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 :D
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 :P
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 :)