I have a question for you: What do you love most about trying something new?
I decided to try experimenting with Kale and while doing so, I tossed the question out of various social media channels.
Here are some of the answers people gave:
*Tackling the unexpected
*I also like the looks on the faces of people who doubt you!
* The possibility that I’ll find something I absolutely love, and that I will find uses for again and again.
*Not knowing how it’s going to turn out
*That feeling of “I can do anything!” that comes with it.
*Getting away from the same ol’ same ol’, creating a sense of brand new, and possibly developing a passion!
*Being proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.
*I love the initial fear that you have before trying something new. When I push through that feeling and try something new, outside of my comfort zone, it feels amazing.
*It makes me feel brave
*The thing that scares me most about trying something new is the very thing I love. You just don’t know!
*This goes with my motto, ‘learn a little bit more today.’ That’s what. I usually learn something, whether it is about myself or something or someone when I try something new.
*It makes me think differently. It’s like it unlocks part of my mind that just goes dormant when I go past routine and into rut.
*I love the excitement of the unknown when trying something
*Viva! It’s either an awesome feeling or a ‘never gonna do that again’ moment – either way my bucket list is getting shorter!
*The sigh of relief that comes after when you realize it wasn’t nearly as scary as you thought it would be.
*The surprises that the new experience brings.
*Knowing I CAN try something new.
So many great answers right? I know! Okay, back to the Kale in the recipe. This recipe incorporates chorizo which is a sausage that my husband’s Portuguese family enjoys. There is also shrimp, tomatoes, other vegetables and instead of a more traditional okra as in a cajun stew, I used Kale. The entire recipe is Gluten Free to boot so you can share it with all your gluten-free eating friends.
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Onto my gluten-free and fabulous recipe which we enjoyed with a few slices of Udi’s newest bread, ‘Flax Seed & Fiber’. My kids love having some bread with their meals and when there is a hearty sauce as part of the meal, they can’t resist!
Wedge the sweet onion….
Prepare the rest of the vegetables….
Mix up the stewed tomatoes and sausage…..
A few hours later add the kale and shrimp….
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Slow Cooker Chorizo Stew (Serves 4)
¾ pound chorizo sausage, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds
½ sweet onion, sliced into wedges
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced lengthwise and chopped
½ red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 cup water
½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh kale, washed, dried and roughly chopped (avoid thick stalk at the end)
1 tablespoon corn starch
¼ teaspoon coarse salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place sausage, onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, tomatoes and their liquid, and water. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on low.
2. Mix cornstarch with a few teaspoons of water to form a slurry and stir into the slow cooker. Add the shrimp, kale, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and cook for 1 hour on low.
I loved combining new flavors and gluten free ingredients to create this delicious recipe. Now I’m curious to know, what do you enjoy most about trying something new?
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