Happy February and Happy Valentine's Day! Are you enjoying this shortest month or are you wishing for warmer weather and longer days? Here in North Carolina, we've been lucky so far on the weather and are definitely noticing that we can walk Pepper a little later in the light every day. I hope you enjoy my stew guidance below and that you take a moment to glance at my guest posts that have appeared in the blogosphere in the last couple of weeks. It's always so exciting to me when my words resonate to others.
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My favorite kind of dinner is the one where I have no recipe, just an idea. It's also my favorite way to cook. Fortunately, I have a husband who is very open to experiments. The stew below tasted great and took less time than it would have taken to go out and get something to bring home or to wait for a pizza to be delivered.
Quinoa or any kind of grain, including steel cut oatmeal. I used 1 cup.
Fresh and frozen vegetables (I used fresh mushrooms, fresh yellow squash, fresh cherry tomatoes, frozen corn, and frozen broccoli.) Each of these is loaded with fabulous nutrients.
Vegetable broth (slightly more than is needed for cooking the grain - I used three cups). I use Trader Joe's low sodium vegetable broth. If I don't have it on hand, I'll brew decaf green tea and boil it with a carrot and a piece of celery, which I then discard, for 30 minutes.
Leftover or fresh chicken or fish, if you want.
Tomato paste (about 2-3 tablespoons)
Spices (I used chili powder, red pepper, and cumin)
Butter or olive oil
A splash of wine (totally optional)
Mince or slice the garlic and let it sit for ten minutes (to maximize its nutritional value).
When the grain is cooked, take a taste. Add spices if needed. If it is too thin, add some peanut butter and stir, if it is too thick, add more broth.
I serve it and then add the protein on top, you can also cut up the protein and add it to the stew.
As I prepared to post this newsletter the incomprehensible tragedy of three young lives being taken so violently happened here in Chapel Hill. I thought I would share with you my thoughts about this - Even in Chapel Hill. Please join me in holding these young people, their family, friends, our town, and all of our communities in our hearts.
As the president of Break Through Academy, I work with individuals and groups to help them achieve their life goals through making choices to eat well, avoid toxins and be happy. As a strategic planning consultant, I work with organizations to improve performance through incorporating health and wellness into the fabric of their culture.