Monday, September 23, 2013

Chicken Stir-Fry

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Howdy all!! Oh, how I’ve missed you so…. I guess I will start by addressing the large elephant in the room.

I’ve been gone.

Absent.

Missing.

Fallen off the face of the planet. Almost.

Disappeared.

Abducted. Not really. That’s not funny.

But, I have gone through some major life changes.

I’ve spent the past couple months gathering my thoughts and sanity after many facets of my life have gone from familiar…. to…. chaotic.

First, my marriage has ended. This alone is a such a difficult topic to address. I’ve spent time trying to figure out just how to address it on here, and I’ve come up with no definitive answer. I’ve welcomed all of you as readers into my life, so I feel as though you deserve to know the truth as to why I’ve been absent, and I hope you will understand.

On that note, thank you to my family and blogging friends who have been truly supportive during this strange, unchartered, and difficult time.

In addition, I have started a new job! And moved to a new town!
I am now a school counselor in Bastrop, Texas and loving every minute of my new job, and my beautiful surroundings.

More on Bastrop to follow! DEFINITELY a must see town in Texas.

Now that we’ve covered all that….. I’m gettin’ my blogging boots warmed up again…

I’ve decided to share with you one of my favorite comfort foods that my mama cooks me. CHICKEN STIR-FRY!

Now, truth be told, we’ve never cooked straight up Asian cuisine in our house growing up, so Mom puts a little Italiano flair to it. But it’s scrumptious nonetheless.

I really had to make it since Texas just experienced it’s *first* cool breeze of the season!

We are officially done with triple digits y’all! Of course, I probably just jinxed us by me saying that. *Sigh*

Anyhow, if it’s cold in your neck of the woods, give this recipe a try. And if ain’t cold in your neck of the woods, make it anyways, and maybe our magic “rain dance” will work and get us some cooler temps.

Miss, miss, miss and love y’all!!

Here’s to getting my baking and cooking mojo back!!

~Peace, Love, and Much Healing Y’all

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cubed
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 zucchini, cubed
1 summer squash, cubed
2 cups green beans, washed and trimmed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups spinach
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
3 cups white rice, cooked

Directions:

Begin by cubing chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper, and sautee in a large pan with olive oil over medium heat until brown. Remove from the pan, and set aside.

Dice up the yellow onion, and sautee in the large pan. After a few minutes, the onion will become translucent. Add the zucchini, squash, green beans, and bell pepper. Cook 15 minutes or so over medium until vegetables are tender. Next, add chicken broth, garlic, wine and spinach. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer an additional 15 minutes or so. If you'd like to thicken your stir-fry, mix cornstarch and water in a cup until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add this mixture to the stir-fry, and simmer 5-10 minutes until the cloudiness has dissipated and the broth has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over white rice, or grated cauliflower (for a Paleo alternative!).

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19 Responses to “Chicken Stir-Fry”

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    Jeanne (NanaBread) — September 24, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    So excited to see you back in the kitchen, Katie! I feel like running through the streets shouting “She’s back! SHE’S BACK!!” So many hugs & prayers being sent your way through this major transition in your life. I’m so excited to see what the future brings. Peace, love & baking are sure to be on the horizon. Love you, Katie! -j

    • Katie replied: — September 24th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Jeanne, Jeanne, Jeanne. Thank you. For more than you will ever know. πŸ™‚

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — September 24, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Welcome back & thanks for sharing! A difficult time I’m sure, but the new job & new city is exciting!! I’ve been there myself as well. If you’re in Austin & want to grab a drink, I’m there!! πŸ™‚

    • Katie replied: — September 24th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Thank you Julie!! Can’t wait to meet up!

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    Karen — September 25, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Welcome back, Katie…. you have been sorely missed !! We’re all anxious to get back in the kitchen with you ! Much love, hugs and prayers comming at’cha from Florida !

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      Thank ya’ kindly Karen!!!! HELLOOOOOO TO FLORIDA!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 25, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Welcome back to the kitchen. I know you are going through a difficult time but we are SO happy that you have found a happy place in Bastrop. I love that town!!!

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      It feels good to be back! πŸ™‚ Glad YOU are doing well also!! What a crazy couple months for you! Hugs!

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    Erin E — September 25, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    You are amazing, my sweet friend! Glad to see you back doing what you love!

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      Thank you for the support Erin!!!! Much love….

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 25, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Welcome back my dear friend. Oh, how I’ve missed you!! Thank you for being honest, and I am so proud of you for doing what’s best for you! Nothing but blue skies ahead for you girlfriend!!

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:15 am

      Watch out world!!

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    Renee Berry — September 25, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Love you bug, aka The Hill Country Cook <3

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      I can always count on my Aunt ‘Ne! xoxo

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    Sheila — September 26, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    xoxox! drooling this looks so good and yes it is cold here in the Mitten so I might need to try this one. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers! Glad you got your foodie booties on again.
    much love,
    Sheila

    • Katie replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 9:15 am

      Cold!? What’s that?? We had cool weather, but then back to 90. πŸ™‚ Thank you Sheila.

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    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic — September 29, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Girlfriend! How I’ve missed your voice! I’m so glad all is working out for you in your new place in life. I’ll continue sending BIG hugs & prayers your way. You deserve nothing but the very best because you ROCK!

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    Denise {@addicted2recipe} — October 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    So glad you are back! Congrats on the new job! Bastrop is one of the places I want to visit to practice my photography skills so maybe we can get together when I come out that way. Hope you’re doing ok!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 8, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    So glad to have you back sista!! Love ya!!

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