Veggie Skillet Casserole

Talk about easy, delicious, and nutritious…

Recipe of the Week: Veggie Skillet Casserole

1 c. water
3/4 c. uncooked quick-cooking barley
1 c. each chopped red and green bell peppers
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 c. coarsely chopped packed Swiss chard leaves (or fresh spinach)
1 c. canned navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. quartered sweet grape tomatoes
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
1 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat broiler.
1. Bring water to boil in large skillet; add barley, peppers, garlic powder, and pepper flakes. Reduce heat, cover tightly, and simmer for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
2. Remove from heat, stir in chard, beans, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Broil 2 minutes or until golden. That’s it! Serves 4.

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Thought of the Week: Our air-conditioner went out Wednesday night, too late to call anyone. Heat and humidity still prevailed outside, so opening the windows would have been no relief. We turned the ceiling fan to high and slept reasonably well, but by 10:00 yesterday morning, my corner office became uncomfortable. The repairman would not be out for two more hours, so I ran some errands, all the while thinking about “the old days,” as well as about hurricane Isaac…When we were growing up in south Texas in the 1960s, we had no air-conditioning, either at home or at school, and we survived. But we were kids and kids can endure just about anything. Besides we didn’t have a choice; it was what it was. Nowadays, we’re definitely spoiled. Though our house became cool again yesterday, so many people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama will have to wait days or weeks for power to be restored or before they can return home because of the flooding. Someone somewhere always has it worse and being without electricity for more than a few hours in the hot summer or being without a home and losing everything is definitely worse…Please donate to the Red Cross. redcross

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About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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