Tamarind Chicken #Recipe

Have you cooked with Tamarind? It’s a tropical fruit that has a nutrient-rich, fiber-filled pulp. It has a multitude of health benefits. Tamarind improves digestion, strengthens the heart, and treats cough, cold, and asthma, to name just a few. However, I am more interested in using it as a food. The flavor has a unique sour note that balances out the sweet chili sauce in this recipe for Tamarind Chicken. I hope you’ll try it. Tamarind paste is often shelved in the international food section of grocery stores, or you can find it on Amazon.

Tamarind

Tamarind Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 inch ginger, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions:
  1. Prepare marinade by adding onion, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, tamarind paste, chili sauce, pepper, and water to a bowl. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  2. Cut chicken thighs into pieces and add to the marinade. Let sit for 1 hour.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a hot skillet. Shake off excess marinade from the chicken pieces and add to the pan. Reserve the marinade.
  4. Cook chicken until golden on all sides and remove from the pan. Set aside.
  5. Add the marinade to the pan and cook on high heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens.
  6. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the chicken to the sauce and simmer until chicken is heated through. Serve over rice.

Tamarind Chicken

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Festive Frosted Mason Jars

Making frosted Mason jars is fun. This craft is easy enough for kids to do and the end product is just beautiful. Make one or a dozen; it’s up to you. These make a fantastic home-made holiday or hostess gift.

Frosted Mason Jars

Here’s what you need:
Here’s what to do:
  1. Place Epsom salt and glitter into a pie tin or shallow baking pan (large enough to keep the mixture contained and off countertops and floors). Mix thoroughly.
  2. Using the sponge paint brush, paint the entire outside of the mason jar with mod podge. Work quickly to ensure mod podge does not dry.
  3. Cover the jar with the Epsom salt and glitter mixture. You can dip it until it is covered, or scoop the mixture and sprinkle it over the wet mod podge. Coat thoroughly. Set aside and allow to dry completely.
  4. Gently dab mod podge over the Epsom salt and glitter to set the coating. Set aside and allow to dry completely.
  5. Wrap the jute twine several times around the threads at the top of the jar, adding an evergreen sprig. Secure with a knot or bow.
  6. Place the battery-operated tea light inside. Enjoy the sparkly glow.
Notes:
  1. Use any size jar. This will also work with clear flower vases, baby food jars, or other clear glass containers.
  2. If you can’t find Mod Podge, look for basic white liquid glue.
  3. Swap out colorful curling ribbon for the jute twine, if you like.
  4. Use fake evergreen sprigs or forage for real evergreens outside.
  5. If you don’t mind having live flames, use a regular tea light candle in place of the battery-operated one.

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Wild Blueberry Smoothie #Recipe

Delicious and filling, this blueberry smoothie breakfast keeps me satisfied until lunch. Try it!

Lots of studies have shown that wild grown blueberries are a very healthy fruit choice and one of the most nutritious foods you can buy. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components of these superfruits have been scientifically connected to heart health, brain health, gut health, cancer prevention, reduced risk of diabetes, and urinary tract health. Wild blueberries have high concentrations of an antioxidant called polyphenols (along with other plant-based foods like dried peppermint, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, black currants, and hazelnuts). Wild blueberries contain 30% less sugar than highbush blueberries. And did you know you can get 25% of the RDA of fiber just by eating 1 cup of of these little beauties? It’s true.

I buy my wild blueberries in the freezer section of my grocery store. Make sure the bag states “Wild Blueberries.” I love having these healthy and nutritious berries on hand whenever I want them.

Wild Blueberry Smoothie  

Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (do not thaw)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla flavored almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup organic baby kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon black Chia seeds

Place all ingredients in a blender (I have a Ninja Smoothie Maker) and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

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3 Affirmations for Bedtime

Speaking bedtime affirmations can be life changing. This practice fosters positive-thinking and self-empowerment. Developing a positive mental attitude can help you achieve success in life, in love, in…anything. When we sleep, our conscious mind takes a break and our subconscious mind takes over. Our subconscious mind is powerful and influential. Bedtime is the perfect time to communicate with our subconscious.

Affirmations

Thomas Edison said, “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”

Here are 3 affirmations to speak—right out loud—before going to sleep.

  1. Show me how good life can be.

When you awaken after making this request, your subconscious mind will start nudging you to notice more and more good things that happen to and for you.

  1. Everything is always working out for me.

What a wonderful affirmation. Rumi, the 13th Century Sufi mystic said, “It’s rigged—everything—in your favor. So, there is nothing to worry about.”

  1. Thank you for showing me that [a current issue in your life] has been resolved.

Showing appreciation that a solution to your problem has come will lift your spirits and help alleviate your anxiety. Gratitude causes you to feel more positive emotions, savor good experiences, and deal more easily with adversity.

Scientific studies have shown that people who consciously nurture positive emotions are happier, healthier, learn better, and get along well with others, Positive people live longer, too.

Speaking of living your best life…

What’s better than romance novels with happily-ever-after endings? Today, I’d like to tell you about my Black Bear Brothers Series.

Makwa men are solid, trustworthy, and above reproach. Mat. Dakota. Chay. Three men successfully making their way in the world… until each is hit with an unexpected tragedy that sends him reeling. Mat takes on an overwhelming responsibility in AN HONORABLE MAN. Dakota is struck by a shocking betrayal in THE WOMAN OF HIS HEART. And Chay experiences a nightmarish crisis in HEALING CHAY.

One by one, the men return to Misty Glen Reservation—the place they were raised by their shaman grandfather. Home… where the story begins.

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