Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot

By Jodee Weiland

When I started my chicken dinner tonight, I wasn’t really sure where I would end up. I like to think my father was standing by my side encouraging me to try something new with chicken or challenging me like he used to do to make something better than him. Our little competitions often inspired me to try things in the kitchen I had never tried before. Dad was famous for throwing together a meal that was more than gourmet, just using whatever he had on hand. That’s what I did tonight and the result was my delicious Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThis hearty dish is made all in one pot, which makes it easier to prepare for a weekday meal when things get hectic in most households. It has the hearty white beans of a cassoulet, but most of its rich flavor comes from the onions, garlic, artichokes, and seasonings blended together in simmering tomatoes with a dry white wine. The chicken breasts add their own flavor to the mix, and the result is absolutely delicious!

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  • 2 boneless chicken breasts without skin
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 2 large garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 1 small jar marinated artichokes drained (usually 4 to 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • One 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • One 15 ounce can Great Northern Beans (reduced sodium)

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In a large pan, sauté the onions, garlic, and artichokes. Add thyme, sea salt, and black pepper to this mixture. When onions become translucent, push the vegetables to the sides and brown your chicken breasts on all sides after seasoning lightly with black pepper. Then add the crushed tomatoes, white wine, and sugar. Stir this into your vegetables and spoon over the browned chicken breasts.

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Bring this to a low boil, then reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes. Then add in the white beans, blending them together with the sauce. Cover once more and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until the chicken is cooked. To thicken the sauce, remove the cover the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking. When done, serve.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot is absolutely delicious! Your family will love the rich flavors blended together in this wonderful dish. Serve this dish with a crusty loaf of multigrain bread and a glass of your favorite Chianti. On these cold winter nights, there is nothing better than a hearty meal that not only tastes great, but is healthy as well. You won’t be disappointed if you try this dish, so enjoy!

Savory Chicken Mushroom Soup with Great Northern Beans

By Jodee Weiland

It’s that time of year when everyone enjoys a delicious bowl of hot soup. There are a wide variety of soup recipes out there to choose from when making soup, so you have to decide a few things before choosing the recipe that’s right for you. Are you a clear broth soup eater or do you prefer a cream soup? I have a tendency to choose the clear broth soups because they are usually healthier and for the most part, lower in calories. I also love a soup that has lots of vegetables. So when I put together my latest soup combination, I came up with my Savory Chicken Mushroom Soup with Great Northern Beans and best of all, it is done in a crock pot!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThis wonderful crock pot soup has cut up boneless chicken breasts with a pound of sliced mushrooms. I love the rich flavor that mushrooms add to any dish and in soup, they are delicious. By using only chicken breasts, this soup is lower in calories and healthier. In addition to mushrooms and chicken breasts, I’ve added carrots, celery, and onions. These three vegetables with fresh garlic added always make a clear broth soup better tasting. Finally, adding the right seasonings to all of this help enhance the overall flavor of the soup, while making this soup a sure winner!

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  • 2 to 4 boneless chicken breasts without skin cut up
  • 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion cut up
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup celery sliced
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 64 ounces vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Serve with fresh lemon juice or dash of hot sauce

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Put the olive oil in the bottom of the crock pot. Cut up, slice, and prepare your ingredients. Then throw in the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, sliced mushrooms, and cut up chicken breasts. Add broth and seasonings next. Cover the crock pot and set to cook for 6 to 8 hours. When done, serve your soup.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Savory Chicken Mushroom Soup with Great Northern Beans is both delicious and healthy! The savory flavors in this soup will have you wanting more every time. If you like a little something extra for flavor, add a little fresh lemon juice or dash of hot sauce.  Serve this wonderful soup with a loaf of crusty multigrain bread and a glass of red wine. We chose a Chianti, and it paired well with this soup. However you decide to serve your soup, you are going to love the rich flavors the mushrooms give this delicious clear broth soup. It’s hearty and will warm you up on a cold winter day, so enjoy!

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Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme

By Jodee Weiland

There are so many wonderful ways to cook a sweet potato, but around this time of year everyone is thinking about eating healthier. An oven roasted sweet potato is a great way to have a healthy sweet potato with your meal. These sweet potatoes are so delicious, you won’t miss the brown sugar, butter, or marshmallows at all. Sweet potatoes are definitely sweet enough on their own, so why not roast them with a few seasonings and have my Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme!

http://learnfromyesterday.comIt doesn’t take much to make a delicious oven roasted sweet potato. All you need is some extra-virgin olive oil and the right seasonings. Thyme is an excellent seasoning to add flavor to a sweet potato. Add some garlic and onion powder as well, and the flavor is outstanding! Lightly use some sea salt, but ever so lightly, and ground pepper to taste, and the result is perfection!

http://learnfromyesterday.comDelicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme

2 to 4 sweet potatoes peeled (depending on the number of people and size of the potatoes)
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Onion powder to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Ground thyme to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Sea salt lightly and black pepper to taste

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These are the basic seasonings, but you can add any other seasonings you may like. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees. Prepare your baking sheets with parchment cooking paper. Cut the each potato in  ½” slices to create your oven roasted sweet potato slices just before you are ready to cook. You may do this sooner and leave in cold water, but I prefer to do it just before baking.

