Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day 14- Two Weeks!

Can you believe its been two weeks? I can't. Two weeks without chocolate-this has to be a first for me. I am so proud of myself and I know I can make it till the end of the 30 days. Whoohoo!

Munchkin and I started getting ready for tomorrow's celebration. We decorated the grapevine wreath with ribbons and sparklers, plus some Americana flags cut from a piece of cloth
and glued onto cardboard. I had hoped to add a wood-framed blackboard to hang in the middle of the wreath (to write Happy Fourth of July on) but I couldn't find one small enough. Maybe next year.

We went through all of my nail polish (I have a lot, its my girlie vice) and finally picked out patriotic colors with which to paint our toe nails. Well, we did mine. Munchkin didn't want any paint on her's but she loved helping to paint mine (thank goodness for Q-tips and nail polish remover).
We also started preparing some food items so I wouldn't be stuck in the kitchen all day. We got everything together for a special breakfast (and texted Hubby to ask him to stop by the store for a few things on his way home from work), made a big green salad and poached chicken for chicken salad.

I love poached chicken, its quick, easy, and very useful.The internet has lots of recipes out there but here's what I do:

How To Poach Chicken
3 cups chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 medium sized onion cut into thirds
1 celery stalk cut into thirds
1-2 cups baby carrots
1 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Note:Depending on your tastes and the amount of salt and pepper in your broth you may need more or less
4 Chicken breasts

Combine first 7 ingredients and bring to a boil in a large pot. Add chicken breasts and return to a boil, making sure the chicken is completely submerged under the water. Let cook for 3 minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 45 minutes. Chicken will be cooked through, tasty and moist. Remove from pot and enjoy!

Strain off the broth and serve the veggies as a side dish, Munchkin loves the carrots cooked this way. Reserve the broth for other recipes or discard.

This recipe is for basic poached chicken and is what I often use for chicken salad. The chicken has a nice, mild flavor that combines well with stronger flavors but alone it is a little dull. Depending on what I plan to do with the chicken I will often play with the seasonings: sometimes I will add cumin and turmeric if I want a little Asian flavor; or chili powder, paprika and hot sauce to give the chicken some heat.

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