The Best White Thai Chili

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mild coconut curry sauce

I am taking part in the Kevin’s Natural Foods Eat Clean Live Happy Blogger Challenge. It’s holiday time and I am delighted to share this recipe with you! It’s a bold new take on chicken chili, but can also be twisted up to use those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

only good ingredients

Aromatic and full of flavor my White Thai Chicken Chili features Kevin’s Natural Foods Thai Coconut Sauce. Made with coconut milk, basil and Thai spices this healthy meal is literally on your table in less than 30 minutes and guaranteed rave reviews. It’s as easy as sauté, sauce and serve.

Pro-tip:  the bell pepper (or sweet pepper) is technically a colorful summer fruit that is used as a vegetable due to its versatile role in the kitchen. The color of bell peppers changes from green to yellow, orange, and red the longer it is allowed to mature on the plant. The longer on the plant the sweeter it becomes.

choose your favorite toppings

Start this recipe by sautéing some colorful peppers and onions in unrefined coconut oil. Green bell peppers have a slight bitterness to them that balances well with the sweetness of the orange, but you can choose whatever peppers you like. My family loves fresh chicken thigh meat in this recipe, but if you want to use leftover cooked chicken or turkey go right ahead. Add 2 to 3 cups of bite-sized cooked poultry when you add the Thai coconut sauce.

Pro-tip: Sometimes called virgin coconut oil, unrefined coconut oil is oil that has been pressed from coconut meat and undergone no further processing. 

just a few pantry staples makes this recipe so easy to prepare

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White Thai Chili

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil

1-pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or thighs, cut into ½-inch pieces

2 cups chopped onions

2 sweet bell peppers, color of your choice, seeded, chopped

1 (15.5 oz.) can white beans, drained, rinsed

1 (14 oz.) can low-sodium chicken broth

1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies

1 (7 oz.) pouch Kevin’s Thai Coconut Sauce

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro plus additional for garnish

Optional toppings: sliced avocado, crumbled queso fresca

In Dutch Oven or other large pan, heat coconut oil over medium high heat until hot. Add chicken, onions and peppers; cook, stirring, until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and Thai coconut sauce; stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened and chicken is cooked through. Serves 4 to 6.

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A Super Bowl of Mulligatawny Noodle Soup

Want to know what a no-brainer is? It’s me participating in the JSL Foods Fortune Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge. Already a lover and consumer of Chef Yaki’s healthy wholesome products it just makes sense to be in the mix stirring the pot. Plus the challenge involves noodles and soup. After my husband and my children and my grandchildren…noodles and soup are next in line of things that I love.

Soup Time

Fortune Noodle products are developed with a focus on flavor, noodle texture, 4 simple ingredients and convenience. They are sure to inspire both authentic Asian and fusion recipes. Today, I am featuring a nutritious, winter-warmer-upper soup made easy with these versatile noodles.

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Indian in origin, Mulligatawny soup is a creamy chicken soup flavored with curry and apples. Traditionally it calls for rice, but I switch out the rice for wholesome udon noodles and boost the healthfulness and spice with a bit of turmeric. Husband, daughter and son-in-law approved I like to call it my Souper Bowl of soup.

This soup could not be easier to prepare. Simply chop, sauté and simmer and you will have the most delicious and healthy bowl of soup in about 20 minutes. Yes, you can use lite coconut milk, if you prefer, and yes I use leftover cooked chicken or pick the meat from a deli roasted chicken for extra easy prep.

Mulligatawny Noodle Soup

1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil

1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)

1 cup shredded carrots (2 carrots)

2 stalks celery, chopped (include the leaves)

1 (7.27 oz) package Fortune Udon Noodles Chicken

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2-3 cups diced cooked chicken

1 crisp apple, peeled and diced

4 cups (32 oz. carton) low sodium chicken broth

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or cilantro

2 green onions, thinly sliced

In a large pot or Dutch oven melt butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery; stir and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Stir in Fortune flavor packet, curry powder, turmeric and black pepper. Add chicken, apples and broth. Turn up heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add udon noodles and coconut milk. Cook, stirring to separate noodles, for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of herbs and green onions. Serves 6

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Good Grief Geese

As a bird watcher and lover of nature in general I could not help but think of the natural instincts of geese as I sat through 3 beautiful weddings this month. Early in my own marriage my husband had given me a lovely gold pin created by a Maine jeweler titled “Geese Mate for Life”. Did you know that geese mate for life? It is just one of the reasons why I love this bird. Not to mention that young William would walk around the house imitating their call “ga-LEEK ga-LEEK” in a high-pitched voice. 

When it comes to grief humans should be more like geese. Their devotion to not only their partner, but their entire flock is incredibly inspiring. They illustrate perfectly the notion of “many hands make light work”. Grief work is the hardest you will ever do. If there is ever a time for a need of loving and supportive companionship it’s when someone we love dies.

Geese have a few other instincts that we can all learn from. Look up. It’s this time of year with winter in their cry that geese are flying in “V” formation. Their journey is a long one. They do it together for a reason. The flapping of their individual wings allows the bird behind them to have a bit of an uplift making the flight less of a burden. The difficult journey is made more bearable. No one need or should travel a grief journey alone. Accept support. 

Once in awhile a goose falls out of formation. (Oh, those angry years.) It immediately will feel the drag and difficulty of flying alone. What does the flock do? A pair will drop from the “V” and follow the wayward goose to support and protect it until it is able to continue on its own. It’s a through thick and thin kind of friendship. It’s the bond of love and compassion at its best. Just hold your friends up when they can’t hold themselves.  

Now one thing is for sure. A griever can be super high maintenance. The journey is long. No one person can care for and protect you. When the goose at the point, the one leading the journey, gets tired he/she falls back and let’s another take over. He/she is exhausted and needs comfort. It is wise to understand that no one person can bear the burden of your grief. Take a cue from the geese and expand your flock.

There are times in life when we must rely on each other. Times when we need to be connected and encouraged. We need to honk like the geese to show our mutual support and love otherwise we end up traveling alone. Make room for your partner in life and a few trusted family and friends. 

To everyone: Be the Goose

As a side note, one of William’s favorite movies was “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise as the character Maverick. His wing man was aptly named “Goose”. 

With the holidays on the horizon you might be expecting a recipe for goose, but that ain’t happening here. I love geese, but not on my dinner plate. So, I looked back in my arsenal of recipes and thought I’d share one from a family cookbook that my cousins and I put together many years ago. My extended family are totally a flock of geese. They have been there for me on so many occasions, but it was aunt Faye who rescued me in times of trouble during elementary school. Back then we walked to school and mid-day took a break for lunch. Aunt Faye lived only a few doors from the school and rather than me walking the long route home in the rain and snow she’d invite me in for a warm bowl of her pastina. How lucky was I to have the love and support of Aunt Faye. Here is her recipe as written in our family cookbook. 

Aunt Faye’s Famous Pastina

1 pound pastina

2 eggs

Butter

Parmesan cheese

Salt & Pepper

Boil pastina till tender. Drain and add 2 eggs, butter and parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste.

Okay…for all you cooks who like clear-cut quantities just go with your instincts. Be Italian for 5 minutes and add a spoonful of this or a pinch of that. Be the Goose!