Good Day!!! It’s avocado season in Trinidad, so avocado is plentiful and can be had at great prices and top quality – that made me really want to sing a little! Check out this quick, easy recipe using a ripe avocado, some local produce (chandon beni, anyone?) and a few delicious items – Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – that I am including in the Thrive Market Gift Box that I am giving away in my #ReallyNourishGives Sweepstakes!
Be in good health,
Prayer for The Plant Kingdom
Why do we need to pray for the Plant Kingdom?
Dominion is a big responsibility. God does not make mistakes, so we know that His choice to put us in charge was the right one. Now, here we are, falling down on the job.
It is easy to dismiss the needs of plants, because although they are living beings, they aren’t sentient ones. They just exist to supply human beings… thus the imperative to care well for them. God gave them to us to be pleasing to look at and good for food (Genesis 2:9). For them to continue to be able to do that, we must care for them diligently. If we neglect them, they will not be able to serve their purpose in our lives. Therefore, there exists a symbiosis between man and plants: they need us, but also, we need them.
Man, with his hard heart, has always had an inclination towards conquest of that which is weaker. Plants, from the tallest trees in the world down to the smallest dandelions in your front yard, have become a favorite target. Man has declared war on them. Our job was to steward them, but because there are those of them for whom we could not fully understand their existence and purpose, we justify destroying them to eliminate them from where we have decided we do not want them to exist any longer. We shot first and we asked questions later.
When we did start really asking the questions, we started to get some answers.
What was the purpose of all those trees, we asked, that are occupying so much land that we could use to raise livestock? Their purposes, we discovered, was to provide much needed carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, provide an ecosystem for countless animal species, and be a source of healing natural medicines for mankind, among others.
Caution to man: if you continue to cut down the Amazon, you will cause damage to this world. We asked more questions. We even discovered that those dandelions fit both of God’s plant criteria from Genesis 2:9. They are both pleasing to look at and good for food!
Nonetheless, the war rages on, and we are systematically losing. From the perspective of the small group of people for whom the continuance of this war is a matter of profit and loss, we are winning and positioned to continue to win. As far as the rest of mankind is concerned, we are losing biodiversity, we are losing nutrition sources and natural healing resources and , as a result, we are losing the wellness we were ordained to have in this life on earth. Indeed, our prayer does not need to ask for God’s care over them. He does that already. Our prayer is to end the war that has been waged against them so that they can recover and fill the earth again as they should.
Prayer for the Plant Kingdom
To you, Jehovah Nissi, our banner of victory in times of warfare, be the glory and all the honor. We thank you, great Jehovah Jireh, for all that You have provided us from the beginning of our existence to this very day, and all that You will provide us forever.
We come to you in prayer for Your intervention in the war that is being waged against the plants You created and gave us for our food, our medicine and our pleasure. We pray for them because they cannot pray for themselves, and we pray that You protect them as only You can because we need them for so many reasons to sustain the quality of life that You, Our Loving Father, want us to have on earth.
We come against the corporations that continue to produce plant killing poisons for profit and we pray that You intervene and stop them from their evil works. We pray that You send Your ministering angels to speak to the hearts of the leaders of those industries, for only You know how to speak to the hearts of men.
We come against the ranchers that are continuing to cut down the Amazon rainforest You painstakingly created. They do this to serve their money god, but You are the only true God and we know You can bring an end to their evil works.
We pray for the protection of the remaining plants on earth. We pray that You cover them in the blood of Jesus so they may live and proliferate in the biodiversity that You
created. We pray for abundance in every urban garden, organic farm, kitchen and home garden, and every acre of jungle, forest, prairie, woodland and bush land that has not yet been attacked. We pray Father that You protect them from any future attacks. We pray that every soul on earth be inspired to plant, grow and seek out clean, nourishing food just as You gave Adam to do in Eden, for we know that is how You want us to live and we know that when Jesus returns, this is how we will live in the New Jerusalem. Also, we pray that You inspire parents to teach their children the importance of plants and gardening as they train them up in the way that they should go.
Father, we know that once all this plant killing stops, that Your creation will reclaim the earth and the plants we thought were lost forever will return. We know the plant kingdom will flourish again despite all of mankind’s foolish attempts to subdue it. You set the original seeds, and our faith rests fully in You.
