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Nook Kids Book Club Launch Party

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9am – 11am
Price: FREE
Ages: 5 through 12

You are invited to attend the opening of our elite "Nook Kids Book Club" Join us for a morning of fun and excitement filled with story telling, reading of books and entertaining activities. Enjoy music, balloons, delicious gourmet cookies and apple cider. Meet and take photographs with North Carolina author, Renate Moore who will be signing copies of her books. Registration is required and can be made at Nook Kids Book Club

LadyRen’s is very excited to introduce the creation of her "Nook Kids Book Club". This will begin on January 21, 2017 and will take place the third Saturday of each month from 9am-11am for ages 5-12.

At the Nook Kids Book Club, children will benefit by being introduced to the wonders of reading, learning to build reading and writing skills, enhance their vocabulary, develop leadership and team building through feild trips and a variety of educational activities. Every session will be filled with fun learning knowledge. Membership enrollment and information will take place at the pre-launch party.

Cajun Canvas – 11116-B South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28273

Pre-Launch Party Presented By: LadyRen‘s Nook, Tasty Treats & Children’s Books

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Cajun Canvas Autumn Tea & Paint Party

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Price: $35
Age: 7 and up

LadyRen‘s Tea Parties beginning in October. A great way to meet and make new friends, spend time with old friends and enjoy two hours of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Sip on delicious teas while feasting on delectable gourmet autumn themed finger sandwiches, scones, pastries & fruit while listening to book readings by local author Renate Moore.

Then, follow simple insturctions to create your own beautiful fall leaf painting. This cute little 5x7 inch canvas would make a great addition to your fall decor. Registration is required and can be made at Autumn Tea & Paint Party

Cajun Canvas – 11116-B South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28273

Hosted by: LadyRen‘s Nook and KTeas Virtual American Tea House

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Cajun Canvas Book Signing

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Renate is a member of this group of authors who are an essential part of the Charlotte networking, coaching and writing community.

Cajun Canvas – 11116-B South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28273

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Cajun Canvas The Ladies & "Him 2"

Saturday, June 18, 2016
10am – 2pm

Join Renate A Moore and several other amazing authors at this awesome event. This group of authors are an essential part of the Charlotte networking, coaching and writing community.


Toni Cordell – The Puppy On the Other Side of the Pond

Faye Fulton – Sicilian Stories: Living Just Off the Toe of Italy’s Boot

Val Daye – Driving by the Drama

Lori Ann Davis – Unstoppable Relationships

Pamela Lue-Hing – Pink Slip to POWERHOUSE

Karen Scioscia – KIDNAPPED By The CARTEL

Angelica LoBiondo – Armored Heart

Renate A. Moore – A Frog in Grandma’s Cup / Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain

Rochelle Togo-Flga – Succeeding in Spite of Everything

Phyllis D. Brooks – Brandon The Bully Meets Nina-No More

"Him" – Glenn Proctor – KICKING BOTTLES, NEWS, & DUST Love, Lust & Flirts

"Him2" – Richard Marcus – Surviving the Tough Sales Objections!

Cajun Canvas – 11116-B South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28273

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Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Trade Show

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lady Ren’s Nook, a gourmet bakery and children’s bookstore based in Concord, was just one of the 52 exhibitors at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Trade Show on Thursday. Renate Moore, CEO, said she gave away a door prize basket that included gourmet jam, a gift card, a jam spreader and a beverage napkin.

Moore, also a published author, said she wanted to provide desserts to the public that were made of wholesome, natural and organic ingredients. "I enjoy eating, but healthy food," she said.

Moore is also an advocate for literacy and focused on children because she said that is where a love of reading can be planted. Moore said the exhibit was worthwhile because she was able to make connections with other business people and potential clients. "I was able to reach new clients and have some more exposure," she said.     Read Full Article

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Trade Show, West End Plaza, Salisbury, NC

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Soul Connections – Women’s Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On the next Soul Connections talk show, airing LIVE Tuesday, May 3rd from 8:00pm to 9:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio, I’ll have a Women’s Roundtable Discussion, and the topic will be Holistic Living for Children. You’ll hear how to reset habits with food, thought and vibration, increase energy, reduce excess weight, and balance hormones. My two guests, Renate and Shannon, bring a different perspective to teaching holistic and natural techniques for an Photo of Renate Moore empowered, vibrant life.

