Chickpea Potato Curry Stew

I had potatoes that needed used up and I wanted curry. With no real recipe at hand, I diced up left over veggies from the week, opened a can of chickpeas, dug out my curry seasoning, and hoped for the best. And you know what? It turned out to be something fabulous that I have already made again! The best part is, once everything is diced up, it is an easy one pot meal.

This is packed with fresh, colorful veggies and is full of healthy fiber. Fragrant curry spice is also super warming for cold winter months. Perhaps best of all, though, is that it reheats spectacularly and is perfect for lunch the next day (or three, if you’re me).

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Chickpea Potato Curry Stew

  • 1 lbs. potatoes, diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1/3 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 32 fl oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 jar curry sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce)
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsps curry powder (if you don’t have curry sauce increase this to 4 tsps and add 1/2 can of tomato paste)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Red cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (may need a little bit more depending on thickness level you want)

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In large pot, heat olive oil and saute onions, chives, and garlic on medium heat for 2-3 minutes to bring out flavors.

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After 3 minutes, place the rest of the ingredients (except the rice flour) in the pot and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat, place lid on and let simmer 45 minutes to one hour (until potatoes are soft). Once the potatoes are soft, add the rice flour (I start with 1/4 cup and slowly add until level of thickness I want is achieved). Serve over rice. Nom bread is a great optional side! Enjoy!

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Strawbango Protein Shake

This morning I woke up to snow… everywhere and still falling. We in Chicagoland will be upgraded to a “Blizzard” in just a few hours. Yikes! (Thankfully this is being posted a few weeks later, where we are no longer Blizzard status, but rather “polar vortex” with negative temperatures… hmmmm I’d rather have the snow) So naturally, I wanted to imagine myself somewhere tropical. So I made a tropical tasting protein shake and it was delicious! I added in some chia seeds for some extra omega 3s.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vanilla coconut milk
  • 3 medium strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup of mango (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 ice cubes (if you use fresh fruit)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (I used Tera’s Whey)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds

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Giving Up The Scale

Our church has encouraged us to participate in Lent this year. Growing up we didn’t do Lent, I pretty much thought got it was just a Catholic thing (and I’m not Catholic) so why would I? But throughout the years I have gained more understanding into Lent
I am not a pastor nor do not have religious training, but for me Lent is the opportunity to give up something that has taken time away from God or something that will require more effort. It is a period to focus on growing closer to God through giving this ‘thing’ or item up and focusing more on what He wants in my life.

A lot of people give up different foods that probably aren’t doing great things for their body. Others give up social media, which I did last year in a way. I gave up Facebook during my kids waking hours, from 8am to 8pm. There are truly tons of things you can give up.

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This year seemed hard for me. I thought about giving up sweets, but I truly wanted to do something that I felt would take a lot of prayer to get myself through. So, I am giving up my bathroom scale. To many this probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. But for me it is!

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Memories and Tears

This is a guest post from Brittany. She is an elementary teacher in the Indianapolis area who has a HUGE heart for Kenya.

I close my eyes tonight and I let the memories wash over me. I haven’t allowed myself to do this in so long. I’ve locked the memories up and tucked them away in a safe place. They try to creep out from time to time. It usually hits me when I least expect it. Something will trigger my memories…tonight it was something as simple as the song “Ring Around the Rosie”. Suddenly I am there again. Holding the hands of little children, hearing their voices sing the song, and seeing the joy and laughter on their faces. It brings a smile to my face and a pain to my heart. I long to be there again. To hold those little hands. To hear their joyful voices. To see the laughter in their eyes. 
So tonight, instead of pushing this memory back into the recesses of my mind, I let it come forward and I let the rest of the memories come. The faces, the sights, the smells, the noises, they all come flooding back. For a moment I feel like I’m there again, until I open my eyes again and reality welcomes me back like a cold splash of water in the face. I’m not there anymore. It’s six months since we returned and those memories seem as far away as the distance from Indiana to Kenya.

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In six months, I haven’t allowed myself to dwell on the memories of my trip too often. I haven’t allowed myself the time to sit and process and write about my trip. Case in point, I wrote that first paragraph for this blog weeks ago and have avoided finishing it ever since.

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Healthy Corn-Free Nachos

When I found out I was allergic to corn, nachos are one of the things I had to let go. Last week, I decided it was time to work on a new version. I also received a gift at Christmas from my sister of Fresco Spice Blends (Fort Wayne, Indiana), so I tried out the sweet red bell pepper and garlic spice blend and it turned out to be too delicious!

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Make-up: It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3

I will be the first to tell you that I really enjoy women who wear make-up that enhances (not takes away!) from their already stunning features. Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at make- up brands and artists on Instagram (such as @motivescosmetics and @_bylabella) but most of those looks are for show and not the average woman.

Make-up shouldn’t be a chore or something you should dread in the morning. A few good products and an easy routine can go a long way to making your beauty routine seamless and perhaps even enjoyable. Essentially, I am that girl who would rather sleep than primp. Ironic, don’t you think (let’s be honest, we could all use a little more sleep these days)? I have learned the few key shortcuts can fool anyone into thinking I spent hours on this beautiful face of mine. Want to know a secret? It really is simple! Continue reading Make-up: It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Berrylicious Protein Shake

I was at Trader Joe’s this weekend and there was a large container on blueberries on sale. With the frigid weather outside, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to have a taste of summer…if only for a few minutes in the morning. This shake is so fresh and yummy. Packed full of nutrients, proteins, and antioxidants to help start your day off right!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 4 medium frozen strawberries
  • 6 oz milk of your choice (I used Vanilla Coconut)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (I used Tera’s whey)
  • 6 oz yogurt of your choice (I used greek)

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