Gluten-free Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe

Rotisserie chicken is the key to this delicious gluten-free Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake recipe.

  • 8 oz. uncooked gluten-free rigatoni
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 14 1/2 oz. can Italian-style diced tomatoes (An additional can of diced tomatoes can be added if you’d like.)
  • 8 oz. container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare rigatoni according to package directions.

Meanwhile, spread oil on bottom of an 11 X 7 inch baking dish. Add onion in a single layer.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onion to a large bowl, and set aside.

Drain chopped spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels.

Stir rigatoni, spinach, chicken, and next 4 ingredients into onion in bowl.

Spoon mixture into baking dish, and sprinkle evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake, covered at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Include or Exclude?

Include or exclude? Which of these are we more prone to do?

Invite others to join us, or turn them away?

When I taught elementary students, each year I began the school year with an activity designed to get to know each other better.

I called it Train Wreck.

Here’s the basics of the activity.

We formed a circle with our chairs for the number of people in our class. Minus one chair.

To start the game one person stood in the middle of the circle. The goal of the activity was to tell something about yourself others in the group might have in common with you.

When the person in the circle mentioned their thing, those who shared it, including the person who said it, scrambled to find a new chair.

Those who didn’t share the same thing stayed put.

After the mad scramble to find a chair, whoever didn’t end up with a chair went to the middle of the circle.

The game began again until everyone had their chance in the middle of the circle. Including me.

Some of my students liked to stay inside the circle. To accomplish this they named some obscure thing that excluded everyone else in the class.

Something like … I have a six-year-old black cat with white paws named Obediah who’s missing two teeth. On the top.

Others who stepped into the circle named something that included more people.

Something like … I’m in Mrs. Quandt’s fourth grade class, room 28.

As you can imagine, it was much more fun when more people were included in the scramble.

I believe some of us may be like my students who enjoyed standing in the middle of the circle. We like to think we’re the center of attention. We like to have a monopoly on who we include or exclude in our scramble. We like to think we are superior.

Instead of saying something like, “I’m a child of the one true God, covered by the blood of the Lamb, sinner saved by grace,” which includes everyone claiming Jesus as Lord and King, we say something like, “I belong to such-and-such church on the corner of so-and-so street in the town of this-and-that. I attend the first service, sit on the back row, left side, on the end.”

The more exclusive, we falsely believe, the better.

Do you believe that’s the way God looks at his children?

I believe Jesus includes all of us who claim him as Lord to be a part of his very large family no matter who we are or what our cat’s name might be.

After all, Train Wreck’s a lot more fun when everyone participates in the scramble.

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So you guys, go all ova da world an teach all da diffren peopos, so dey can learn bout me an come my guys. Baptize dem, an dey goin come tight wit my Fadda, an me his Boy, an Godʼs Good an Spesho Spirit. Teach um how fo do everyting dat I wen tell you guys fo do. An you know wat? I goin stick wit you guys all da way, till da world goin pau.”

Matthew 28:19-20 Hawai’i Pidgin (HWP)

Confused? Try this version…

So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Most Important Stories of the Bible Book Review

The Most Important Stories of the Bible by Christopher Hudson and Stan Campbell is a wonderful book. In 182 pages it takes the reader through the Bible, highlighting stories in sections titled Beginnings, Patriarchs, Israel’s Family Becomes a Nation, Kings and Prophets, Stories of Jesus, and Stories of the Early Church.

Each chapter begins where the previous chapter left off, giving a brief synopsis before going into The Essential Story for that section of Scripture. Here the authors explain the story in concise, understandable language. The last section of each chapter ends with Essential Truth which is the takeaway from the story.

When I first received this book, I looked up several familiar stories to see how the authors handled them before reading the rest of the book. I came away from each story impressed by the way they were presented.

Is there someone in your life with whom you want to share the essential truth of God’s Word? Someone who maybe isn’t interested in reading the whole Bible? Someone who prefers summaries instead of the entire story? Then The Most Important Stories of the Bible is a book I highly recommend.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Guest Post – I Am Mary

Today’s guest post, I Am Mary, written by Dave Peever first appeared on Live 4 Him.

I am Mary.

