Crockpot Cranberry Chicken & Brussels Slaw for Supper

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken & Brussels Slaw for Supper

Brussels Slaw with Coconut-Lime Dressing Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves:8 INGREDIENTS: 4 cups thinly shredded brussels 2 tbsp finely diced red onion 2 tbsp lime zest and 
juice of one lime
 (can add more if you like more zing) 1/2 reg. cup coconut milk 3-4 drops stevia 1 tbsp organic agave nectar (optional) pinch or two of himalayan or sea salt 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (optionally: chopped cashews, chopped almonds, crumbled bacon, golden raisons) DIRECTIONS: Clean and thinly shred brussels (I use my food processor). In a large bowl combine both brussles, onion, and lime zest.  Wisk together lime juice, coconut milk, agave, stevia and salt.  Coat brussels mixture, tossing well, using part or all of the dressing as you may.  Top with chopped macadamia nuts or toss them into the slaw. Note: Brussels is most ideal if it isn’t really cold otherwise the coconut oils set up.  Any chilled left overs are best if allowed to warm up a wee bit before serving for this same reason.  This is a yummy dish alongside another salad, quiona pilaf or chipotle chicken. I enjoy it along side roasted veggies of almost any sort.  You can even tuck this into a fish wrap.   Crockpot Cranberry Chicken with Barley Serves 8 INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cup pearled barley, soaked in cold water for 12-24 hours then drained and rinsed 1 onion diced 1 bunch of green onions diced 1 clove of garlic minced ¾ cup dried (no sugar added) cranberries or pomegrante seeds ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts 3 cups free range chicken broth 2 tsp. dried thyme...
Captivity of Activity

Captivity of Activity

My alarm clock blared; I overslept. I race to get dressed, make breakfast and lunch, and dart out the door. I dropped the kids off at school, and hurried to my 8:30am “spin class”. Then straight to a community prayer meeting, lunch with friends, and a meeting with our CPA. At 3;00pm, I pick up my son from school and take him to baseball practice. I go to the grocery store, Post Office, pick up my daughter from cheer practice, and then back to get my son. We go home. I start dinner and kids do homework. We eat dinner at 9:00pm. Finally we clean the kitchen, take baths, and say prayers. At 11:30pm I collapse into my bed with a heavy sigh. I reflected on my crazy day and all I accomplished—– but where was God in all my activity? I woke up in a hurry and skipped my quite time. I never once stopped throughout the day to just “be” in His presence or invite Him into my craziness. Have I taken the bait again and been distracted from My King by non-stop “activity”? Have I been so busy doing “good things” that I missed Him? Jesusʼ words are more precious than gold in Luke 10:42. This is key to our freedom and joy. In a world full of busyness, distractions, and activity around every corner, Jesus tells us: ONLY one thing matters, only one thing will last, only one thing will change your life forever —be still at My feet. In My presence you are made new, complete, and whole. In My presence you find rest,...
Two Gluten Free Recipes – Easy & Delicious!

Two Gluten Free Recipes – Easy & Delicious!

I am stuck inside again, due to ice and a little snow. This is crazy for me to say – living in Louisiana. However, being stuck indoors allows me more time to do what I love  – COOK! On my menu today I am making these two gluten free, delicious, easy recipes. Get in your kitchen and cook with me. ENJOY Almond Pancakes (GlutenFree)  Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Yields: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 egg 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped 1 3/4 cups gf oat flour 1 1/2 cups almond or rice milk 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon non-aluminum baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt slice strawberries and top Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour into dry ingredients; combine. Cook on lightly oiled skillet until golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup or honey. Variations: Try substituting 1/2 cup of shredded coconut or 1/4 cup malt-sweetened chocolate chips for almonds. Add lemon zest, the juice of one lemon (add a little less milk) and 1/2 cup poppy seeds for lemon poppy seed pancakes.   Winter Squash Stew Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Yields: 4 servings  Ingredients: 1 winter squash, seeded, peeled, chopped (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delicata) 1 onion 3 cloves garlic veggie or chicken stock 3 teaspoons curry powder 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin sea salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Sauté finely minced onion and minced garlic in a splash of olive oil. Place squash in a pot and fill with stock until just covered, then add spices, garlic and onion....
Crockpot Coconut Chicken with Mango Chipolte

