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I have learned many things along this rocky road called life! The most important thing I've learned is that I needed a Savior long ago! I felt so lost before the Lord found me and I opened up my heart to Him. Many things were coming at me, not the least of which was a voice telling me that my life wasn't worth going on for! When the Lord found me, He saved me from this lying voice! I invited Him into my home and my heart! From then on it's been Him and I in all things. My hope for you is that if you are on that same rocky road that I was on, empty, wondering if it's worth it to go on, you too will invite the Lord to save you. He will show you that your life is worth living for Him!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Side Dishes for Monica and Melissas Cooking Class! Spanish Basmati Rice and Black Beans; Basmati Rice for Shrimp Stir Fry, and B

Recipe #3 Monica and Melissa’s Cooking Class!
Serves family of 4-6

Basmati Spanish Rice

2 c. Basmati Rice (Note: Equals 4 cups of cooked rice)

2 -15 oz. can unsalted Chicken broth or stock (Note: Stock is richer because it is made from simmering chicken with their bones, broth is made from just simmering the chicken)

½ can Tomato Sauce (Optional: For a spicy treat use ¼ of a can El Pato Sauce, a very spicy Mexican tomato sauce)

(Your broth and tomato sauce should equal 4 cups of liquid)

1 small Onion, chopped finely

3 cloves Garlic, minced

1-2 pats of butter

2-3 tbsp. Canola oil

Garlic Sea Salt and Pepper to taste (Note: you can add chicken boullion instead of salt!)

¼ bag frozen mixed vegetables for color and a sweet bite!

Use a heavy bottomed pan that has a good lid, heat to medium, add oil and butter. Add onions, sauté for a couple of minutes. Add garlic, sauté another minute. Add Basmati rice, sauté until lightly browned. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, garlic sea salt and pepper to taste.

(Note: Don’t be afraid to taste liquid for saltiness.)

Add ¼ bag mixed vegetables

Bring to slight boil, cover and lower heat. Cook for 20 minutes

When done, let it set for 10 minutes without fluffing. (Note: Check it after 10 minutes, if for any reason some of the rice is not completely cooked, add ¼- ½ can of chicken broth, allow rice to cook 5-10 minutes longer.) Enjoy!



Recipe #6 Monica and Melissa’s Cooking Class!
Serves family of 4-6

Fragrant Basmati Rice

2 c. Basmati Rice (Note: Equals 4 cups cooked rice)

4 c. Water

2 Tbsp. Butter

Sea Salt

Add butter and a pinch of salt to 4 cups of water, bring to a boil. Add 2 cups Basmati rice, bring to a boil again. Turn down to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Add to hot rice:

3 Green onions, sliced

Handful of Cilantro, minced

Optional: 1 Jalapeno, deveined, seeded, and chopped or hot chili oil for each individuals taste!

Cover and set aside until ready to use!

Enjoy this side dish with any Chinese food you make!



Recipe #4 Monica and Melissa’s Cooking Class!
Serves family of 4-6

Melissa’s Black Beans

2-15 oz. cans Black Beans (undrained, you may prefer no salt in order to add your own sea salt)

1-2 Jalapeno Peppers (deveined, seeded, and chopped. For heat leave some of veins and seeds)

Granulated onion (to taste)

Garlic Powder or Garlic Sea Salt (to taste)


Take the 2 cans of black beans (she prefers S &W brand), pour them into a medium sauce pan. Do not drain. Sprinkle in granulated onion and garlic powder to taste. (If beans are no salt added, add garlic sea salt) Devein, seed, and chop 1-2 jalapeno peppers. (If you like it spicy leave the veins and seeds!) Add to the beans.

Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve in bowls! (Note: Use a slotted spoon to add beans to Nachos; Tostadas or Southwestern Salads)

Enjoy! Luv2u! <3 Monica's Munchies

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