“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there” Richard Bach.
My friends, I am using the law of attraction to bring warm weather into my life. This morning I heard on the news that so far this year we have doubled the amount of snow this area gets on average and there are still 36 days of winter left. We are due to get another blizzard with “significant” accumulations tomorrow. Me no likey!
I have been following the Law of Attraction principle for a few months now. This belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are made of pure energy and for that reason we can attract positive or negative into our lives just by focusing our thoughts in either direction. This concept is fascinating to me. Although there are many skeptics out there, it is our human right to believe in what we want and to follow ideas that make us feel good. While I understand it has nothing to do with weather, the thought itself makes me feel good and that’s all that matters.
This bean stew also makes me feel really good. Mostly because it warms my chilled body and tastes insanely good. Since it’s nutritiously good for you, it also makes me feel good about eating it. And it’s makes for killer lunch leftovers the next day.
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tsp dry rosemary
- ½ tbsp red chili flakes
- 1 lb pinto beans, soaked overnight
- 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
- 1 chicken bouillon (use vegetable bouillon for vegetarian version)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Heat olive oil in a Dutch Oven, add garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cook until the onion is soft, about 7 minutes.
- Add beans, chicken bouillon, cover with water and simmer for about 1½ hours until the beans are very soft.
- Stir in kale, season with salt, pepper and cook another 10 minutes.
This is my family’s absolute new favorite dish. I love making it because it’s insanely easy and quick to prepare. What’s not to love about chicken, rice and beans all cooked in one pot. It’s a marriage made in food heaven. I must start by first thanking a fantastic blogger who introduced me to this recipe, Natalie at Tastes Lovely. I adapted this fabulous dish from her and have been making it weekly ever since. I even made this for our Super Bowl party and it was a huge hit.
It’s been snowing all day, schools are closed and I had to take a day off from work. In between the list of house chores and loads of laundry I got to do something I rarely have a chance to do, I watched cooking shows all day long. I couldn’t help but think of how I would love to have a cooking show of my own. Can you imagine doing what you love all day long? Hmmm.. I wonder what I would create as my first dish. I think it would have to be this skillet. Yeah, it’s that good.
The beauty of it is that you most probably already have all the ingredients right in your pantry and freezer. It’s fabulous with hot sauce like Cholula. In this house of hot sauce junkies, hot sauce goes faster than milk.
I leave you with these two questions:
What’s your dream job?
Do you like hot sauce? If so, what’s your favorite?
- 6 drumsticks or 5 boneless thighs
- 2 cups Jasmine rice
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 15 oz can small red beans
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup frozen green peas
- 1 packet Goya Sazon con azafran (with saffron)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and paprika to taste
- Heat olive oil in a oven safe heavy pot.
- Season chicken with salt and paprika. Cook about 5 min on each side, until crispy and nicely browned. Don’t worry if the chicken is not fully cooked through, it will finish cooking in the oven.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Now add onion and garlic to the pot. Saute about 4 minutes and stir in rice, chicken stock, beans, peas and the packet of Goya. Stir to combine.
- Gently nestle the chicken on top of the rice mixture.
- Bake at 450 degrees until all the liquid is adsorbed and the rice is cooked, about 20-25 minutes.
I am looking forward to this weekend. Super Bowl is here and we’re having a party. I planned a pretty extensive menu to feed the crowd of about 15. Tonight right after work I am heading straight to the grocery store. There is no way I am attempting to shop on Saturday. It always seems as if there are gazillions of people and only four registers open.
I get excited to throw these sorts of parties, but my sanity is somewhat on the line. In efforts to reduce the stress and make the process smooth, I am doing some prep cooking on Saturday.
I got a great loaded nachos recipe for you in case you’re still looking for ideas for Sunday. They turned out so good Kurt and I ate this entire dish all by ourselves. Thankfully these are much healthier, meat free and loaded with veggies.
