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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

100 Days of Real Food Fast & Fabulous by Lisa Leake Review & Giveaway!!

I am SO excited about this giveaway!!  Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food is about to release her 2nd cookbook, Fast and Fabulous next Tuesday, October 25th.  I have already pre-ordered my copy but I was thrilled to be one of the bloggers that received an advanced copy to review AND giveaway!  I can't say enough positive things about Lisa's cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous.  It's filled with beautiful pictures of super easy, healthy, and wholesome dishes along with pictures of every day life with her family.  It's like she's welcoming you into her home to be a part of her life with this cookbook.

Not only is this cookbook full of fast and fabulous real food recipes, there are also supermarket staples and secrets, meal plans with shopping lists, food prep ideas, and a super simple way to search for her recipes that are gluten-free, dairy free, peanut/tree-nut free, and freezer friendly.

Reading this cookbook gave me motivation to get back to cooking with using simple and wholesome ingredients.  Lisa makes these recipes so easy with ingredients that are available at your local grocery store.  Not one recipe overwhelmed me or made me think that I couldn't prepare the dish.  We entertain a lot at our house so I loved the chapter on snacks and appetizers.  She even has a chapter on special treats so we can indulge in our sweet tooth cravings without compromising on unhealthy ingredients. 

Since Fall is here and the nights are getting a lot colder, we have started eating more soups, stews, and chili!  You can guarantee that Lisa's White Chicken Chili will be on our menu a lot this Fall and Winter.  I'm so excited that this is one of the recipes I can share with you even before the cookbook is released!  

White Chicken Chili

Difficulty: Easy
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: Less than 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño, minced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth, store bought or homemade (page 103)
1/4 cup heavy cream
TOPPINGS: Chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips

Whether you call this dish a chili or hearty chicken and bean stew, it’s definitely a winner. The first time I made it for my kids, they asked me so many times what it was called, but by the end of the meal they cared much more about getting second helpings than remembering the name! If you have time be sure to double the recipe and store in the fridge or freezer, because, like most soups and stews, the leftovers are amazing.

1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.
4. Break up some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the chili. Stir in the cream, garnish with the desired toppings, and serve!

LISA’S TIP: This dish is also great with leftover cooked chicken. Just skip step 2 and add the cooked chicken with the garlic and spices in step 3.

Now here's your chance at winning your own copy of 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous!  Enter below and one person will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, October 25th.  Giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, October 24th.

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