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As requested, here are a couple recipes for meals that have been delivered to our moms in need this past month.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

1 ½ pounds of chicken breast

Juice of two limes

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn

2 minced garlic cloves

½ red onion, chopped

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

½ jar salsa


Place all ingredients in a re-sealable gallon sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.


When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hrs. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.


Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese).


Super Easy Dinner 🙂 

All the ingredients can be purchased at Costco.  Place them in a pan and heat in oven at 350 until hot.

Aidells Chicken Meatballs (Teriyaki and Pineapple)

Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice

Frozen Broccoli

Canned Pineapple and Juice

Onion (Optional)


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Courage to be Generous: Blessing Bags

Fill a quart size Ziplock baggie with the items below and keep it in your car to share with someone in need.  A great way to bless the homeless.

For the full post go to:  http://allthingswithpurpose.com/2013/04/blessing-bags-for-homeless-to-keep-in/

What the bags contain:

  1. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Tylenol (individual packet of 2)
  3. Tissues
  4. Antibacterial wipes
  5. Bandages
  6. Razor
  7. Juice box
  8. Peanuts
  9. Granola Bar
  10. Safety pins
  11. Crackers and cheese
  12. A Gospel pamphlet
Some ideas for other things you could include:
  1. Change for making a phone call
  2. Socks
  3. List of homeless shelters or food banks in the area
  4. Deodorant
  5. Bar soap
  6. Mouthwash
  7. Comb


December 5th Meeting Speaker Recap

Our speaker this morning was Sarah Newman, a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach. She provided a wealth of information on nutrition and healthful eating for ourselves and our families. Information included:

Foods that fight infections and are a natural antibiotic:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach

A vegetable that is high in protein and beneficial for diabetics:

  • Artichokes

Natural cough expectorants:

  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Chili peppers

Foods that fight against cancer-causing pollutants:

  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Berries

Overall top 3 fruits:

  • Avocado (stabilizes blood sugar, high in vitamins D and A, and keeps you feeling fuller longer)
  • Guava
  • Papaya

Marketing can be confusing when trying to buy healthy foods for our families.  Sarah suggests looking at the following numbers when reading labels:  Dietary fiber should be at least 5g, (especially in cereals), sugar (less than 5g is ideal), and protein.

She also explained the concept of “traffic light eating”, which separates foods into 3 groups. Green foods are fruits and vegetables (eat as much as you want). Yellow foods are foods that you need but that should be eaten in moderation (examples include black beans, cheese, nuts, yogurt).  Red foods are foods that you only eat every so often (e.g. desserts). You and your family should decide what’s right for you.

Our MOPS moms had some valuable input as well.  One idea for getting your kids to try new foods is to put a cotton ball in a jar whenever they will try a new healthy food/make a healthy food choice and then provide a reward when the jar is full.

Organic foods can be expensive but one mom shared websites where coupons are available, including organicdeals.com and organicdealdiva.com.  Another resource shared for “real food” eating is the blog 100daysofrealfood.com

Lastly, our speaker provided tasty recipes for smoothies containing vegetables, fruit, and protein.

Chocolate Shake

1 cup spinach

1-2 frozen bananas

3 Tbsp hemp seed (adds 10 g of protein)

1 Tbsp raw cacao

1 cup milk of choice

Blend well.

**I made this one for my kids after MOPS and they loved it!

Blueberry Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 green apple

1/2 frozen banana

3 Tbsp hemp seed

1 cup milk of choice (suggested:  coconut milk)

1 cup spinach

Blend well.

Mango Madness Smoothie

1 cup frozen mango

1 carrot

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup milk of choice

1 orange

3 Tbsp hemp seed

Blend well.