Best Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie with Dates

Monday, March 19, 2018

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Sometimes, all you need to lighten up a grey windy Monday is a good hearty pie. This pie comes out of the oven bubbling its insides and sending fumes of deliciousness around your house. 

My under the sleeve secret is "dates", as in the thousand years old fruits that grow in the desert. They just pull the flavors slightly to the sweet side, while still leaving the chicken to rule the buds. 

Now, this pie crust is amazing! So, so gentle on your taste buds, that it may just melt on your tongue! Your kids won't even notice they are swallowing enough veggies to cover their green needs for the entire week! My kids almost leaked the plate!

You may find a lot of these ingredients already packed in your freezer or pantry, and if you are into gluten-free meals, this recipe uses a gluten-free flour to make the crust. As easy as dumping a few ingredients in the blender, that's it! Crust done!

If you plan ahead, you can double the ingredients and get an extra dinner out of it. I recommend freezing the pie filling without the crust and then just blending the crust ingredients on the desired day, and baking the recommended time. 

Best of all, one pot will do it all for you, and if you have a real cast iron pot, you can even bake the pie in it. Easiest cleanup!

Start by adding some olive oil to the pot and keeping the heat on medium. Meanwhile, chop one onion and add to the hot oil. As the onion starts to brown, add three chopped garlic cloves to the pot and mix it up. 

Slice into cubes six chicken tights and add them to the pot, mixing up to brown the meat, without burning. 

Now it is the time to add some seasoning: salt, black pepper, and dried crushed rosemary to your taste. Mix a few more times while the chicken browns and the look is even. 

Vegetables next! Dice two medium-sized carrots and two celery stalks and add to the mix. 

Pre-heat your oven to 390 F to warm up things for the baking stage.

Reduce the heat, chop six dates (the dried fruit) adding them on top of everything else. Mix, mix, mix, and cover. Let it cook a little bit, about 5 minutes.

The fun part now! Add 1/4 cup of white wine and watch it evaporate as you scrape those deliticious crusts from the bottom. Rise up the heat a little to bubble the pot. 

After all the tastes have melted together is time to add the delicate frozen veggies. One cup of frozen corn and one cup of frozen peas. Mix, cover and let it steam for a minute. 

Almost done! Last part on the stovetop is to thicken the filling by mixing 1 Tbs of gluten-free all-purpose organic flour (Arrowhead Mills) with 1/2 C of water and then after is mixed, add to the pot, carefully moving it around. Turn off the heat and mix some more. Pour all the fillings into a pie dish.

It is already looking beautiful but wait until you see the end product! 

To make the crust, add to a small or big blender: 2 eggs, 1/2 C unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 C gluten-free all purpose organic flour (Arrowhead Mills), 1 Tbs melted coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp baking soda. That is it! Mix first with a spoon to make sure the flour dissolves in the liquids and then blend for about a minute. Make sure there are no clumps. 

The mix will be thick, so you can pour in parts on top of the filling and spread evenly with a spoon. 

Bake in the oven, at 390F for 40 minutes. Check around 30 minutes to make sure it is still slightly gold. When it looks golden brown, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before slicing. 

It goes great with some roasted asparagus with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie with Dates

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 60 mins
This gluten-free pie crust is amazing! So, so gentle on your taste buds, that it may just melt on your tongue! The dates just pull the flavors slightly to the sweet side, while still leaving the chicken to rule the buds.


Pie Filling
Pie Crust


Pie Filling (Pre-heat oven to 390F)
  1. Add olive oil to a medium-sized pot and heat to medium
  2. Add chopped onion and let it brown
  3. Add chopped garlic, mix and cook for a minute
  4. Add cubed chicken thighs, mix and let them brown
  5. Add salt, black pepper and dry rosemary to the pot
  6. Let everything cook until the chicken is evenly browned
  7. Add diced carrots, celery, and  chopped dates
  8. Mix everything, cover the pot and let it cook on low for 5 minutes
  9. Add the white wine, cook on high to evaporate the liquid while scrapping the bottom of the pot
  10. Bring heat to a medium, and add frozen corn and peas
  11. Cook for one minute
  12. Meanwhile, mix 1 Tbs of flour with 1/2 C of water and add to the pot
  13. Bring heat to low and carefully mix everything as the filling gets thicker
  14. Turn off the heat and transfer the filling to a pie dish
Pie Crust
  1. Place in a blender all the crust ingredients starting with the liquid ones
  2. Mix with a spoon to dissolve the flour into the liquids
  3. Blend on high for a minute
  4. Scrape down the sides if not evenly blended 
  5. Pour in parts the crust mix on top of the filling, spreading with a spoon
    (it will be thick)
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Check to see if the crust is starting to get a golden look
  7. Bake for more 10 minutes and let it cool down for 5 minutes before serving


