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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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.

Lunch came quickly at 11:45 and I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet combo..20130402-121803.jpg

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?

Strange but Good: Strawberry Cheesecake Oats

I’ll be honest.  I am not a fan of cheesecake.  I don’t know if it is the actual flavor that I do not like… or the fact that chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pie, or anything else chocolate steals the show for me.

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One thing I do love though is oatmeal.

Most of the time there is apple cinnamon or brown sugar flavors.. BORING.  While in my laboratory (aka my kitchen), I decided to embrace the cheesecake.  Love the cheesecake.  Accept it for its creamy goodness…

I searched around amongst my tools (aka food in fridge) and came across some juicy strawberries and the creamiest of cheeses, Laughing Cow.  This combo in oatmeal deserves a #strangebutgood

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I knew Laughing Cow would be the perfect addition to oatmeal.  It has the creamy taste of cheese without the extra calories!

Many thanks to Laura for the super fun STRANGE BUT GOOD linkup!

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