WIAW: lazy bones (chicken & veggie soup)

I am going to be honest with ya. I am exhausted. I am tired of work. I am tired of cleaning. I am just plain tired. So tired that my eyes are itching. (No, it’s not pink eye.)

When I am tired, I am lazy. All I want to do it sit on the couch and watch Ellen. She can turn any frown upside down. I just love her and wish I had her confidence and humorous bone.

Speaking of LAZY.. here are my foods recently for this week’s WIAW (thanks to Jenn). I haven’t been putting in any sort of effort.. but there is a yummy soup recipe 🙂

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Breakfast:

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the ultimate bite…

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Lunch:

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Dinner:

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Snack: a bowl of peanut flour.. just like the one from breakfast.

I told you, I am BORING!

BUT…. this recipe is EASY and delicious. I make it at least twice a week in the winter time…

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:
-1 onion, diced
-1T garlic
-4 celery sticks
-4 carrots
-2 chicken breasts, diced
-6-10 cups chicken stock
-2 bay leaves
-black pepper (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large stock pot, sautee onion and garlic until onion is translucent.
2. While onion is cooking, chop celery and carrots.
3. Stir in veggies.
4. After veggies are starting to smell yummy (and become warm), stir in chicken.
5. Add in chicken stock. Stir.
6. Throw in bay leaves and sprinkle pepper. Let soup sit until it comes to a boil.
7. Turn heat down to low. Let sit 10 minutes (or until veggies are tender to your liking).

I promise you will like this recipe. Don’t forget to take out the bay leaves!

I hope you have been more active and upbeat than I have been…

Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

xoxo, Haley

Question: What pulls you out of a rut??

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WIAW: give me a shot!

Welcome back for another view of what I ate.. Whether you care or not (most likely the latter), I have a tasty recipe for you!

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Head over to Jenn’s blog to see what else is being cooked up today…

My day started, as usual, at 5:15am when I got up and chugged some water. For reason I was parched! I changed outta my PJs, ate a carrot, shared a bit with Stan the Man, and was off to CrossFit!

Got home, showered my sweaty-betty self (shuttle runs got me), and made the protein shake I teased you all with on instagram on Monday.. hehe

Behold.. The Buttery Nipple Protein Shake!!!

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I had to turn this alcoholic shot into a shake. It brings back ridiculous memories of my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It was, after all, my first LEGAL shot!

In the shot comes Butterscotch Schnapps & Irish Cream. Healthy? No. Delicious? HECK YES!

The shake turns out sweet, creamy, and even has a hint of rum. hehe 😉 (recipe at the bottom)

The shake was consumed with a glass of Silk Almond Milk (yes, the sweetened kind-sometimes you just buy what’s on sale!), coffee, and 2 (or 3 or 4) tablespoons of Justin’s Almond Butter. Straight from the jar. Classy.

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Lunch was a #strangebutgooddelicious mixture of shredded cabbage, low sodium turkey meat, and YELLOW MUSTARD!! The tangy mustard is like a party in my mouth. I swear, it’s like crack to me.

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…with a side of carrots and an orange. Orange you glad I had my fruit and veggies? (I’m so lame.)

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Dinner was #UGLYbutGOOD!

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Sauteed cabbage with a chicken breast from a juicy & tasty rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club. I was lazy and didn’t want to bake chicken, so we bought one. Don’t hate.

My last meal/snack of the day was gone in a flash. Kinda like Nicky Flash. (Tell me you have seen that commercial)..20130409-161043.jpg

Strawberry Protein Fluff made with cottage cheese. I die.

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Buttery Nipple Protein Shake
-1 cup almond milk
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4t butter extract
-1/4t rum extract
-1/4t vanilla extract
-7-10 ice cubes
-1/4t xantham gum

*Blend everything but the ice and xantham gum. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients & enjoy!
–So yummy but don’t blame the rum-tasting burps you have for a few hours. 😉

I hope you had a fabulous WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What was the BEST thing you ate today??

 

Sun Dried Tomato & Wedge Stuffed Chicken

Happy Friday EVE!

FUN FACT: I am very superstitious and FOUR is my lucky number.  Today is 4/4 (April 4). Therefore, today is my luckiest day all year–hehe 🙂

Another easy chicken dinner comin’ at ya!

Now, I know that last Friday I shared with you my hatred for touching raw meat. I am still not sure how I survived this recipe, but let me tell ya, it was worth it!

