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I don’t know about y’all, but I love gumbo. Love it. For real. For this recipe, I did not make a roux, but you could easily use glucomannan as a thickener to keep this on plan. I used to like to add white rice to mine, and you can certainly add brown rice if you like, but I’m using Chana Dal beans for added protein and carbs. They are easy on your blood sugar!
Easy Chicken Gumbo
4 chicken breasts, cleaned (as in, cut off all that grody blubber aka fat)
2 quarts of chicken broth
1 16oz bag of frozen gumbo veggie mix
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbs creole seasoning (I like Zatarain’s)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup of Chana Dal beans, or more or less depending on how many you’re serving
1/2 – 1tsp glucomannan, if desired
Soak Chana Dal beans for at least an hour in enough water to cover by an inch. Drain. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chicken and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove chicken, and cut into chunks (or you could chunk the chicken while it’s raw, but touching raw chicken makes me itch). Return to pot with veggies and seasonings. Cook until veggies are tender. Serve it up in a pretty bowl!
OR, if you want to cook the beans by themselves, like I did, follow the directions below. The hubby doesn’t care for beans or lentils.
Soak Chana Dal beans in enough water to cover for at least an hour. Drain, rinse, add enough water to cover again. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes, turn off the heat, and set aside for now.
Poach chicken breast in chicken broth with salt & pepper, creole seasoning, and onion powder. Remove and cut into chunks (again, or you could chunk the chicken while it’s raw, but touching raw chicken makes me itch). With a ladle, remove enough broth to cover Chana Dal beans again. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, at least 30 minutes. Check for doneness, and cook longer if needed, although it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes if you soaked them first. They cook better this way. Put chicken back into pot, and add veggies, and more broth or water if needed. Cook until veggies are nice and tender, about 15-20 minutes. If using glucomannan to thicken, remove about 1/2 cup of broth into a bowl or large cup. Slowly sprinkle in the gluccomannan and use a stick blender or whisk by hand. I like a stick blender because I find glucomannan lumps are hard to break up otherwise. When all the glucomannan is whisked in, add the broth back into the pot and whisk gently, and cook another 5 minutes to thicken. Glucomannan’s thickening properties are intensified when it’s cooked, so try 1/2 tsp to start.
To Serve if beans are cooked separate:Spoon out 1/2–1 cup of Chana Dal beans into your bowl, and top with the gumbo soup. This is an E (Energizing) meal, so it’s higher in carbs and low in fat, so don’t go pouring in butter or something. Most of the carbs in this meal come from the Chana Dal beans. 1/4 cup dry beans contains 21g net carbs, and the veggie carbs are cancelled out. You could leave the Chana Dal beans out and make this a Fuel Pull, meaning it’s low fat AND low carb. You could also make this with shrimp if you wanted, but I’m allergic. *sob*
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Well, this was my shopping week, so I’m gonna take a cue from my friend Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents and shop before I meal plan. I usually meal plan before I shop, so this is totally new to me. I’ve been trying out Plan to Eat for the last month. It’s a totally different meal planner than anything I’ve ever used.
If you’d like to friend me there, my username is CFamilyof6. Now, go plan your meals!
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I’ll admit, I never really thought too much about preparedness or major food storage. Of course, I’ve watched that show Doomsday Preppers, and kind of thought all those people were big bottles of crazy sauce. Who has time and money for all that mess? With trying to run a household with 4 kids that I teach, and a husband who works crazy long hours, I sure don’t. At least, I didn’t think I did. I was given the opportunity to review The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress. I was both excited and skeptical. How hard was this going to be to implement? How much time is involved? Authors Robin Egerton and Angela England give you LOTS of great information on how to get started prepping.Once you read this book, you’ll see just how easy it is to start prepping for something as “simple” as a 3 day power outage, and even longer (let’s hope that never happens, but you never know!). There are even quite a few great canning recipes inside, which of course you know is my favorite part! I am giving away my review copy, which is in PDF form, so you can read this on your computer or transfer it to your Kindle, which is what I did. Enter using the Rafflecopter below, and GOOD LUCK!
I don’t know about you, but I love cookbooks. Absolutely love them. I can sit down and read a cookbook just like I would read a regular fiction book. I especially love antique/vintage cookbooks. I used to have a nice collection of cookbooks, but we had a major mouse problem several years ago, and I had to throw most of them out.
Since, Lord willing, we’ll be moving into a bigger place within the next year, I’ve decided to start rebuilding my cookbook collection, focusing on vintage cookbooks. I’m hoping to have a nice shelf put up to house my “new” cookbooks. I’ve found a few good deals on Amazon. I just added this sweetie to my collection yesterday. I can’t wait to get it, even though I don’t have a shelf for it. The picture above is another cookbook I’d like to add to my collection. Isn’t she a beaut?!
I have a challenge for you, should you choose to accept it. Link me up to your favorite vintage cookbook! I’m not talking about new cookbooks with retro recipes, but actual old, vintage cookbooks published 25-30 or more years ago. The older the better! (I realize 25-30 isn’t terrible old, but you catch my drift)
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I love having this muffin for breakfast. It’s so yummy and sweet! You could also have it for dessert if you wanted (and can make yourself wait that long!) It’s also quick and easy to make, which I love since I have 4 kids and little free time. Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t have to be complicated!
