One of my church friends told me everyone should’ve had enough food in their pantry for them to make a complete meal, which included dessert. Because of my moderately high cholesterol, fried foods were limited, only eaten in moderation. That meant that beef and pork were replaced by Morning Star Meatless Grillers or Jimmy Dean Hearty Sausage Turkey Crumbler. Sometime, turkey sausage was not available, so either turkey in a tube or packaged was used by me. Canned chicken was convenient when a fast pasta dish was needed.
Some of the similar things in my pantry were:
- Fresh eggs and EggBeaters
- Spices: for me it was these; chili powder, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, Oregano, and basil
- Cans of diced tomatoes
- Canned Salmon, shrimp, and crab meat instead of tuna
- Frozen bagged veggies: Broccoli, Broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mix, stringed beans, mixed vegetables. Black beans were not my favorite and Lentils were never tried by me. One could’ve also kept the canned carrots, stringed beans and potatoes for a quick stew of beef, pork, or chicken.
- Fresh bell peppers of red, yellow, and green and mushrooms instead of canned roasted red peppers.
- Frozen, fresh, canned, and dried fruit instead of bananas. Apples, pine apple, raisins, dried cranberries. These made a great trail mix with dry cereal or muffins.
- Dry cereal this made a great coating on chicken turkey, beef or fish if bread crumbs weren’t available.
- Pasta elbow macaroni, bowtie pasta lasagna noodles or spaghetti.
The strange thing about mushrooms were that they were a great source of B vitamins. Like broccoli and salmon, these gems of nature offered another source of calcium intake when cheese, yogurt, and milk were to be avoided. Like bell peppers, they fought off certain types of free radicals in the body that caused cancer. Onions also helped maintain bone density in menopausal and post menopausal women like salmon, broccoli, and bell peppers.
The Bible said in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV):
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
For the dessert part of dinner, here were some things in my pantry:
- Brown sugar
- Milk because of my condition using 2% was better than whole milk
- Vanilla extract
- Unsweetened chocolate powder
- Peanut butter
- Extra Virgin olive oil Used instead of real egg or butter, it cut cholesterol
- Nutella chocolate spread This made a great pie filling
- Assorted candy bars great for microwave cake in a cup.
- pancake mix
Regardless of my medical condition, the only thing that concerned me was maintaining my health by reducing my cholesterol and using my body to honor God.