Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Indian Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

If you've taken my online class "Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals," I bet you've already dusted off your slow cooker, and you're ready for more easy and delish recipes for it. You're in luck! I had this recipe in the slow cooker when an acquaintance stopped by for a few hours. She couldn't get over how the aroma filled the house as it cooked, and wanted the recipe to take with her. I saw her again this week, and she mentioned it turned out fantastic when she prepared it. If you try it, I'd love to hear what you think of it!

I'll post more tomorrow about how I developed this recipe, and talk about ginger and garam masala. If you happen to have all the ingredients at home, happy cooking!

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken and Sweet Potatoes


1 (29-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained
1 (14-ounce) can reduced-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons bottled minced ginger
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
3 dashes ground cayenne
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 cups fresh spinach


Put sweet potatoes, chicken broth, onion, ginger, garlic, garam masala, peppercorn, and cayenne in slow cooker and stir to combine. Place chicken breasts on top and cook on LOW for 6 - 8 hours, or on HIGH 4 - 6 hours, or until chicken is tender and shreds easily with two forks. Shred chicken. Add spinach and stir to combine. Turn heat to LOW and cook until spinach wilts.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

"The way we see the problem is the problem." -- Stephen Covey

Do you see your weight as the problem? Or do you see the things you do (or don't do) as the problem?

Just for one month, experiment with letting go of your dress or pants size. Shift your focus from your body's size and shape.

Instead, try focusing on what you're doing that affects your weight. Track what you eat, drink at least 2 liters of plain water a day, increase your activity, get more (or better-quality) sleep, and manage your stress. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's really not. Your weight is not the problem; it's a symptom of a problem. Focusing on the real problem will automatically correct the symptom -- and result in lasting weight maintenance.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekly Goals for October 26 - November 1, 2009

New week, new goal! -- and I'm finally ready to commit to this one. I'm going to praise myself for what I've accomplished every time I check in with my planner for this week.

What are you planning for this week? If you'd like some accountability or support, let us know!