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A Culinary Adventure – Sticking Toe In

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Good morning, Mintdom,

I am venturing out of my culinary rut, and trying some new recipes.  My sister got me started when she suggested that I look for some new healthy snack alternatives. I have tried a couple of new main dishes and I posted them on Facebook.  A girlfriend posted her White Chili.  I asked her for the recipe; it looked healthy so I tried it and posted it.  So far, I have sent the recipe to all over the country, including CA, NM, and someone that went to my high school! Anyway, do not be afraid to step out of your culinary comfort zone. 

Here is the recipe – it originally came from Cooking Light Magazine.  Thank you to my friend, Maureen for passing it on.

This white chili recipe uses hot pepper sauce made from jalapeños; it is milder than the red hot pepper varieties. Stirring frequently toward the end of cooking time prevents the bean-thickened broth from sticking to the bottom and scorching. Serve with Spicy Jalapeño Corn Bread. (I did not make)

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup chili, 4 teaspoons yogurt, and 1 teaspoon green onions)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
5 teaspoons green hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (about 1)
Lime wedges (optional)

1 Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat Add chopped onion and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally Add broth, hot pepper sauce, salt, and chicken to pan; bring to a boil Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes Remove chicken from broth mixture; cool

2 Add cornmeal and beans to broth mixture, stirring with a whisk; simmer 15 minutes Mash about 1/4 cup beans against side of pan Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken to pan; simmer 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Top each serving with yogurt; sprinkle with green onions. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Information
198 (19% from fat)
4.1g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.7g,poly 1.2g)

A Mini Minty MoMINT
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.” –Author Unknown
My Mom says… she is teaching me a new trick, and I LIKE it! My mom gives me a treat every time I shake hands…and I like that too!

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Ratatouille – Not the Movie!

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Good morning Mintdom,

We were in France last week for our summer camp challenge (not really or you would know if before now).  One of our challenges was to go to a farmer’s market, buy the ingredients for Ratatouille.  Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. I guess there are debates over the original recipe, but everyone agrees the ingredients are tomato (key ingredient), garlic, onion, bell peppers, zucchinis, eggplant, and herbs (like thyme, and/or basil.


Farmer John’s Market on Route 15 near Lucketts, Virginia

The farmers are struggling a little this year because of the weather, but these vegetables were absolutely delicious!

Here is my own version of ratatouille.  I do not really love eggplant so I use yellow squash in place of it. This will feed 4 people as a side dish and 2 as a main dish.

“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” –French Proverb


I spray the bottom of a non-stick skillet with olive oil

• Olive oil (spray)
• ½ large onion sliced
• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
• 2 medium zucchini
• 2 medium yellow squash
• 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
• 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
• ½ teaspoon oregano (not exactly French)
• A dash of red pepper flakes
• (optional) ½ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Heat pan on medium-high heat and spray the bottom of Non-stick skillet with olive oil. Add onions, peppers, garlic, cook until soft.  Add zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and spices. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. 

This is optional, but I like to sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over it and let melt for a couple of minutes.  Then I serve it all with 1% cottage cheese and it is sort of like an easy version of vegetable lasagna. (shhh do not let the ratatouille police hear that). In any case, it is healthy and delicious, and my unexpected dinner guest seemed to enjoy it!

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Life is good!
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“The greatest wealth is health.” –Virgil

My mom walked me three times yesterday. I am helping my mom get healthy and wealthy when she takes me for a walk, and I like it. 



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Entertaining with The Mint

12/1/09 – 5,793

Food Journal – No

Good morning Mintdom,

God sure does work in great ways in my life.  Yesterday afternoon, I made up my mind that I was not going to go to Weight Watchers (WW).  I just could not face that darn scale – UG!  I even tried making plans with my Tuesday dinner friend, but he was busy (God: 1). Then, the phone rang.  It was a woman that is in my Weight Watchers group and she was calling because she needed a ride.  Of course, I could not say no (God: 2). so I picked her up and off we went to WW. Now there is this little coupon in the back of the WW book that says that I can have one week without the scale.  I totally intended on using it.  I even brought it up to the scale opened to that page, but when I got up there, I tossed it to the instructor, and said, “Here, just tell me how much I gained.” (God: 3) How is that for positive thinking LOL?  (Even I slip into negativity on occasion).  I got up on the scale and I LOST 1.8 pounds! (God: Home Run!).  I happen to be a Christian, so I give credit to God (I blame Him too sometimes LOL) who worked through my friend Ben who was too busy for dinner.  He worked through my friend Karen who recommended me as a driver, through my new friend Linda, who needed the ride, and for the instructors at Weight Watchers who create a safe and fun environment that enabled me to get on that scale one more time.  For those of you who are not Christians, you do not have to be a Christian to know the power of positive thinking.

“There will always be times when you feel discouraged.  I too, have felt despair many times in my life, but – I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it; and it is not allowed to eat from my plate.” –Claris Pinkola Estes

I need to remember this quote when the negative thoughts come into my mind.  What do you do to keep negative thoughts at bay?  I would love to hear your answers here or on Mintdom

AffirMINTion: I ONLY entertain empowering thoughts and emotions at my table!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!