“Mujadarah” aka “Jacob’s Stew” is one of my favorite dinners. It is a traditional recipe passed down through the generations and based on the story in Genesis 25:29-34. The first time my wife made it for me, it brought to life this story. It is a truly wonderful aromatic recipe that is absolutely delicious. I can understand how a famished Esau could forsake all reason to indulge in such a wonderful meal.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996 (electronic ed.) (Ge 25:29–26:1). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Mujadarah – Jacob’s Stew recipe:
INGREDIENTS (with our favorite sources noted)
1 cup organic sprouted brown rice – GoGo Rice from BM Organics
1 cup organic sprouted green lentils – truRoots from Whole Foods
Raw Butter from BM Organics
1 tbsp – cumin
1 tbsp – salt
1 tsp – pepper
4 cups chicken stock – from BM Organics
1 cup water
garlic to taste…I like a lot –
Stir Fry Onions in butter until brown
add half of the seasoning
turn off heat and add the chopped garlic
Stir real good
In big pot bring chicken stock, water and rice to a boil
Add the onion mixture – rest of seasoning – and lentils
Stir real good and turn heat to low
Cover pot and leave for a good 45 mins until done –
For our family I usually double this recipe.
One of the foods I frequently eat and get flack about is oats. I eat them raw, cooked, baked, whole, ground, plain, seasoned, sweetened, with other foods and alone. I like oats. They fill me up and satisfy my hunger.
BENEFITS OF OATS
Oats can provide your body with a complex source of carbohydrates that can be “time release” converted to energy. They contain lots of soluble fiber that absorb water and clean the gut. The soluble fiber is also credited with improving cholesterol levels. Yet many nutritionists frown at the idea of including oats, or any other grains, in the diet.
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST GRAINS
The primary reason oats and other grains are frowned upon is most contain a protein called gluten. The gluten protein is one that many people (about 1% of the people) have a hard with because their bodies have become sensitive or “allergic” to this protein. In some it causes inflammatory problems and even small amounts can cause severe inflammatory bowel flare-ups in those with celiac disease.
Inflammatory responses to gluten is most likely due to the overuse of processed grains in the diet and the addition of gluten to many bread and imitation meat products. Gluten in such acts as a glue and improves the texture and elasticity of such foods. This benefit is often abused in commercial foods.
Oat graots (the oat berry) are a low gluten grain. They do contain some gluten proteins; however, they contain much less than most wheat and are even tolerated well by many with inflammatory bowel problems. In fact, some include oats as part of a “gluten free” diet.
One of the easiest and healthy ways to prepare oats is in oatmeal. But I do not recommend store bought pre-ground oats. We only use organic whole oats that we purchase in bulk from Breadbeckers.
Whole oat groats are live seeds. That is, you can sprout them and even grow them. The oats found in grocery isles that are ready for cooking are pre-ground. That is, they cut and killed the seeds prior to putting them in the containers. Once they kill them and take the life out of the seed, the nutrition begins to change. It was the life in the seed that protected the nutrition that was in the oat groat. “Quick Oats” are just oats ground up into smaller pieces which increases their surface area which helps them absorb water and cook faster.
Whole oats can be consumed whole or ground at home with grain grinders. There are cheap hand crank grinders, motorized grain grinders, and attachment grinders for many home kitchen appliances. We started with an attachment for our Kitchen aid but then added an attachment to our Bosch Universal machine. We liked it much better and sold the kitchen aid.
Oats, whether ground or whole, can be soaked in water with lemon or whey overnight prior to preparation. This will decrease the phytic acid content about 25%. Phytic acid can decrease your mineral absorption so breaking some down is a wise move. In our home, we just add our ground oats to the pan with the proper amount of water and a squirt of whey. In the morning all we have to do is turn the burner on.
If you have seen my diet and exercise log, you may have noticed that I like quite a bit of healthy fat with my oats. A meal with lots of fat in the presence of lots of sugar is a bad thing. But healthy fats and healthy complex carbohydrates work quite well together. The fat helps satisfy the hunger cravings and can significantly help you maintain or lose weight.
I like to top my oats with raw butter, raw coconut oil, or even olive oil. Sometimes I’ll add a pinch of salt and other times I’ll go the other direction making my meal more desert like. I like to do this with a pinch of cinnamon, some chopped fruit, and sometimes even a little sweetener like honey or Therasweet from Living Fuel. Topping a cinnamon sweet bowl of fresh oatmeal with some farm fresh raw dairy… well, that is “la creme de la creme”.
This past Thursday (12/1/2011) at the “Body, Mind & Spirit” Conference, Jordan Rubin (from Beyond Organic) was talking about 2012 being the year of Living Beyond and how accountability could really help someone achieve that. So it got me thinking how I could employ this principle for my own benefit.
You see, in less than a month I will be 45 (can anyone say “Mid Life Crisis”). I also realize that I am not the same physical specimen I was 10 years ago (for now, I’ll leave that to your own interpretation). That’s right, I’m not in shape! Although, round is a shape.
Now, I didn’t expect to have remained 35 years old physically, but I do realize that I could have done better than I have. In fact, I realize that my LGN factor is not nearly what it used to be. And this is something that concerns me dearly!
So to improve this vital human factor, I have decided to employ a public accountability as seen below. I realize that most of you could care very little about my LGN factor and what I eat (nor will I ever reveal my LGN factor to you). For those of you that do care… well, I am a little concerned.
Nevertheless, for now, the calendar below will be used to record my every bite of food, sip of drink, and exercise beginning today, December 5th 2011. I expect my LGN factor to improve… and since today is my 13th year anniversary, that is a gift to my wife. Not that she cares too much about my LGN factor either… she loves me as I am. But let’s face it, it is better to have an LGN factor than a LBN factor… that is, it is better to look Good Naked than to Look Bad Naked!