Chicken, Sweet Potato and Leek Casserole

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“You need to eat more veggies and you need to eat more veggies! EVERBODY needs to eat more veggies!!” This was the sum total of the talk we heard from Dietician Megan Pentz-Kluytz at the Knorr Flavour Experience event I attended two weeks ago. We have all heard about how South Africa is near the top when it comes to obesity and this leads to a higher rate of heart attacks and lifestyle diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol.

knorr, flavour, experience, cooking, event, diet, vegetables, products, recipe, dinner, healthy, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsKnorr has gone out of their way to limit the amount of salt they use in their packet sauces and salad dressings and I no longer use any other stock since they brought out their stock pots. Yes, yes I know I should be making my own stock but I don’t have the freezer space. Maybe one day when I get a chest freezer I will make time to do it myself.

knorr, flavour, experience, cooking, event, diet, vegetables, products, recipe, dinner, healthy, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsWe were divided into groups and started making the lunch we would be eating. I really appreciated the fact that they fed us a starter before we had to start cooking and we only cooked for about an hour or so before we could eat our meal. I’ve been to a few cook along events where the Cape Town laid back atmosphere meant we starved while we were cooking and ended up eating at 10pm. This was anything but ideal especially since 95% of us had to wake up for work the next morning.

knorr, flavour, experience, cooking, event, diet, vegetables, products, recipe, dinner, healthy, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsOur group made roasted veggies where the peeled, chopped root veg was drizzled with 15ml canola oil and 60ml honey then a veggie stock pot was plopped in the middle before a lid of foil sealed it before it was popped into the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 25 minutes. I usually roast my veg at 200 degrees without the foil lid for about an hour but the Knorr way was surprisingly easy and delicious. I will be making it this way from now on but remember to get to know your oven. When I made it at home I removed the foil halfway through and baked it at 200 degrees for about 40 minutes. This can then be served on rocket leaves with a crumble of your favourite feta cheese. YUMMY!

knorr, flavour, experience, cooking, event, diet, vegetables, products, recipe, dinner, healthy, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI’m making the Chicken, Sweet Potato and Leek Casserole for supper tonight but I have a feeling I won’t get a chance to take a picture before the light fades. The recipe is available on the What’s for Dinner cards you will find dotted around displays at your local supermarket but you can also register to be part of the Knorr community HERE . I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit me as I always do.

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Leek Casserole

Ingredients

  • 15ml oil
  • 800g chicken breasts, with skin on and bone in
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced
  • 5ml garlic, grated
  • 5ml ginger, grated
  • 300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 25ml tomato paste
  • 500ml cold water
  • 1 packet Knorr Chicken a la King dry cook in sauce powder
  • Cooked brown rice and steamed mixed vegatables to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and heat oil in oven safe pot that has a tight fitting lid.
  2. Brown chicken pieces in hot oil and remove from pan.
  3. Fry leeks, garlic and ginger briefly before adding potatoes.
  4. Stir well then add tomato paste, water and cook in sauce powder and mix until well combined and starting to boil and thicken.
  5. Add chicken back into pot, cover with lid or foil and transfer to the oven to bake for 45 minutes until chicken is done.
  6. Cut chicken up into bite sized chunks and serve with rice and veggies. Serves 4-6
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Guilty Pleasures

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CHOCOLATE…Lindt, Tomes or Godiva.

Reading young adult fiction and munching on a can of sour cream and chive Pringles.

Drooling over sky high heels that I could NEVER walk in. So many pretty but impractical shoes.

Sparkly things like Indian inspired earrings and Swarofski jewellery.

Fluffy things like faux fur wraps, vests and handbags.

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Which insect would you choose to be?

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If you could choose to be an animal or an insect, what would you choose to be? This is the topic for today’s #writersbootcampZA and my first thought was, “a cat”. Oh to be someone whose sole purpose was to find the next best patch of sun to sleep in all day and be treated like royalty.

Then again, this may only be the case in more well off households and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t get to choose who your owners were. When it comes to insects most of them give me the heebie jeebies but if I had to choose I would probably go with catepillar.

You get to eat as much as you want then go to sleep for a while. Then, when you wake up, you actually look better than you did before you went to sleep. Now that’s how life should be ;).

Let me know what you would choose. I’d love to know.

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Writers Bootcamp Day 16

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. (from The Usual Suspects – 1995)

Writers Bootcamp Day 16

Today’s topic for #WritersBootCampZA  is “The World is wrong about…” and it seems like there is no way around writing about a topic like this without being judgemental. I have opinions and beliefs like everyone else but every war and other sorts of mayhem was started by one person’s belief being forced upon everyone else. So I wanted to use the movie quote above as a point of departure.

