situations to deliver these miracles, but the power is from Him. For modern miracles to be performed, faith must always remain in ONE. The One who created the heavens and the earth is the Only One who can work miracles. We must put our trust and faith in Him, for miracles to come forth, and God knows if we have any doubt. I’m certainly guilty of having doubt, and for believing if I can’t make it happen, it’s not possible. I think we’ve all been guilty of thinking that a miracle is just too much to ask for, but what we’re doing with these doubts, is limiting God’s power and abilities. We see God’s capabilities through a straw hole, when his powers fill the entire universe.
It is also important to note that miracles can come in all shapes and sizes. There are certainly plenty of big miracles happening…the survivors of a terrible plane crash, victims of the Boston Marathon bombings running again on their prosthetic legs, a tornado that rips through a farm, but leaves the house. But many people have a narrow perspective of what God’s miracles can look like, treating them as forms of entertainment…if it’s not showy enough, it must not be a true miracle. Not true! If the family car breaks down, and there is no money to repair or replace it, wouldn’t it be a surprising and welcome event to have someone end up donating a car to your family…that’s a miracle in the modern world! When my daughter was born, we had a terrible time finding childcare in the area. A week before I went back to work we were fortunate to get an opening at a fantastic church daycare and preschool. That miracle may seem small to some, but it had great and lasting impact on our family. I even consider my ability to run a half-marathon a miracle. If you saw me in person, I do not look like a runner. And not only do I not have a runner’s body, but I have very bad asthma, allergies, and chronic sinusitis. Running 13 miles was highly unlikely for someone like me, but I had hope and faith, and God allowed it to happen. And the very cool thing about miracles, is that once you see one miracle, and label it as such, your eyes become opened to other miracles, and your faith will grow. I once saw a quote (unable to find original source) that said “Where there is hope, there is faith; where there is faith, miracles happen.” When you plant seeds of faith, miracles will grow in your garden of life. Behind every miracle is another purpose and plan from God. What miracles will you find this week?
Today’s Scriptures I have three points for you today. 1) Miracles are only given to us from God, our faith should not lie in mankind. 2) Do not limit God’s miraculous power, He is capable of anything and everything. 3) Faith is the consistent element required for miracles to happen. Here’s what Scripture has to say about these three points (I have underlined points I want to emphasize):
- Matthew 19:26 “Jesus looked at them and said ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- Job 5:8-9 ” ‘But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
- Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
- Mark 11:22-24 ” ‘Have faith in God.’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain -Go throw yourself into the sea- and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
- And if you need more scriptural proof, there are many accounts of miracles in the gospels, and the common word seen throughout these verses is FAITH. I recommend looking at Matthew 8:10, 9:2, 9:22, 9:29, 13:58, 15:28, 17:20, and 21:21 to get started.
Today’s Recipes I bet you are wondering what food connection I could possibly make with today’s thoughts on miracles! Well, I’m going to present to you my findings about the trendy and miraculous “cloud bread.” If you are a “frequent flyer” on Pinterest or Facebook, you have probably seen the recipe for Cloud Bread. This bread recipe claims to work like bread, but is low-carb and gluten-free. I saw the recipe and was skeptical, at the very least, although the pictures did intrigue me. So here’s what I have for you today-Cloud Bread (recipe from A Spicy Perspective) turned into a “Miracle Breakfast Sandwich.” I’m not sure if the miracle is that it was actually yummy, or if it’s the combination of super foods in the sandwich that will keep you healthy and energetic throughout your day.
- For the Cloud Bread (courtesy of A Spicy Perspective, a great food blog!)
- 4 eggs, separated (you will need both the whites and the yolks)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 oz. low fat cream cheese
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high with the whip attachment until you see firm peaks. Move this to a separate bowl. Now place your cream cheese in the mixer bowl and beat until soft. Add egg yolks one at a time. Scrape the bowl and beat until the mixture is completely smooth. Beat in seasoning, salt, and garlic powder. Gently FOLD the egg whites into the yolk mixture, deflating the egg whites as little as possible. Spoon 1/4 cup portions of the foam onto the baking sheets, spreading into even circles, about 3/4 inches high, leaving space around each circle. Bake for 30 minutes in a conventional oven, or 15-18 minutes on convect. The bread should be golden and firm; the center should not jiggle. Cool on baking sheets and serve. NOTE: This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days, but the texture is best if eaten within 12 hours.
- For the “Miracle” Breakfast Sandwich with Spicy Mayo (serves 2)
- 4 pieces of Cloud Bread
- 4 strips of low-sodium bacon, fried crisp
- 2 eggs, cooked to order (I like firm eggs, my husband likes runny yolks)
- 4 slices of lean, low-sodium deli turkey
- 2 slices of pepperjack cheese
- 2 slices of red onion
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup deli-style roasted red peppers, drained very well (cloud bread doesn’t taste well soggy!)
- 3 TBS mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
- 1-2 tsp Siracha
- Mix Siracha into mayonnaise and spread desired amount on the 4 cloud bread pieces. Build first sandwich by placing 1 egg, 2 strips of bacon, 2 slices of turkey, 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of red onion, 1/2 cup spinach leaves, and part of the red peppers on the first piece of cloud bread; top with second cloud bread. Repeat process for second sandwich. Serve with a side of fresh fruit and you have a high-protein, low-carb breakfast or lunch that has staying power!
- My Notes about Cloud Bread and the Miracle Breakfast Sandwich:
- *You can swap out the cheese for a healthier fat by adding sliced avocado.
- *If you are expecting the texture of bread with this recipe, you will be disappointed. The flavor of the bread is fine, it’s just a very different texture, IMO.
- *The sandwich is very versatile-you can add and omit ingredients as you choose, using the same basic structure. I try to incorporate filling foods with nutritional benefit as often as I can. There are health benefits in spinach, peppers, onions, eggs, and spicy foods…and bacon just makes everything taste good!
- *The leftover bread was kind of slimy, but I reheated in the microwave for 30 seconds and added some shredded cheese, and I had “instant” scrambled eggs!
- *I need to make cloud bread again before I completely write it off, but the reduced carbohydrate bread my husband and I usually eat meets our regular dietary needs just fine!