Monday’s word of the day was T-I-R-E-D!
After a post-Super Bowl bedtime of wayyyy too late o’clock followed up with the random early body-clock-alarm-wakeup I was seriously struggling for energy yesterday!
Good thing I had planned on throwing together a crockpot meal to be ready & waiting upon my arrival home
Gave me plenty of time to relax and get in a rejuvenating yoga session.
Has anyone else tried the Body by Bethanny yoga workout on ExTV? I absolutely love her first of all, plus am really liking this workout on days where I want some physical activity but not too much, ya know?
Perfect for this particular Monday if you ask me
After yoga was over it was time to serve up some dinner.
Crockpot, sometimes I think we may be soulmates… you make my life so easy on days that just seem to be so hard!
Here’s the recipe, courtesy a A Year of Slow Cooking.
Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken
I kind of doubled the recipe to fill the 6-quart slow cooker I have (did you know you are supposed to make sure your slow cooker is between 1/2 to 2/3 full?)
I also didn’t have any soy sauce on hand, so substituted this wonderful SoyCha sauce instead.
For the sauce:
- 2/3 cup MaraNatha peanut butter
- 1/2 cup SoyCha (or soy sauce)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 container chicken broth
For the rest:
- 2.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 red bell peppers, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
I mixed up the marinade (sans chicken broth) Sunday afternoon before we left for the Super Bowl festivities.
I also chopped up the red bell peppers and onions so they’d be ready to roll in the morning.
After 9 hours on low, I came home to some pretty awesome kitchen smells!
Once I opened up the slow cooker I removed the chicken & veggies and drained most of the fat from the remaining sauce.
With the combo of peanut butter, chicken thighs and SoyCha sauce there was a bit of oil to remove, no big deal
To serve, I cooked up some spaghetti to serve as well as some simple spinach.
Dinner is served.
Very very rich dish. A little goes a long way!
But also very flavorful and tasty. The cumin and lime added a different spin to the “normal” peanut sauce that I’m used to – but in a good way!
The chicken was also fall apart tender and just sunk itself into the spaghetti with each bite.
Good thing we liked this because we’ll be eating it for a few days (close to 3 lbs of chicken, what was I thinking? )
Does anyone else remember this song (in reference to the post title)? Guess having a sister 7 years younger means I remember wayyyyy more Barney than any normal person should hahaha.
Here’s to a much more “awake” day today – thank you 8 hours of sleep!!!!
Happy Tuesday all