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first up is dinner! tonight, i'll be sharing a hearty soup recipe, plus a healthy, and super easy recipe for irish brown bread (minimal kneading, and no rising)! i got both of these recipes from my older sister. she made this meal for us when we visited over the holidays, and steve and i fell in love (with the food). a warm, hearty and healthy soup is the perfect remedy for the winter blues, don't you think?
MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped fine
2 tsp. garam masala*
5 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 16 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 zuchinni, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup plain couscous
1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded and meat shredded
*if garam masala is not available at your grocery store, substitute 2 tsp. ground coriander, 1/4 tsp. ground cardamon, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. then measure out 2 tsp.
1. heat oil in dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. cook onion until lightly browned (about five minutes). stir in garam masala and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
2. add broth and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. stir in chickpeas, zuchinni and couscous. cook, covered, until couscous is tender (about eight minutes). stir in chicken. season with salt and pepper, and top with fresh cilantro. serve.
IRISH BROWN BREAD:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbs. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tbs. cold butter or margarine
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup regular or quick-cooking rolled oats
1-1/2 cups plain, nonfat yogurt
1. in a small bowl, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. stir in whole wheat flour, and oats.
2. add yogurt; stir gently. if mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in milk, one teaspoon at time, just until dough hols together (it should not be sticky).
3. turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently five times to make a ball. set on a lightly greased baking sheet. pat into a seven inch circle. with a floured knife, cut a large 'X' on top of the loaf.
4. bake at 375 degrees until well-browned (about 40 minutes). cool on cooling rack. serve warm or cool.
scoop is a quirky woody allen film starring woody himself, scarlett johannsen and hugh jackman. it's a comedic mystery about an american journalism student in london, who scoops a big story, and strikes up a relationship with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls. funny and feel-good, the film will keep you guessing and giggling. plus, the language is clean, the violence is non-existent and everybody keeps their clothes on.