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Put the slices in a large bowl and pour some olive oil over the slices. Toss the slices until all of them are coated with some olive oil. They do not need to be drenched, but just coated. Once coated in olive oil, season the slices with the above seasonings to taste. It does not take much of any of the seasonings to add flavor, so add seasonings carefully. Place the slices evenly on your baking sheets. You may add any additional seasonings you may like, but if serving guests, I suggest you always ask about preferences as some people may not like or tolerate well certain seasonings. When done seasoning, place the baking sheets in the oven for about 16 to 20 minutes or until fork tender. Watch them carefully when baking so that you do not burn them.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme are so good, you will want to eat sweet potatoes like this forever! Not only are they delicious, but they are healthy as well. What more could you want? We love these sweet potato slices, and we are seriously considering doing the sweet potatoes this way next Thanksgiving as well. Give them a try and see what you think! Enjoy!

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Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango

By Jodee Weiland

With the New Year approaching, it is definitely time for a new smoothie! This time of year brings with it the availability of cranberries, so my new smoothie definitely has cranberries. Blended together with other fruits, this smoothie has both the tart flavor of cranberries along with the sweet flavors of Granny Smith apples and mango slices. The result is the fabulously Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango!

http://learnfromyesterday.comEach of these ingredients has numerous health benefits for us adding great nutritional value to this smoothie. The cranberry health benefits are a decrease in the risk of urinary tract infections and also, an increase in the health of the cardiovascular system. It’s the combined impact of cranberry antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in cranberry that’s responsible for these results. Adding cranberries to a smoothie is definitely a way to increase the health benefits of your smoothie.

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  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (no sugar added) or juice of your choice
  • 1 cup frozen fresh mango
  • ½ cup frozen fresh cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple with skin cored and cut up
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

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http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango is both delicious and healthy! There are two servings and each will be approximately 206 calories and 0 fats. This a great boost before working out or after a workout. The vitamins and additional nutrients from this smoothie are a great health benefit for you any time. Give this smoothie a try, and enjoy!

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New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness

By Jodee Weiland

In order to start the New Year right, I invested in a step counter, Fitbit One. Over the years, I have had several step counters, starting with the first step counter purchased years ago for five dollars. I was teaching English literature and composition at our local high school. The school nurse introduced us to the idea of a step counter we could purchase for this nominal fee. The idea was counting our steps to improve our health and make us more aware of our true activity level. I loved the idea and bought one. It was one of the best choices I ever made, finding a New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThat was only the beginning of the journey. I had always worked out, and now I was simply tracking the results of any and all activity during my day. As we grow older, it is not unusual to become more sedentary. Aches and pains settle in joints and muscles over the years, especially if we use those muscles less. Any old injuries become a constant reminder that we’re aging. The only real way to fight back is to keep active and keep moving. The more you move, the less likely you are to suffer from muscle and joint soreness.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy first step counter actually helped me step it up a bit. I thought I was still keeping as active as before, but I found out that in reality, I had slowed down somewhat. That’s when I stepped it up and made sure I was taking at least 10,000 steps a day, the approximate equivalent of five miles. The tracking of steps made me even more aware of my activity level, which in turn, helped me to increase my activity level as I got older rather than decrease it.

http://learnfromyesterday.comI moved on from that first step counter to several of the OMRON brand step counter. These step counters gave me even more information about my activity level. I became aware of not just steps taken, but calories burned. When I first did this, step counters weren’t all that popular, and they were also somewhat bulky and not as easy to wear. They usually clipped on to a waist band, but were definitely noticeable to the wearer. The later ones could upload your steps to a computer, giving you a visual record of your day to day activity over extended periods of time. My last step counter could track over thirty days before having to upload the information and showed up to seven days activity on the step counter itself at any time. This helps you see your progress.

http://learnfromyesterday.comEventually, I decided it was time to upgrade for a few reasons. First, the newer step counters are small enough and light enough that you don’t even feel them on you when you wear them. This is so much more comfortable and means you are more likely to continue using it. Second of all, these new step counters, track not just steps, but stair climbing, aerobic activity intensity, sleep patterns, and so much more. So after researching and one false start (I returned one stepper that did not do what it claimed), I finally ended up purchasing a Fitbit One during the holiday sales and couldn’t be happier with the results.

http://learnfromyesterday.comFitbit One is my New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness! With Fitbit One, I can track steps, stairs (floors climbed), calories, miles, activity level, sleep patterns, and so much more. It even links up to various other plans that track your food, etc., like MyFitnessPal.com, which I am using. You can sync it wirelessly with your computer and apps on various devices. I love being able to track so much information about my activity levels and at the same time, keep fit. This program even awards me badges for completing certain achievements as I progress, which makes it fun. You can even share your results with others if you choose to do so through social media. So far this has been one of my better investments in my fitness routine and plan to keep healthy! If you’re looking for a great way to amp up your fitness plan for the New Year or even just to start one, this step tracker is a great idea, so give it a try and enjoy!

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