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Sesame-Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

8 Apr
Mondays are the hardest days for me to make dinner. After the weekend it’s hard to get back into the grind. Dinner has to be easy on Mondays. My new favorite easy meal is this sesame pineapple chicken stir-fry. This 25-minute chicken stir-fry gets its sweet and colorful appeal from red peppers, chunky pineapples and sugar snap peas. It is the perfect Monday meal. :  )
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Southwestern Steak Salad

3 Apr

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” -Psalm 27:14

Have you ever noticed that God is not in a hurry? In the Old Testament, God promised to bring his people out of Egypt and into a good and spacious land. But while “out of” the land of slavery and “into” the Promise Land sounds like a short trip, it actually took 40 years for Moses to receive his commission to lead the people out of Egypt.

Waiting is difficult. Being in the “land between” can be uncomfortable, frustrating and confusing. It’s often hard to understand why God, who is all powerful and can do whatever He wants, would choose to make us wait – especially when our desires and longings are good.

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We are often more focused on the outcome than the process that He is accomplishing in our lives each day. I firmly believe that these times – the space where we feel lost or lonely or deeply hurt – is fertile ground for our spiritual transformation and for God’s grace to be revealed in magnificent ways. We must wait for God’s timing and embrace wherever we are in the process. When we find contentment in that place, we begin to experience God in ways we never thought possible.

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30:18

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Feta Chicken

11 Mar

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

I love the meditations of this scripture. In the midst of sorrows and disappointments, these words bring me comfort and hope. It is the steadfast, unending, unfailing love of the Lord that gives strength each and every day. After days that I feel I’ve “exhausted” God’s mercy, I get another chance to experience the depths of that mercy when the sun rises again. His faithfulness truly is great.

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This recipe is super easy to make, which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners. It is so simple, yet the flavor is fantastic. If you are looking for a good “go to” chicken meal, give this one a try.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

8 Feb

“Gratitude is a choice. It is a conscious and deliberate decision to focus on life’s blessings rather than its shortcomings. Life will always have shortcomings, and it will always have virtues. When you focus on your blessings, your life feels abundant. When you focus on what’s missing, life feels incomplete. Where you point the spotlight of your attention is purely a matter of choice.

The power of gratitude is undeniably immense. Without a doubt, a perpetual spirit of thankfulness is the central ingredient in the recipe for a joy-filled life. You are going to draw more joy out of your business, out of your marriage, out of your family life, and out of all the other aspects of your existence when you make a commitment to become an openly and overtly grateful person.” -Tommy Newberry, 40 Days to a Joy-filled Life

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Cultivating gratitude does not only lead to a greater well-being, but spiritual depth. Gratitude is not a virtue that can be gained over night, but it takes commitment and deep heart transformation. What are you grateful for? Today, I am especially thankful for Fridays, Mexican food and YOU! : )

Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mexican Rice Bowl

7 Dec

My husband and I eat a lot of Mexican food. It always sounds good to me. We eat a lot of quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and guacamole. This Mexican Rice Bowl is definitely my kind of meal. You may notice that I did not include ingredient measurements because I never measure for this recipe. It is that easy! We like to make individual bowls so that we can each add our own favorite toppings.

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Ingredients:

Rice, cooked
Black beans, drained
Tomatoes, diced
Red onion, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Avocado, sliced
Fresh lime juice
Chicken, cooked (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add rice to a bowl or plate. Top with black beans, tomatoes, onion, chicken, cilantro, and avocado slices. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the entire dish. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa

28 Nov

“Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” -Psalm 37:3-5

This is a very easy dinner to make and the cool, buttery avocado makes a delicious salsa. Enjoy!

 

Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Yields 4 servings; Recipe from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion, diced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 avocado, pitted and cut into chunks

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Crispy Cheddar Chicken

7 Nov
Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a good week. We are almost to the weekend!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.” -Psalm 28:7
Crispy Chicken Chicken
Yields 7 servings; Recipe adapted from Jamiecooksitup
Ingredients:
CHICKEN
4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 Cup  milk
3 Cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon  parsley
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