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New Recipe For Healthy Eating

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One of the challenges for someone who needs to watch each bite that enters her mouth is to find recipes that are low fat,low in sodium AND controls the amount of Vitamin K she eats.  Basically, dining has become eating, and eating has become BORING.  Just recently I have been able to cook some again myself which is a great relief to Tim.  He has become rather tired of his “Martha” role.

Tonight I decided to try something different.  I went to the refrigerator to see what we had.  I found skinless chicken breasts, a tomato, green pepper, onions, mushrooms.  I then walked over to the computer and punched in the ingredients plus recipe.  It came back with a recipe for a saute recipe .  I am not competent with “top of the stove”  cooking yet, but my chopping skills are actually better than they were before my strokes.  So, I improvised.

I am sure this still could be “top of the stove, but my baked version at 400 degrees 45 minutes was quite tasty-stir once. I added a few herbs to the basic recipe to make it a bit spicier.  I am sure that you too could use some of your favorite herb combinations as well.

4 skinless Chicken breasts, one large tomato reserve two slices, one large green pepper, one medium onion, one pound mushrooms

Chop all ingredients into large bowl.  Drizzle three T Light Olive oil over top.  Add 1 tsp. sea salt, 1 tsp. pepper,1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, Six tsp. basil dried or 2 sprigs fresh basil.  Toss together mixing well.

Spray 9×13 casserole with Olive oil lightly. Place in oven.  Prepare your favorite rice.

Cook’s note:  You could use 1/3 cu. chicken broth reduced fat or low sodium or both for liquid but it is not necessary.  Veggies without are more grilled like.   Fresh garlic would be a plus for someone who can eat fresh garlic.  That is not me.

  Remember the two reserved tomato slices.  Chop and add as garnish before serving.

I am actually looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

Written by Gloria Ferris

June 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Midtown Brews June 5th Be There!

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I just posted this over at Midtown Brews.  I think the topic, the speaker, and the opportunities at this event are so important and timely that I have decided to post this everywhere.


“Give me land lots of land, lots of land under starry skies above. Don’t Fence Me In”, the Cole Porter song sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters as well as a host of others.  On the other hand, Will Rogers said “buy land, they aren’t making any more of it”.


Our topic for the June 5th Brews is LAND.  County Treasurer Jim Rokakis will lead our discussion of the proposed land bank legislation that Ohio will tackle in November.  The passage of this legislation is only the beginning of what will be a transformative change in our region and Ohio.  How the land bank advisory board, the disposition of properties, and the decision-making process for local communities are shaped provides a huge opportunity to “get it right”.


Civic engagement and the public process will be critical elements of a “land bank” that will be a deciding factor in a new form of economic development.  How can the land bank be used to draw new businesses to our region?  How will it retain the businesses we now have?  How could it be used to draw in a skilled workforce?  Which communities will find new ways to use this tool to enhance the attractiveness of the live, work and play potential inherent in that community?  What is the potential to use the land bank to strategically plan for shrinking our footprint?  How will we balance quantity with quality?


This brews has the potential to give us an opportunity to start the conversation to begin thinking in new ways and bringing together the best practices of Open Source Economic Development. 

Written by Gloria Ferris

May 30th, 2008 at 4:17 pm