Easy Chicken & Brown Rice

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Hey Everybody! So how many people you know struggle with preparing healthier meals for their families!!! (Probably you and most people you may know) It can be difficult at times but what I have noticed is that you just have to kinda think outside of the box. Cooking meals at home most days of the week does not mean you have to prepare a 5 STAR meal, it just means that whatever you eat, you are preparing it yourself. So yesterday I was in the kitchen and needed to make something kinda quick and was not sure what to fix.

**Quick Tip** If you have pasta or rice at home, that is a good way to start. So build around that.

So I knew I had some boil in a bag brown rice in the pantry and I had some chicken breast in the freezer!!! Need vegetables right? I had some raw carrots in the refrigerator and some cream of chicken in the pantry as well. There you have it!!! A VERY QUICK MEAL.

Let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 bags of “boil in bag” brown rice
  • 1 raw carrot stalk (diced)
  • 1/2 c diced onions
  • **you can add more veggies such as broccoli, etc..**

1.  Boil rice bags based on instructions. While rice is boiling, take a saucepan and add your onions and carrots to your pan. I did use canola oil to coat my pan. Let veggies soften. (Make sure oven is on 400 degrees)

2. Next, I cut my chicken breast into medium sized cubes and added them to the vegetable mixture. I added a little lemon pepper seasoning and lite salt. Used rubber spatula to stir and let mixture cook.

3. Once rice was done I took out of the boiling water and opened the bags and poured rice into a large pot. Next, the chicken mixture was done so I added that to my rice along with the can of cream of chicken soup and gave it a good stir and mix. Making sure everything was coated.

4. Finally I got a pan 9 x 11 pan and poured the rice mixture into the pan and put in the oven for about 20 minutes. Took dish out the oven and it was ready to serve!!

Enjoy!!

I knew it was a winner when my 5 year old son, ate it and was like “mom I was some more, it’s good!” You know how picky kids can be at times!!

 

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How to make Peanut Butter Cookies with less ingredients(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everybody!!!! So I decided the other week to make some peanut butter cookies. It was a rainy Saturday and of course kids were around and my husband always asking for something sweet so my plan was to make some “vegan” cookies just to do something different, but these are not vegan because I was literally missing like one ingredient, nevertheless these were so good! Many times you get a taste for something sweet, but at the same time, you want watch your calorie intake…guess what?? It’s possible!!!

The key is just taking those foods you enjoy and making a few changes here and there. Don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and take those small steps that can lead to BIG changes for you.

This recipe is super duper easy and takes minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 6 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose0
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, add peanut butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Next, add flour, baking soda and combine. Roll and flatten. Scoop our dough and roll into balls and place balls on baking sheet. Use back of folk, flatten in a crisscross pattern. Bake for about 10-13 minutes and let cool few minutes then transfer off baking sheet.

Enjoy~

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How to make a healthier Sloppy Joe!! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I came across a recipe for a light Sloppy Joe! If you were anything like me, growing up we always made Sloppy Joy from a can–get some ground meat and add sauce right?? This right here is “taste good“. It is packed with flavor and on top of that, are getting more nutrients. The variety of vegetables offers more color to your plate! Sometimes making changes with your kids can take time, but my husband and I loved these. Remember, Small Steps Equals BIG Change!! Take small steps to add more veggies to your favorite dishes and be a great way to start!!

 

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3 cups raw spinach, 1 cup of navy beans, diced celery and onion, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 8 oz can diced tomatoes w/green chilies, 2 tsp grainy mustard, 4 tsp ketchup, 1 cup shredded carrot

 

 

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The first thing you want to do is brown your meat, it can be chicken or turkey. I chose ground chicken. Guess what?? If you want to go meatless, omit the meat and just do a veggie Sloppy Joe. I did season meat with lite salt and garlic powder.

 

Next, add shredded carrot, chopped spinach(I did end up chopping after taking this picture. Stir together.

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Next I added the navy beans to the dish!!

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Add remaining ingredients–tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes w/chilies, celery, onions.

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Enjoy!!! Yummy!! Oh yea, coleslaw mix(no mayo) was also added to bottom of bun before topping with mixture!!!!!!!

This is just another way to take a dish you enjoy and make it your own. Be Creative and take Steps to a Healthier you!!!

