Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Easy, Healthy, Chicken recipe #1 Garlic Orange Chicken

I am on a mission to come up with 30 inexpensive, healthy, quick recipes for my family.
My mother-in-law gave me this one.
I call it Garlic Orange Chicken
I serve it with rice and asparagus.

3 cloves of garlic diced up
bread crumbs
chicken breast or tenders cut so they are thin
1/2 cup of orange juice
cooking oil

Cut the chicken so it is thin
Throw the chicken pieces in some breadcrumbs until they are coated
Heat the oil in a pan
Toss in the garlic
then toss in the chicken
flip the chicken, add more oil if needed
when the chicken is almost done pour in the orange juice
keep it cooking until the orange juice gets thick like a glaze

I am new at writing recipes, but I think you get the idea of how this recipe works :)

Guest Post....What I am learning so far through this journey called infertility..

Imagination is only good within limits.  Allowing yourself to imagine you are pregnant before you know make the fall so much harder.

Never forsaken.  The Bible says God never changes no matter your circumstances.  He has not left you. You are not forsaken.  (Hebrews 13:5)

Find joy in other things: the people who support you, everyday blessings, anticipated vacations.

Endure.  Infertility is a struggle that is not pleasant and is often long.  Build up those muscles that allow you to endure.    Endurance sports build up your strength. (Romans 5:3-5)

Release emotions...don't try to trap them in or bypass them.  Acknowledge them when they come, release them in a safe place to God and to trusted friends but don't let them rule you.

Talk about it with those who understand.  How helpful to receive emails from Sarah's Laughter tailored to your struggle or to talk to women who have been in your shoes!

Inform yourself: the unknown is not helpful.  It is so much easier to be calm when you are prepared and know your options

Leave behind worry:there are so many factors that you can't possible control.  Worrying about them helps no one...not you nor your spouse.

Idle when you can! Take time to rest with those you love.  It's easy to be driven and not enjoy the down times.

Turn to God when you feel like turing away.  It is an effort of the will to turn towards someone you feel has disappointed you.  He may have wounded us but He will bind us up! (Hosea 6:1)

Yield to God's will.  It is unknown but unfailing.  Daily submitting and accepting His will as good protects our hearts from rebellion.  (Romans 12:2)

                -Alison W., month 21 in this journey called infertility.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My newest plan!

I am reading a great book called "Switch".  And one of the chapters talks about figuring out the bright spots...what's working well in different areas of your life.  So I am applying this principle to my weekly menu.

What works at my house are easy meals, these are bright spots...meals with a minimal amount of preparation that I can spend about 10 minutes or less in food preparation (not cooking time).  Now for the tricky part, I want the meals to be healthy, nothing with 1/2 a stick of butter or a few cups of sugar or frying involved.
My goal is to come up with 30 recipes for dinner....I may be shooting to high...but I want to rotate these meals every month.
If any of you have some great easy relatively healthy, tasty meals send them my way!