Katie's Musings

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Black Bean Chicken Chili

Today is a chilly, rainy day, so it felt like the perfect day for having chili for lunch. I threw this together with what I had in the pantry/fridge, and it was delicious! I used leftover chicken from a roast chicken I made the other day, but you could use leftover rotisserie chicken, or cook some chicken before adding it to the soup.

Black Bean Chicken Chili

  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, not drained
  • about 1/2 to 3/4 cup leftover chicken, broken into bite-sized pieces or shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (use more or less, to taste)
  • sour cream and cheddar cheese for garnishing

Heat the beans and the tomatoes in a medium pan, and add the chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, and water. Right before it boils, turn it off and remove from heat. Stir in the cilantro, and some cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!


October 17, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , , | Leave a comment

Great day!

Today has been a very successful day; it’s been great! This morning we had Emmett’s appointment with the dietician, and it went wonderfully! I’ve been keeping a food log for Emmett for the past month, and so we were able to discuss his eating habits, and what he eats over the course of a typical week. I felt completely gratified, and vindicated, because she said that we are doing everything just right! She said that we are feeding him wonderful food choices, with lots of variety at every meal, and she said she is very impressed with how well he eats. She said that his food log was practically perfect– she said she wished she could show this to other parents! That really made me feel happy! As I’ve written before, Emmett is on the very lowest end of the weight range for his age, but I’m convinced that it’s part genetics (small babies run in my family) and partly due to his very active lifestyle; he’s always running around and playing. He eats very well, and it was wonderful to hear the dietician confirm that!!

She did give us a few suggestions– she said we could try to add a little more fat and calories to each meal, to try to sneak some extra fat into him. She suggested drizzling all of his vegetables with either olive oil or salad dressing, and mixing up his fruit with full-fat cottage cheese. And she said to keep feeding him avocado and nut butters (two of his favorite snack foods), since they’re high in healthy fats.

So that was a success!!!

Then, this afternoon I finally finished knitting the baby blanket for my new baby nephew!!! I’ve already started on the baby shoes I’m knitting for him, and I’m halfway through the first one.

Then, for supper tonight I made a roast chicken, using Jamie Oliver’s recipe. I stuffed the chicken with fresh rosemary and oregano, and half of a lemon. It was SOO delicious!!! I seriously have been craving roast chicken the last several days, and as soon as it was ready I served it up and started eating– and then remembered to take a picture. It was sooo good!!

I served the chicken with Jamie’s gravy, cheddar biscuits with gravy, and peas. I think I want to start making a roast chicken every week or so. It’s amazing how easy it is to make roast chicken– it seems like such an impressive dish, but it really is very easy. You basically just prep it, put it in the oven, and it’s ready after an hour and 20 minutes! And the house smells fantastic while the chicken is cooking; I can still smell rosemary and lemon. It’s also pretty affordable. Our grocery store sells frozen whole chickens (organic, free range, sustainably farmed), and they’re very reasonably priced. I think I got this one (one of the smaller ones) for about $9.50. What an affordable price for a whole chicken!

Anyways, now I’m going to go watch tv and keep knitting those baby shoes!

July 20, 2010 Posted by | food, knitting, parenting, recipes | , , | Leave a comment

Soy-Peach Chicken

Tonight for dinner I made up a soy-peach chicken recipe, and it turned out quite well!

I marinated the chicken for about 3 hours before cooking it, in a mixture of:

  • about 1 cup soy sauce
  • about 2 tbsp. citrus-flavored soy sauce
  • 1/2 can peaches, diced, with most of the liquid from the can
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • juice of one lime
  • about 2 tbsp. finely chopped sage
  • about 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

After marinating, I removed about half of the liquid, and then cooked the chicken at 400 for about 25 minutes. It was delicious!

I will probably make this again in the future, but with a few changes. I would add more lime; I would probably use 2-3 limes. Also, I didn’t have any ginger on hand, but I think that would be delicious too! And, I think this would be even better with really ripe peaches instead of canned peaches. All in all, though, this is definitely a recipe worth keeping!

July 7, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pesto Chicken

Dinner last night was pesto chicken with cheesy quinoa and sauteed Swiss chard. Emmett liked the chicken and the chard, but didn’t like the quinoa. I didn’t really care for the quinoa either, in fact– I added some grated Mozzarella cheese and a dab of sour cream, but I think I added it too soon. I added it just as the quinoa was starting to puff up and most of the water was absorbed, but I should’ve waited until the quinoa was completely done cooking, I think.

The pesto chicken was easy to make– I just baked the chicken at 400 for about 40 minutes, with pesto rubbed all over the chicken. However, I didn’t use the best quality pesto. It was just a cheap generic brand, and so it tasted kind of sour. I think this would be really delicious if I were to make my own pesto next time.

June 17, 2010 Posted by | food | , , , | Leave a comment