Monday, November 09, 2015

this week's menu: healthy comfort food

it's getting colder here. the leaves are starting to change. i turned the heater on in the house, and i pulled my coat out from the back of the closet this weekend. we're all craving comfort food to warm us from the inside out. this week i'm putting my crockpot to work and making healthier versions of some new and favorite recipes.

here are our dinners this week with links to the recipes or ingredients:

chicken quinoa soup this is a new recipe i'm trying this week. it looks so warm and delicious, perfect for these chilly Fall days! i'll modify to make it 21DF by using natural seasonings instead of the dressing packet, and mixed veggies instead of corn because of allergies.

slow cooker pork BBQ pork goes hand in hand with Fall, like football games and pumpkin spice and boots and scarves. this recipe is new to me but when i saw it i thought it was ideal for this time of year. i'm making it healthy by subbing the soda for La Croix and a Tbsp of brown sugar, and using Annie's natural BBQ sauce. serving it without bread, with coleslaw.

chicken soft tacos i'll need to give a the crockpot a night off so we will have warm corn tortillas with grilled chicken and chopped peppers. corn tortilla chips and organic cantina salsa on the side. super simple but yummy. taco night is probably my favorite every week.

gluten-free lasagna we are having company over for dinner one night this week and lasagna is on the menu! i wanted a big, warm meal that everyone likes. i found gluten-free lasagna noodles! i'll make it with lean ground turkey, natural, no sugar added tomato sauce, and natural cheeses.

looking for more meal inspiration? i posted some of my all-time favorite Fall recipes HERE and all my menu planning monday posts are HERE.

happy cooking, kitchenistas!


Friday, October 30, 2015

strong and kind

what are two important character traits that you want to see in your children?

i'm reading Strong and Kind, the latest book from Duck Dynasty's Korie Robertson, and this is the question she poses on page 1.

chapter by chapter, Korie, along with her husband, Willie Robertson, her mom, Chrys Howard, and biblical inspiration, explores different character traits children need to succeed. strong, kind, honest, patient, joyful... what is important to us as parents? what principals guide me in my parenting? what character traits do i think are most valuable? and then, how do i instill character traits in my children?

here is what i love about this book: Korie and Willie are not afraid or ashamed to parent against the grain, keeping God at the center of their homes and their lives. Korie also boldly points out that our values in America are being challenged, as is the structure of the parent-child relationship. more and more, children are running the show so to speak, and parents are backing down, too afraid to "rock the boat" to be firm in instilling values and virtues. Korie challenges parents to take responsibility for our children and our family's value systems.

"What America needs today is parents who don't just say they value these virtues but who live them and passionately and boldly teach them to their children." -Korie Robertson, Strong and Kind

instilling good, godly character traits in our children will help them grow to be capable adults that keep God's commands in their hearts.

"My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying."
-Proverbs 3:1-2

what character traits do you want to see in your children? pick up a copy of Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson (Harper Collins Christian Publishing) and discover hands-on ways for instilling key traits and nurturing strength of character.

Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana.