Minestrone Soup Recipe Idea

This was originally posted November 10, 2010 on OpenSourceVegan.com’s Facebook page when I was my school’s vegan cafeteria manager.

We had minestrone soup, which was composed of elbow macaroni, beans, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, peas, & seasonings such as Italian seasoning, rosemary, marjoram, chicken style seasoning, & others. We even added a little honey to this recipe to enhance the flavor.

In addition to the chickpea rice, we served our farm’s sweet potatoes for one of our side dishes. Students also were able to eat poppy seed & onion buns.

Oh so Sweet Glazed Nuts Recipe Sketch

One of my friends makes this for her husband, and she was kind enough to give me the recipe idea!


3 cups of nuts (She mixed English walnuts and almonds)
3 tb. of honey
2 tb. of Grandma’s molasses (not blackstrap) pinch of salt

Mix together in a bowl.

Variation: Use maple syrup instead of honey or molasses.

Line cookie sheet with wax paper for easy cleanup. Preheat oven @ 350.

Put in oven for 5-7 minutes. Mix it, and leave it in again for 5-7 minutes. Take it out, and put it on a cool plate. Evenly spread it out so it doesn’t stick too much.

Variation: Use it in salads, ice cream, and on top of waffles. It’s yummy!


Hazelnut Burgers

Here’s the hazelnut burger recipe idea I obtained from Wellness Secrets:

1/2 C. Ground Hazelnuts
7oz Can of Tomatoes
14oz Cooked Black Eyed Peas
1 C. Bread Crumbs
1 Tb. Tahini
1/4 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Salt (may need to add a little bit more)

Mix, form into patties, and bake at 350 until done.

Note: When I followed this recipe, I really enjoyed how the hazel nut burgers tasted. However, they are a little soft and brittle. Also, I cooked the black eyed peas overnight in a crockpot.


Following Practical Compassion

The sun has set, and it’s now the Sabbath. In addition to eating great vegan food during my church’s Sabbath potluck, the Sabbath is a special, 24 hour period of time to really feast on the word of God and biblical themes each week.

I am so grateful for a loving Savior who practically demonstrated His compassion with us by sharing with this world His care for the sick. The great news is He is still is doing this through giving us healthful principles in His word and through people who have embraced His same mission. OpenSourceVegan.com wants to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the most loving person who ever lived.

The book called Ministry of Healing eloquently describes His practical compassion. “During His ministry, Jesus devoted more time to healing the sick than to preaching. His miracles testified to the truth of His words, that He came not to destroy, but to save. Wherever He went, the tidings of His mercy preceded Him. Where He had passed, the objects of His compassion were rejoicing in health and making trial of their new-found powers.

Crowds were collecting around them to hear from their lips the works that the Lord had wrought. His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon. Why should they not love Jesus and sound His praise?

As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy.

‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up.”—Matthew 4:15-16 (A.R.V.), margin.’

The Saviour made each work of healing an occasion for implanting divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work. He imparted earthly blessings, that He might incline the hearts of men to receive the gospel of His grace.”

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