One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet

Today, I am introducing you to One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet. It is a delicious one-pot meal. Our family loves it, especially the fact that everyone can individualize their plate with their preferred toppings.

One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet (Iowa Girl Eats)


2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 teaspoons taco seasoning

1 cup frozen corn kernels

1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup salsa

1 cup brown rice

shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

tortilla strips (optional – I use this recipe)

sliced green onion

chopped cilantro (optional)


Heat oil in large, deep skillet over high heat. Add chicken and onion then season with taco seasoning.

Saute for a few minutes. (The chicken will continue to cook throughout the process.)

Add corn, beans, salsa, and chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice, then place a lid on top.

Turn down the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Remove pan from burner and let it sit off the heat for 5 minutes.

Serve on individual plates.

Top with shredded cheese, tortilla strips, green onion, and then sprinkle some chopped fresh cilantro on top.


On Becoming Wise

In Proverbs (24:3), King Solomon wrote: “Through wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established.” Making wise decisions as a married couple is an essential component in allowing your home to be life-giving and not draining. It is so incredibly important that both spouses, individually and together, make every effort to do the wise thing. Repeatedly.

God states that if we ask for wisdom, he will give it. (James 1:5) What a game changer that can be when we are at wit’s end and then suddenly we experience clarity. Your mind felt muddled, and now it does not.

An aid in growing in wisdom and experiencing more clarity in your decision making is to become more others-oriented. Let me explain why I think this.

If you desire what you want personally, more than you desire what is best, then you are not going to make good decisions, only self-absorbed ones. Self-absorbed decisions reflect a desire for personal gain, not wisdom.

Some feel the compulsion to seek personal gain and their whole life is about attaining or losing what they feel they must have at the present moment. It is no surprise that their decision making either immediately, or at some point, looks so foolish. Foolishness is the antithesis of wisdom.

Simply put, you can’t chase hedonistic impulses and act wisely at the same time. God’s economy doesn’t allow for it.

At least, that’s how I see it.

May God bless.

CeraVe Healing Ointment

Cerave Healing Ointment was recommended by a YouTube blogger who also happens to be a dermatologist. Her channel is Dr Dray (A Day in the Life of a Dermatologist) and believe it or not, she vlogs every day!

I use this ointment primarily on my dry hands and it gives more relief than any department or drug store product I have ever used. It is also great for dry feet, used with socks at bedtime.

This ointment comes in a few sizes, from small lip balm size to a large jar. The smaller size is great to slip into your handbag.

I use a couple of other CeraVe products like their face wash, PM face moisturizer; both which I love. Grab a tube of this fantastic emollient ointment, I’m confident you’ll find many uses for it!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (expired)

This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Once a year Nordstrom has its anniversary sale. What is so unusual about this sale is that, unlike most other sales, Nordstrom offers reduced prices on the upcoming season’s styles.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale offers a sizable discount (usually 30-40%) on Fall styles. Not only do some people buy most of their fall clothing during this sale but they also shop for holiday gifts. They do this because they can get merchandise for prices that will only be found months later (after things have been picked over with some items selling out).

The other great thing about the Anniversary Sale is those cosmetic companies who never offer their products at a discount, release special sets or items at incredible savings. Head over here and shop ’til you drop. These items and prices are available only until 8/7.


Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

There are a lot of recipes out there for Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. Almost all of them have condensed soup as an ingredient. This one does not. I’ve been making it for years and my family loves it!


1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1/2 cup onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of chicken broth or stock

2 cups whole milk

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 cups broccoli florets, trimmed to the same size

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper

dash of freshly grated nutmeg

hot, steamed brown rice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt butter in large skillet or saucepan. Add onions and saute until translucent.

Add crushed garlic, cook for 1 more minute.

Add flour, stir for a couple of minutes.

Pour in chicken broth a little at a time while whisking. Continue to whisk until no lumps remain.

Add milk and whisk until incorporated.

Bring mixture to a simmer and let thicken while stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Into a buttered 9 X 13 casserole dish layer (cooked and diced) chicken, then broccoli florets. Pour white sauce over the casserole, then sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over top.

Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve over rice.


Amazon Prime Day Sale! (expired)

I am usually not too thrilled with Amazon sales on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or on Amazon Prime Day. It always seems there is too little product for too many people! I didn’t plan on blogging about the sale, however, there are two items that are just too good of a deal not to mention.

The first is an 8-quart Instant Pot. I have a 6-quart model that I bought several months ago. I am still experiencing the Instant Pot learning curve, however, I have learned to make brown rice, Greek yogurt, and boiled peanuts.

Until midnight PST, you can pick up this 8-quart model for $89.99 which is $40 off the original price of $129.99. That’s a great deal and we probably won’t see a price that low again (for an 8-quart Instant Pot) until maybe Black Friday, if then. And then, there’s this beauty . . .



It is usually priced at $400.30, however, today is discounted 40%. The price you will pay before taxes is $240.18. What an incredible deal for a Blendtec! All I can say is HURRY!

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I love granola, however, the kind available at grocery stores is so expensive and filled with so many preservatives. Homemade granola is so easy to make so for the last few years I have made my own. This granola recipe is a good one and just as important, an easy one!


4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins  1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Line 2 sheet pans with nonstick aluminum foil, parchment paper or silicone mats.

Into a small saute pan melt coconut oil. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Combine oats, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon, and ground flax seeds into a large mixing bowl. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir well.

Onto sheet pans, pour granola, dividing evenly using an oiled spatula. Either with the oiled spatula or with hands that have been oiled, press granola mixture down flat.

Bake for 15 minutes. Pull granola out of the oven and rotate pans, then place back into the oven. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove granola from the oven and let cool. Combine raisins and sliced almonds to cooled pans of granola and combine gently.

Once granola is cooled, store in sealed containers in a cool, dry place.