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Volume 5 No. 301 August 21, 2015

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Recipe: One Fresh Chicken, Many Meals

by Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD

When it comes to cooking for my family, I like to get the most for my money and my time. That’s why I appreciate the lower priced, high quality whole chicken that I use to prepare many meals.

Roasting Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is easier than it looks. After a few minutes of prep, you pop it in the oven and you’re free to do other things while the bird cooks.

To roast, place it breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Lightly coat the skin with olive oil and season with salt. Place fresh or dried herbs, such as basil, thyme and rosemary, or your favorite combination, in the cavity. Line the roasting pan with peeled carrots and peeled and quartered onions and potatoes.

Cook the chicken according to package directions and you have the basis for the following fabulous meals:

Meal 1:

Serve sliced chicken with the roasted vegetables and with a dressing, such as Organic Thick and Chunky Salsa. Add a quick-cooking whole grain, fruit and low-fat milk for a balanced meal.

Meal 2: Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas:

In a small bowl, mix 1 cup shredded cooked chicken with 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese and ½ cup diced red bell pepper. Coat a medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray.

Over low heat, add one 7-inch whole wheat tortilla to the pan and top with ¼ of the chicken mixture. Cover with another tortilla. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, gently pressing down on the quesadilla to melt the cheese.

Serve with sour cream, chunky salsa, fresh green salad and low-fat milk.

Meal 3: White Chili:

Remove all the meat from the bones and chop into ½-inch pieces. (You’ll need about 2 - 3 cups of chicken.)

To make chicken broth, place chicken bones in a medium saucepan with just enough water to cover them. (You’ll need about 4 cups of broth.) Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for an hour.

Meanwhile, sauté 2 medium chopped onions and 3 cloves minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive or canola oil.

When broth is done, remove from heat. Remove bones from pan. Add onion mixture and chicken to the pan. Add 3 15-ounce cans of drained canned Great Northern beans, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ½ teaspoon ground cloves. Cover the pan and simmer for about 1 hour.

When ready to serve, stir in 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese until cheese melts.

Serve warm with fruit and low-fat milk.

Still have cooked chicken? Make chicken salad with chopped grapes and chopped walnuts to use in sandwiches and green salads.

More about the author - Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD:

Served as a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for nearly 10 years, and is a well-known and respected expert in family nutrition.

Source: ALDI

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Family Special: Quick Listening - Communication Between Husband and Wife
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
- James 1:19

The ability to listen well is harder than it seems. You may recall this old party game: A girl whispers to the boy next to her a sentence such as "Three cows crossed the road to drink from the stream." The boy then whispers the sentence to another boy sitting next to him, and on the message goes in a circle. By the time the sentence gets back to the person who started it, it's transformed into "Trees grow crusty toadstools to think about steam."

Communication between husband and wife can become equally muddled unless we follow the scriptural wisdom offered in James 1:19: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.

Author‐counselors Chuck and Barb Snyder recommend a "quick listening" technique based on this verse. Following a disagreement, a husband and wife sit down together and fully explain their feelings about the issue. The catch is that the other spouse can't interrupt. Partners may try this and still disagree, but by giving their opinion and listening to their mate's, they'll increase their chances of understanding each other… and of staying best friends.

Just between us…

Do you sometimes feel that you tell me one thing and I hear something else?

Do either of us tend to interrupt before the other can fully express himself or herself?

If we tried "quick listening" after all our disagreements, how might it change our marriage?

Father, we want to put Your truths about listening, speaking, and controlling anger to work in our marriage. We ask You to give us Your grace and strength. Help us to stick with it—and help us to notice the good results! Amen.

From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.
"Quick Listening," in Incompatibility: Still Grounds for a Great Marriage by Chuck and Barb Snyder (Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. 1999).

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Be An Angel to Someone

by Wes Hopper

"Be hospitable to everyone, because at times they have turned out to be angels in disguise."
Hebrews 13:2

Today's choice of a quote was inspired by a true story which reminded me of the powerful advice the quote contains.

A young man, with no real idea of what to do with his life, was working at a truck stop. One night, a truck driver walked over to him and said,

"What are you doing here? You can be much more and you're wasting your life! If you're still here when I come back through, I'll kick your butt!"

Fifteen years later that young man had graduated from medical school and is a naturopathic doctor and spiritual writer and teacher today.

Who was that truck driver? Well, we don't know, but it sure made me think of that quote. He was an angel in disguise.

We have the opportunity ourselves to play both sides of the "angel" encounter, since it's so easy to get caught up in ordinary life and settle for average.

We might have someone drop an idea in our lap, and leave it up to us to take action.

Or we might see someone we know who could be living a bigger life and challenge them to go for it.

It can make a real difference in a person's life to have that kind of encouragement.

Threatening to kick their butt is optional.

Source: Gratitude

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