Monica♥♥♥

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody!!! So the other day I decided to make some homemade granola bars. If you are like me and have small kids and try to have healthier snack options on hand, then you understand that “kids love SNACKS”. My 17 month old always says, “I want a snack”. Keep snacks on hand is a must. One of the snacks that my kids enjoy are granola or fruit grain bars. Why not make your own? I also look for ways to save money and making them yourself is a STEP toward saving a little pocket change. Granola bars are easy to put in your bag, store in the fridge and grab for a quick snack and energy booster.

If you think you don’t have time, these are super simple and don’t take long to prepare. Make a large batch and store for later use. No, you don’t have to kids to make these, but if you are looker for a snack to make yourself and control your ingredients, these are for you. One thing I like about granola bars is that you can be very creative and add or take away ingredients. No store-bought bars needed.

Do you think these were a hit for my hubby and kids? Hmmm…we will find out!!!

Let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups instant oats(not old fashion oats)
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 3/4 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips(can use raisins, dried cranberries, etc)

Instructions:

In a large pot, combine butter, brown sugar and honey. Bring to a boil.

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After bringing to boil, lower the heat and let simmer and it will slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. I did use rubber spatula.

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Add oats, rice cereal and flax seeds. Fold with spatula and transfer mixture to a pan and use spatula to press firmly to even out mixture.

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I added some chocolate chips on top of my mixture and set in refrigerator for about 2 hours until firm. If you do not like chocolate chips, feel free to use dried cranberries or raisins. Be creative!!!

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Cut and store. So what did my kids think of these bars??

 

I got two thumbs up!! My husband loved them as well!!! If your family approves, you have a winner!

Enjoy♥♥♥

 

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How to make Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cookies(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! So today I decided to post this great tasting recipe. I made these cookies last week and they were really good and my kids really love them. Guess what?? There is no flour or butter in this recipe!! Who doesn’t love a good cookie? But how about a cookie that has a few changes in them and can be a better option for you and your kids. There is a secret ingredient in side… shhhhh! This recipe literally takes minutes to prepare and your whole family will enjoy. Let’s get to it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of natural or regular peanut butter
  • 1 banana but into chunks
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking sheet and line with parchment paper. I did not have any parchment paper, but you can use nonstick liner.

2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer and beat together peanut butter, banana, sugar, whole egg and egg whites until smooth. Spoon by tablespoon onto a baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake for about 14-16 minutes or until cookies are puffed and brown on edges.

4. Remove from oven. Leave on pan for about 5 minutes. While hot, place 4 chocolate chips on top of each cookie.(It will melt)

5. Transfer cookies and as chocolate melts, spread chocolate over top of cookies. I used a butter knife to just spread chocolate over cookie as they melt.

That is it!! Did you figure the secret ingredient out??? Comment and let me know

Enjoy!!

Monica♥♥♥

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How make a healthier Sloppy Joe!! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I came across a recipe for a light Sloppy Joe! If you were anything like me, growing up we always made Sloppy Joy from a can–get some ground meat and add sauce right?? This right here is “taste good“. It is packed with flavor and on top of that, are getting more nutrients. The variety of vegetables offers more color to your plate! Sometimes making changes with your kids can take time, but my husband and I loved these. Remember, Small Steps Equals BIG Change!! Take small steps to add more veggies to your favorite dishes and be a great way to start!!

 

IMG_0073

3 cups raw spinach, 1 cup of navy beans, diced celery and onion, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 8 oz can diced tomatoes w/green chilies, 2 tsp grainy mustard, 4 tsp ketchup, 1 cup shredded carrot

 

 

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The first thing you want to do is brown your meat, it can be chicken or turkey. I chose ground chicken. Guess what?? If you want to go meatless, omit the meat and just do a veggie Sloppy Joe. I did season meat with lite salt and garlic powder.

 

Next, add shredded carrot, chopped spinach(I did end up chopping after taking this picture. Stir together.

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Next I added the navy beans to the dish!!

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Add remaining ingredients–tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes w/chilies, celery, onions.

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Enjoy!!! Yummy!! Oh yea, coleslaw mix(no mayo) was also added to bottom of bun before topping with mixture!!!!!!!

This is just another way to take a dish you enjoy and make it your own. Be Creative and take Steps to a Healthier you!!!

Monica♥♥♥

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The Better Chip (Beet Chips) Product Review

 

Hey Everybody! How many of you like tortilla chips!! I do!! So my husband picked these “beet chips” up the other day and I must say they were good!! With only 4 ingredients, they are simple and easy enough. Including healthier options are always something I am looking into so this was another product that I wanted to give a try. They are low in sodium and fat!!! Check these out!!!

What do you think?