Crockpot Coconut Chicken with Mango Chipolte

I love chipotle. It brings spiciness to life. Chipotle has a distinctive, smokey, sweet, meaty flavor with a wonderful warming kick.  If you are looking for a fresh, easy, and tasty recipe for this busy week – try this! Ingredients: 1 pound of free range chicken (breasts or thighs). 1 can of coconut milk 1 large sized mango or 2 small mangos. 1 tablespoon of dried chipotle flakes or ground chipotle seasoning. (can half for less spiciness) sea salt to taste 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 2 tsp garlic powder Directions: Pour the can of coconut milk into your slow cooker. Peel your mango and cut it into large and medium cubes. Throw your mango cubes along with the mango’s pit into your slow cooker. The meat on the pit will add flavor. Cut your chicken into strips and add to cooker. as well. Add your chipotle flakes/seasoning, sea salt, cilantro, basil, and garlic powder, and stir well. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.   Serve with a fresh garden salad and a few slices of fresh a avocado. ENJOY  ...
Which is better, being right or being at peace?

Which is better, being right or being at peace?

Which is better, being right or being at peace? In the middle of a reoccurring conflict with her loved one she lost perspective and ignored this question. She felt justified and decided to stand her ground. Her feelings took charge and she vowed to no longer be taken advantage of. Her firm stance caused both to push away magnifying the problem. Each harped on the others mistakes causing defensive feelings to rise. Neither allowed the value of their relationship nor the actual solution to be the focus and forgiveness flew out the window. How long would they allow this to draw a wedge between them? Would either seek truth or peace? Have you been pitted against a loved one? Have you ever been so determined to be right that it drove you to self-centeredness, which led to more conflict? Many arguments grow from a reoccurring conflict, un-forgiveness, self-centeredness, and or a difference in opinion. Perhaps you and your loved one fundamentally disagree on a sensitive subject, or you handle situations differently and it rubs the other the wrong way. Engrained differences in character and perspective can lead to a loop of endless arguments. Fighting about it again and again does not usually resolve the root of the problem. Acknowledging that you both may never be on the same page about a certain issue and, discovering how you can create a pattern that’s productive and supports the relationship can be the beginning of healing and conflict resolution. Sincere forgiveness can also be a tremendous relief and a simple strategy to overcome conflict. Remember everyone is human, makes mistakes, and comes...
Super Bowl Healthy Snacks – Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Super Bowl Healthy Snacks – Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday? WooHOO! I am. This can be a perfect healthy delicious alternative to snack on. Grab my amazing guacamole dip too. These two together are fabulous and make your mouth water. You just may the hit of the party. Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes 4 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted ½ teaspoon chipotle powder (or less to make it less spicy)* 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp onion powder ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsp coarse sea salt ½ tsp paprika DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut sweet potatoes like French fries. In a large bowl, combine oil and seasonings.  Add sweet potato sticks and toss to coat well.  Arrange sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheets in a single layer, evenly spaced.  Sprinkle with more sea salt. Bake 15 minutes and flip potatoes over. Continue to bake until lightly browned at the edges and slightly crisp about 10-15 minutes.  If you’d like them to be a little more crisp, put the pan under the broiler for 30-45 seconds.  Watch closely so they do not burn. Tips: Cut the sweet potatoes into thin sticks, about 1/4 inch; Soak potatoes in cold water after cutting and pat dry before seasoning. Bake them in one layer and not on top of each other (do not allow them to touch). DIP INTO FRESH HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE Serves 4-6 ENJOY...