Published Author, Renate A Moore, supports literacy by writing children’s books. She acquired a diploma in writing from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. Renate likes to write humorous stories that teach you how to deal with, or learn about life events and challenges. In every story, she tells the reader something positive. She is an empowerment speaker and mentor of education, self-esteem and self-confidence to young girls, and an advocate for abused animals. She supports several educational organizations and animal shelters.     Read Full Article

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
10am – 2pm
Ages: Preschool – 12 years old.

Please join North Carolina’s published author – Renate Moore, for this wonderful educational fun event. She will be signing copies of her books for the children.

There will be Free Books, Food and Fun!!!!

Sponsors include: F&M Bank, Coca-Cola, Rowan Regional Medical Center, Delta Sigma Theta, Edward and Susan Norvell and Livingstone College.

Livingstone Campus Green, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC

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March 12, 2016

Event host, medical intuitive and published author of On Sacred Time, Nicole Myers Henderson of Earth Essence, Inc. ONE World Radio inspires female authors to come together in the name of community, connectedness and compassion. Henderson showcases and empowers female author to share their specific skillsets in order bring their communities together by offering information that leads to living healthy, positive lives in support of kinship. JOIN US!

Renate A. Moore – Author, Human and Animal Rights Leader. After a lengthy career in International Education, Wall Street and Real Estate, Renate of Lady Ren’s Nook in Concord North Carolina maintains her empowering mentorship-like education to bolster the self-esteem and self-confidence of young girls. Her deep desire to encourage and support literacy led her out of the concrete corporate jungle and into writing children’s books that are humorous, positive and enlightening, teaching children how to deal with, or learn about life events and challenges. She is an empowering speaker and mentor of education, self-esteem and self-confidence with an innate desire to end animal cruelty. In addition to her love of education Renate has a love for cooking and gardening. Her unique business consists of Gourmet Desserts—cakes, cookies, fresh jams, chocolates and truffles made with wholesome, natural, mostly organic ingredients. Their products are fresher, healthier and tastes better because they do not use preservatives. What a better way to get to the heart of a community; serve great wholesome food while stimulating their mind and giggle box! Proceeds from sales are shared with worthy causes related to education and the support of animal care.

Rev. Nicole Myers – Henderson Author, President of Earth Essence, Inc. ONE WORLD Radio, Spiritual Minister, and Healthcare Specialist. Earth Essence Inc., located in Kannapolis North Carolina offers ethical and compassionate care and instruction to those that want to learn how to live their lives in full awareness. Henderson’s consulting services are geared toward teaching and enlightening adults as well as children on topics related to spiritual development, holistic health, and intentional living. Our sole purpose is to shift the perception of humanity by purposefully empowering humanity to unite in an effort to foster peace, healing, justice and oneness. The first of Henderson’s published works, On Sacred Time, Tapping the power within comes in answer to the looming question about whether God exists, and where he is in today’s world. What with the increasing amount of cataclysmic events, the killing, and a world on the brink of chaos we might stop seeking outside of ourselves for this God and realize that God has been disguised as you! Henderson takes a teaching approach guiding you inward to your best friend, inner most companion-the divine oneness himself-you too can help to change the world and your life.

Join Renate and Nicole March 12, 2016 from 1 to 3PM at French Express Coffee House to hear about their work, what they can do for you in your life and to obtain a signed copy of their books.

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Reading Festival at Livingstone College

April 25, 2015

This was a wonderful and successful event. Renate enjoyed the opportunity to engage and educate these children about the importance of reading and literacy. It was a great privilege to have copies of "Mystery Picnic on Stone Mountain" and "A Frog In Grandma’s Cup" be a part of the few selected children’s books chosen for this event.

Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC

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BookExpo America 2015

May 27 – May 29

Renate’s latest book – "Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain" will be featured at this amazing huge book expo and will be represented by Baker & Taylor/Author House.

This is one of the largest Book Expos in the country.

Jacob K. Javits Center New York, New York

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Literacy Awareness Reading Festival

Saturady, April 25, 2015
10am – 2pm

Renate will be attending and signing copies of her books at this Reading Festival Event.

Come out and help support literacy awareness to young children.

Livingstone College 701 W Monroe St, Salisbury, NC 28144

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Literacy Day

Monday, March 16, 2015

In recognition of March being Literacy month, Renate was asked to do several story telling at the West 22nd Headstart school in Kannapolis. This is a part of her volunteer and community service she offers to our society. Renate also donated pencils of her themed book "A Frog In Grandma’s Cup" to each child. The children learned what an author does, and what an illustrator does. Renate also educated the children about the importance of insects to our eco-system. She left the children feeling vibrant, educated and excited to read! It was a fulfilling day of reading and learning. Here is a quote from one of the teachers:
"Thank you so much for your recent visit on 16 March 2015. The children really enjoyed the story. One of the little girls in my class said after you left that she liked your high heels, she thought your dress was pretty, and that you were beautiful. Another little girl wrote a book today while playing in center called Llama's Easter Journey. Although you had to cut our story shorter due to lunch you influenced the children. Again thank you."

