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Three Easy Weeknight Meals - Vegetarian Enchiladas, Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe White Pizza, Pesto Salmon Zucchini Rice Bowl

These three dinners have one thing in common – they were created at the end of a long day when I had little energy to cook but still wanted a “real” meal. I’ve provided shortcuts which make them essentially one pot meals that can be ready in under 30 minutes.

Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas This is a ‘clean out the vegetable drawer’ meal, (which means you can use any variety of vegetables you want…these are the ones I had in my kitchen that needed to get used). It’s also a great way to get reluctant vegetable eaters to eat their veggies. Oh, and it’s incredibly delicious! Ingredients:   1 small head of cauliflower chopped into small pieces  1 red bell pepper diced  1 red onion diced  1 head of kale chopped   1 Anaheim chili diced  1 -14 ounce can of black beans drained 1-2 Tablespoons southwestern spice mix  8 flour or corn tortillas  2 cups of red enchilada sauce store-bought or homemade (I’ve included a recipe for homemade enchilada sauce below, it’s nearly as quick as opening a can) 2 cups o…

How Do We Know if God is Listening When We Pray?

“O my Lord, make the world a better place. Help the people with stone hearts and make them pure with love. Hear my prayer, O Lord and help us to make sadness, happiness. Come to me, hear my prayer, love us endlessly and make us feel welcome in this big world. Amen.”
As I left Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s, Lauren Hammer stopped to say hello and shared the beautiful prayer above, written by her daughter, Veronica. It is a prayer filled with the optimism of youth and deep trust that God loves us and wants the best for us.
Veronica’s words got me thinking about prayer. My prayers range from the repetition of sacred words given to us by Jesus in the Our Father, where we are instructed to reach out to God not as a distant, unapproachable entity, but as Abba, Daddy, who we ask to provide our daily bread.

Or the repetitions of the Hail Mary, as we say the rosary. Not mindless repetition, but a simple salutation that never fails to calm me as I reach out to the Mother of Jesus to share bur…