Evil is real. We see it on the news, read about it online and speak about it with our friends and family. When you look at an article like this one  you will probably shake your head and tut about the tragedy of the world we live in and how the justice system has failed the victims we live, love and work with.
If we look closely at our everyday lives we will probably find a few instances where we committed a “white collar crime” or broke a traffic law. We possibly indulged in a few minutes of lust-filled fantasy when we saw a well made man or woman was we walked outside. Maybe you committed a crime against another person and altered their lives forever. You might say to me, “but I didn’t rape or murder anyone so what’s the big deal?”

That, my dear reader, is the Devil talking. When you challenge your moral compass a few times, your conscience stops making you feel uncomfortable, so the next time you do something it doesn’t feel bad at all. When that little voice in your head says, “come on…everybody’s doing it…it won’t hurt anyone” you can be sure that you are being tempted to go against what you believe. When Hansie Cronje said, “The Devil made me do it” he wasn’t 100% accurate. The Devil offered him something tempting and he ignored what he believed and said, “why not”.

Who the hell am I to tell you this, you may want to know? I am a person who is tempted every single day of my life. As I mentioned in a previous post I have a 500 page book’s worth of history to deal with and the Devil know exactly what to wave in front of my nose to get me interested. Sometimes it is easy to see but a lot of the time it is so subtle even I fall for it. Last week I got cheesed off with everyone in my Bible study growth group who are always, “too busy” to attend and I thought, “well I’m busy too. It’s been a long day; I’m exhausted and injured so I’m not going either”. I only realized later on that night when I had crawled into bed that I had fallen for the Devil’s tricks hook, line and sinker.

Nothing gets the Devil riled more than talk of Christianity*. He goes into full-on war mode when something about Jesus reaches your ears and you suddenly feel offended beyond belief and find a need to respond with toxicity and hatred.  If you don’t believe me just look at the News24 comments on articles that debate the existence of God.

You already know that I believe in God and that the Bible is His Word. John 14 vs 6 says, I am the Way, the Truth and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me”. Jesus died for your sins and mine (past, present and future) on the Cross so that our debt could be paid and that we can have a relationship with God again. Jesus took the punishment that was reserved for us and wipes our slates clean. All we have to do is believe in Him.

*I don’t have all the answers. I know that the Christian church has a terrible reputation and has done unspeakable things throughout history. When you become a Christian you don’t become perfect. You are still a sinful, fallible human who needs God’s help to turn your back on temptation and walk in the Light.  The Christian church is run by sinful, fallible human beings and so, they will continue to make mistakes.

If you are still with me and reading, thank you. I want to ask you to try something for me.  Go to this link http://cesa.org.za/our-churches/ and visit the closest church to you. Don’t be put off by the Church of England component. It is not at all like those churches you’ve read about in the news. The denomination is in the process of a name change for that very reason. This is the one denomination where you can be guaranteed that God’s Word is preached and every minister is approachable and willing to answer any question you might have.

I am not judging you. I am inviting you to see a different side of Christianity that will possibly have life changing consequences. I will never bash you over the head with the Bible and shout about fire and brimstone. I promise!

 

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Reflection

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Come join us on 2 August at a Cookie Swap near you ;).

Today is Write-Whatever-You-Want day on #writersbootcampZA and it has thrown me a bit especially after my decision to defer on yesterday’s topic. It’s a good day to actually reflect on the past 15 days and evaluate how the writing challenge has impacted on my writing and my life.

Reflection

While I didn’t have to delve as deep as I have recently, it is not in my nature to shy away from being honest and saying things that may make people a bit uncomfortable. This challenge enabled me to break free from the food and recipe related posts and forced me to write even though I didn’t feel like it.

Writing is a lot like gym. Stay away from it for long enough and it gets easier and easier to never go back. Few people ever really feel like working out but they never regret a workout and the same goes for me when it comes to writing. I tried writing every day for about two weeks in January and I found it exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. I ALWAYS feel better and sleep better after I have written something so it is worth making the effort.

And I must admit it often takes A LOT of effort. Between work, parenting, music ministry, Bible study group, Jiu Jitsu and creating content for the blog I do find myself a bit frantic at times. I am also doing a parenting course with Anton once a month and about to sign up for a self-defense course which will run for 7 weeks from the 2nd of August. The first two weekends of August are also booked up with #CookieSwap4 on the 2nd and #CTmeetup on the 9th. Looks like it’s a good thing that #WritersBootCampZA ends on the 31st of July. :)

I’ve enjoyed writing and I hope you have enjoyed reading. I’d love to know where you think I can improve and also to learn about what works for you. My followers are THE BEST and I’ve made the best friends ever since I joined the blogging community. THANK YOU for reading! xx

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