I know we’re going to have tons of fun. I know my guests are going to absolutely love these nachos!!!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 zucchini, diced
- ½ red onion, diced
- ½ cup canned corn, drained
- ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeños
- 1 garlic clove
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 1 can refried beans
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- hot sauce, to taste
- ½ cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- chopped tomato or favorite salsa
- salt to taste
- tortilla chips
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, add red onion and garlic. Saute about 3 minutes.
- Add zucchini and cook another 5 minutes.
- Stir in corn, jalapeños and cumin. Season with salt to taste.
- In a small pot, combine refried beans, sour cream and hot sauce and heat through.
- Arrange tortilla chips at the bottom on a baking dish. Top with refried beans mixture, veggie mixture and cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese melts. Top with fresh tomatoes. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve with guacamole on the side.
Do you consider yourself a health buff?
I often ask myself this question only to realize how much I still have to learn. I am just as passionate about food as I am about the benefits that it can deliver. That is why I continuously educate myself on the subject.
It is estimated that 60% of disease is caused by the Standard America Diet, ironically abbreviated to S.A.D. If I was to list the factors that increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and intestinal disorders, S.A.D has them all: high in unhealthy fats, low in fiber, processed and overcooked.
I admire people who eat a raw diet with their glowy skin and remarkable levels of energy. Although I would love to be able to do so I can never eat a fully raw diet. I am just not satisfied, especially in the cold months of winter, unless I eat a hot meal. This doesn’t stop me from incorporating as much unprocessed fresh produce as I possibly can or want into my day.
In an effort to help you plan healthier meals and eat better I put together this great healthy recipes collection from some of the wonderful bloggers around. Enjoy!Read More
Hope you all had a great weekend.
Today we start a Vegetarian Week Challenge. I asked my meat loving husband to join me and eat meat free for a week. While he didn’t receive the idea with enthusiasm he loves me too much to say no. Since I do all the cooking around here, he kind of has no choice. Sometimes us girls have to use “the powers” to get things done around here. :0) I then threw in another bombshell. I informed him that we might have a vegetarian Week once a month, but that didn’t go too well.
Oh well!!! At least I tried…
Although we don’t eat much meat to begin with, poultry, especially wings, is something Kurt loves this time of the year. I am hoping that with recipes from some of my favorite vegetarian bloggers, a few cooking magazines and a combination of my own skills I can make this week a tasty meatless experience for him.
To kick of the week on Sunday night I made my version of Ribollita, the Italian bean and cabbage soup, minus the bread and chicken stock. To my satisfaction Kurt LOVED it.
Success!!!! This is going to be a breeze or I maybe just jinxed myself. Wish me luck.
VEGETARIAN WEEK MEAL PLAN
|Monday||Mixed Greens Salad with roasted vegetables and cottage cheese.||Dr. Praegers California Veggie Burgers, served with baked potato fries.|
|Tuesday||Roasted Butternut Squash Lentil Stew (prepared Sunday)||Rosemary Mushroom Chickpea Ragout over toasted Garlic Sourdough.|
|Wednesday||Leftovers from Tuesday’s dinner||Falafel Burgers served with Roasted Beetroot Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles|
|Thursday||Loaded Salad, romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, cucumbers and egg salad.||Mushroom Barley Soup with Kale & Gruyere Cheese Panini|
|Friday||Mushroom Barley Soup||Vegetarian Gyoza with Ponzu Dipping Sauce|
- 8 ounces dry cannellini beans, soaked overnight or boiled for 5 min and let stand for 1 hour
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 carrot, chopped
- ½ celery stalk, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
- ½ head cabbage, sliced into ½ inch slices
- 1 vegetable bouillon
- Half 14.5-ounce can chopped diced tomatoes, organic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- parmesan cheese, for serving
- Rinse and drain the soaked cannellini beans and set aside.
- In a large pot, heat olive oil and saute carrots, celery and onions until well-cooked, 8-10 minutes.
- Add potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, bouillon and the beans. Add enough hot water to cover the ingredients in the pot, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer over low heat for 1 to 1½ hours adding more water if needed. You want the mixture to be soupy.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve topped with shaved parmesan cheese.