You are a New Creature in Christ
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Last week we talked about putting off the old man and putting on the new man. I trust that you were successful in putting on and putting off. Here is a new recipe that will help you in your new endeavors of putting off the old and creating a healthier path for the new you.
Cook on top of stove, medium heat or crock pot
6 chicken legs
1 tsp. each of sea salt and black pepper
1 16 oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups of frozen, chopped okra
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 medium size garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ cup of brown rice or 1 medium white potato, diced (optional)
1 tbs. each of dry oregano, cumin, basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme
1 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
1 tbs. turmeric, optional
1 tbs. chili powder (optional)
1 8oz can ‘no added salt’ tomato paste
6-8 cups of water (additional water will come from your frozen vegetables)
Remove the skin from the chicken legs, rinse and place chicken legs in soup pot. Add the salt, black pepper, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Can also add red pepper flakes if you desire at this time. If you use red pepper flakes, reduce your black pepper to ½ tsp. Toss chicken around in pot to incorporate the ingredients. Add water. Bring to a boil. Add the tomato paste and rice if you are using rice. Cover and continue to cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 30 min. of cooking, add the dry ingredients, the frozen vegetables, okra and diced potato if you are using potatoes (If you are using rice, don’t use potatoes). Cook an additional 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are done and the meat is falling off the bone. Remove the chicken from the pot, let it cool. Once cooled, remove the chicken from the bone, almost shredding it. Return chicken to pot. You can adjust seasons to taste.
You can play with this recipe by adding turmeric if you want a Middle Eastern flare. If you want a Southwestern flavor, add a tablespoon of chili powder! Have fun and enjoy! It is a meal in a pot and it is good to have on those days when you want to have just soup, sandwich and a salad for example. Welcome to your new world of eating healthy!