The Arrowhead Mills gluten-free mix I used is made of rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, millet flour, inulin and xanthan gum. I have not tried with other different brands, so it may work or not.
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Nine Top Tips to Improve your Sleep

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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You have probably heard of a hundred ways to improve your sleep and yet you are not getting that amazing night of dreams you were hoping for. Sometimes, it is the baby crying, the sick child or the noise from the street, but most of the time it is your mind racing around and not allowing your thoughts to cease. 

So let's focus on your mind for a minute. You know in your brain that a certain amount of hours of sleep is good for you, you have read all the data. So what is missing?

I think that a lot of people have not fallen in love with sleep. Or maybe they have fallen out of love with sleep. So I want to set you up with your own sleep, prepare the perfect atmosphere, light up the candles, turn on the melody and let nature takes its course.

You see, God made you to sleep and sleep was made for you. There is this beautiful story of Adam being placed under a deep sleep and when he wakes up and sees a beautiful lady standing right next to him, he may have thought he was dreaming, but he was actually seeing his most prized and loved companionship that God created out of his rib. 

Your entire internal clock is set up to trap you under the covers, sometimes against your will, because your body seeks those loving feelings, of being so into a sleep that it hurts when you are not.
The sun gets out of its way every evening to let you experience that moment of pure bliss when your head falls into the pillow. Darkness takes over the skies, sparkling with stars, an entire spectacle of beauty to introduce you to one more night, one more secluded moment to enjoy sleep.

So here are Nine Top Tips to improve your sleep:
1. Look forward to the moment: The darkness you see outside at night is your first clue to slow down, let your eyes rest from all the light. Besides technology, the introduction of fluorescent light bulbs in most houses affects your sleep. The bluer temperature of these lights stimulates your brain changing biorhythms, stress hormones, emotions, arousal levels and muscle tension. Candlelight is your healthiest option after sunlight, followed by incandescent. This problem is so big that NASA replaced the orbiting laboratory's fluorescent bulbs with LED's that change from blue, white and red according to the time of the day. Blue light suppresses your melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. One of the solutions, besides going darker in the evenings, is to use Blue Blocking glasses

2. Get ready for the encounter: Don't expect to jump into a restful sleep after having your emotions shaken by a thriller movie. Prepare your eyes AND your mind for the moment. Your brain does not know the difference between a movie and a real event, it feels the emotions the same way. Take time to relax before going to sleep, your brain won't relax watching TV, it will work even harder. 

3. Set up the scene: Don't drink your way into sleeping the same way you may drink your way into waking up. Caffeine has its benefits, but try to keep it away from afternoons and evenings.  In the same way, alcohol will not help you relax, it may cause you to be more sleepy but it will affect the quality of your sleep leading to more tiredness and not rest. If you would like to create a nighttime ritual, make some concentrated camomile tea with a small amount of water before bedtime (not to create restroom visits). Settle down with a relaxing book, or a notebook so you can write down any thoughts to clear your mind. 

 4. Let go of misconceptions: Sleep is not your enemy, trying to steal time from your life. Sleep is your friend, is your allowance for a hard worked day. Accept it as a gift. Let it be a prized moment when you let go of trying to control the universe and settle to be completely vulnerable. It is beautiful to be vulnerable, to let God take care of the universe for you.
5. Embrace your sleepy side: Block your night time for sleep. You don't need to overachieve every minute of your life. It is ok to be lazy, sleepy and tired at night. Let it go any performance races you have set yourself for. Unschedule your life to let your body rest at the end of the day.
6. Keep the traitors at bay: Transform your bedroom into a sleeping sanctuary. Leave anything that does not help your sleep outside the door. Hang heavy curtains to block outside light, keep all electronics away, place a sound machine if there noise coming from the outside, invest in eye masks or ear plugs. Love the pillow you spend 8 hours facing, use cotton sheets and pajamas that let your skin breath. Welcome the luxuries; this is an overnight flight to tomorrow, so why not fly first class?

 7. Is it worth the chase? If you don't believe sleep is your friend, you won't harvest its benefits. A good night of sleep may add years to your life, besides improving the quality of your days. You were not created to live 17 hours of sunlight a day. Embrace your sleep life, it is in your DNA. 
8. Sleepy ever after: Imagine yourself nicely cuddled in your bed, as the stars shine in the sky. Not everybody can sleep all night, every night. This is a privilege not all have. Be thankful for the gift of sleep, it is yours to enjoy. Even for busy moms. 

