BREW THE PERFECT CUP
The #5MFW word for Day 4 #write31days is brew. That is a perfect word for today since Tuesday is my day for sharing recipes. When I think of brew, the first thing that comes to mind is coffee or tea. What better way to begin a day or end a delicious dinner than with a freshly brewed cuppa!
In order to make the best possible cup of either, you want to use fresh ingredients. Along with whatever type of coffee or tea you choose there should be fresh water heated to the right temperature and allowed to brew for a specified amount of time. Too little time and it is weak, too much time and it is strong. There is a way to mix the ingredients in just the right proportions to brew a delicious drink.
BREW A HEALTHY LIFE
What if we applied that same strategy with our lives? Are we brewing a healthy life or one that is becoming weaker as we go through each day? Do we choose to take care of ourselves with a balance of rest and work, or do we go to extremes in either direction? Do we choose to take care of ourselves with a balance of rest and work?
Are we spending time learning new things, getting fresh air, eating good foods, exercising, communing with friends and family? All of these can help us brew our way to a healthier life. Our choices make a difference.
I realize it is not a perfect analogy. Many things are beyond our control. Some of us have diseases and chronic illness that make it difficult even to survive. So please don’t think I am trying to put any guilt on you. I only want to encourage each of us to make choices carefully.
Recently we had a birthday celebration which included Chicken Broccoli Alfredo and homemade applesauce for dinner. I made Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake for dessert, and of course, coffee to go along.
There are many recipes online for the Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, but I will share with you my take on it. As for the cake, I pretty much go by the recipe at the link above. I did use less sugar, and the oil I used was extra virgin olive oil.
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
1 lb fettuccine
12 oz. Broccoli florets, chopped into pieces.
½ cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup milk
1 cup Half & Half
2 tsp. Arrowroot powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
2 lbs chicken breast tenders, cooked and chopped into pieces
First, cook fettuccine according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last 5 minutes.
While they are cooking, melt butter and add minced garlic.
Next, mix Arrowroot powder with about ½ cup milk and stir until dissolved. Add to butter along with the garlic powder, salt, pepper and the rest of the milk and Half & Half. Stir until thick, about 10 minutes.
Then add Parmesan cheese and stir till melted.
Next, add cooked chicken and heat thoroughly.
Then mix with fettuccine and broccoli.
Finally, transfer to serving dish or individual plates and enjoy!
Again, I used my 15 minute T-Tapp routine. I was surprised to be able to do practically all the repetitions and the extra “hoedowns” at the end. It still makes me tired, but at least my legs don’t continue to feel like jelly. Usually, I get a drink of water and relax a few minutes afterwards. Then I’m ready to tackle the rest of the day.
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