We ask, we believe, we receive, in the majestic name of Jesus. Amen
Genesis 1:11-12 (ESV)
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
God created seed. In this verse is the obvious intention that plants should yield seeds according to their kind to keep them multiplying in perpetuity, as in a cycle.
Genesis 1:29 (ESV)
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Once God created man in His image and likeness, He gave the food, seeds and all, to His new creation.
Seeds belong to mankind. All mankind has a right to seeds to grow food. It was given to us by our benevolent, holy Father in Heaven, and in all the wrathful acts He did in the Old Testament to reproach His wayward, ungrateful, rebellious children, He never took away our seeds. Seeds are vital.
God’s word is vital. In Isaiah 55, He likens His word to the rain and snow that fall from the heavens to water the plants so they will sprout and give “seed to the sower and bread to the eater”. Like this process, that he was careful to re-establish just before the flood waters receeded in Genesis 8, His word, never comes back without having yielded a result.
Isaiah 55:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)
10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
In the case of His word, it returns the fulfillment. In the case of the seed, it returns a harvest to feed you and more seed to sow for another harvest again.
For a long time, it was not legal to patent seed. A patent certifies ownership, and since seed is a life form, not an invention, it stood to reason that just as we had abolished slavery (well, somewhat, see The 13th) we could not through governmental avenues certify proprietorship over life. In fact, patents are specifically for inventions. God already invented seed, so what was there for man to patent?
Enter Genetic Engineering.
Genetic Engineering, also known as and akin to Genetic Modification and more widely referred to as GMO, is the modification of a seed to create a slightly different plant than the parent plant was. In this context, we are specifically referring to this being done in a laboratory through forced gene splicing that bastardizes seed by introducing genes from the other kingdom to attempt to recreate the plant with new characteristics. Through the great American artistry of political lobbying, campaign contributions and high priced jargon-juggling lawyers (no offence to honest, hard working attorneys here), our frenemies at Monsanto et al have convinced our elected officials to allow them to patent these seeds.
The double-talk goes like this:
For their patents, they argue that they are different, we invented them, they are a unique product, so we should be able to patent them.
Later on, when the crops are grown and it comes to discussing whether the “food” they produce is safe for human, or even farm animal, consumption, they argue that this “corn” is not fundamentally different from any corn grown from traditional seed.
This is how we suffer:
The newly patented seed costs farmers a king’s ransom.
The seed requires the use of that company’s companion chemicals to grow the crops.
The farmers are bound under restrictive agreements involving licensing and such so that they are prohibited from saving and sharing seeds.
Often these seeds cannot reproduce anyway. The seeds in the crops they bring forth are barren!
And because their double-talk is heeded as though it is truth, the crop is never required to be tested before being fed to farm animals who’s flesh, milk or eggs we will later consume, or being sold to us at retail in the form of whole produce or ingredients in processed, packaged items. So we are the living experiment.
Seed is one of the world’s most precious resources. As valuable as it is, it is most valuable when it is in its natural, unadulterated, poison-free state, available to all to be saved, shared and sown as we need to feed ourselves. It is the very basis of our food sovereignty and we are systematically being robbed of it.
Make no mistake, by the way, GMO will probably end soon as more and more people become aware and demand that their food be free of that kind of seed. Nonetheless, as I write these words, the think-erati and the mad scientists inside of Bayer, BASF, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta (all of whom also sell agricultural chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs) are well on their way to their next idea that will protect their profits and continue their reign over the world food system. This is why we need to pray.
Prayer for Seed Sovereignty for the People
Father God, you gave us seed at creation. On that day, you deemed your creation Good and on the seventh day you deemed all your creation Very Good.
Even when you flooded the world, you re-established your system of seedtime and harvest. Seed is our birthright according to Your holy word.
We now come to you in prayer as the misguided members of our human family have attempted to match Your mastery in creation by tampering with genes to modify Your perfect design. We forgive them Father but we pray now to reclaim sovereignty over all seed in Jesus’ name. We reclaim our God-given right to save, use, sow, re-sow, exchange, share and sell our own seed in the name of Jesus. We come against any plans that are currently in the works to continue to steal our seed from us in Jesus’ might name.
We pray for the proliferation of community-held seed banks all over the world to preserve the diverse plants you created. We pray for an international moratorium on the genetic modification or genetic engineering of seed in the fashion of the multinational seed corporations and their hired scientists. We pray for an international moratorium on seed patenting and the revocation of all existing patents on seeds and plants.