9. Lead by example: Your kids are watching you. How do you value sleep? How do you use your evening time to prepare for sleep? The time you go to bed, how long you sleep and what time you wake up may shape your kids sleeping habits during adolescence. Research shows that adolescent sleep is deeply connected to the sleep habits of their parents, more than anything related to their changing biology. Teach your kids good sleep habits by example. 

What are your tips for getting a great night of sleep?

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A Wrinkle In Time - How to Change Your Life Story

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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My oldest son came home from school this week, sharing he was feeling a little scared because his teacher read aloud the book "A Wrinkle in Time," to his class. The book, written in the sixties, has experienced a come back after Disney transformed the story into a movie.

Regardless personal opinions about the story, many kids are fascinated and even scared with stories that have to do with time travel, outer worlds, and the fight between good and evil. The possibility that a single person, especially a single child, could change the track of time and history with a small act of courage is captivating! 

Enter Hannah, your typical housewife, except in her household there were two wives to one husband, and the other wife treated Hannah really bad. Can we say she was bullied all the time? Hannah could not have babies while the other lady had enough children to feel superior and prideful.

In that time in history, having a lot of kids was very important, not only because a women's worth was in her offspring, but also because her kids were her retirement plan, once her husband died. Hannah was one deep hurting lady with no hope. She could not change her own future, much less the future of the world!

It would be completely senseless to think Hannah was anything more than a bullied housewife as she stood one day at the temple moving her lips in prayer. Her body was so distressed and shaken by emotions, that the priest took her for a drunk. A drunk bullied housewife.

Right there, in her shame, pain, and loneliness, Hannah makes a wrinkle in time. Yes, the woman seen as a drunk, bullied and worthless impacted your life, my life and changed the world. Talk about possibilities!

Hannah prayed that if God gave her a son, she would give her son back to God, to serve in the temple all his life. It was a bold and selfless prayer, not only asking for a miracle son, but asking for a real proof that she was even worthy of having a prayer answered. Did God even know that Hannah existed? 

Little did Hannah know that the biggest miracle was not going to happen inside her body, a bigger miracle was going to happen inside the world! Her son Samuel would grow up and one day anoint a young man named David, to be king.

Hannah, do you know the power of your small prayer? Hannah, you are about to start a Kingdom that is going to last forever! Hannah, God is going to make a wrinkle in time with your prayer!

One day, centuries after Hannah made her prayer, God sends his son Jesus to enter the lineage of King David, to become THE everlasting king. Jesus says "I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

Hannah's miracle baby anointed Jesus' great, great, great, great grandfather, king. 

There is a real story about time travel, outer worlds, and the fight between good and evil. We are in it, whether we like it or not. The only act of courage you need to make right now is to join the good side of the story, the end has already been written. The good guys win in the end. 

"For us a child is born, to us a son is given... Of the increase of his government and of peace, there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forever more." Isaiah 9:6,7

Do you know the power of your small prayer? Do you know that you can be part of a Kingdom that lasts forever? Do you know that you can make right now a wrinkle in your life story?

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Healthy Microwave Oatmeal Recipe

Monday, March 12, 2018

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During winter days, when I am half awake facing dark mornings, an easy and warm breakfast is all I am looking forward! Making it healthier doesn't hurt either, so for months, I have been fine-tuning oatmeal recipes until I could find an easy, fast and healthy option.

This is the perfect recipe for busy moms! The entire recipe happens inside a mason jar, so by the time you are done eating, all you have to do is place the jar in the dishwasher. If you are in hurry, just close the mason jar and carry your breakfast with you. 

You can also easily customize the recipe depending on what you feel like eating in the morning, or what is available in your pantry. Some days you may add a lot of toppings, some days you want it simple. It really can't get any easier! 

First I boil some filtered water in the microwave in another mason jar, about 2 cups. It takes around 2 minutes. While the water is boiling, I fill two empty mason jars (one for my husband and one for me) with 1/2 cup each of rolled oats and a pinch of cinnamon. You may also add a pinch of salt to your taste.

Carefully, I pour the hot water from the microwave into each mason jar until all the oats are covered, plus 2 inches above. Now it is time to let the jars rest for 2 minutes. During this resting time, I make my morning tea, you could also make coffee or gather the topping ingredients. 

After the oats have swelled, I place one jar at a time in the microwave for 40 seconds to cook. Some microwaves may be stronger than others, so keep an eye so it does not boil over. 

