Strange but Good: Cumin & Cayenne Fluff

I am not sure why I have not done this earlier than today. I have made Blueberry Fluff, Strawberry Fluff, even Chili-Mango Fluff

Why not a SAVORY FLUFF? p.s… I am sure there are more flavors to come. Stay tuned.

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For today’s STRANGEbutGOOD, I bring you a spicy blend of cumin and cayenne flavors. The spiciness is calmed by the dairy in the cottage cheese. You are left with a versatile dip or topper for a rice cake (my fave), bread, etc…

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Cumin & Cayenne Fluff
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-drop of milk (if needed)
-1/2t cayenne
-1/2t cumin

*Blend everything on high power until smooth.

Easy peasy–I know.

My favorite way to eat this is as a dip.

I tried it with carrots. Yum. Celery. Yum. Cucumbers. Yum.

You get the idea…

What flavors should I combine next?? I would love your ideas!

xoxo, Haley

Head over to Laura’s site Sprint2theTable to see other STRANGE but GOOD concoctions!

Spring Break Recap!

It has been WAY too long since I finished Spring Break. However, I went back to work and life just got CRAY-CRAY. I swear, work is nothing but IN THE WAY! Can’t I just stay home with Stanley, cook, watch TV, and create recipes? Is that too much to ask?

Anywho… Here are the goals I set for myself and how I did…

1. Finish the last paper of my first year of my Masters degree–one year left!!! DONE!!! and I passed 🙂

2. 6am CrossFit–call me crazy but I am a morning person 110% DONE!! I kept at my 4-5 times a week as seen HERE and HERE

3. See the lady doc–sorry guys Did it! – Ladies:: did you know we only have to go once every THREE years now? It was news to me!

4. Make an appointment to get acupuncture–I will try anything once Sadly, I didn’t make the appointment. I was on hold one day, lost my patience, and made an appointment for a massage–which turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed.

5. Try recipes that I have marked “to try”
Paleo Strawberry Shortcake Once word: delicious.

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Microwave Protein Carrot Cake Yummy (subbed pumpkin for apple sauce). I topped mine with a mixture of cottage cheese and SF syrup.

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Brownie Pancakes Still on the to-do list.. I need to buy apple sauce
Sweet Potato Banana Bites Good– especially topped with peanut flour!

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Paleo Girl Scout Tagalongs To die for. The recipe made 9–The BF ate 7.

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6. Take Stanley to Fiesta Island–a huge off-leash dog park on the beach I never made it to Fiesta Island (FAIL)–but we did go to the dog park 3x a week. Does that count?

7. Reach my CrossFit goal–one strict pull-up HECK YES I DID!! 🙂

8. Create 5 new recipes
Nutty-cocoa-nana Protein Shake
Ground Chicken Taco Salad
Apple Chips
Wasabi Peanut Spread
Ground Chicken Breast Patties

9. Replace the battery in my watch–it’s been forever! Yup–as evidenced in the pic.

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10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy–I am behind FIVE episodes.. whoops! I caught up–but then got behind. I just can’t win!!

All I know if I cannot wait for SUMMER BREAK… and I think this little guy agrees with me!

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xoxo, Haley

I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for keeping to these goals. I guess making them public held me accountable… hmm.. What to do next??

Question: do you find that telling someone your goals keeps you accountable??

 

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??

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.

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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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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?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

Since trying to build muscle, upping my protein is required.  After tiring my muscles out at 6am CrossFit, I need to refuel with a protein shake.

The milk and powder thing works, but I like to jazz them up… So…

I’m back with another YUMMY protein shake!

It may not be ice cream flavored like the last one, BUT it is definitely one of my favorite desserts turned healthy 🙂

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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!

The chocolate brings out the subtle strawberry flavor–and amazingness happens.

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Ingredients:
-1 cup almond milk
-1 handful spinach (optional)
-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 handful frozen strawberries
-1t vanilla extract
-1/2t xanthan gum

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Directions:
1. Put milk, spinach, and chocolate powders in blender. Blend until spinach is liquified.
2. Add in strawberries and vanilla. Blend until mixed.
3. Add in xanthan gum to thicken things up. Blend, blend, blend.
*The longer you blend, the fluffier it gets!

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Enjoy!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What’s your favorite dessert?  I just may make it into a shake 😉