I swear these little Laughing Cow wedges are my new best friend.  So versatile!  (as if you couldn’t tell in yesterday’s post)

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 Sun-Dried Tomato & Wedge Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:
-2 chicken breasts
-sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
-2 Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss wedges
-can of tomato sauce
-dried basil
-salt & pepper
-red pepper flakes

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut a slit in each chicken breast. (make a pocket)
  3. Using a knife (or your fingers like me), spread one wedge into each pocket.
  4. Stuff 1-2 T of sun-dried tomatoes into each chicken.
  5. Place in non-stick sprayed dish and sprinkle basil, salt, and pepper on top.
  6. Pour can of tomato sauce on top of chicken breasts. (I did not use the entire can.)
  7. Spice it up! (red pepper flakes)
  8. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!

**This recipe was delicious and easy to make.

Tip: If you cannot get your sun-dried tomatoes already julienned, just slice them up yourself.

*I served mine with a frozen veggie mix of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and yellow carrots.

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Now for some visuals…..

chicken pocket–looks nasty (i’m so mature)

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cheese and tomatoes in the chicken pocket

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basil, salt, and pepper sprinkled on the chicken

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all set for the oven! (with extra spiciness!!)

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dinner is served!

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delicious down to the last bite.. chicken, cheese, sauce, and tomato 🙂20130403-135106.jpg

xoxo, Haley

Question: Sun-dried tomatoes::like ’em or no?

The BF isn’t a fan of sun-dried tomatoes!! (crazy, huh?)

WIAW: have you laughed today?

Welp, it’s back to work for this girl… I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 weeks off. (Recap of my goals coming soon).. but I do love being back on schedule. My body even knows the schedule… I am quite regular, if ya know what I mean. 😉

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Remember to head over to Jenn’s place at www.peasandcrayons.com to see what else is floating around in the foodie world!

Started off my day at 5:30am sharing my carrot with my fur baby. Sharing is caring, right?

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He looks so funny in this pic. He seems nervous–probably thinking about how he should NOT move a muscle in order to get a bite. 😉

After CrossFit, I was famished! We did a huge workout of:::

A descending ladder 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of ManMakers*.. which I would like to refer to as (Wo)ManMakers. Thank you. Between each set, we had to run 200m. It was a rough one–but such a GREAT workout.

*ManMakers: Using dumb bells, do a pushup, row with one arm, push up, row the other arm, jump up, feet together, overhead press.

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At 7:50, I enjoyed my usual coffee with Silk Almond Milk & cinnamon, a Fuji apple, and a side of 2 tablespoons of peanut flour..

In case you missed it on instagram the other day, Silk featured my picture! On Monday, they reposted my pic and asked if anyone needed an afternoon pick-me-up? hehe.. I was honored to have them post my pic!

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Enough of me braggin’ 😉

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Along with breakfast, I had a FAILED Cookie Dough Protein Shake. FYI:: It should not be green, but once I tasted it and realized I need to tweak the recipe more, I threw some spinach into it. Hopefully I will get this recipe down soon!

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By 8am, I was on number 3 of this Trenta-sized bottle of agua..

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While eating breakfast, I found this fact in the Union Tribune San Diego.. Thought it was interesting & disgusting, at the same tie. The Major League speed-eating for pepperoni pizza (with cheese) is 252 slices in 6 minutes. SERIOUSLY?!? To me, that is insane.

My favorite part is the last sentence of:: “Warning: Most of these records are held by professional eaters; the rest by people who should find something better to do.” Amen.

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Whole Wheat bread, Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese, and Strawberries– kinda like a strawberry cheesecake at noon! (p.s.. I had 2 pieces of bread and 3 strawberries with one cheese.)

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Delicioso!

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A bag of broccoli was also consumed.. I heart raw broccoli ❤

I got home from work around 5pm and had a snack..

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*Orange you glad I shared this pic with you? (sorry, I’m lame)

I made a new recipe for dinner (6:45) featuring Laughing Cow! It involved chicken, the yummy cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Recipe will be posted tomorrow!My night time snack (8:00) comes quickly, but no matter what–I always want it.. I crave the sweets. To keep with my laughing cow themed day, I had a laughing cow on a banana. It was a delicious balance of sweet and creamy.

