Daily Happenings

A Snowy Sunday Morning

We don’t get a lot of snow here at the bottom of the mountains, so I get excited when a snow weather alert comes on my phone. It wasn’t snowing when we went to sleep, but I woke up around 1:30 AM and peeked out the window and it was falling. I made sure to wake up early, so I could enjoy some quiet time on a snowy Sunday morning.

It was just light when I raised the blinds to the balcony, made a cup of hot chocolate, grabbed a warm soft throw, and cozied up on the sofa. I looked outside a bit, then decided to watch an old movie. There is something about old movies that makes my heart happy. This morning I picked the romantic comedy “Send Me No Flowers” with Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Dean got up just as the movie was ending, and the day started. It’s now 1 PM, and the snow has melted off the trees, the roads are clear, and the only proof there was snow remains in the shadows. I’m so glad we had one morning of snow this winter, of course I’d love to have more, but this one was good for my soul.

Cooking

Chicken with Mushrooms

There is nothing better than being able to cook a healthy delicious dinner in 30 minutes. If you eat a lot of chicken, like many of us, this dish is far beyond the day to day chicken dishes. It has a depth of flavor that makes it especially yummy.

I love the taste of earthy mushrooms, and this is a great way to add them to dinner. I like to serve this chicken with couscous and fresh green beans.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces sliced mixed mushrooms, such as button, cremini, and shitake
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large shallot, small dice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup chicken bone broth
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

In a heavy skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Salt and pepper the chicken and place in the hot pan. Brown for 3 minutes each side, then set aside on a plate.

Add the butter, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Let the mushrooms cook until just softened, about 4 minutes.

Add the balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme leaves, let cook for another minute. Add in the bone broth and bring to a simmer. Place the chicken back in the pan, and any juices from the plate. Simmer on low until cooked through, about 10 -15 minutes. Chicken juices will run clear when fully cooked.

Plate the chicken in a serving dish and pour the mushrooms over the top and sprinkle with the fresh parsley. When plating put a serving of couscous on a plate, place a chicken breast and mushrooms on top, then add a few fresh beans on the side.

Amazon Finds

Amazon Find: The Neat Egg

Recently my husband, Dean, did a food sensitivity test and was surprised to learn he is highly sensitive to eggs. We tried to figure out what had been causing his terrible tummy aches, and did numerous eliminations to his diet. We thought it was lactose, perhaps gluten, maybe an ulcer. After having some tests done the doctors weren’t able to figure it out, so I ordered the food sensitivity test. Once we got the results back I started reading food labels, not for lactose or gluten, but this time for eggs.

We removed eggs completely from his diet, and his tummy started feeling better. However, removing eggs also left several recipes he could no longer eat. This lead me back to doing research about egg substitutes.

For scrambled eggs we use JUST Egg, their motto is “made from plants, not chickens”. They’re pretty good, and luckily our local grocery carries them. I can also use them in numerous dishes, but at $5 US for 12 ounces that equals eight servings, I wanted to find something a bit more economical for recipes.

Enter The Neat Egg. One package is around $3.50 US and is equivalent to eighteen eggs. That is great a savings, and they are a perfect alternative to using eggs as a binder in recipes. I think next time I will get Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer just to do more of a comparison, because I love their products.

Lora’s Amazon Find Score: 4/5