The Killing of Harambe

Today’s Verse:   Proverbs 18:2   A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

This is a bit off topic from health, nutrition, encouragement and addiction.  I originally posted this yesterday on my other blog because the word of the day was anger. I thought I would post here as well, with a bit of a revision to include a bible verse. I would love your comments on this controversial issue.

As I stated yesterday, there is no right or wrong, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, as the Bible says, only a fool forces his opinion on others without attempting to understand the other side.  In the end, it is a sad situation all around, and one that everyone should mourn.  For the gorilla and for the child and his family.   Let’s all remember that God is not partial (Romans 2:11) and we should all treat others’ opinions with the same regard that God does.  Amen.

Reblog from Good For You!

harambeI am sure that all of you have read about the killing of the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.  There are no winners in this story.  I am angry at the zoo for making the decision to shoot the gorilla, an endangered species.  I am angry at the parents for allowing their child to roam into the enclosure.   I am angry at all of the outrage from everyone who now thinks that they are experts on zoo-keeping and parenting.

Do I have an opinion?  Yes.    I will not share it because enough has been said on both sides.  There is no right or wrong in this case.  I can understand and sympathize with both sides.  However, it angers me that a gorilla had to lose it’s life.  It angers me that the parents are receiving death threats.  It angers me that people are trying to make this a racist issue – really?

I  would love to hear your comments and opinons – are you angry?

Healthy Menu Idea for Dinner today:   Italian Turkey Meatloaf

1 lb sliced button mushrooms
2 cups finely chopped onion
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 (7 oz) container refrigerated basil pesto
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
20 oz. lean ground turkey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Process mushrooms in food processor until finely ground.  Stir together with onion, cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic and eggs in a large bowl.
Combine tomato paste, salt, pepper and 1 can tomato sauce, add to mushroom mix.
Add turkey to mushroom mixture and combine, unsing hands, until well blended.
Line 2 9×5″ loaf pans with heavy duty aluminum foil, coat lightly with cooking spray.
Divide turkey mixture between prepared pans.  Place pans on a foil lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Spread remaining 8 oz can of tomato sauce over meatloaves.  Bake 30 more minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center of meatloaf registers 165 degrees.
Makes 2 loaves, each serves 6.

Leftovers?   Try this recipe!   Turkey Stuffed Peppers

6 bell peppers, tops removed
1/2 cup uncooked plain couscous
Low sodium chicken broth
1/2  Italian Turkey meatloaf (above)
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven t0 400 degrees.  Discard pepper seeds and membranes.  Stand peppers on end on a baking sheet.  Bake 15 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile cook coucous according to package directions, using chicken broth instead of water.  Crumble leftover meatloaf, cook in hot oil over medium high heat, stirring gently, for 3 minutes.  Toss nuts, parsley and lemon juice, meatloaf with coucous.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stuff mixture into peppers – about 1/2 cup each.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until peppers are very tender.  Increase oven temperature to broil and move oven rack 7 inches from heat.  Combine cheeses, sprinkle over peppers.  Broil 2-4 minutes until chees melts and begins to brown.

Serves 6



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