Spicy Peanut Stir Fry

I have been blogging a really long time. And I have read a lot of blogs too with cute anecdotes accompanying every recipe from cupcakes to liverwurst...no joke, read it here.  I am okay enough with myself to admit that I do not have a cute story to go along with every recipe I make. Most of the time, I just make something great by accident and want to record it for posterity. This is one of those recipes. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I do.

This stir fry took less than 30 min from start to finish and had amazing textures and was very satisfying. 

Spicy Peanut Stir Fry

1 chicken breast, sliced
2 cups of chopped veggies of choice. 
(Broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers, squash, and onion are my favorites)
2 T sesame oil, divided
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 T natural peanut butter
1 tsp molasses
1 squirt siracha..to taste
1/4 cup peanuts
1 handful chopped cilantro
salt, pepper, garlic and ginger powder to taste

Add 1 T of sesame oil to a hot pan or wok. Once it is hot, add the chicken and cook over high to sear it to golden perfection. Turn the heat to medium hight and throw in the veggies. Stir as you fry until they are crisp tender, or 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining sesame oil, the soy sauce, molasses, peanut butter and siracha. Pour over the meat and veggies and stir to combine. Lastly, add the peanuts and the cilantro.

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Grain Free/Sugar Free Menu Plan

I got on the scale this morning and did not like what I saw. Seriously! The last time I had this weight on me, I was about to give birth. Ugh. We moved across the country last month and I am not going to lie, it has been stressful. Apparently I calm stress with sugar. But who doesn't? I would love to use other methods, like Tai Chi or meditation or long walks. But a cookie is so much easier!

Well, it is time to get back on the wagon again. Sugar may calm my stress temporarily, but it also feeds cancer and causes inflammation and for me, obvious weight gain.

I called out to my dear friend Laura and extended a challenge to both of us. Stop with the sugar already...and grains...ugh. For every unauthorized deliciously addictive serving of bread, pasta or sugary dessert, we gotta shell out 10 bucks. Effective? I think so. And, at the end of 6 weeks, the one of us who has lost the greatest percentage of body weight gets 50 smackers!! I don't have money to spare and Laura hates spending the stuff, so great motivation for both of us.

Some psychologist out there would probably frown upon this and say we are doing it for the wrong reasons, but oh well, It is time to get ready for swim suits and jogging shorts....well swim suits anyhow.

I always do best if I have a menu to follow, so here goes. I hope many will follow along.  I will plan to post each week on Monday so there is time to get groceries before Wed morning.
***Go here for a list of key items to have on hand this week: (this list is not all inclusive)

Menu plan: 

Breakfast: Chocolate PB Smoothie
Lunch: Lettuce wraps
Dinner: Sweet Potato Beef Stew

Breakfast: Grain free Chocolate muffins
Lunch: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa 
Dinner: Chicken Strips and Sweet potato fries (baked or fried in coconut oil)

Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Lunch: Chicken Avocado Burritos serve ingredients over a salad with salsa instead of in tortillas.
Dinner: Grain Free Spaghetti

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes Top with Berry Syrup
Lunch: "Bunless" Hoagie sandwiches...Roll all the toppings in the meat. Serve with Sweet potato chips.
Dinner: Cheat meal...anything that sounds great...Pizza?? Hamburger?? Go for it!

Breakfast: Refrigerator Oatmeal
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Garlic roasted cauliflower and carrots

Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Lunch: Sweet potato Fajitas with beef
Dinner: White Chicken chili (I adapt this recipe to my taste)

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with avocado, cheese and salsa
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner:  "Bunless" Hamburgers...make as usual and wrap in lettuce leaves

Cheese cubes
Snap peas
Celery in natural PB
Fresh or Dried fruit (1 serving per day)
Cottage Berry Whip
Unsweetened Applesauce (my recipe)
Protein bites (only a few... sugar)

Warm Winter Chai
Sugar Free Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Kool-Ade

Need more ideas?  Go here: Trim Healthy Mama Board

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23rd Day of Christmas Challenge: Family Time

I skipped a few days of the Christmas challenge. Kids are out of school and this wise mom has had fun spending time with them. We have been gleaning the wisdom of Yoda in a 4 day Star Wars marathon, eating horribly, and enjoying warmer than normal weather. Sometimes, you just have to recharge!


There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.

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Today's challenge is do something fun with the family or if that is not possible with a friend.

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18th Day of Christmas Challenge...Make Christ Your Guiding Star

I live in the country, so every night, I can see stars, hundreds of them. The thing I love about stars is that they are constant. I can see them at my house. I can see them when I am out of town. I can see them and know that those I love are seeing them as well. There is never any doubt in my mind that we have a Creator who loves us. He paints me sunrises in the morning and sunsets at night. He organizes thunder storms and glorious sunny days. He sends storms to remind me He is there and calm days for relief from the torment. Weather and sunrises come and go. But some things remain constant. One is the stars. It is no surprise to me that one symbol of the Christ Child is a star. Constant and true to His word.

MATTHEW 2:9-10

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
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Christ is my guiding star. My constant during times of trial and times of good. Today's challenge: Think of 5 ways that Jesus Christ is a constant in your life. Maybe 5 times when life was crazy for you, but His love did not leave.

I will start: wherever I go, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is there. His Church. His constant light in the darkness.  This means everything to me right now as we are looking for a place to move. If there is a Ward and a Stake and a Temple, then my Constant is there.

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17th Day of Christmas Challenge...Sing a Happy Song

LUKE 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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I feel like praising God and singing everyday! He is Glorious. Today's challenge: choose a song that uplifts you. Add it to you playlist on your phone or memorize it so when you feel down, you can hum it or listen to it, or sing out loud to uplift and chase the gloom away.
My song: Blanca's Who I am. Give it a listen when you are feeling down.

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Make Your Own Scented Pine Cone Ornaments

We have a family member who is allergic to real pine trees. It is sad, but sooo true. We learned the hard way as we brought home a real pine wreath and set it on the kitchen table. In minutes, he was awake and wheezing. I pulled out my favorite essential oils blend with eucalyptus and cardamom and he inhaled and it eased his breathing amazingly. But out the wreath went....for good.

Luckily for all of us, he does not react the same way to White fir essential oil, so we can still have the beautiful scent for the season. One way is to diffuse it. My favorite blend is called Tannembaum Forrest and is:

3 Drops White Fir
2 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Frankincense

Add water to the fill line of the diffuser, add the oils and turn it on. 

I am in love!!

Another fun way is to scent your own pine cones. You can buy cinnamon pine cones in the store, but I love getting unscented so I can change it up. At times I put white fir, or can do cinnamon or a Christmas blend of all my favorites. 

Just add your oil of choice to the pine cones, a drop or two to each will do you. Place them in a basket like this:

Or tie on strings and make ornaments for the tree:

What is your favorite scent of Christmas?

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16th Day of Christmas Challenge...STOP IT!

Yesterday's challenge involved acknowledging our fears. It was all about recognizing how often we have dis-empowering thoughts that keep us from becoming all we can be. We have the ability within us to become amazing. I know a lot of people who already are. We become our thoughts for thoughts are things. One of my fears is progression. It is easy to live the way that is familiar. Taking a leap of faith is scary. But there is no need to fear. Because of Him!

LUKE 2:10

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

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I love also the scripture in Isaiah 53:4 which says: "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows."  I believe he has also felt our fears and what is more, He has seen a vision of what we have the power to become. He believes in me even when I do not. So today's challenge is that when you notice your fears and doubts pop up, say the words out loud: STOP IT! And if you need a little reminder at times, add "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

How many times did you find yourself doing this today?

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