Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry

Our family loves Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. It has taken me years to find a recipe that can rival Chinese takeout; this recipe does! Give it a try, and I think you’ll like it.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen)

Ingredients:

Sauce:

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 pound boneless, skinless boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs

6 cups raw broccoli florets, chopped the same size

hot, steamed brown rice

sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

Wash fresh broccoli. Trim broccoli florets to the same size.

Trim chicken of any excess fat and pat dry with paper towels. Slice into thin strips against the grain of chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the sauce: In a bowl add 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet (cast-iron works great) on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken pieces and spread out evenly. Let the chicken sit for a minute before stirring, then stir-fry until barely done.

Immediately add broccoli florets the pan. Stir quickly to combine.Whisk the sauce again then pour over chicken and broccoli. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer until sauce is thickened and broccoli is crisp-tender (do not overcook broccoli.)

Season to taste with salt if needed and serve over warm, cooked brown rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

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Evolving

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m not going to change!”? I certainly have and may have said that statement myself, on occasion.

I’ve been thinking about the possibility of someone never changing.

Throughout our lives, we keep evolving as we experience life. The only way to avoid change would be stubbornness or intellectual laziness. Let me explain.

Stubbornness would explain someone who refuses to change even though their life experiences would cause an emotionally mature person to change their mind about some things. They hold on to the past out of fear that change would represent disloyalty to a culture or perhaps a birth family that they feel an allegiance to.

Intellectual laziness explains some folks who just don’t like to process their thoughts. Thinking things through feels burdensome to them. They remain emotionally immature and ignorant their whole lives. They never change.

Sometimes, as a significant other, we are afraid of our partners changing. We shouldn’t be. It is the natural course of events. The only concern we should ever have is if those changes resulted in unethical behavior.

Let’s all view evolving as something positive and grant significance to those dear people or events that changed us (even in a small way).

May God bless!

Two-Ingredient Barbecue Chicken

This recipe is straight from a food blog I love – Bowl of Delicious!. Elizabeth is a whole-foods cook. All of her recipes are from scratch and most of the time very healthy. Hey, it called balance!

When I first glanced at this recipe I thought, crispy chicken from the oven? I gave it a try, and it is indeed crispy and delicious. You have to try this, especially if you get rained out on your weekend cookout.

Crispy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken (Bowl of Delicious!)

Ingredients:

4 chicken leg/thigh quarters (substitute any part of the chicken you wish)

2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (I use this one)

olive oil, salt, and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Trim chicken thighs of excess fat or extra skin. Rub chicken thighs with olive oil, making sure they are fully coated. Liberally salt and pepper.

Place parchment paper on a large rimmed baking sheet. Lay chicken thighs on top of parchment paper with skin side down. Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove chicken from oven and increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.

Using a basting brush coat the top of the chicken with barbecue sauce. Flip the pieces over with a spatula gently. Baste the other side of the chicken thighs. Bake for 7 minutes.

Remove chicken thighs from oven, baste top of chicken with barbecue sauce. Place back in the oven for 7 minutes.

Repeat this process until the chicken is crispy, some parts are blackened, and it is fully cooked.

Enjoy!

Scensibles

My product review this week is strictly for the ladies.

It would seem we ladies always have “something” we need to dispose of discreetly. Many of us are guilty of thinking that when we reach menopause we will finally be finished with feminine care products. Au contraire!

Menopause has many surprises for us – and not many welcome. One is our bladder muscles seem to weaken overnight. All of a sudden Poise products are on the shopping list. Many of us experienced a gradual weakening of these muscles after our pregnancies, however, this problem increases significantly during menopause.

Scensibles offer a sanitary and discreet way to dispose of anything you need to. It doesn’t hurt that they are packaged adorably and are pink!

Head over to Amazon and pick up a box of these. They aren’t available through Amazon Prime but I love them so much I buy them regardless. (I am not the only one as this product has a five-star rating.)