West 22nd Headstart, Kannapolis, NC 28082

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Carolina Reads featuring author Renate A Moore.

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May 2005 "Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain" – A great read for children, as featured with BookExpo America at The Jacob Javit’s Center, New York..

BookExpo America and the Combined Book Exhibit welcomed Renate’s "Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain" to the Book America 11th Annual BEA New Title Showcase.

"Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain" is a highly engrossing read that takes readers on a truly unforgettable adventure filled with mystery and excitement. Click here to purchase this book.


Renate A. Moore Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in the Creative Arts.
Renate A. Moore writes children’s books and offers a gourmet bakery that specializes in products made with wholesome, natural, mostly organic ingredients

CONCORD, NC, May 19, 2015, Renate A. Moore, Chief Executive Officer of LadyRen’s Nook, LLC., has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in the creative arts.

For the past three years, Ms. Moore has been nurturing her expertise in the areas of children’s book writing, and her overall creativity and love of all-things-inspired. She has garnered a reputation of distinction and prominence for her resourcefulness, originality, and ingenuity, as she has been responsible for the authorship of a myriad of clever children’s books, the baking of many delicious gourmet treats, and the catering of a number of festive, fun, and fabulous events. Ms. Moore gives back to the community by making donations to several education and animal abuse awareness charities. She mentors as an empowerment speaker of teenage girls, educating them about the importance of literacy, prevention of teen pregnancies and building their self-esteem. She has mentored several high school students with their graduation projects.

After leaving New York and moving to North Carolina, Ms. Moore decided it was time to pursue her two favorite passions: being an author of children’s books and baking epicurean treats. She is currently a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Altrusa International Inc, Girl Scouts of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Moore intends to experience continued professional growth, and to open a storefront.

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Altrusa of Salisbury partners with other organizations to turn dreams into reality.
Altrusa of Salisbury is excited to provide eight individuals the opportunity to make their dreams into reality. Our new revised scholarship program focuses on financial need instead of academic merit. We proudly award applicants that are seeking a trade that will make an immediate impact on their lives. We also continue to support them if they need encouragement. Once the winners are decided, we invite them to our dinner meeting to celebrate them for making a choice to work hard, start again a new life, and eventually pay it forward.

Altrusa of Salisbury is continually partnering with organizations, private companies, and non-profit agencies to make a positive difference in our community. During 2014-2015 fiscal year Altrusa of Salisbury awarded a total of three individuals with scholarships that are helping them transform their lives. Our first recipient this year was Ms. Janice Chambers who was referred to the scholarship by our fellow Altrusan Stephanie Bruce with the Salisbury Housing Authority. Ms. Chambers graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College this Fall top of her class. This will be a new beginning for Ms. Chambers as she is now a certified nursing assistant. With her new career comes a new way of life.

Amber Guinn was also awarded the Estelle B. Rendlemen Non-Traditional Award. She registered at Rowan Cabarrus Community College to also pursuit a certification as a certified nursing assistant. This scholarship pays for the three month certification program. Miss Guinn is a waitress who faced many challenges. With the support of her family and friends, Miss Guinn decided to apply for the Altrusa scholarship in hopes of starting a new career.

Tania Cuevas is a Mexican born citizen that has worked to make the American dream a reality for her and her son. Ms. Cuevas is one of millions that took advantage of what is referred to as the "Dream Act" law. This status allowed her to receive a social security card that permitted her to attain a driver’s license, work permit, and the ability to study in college or learn a trade. Unfortunately, Ms. Cuevas soon discovered upon receiving her social security card that her dream of going to college would not be possible. Under the law, Ms. Cuevas not only was not entitled to Pell Grant funds, but was required to pay out of state tuition at her community college. This meant that Ms. Cuevas would have to pay approximately $16,000 for a two year associates degree. Her dream was to become a medical professional. And, now those dreams were lost. Determined to become a role model for her son, she took classes to become a certified nursing assistant because that was all that she was able to afford. Ms. Cuevas has been working for the past two years as a homebound CNA.

