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