A Healthy Chicken Meal with a Soul

I’m excited to add this recipe to my repertoire. For the first time in my life, I’ve begun seriously working on eating those six to seven vegetables and fruits a day. Not an easy task, but a dinner of Chicken Baked with Peppers and Tomatoes can help us toward that goal.

                                                                                           [RuthAnn]

Adventures in the Grocery Store

Dale’s World: Baked Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes

This is one of those dishes that you can pop into the oven, finish whatever you were doing, and dinner is ready forty minutes later! You can use a whole cut up chicken, leg quarters, breasts or whatever is on sale at the grocery store. I like the flavor of the dark meat, but you do have to contend with the skin and bones. All of the vegetables other than the peppers and tomatoes are optional. So if you don’t have, or don’t like mushrooms or something else, the dish won’t be destroyed without it. There is nothing to measure, so just pile it into your baking dish.

On the Way toward the Goal

You will need:

Chicken                                                     Capers

1 Green Bell Pepper                                Red Pepper Flakes

1 Red Bell Pepper                                    Olive Oil

½ Yellow Onion                                        Dried Basil
Whole Mushrooms                                   Dried Oregano

Green or Black Olives                              Salt

1 14.5 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes           White Wine

Garlic Powder                                           1 Small Zucchini

Pasta

Preparation:

1. Cut the peppers and ½ onion into bite sized chunks. If you are cooking for one or two, you might not need all of the bell peppers; try half.

A Splash of Color

2. Brush or rinse the mushrooms.

3. Slice the zucchini into small rounds.

Assemble:

1. Put the Chicken in a baking dish.

2. Sprinkle with salt, basil and oregano.

3. Pile all the other vegetables on top of the chicken.

4. Sprinkle a little salt, garlic powder, a few capers and the red pepper flakes (not a lot) over the vegetables.

5.  Drizzle one or two tablespoons of olive oil over it all.

6.  Splash a bit of white wine over that.

Cook:

1. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Times will vary according to what cut of chicken you are using and how much you are using. The chicken is done when the juices run clear or a thermometer registers 175 to 180 degrees.

2. Boil a pot of pasta.

3. Place the chicken and pasta on a plate.

4. Put the vegetables on top of the pasta.

5. Now, how easy is that?

Chicken Baked with Peppers and Tomatoes

Food for Thought:

Health for the Body and Soul

 This meal contains zucchini, red and green peppers, tomatoes, olives, capers and even mushrooms to enhance the texture. Did you know Shitake mushrooms (which you could use in this recipe) have long been used for healing in Asia? They have “a special combination of antioxidants that boost immune function and lower oxidative stress.” (Whole Living, February 2012).

As meats, vegetables, fruits and water are essential for the growth and energy of the body, so salvation, the Word, prayer and fellowship are essential for the growth of the soul.

The Word—when you’re reading or studying it, do you tend to always gravitate toward certain books of the Bible? My husband Bob considers the history books of the Bible a treat. I think of them as vegetables. But I was amazed at how inspired I was by a recent study of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Studying the Word

It would be a wonder to be like Ezra the scribe who “set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10 NASV). As a result of his commitment to the Word, the hand of the Lord was upon him, and the remnant in Jerusalem returned to the Lord.

Nehemiah was the cupbearer of Artaxerxes, the Persian King.  Nehemiah was so concerned about the distress of the remnant that he took a risk and broke the rule of mandatory cheerfulness when in the presence of the King. Nehemiah was a man of prayer, and by God’s grace, the King listened to his cupbearer and granted the help he needed to finish rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall. Our prayers are like incense to God.

Some years ago, I was involved in a prayer group that met once a month to pray for each other’s specific needs. We met for several  years.

Recently the five of us gathered for tea. Some hadn’t seen each other for a long time. The fellowship was as rich as a double chocolate pie.

When we gather for prayer we also deepen our fellowship.  The Lord has commanded us to be “inventive…in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on” (Hebrews 10:24-25a Mess). 

If we desire healthy souls, we need salvation, the Word, prayer and fellowship. If we desire healthy bodies we need water, meat, fruits, vegetables and Dale’s Chicken Baked with Peppers and Tomatoes. Surely that’s what we need!

Bon Appetit!!

[RuthAnn]

Spring at Last

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