Ms. Cuevas was introduced to the Family Self Sufficiency program at Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, a local non-profit agency that would help her realize her dreams if she was willing to work hard. To Ms. Cuevas this was another stepping stone to provide her son with what he needed, move out of poverty, and inspire her family to continue to reach for their dreams. She quickly made an impact on her Family Development Specialist Ms. Stephanie Wallace and a relationship developed that would help Ms. Cuevas with developing and achieving her goals. Ms. Wallace referred her to Altrusa of Salisbury for the Margaret H. Cannon International Scholarship. Together with Woodforest Bank of Salisbury, Altrusa was able to award Ms. Cuevas with a scholarship that was applied towards her becoming a certified medical interpreter. This scholarship was supplemented by funds from SRCAA that would allow her to attend all the certification classes this Spring ’15. Both Ms. Chambers and Miss Guinn have successfully completed their education and training and are now certified CNA. Miss Cuevas is now certified medical interpreter.

The scholarship committee has once again awarded scholarships to applicants that applied for Altrusa of Salisbury’s scholarship programs. These applicants were referred to Altrusa by Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency and the Salisbury Housing Authority. In addition to Miss Cuevas, Altrusa awarded five more scholarships. Like Miss Cuevas, Miss Brenda Sanchez and Miss Gloria Jaquez were awarded the Margaret H. Cannon International Scholarship. Both Miss Sanchez and Miss Jaquez graduated from local high schools with more than a 4.0 GPA. Ordinarily, exceptional students such as these would apply for Pell Grants. Their academic merit would give them the opportunity to go to college. For young people such as these, the alternative is to enter the workforce without attaining marketable skills or starting a family that would continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty. That is not their case. Miss Cueva, Miss Sanchez, and Miss Jaquez represent individuals that believe in the American dream and are working hard to achieve it.

This year’s Estelle B. Rendlemen Non-Traditional Scholarships were given to Mrs. Maria Von Brown, Miss Ciearra Butler and Miss Kiara McGriff. With the support of their families and the local agencies that referred them to the scholarship, each of these ladies are pursuing their dreams to become certified in a trade and earn a college education. Mrs. Brown not only wants to help her husband provide for their family; she wants to be a role model to their children by helping them to understand the importance of an education. Miss Butler has re-evaluated her life goals and reached out to Stephanie Bruce with the Salisbury Housing Authority to help her to get an education and begin a career that would guarantee a better life for her daughter. Miss McGriff was on her way to earning a college education when an embolism caused her to miss school and lose her financial aid. In the meantime, Miss McGriff worked two part time jobs to help her family of 10 pay their bills.

All of the scholarship winners are driven by the pursuit of the American dream. These ladies are working hard to overcome the barriers in their lives and Altrusa of Salisbury is honored to be part of their journey.

As a community, we must come together to help break the cycle of poverty. All of the scholarship winners are dedicated individuals that deserve an opportunity to find employment and learn the differences between a job and a career. Altrusa of Salisbury offers their scholarships to all individuals that have a desire to improve their lives regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or disability.

If you would like to know how to help Altrusa of Salisbury with its scholarship program or if you are willing to employ any of our scholarship winners, please contact Clara Marts at

To look at the other charitable projects that Altrusa of Salisbury is doing, please check out our Facebook page at Altrusa of Salisbury, our Twitter and follow us on Instagram.



Renate has published her second book titled:
Mystery Picnic On Stone Mountain.
She's involved with organizing local and statewide book signings and speaking engagements to empower literacy, self-esteem and self-confidence among young children. She continues to advocate literacy and work with abused animals and mentor young girls.
At LadyRen's, we offer a variety of products to share with your friends, family and loved ones throughout the year. Whether you're celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, baby or bridal showers, or you need to send some "well wishes" to someone, we package unique, lovely gift baskets filled with delicious treats they are sure to enjoy!


Animal Korner


Animal Paws Korner – Meows & Woofs:

At LadyRen's we are dedicated animal lovers and are against animal abuse. We encourage you to adopt shelter animals. This reduces the amount of euthanization and allows animals to experience care and love with good families and loving homes. Please donate to animal shelters and become involved in animal abuse awareness. If you would like to become a pet owner, please visit an animal shelter, pet store or humane society. You will help save the life of a cat or dog.

And remember, it is VERY important to spay and neuter your pets. This is another way to show your love for them.

Birds and other animals can’t say how sad or bad they feel, but they are part of our world. Let’s make a difference by being kind to these animals. This will allow peace and harmony in our world.

Here are some websites and information for some animal centers that can use your help.

The Cabarrus Humane Society –

The Humane Society of Charlotte –

Kitty City - Downtown Concord.

