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Beautiful

Beautiful~ pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.

I love this definition of beautiful, the words "pleasing the senses" can go so much deeper than just the outwards appearance of someone or something. Our senses cover a multitude of feelings and emotions, and beauty can come to us in so many different ways. I have people in my life that radiate beauty from the inside out, they feed my soul and my senses. There are things in my life that I find beauty in, places in my life that I find beauty in, moments in my life that I find beauty in!!! What makes them beautiful to me is how they feed my soul and my senses, how they affect me, down to my core.


When someone says you're beautiful, I hope they mean that from the inside out, I hope they can feel my essence, that is where the real beauty lies. Yes, beauty can lie one the outside, the appeal of how someone or something looks, but that beauty can diminish when get deeper inside. I see beautiful in all things that keep me healthy, sane, happy, at peace, joyful, in love, intelligent, all that feeds my soul and speaks to my heart. Taking time to nourish and nurture yourself, that is something beautiful, living from your heart, that is something beautiful, not defining yourself through others, that is beautiful, having true connection with others, that is beautiful!! Like I said, beauty comes to us so many different ways. Try to seek the true beauty in yourself and others, live a beautiful life!


Savor the beautiful things in your life, feed your soul, bring beautiful people and moments into your life. Be a beautiful person from the inside out, beauty isn't just skin deep. Food is beautiful, not for how it looks but for what is does for you, beautiful true Whole Foods, nourishing nurturing food. Start eating more beautiful foods and watch your beauty shine through.


Chopped Salad with Chicken Strips


Chicken Strips


Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb boneless chicken tenders

1/2 cup almond milk or other nutmilk

2 cups unsweetened corn flakes, crushed

2 tbsp gluten free flour

1 tbsp chopped chives

1 tbsp dried Parsley

2 tsp dried dill

1 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp salt and black pepper

Olive oil for brushing over top


Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place chicken in a bowl with the nut milk and tons to coat

In another medium sized bowl combine corn flake crumbs, flour, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Remove each chicken piece from bowl and dredge through the corn flake, flour and seasoning mixture. Place each piece on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush for drizzle olive oil over the top of each piece.

Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until l chicken is cooked through.


Salad


1 bunch fresh kale, chopped

Other greens of choice, mixed greens, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce...

1 chopped red bell pepper

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 medium carrot, shredded or chopped

2 green onions chopped

1/2 large cucumber, sliced then quartered

1/2 cup chopped cilantro


Place kale in large salad bowl first and massage with your fingers, to soften the texture a bit, you cam also add a little lemon juice to massage breaking it down a bit.

Add the rest of the vegetables and toss.


Lime Vinaigrette

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 tbsp agave nectar

1 tsp dijon

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 cup olive oil


Place all the ingredients into a food processor except the oil, and pulse to combine.

Then slowly add in the olive oil and blend, processing between each add of the oil.


To serve: put the salad on the plate first, then the chicken strips

Chopped Salad with Crunchy Chicken Strips

(you can keep them whole or cut them up) Drizzle the lime vinaigrette on top.





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