We hereby reclaim seed freedom. We reclaim poly-culture farming. We reclaim the biodiversity in food that we have had since the garden of Eden. We reclaim this for our local community here (speak the name of your region or country), for the farmers and gardeners in our country, and for small farmers and gardeners all over the world in the might name of Jesus.
“And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Genesis 1:29-31 NKJV
This little protein and nutrient-packed pancake is inspired by a fave West Indian snack I ate more than my fare share of in my omnivorous past life. Some call it Acra, some say fish cake. The original recipe is made from salt cod 🎣 mixed with flour (I used to use a 50/50white all-purpose – and whole wheat blend), a little baking powder and water. Embellishments of whatever else is available to the cook – diced onions, garlic, scallions, parsley, spicy peppers – personalizes the recipe, as does the fish-to-flour ratio. My recipe was always generous with the fish. I maintained that tradition with my sub. I also substituted the flour blend for sprouted flour, the conventional baking powder with an aluminum-free version, and added ground flax seeds for extra nourishment. These Chana Cakes really nourish! 😉
Ingredients (organic whenever possible)
1/2 cup chickpeas, cooked, cooled, and rough chopped
1/2 cup sprouted wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 🌾
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup Spanish onion, chopped
small minced hot peppers (to taste)🌶
10 sprigs thyme
Combine the chopped chickpeas, flour, flax, and baking powder in a large bowl. Sprinkle the coarse sea salt all over the ingredients in the bowl.
Add enough warm water to moisten into a thick batter consistency. Stir as you are slowly adding water so you can know when to stop.
Add in your embellishments. Stir. Add a little more water if you need to re-adjust your batter.
Preheat a stainless steel pan. Lower the heat to low, add your preferred oil (I used a tablespoon of Earth Balance vegan buttery spread). Add one tablespoon of batter to the pan so you can cook one to taste. Allow it brown on both sides. If the pepper or salt are too prominent, add two tablespoons of flour and a little more water to remedy and cook another test cake.
These were delicious with some brown rice and spinach. Good, nourishing, obedient food!
So you are considering going vegan now or have been vegan for a while and people in your church come at you with scriptural rebuttals for your choice. As any good Christian would, you want to know what the Holy Bible has to say about all of this. Here is a strong biblical case for veganism, a scriptural tour starting from day 3 of creation!
The First Menu: Herbs & Grains, Fruits & Vegetables
Genesis 1 (KJV)
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The scriptures start presenting a biblical case for veganism right from the beginning. On day three of creation, God empowers the earth He had just created to provide for the inhabitants He was planning to create. He next creates the sun and the moon, and then populates the infant planet with animals to inhabit the waters, the land and the skies. “And He saw that it was good” (Gen 1:24).
And then, He shows them their menu.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Herb yielding seed – In French, the word “herb” means grass. One bible version actually substitutes the word grass for herb. The word picture is a grass that has seeds. This would include the entire grain family – wheat, rice, even corn . They are tall, skinny “grasses” with seeds at the top. Also members of the onion family are grasses in their own right – just look at chives, and the tops of onions and garlic, how they grow straight, green, leafless shoots when the sit around in your kitchen a while.
Fruit of a tree yielding seed – some other versions say “fruit with seeds inside”. So that covers fruit, but it also covers a lot of other foods we have labeled vegetables. From a biological standpoint, the fruit of plant is the part that contains the seeds. So, for example, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes (you can now tell your friends “I told you so!”), okra and avocados are indeed fruits. Nuts are also considered fruit. They are dried up versions of the same biological plant part.
Every Green Herb – This covers all your leaves – lettuces, cabbages, greens, herbs.
Every Tree – And since He said He gave us “every tree” (except for just one, we find out a little later!), and put no prohibition on what we can and cannot use from that tree, we can include root vegetables, sap and syrup, and anything else we can get from a tree or a plant and use without adulterating or processing. What a huge bounty!
Notice that in this version, the most widely read version of The Holy Bible, He says “I have given every green herb FOR MEAT” (emphasis added). How’s that for a biblical case for veganism???? Put a pin in that thought right there.
