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Friday, October 28, 2016

Ham and Veggie Soup

Fall is here and it's the time of year I love to eat good comfort foods like soup, stews, chili, ect. These are budget friendly meals that gets us through the winter. In our house I’ve been known to make soup out of anything edible I can find in the cabinets, pantry, fridge, and freezer. Yep it’s all but the kitchen sink. Hubby and son make jokes about how much I love soup. I can literally eat soup everyday and won't get tired of it :-) Today I'm sharing with you an easy soup that can be modified to include anything you like.

Ham and Veggie Soup

1 Ham Steak cubed (bone discarded) or use 2 cups leftover ham cut into cubes
1 12-16 oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 Tbsp. of EVOO (or oil of your choice)
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Bay leaf (big size)
1 14.5oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz. can of tomato sauce
6 cups of chicken broth/stock (I make my own)

Spray a 6 qt. crockpot with cooking spray. Add cubed ham and frozen mixed vegetables. In a skillet heat oil on medium heat. Sauté onion and celery for 5 minutes then add in garlic and sauté for another minute. Put in crockpot and add other ingredients. Stir and cover. Cook on LOW heat 6-8 hours or HIGH heat 3-4 hours. Serve with crackers, corn bread, or a good piece of crusty type bread with butter. YUM!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

White Bean Chicken Chili

Good eats on a cold/chilly day
White Bean Chicken Chili

1 lb. boneless chicken breasts (or tenders)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 14oz. cans cannellini (white kidney) beans
1 4oz. can green chilies
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1-2 cups of chicken broth (I use my homemade broth)

Chili Seasoning:
1-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. ground white pepper (or black)
1-2 Tbsp. ground chili powder

In a skillet heat oil on medium heat. Wash and cut chicken breasts into 4-5 pieces (if not using tenders) and let drain for a moment. Sauté onion and garlic in oil for 5-10 minutes. Spray a 6 qt. crockpot with cooking spray. Add raw chicken pieces. Open 2 of the cans of beans and drain before pouring into crockpot. Add in cooked onion and garlic, green chilies, lime juice, and seasonings. Pour in chicken broth and cover. Cook on LOW for 6 hours. After 4 hours open the other can of beans and mash up in its juices. Stir into chili the last 2 hours of cooking to help thicken it. When it’s done fish out chicken pieces and let cool down a few minutes. Shred meat with forks or fingers. Add back to crockpot (Chili will thicken a little more when you add the meat back to it). Sprinkle some cheese in your bowl of chili and serve like we did in the south with cornbread or crackers. *For a southwestern style add sour cream and salsa with the cheese and eat with tortilla chips.

Note: This chili was so GOOD! You can stir in a block of softened cream cheese at the end to make it creamier. I'm thinking of making a double batch of this by cooking it with some chicken breasts and ground turkey mixed next time.

Chili with cheese melted on top
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Crockpot Rice and Curry


Crockpot Rice and Curry

1lb. ground beef or turkey (can also use some cubed chicken, beef, or pork)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 14oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup Ketchup
1 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. curry powder (use more or less depending on your level of spicyness)
1 Tbsp. Thai Premium Fish Sauce (optional but makes it taste even better)
1 can coconut milk (can leave this out but makes the curry tastes yummy)
2 cups uncooked white or brown rice cooked in 4 cups water or broth

In a skillet heat oil on med. heat. Sauté onions and garlic until soft. Add in ground meat if you’re using that and cook until no longer pink. I added half of my curry seasoning to the meat right before it finished cooking. If you are using cubed meat just add it in raw to cook with everything else in crockpot. In a sprayed 5-6 qt. crock pot add potatoes, frozen vegetables, tomatoes, ketchup, and broth. Stir in meat mixture and the rest of the curry seasoning. Cook on LOW 7-8 hours. You'll want to stir in the Fish Sauce and Coconut Milk (if you're using them) 30 minutes before it's done. Before it finishes cooking cook your rice or use any rice you cooked ahead of time. I like using broth instead of water to cook my rice when I’m serving a savory dish like this. Just like when doing mashed potatoes the broth helps to give the rice more flavor. You can also stir in 2 Tbsp. of butter right before your rice finish cooking.

Once your curry is done serve it over a bed of rice in a plate or bowl and with Pita bread or Naan. Beware~ your house will smell yummy while this is cooking. Your family will keep coming to the kitchen wandering when dinner will be done Smile  I used ground turkey this time and it tasted great! I like that you can swap things up with this recipe. Here's another one we tried...

Rice and Curry w/chicken
To make curry with chicken follow the same recipe above replacing the ground beef with some boneless chicken breasts or thighs cut into bite size cubes. We really liked the flavors especially using lemon curry to season the rice I made with it. Now I have to try making this with cubed boneless pork and some coconut rice too. YUM!!! :-)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crockpot Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

*If you are looking for some comfort in a bowl on a cold winter day, this is the soup for you. If you love stuffed bell peppers be sure to stock up so you can try a bowl of this yumminess.


Crockpot Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 bell peppers cut into cubes (I use a mixture of different colors)
1 14.5 oz. can stewed or diced tomatoes
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. ketchup or chili sauce
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. Worcestershire or Steak sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4-5 cups chicken broth (or 2 cups chicken and 2 cups beef broth if you'd like)
1 cup of uncooked rice (or 2 cups cooked rice *see note)
cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)

In a skillet brown beef and onions. I like to throw my cut up bell peppers in right before all the meat has browned but you can just add them raw to cook with the other ingredients. In a 6 qt. crock pot add all the other ingredients except the rice and cheese. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.
*I used some brown rice I had already cooked in some broth but you could add a cup of uncooked rice in the last 30-45 minutes of cook time if you prefer.

To serve place a little warmed cook rice into bowls (if prepared separate) and pour your desired amount of soup over the top. Sprinkle on cheese of your choice and enjoy!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

True Repentance

What is True Repentance? 


-True repentance begins with confession. It's not just saying "I'm sorry".

-True repentance means agreeing with God that what you did was wrong and needs to be cleansed.

-True repentance is coming to grips with your rebellion against God so that you see you have been sinful and need to be cleansed.

-True repentance makes NO EXCUSES. It says "This is my problem and my sin. I didn't have to yield but I did. I can't blame it on anyone else".
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