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Check out the Laughing Cow blog HERE to get more ideas on how to use the cheeses in recipes.

xoxo, Haley

Question: What made you laugh today?

(Make Your Own) Ground Chicken Breast Patties

It’s easy to stick some chicken breasts in the oven and top ‘em with some spices. However, this week I did something new (to me) and thought it was strange.

I have never been a fan of handling raw meat. (Anyone else immature enough to giggle at ‘raw meat?’) It grosses me out. It feels all slimy and squishy–not cool.

So, ground meat is just weird. —yuck— Especially when you have to mix it around with your bare hands and it’s squishing through your fingers. (I could vomit just typing this..)

Anywho–I decided to make my own ground chicken breasts! In the grocery store, this stuff is usually quite expensive. It is always upwards of $3 a pound (and that’s the cheapest I have seen it–Love ya, Sprouts!)

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BUT, if you make it yourself, if can be as low as $1.80 a pound. Deal? YES!

Before I continue, head over to see the QUEEN of Strange but Good::: Laura!

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Back to how I don’t like raw chicken (or any meat for that matter)–I put the chicken breasts in my food processor to make ground chicken breasts! Why haven’t I done this before? It was so easy and was able to add tons of flavor with herbs and veggies.

Here’s what I did and what you SHOULD do!

Chicken Breast Patties

-2 chicken breasts (mine were medium sized)

-3 T egg whites

-2 green onions, chopped

-1-2 T cilantro, chopped

-half serrano pepper, deseeded & chopped

-1 T chives

-1/2 cup grated carrot

-salt and pepper

  1. Chop green onions, cilantro, serrano, chives and grate carrot. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop chicken.
  3. Put chicken and egg whites in food processor. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  4. Process until a paste is made–should be ground up.
  5. Add in herbs and veggies. Pulse until mixed.
  6. Put meat mixture into a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (mine was in for 8 hours).
  7. Form 8 patties with chicken.
  8. Cook in a pan, under a medium broiler, or on the BBQ. Flip a few times until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  9. Enjoy! – Serve as sliders, on top of a salad–or however you choose!

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Ground Chicken Taco Salad

Popping in on Saturday for a quick and dirty…

Ground Chicken Taco Salad

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Ingredients:
8-10 oz. ground chicken breast
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon garlic (or fresh, chopped)
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
Chopped onion
Lettuce
Salsa
Guacamole

How-To:
1. In a pan, cook the chicken while breaking it up..
2. As it is browning, add in cumin, cayenne, garlic, and lime.
3. While chicken is cooking, chop fresh romaine lettuce and onion.
4. Plate up lettuce, chicken, onion, and top with salsa & guac! …mm mm good.

So easy & so delicious 🙂

For a lil color…

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My stomach is now growling…

xoxo, Haley

Question: ever buy ground chicken?  it’s yummy!

Strange but Good: Blooby Chicken

I have never really been a fan of warm fruit.

Apple Pie? blech. Pineapple on pizza? blech.

^^^my face when you serve me warm fruit..

So, to me, this warm blueberry sauce is a stretch..

To me, this is STRANGE but GOOD.  Click over to see what #strangebutgood Laura has concocted this week!

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However, I may have turned a new leaf… I LIKED IT!

Blooby Chicken

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Here’s what you need…

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-8 oz. chicken breasts, cooked
-1/2 cup white wine, dry (I used a Chardonnay)
-1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-Pepper, a couple dashes
-1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

How-To:::
1. Cook chicken breasts.. Slice ’em all fancy 🙂
2. Combine wine, pepper, and chopped rosemary. Let sit for 10 minutes to combine flavors.

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3. Defrost blueberries for 30 seconds in the microwave. (I used frozen to have more liquid.)
4. In a small saucepan, combine wine, pepper, & rosemary with blueberries.

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5. Bring to a boil. Stir.
6. Add in ACV. Stir and smush bloobs to break and let juice out.
7. Boil for 1-2 minutes.
8. Lower heat and simmer until sauce thickens.

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9. Once it is finished, spoon sauce over chicken.  Serve with a side of broiled broccoli– I did! …or some other veggie…

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BEFORE:::::

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AFTER::::::

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You can see that it was horrible… 😉

happy STRANGEbutGOOD friday!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Pineapple on pizza? yay or nay?

Warm fruit??

–I can’t do it!  I even tried the broiling the grapefruit deal.. Couldn’t even pretend I liked it to post it. haha