Coconut Pumpkin Muffin in a Mug
2 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs almond meal or flour
2 tbs canned pumpkin (NOT pie mix)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp Truvia or a few shakes of stevia
1 tbs water
pinch of Real Salt
Preheat oven to 400F. In an oven safe coffee cup, whisk the egg. Add all ingredients and mix thoroughly with fork. If you’d like to make this more of an autumn-like treat, add a few shakes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then check for doneness. I’ve found with coconut flour, you need a little extra baking time for this recipe. You could also microwave this for a minute or two, but we don’t own (nor plan to ever again that I foresee) a nuker. The almond meal gives the muffin a slight crunch, but if you don’t care for that, you could run the meal through a coffee grinder to try and make it finer. If you’d like a denser muffin, leave out the baking powder. For an Autumn treat, add some pumpkin pie spice to taste!
I took a bite before I remembered to take a picture. I seem to have that problem lately. Sorry! 🙂
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The kids have recently shown an interest in learning more about Geography, so I was stoked to have the chance to review Geography I by Memoria Press. Memoria Press has been “Saving Western Civilization One Student at a Time” since 1994. Geography I is available for $48, and is geared for grades 4-8. It includes:
- Geography I Text $14.95
- Geography I Workbook $11.95
- Geography I Teacher Guide $12.95
- United States Review Student $5
- Unites States Review Key, Quizzes, and Tests $7.95
As you can see, there’s a bit of a discount when you purchase the whole set. Who doesn’t love getting discounts?! The curriculum covers the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, that made up the ancient Roman Empire. Cool, right? The main goal is for students to be able to identify each country on a map. With each country that’s discussed, students will read about the country’s ancient history AND how it exists now. Then, they’ll complete the corresponding workbook page where the student label the country’s capital, places on the map, learn some cool fun facts, and the country’s prior (ancient) name.
The Student Text lessons are 2 pages, and contain maps of major cities, landmarks, the climates, rulers, religions, and the flags. In the back of the book there are all the flags in full color! This book is not consumable so you can reuse it as often as you need. The maps are nice and large and easy to read, as they take up a full page.
The corresponding Student Workbook works right alongside with the text book. There’s a blank map that matches the one in the text book, so it’s sort of like open-book work (which was always my favorite thing in school!).At the end of each country section is a Review page for students to label and color each country they’ve studied so far.
The Teacher Guide is basically an exact copy of the Student Workbook, but it of course contains all of the answers. Score!
The United Stated Geography Review is a follow-up course to Memoria Press‘ States & Capitals, and is a nice supplement to the Geography course. It contains a full map of the US, and lists all 50 states by Region (ie New England, Great Lakes, Plains, etc.) The Teacher Key is similar to the workbook, but it contains the answers, as well as quizzes and tests. The only thing that I did not like is that there is no Table of Contents.
How We Used It
I used this curriculum with Issac for the purpose of this review. It’s very easy work to do and doesn’t take any real planning. We did lessons about 3 or 4 days per week, so we were actually able to cover a lot of ground. I plan to use it with all the kids eventually. I sat alongside Issac, and we did some of the Student Text as read aloud, that way even though all of the kids weren’t’ doing the book work, they were still learning. Even Lucas learned some new things. After our reading, Issac got his workbook and text books together as needed to complete workbooks pages. We didn’t get to work in the United States book, yet, but I have read through it, and love how thorough it is. Again, it’s easy for parents in that there’s no real planning to put into it. Later on I think I’ll get a workbook for each of the kids, that way they can all work together!
I really enjoyed reviewing Geography I, and plan to purchase Geography II later on to use. The price is the same, and I love that I can just buy extra workbooks as I need them. If you’re looking for a nice, easy to use Geography curriculum, you can’t go wrong with Memoria Press. Be sure to click below to read more Crew reviews. Some got to review Prima Latina!
My friend Hallee Bridgeman is an author and blogger who I’ve been following for a couple of years, and I’m a HUGE fan of her work! I started out reading her first series, The Jewel Trilogy.
Back to A Melody for James!
James Montgomery’s wife was recently killed in a tragic fire while working on a data storage solution for the last 5 years. Someone wanted to get their hands on her work, badly. 6 months later, he meets Melody Mason, a recent college graduate who falls in love with a man who’s not all he’s cracked up to be. There is instant chemistry between James and Melody when they meet at an airport. They’re separated for 4 long years after their initial encounter, and their reunion is a very surprising one!
Hallee did a great job with this book, I was instantly hooked! 2 of my lucky readers will win their own copy of A Melody for James for the Kindle! Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read this, you can read on your computer or any device that supports the Kindle app. See the Rafflecopter below to enter!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of A Melody for James to review. All opinions are my own.
On June 3rd, I posted a review of See the Light’s Dreams of Joseph Art Project DVD. As you can see from my review, I am more than impressed with See the Light. So much that I became an affiliate (and yes, this post does contain affiliate links. 🙂 ) I was approached by Pat Holt, creator of See the Light about hosting a giveaway for Dreams of Joseph! I’m really excited about this giveaway, because it’s a product I truly love. Dreams of Joseph is recommended for ages 10+.
Rachelle had a lot of fun with this DVD, and I think your child will, too! See the Rafflecopter below to enter!
We were getting ready to play Animal Memory. The other 2 games in the book are Silly Sloth (like Old Maid, but the Sloth is the Maid) and Go Fish for Baby Animals. The cards are nice and glossy, and a great size for kids. There are a lot of cards, so when the younger 2 play Old Maid, I set out a few pairs of cards so they don’t have too many to hold. We played all 3 games in the book, and they were fun! As of yet we haven’t thought up of anymore games to play with them, but we did also use them as learning tools. I read the book to Lucas lots of times. He enjoys reading and learning so much right now. I knew the Baby Animal cards would be right up his alley!