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Quick and Easy Black Beans and Rice Enchiladas

Yum! Vegetarian can be yummy!

During the 40 days of Lent, I made a point of sticking to meatless Fridays. This inspired me to try new seafood and vegetarian dishes, such as these rice and bean enchiladas. This dish fit the bill and it was very easy to throw together. A perfect weeknight dish that everyone will enjoy and an easy way to incorporate more economical vegetarian meals into your weekly dinners.

Ingredients for 2-4 people (depending on their appetites):
1 14.5 oz can of black beans - drained
2 cups of cooked rice
white corn tortillas
2 cups sliced pepper and onion mix (I used frozen variety, very convenient!)
2 cups shredded cheese - I used a Pepper Jack cheese mix, but use what you like!
1 - 17 oz can of red enchilada sauce
Optional spices to taste:
smoked paprika
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F
1. Cook the rice - 1 cup of rice to 1 2/3 cups of water. While the rice cooks, saute the peppers and onions until tender. Add in the can of dra…

What do Passover and Easter have in Common?

I always thought of the Last Supper as a somber event because it is the last supper of Jesus before he was arrested, tried, and crucified. But what I overlooked was that what we honor as the Last Supper was also the celebration of Passover, which is not a somber event, but a cause for celebration, a time to remember and give thanks for God’s deliverance of the Jewish people after years of slavery. I attended my first Passover Seder on Tuesday, thanks to the kindness of Jonathan and Susan Knopf, and the Synagogue of the Summit. The Seder was led by Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb and took place at the Senior Center. By my rough approximation, there were at least 150 people, families young and old, friends, and guests. It was anything but somber. As would be expected for an event remembering God’s deliverance of a people from slavery, it was a joyous event. And I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to experience it. But it also got me thinking about another Passover dinner, two thousand yea…

Holy Holy Holy

I stand in the entrance and look at the empty sanctuary, the images of Jesus and Mary are draped with purple cloth. Even now, before Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week, an atmosphere of reverence has entered the church without notice, because no invitation is needed. Although the coming week will find me in church nearly every day, I long to be there, not to miss a moment although I have attended these same services for years. The days of this week will be filled with sorrow, passion, and suffering but with equal measures of love and gratitude. This week is the reason for our faith, in God, in Christ, and the basis for our hope in ‘things unseen’. We know there is a history-changing triumphant ending only seven days away. We will travel with Jesus, entering Jerusalem hailed as a king. But what awaits are not banquets fit for royalty, but a humble Passover dinner in which bread and wine will be consecrated and become the body and blood of our Savior. Instead of a crown of gold and pr…

Good figs and Conversations with God

5 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians.[b]6 My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them.7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

God's eyes will watch over me for my good, and He will bring me back to this land. He will build me up and not tear me down; He will plant me and not uproot me.7 God will give me a heart to know Him, that He is the Lord. I will be God's, and God will be my God, for I will return to God with all my heart.