Once the jars have gone through their 40 seconds of cooking, I top the cooked oats with 2 Tablespoons of frozen blueberries. You can use any frozen fruit here. I drizzle some honey on top and mix with a spoon so the hot oats can defrost the frozen blueberries. 

Now it is time for the fun part! Add all the toppings you wish. I usually add to each mason jar 1 Tablespoon of each: Hemp Seeds, Flax Meal or Seeds, Chia Seeds and Unsweetened Flaked Coconut. The last topping is half of a chopped Banana.  I like to keep all the seeds in the refrigerator so they stay fresh.

Have fun with the toppings! You can eat like this or mix all the ingredients in the jar. If you find it is a little bit too dry, add some extra water or coconut/almond milk.

Here are some other ideas you can use:

Yield: 1 person, double recipe for 2 peoplePin it

Healthy Microwave Oatmeal Recipe

prep time: 4 MINScook time: 3 MINStotal time: 7 mins
This is the perfect recipe for busy moms! The entire recipe happens inside a mason jar, so by the time you are done eating, all you have to do is place the jar in the dishwasher. If you are in hurry, just close the mason jar and carry your breakfast with you.


You are going to need 2 mason jars, one to boil water and one to make the oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • Pinch Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbs Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Tbs Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Tbs Flax Meal
  • 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbs Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
  • Half Banana Chopped
  • Drizzle of Honey


  1. Boil 1 Cup of water in the microwave inside a mason jar for 2 minutes
  2. While the water is boiling, fill the other empty mason jar with 1/2 Cup of rolled oats, a  pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. 
  3. Carefully, pour the hot water from the microwave into the mason jar filled with oats, until all the oats are covered, plus 2 inches above them.
  4. Let the jar with oats rest for 2 minutes. 
  5. Gather the topping ingredients while you wait.
  6. After the oats have swelled, place the mason jar in the microwave for 40 seconds to cook. Some microwaves may be stronger than others, so keep an eye so it does not boil over. 
  7. Once the oats have cooked, top them with 2 Tbs of frozen blueberries. You can also use any frozen fruit here.
  8. Drizzle some honey on top and mix with a spoon so the hot oats can defrost the frozen blueberries. 
  9. Place in the mason jar 1 Tbs of each topping: Hemp SeedsFlax MealChia Seeds and Unsweetened Flaked Coconut. 
  10. Last, add the half Banana chopped. 
  11. You can eat like this or mix all the ingredients in the jar. If it is too dry, add extra water or any milk you like. 


Other toppings to try:

Fruits - apple, pear, strawberry, pineapple, peach, plum, raspberry, blackberries, dried cranberries or apricots, raisins, kiwi, pomegranate.

Nuts and Seeds: peanut butter, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, poppy seeds.

Spices: cardamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, dried lemon or orange peel, cloves, allspice, pumpkin spice.
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Do you feel loved? Really loved?

Friday, March 9, 2018

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Do you feel loved? I mean, really loved no matter what? Do you feel loved when you don't look your best, when you don't act your finest, when you don't measure up to those around you?

As women, it is so easy to let our feelings of inadequacy flood our thoughts and forget that we are not supposed to live life doubting our self-worth. We were created by love, to be loved and to love. It should be felt inside our bones, with every breath in and out, and poured out of its abundance. 

But how do you feel love deep in your bones? How do you receive so much love that you can't explain it, just know it? 

You let the ultimate love giver, love you. God is seeking people like you and me to experience his love. 

He is seeking as in walking in the heat of the day to a desert well and waiting for the right messed up lady to show up.

He is seeking as in sending a prophet to a far location, in a foreign land, to help one lonely widow who had no one loving on her.

He is seeking as in sending his only son to die loving you.

He is not waiting for you halfway, he is not asking for you to seek harder, he is not disappointed, upset or outraged with your past. He wants to love you in the present and to love you in the future, as in forever. 

Do you feel loved? King David felt so loved that he wrote around 150 Psalms in response. Mary felt so loved that she poured all her bank account savings on Jesus' dusty feet. John felt so loved that he wrote an entire letter about it. 

Sometimes we just need to discover timeless truths and read them over and over again. Like King David, repeat the words until we believe and trust them.

"The Lord... who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems YOUR life from the pit, who crowns you with Steadfast Love and Mercy, who satisfies you with GOOD so that your youth is renewed like the eagles."

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abouding in steadfast love... For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east if from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. "

"Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you."

Real love gives more life than breath, it breaths life into dead people.

The above print hangs on my dining room wall. I love all the art work this lady does. Eternal truths to remind me everyday of what matters most.

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