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip “Product Review” Way Better Snacks

 

Looking for healthier options. Try this snack out! Way Better Snacks!! I was in Dollar Tree and noticed they had new snacks options so I decided to give it a try.  If you are looking for a crunch, but don’t want all the fat as other chips, this can be an option for you. The brand is “Way Better”, I never heard of this brand before, but the chips were actually good with a nice texture.  My husband really loved it so you can find small ways to eat healthier but at the same time, enjoy flavor!!!

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Woman of Purpose & Destiny Gathering!!!

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Hey Everybody!! I really enjoyed the Woman of Purpose & Destiny Gathering held in Tunica, MS!! God is always doing great things. This was started to help encourage, motivate and inspire women to be who God has called them to be. I believe that different generations of women can help build each other up. The theme for today was, Dangers of Conforming!! It was coming from Romans 12:1-2. I believe that we live in a society where it is so easy to conform to the ways of the world, but God is calling us to have transformed minds and to be more like Him. It is important that we lose the attitude of this age and adapt the ways of God. God wants to create something beautiful in you, but you first must take the step and give Him your life and allow Him to  change your way of thinking and lifestyle. I was so amazed at how the presence of God filled the room. People are in need of healing (physically, mentally and emotionally) and I believe today was a great start for many!!!!

We started off with a great Ice Breaker!! Everyone got to know each other and I believe it was fun for all!!!

 

 

We paired up with someone we didn’t know and asked questions!!! It was fun, exciting and it was great to meet new people. (Left) Jessie Haynes and Beritha Washington got to know each other better!!! (Right) Janautica Pollard got to know her partner and I think that enjoyed themselves.

 

 

It was selfie time! Everyone loves to take selfies, so we decided to have a little fun and snap it up!! These ladies have purpose and destiny. We were all inspired to continue to move forward in our purpose.

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Zenobia Jackson who is the founder of the Butterfly Project gave some great information on what it means to conform and to be transformed. She shared that your true identity is only found in Jesus Christ. She said that it is important that you be comfortable with who you are. She stated that, “We miss out on what God has for us,” when we conform. She encouraged the people that we must be more like the church in ACTS!!

Anna Jones who is the author of the book, Learning to Love (My Story, God’s Glory) shared an awesome word and portion of her testimony from her book.  (Click link to purchase). She discussed how in college she began to conform and wanted to do it her way. She talked about how she drunk at this party and got alcohol poisoning and should have been dead, based on the doctor. She shared how God changed her life and how God had someone to speak to her and tell her that “God Loves You.” She has a really powerful testimony, but for more of her story, GRAB THE BOOK!!!

Many things were shared from the teens and the older women that truly was an encouragement. We laughed, cried, prayed and just spoke life into all that attended. Understand that we have a job to do and people need real help. I cannot share everything that was said, but I will say that healing is needed for many. Let’s make it our business to do our part and take STEPS to help someone else. I wrote a 10 Day Devotional Book called, One Day At a Time and if you need more daily encouragement, grab your copy (go to http://www.steps4change.net or get the e-book below!!

 

Remember you have purpose & destiny! God is calling you. So be encouraged and if you like to be apart of future STEP events, don’t hesitate to join and tell others!!!!!!!! Share with those you know need additional encouragement.

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Homemade Fries (Air Fryer Style)

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Hey Everybody! So it has been a minute..yes, but I am back. Homemade fries are something that I make all the time, but we got this Air Fryer for a gift during the Christmas season and I wanted to try some fries to see how this thing works. Fries can be very unhealthy and full of fats, but you can always make them yourself. My kids love them. So I decided to let this be the first thing I try in my new Air Fryer. My parents had just gotten one and were very happen with results they had gotten. So let’s get to them super simple dish.

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Of course you need an air fryer. Here it is. There are variety of sizes that you can choose from and some much bigger than the one we have so it’s up to you.

 

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Of course you need a potato and do potato fries!!!!! Rinse and pat dry.

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Next I cut the potato lengthwise.

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Then I cut potato again to cut into julienne type pieces!!

Next I placed my potatoes in a plastic container..and seasoned. I also used some lemon seasoning(not pictured) and I sprayed with canola oil. You can also use a little canola oil and thoroughly mix in container along with seasoning to make sure they are covered.

Add to your Air Fryer. No deep frying!!!! And let the fryer do its job. 325 degrees for about 20 minutes! At about 10 minutes in..open fryer drawer and shake fries a little and let continue to cook for additional 10 minutes.

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Enjoy

Monica♥♥

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