Sunday, May 24, 2015

One Pot Chicken and Rice Chili

I was looking on Pinterest for something new and easy to make for dinner and came across this recipe, which I adapted (based on what I had on hand) to make the dish you see. We were all very pleased with how it turned out! My recipe is below:

(I am not impressed with what Blogger is doing with the color of my photos)

One Pot Chicken Rice Chili


1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 12 oz can of chunk chicken (or the same amount of your own cooked chicken, beef or sausage)
5 cups of chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
3/4 c of red kidney beans
3/4 c. of garbanzo beans (or any white bean)
1/5 cups of kale, torn into small pieces
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of cumin
salt and pepper to taste
10 oz of brown rice (I used parboiled)
3/4 cup of shredded cheese


Heat oil in large skillet or pot.  Add onions and cook until soft, about five minutes.   Add chicken.

Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, kale and spices.  Bring to a simmer.  Stir in rice.    Bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through.

Remove from heat.  Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, avocado or salsa if you wish.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pretty Berry Birthday Angel Food Cake

This cake was the inspiration for a birthday brunch (because I would need a lot of people to eat it!)  

Topped and filled with cool whip/pudding and strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries, it is the perfect light birthday dessert that you won't feel bad eating for brunch!

The powdered sugar sifted over top gives it a little extra pizzazz

There really aren't many instructions for this:

Buy and bake an angel food cake according to the directions.
When cool, slice the cake in half.   Brush off any extra crumbs at this point.
Mix together cool whip and vanilla pudding.   2 parts cool whip to 1 part pudding.
Put a layer of cool whip/pudding on the bottom layer.  
Top with (chopped) strawberries, whole raspberries and blueberries.   (I didn't put the black berries or cherries in the middle because they're so big)
Add a bit more cool whip/pudding on top of the berries to help the top layer stay in place.
Put top layer on.
Spoon cool whip/pudding on top and decorate with all the berries.
Place berries all around the bottom edge (being careful to place them so they won't roll when you move the cake!)
Sift powdered sugar over top of the berries.

Happy Birthday!

Egg and Sweet Potato Hash

I made this recipe up myself.   We were given some Duck eggs and this was the first breakfast I made with them:

Look how cool they are!    Here they are mixed in with fresh chicken eggs to show you the difference in size and color:

I think they taste pretty much the same as a chicken egg.   Their shells are a bit stronger and the whites might be a bit "thicker", but they are Delicious!

This is super easy to make:


Handful of kale, torn into small pieces
1/3 of a red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 thick slice of onion, diced
1 small sweet potato, chopped
2 tbsp of butter or oil of your choice (I used coconut)


Heat oil in pan and throw all ingredients in.
Put lid on and cook, stirring every so often until veggies are tender.
Push vegetables away from the middle, add a bit more oil and break the egg into the center of the pan.
Add a bit of water at the edge of the pan (to create steam) and put the lid back on until the egg yolk is cooked how you like it.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika and enjoy! =)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baked Apple Stuffed with Quinoa!

Oh, yum.   I admit, I was originally drawn to these because 1) I was looking for new ways to eat quinoa for breakfast and 2) They are pretty!   But, wow.   They are soo delicious!

I cooked the quinoa in milk for a change, then mixed it with yogurt and apple sauce and warmed it up to make it extra creamy.   Throw in some pecans, cranberries and coconut (or whatever you like!) and eat in out of a hot, sweet, soft baked apple and... your day is off to an amazing start =)

These will be happening again tomorrow.  =)

Try it!    I used this recipe.   Happy Breakfast! =)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

I love peanut butter and jelly, and when I can incorporate it into my breakfast in a more healthy way, I'm all about it!

This recipe uses a homemade grape chia jam, but I prefer my strawberry one.   You could also just use whatever jam/jelly you have on hand.