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??

Strange but Good: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Growing up, I remember the commercials.  I remember the tone in the woman’s voice as she sang the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!” It has stuck with me.. for years.

As the years went on, it seemed to be getting weirder…

And even weirder..

Or is it #strangebutgood?  Hmmm… As the pets got stranger, chia seeds were not only being used as pets in my kitchen.  Chia seeds became FOOD!

So, here’s to another STRANGEbutGOOD Friday in the foodie world–(Thanks to Laura)!

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I have put chia in cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies… but this recipe is a new one for me.  Honestly I was scared at first.  I didn’t know what was to come from these little guys.  From experience, I knew they became gel-like, but a bunch of them in my mouth??

I have seen recipes like this in many places, so I am not reinventing the wheel.  However, I threw some ingredients in a bowl, let it sit, and liked it!

Of course, the main ingredient:::

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CHIA SEED!  Looking at the nutrition facts below, chia seeds are full of Omega-3s, fiber, and protein.  What a SUPER FOOD!!?

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Alongside the CHIA seeds is my favorite milk, SILK!

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CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

What Ya Need:
-2 T chia seeds
-1/2 cup milk
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-sweeten to your liking 🙂

Easy Instructions:
-Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Cover. Let sit in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
-Stir again. EAT!

Before and after the fridge…

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mmm… Chocolate Chia Sludge 🙂

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This POWERHOUSE snack has 160 calories, 7g protein, and 10g fiber!

enjoy!… hope you don’t grow ch-ch-ch-chia hair 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question: Did you have a chia pet growing up?  Please tell me you remember the commercial!

Need Chia Seeds in your life????  Buy them from www.iherb.com with MLS308 and save $10 on your first order over $40! 🙂

Top That Pop!

Popcorn is delicious.  When watching a movie on a Saturday night, what do you do?  Pop some popcorn in the microwave.

Unfortunately, those bags of popcorn are full of fat, calories, and chemicals. Blech.

I have a solution though!  Pop your own and top it with what YOU want.

Today’s #strangebutgood focuses on POPCORN.

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Thanks to Laura for the crazy good link-up!

Just because the popcorn that comes pre-seasoned is not healthy, it doesn’t mean POPCORN isn’t healthy.

Popcorn actually is full of fiber (1g per cup) and only has 30 calories a cup (popped).  It is also whole grain and good for your heart.

So, how do we solve this popcorn problem?

An air popper!  (if ya don’t have one, there is another helpful link at the bottom)

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This kitchen gadget was a random Christmas present a few years  back, and I LOVE it!

I use Bob’s Red Mill White Popcorn (ordered from iherb.com –use the code: MLS308 to save $)

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Just put in 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels..

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and WA-LA!

Look at all of that popcorn!  The 1/2 cup of kernels is only 360 calories when it is all popped! (that is what a regular bag of popcorn is..and you don’t get nearly as much)

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***Now for the fun and #strangebutgood part…***

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THE TOPPINGS!

I have two versions today: a sweet and a savory

sweet: 1/2t cinnamon

savory: 1/2t cumin, dashes of cayenne

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All ya need is: 2 cups of popped popcorn, couple sprays of olive oil, and your choice of spices!

How-To::

-Scoop up 2 cups of popcorn

-Spritz olive oil on top

-Sprinkle on toppings

-Shake!

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Look how portable they are!  The two sandwich bags have 2 cups of popcorn in each.  The gallon bag is holding the rest for another day.

No air popper?  No problem.  Head over to Lindsay’s site for directions on Healthy Microwave Popcorn!

Now just don’t go blaming me if you get kicked out of the movie theater for bringing your own 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question:  fave popcorn topping? cheese? caramel? kettle corn?

I have been known to throw back a bag of Kettle Corn at The Padres’ games 🙂