Practice makes perfect!!! Not really the practice I am referring to, there are a few definitions that follow this word. The practice I would like to talk about is the customary, habitual or expected procedure of something. Practice can be a morning routine you have established for yourself, or a certain routine you have created when it comes to eating or exercising, or certain procedures you like to follow in your day. Usually it is something that brings happiness to your day or a little bit of calm, something that feels right, something that is good for you! A healthy practice that is good for the body and good for the mind.
Your practice shouldn't be a chore or something that feels heavy, another thing to check off your list. When your practice starts to feel cumbersome, remember: Your practice knows not a container. In fact, the essence of your practice is delicately yet deeply interwoven into the fabric of your life. If you can, create a space in your day to sit in stillness, letting all thoughts subside, allowing the creativity to flow through your veins. Just sit in this place of being! This is a practice that can come close to making you feel perfect, just in your being.
If you don't have any kind of practice, find one or a few. Find ways to establish a practice that makes you feel good, something that helps you start your day, end your day our be part of your day, whenever you choose. It should feel right, it should fill your soul, somethings that resonates with you, who you are. Drop into this practice, allow the outside world to melt away, your practice is about you. What does your heart say? Connect to this guidance, it will never lead you astray.
Skillet Chicken with Orzo
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into bit size pieces
1/2 cup fresh oregano, chopped
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 pinch each kosher salt and black pepper
1 tbsp balsamic
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 cups dry orzo pasta
Optional: 1 cup crumbled feta cheese and tzatziki for serving
Tomatoes 2 cups mixed heirloom tomatoes, chopped or halved
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1. In a large skillet, toss together the olive oil, chicken, oregano, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until the chicken is browned all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and garlic, cook another minute. Remove the chicken from the skillet. 2. To the skillet, add the bell peppers. Cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the orzo and 2 1/2 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until almost all the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir the chicken into the orzo. Allow the chicken to warm through, about 3 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, toss all the ingredients for the tomatoes together in a bowl. Season with salt and red pepper flakes. 4. To serve, spoon the tomatoes over the chicken and gently toss. Optional: Serve each topped with feta cheese and tzatziki.