Week 16: Gingery chicken and broccoli

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This dish is incredible. The kids all voted yes on it. However, my son, who is not a fan of any chicken except Chic-Fil-A, said he liked the sauce just not the chicken. The sauce was onions, broccoli (eaten without complaint), garlic, freshly grated ginger, chicken broth, soy sauce, and pineapple juice. For once, this recipe had green on top and it was part of the recipe. It was cilantro. I’m not a big fan but made the dish as written. I think it turned out pretty close to their design. Here is my dish.

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I tasted as good as it looks. The one thing I would change is add more broccoli. One cup wasn’t enough. As for rice, I just made white rice in my rice cooker. Simple dish and quick to make. I served it with pineapple too. This is a good go-to dish on a busy night. It will be a part of our meal rotation and will make it into my purple index file box of recipes that is reserved for ones I use a lot.

This week we returned to school after a week off for spring break. We had a great time on spring break, in spite of a bit of illness. We went to the beach, Carlsbad flower fields, and my favorite restaurant – Snooze. However, the first week back was full every night. Monday was a baseball game plus two meetings for me at the middle school. Tuesday I saw my FAVORITE singer, Barry Manilow, at the Staples center, while my husband and a babysitter managed all the practices and meetings at home. Wednesday I saw my other FAVORITE singer, my son, who sang in the school choir at an Honorary Service Awards event. Thursday led us to the High School to prepare my eldest for her arrival there next year. Yikes! Friday should have been uneventful but sickness returned to our home. Whew. I wanted to make this dish and all were well and somewhat rested by Saturday to eat it.

I don’t like being this busy, especially at night. Next week is much better. All the activities we engaged in were fun, important, and worth it. We just wished they weren’t all the same week. When Saturday arrived and our only agenda was one baseball game that was 5 minutes away, we rested. We did a puzzle, I cooked, we enjoyed sitting outside in the shade, we gardened, we talked, and we just hung out. Laughter brought energy to those of us still tired. Joy invaded our home. Busy seasons and busy weeks are inevitable. We prepared ahead of time for this one.

When your season slows, make sure you slow with it. A day of rest brings joy. Rest is relative to each person too. Some rest by hiking. Some rest by doing a puzzle. Some rest by napping. However you rest, schedule some relaxation into your week or weekend. It is rejuvenating. I am sure you look at my week last week and think “she’s crazy to do all that.” Maybe, but weeks like that aren’t the norm for us. We have them periodically. I don’t enjoy them but I endure them and strive to plan ahead to make them manageable. The Bible refers to a Sabbath day – a day of rest. I feel our Saturday was our Sabbath this week. Some weeks our Sabbath is a Monday or Wednesday. I encourage you to schedule that time of rest, Sabbath, in your week. Take a Sabbath as a family. It does a body good!

Dream Big!

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One thought on “Week 16: Gingery chicken and broccoli

  1. Looks delicious! You got to see Barry Manilow…how fabulous. Everyone is too busy, whether we have the energy for it or not. Good for you for taking time to just relax and spend time together.

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