1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
½ c. chopped onion
¾ c. medium salsa (if you like it less spicy use mild salsa; more spicy use hot salsa)
¼ c. natural or light peanut butter
1 c. light coconut milk or 2% evaporated milk
1 tsp. cornstarch
salt and pepper
chopped fresh cilantro or dried cilantro
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat, and cook chicken and onion, stirring until chicken is browned all over. Stir in salsa and peanut butter. Combine milk and cornstarch, gradually stir into skillet. Cook stirring over medium heat until boiling and thickened. Season with cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve over hot cooked vermicelli noodles or rice. 4 servings.
Leave shells in foil cups and place on baking sheet. In large bowl, whisk egg with lemon juice, syrup and vanilla. In smaller bowl, stir together sugar and flour. Then add to egg mixture with butter. Divide blueberries equally into shells (about 5 or 6 per shell); fill with egg mixture to top. Bake at 375 for 18-23 minutes, until filling is bubbly and top is a bit crusty. Each tart has 206 calories and 28 grams of carbs.
It’s a parallel universe where, apparently, everyone takes the whole summer off to vacation at the cottage, can afford expensive items for their homes – vacation or otherwise – such as a $200 IPOD Toilet Tissue holder, buy designer clothing, and host fabulous – and catered – parties.
20% of North Americans either don’t take vacations or use all their vacation time. In part because we (Canadian and Americans) receive the fewest paid vacation days per year in the world at approximately 10 days, respectively and also in part because of fears of job security. By contrast, the Danes receive 31 vacation days per year. [Denmark is a very enlightened country!] [vacation statistics from www.vault.com]
Of the North Americans that do take their vacation days, some spend their vacation days in such restful pursuits as visiting family members or completing the ‘honey-do’ list. Others spend the “vacation” “working from home” – and in this case, a change is not as good as a rest.
Oh and that cottage Magazine World talks about? A mere 9% of Canadians own cottages according to one source.
But no time of year is more glorious and storybook-like in Magazine World than Christmas. In Magazine World, everyone has a wonderful family and spends the month of December merrily going from fabulous party to fabulous party and has the halls decked to look like the cover of a magazine. The only problems in Magazine World’s Christmas are how to manage your hangover and keep off those holiday pounds.
While it’s a myth that suicide rates increase at Christmas (in fact, statistically suicide rates decrease in December http://www.suicideinfo.ca/csp/assets/alert16.pdf), nonetheless, Christmas can be and is a very stressful time for a great deal of people. Loneliness, depression, financial strain, family conflict and alcohol abuse can all intensify at Christmastime.
To make it through December relatively unscathed, the Center for Suicide Prevention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has these tips:
Plan to take time to identify your feelings about Christmas.
A Moroccan inspired main dish that cooks in the crock.
4 chicken breasts
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, chopped
1 ½ c. chicken broth
1 c. dried prunes, halved
1 T. each cinnamon and ginger
1 tsp. coriander
½ tsp. each salt and pepper
½ c. honey
Chopped almonds (optional)
Place prepared vegetables in bottom of the crock pot (I used a 3 ½ quart crockpot). Add chicken breasts and pour broth over. Cook on low about 6 ½ hours. Add the prunes, spices, salt and pepper and honey in the last hour of cooking. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Serve with rice or couscous.
Preparation time is approximately 10 minutes. Serves 4.
On a “good day” when symptoms are stable, or your pain is less, you may want to consider big-batch cooking:
• When cooking, cook in larger batches and place leftovers in freezer containers in individual servings (or more depending on the number of people) for future meals. When your symptoms are flaring, having freezer meals to pop in the microwave or re-heat on the stove, will be appreciated.