Don’t Name your Food: Adam and his Animal Friends
Genesis 2 (NIV)
19Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
This is a cute but still strong biblical case for veganism verse. We know that one of Adam’s first jobs as Commissioner of Eden Gardens was to name all the animals. Anyone who has ever lived on a farm or read Charlotte’s Web can relate to the idea of NOT naming an animal that might end up on your dinner plate! So we can presume, since there is no scripture saying that Adam named any plants, that God took care of that, simply so the man could have a way to identify one from the other, perhaps. But God deliberately brings the land and air animals to Adam to name. And name them all he does.
After the Flood: Desperate Measures
Picture it: Genesis 6. The world is now populated, but the people are acting a real fool! God decides to wash it down and start over. He speaks to Noah.
Genesis 6 (NIV)
19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Noah obeyed. God didn’t ask him to bring plant specimens with roots. Can you imagine Noah, perhpas with just the help of his sons, rooting around, rooting up a representative of every single plant? Building a greenhouse on the arc big enough to house all of them?
God does ask for the animals who, for the most part, could walk or creep onto the arc on their own under Noah’s authority. Remember, man has dominion over animals (Gen 1:28), so the expectation that they would obey was intrinsic, but also notice, he separately instructed Noah to store food. Here a biblical case for veganism exists. There were no extra animals to be slaughtered for food and no refrigeration or preserving methods for preserving leftovers.
It was after this point, in Genesis 9, that God ordains meat eating:
Genesis 9 (NIV)
2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
Wait, I thought we were establishing a biblical case for veganism. How do we explain this?
At the end of the flood period, in the last verse of Genesis 8, God restores “Seedtime and harvest”. In other words, God already made it in chapter 1, “and it was good”, so His design is still in function continuously. We, bound by time on earth, would have had to wait for the return of plant life in such volume that could support all of mankind once again. In the meantime, God said, you can eat the animals. (See our article: The Genesis Lifespan Shift:How Shortening Other Animal’s Lives Shortened Ours)
The New Covenant: Going Back to God’s Original Recipe
In ensuing chapters and books, we find that there are many restrictions placed on the eating of animals. There are no restrictions in the scriptures on the consumption of plants, in fact, plants are not only food, but medicine.
Revelation 22:2 (NIV)
… And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Also, a lot of the opportunity for meat consumption in the Old Testament came from animal sacrifice. The blood of the animal was used to cover up sins. But fortunately, since Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), came and died for us, animal sacrifice is no longer necessary for the believer. So we can live and let live, no longer do we need to kill for food or faith!
Finally, in Revelation 21:4, the Lord says that when the end comes, there will be no more death. So there will be no more animals slaughtered for food. We will all be vegan in heaven!
Better Stewardship of Our Planet: Abstain and Contribute
God gave us dominion in the beginning. As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker “With great power comes great responsibility”. In other words, we are responsible for our planet and, in general, we have really dropped the ball!
In this modern time, we are learning that the scale of livestock farming and over-fishing worldwide is making the largest and most damaging impact on ecology everywhere, including greenhouse gas emissions, contaminating drinking water, abusive land use, pollution of land and oceans, the list goes on! (See the documentary Cowspiracy for a good overview).
So eating less meat, eggs and dairy, or none at all, can be your best contribution to the cause of saving the environment! Interestingly, its a contribution that actually costs you less money, because meat and fish are more expensive pound for pound than anything in the produce section (except perhaps white truffles, but that’s about it).
In the spirit of presenting a biblical case for veganism to strengthen this point, here are the 3 best supporting scriptures:
Genesis 2:15 (NIV) The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. In other words, we have been responsible for the well-being of the earth since creation.
Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. The operating principles Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) completely contradict this scripture. That’s where most of the animal based food we buy comes from.
Isaiah 24:5 (NIV) The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. You may not personally consider yourself a polluter, but continuing to support animal agriculture on a daily basis kind of make you one. Nothing personal.
Becoming Plant Powered: Applying your Biblical Case for Veganism
Just like kicking any habit, you can either go cold turkey or take your time with it. One day a week, then two days, then three days, etc. Over time, you won’t even crave meat anymore, the smell won’t tempt you as much as when you were on a daily meat diet. Need a fix in those early days? Check the meat alternative section for something to hold you over. But beware: soy, being the most widely available plant protein, is used copiously in such products, so keep these to a minimum! Also, anything made to mimic cheese may actually contain milk-based ingredients so read labels carefully – all vegetarian items are not necessarily vegan!
