Heart-Healthy Soup and Salad

Since Danny came home from the hospital, I have had to be creative and think outside my recipe boxes even more. His post-stroke diet of last year has been further reduced to disclude our favorite starches (all types of potatoes, rices, and nonwhole grains). For the rest of our lives, we have to learn to love what’s good for us. Last night I fixed a meal that tasted great and quickly filled us up…

Recipe of the Week: Chicken-Barley Soup and Broccoli-Fruit Salad

Soup ingredients:
4 c. water
2 c. organic low-sodium vegetable broth
1 c. organic low-sodium chicken broth
2 c. cooked chicken, cubed (leftover chicken or grilled strips)
1 c. barley
1/4 c. dried tomatoes
1/2 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped onion (red and yellow mixed)
1 tbs. minced garlic
1 tbs. dried basil
1 bunch asparagus, chopped (using heads and 1″ of stems)
1/2 c. frozen peas

Directions: Put all but the peas in a dutch oven and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Add frozen peas and cook another 5 minutes.

Options: Add chopped celery and fresh tomatoes. Instead of frozen peas, use frozen mixed vegetables. Instead of chicken, use turkey or no meat at all.

Note: Store any leftover in the refrigerator. Add a little water when you reheat it for another meal or snack. 100_0304

Salad ingredients:
2 c. Romaine lettuce pieces
1/2 c. broccoli florets, 1/2″ or smaller
1/2 unpeeled apple, cubed
1 segmented Cutie orange or mandarin orange
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1/3 c. pecan halves (or pieces)
1 tbs. Asian Sesame dressing

Directions: Put ingredients in medium bowl as listed (lettuce first, etc.). Drizzle dressing on top and serve. (Double or triple ingredients, depending on number of servings needed.)



Thought of the Week: We received much needed rain this week, although it wasn’t enough to disspell the drought. We’re still on water restrictions for lawns. Suspiciously, quite a few yards around town are strikingly green, leading me to suspect that automated sprinkler systems have been turning on after midnight more than twice a month. There are no lawn police, but NBU (New Braunfels Utility) knows who the offenders are by the excess water usage. Is this a big deal? No. It’s a little thing, a small breaking of rules, like a tiny white lie or driving a few miles over the speed limit. It reminds me that we’re only imperfect humans. We do what we can get away with and sometimes think we’re above the law, especially an unreasonable law. But, without statutes and rules there would be chaos, and that so many people break laws, cheat, and commit crimes beyond compare is more than disconcerting. Are God’s commandments, government’s laws, school rules, and company policies merely guidelines? Is how people follow or obey them actually a choice?

no sign

On the other hand, do we have too many don’ts in our lives?


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.
This entry was posted in Health, Recipe and Thought for the Week and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Heart-Healthy Soup and Salad

  1. mskatykins says:

    Far too many don’ts! We’re very fortunate in Scotland, it’s rare that we ever have a hosepipe ban, as they’re called over here. England doesn’t always fare so well! Hope you and Danny are both well! Take it easy. 🙂


    • Cyranette says:

      There’s one major DO that could negate the need for most of the don’ts: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s a shame that adults have to be told how to act and behave sensibly, when we hear “don’t” so much as kids…”Hosepipe ban” – I like. 🙂 Y’all probably have plenty of rain and snow to prevent droughts…We’re okey dokey!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s