We all love a church cookbook, right? The church ladies always submit their best recipes and some delicious family traditions are born from those hallowed pages. But the recipes in most church cookbooks are usually not the healthiest choices – until now.

bookThe parishioners of St. John’s, Columbus, have created a cookbook with tasty, yet healthy recipes called Not Your Mother’s Church Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Healthy Living. The book was born after the congregation adopted in 2013 a healthy environment initiative that set guidelines for any foods served at the church. (See April/May 2015 Connections article highlighting this initiative) As the congregation searched for healthier alternatives to the usual coffee-hour cookies and potluck casseroles, they found many yummy, healthy recipes and decided to compile them into a book, the proceeds of which benefit the many ministries of the church.

The book sells for $7. To order a copy, send a check to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1003 W Town Street, Columbus, OH 43222. (Editor’s note: The church is charging $7 for the book – why not throw them a couple extra bucks for shipping?)

SWEET POTATO HUMMUS

1 18-oz. sweet potato, baked, with skin removed
1 4-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained, with blackened skin removed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon fresh garlic, finely diced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt

In a food processor, puree the sweet potato, roasted red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, cayenne and salt. Process mixture until it is fairly smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

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