How’s January going; interesting links; and a recipe!

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A couple of interesting links we’ve Tweeted and sent out on Facebook over the past couple of weeks (please follow us from the links on our contact page):

  • Gary Taubes recently published a really interesting book, “The Case Against Sugar”,  detailing the history of sugar manufacturing and how we’ve become addicted to sugar. He also presents a case that sugar consumption is behind many different health issues we face. The Guardian printed a summary:
  • Diana Rodgers, RD posted a compelling argument that the health advice diabetic patients get around diet is simply wrong-more wheat and sugar in their diets is not the answer:

And last but not least, a crock pot recipe that Mr. Coach and I have been enjoying:

  • An easy crockpot chicken cacciatore: this is so good that I keep forgetting to take a photo before we dig in! This could be served over brown rice pasta if desired (I use Tinkyada on the rare occasion that we have a pasta based recipe), though we’ve been eating this by itself and loving it.


  • 8-12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I think thighs give better flavor, though you can also use chicken breasts if preferred)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 6 oz. jar tomato paste
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (or green if you prefer)
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil


  • Put the chicken thighs into the crock pot.
  • Add the spaghetti sauce and tomato paste; stir to combine.
  • Add the peppers, mushrooms, onion and garlic.
  • Top with the oregano and basil and stir into the sauce.
  • Set crock pot for the time desired – I’ve tried a 6 hour cook time and 8 hours, and both ways it came out great.
  • Serve and enjoy – top with some shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

Hope the rest of your January is great!



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