Petsmart, in Afton Ridge, Concord, hosts animal adoptions every Saturday. You can also become a volunteer for helping to take care of the cats that are housed in their store with the hope of being adopted. Please become a volunteer.




How I manage MY family!

I am not an expert at telling people how to structure their families. But as a wife and mother, I can share some friendly advice and tips (perhaps) on how to find balance and maybe luck with managing tweens & teens. I have always been a working mom who also managed the household and our family. I found balance in a keyword: ORGANIZATION. Every Sunday (to this day) I make out a schedule for all that has to be done during the week. It includes meals, household chores, school and sports activities. Then I write out what days I can cook, what day will be laundry and so on. I find that when you plan a menu for the week and then go shopping for those specific vegetables, meat, sauces etc. it helps to avoid the stress of 'what's for dinner!" This also avoids the "fast food meal plan" and encourages the "healthful meal plan." Make Friday evening or part of Saturday your shopping day. Cook a few extra stews or pastas on Sunday IF you have the time or energy. This will help to ease the pressure during the week. Also, you and the family are able to eat dinner at a reasonable time. This beats having to come home from work and start cooking, helping with homework and then eating quite late. Another helpful method was to cook the meal the night before we had it ("cook today for tomorrow"). Also, it doesn't hurt to pick up/tidy up around the house on a nightly basis before going to bed. This avoids a bigger mess to deal with on the weekend. You can use weekend time for grocery shopping, attend your children's sports activities and then have some relaxed time in the evening.

If you can, it is a good thing to have a date night with your significant other one or two weekend evenings a month. This way you find time away from household responsibilities, and get a few mental health hours. A clear relaxed mind works better than an overworked mind. This will help you think clearer, and it will also improve your tolerance and patience. These are just a few important tools that help with managing a family.

As for managing kids … This is tough and it requires lots of work. My husband and I benefit from having constant communication with our children. Even when we are tired or worn out, we let our kids know that we are never too tired to listen to what they have to say. It is important to HEAR your children and then listen.

We try to attend as many of our children’s sports activities as we can. However, it’s not always easy to show up at every game, especially if you have more than one child involved in sports. Explain this to your kids and share your cheers. Remember that this does indeed matter to them. They LOVE to see their parents sitting out there in the crowd cheering them on.

At home, try to have as many conversations with your kids as you can. Ask about how they are feeling and how their friends are doing. This way, you will get to find out what is going on with them. Ask about their short term goals and then ask about their long term goals. This way, they know you are interested. Find some time to play a game, watch a short piece of a movie or have a quick conversation with them. Instead of just preaching to your kids, you are letting them know that you are listening and paying attention. Find a way to explain things to them so that they don’t see it as a lecture. This will prevent them from tuning you out and turning their attention elsewhere.

Your kids will make mistakes. They might get a few bad grades in school. Show them support by giving them examples of how they can turn those mistakes around. Teach them how to jump over life’s hurdles, and let them know that they will succeed as long as they work hard and focus on good things.

Don’t hover over your teenagers. Raise them with confidence. Let them know that you trust them well enough to go out into the world and do the right things. Hovering over children can limit their confidence when they are faced with difficult situations. In my “book,” a confident child can stand up to almost any barrier.

I hope some of these tips are useful in some ways.

I am happy and pleased with my two teenagers. They have made me proud and I hope they continue to do good things in the world.

See you in my next column: Coping with ageing parents!


Recipes & Good Eats


Chicken Chili
10 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded (if desired)
1 sweet white onion, peeled and halved
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
4-6 pieces of skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into very small cubes
1/4 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, 1 tablespoon all-purpose Adobo seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, dash of paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 or 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce – seeded and finely chopped
1 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained

  1. Wash and drain chicken well; season with Creole seasoning, Adobo all-purpose seasoning, poultry seasoning, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven broiler with rack about 3 inches from heat source. Arrange tomatoes, jalapeno,onion and garlic, cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil until starting to char, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool then pulse tomatoes and jalapeno in a blender or food processor until chunky or smooth (as desired). Separately, chop onions and mince the garlic.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat; add olive oil; add the chicken and cook until brown for 5-10 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook, stirring for one minute; stir in chipotles and add chicken, raise heat to high. Stir in tomato mixture and cook scraping up browned bits, 3-5 mins. Stir in broth; simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for desired flavor. Add beans and simmer for 10 minutes.

Enjoy with sweet corn bread, fragrant cooked Basmatie white rice and mixed green salad.

Healthy, nutritious and delicious.


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