Food For Recovery
Do you have a secret ingredient you rely on in the kitchen?
This past year a neighbor brought us dinner several days after I had major surgery. She brought us cornbread and a fragrant chicken stew. It was loaded with tender chicken and diced vegetables. The seasoning included a pinch of thyme, adding a subtle and delicious counterpoint to the mellow onions and sweet carrots, enhancing the flavor without assaulting my tender senses.
This unassuming meal tasted wonderful and was deeply appreciated. Food never tastes better than when the body is striving to heal and refuel. When we had finished our meal my husband sent a note of thanks and a request for the recipe that we enjoyed so much.
THE Secret Ingredient
The next day our friend replied:
“Yours is the first e-mail I opened this morning. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed my simple dinner.
I will be happy to share the recipe. The secret ingredient was Love. I was constantly mindful while preparing the meal with thoughts of healing, recovery and nourishment …”
Neighbors like that are one of the reasons it was so hard to leave Tennessee!
May all our kitchens be stocked with a generous supply of THE Secret Ingredient as we care for and nourish those around us!
1 lb. chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, ¼ inch slices
2 cans (14.5 ounce) chicken broth
½ teaspoon thyme
1 Tablespoon ketchup
2 carrots, peeled and ¾-inch diced
1½ cups yellow or red potatoes, peeled and ¾-inch diced
Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow container. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour mixture to coat.
Melt the butter in a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When hot, add the coated chicken pieces. Cook until chicken pieces are lightly brown.
Add onions and celery. Stir and cook another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add remaining ingredients. Return to heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.