An Inspiring Bison Stir Fry

Before I launch into telling you about our delicious stir fry, I’d like to give you a report on our first book-signing. A friend hosted our book-signing tea in her spacious home with a panoramic view of the mountains. Dale and I prepared party food from our cookbook: dates wrapped in bacon and crudités of sugar snap pea, asparagus, green beans, red pepper with dill dip. Dale demonstrated scone-making on site, and we had a solid stream of guests from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.

The amazing thing is that we sold all the books we had ordered from the publisher. Here is one comment from a person who bought two Inspiring Cuisine’s: “I am loving the book so much. It is fun to read, totally absorbing.”

I have to admit we reveled in the chance to sign so many cookbooks and fellowship with many friends from different parts of our lives. Two of my sisters came to join my son and husband, and we made it a family celebration. God is Good!

We will be ordering more books soon. There will be several ways you can purchase one, but the way that will help us most is if you order them from me. As soon as we have them in hand, I’ll send you the rest of the details.

 

Our Vegetable Garden

Our Vegetable Garden

Meanwhile, back to the kitchen for a unique stir fry that uses ground bison as its base. I’m working on a diet that encourages lean and green meals. So I’ve been experimenting with some original recipes. Since bison is considered one of the leanest meats, I’ve been making our hamburgers with ground bison sprinkled with creole seasoning, then forming into patties. We all love them.

My most recent excursion with ground bison is a stir-fry I’d like to share with you today.

—RuthAnn Ridley

 

Amazing Bison Stir-Fry:

You will need:

1 pound ground bison                                                1 Red bell pepper

One medium onion                                                1 ½ teaspoon curry

Two small zucchini squash                                    1 teaspoon ground ginger

 

Preparation:

  1. Dice onion.
  2. Slice squash
  3. Cut red bell pepper in strips

 

Cook:

  1. Fry ground bison with onions in skillet until slightly browned.
  2. Add squash and bell pepper. Continue to cook.
  3. Add spices and a dash of soy sauce ( if desired).
  4. Cook on medium high until vegetables are tender.
  5. Serve over rice.

Food for Thought:

As I considered what spiritual import I could glean from the idea of a lean and green meal, I settled on the word “green.” Several of my favorite Bible verses center around the idea of being green. One example is Psalm 92:14, “They (the righteous) will still bear fruit in old age. They will stay fresh and green.”

As I advance in years, I find myself desperately longing to end well. This verse gives me hope.

The first thing we usually hope for in old age is good physical health. And there are definitely ways we can work on that. One diet group has as its motto: “Make health your hobby!” Right now I’m working on a low-glycemic index diet that helps you lose weight and provides all the vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health.

But God doesn’t promise us perfect physical health. What He does promise us is inner health no matter what our circumstances. He wants us to flourish, to be fresh and very green, to be strong in our souls so we can encourage others.

There was an elderly lady in our Precepts Bible Study who had a cancer that would not go into remission. But she still came to Bible Study every week. She was in my prayer group and was one of the greatest encourager I’ve ever known, interested in you, interested in life and her piano students and praising God for his love and goodness. When she died last winter, we all grieved. A light had gone out of our lives.

Jer. 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes. Its leaves are always green.”

When Paul was writing from prison to his Ephesians converts, he said he was praying that God would strengthen them in the inner man. As I studied the context (Ephesians 3), I saw he was specifically referring to being strengthened by faith and an intimate knowledge of God’s immense love. In other places the Word speaks of being filled with hope and joy and peace.

But how do we appropriate this inner strength for our lives? Psalm 1 tells us the main way is through meditation on God’s Word. “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. . .But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”

(Psalm 1:1-3).

There is power in God’s Word. It strengthens us spiritually. It bolsters our faith, assures us of God’s love, enlarges our hope and gives us joy and peace through His Spirit.

So as we create today’s lean and green meal, let’s also enjoy the hope of spiritual greenness that God has promised to those who saturate themselves in His word.

—RuthAnn Ridley

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