Celebrating at an omnivorous relative’s house for dinner? Bring a few dishes along to contribute, and stick to those as much as you can. Otherwise, make that day the one day that month that you consume non-vegan food, and keep it clean the other 29 or 30 days.
Out and about shopping and running errands? Carry healthy snacks along – we keep sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, dried fruit and coconut shavings around and make mixed bags to carry on the run. Whole pieces of fruit are great too. That way you don’t get caught by a craving or actual hunger before you get home and end up having to make choices among processed food and meat options.
Also, beware of substituting sugar and starch for the meat you are not having. Interestingly, meat is a great way to deliver damaging free sugars and starch into the system. The good old hamburger is a classic example: the white flour bun and condiments like ketchup and barbecue are collaborators in health problems with the animal protein in the patty.
A Biblical Case for Veganism Case Study: Trust God – His Menu Was (and Is) Perfect
Daniel 1 (KJV)
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
All of the nutrients we are supposed to be relying upon meat for – protein, iron, fats… that’s about it, I believe – are found in numerous plant sources. Also, doctors have been documenting over at least the last 100 years that many of the illnesses that have become prevalent in humans today can be attributed in some way to meat consumption.
Think vegans are all skinny and weak and cold all the time? Check out Daniel 1 to read about what a teenaged vegan boss he turns out to be by obeying God in the school cafeteria at Babylon Community College.
We hear a lot of meat eaters claim to still be “hungry” after having eaten a meat free meal. That’s a mindset mostly that can easily be overcome by changing what you think and speak. After the meal, perhaps say instead “that was so filling” or simply “I’m good”. Remember Daniel.
Now that you have a thorough (but not exhaustive) biblical case for veganism, take a vegan challenge:
Do it for 2 months, even just 5 days a week. Get a check up and blood work done before you start, and then again at the end to see if there are any changes or improvements in your health. See how much better you feel overall in general.
Connect with seasoned vegans in your circle of friends (I’ll bet you have at least one!) for support, advice and well, of course, lunch! Share your newly found biblical case for veganism with them too.
Leave wiggle room. We still eat eggs and meat on occasion, like when we can get the eggs from a neighbor who raises truly free range chickens or perhaps when someone is cooking wild meat. But define “on occasion” in specific terms, like the first weekend of the month is common fowl omelette day, or no more than one wild meat fete in a two month period…
Any sustained effort at focussing on your food life with a discerning eye will benefit you. All the better if this is something you’re doing unto the Lord as an act of good stewardship of the temple, for we know the great benefits that come with that level of dedication. Again, Remember Daniel!
OK kids, you now have a strong biblical case for veganism!! Now Go VEGAN unto the LORD!
Well my name is Shida Davis and I’m #StraightOutta Brooklyn
Every other dinner there was pasta cooking
But ever since I learned the deception of powder wheat
I dissed noodles the whole summer and learned new ways to eat
I was like “Word? That looks kinda great dude!” I flipped it around to look at the ingredients like “ok, black beans and what tho?”
Ever notice that products that are actually good to nourish you are MUCH MORE transparent with information about the nutrition they provide than their …um… counterparts? And, after Buycott scanning it, I happily put it in the cart!!
Here was the lunch flow today:
1 Medium Sized Local Japanese Purple Heirloom Tomato, rough chopped (these are in season in my region right now!)
1 Large Clove Organic Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Organic Red Onion, minced
5 Pitted Kalamata Olives, rough chopped
2-3 Large Green Olives, rough chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all the chopped ingredients in a bowl with the oil and vinegar. Toss the pasta in this lovely flavorful mixture so the veggies warm up but are still raw and nutrient rich and the pasta is coated with flavor.
Genesis 1:29 – Low glycemic, super nutritious lunchtime happiness!
Caveat: STAY ON TOP OF THAT PASTA, it goes from al dente to mush in the blink of an eye! Keep tasting it so you can pull it off the fire and drain it as soon as the texture is perfect.
The Really Nourish Kitchen gives the Tolerant Organic Black Bean Rotini a👍🏾👍🏾🙏🏿 rating! We look forward to working with more of these pastas!
US $6.99 for a 12oz box at Whole Foods TriBeCa