This is not my normal way of introducing myself. As a matter of fact I have never, until today, introduced myself by saying “I am Mary.” To clear up any misunderstandings that may come from this introduction; my name is Dave and I have no intention of going by the name Mary. However I must, if I intend to introduce myself fully, use the words, I am Mary.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

I had it all figured out. I knew what it would look like. Maybe not the exact details or the final destination but I knew where I was going, or at least I thought I did. I am Mary. Now I peer into a dark tomb expecting to see my dead hopes and dreams. I am ready to say goodbye to them. I have accepted that things did not turn out the way I thought they would.

I don’t see what I expect to see.

One more look at the one I trusted with my future. I know the last look will cause an overwhelming flood of emotion. I will be filled with the should have beens and could have beens but I need to take one more look. I need to bury my hopes and dreams with the one I thought would make them all come true. I look but I see nothing, well maybe I should rephrase that, I don’t see what I expect.

My desire to say goodbye, to move on, blinds me.

All hope is gone all dreams destroyed. I am ready to move on. All I need is one last goodbye. I will be at peace, not happy, not relieved but I will be at peace once I can say my final goodbye. They say accepting what has happened is the toughest part. I have done that. I have been able to come to grips with the fact that life will not end up the way I expected it to. I just want to make it official, pay my respects and get on with the grieving process.

I can’t do it, I can’t move on. The one who held all my hopes and dreams, the one who was but is no longer is gone and with him my chance to say goodbye. I don’t understand why anyone would unwrap a dead body and take it. I don’t know why these shiny beings are sitting where the author of my hopes and dreams should be lying. I really don’t care, I just want to say goodbye and move on.

“Sir, if you have carried him [the author of my hopes and dreams] away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him [I will go there and say my goodbyes and give the future a proper burial].”

I am Mary, hopelessly alone with my broken dreams trying to make sense of it all.

I have accepted what I once thought was impossible. I have faced what I never could have imagined. I have seen my future destroyed, my hopes and dreams decimated because the one who held them all, the one who could make them all come true is gone. I want to feel his presence once again. I want to experience the hope that only he could give. I want to dream dreams that only he could make happen.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” John 20:10-15 (NIV)

I am the Mary of John 20:10-15 and I want to be the Mary of John 20:16.

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

I want to hear Jesus call my name when all hope is gone, my dreams are destroyed and the only conclusion I can come to is that the author of my hope and dreams is no longer.

Who is Dave Peever? I am a follower of Jesus the Christ. My specific call is to creatively present various aspects of life as a Christ follower and as a member of a collective of Christ followers I use my background as an actor, director and playwright/writer as well as my music, preaching and leadership skills to assist churches in transition (between pastors) with their desire to be more effective.

I have been married for 31 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren all who currently reside in central Ontario Canada. I have been in ministry for 22 years.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Just Talk About It

If you’re going to write, don’t just talk about it, write.

That was the point a speaker made in one workshop I attended during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in May.

The speaker mentioned a friend who talked about writing, attended writing conferences each year, and gathered writing resources but never wrote. His friend liked the idea of being a writer. Liked talking about being a writer. And especially liked having people think she was a writer. But the truth was, she never applied any of the knowledge she gathered to actually write. For her writing was fun to talk about. Hard to do.

Although I view the speaker’s words from a writer’s point of view I wonder, could the same thought be applied to those of us who call ourselves Christ followers? Don’t just talk about following Chris, live it out?

Like the speaker’s friend, do we like to talk about following Jesus, belonging to a church, and lining our shelves with books on spiritual development? Do we like for others to think we follow Jesus’ example without evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives?

Just as the speaker pointed out writers need to study the craft of writing, followers of Jesus need to study the ultimate how-to-guide book, the Bible. We need to understand what our lives should look like.

As the speaker also pointed out, all the studying in the world will do us little good if we don’t put it into practice and apply it to our lives.

Especially when it comes to following Jesus.

The book of James tells us if we only listen to God’s word without putting it into practice, we’re fooling ourselves. We have to do what the Bible says.

We fool ourselves when we say we follow Jesus without doing what he tells us to do.

Jesus said even the smallest thing we do for others we do for him. And the reverse. Whatever we neglect to do for others we neglect to do for him.

It’s one thing to say we’re writers and not write. It’s something completely different to say we follow Jesus and don’t.

Talk the talk and walk the walk, right?

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But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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