Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

It’s not quite spring yet though some days are warm and sunny with flowers poking up and other days are gloomy and a bitter wind whips through your hair.  If you are tired of the same old food, try this easy soup to warm up.  It has a pleasant texture and mild taste

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
1 package long grain and wild rice mix
1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/4 cups chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 tsp. tarragon
1/4 tsp. thyme
dash of pepper
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

Prepare rice according to package directions omitting butter.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan saute chicken, mushrooms, onions and garlic in oil until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
Add the prepared rice, broth and spices and bring to a boil.  Combine cornstarch and evaporated milk until smooth and stir into soup.  Return soup to a boil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly thickened.

You can find reduced fat or no fat evaporated milk to cut the fat content of this soup.  Serve with a nice whole grain bread and a salad to get in those servings of vegetables.

I’m happy to report that after the turmoil of the last few weeks, my husband is making an effort to get back on track with his exercise.  He did his weight workout yesterday and should make it again on Friday.  I believe that unless you do some sort of manual labor you really need to add weights to your workout routine.  Keeping those muscles toned and fit not only makes you look better, but it increases the amount of  calories you burn daily.  Also, fit people are less prone to accidents.

This weekend women can attend the Women’s Health Conference at the Southwest Church of Christ starting at 8 a.m.  There will be several free health screenings plus several informational sessions to attend.  This health fair is sponsored in part by Cardiology Associates.  It’s a great opportunity to check on the status of your health.

Upadated on March 10, 2011

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