just a little preface...
This blog consist of meals that are practically all purchased with the help of my footstamp budget, I work full time, but as a single mom with two children at home I am classified as "poverty level". I thank God everyday that my children get good homecooked meals, because there are so many kids in the USA that go hungry every day. I just wanted to add this so if you think you cannot purchase good food and create good meals on a tight budget I hope my blog makes you think of food in a different way. noturtypicalgma

the only thing i ask in sharing these recipes with you, is that you must really love the person you serve them to....cooking is how i show my love to the special people in my life.....

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Feta stuffed chicken is one of my daughter Kassi's favorites, she has been asking me to make it for a while and so I thought it would be a nice change from the comfort foods we have been gorging on lately....creamy soups, and gravy laden meals....gives me a warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about it! This meal is light and refreshing and also clean eating...yes I do eat that way occasionally! I aspire to eat more like that but its hard being the lover of food that I am.
Last week Madera had their first ever Pomegranate Festival, and I was working so did not go. Next year I cannot wait to go. Pomegranates take me back to my Grandma Katies house. I remember being in her back yard where there were fruit trees and lots of plants, it felt like a magical forest back there. I would sit out there and just enjoy nature. It was her tree that I first had a pomegranate from and I fell in love with the sweet yet tart taste and I liked that it stained my lips a pretty natural color. I remember Grandma Katie peeling one showing me how to pick one off of the tree that was cracked a little bit. She assured me the cracked ones would be the sweetest. Her old fingers peeling back the leathery flesh to a soft creamy white pith and membrane that kept those sweet seeds safe. She peeled back the membrane and the crimson juice stained the white napkin as she sat and gently freed the seeds from their strong hold. She handed me one and I have been  a lover of pomegranates ever since! We grow a lot of pomegranates here locally and even have pomegranate honey at a local growers. Time for a field trip! To complete this simple meal I will show you how to make couscous. Rachel Ray ain't got nothing on this Gma, this meal takes less than 20 minutes to make. People will think you have slaved over it!


Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. feta cheese
1/4 tsp dried parsley
small lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic powder to taste about 2 tsp.
 No Salt Seasoning/ Mrs Dash for chicken
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp olive oil for cooking chicken

Cous Cous
1 and1/2 c. cous cous instant..
1and 1/2 c. broth
salt and garlic powder to taste
1 tbsp of olive oil

Winter Salad
Fresh Greens of your choice or Spinach
1/2 large orange peeled and segmented
1/4 c. pomegranate seeds

3tbsp of pomegranate red wine vinegar
1/3c. honey

Video Recipe

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