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Monday, January 16, 2012

Meditation for your Monday

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Martin Luther King Junior

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Chili

I love to eat but I do not love to cook.  With the welcome of every new year, I resolve to cook more and every year I set myself up to fail.  I don't have a passion for cooking and that is fine by me.   This year, I decided to think of things differently.  Instead of resolutions, I am setting intentions for myself.  For me, food and cooking take on a different meaning when I think in terms of intentions around health and wellness. So my intentions around food are to be more mindful of what I eat, to enjoy the experience of eating (i.e. don't eat at my desk while at work) and to keep good company when eating whenever possible.

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Today at work, I brought my crock pot in and made some chili to share with a few of my colleagues.   Jamie named it Sante Fe Chili.  The recipe is based on a variation of a delicious meal Kirsten made for me years ago during one of our visits.  It is the EASIEST recipe ever!  This is a low fat, high taste slow cooked chili. Great for adults and kids!



Sante Fe Chili (Serves 5)

What you need:
A crock pot and an electrical outlet to plug your crock pot into.
- President's Choice - Blue Menu Fully Cooked Sliced Chicken Breasts, 1 package (or something similar)

- Corn - Sweet, yellow, frozen, kernels on cob, unprepared, 500g
- President's Choice - Extra Chunky Mild Salsa, 1 jar (1500 mls ea.)
- No Name - Mixed Beans, 1 can.

What to do:
1. Place the chicken on the bottom of your crock pot. I recommend that you dice up your chicken so that when it comes time to stir your chili the pieces mix in good with everything else.
2. Pour the jar of salsa over the chicken.
3. Pour the can of mixed beans over the salsa.
4. Pour your frozen corn over the mixed beans.
5. Cover your crock pot.  Use the  low heat setting for 6-10 hours or the high heat setting for 3-5 hours.
6. When it's ready, stir it all up and mix it all together and then ENJOY it with someone you like!

Cool things to do with your Sante Fe Chili
(I'd recommend you do any of these with a half serving of the chili as a full serving is VERY filling.)
1. Pair one serving with a baked potato!
2. Have a serving with a cup of rice.
3. Get some baked Tostitos Scoops and scoop yourself some fun!
4. Hollow out a red pepper, roast it and then pour a serving of chilli in it and dig in.

And for those of you who are keeping track of things here is the nutritional info for this recipe (per serving.)
Calories - 410
Carbs - 28g
Fat - 3g
Protein - 20 g
Sodium - 1089 mgs
Cholesterol - 38mgs

Using a crock pot is a great way to start to enjoy the process of cooking...the crock pot does all the work!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I loved you on purpose...

"I loved you on purpose..."

It has been a long time since I've been moved by a movie.  I've been entertained, excited, amused and satiated but last night I was moved to my core.  I cannot stop thinking about Tyler Perry's film adaptation For Colored Girls.  The movie is rooted in Ntozake Shange's choreopoem (yes, I had to look that up.)  Shange wrote the piece in 1975 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  The representation of women's stories in this movie is haunting, genuine, heart breaking and uplifting.  I can't even begin to describe all the things that this movie is.   I wish it was called For Every Girl.    Race plays a huge part in the movie but at the end of it, I intensely felt my social location as woman.  This is a film for every single woman out there.


The most impactful moment in the movie for me (and this movie is filled to the brim with them) was the poem recited by the character Joanna (Jo)/The Lady in Red  She was portrayed by Janet Jackson.  Joanna is materially successful, hard, unaccessible and superior minded.  There is a masculine air about Joanna which you see in her fashion, some of her mannerisms and some what in the way she relates to other women. Joanna discovers her second husband is gay.  In sleeping with other men outside of their marriage he's given her HIV.   She says,

one thing i don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they dont open doors
or bring the sun back
they dont make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didnt nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry
i am simply tired
of collectin
i didnt know
i was so important toyou
i’m gonna haveta throw some away
i cant get to the clothes in my closet
for alla the sorries
i’m gonna tack a sign to my door
leave a message by the phone
‘if you called
to say yr sorry
call somebody
else
i dont use em anymore’
i let sorry/ didnt meanta/ & how could i know about that
take a walk down a dark & musty street in brooklyn
i’m gonna do exactly what i want to
& i wont be sorry for none of it
letta sorry soothe yr soul/ i’m gonna soothe mine
you were always inconsistent
doin somethin & then bein sorry
beatin my heart to death
talkin bout you sorry
well
i will not call
i’m not goin to be nice
i will raise my voice
& scream & holler
& break things & race the engine
& tell all yr secrets bout yrself to yr face
& i will list in detail everyone of my wonderful lovers
& their ways
i will play oliver lake
loud
& i wont be sorry for none of it
i loved you on purpose
i was open on purpose
i still crave vulnerability & close talk
& i’m not even sorry bout you bein sorry
you can carry all the guilt & grime ya wanna
just dont give it to me
i cant use another sorry
next time
you should admit
you’re mean/ low-down/ triflin/ & no count straight out
steada bein sorry alla the time
enjoy bein yrself

Monday, January 2, 2012

Meditation for your Monday

Thank you 2011 for the triumphs, humility and lessons learned as I drink in the possibilities of 2012!


"Gratitude is the memory of the heart."
Jean Baptiste Massieu