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This week I found it to be typical East Tennessee weather in January – cold, rainy and overall dreary. It affects my mood although I try to pretend it doesn’t. After traveling last weekend and being around kids with snotty noses, I started having my own stuffy head and runny nose. So I always find this to be a good time to make a big pot of soup. This is a favorite because it takes minutes to prep, makes a lot, and is very flavorful not to mention it’s healthy. You can easily make it vegan as well.
Southwest Chicken Soup
(served with grilled cheese on Rudi’s whole grain gluten-free bread and Horizon organic American singles)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ tsp olive oil
1 tsp lime juice
½ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
16 oz. of Chicken Broth (I use Pacifica Foods organic free range low sodium GF chicken broth in 8oz. 4pks)
1 can Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes (drained)
1 can of organic Black beans (drained)
1 can of Private Selection organic Tri-bean blend (drained) from Kroger
1 jar Muir Glen mild salsa
Torilla chips – crushed (I replace with Beanitos Black Bean Chips or Lundberg Rice Chips)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat oil on low in large soup pot.
- Cut chicken into small bite-sized chunks and add to pot as you cut.
- Raise heat to medium high and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the lime juice, garlic, chili powder and cumin.
- Cook another 2 minutes.
- Add broth, salsa, cans of vegetables and stir well.
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue to boil for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low to simmer until ready to serve.
- Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with tortilla chips and cheese.
Makes 8-12 generous servings. I can’t have corn which is why I substitute the chips and often don’t even use the chips. You can also replace 1 can of corn for the tri-beans if you prefer.
Goblins, witches and hordes of children at your doorstep! Halloween is scary enough without wondering what exactly you are putting in your mouth! Whether you prefer sour and tart treats or chocolate delights, there are plenty of gluten free candies available, the trick is telling the difference. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide of gluten free candy. In putting this list together we called each candy manufacturer to get the latest information about each product they offer. The manufacturing companies are listed along with contact information for each.
Plans have been in the works for months, but now we are just one week away from having Dr. Peter Green, Director of the Celiac Center at Columbia University in New York City and the world renowned author of “Celiac Disease… a Hidden Epidemic”, will be speaking free to the community. We have Carolyn Acuff, a passionate advocate for the gluten-free/celiac community in East Tennessee, to thank almost entirely for this amazing opportunity.
Here’s how it all began Carolyn says, “When asked to recommend a Celiac doctor to speak at a Tennessee physicians’ conference I suggested Dr. Peter H.R. Green based on his depth of knowledge on the subject and extensive years of research on gluten and how it can affect our digestive systems. He was subsequently invited to speak at that physicians’ conference; therefore, I asked him if we could coordinate a symposium free to the public and with the help of some friends to secure a location and sponsorship it became a reality. So now on Wednesday, October 26, we will welcome him to Knoxville when he gives an update to the public on Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity.”
Carolyn Acuff, a Celiac who was diagnosed in 2006, believes there is lack of understanding of what Celiac Disease is and how devastating it can be. She carries out her personal awareness campaign through various “Gluten Free Spoken Here” events and is also designated as Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) volunteer for the Resource Unit 3033.”
WHAT: Free public update on Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 pm
WHERE: Wallace Memorial Baptist Church off Merchants Drive
The event has been kept as simple as possible: FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING, AMPLE SEATING and advance registration is NOT required.